Shopping in Malacca
Malacca is famed for its antiques, with many a beautiful shophouse interior now filled to the brim with artefacts from all around the Asia Pacific region. Your chances of finding a bargain here are minimal though; prices in many of the tourist-oriented places are absurdly high by any standard, and although many items are touted as being 'more than a hundred years old', most is brand new but 'aged' at the back of the shops.
- Beyond Treasures, 57 Jalan Hang Jebat, , e-mail:[email protected]. 12AM-8PM. Woodcrafts, including Asian masks, antiques and souvenirs.
- Dataran Pahlawan Mega Mall, Jalan Parameswara (opposite Mahkota Parade). The latest landmarks in Melaka, it is also the largest mall in Southern Malaysia.
- Jusco Store, Lebuh Ayer Keroh. Very popular during the weekend where even the Singaporeans come to shop.
- The Orangutan House, 59 Lorong Hang Jebat, . Has cool T-shirts as well as paintings for sale.
- Jonker Gallery, 4 Jalan Tokong (just off the jonker’s walk). A lovely art gallery of contemporary art work by Titi Kwok, the work is beautiful and the prices even better.
- J. Manik Sdn. Bhd, 23 Jalan Hang Lekir (Jonker Street, opposite Geographer Cafe). 10AM - 7PM. A shop where they sell authentic Nyonya kebaya and kasut manik-manik (beaded shoes for the ladies). Nyonya kebaya and kasut manik-manik are the tradisional attires of the Baba Nyonya and the Peranakan Heritage. J. Manik is many Singaporean tourists' favourite because they are famous for their quality and services. Not cheap, but definitely value for money.
- Martin Wood Art Gallery, 60 Heeren St. Art gallery of deco and fine art by artist Martin Wood who used to paint up on St. Paul's Hill, nice colours and great prices too.
- Nil Six Studio/Mlackeny Der, 92, Lorong hang Jebat, . A design studio run by Stanley Chin. Good contemporary Melaka/Malaysia designs on t-shirts. 100% local design and local made. Good quality at reasonable price.
- Raz Kashmir (Secrets of Kashmir), No. 12 Jalan Tukang Emas and No. 47 Lorong Hang Jebat Melaka and Lot 75A Mukim 17 Jalan Batu Ferringhi (opposite Batu Ferringhi Police Station). (Jonker Street Malacca and Batu Ferringhi Penang.), . 12. Specialises in Kashmiri, Indian and Nepali crafts. Handmade textiles where no two items are the same. Good quality items. Worth a visit just to say hello to the owner and have a cup of tea.
Markets and Street market
- Jonkers Walk A night market held every weekend evening to late night from 6PM-12AM. Have a leisure stroll along the street, observing the locals' life, catching a free performance and shop for some for antiques and some local souvenirs, make sure you bargain with the vendors. Try some unique stuff to eat, like grapes-dipped in chocolate or caramel encrusted kiwis. Kaya(a spread made from coconut) filled waffles is a must-try. Cheap Chinese electronic playthings are available too if you have an appetite for them.
- Night Market / Pasar Malam - Night Market or more known as Pasar Malam is a market that is held from evening to around 9PM at night everyday (though at different locations. Tuesday in Kampung Lapan and Friday in Malim). This is a good way to observe the life of locals. Pasar Malam sells basically almost anything, from food to clothing, small electronics to medicine.
Malls and Shopping centres
- Mahkota Parade Shopping Centre (located in Bandar Hilir opposite Padang Pahlawan), . 10AM-10PM. as over 200 shops and anchor tenants are Parkson Grand Departmental Store and Giant Supermarket. Shops include The Body Shop, World of Cartoons, Royal Selangor, FOS, Reject Shop, Nokia, MPH Bookstores, Sony Centre, SenQ Digital Station, Starbucks, McDonalds, KFC and Pizza Hut. The biggest food court in Melaka is also located here. Has several bureau de change including Maybank and CIMB Bank which are open 7 days a week.
Buy food and Local Delicacies
- Bee Bee (Lian Choo) Homemade Pineapple Tarts, 307-A Jalan Parameswara, Bandar Hilir, Melaka 75000, Malaysia (a traditional wooden house located almost at the end of the street, opposite the Bandar Hilir Jail House), .When it's mentioned 'homemade' here,they really mean it literally. There's no other homemade delicacies in Malacca that can beat this place as both it's production and location are authentically traditional. Oven fresh, this is undoubtedly the best local Melaka Nyonya Pineapple Tarts available (there are other more touristic ones scattered in Jonker Street). RM14 a box.
- Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake, 72 Jalan Tengkera Pantai 2, Melaka 75200, Malaysia (directly opposite to the famous Masjid Tengkera (Tranquerah Mosque), inside a narrow path beside a row shophouses with Wall's signboard), 019-666 2907. Another hidden gem where you can buy all kinds of authentic Nyonya kuihsyou can ever imagined under one roof. Too many to choose from, you wish you could camp there and try it all. All are freshly made on the spot. Highly recommended is the ondeh-ondeh (green glutinous rice flour ball with coconut sugar (Gula Melaka) stuffing).
- Choc'zz Chocolate Boutique, G-12,Jalan PM4 Plaza Mahkota Banda Hilir(near Menara Tamingsari), . 10AM-6PM. A wide variety of fine quality locally manufactured chocolates and other products which are certified halal.
- Tan Kim Hock Product Center 85-89 Jalan Bendahara. Sells famous food specialties from Melaka, like Dodol, Cincalok, Belacan, dried fruits, durian cake, etc. Might be a good idea as souvenirs for friends back home. Mr Tan Kim Hock, the founder of the company, occasionally still walks around with his famous white suit giving out free items.