There are many plans to do visiting Melaka. Melaka is one of the largest and most popular places to travel around Malaysia. The Portuguese influence in the city’s buildings and architecture are still very evident, especially in the churches. And like everywhere in Malaysia, the food is also widely varied in Melaka, so there are many choices for you – Chinese, Malay and Hindu influences. Find out more about Melaka from what we have seen below.
Explore A Famosa Puerta de Santiago and around
Walking around A Famosa is a must while visiting Melaka. It’s full of life and there are many tourists exploring the area, eager for the Melaka local experience. If you don’t feel like walking around, you can choose and ride one of the colorful rickshaws to explore the whole area. And yes, you’ll be riding with background music!
Visit St Paul´s Church
From A Famosa, you need to walk a few flights of stairs to see the St. Paul Church. It was built in 1521 and it’s the oldest church in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. There are people selling souvenirs and you can enjoy the views from the hill. Go for the sunset and you will have great views.
Chase the Sunset
We’ve made it pretty obvious in a lot of our shares that we are sunset lovers. We always try to catch one, if we can. While visiting Melaka, we watched the sunset everyday: from the hill in St Paul’s Church, from the Alto Sky Lounge in Hatten Hotel and from the Melaka Straits Mosque. We got to say that all were unique on their own, but each one pretty spectacular.
Rent a Rickshaw visiting Melaka
Yes! Cycling around Melaka is possible and it allows you to cover long distances compared to walking. There isn’t too much traffic, it’s flat and you can move faster to the main attractions. Rickshaw are so colorful and cheerful with their music.
Taste local food at Chatterz
We loved the food in Melaka! Varied and very delicious. Food is always a good thing to explore in any part of Malaysia because of the huge mix of different cultures in the country. While in Melaka, we enjoyed dining in Chatterz. Here, we had the chance to eat Malaysian local food and also international disnes. Our favorite choice was Chicken satay, fried eggs and mixed with rice and sambal. This is the typical dish in Malaysia. Salmon with rice and salad was also really good! We really loved their juices, too. Great choices of healthy fruit or vegetable mixes. Refreshing, especially knowing Malaysia’s weather!
Have Cake and Smoothies at Coffeevine
After visiting the touristic areas of Melaka, you’ll definitely need a good break. Malaysian weather is hot and humid the whole year round, and during our visit in December, the weather was really hot. Coffeevine was another great place to visit for a short snack after looking around. Rachel loves her coffee any time of the day, and we both have a sweet tooth. Coffeevine has a wide variety of cakes and chocolates, coffees, and smoothies. There will surely have one that fits your taste! The place is cozy, and a good one for relaxing. The ambience is light and perfect, and whether you’re having a break alone, or having a good conversation with someone else, this place should be perfect.
Dinner at Alto Sky Lounge
Ahh. The Alto Sky Lounge is one of the highlights of our stay in Melaka. Whether you want to have a nice bird’s eye view of the whole city, a good place to watch the sunset, or a place to have great beer, this is the perfect place. During sunset time, we made sure we are in Alto Sky Lounge, which is at level 22 of Hatten Hotel, one of the highest points in the city. It’s our favorite place to relax, reminisce and plan about our travels, have good old conversation with beer, and really, just have quality time together.
The restaurant is one of the best fine dining options visiting Melaka, and its our top recommended place for you to go to if you’re looking at gourmet fine dining.
We enjoyed fine dining with the best international beers. Fantastic menu options with live band playing while you’re dining. One of the best nights of our trip! We had our choice of Italian seafood pasta, beef steak, and European beers.
Get a luxury stay in the heart of the city
Our stay with Hatten Hotel was such a great comfort, and an important part of our Melaka experience. We had a big and spacious room with a very good view of the city. There were moments at night that you just want to stay in bed and stare at the beauty of the city at night. One very important factor for us is to have good internet connection and we were highly satisfied with Hatten’s connectivity. Another very important consideration for us is how close or far we will be in the places of interest in the city. This is one of the best reasons why one should stay in Hatten Hotel. The hotel is only 5 minutes walk from A Formosa, St. Paul Church and Christ Church Melaka (Red Square) – places you’ll definitely visit when you are visiting Melaka. It was such a great comfort, all that easy access. The whole hotel has top notch service, from the staff to the restaurants, and we were highly satisfied during our stay.
Going around Jonker Street
Walking around Jonker area is a very local experience you should do in Melaka. Here, you’ll see the normal daily life of Melakans. Something you should see when traveling to any new city. Jonker Street is the backpacker area of Melaka. You will find different places for eating, renting bicycles and getting various cheap accommodation too.
Try Local Street Food
Daily Malay food! How can you miss it when in Malaysia? Here, we ordered chicken, vegetables, egg, seafood and later they added steamed rice. Once you are on the table, someone will compute all your food depending on what you ordered. Indian food can be anywhere visiting Melaka.
Try a Vegetarian Dinner
To try something new, we had a full vegetarian dinner in Melaka at Mori Vegetarian Tea House. We tried omelette, mushroom soup and delicious salad with the famous Chinese Oolong tea. Chinese food, whether simple or extravagant, is easily one of the best cuisines to eat. This dinner is highly recommended especially if you love vegetarian dishes. Located at Jonker Street, you’ll feel easily at home in this place. The ambience is perfect.
Visit Melaka Straits Mosque
The Mosque is little bit far from city center but a must visit for us. If you rent a bicycle, it will take you around 15-20 minutes to go there. Just by looking at the pictures we took, you’ll know that it was worth the visit. You’ll see Muslims in their element, as they pray in the Mosque, but the whole place is perfected by the scenery you will witness. The beauty here is surreal. Visit if you have the chance.
Walk around the Red Square
Visiting Melaka the Red Square is a must for shopping. There are many souvenirs shops here, and is also the location of the historical Christ Church Melaka.
Take a cruise in the Melaka River
During the day, the river looks great. But at night, the beauty gets transformed to something more magical. Lights. Ambiance. A nice sight to see. It’s a picturesque scenery near the backpacker area and a few minutes walking distance from all the other touristic attractions of the city.
How to leave Melaka to Kuala Lumpur
Want an even better experience? Hitchhike to Kuala Lumpur. You guys should know by now how close hitchhiking is to our hearts. Fun and really easy in Malaysia! Get a bus to the toll road and ask for a ride from there. It will not take more than 10 minutes to leave Melaka, based in our experience. We met many friendly local people and foreigners driving us around Malaysia, all with amazing stories to share. A great experience and a unique way to learn more about the people’s culture and tradition!
If you want to know more about Malaysia, read our full travel guide on how to backpack in Malaysia.
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