New to Malacca? Fret not, here’s a list of Malacca attractions and places that you can visit while you’re in Malacca (Malaysia).
The list is not exhaustive but it does cover a lot of tourist attractions here in Melaka. If you don’t know what to do in Malacca, read on!
Why visit Malacca?
For starters, Malacca was listed as one of the coolest cities in the world by Forbes.
This small town is known for its rich history left behind by multiple colonists in the past.
Some even say visiting certain parts of Malacca is like going to another European country. You’ll know what I mean when you get here.
Melaka has a quaint feel to it and that’s probably its huge charm. There are more and more developments these days though.
Back to the topic at hand, here are some of the attractions in Malacca that you should check out.
1. A Famosa Fort
A Famosa Fort as you see today is actually what’s left behind by the Portuguese when they conquered Malacca in 1511. This building was only the small gate house back then.
These buildings are just some of the remains that have been preserved. Most of them have been lost over time.
Nonetheless, it’s very interesting to see buildings like this in Malacca, or rather in South East Asia generally. It’s like you’re in Malaysia at one moment, and some European country the next.
Do give this A Famosa Fort a visit when you’re in Melaka.
2. Jonker Walk / Jonker Street
Jonker Walk can be likened to the Chinatown of Malacca. It’s easily one of the most crowded areas in this small town on weekends. The road is closed for cars on weekends and many stalls are set up along the road.
Most tourists who come down to Malacca should have heard of this place at least once.
Up until today, most of these places are still owned by Peranakans and many houses have been converted to shop lots or guest houses / hotels.
Buy lots of souvenirs that are sold on the roadside.
Eat all kinds of snacks and food.
Take photos of the place or even the beautifully decorated trishaws.
Visit pubs and cafes along the street (e.g. Hard Rock cafe and Geographer cafe)
Simply experience the crowded Jonker Walk.
Things to do at Jonker Street in the daytime
Buy plenty of souvenirs.
Visit multiple cafes along the street (cafe hopping). Do check out Heesan Cafe, Daily Fix Cafe and Calanthe Art Cafe.
Try the Cendol dessert.
Check out some Baba Nyonya food.
Buy some local delicacies, especially from huge places like San Shu Gong.
Visit the Mamee Museum.
Jonker street is actually hugely popular as a tourist spot, so do walk around and just explore the area. As Malacca is pretty hot and humid, remember to carry an umbrella.
3. Menara Taming Sari
According to their official site, they are open from 10 am to 11 pm daily. The ride is about 7 minutes long.Do give it a try if you have not.
4. Duck Tours
At the same spot as the above Menara Taming Sari, you can also check out the Duck Tours. It’s a modified vehicle (World War 2 truck) that looks like a duck and is able to go both on land and water.
As these vehicles are no longer in use, they were modified to become part of the Melaka Duck Tours.
You can actually check out the route of the Duck Tours on their official site. It will go to Pulau Melaka and to the waters of Straits of Melaka, and back to the original location.
There’s a similar ride in Singapore, and if you’re from Singapore you should what this tour will be like.
5. Malacca River
What’s interesting with the Melaka river is that there are some cafes or pubs along the river where you can just chill at night. Some are open in the daytime, but it’s more popular at night.
It really does give this holiday vibe.
6. Christ Church Malacca, Stadthuys and Clock Tower (Red Square)
Many tourist buses stop here and you’ll see plenty of tourists here every single day, including more mainland Chinese tourists here.
Christ Church, if I’m not mistaken, is an Anglican church. If you’re looking for Roman Catholic churches, there’s St. Francis Xavier nearby.
There are actually quite a few Catholic churches in Melaka, including St. Peter’s Church and St. Theresa’s.
Apart from churches, many take photographs at the clock tower, and there’s a mini fountain here.
Do explore Stadthuys as well, as it used to be the office of the Dutch governor.
The Red Square is close to Jonker Street on one end, and A Famosa Fort on the other end.
7. Maritime Museum
It is one of the most visited museums in Malacca currently. The ship itself is a replica of Flor de la Mar, a Portuguese vessel.
The museum opens in the morning and closes around 5 pm, except for Friday and weekends where it closes around 8.30 pm.The Maritime Museum is also pretty close to the Red Square, like other attractions in Malacca.
8. Klebang Beach
To be brutally honest, it isn’t a very beautiful beach. Don’t expect to see beaches like in Europe or those Instagrammable beaches.
I don’t think there is much to do here, but if you want to check out the sea, do give this a visit.
9. St Paul’s Church
There are flights of stairs for you to climb up the hill. Do be careful as the stairs may be a little high for some people. They aren’t exactly evenly built.
The hill isn’t that high and you can probably climb it in 10 minutes or less. At the top you should be able to get this view of Melaka town. As most buildings are low, you should be able to see the straits of Malacca too.
At the top of the hill, you’ll be able to see a statue of St. Francis Xavier. However, it’s missing part of its arm, even though it was repaired after. I heard that lightning may have struck it twice already at the same spot. Not too sure about it.
Once a year on St. Francis Xavier’s day, the priest of St. Francis Xavier church may conduct a mass at St. Paul’s church in the morning.
This is the interior of the church. Many tourists come here on weekends.
10. Swiss Garden Rooftop (Tallest Building In Malacca)
You have to buy a ticket to access the 42nd floor of the building. You should be able to see almost all of Melaka town. It’s a lot higher than the Menara Taming Sari.
You may want to dine at the Pampas Steakhouse on special occasions.
11. Taman Bunga Merdeka
Well, I’m actually referring to the area behind Dataran Pahlawan where you can see the old train used in the past.
You can go around the place like a circle, as they have some old vehicles to take photo with, including a small plane.As this place is located very near to the other historic sites, it’s very accessible for you.
It’s at the bottom of St. Paul’s hill, between the hill and the Maritime Museum.
If you went shopping at the Dataran Pahlawan mall, you can just use the back entrance and walk here.
12. Malacca Zoo
You’ll definitely need to grab a taxi, hire a driver or use Grab car for this.
If you love seeing animals that are local to us, do give the zoo a visit!
13. Unique Cafes
Some of my favorite cafes are probably The Daily Fix Cafe, Heesan Kopi, Calanthe 13 States’ Coffee and Nadeje.
Cafes are great for their food, drinks and photos of course. They are definitely Instagram worthy.Personally, I love cafe hopping whenever I have the chance.
14. Melaka Wonderland Theme Park
It’s nearer to the Malacca Zoo at Ayer Keroh.
15. Shopping malls
Most tourists, especially women, love shopping regardless of which country they are in. Shopping is like a huge part of the itinerary.
Luckily, Malacca does have a few shopping malls for you to visit, especially Mahkota Parade, Dataran Pahlawan and AEON.
If you want to buy local souvenirs, you can check out the basement area of Dataran Pahlawan or even the complex near Maritime Museum.You should also be able to buy plenty of souvenirs at Jonker Street.