One might initially be discouraged by the shut metal gates of this quaint little shop located along a stretch of antique and curio peddlers. Well, do not be. Show up at the doorstep, ring the doorbell, and one will be attended to by a smiling man with a wealth of knowledge and experience in making beaded shoes and slippers, the footwear of choice for generations of Nyonyas. A veteran cobbler and collector of antique Nyonya shoes, his made-to-order crafts do not come cheap, though, costing from a couple of hundred ringgit, and require two to three weeks before they are ready for collection.
Open Hours: Mo to Su from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
What to buy: Kebayas
Malacca is truly an antique shopper's paradise. Many artifacts and authentic antique items are available at more than 15 antique shops lining the busy streets of Jonker Street, affectionately known as the "street of antiques" and is well known among the international antique collectors. The street is named Jalan Hang Jebat today. Along the streets, one can find houses built in the 17th century, still standing strong and housing generations of Malaccans.
Night market every weekend from 6pm- late night
After a long walk along Jonker Street, you might just want to rest your feet at this local delicacy stop. Strategically located at the entrance of Jonker Street, the shop provides all tourists young and old some respite from the heat since there are seats and the place is fully air-conditioned.
What to buy: Must try - Durian chendol. You can get this within the premises of San Shu Gong. The shop wihtin a shop is called Lao Qian Ice Cafe.
Inside San Shu Gong, you can purchase all your Malaysian goodies - from black sesame biscuits to local cream puffs.
What caught my eye was the way they ingeneously produced those little fish-like waffle. Everything was automated - the turning of the mold to the unloading of the waffle. Cool!
As an associate of the AEON Group of Japan, the Jusco department store is among the first international retail outlets operating in Melaka since 1991.
The store is popular with the locals for their households needs and supermarket items, particularly for its Japanese products. It is also popular among Singaporean visitors who normally make their shopping spree here before returning to the island via the North-South highway nearby.
There are ample free car parking for shoppers here. Apart from the Jusco department store, there are also other shopping and dining outlets within the complex such as McDonalds, KFC and many more speciality shops.
For shoppers who want a variety of goods at good value for money, its worth to pay a visit to Jusco Melaka.
What to buy: Household and supermarket items.
What to pay: About average price, go during sale for more bargains.
This large, partly subterranean so-called megamall sits at the foot of St Paul's Hill and so is convenient should you wish to take a wander around some shops after sightseeing. As well as the shops, there's also a large Carrefour hypermarket, cinema complex, entertainment/games area and food court.
I liked this small market which lines the laneway near Christ Church. There is a wide selection of local handicrafts and goods to be bought.
Bargaining is welcomed.
There are also a few small shops in the street with local handicrafts.
What to buy: Local handicrafts, souvenirs.
near the red square you can find some little shops selling souvenirs. you can find all kind of colorful items there, but too bad they're not original. i see the same items for sale in bali and bangkok.
What to buy: mostly decoration items
on road trip to melaka
stop by taman mini malaysia
have lunch and freshen up
and shop for local souvenirs
What to buy: local handicrafts
tee shirts, key chains with melaka theme
gifts for giveaways
sandals made from cow's hide
melaka cowboy's hat!!!
What to pay: a few dollars to tens of dollars
Along the Jonker street, you should find stalls that sell magnets and other souvenirs. Just look for stalls selling fridge magnets and/or woodcrafts.
What to buy: Some magnets from Melaka is unique. You can buy magnets that has cultural values, such as handmade magnets that look like a pair of clogs (or better still, terompah) - made of wood. It's small simple, easy to bring back. If there werent any word of melaka (or malacca) written on the magnets you can request the seller to write it down for you.
There are many designs to choose from.
What to pay: 4-6 Ringgit - depends on the size
The food products sold here are locally produced and very popular with visitors. They include durian paste and dried mangoes.
They also make durian chendol or coconut chendol. But it is not that good.
Only problem is that it is not within the main tourist spots. You have to maybe make a 15 - 20 mins walk from the main town area.
On Jonker Street, a night market will be set in the evening till late night. The street is closed to traffic and many stalls line up on both sides selling local craft, food, drinks and many more. Also the shops located in this street are open till late hours so this place becomes a shopping paradise for everyone.
What to buy: Local products, food, drinks
What to pay: Most products are rather cheap
Dataran Pahlawan Mega Mall , is the latest landmarks in Melaka . It is also the largest mall in Southern Malaysia . Located in the heart of the historic centre and opposite Mahkota Parade .
Apart from checking out all the interesting historical relics and buildings , a trip to Malacca’s shopping complexes can be a fun outing too . Mahkota Parade , having won the Malaysia Tourism Gold Awards in 1994/95 for Best Shopping Complex , is one place you should visit when in town .
There are innumerable shops along jonker street that are a must-visit. The set-up, concepts and decors of the shops alone are enough to draw buyers inside. And sometimes (even if we don't find anything we need to purchase) we really couldn't help but linger as there were just so many things to see.
The items are also quite affordable. I bought a hand-crafted pair of earrings for my mom which costed RM 4 only. (when i first saw it i thought it would cost me around RM 20. what a bargain!)
Mahkota Parade was the pride of Melaka in the 90s. I remembered that I was awed by the size of the mall when I was there more than 10 years ago. But when I was there recently, the shopping mall seemed as if it was living on its past glory. Spoilt doors were not fixed, leakages were not mended.
It did not look like the owners were not ready to put in more money to spruce up the shopping mall. Maybe they realised that they will not be able to compete with the newly opened Dataran Pahlawan Mall, Tesco, and Carrefour.
Still, the shopping mall offers visitors with a wide variety of food, fun and shopping.
This two-storey shopping mall also comes with a cinema for tourists who want to catch the latest movie at a snip.