This was my first trip to Melaka and since then, I have visited the city a few more times. But I realized that I have only ONE photo to show for all the visits. More so when the reddish Christ Church, the busy Jonker Street, Flora de la Mar Maritime Museum, St. Paul’s Hill and Sultanate Palace are all fantastic places for photography.
Melaka food and Jonker Street
One famous food place in Melaka which I love to visit is Ole Sayang Restaurant serving authentic Peranakan dishes, the restaurant itself has an old world charm but the best thing is the food! My favourites are the Assam curry fish, Nyonya Chap Chai (mixed vegetables), Otak-otak (spicy fish paste) and Itik Tim (Duck and Salted Vegetable Soup). Simply Sedaplicious!
Another food hunt for me will be the famous chicken rice ball restaurant (forgot the name but there is always a queue at the door so it’s hard to miss). Last but not least will be chendol 88 along Jonker Street. It is always nice to have a bowl of cold chendol to wind down from the hot and humid weather.
No trip to Melaka can do without visiting Jonker Street (Jalan Hang Jebat). The well-known street where antiques and local souvenir shops are aplenty. The street comes alive during the weekend evening (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) in which the road will be close to traffic. Street stalls will be set up selling stuff like touristy souvenirs, T-shirts, food, and snacks etc.
I like the bustling atmosphere but it can get really crowded and sweaty so wear something light. Bring along tissue papers or towels.
Hotel Equatorial Melaka
I have stayed in Hotel Equatorial Melaka twice. This hotel is a short walking distance to Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall and Mahkota Parade so everything I need is within reach. The exterior appearance will not win the hotel any prize but the rooms which I stayed previously are comfortable and reasonably priced.
The picture below is the only picture that I have mentioned, taken with my friend’s camera at the balcony of Hotel Equatorial Melaka (Pardon the quality as the actual photo is already quite old). The great sea view is worth the room price for me.
Luckily the distance from Singapore to Melaka is a rather short one. Hence, I can always take a slow drive up north whenever my schedules allowed. Hope to visit this lovely laidback city again soon with my camera.