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“Jonker Street - Should be visited while in Malacca.”
Review of Jonker Street

Jonker Street
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3-Hour Malacca Weekend Night Tour with River Cruise
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Malacca Chinese Heritage Walking Trail Tour
Reviewed April 23, 2013

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.

3  Thank BradJill
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

My husband and I loved this place. We arrived early afternoon and walked down to have some food at one of the very many casual food joints, and found a chicken rice ball place, which is a local specialty. From 6pm the night market was in full swing and live entertainment was put on the stage just outside the Jonker Boutique Hotel. All the bars opened around 5ish, with The Geographer and another bar opposite taking turns to play live music throughout the evening. Local tuk-tuks whizz around with music blasting, looking very colourful indeed, and there are many bargains to be had amongst the wares of the night market (just be sure to walk right up and down to get the best bargains). Overall this is a great and vibrant place which has really changed since my first visit 7 years ago. Jonker Street tends to wind down about midnight, and those still up tend to head to The Hard Rock Cafe at the top of the street by the river.

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Reviewed April 19, 2013

If youre looking for antiques (most are overpriced) and old buildings, this is the place to go. They should close the road, though.

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Reviewed April 18, 2013

I was lucky to experience Sunday Market, where I enjoy the culture of local people.

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

I have visited Melaka several times over the last two years and I really enjoy it, but I had never managed to be there for the Friday or Saturday evening market in Jonker Street. I had read and heard that this was a major attraction in Melaka so was happy to have the opportunity to go last Friday night. What a disappointment it was. Lots of junk on sale, plastic stuff that nobody could possibly ever want or need. Nothing that you couldn't get in thousands of other places. Hardly any hawker stalls selling local food and we had intended to eat dinner from the food stalls but ended up at a restaurant instead as there just wasn't much available. The atmosphere was lively and it certainly felt safe to walk around but as a market it is woeful. Melaka is a great spot to visit for a couple of days but I certainly wouldn't bother with the night market again.

Thank Carolyn63_13
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