Jonker Street is the main street running through the Chinatown section of Malacca on the northeast side of the Malacca River. This is a fun area of the old city center that is easy to visit and worth at least one stroll during your time in Melaka.
The real action on Jonker Street takes place during the weekend night markets, which is by far the best time to experience Jonker Street. Lots of market stalls selling little souvenirs to nice small eats. During the rest of the week, Jonker Street remains busy with little restaurants and shops.
We sort of liked Jonker Street better in years past when there were more antique shops and the area felt much less commercialised. Today there are many tourist shops selling local delicacies, treats, typical souvenirs and even fashionable wear. We tried our hand at clothing shopping during our most recent trip and found prices to be almost on par with Singapore or Hong Kong.
There are some long standing restaurants along Jonker that are worth trying. We dined at Nancy's Kitchen, just off Jonker and had two very good local dishes (see our review for Nancy's Kitchen if interested) during a lunch here. We also tried the Geographer's Cafe and had a decent lunch at this nice bar/restaurant.
Overall, Jonker Street is a good place to visit during trips to Melaka and is very well located in the heart of the old town. As such, its worth you time to find and have a browse. If you are visiting on a weekend, it is definitely worth finding during the evening market.
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