Looking from the outside, this delightful café gives little away with its somewhat old exterior. Once inside, a different world comes into play with faint but definite echoes of the Great Gatsby-era cafe of New York and Paris. Located within eyeshot of the Dutch Square, it offers an excellent spot from which to watch the tourist theatre across the road. Tables, seats and screens are cleverly arranged and charmingly put together. Contemporary food is served, with the menu boasting a spectrum of Western and Asian dishes.
This outlet has rapidly gained popularity as it offers a superb selection of Chinese culinary delights. Modern Chinese decor with wooden paneling dominates the interiors. Warm lighting and soft, unobtrusive music make for a casual and enlightening dining ambiance. A hot favorite on the menu is the tom yam kung. This dish with its strains of Thai culinary influence features succulent pieces of seafood in a sea of fragrant, hot soup. Other commendable dishes include Black Pepper Ostrich, steamed cod, the house-special tofu and Black Pepper Venison. Drinks served include soft drinks, fresh juices and hot Chinese tea.
Step into this restaurant and make your orders from a display counter filled with curries, fried meats and vegetables. The furnishings are basic, smaller tables line both sides of the premises and long tables seating eight persons are arranged horizontally down the middle of the coffee-shop setting. Thosai(rice pancake), idli, chapatti and roti canai are served with accompanying gravy for breakfast. Lunch and dinner offerings comprise steamed rice, two or three types of cooked vegetables and sambar(mild lentil-based vegetable curry). Non-vegetarians have a selection of meats to pick from. Drinks served include soft drinks, fresh juices and beers.
Savour the authentic flavour of Peranakan (Straits Chinese) cuisine, a mixture of Chinese and Malay gastronomic influences. This is a family business known for its laid-back hospitality. Tour buses with loads of tourists come here for a hearty meal. Diners are seated on cane chairs around green marble-top tables. Photographs of the owners' ancestors adorn the walls. Favourite dishes include udang masak lemak nenas (prawns with pineapple in coconut sauce), salted vegetable soup with chicken, kangkong belacan (green leafy vegetable fried in shrimp paste). Fruit juices, soft drinks, tea and coffee will quench your thirst.
This is a pizza-centric café with an art-house twist crafted from a beautifully renovated 19th century shop house. Books, crafts and paintings adorn the large entrance hall, while its real gem is an old but working water well--complete with a grown palm tree--in the court yard, which houses the dining and drinking area. More seating room upstairs as well as a movie studio. Wood-fired pizzas are a house specialty with over a dozen selections to choose from. Sandwiches and snacks are also available.
A conspicuous café in a conspicuous part of town, it attracts a large number of first-time visitors. Inside, an easygoing setting unfolds with a long bar counter and clusters of stools and tables tightly lodged together. Two computer terminals provide welcome Internet services. There is a bit of everything from the eclectic and exhaustive menu. Of note are local items like the Nonya Kueh Pie Ti, which makes an excellent light snack. Elsewhere on the menu, local and western fare competes for the palate. There is your usual smattering of soft drinks and beer to go with your meal.
The menu lists local Asian favorites, but what regular patrons swear by is the steamboat set. Standard coffeehouse décor prevails in a spacious and airy setting. A huge, overhanging television screens karaoke videos and cable channels. The service is efficient and friendly amidst an informal atmosphere. The daily steamboat promotion features a choice of two soup bases: tom yam soup or chicken stock. Cooked dishes are also available à la carte, and they recommend the chicken curry, sweet and sour fish and tofu cooked with oyster mushrooms. For drinks, there are hot and cold beverages, beer and tropical fruit juices.
Popular among teenagers and 20-somethings, Green World Bistro attracts a reasonably large crowd on weekends. Simple and cozy on the inside, bar stools and high round tables are placed outside for those who like alfresco dining or who wish to have a smoke. Patrons generally come here for the range of green tea, coffee and milkshakes. However, its set meals such as chicken rice with bean sprouts and soup, and nasi lemak (a local rice dish flavored with coconut milk) with a drink are quite good. Sandwiches, curry puffs, peanuts or chips are available for light meals and snacks.
The Daily Fix Cafe is situated in a gallery of Jonker Street in Malaysia. They serve delicious European and American fusion dishes especially for breakfast such as Eggs Benedict, Pandan Pancakes, Muesli and Smoked Duck Sandwiches which can be complemented with a variety of milk based beverages. One could play a game of Jenga at the table while dining with a friend or sway to the live music performances by local musicians. The interiors have vintage decor that sets in cozy feeling. The management organizes a creative art workshop from time to time in a separate room in the cafe.
Located at the ground floor of Heeren House, this small café has an interesting menu and laid-back ambiance. Furnished in the fashion of a Straits-era coffee shop, with white marble-top round tables and Straits-style wooded chairs, dining or an afternoon tea here is a joy. Choose from a selection of cakes, drinks, and light meals. The cafe seats up to 50 and is available for group functions.
Popular with tourists and locals alike, Discovery Café's brightly painted facade is hard to miss. Besides free internet access, cable TV, a pool table, dart and carom games, it also stocks many travel guides. The Day-Glo decor spans three floors of a renovated pre-war shop house, spilling into an adjoining open-air courtyard decked with barbecue benches and palm trees. A balcony garden beckons from the rooftop with splendid views of the Malacca River and St. Francis Church. The menu is an all-embracing concoction of local, western and Portuguese-influenced dishes. Soft drinks, hot and cold beverages and alcoholic choices are available.