A trip to Melaka will not be short of taking a walk along it’s famed Jonker Street. Be prepared to splash out on keepsakes, freshly baked traditional pastries, dried goods and delicious food as you spend your day there.
Jonker Street offers the definitive local shopping experience, with shops selling a variety of goods including the traditional sarong kebaya to dried goods.
59 Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka
Tel +60 6282 6872
Opening hours: 10am to 6pm (Daily)
The Orangutan House is a studio gallery established in 1992 by local artist Charles Cham. It is instantly recognisable with its brightly painted exterior – a sunshine yellow building with a huge orangutan painted on the outside. You can buy contemporary paintings of Charles as well as T-shirts, a very popular souvenir bought by visitors.
Chua Soon Hup Grocery
70, Jalan Tokong, 75200 Melaka
Tel +60 6281 7194
Opening hours: 7am to 5pm (Daily)
Established more than 50 years ago, Chua Soon Hup grocery shop sells an array of dried goods, with their specialty being the dried soya bean noodles and meesua, a type of Chinese noodles made from wheat flour.
San Shu Gong
33, Jalan Hang Jebat,75200 Melaka
Tel +606 282 8381
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm (Daily)
Located right at the start of Jonker Street, this shop stocks up on a multitude of food stuff including delicious pastries and sweets great as gifts for family and friends. Pick out the Gai Zai Beng (鸡仔饼）- a sweet & savoury biscuit with five spice powder or its Nyonya curry paste so you can whip up a chicken curry dish in your kitchen that tastes professionally prepared.
Sweet Summer Cottage
No. 18, Jalan Hang Lekir, 75200 Melaka
Open 10.00am to 6.30pm Sun to Thurs,
11.00am to 12.00pm on Fri & Sat
Tucked away in the alley of Jonker Street, Sweet Summer Cottage is a shop that is difficult to miss. Littered with floral decor and pristine white furniture, one can often also catch wafts of pleasing scents in the air as they approach—the shop specialises in making soap from scratch.
During a trip back to her hometown in Taiwan, owner Hui Fung stumbled upon handmade soap and was amazed at how it worked wonders for her skin. Upon returning to Malaysia, she made some for family and friends. These were very well received, so her children encouraged her to set up shop, and now her daughter helps out in the production.
The soap at Sweet Summer Cottage is handmade using a traditional European cold process method to preserve the goodness of essential oils, and does not contain chemical additives. Natural ingredients used are biodegradable and touted to cleanse without stripping moisture.
Those intrigued by the soap-making process can choose to take part in a range of soap-making and skin care workshops, or skip the hassle and choose from a dizzying variety of handmade soap bars made from ingredients your skin will love, such as aloe vera, apricot kernel oil and black charcoal. Apart from soaps, the shop also boasts selections of shampoos, conditioners,lip balms, insect repellents, perfumes and makeup.
ColourBeads Nyonya Beaded Shoes Specialist
84 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Melaka
Tel +606 283 0957
Opening hours: 10am to 7pm (Daily)
Colourbeads.com Nyonya Beaded Shoes & Accessories Shop started its business in Malacca in the 80’s. Mr. and Mrs. Lim, the shop owners, have been in hand-crafting shoes business with over 30 years of experience. This delicate art was passed on from their parents and has been their core business for many years. Their expertise are in Nyonya beaded shoes and various items like ladies’ sandals, clogs, bound feet shoes, beaded bags and on special requests-dancing shoes.
Located on the next street along Jonker Walk, be sure to pop by if you keen to bring home traditional Nyonya beaded shoes or a Nyonya sarong kebaya for that special occasion wear.
Stay at Casa del Rio Melaka, a stone's throw away from Jonker Street.Visit Hotel Website