TESCO supermarket is the main tentant with many other restaurants and a food court in this building.
Ample free parking lots and is located opposite the New Sentral Bus Station.
Go check out the San Su Gong pastry shop which sells the delicious Lau Po Bing (wife's cake).
My mother IL brought few boxes back as gifts.
Tan Kim Hock: Tan Kim Hock
Tan Kim Hock is the place to head for if you wish to buy some local products home as gifts.
Their products are nicely packed and displayed.
Dont forget to try their famous Tan Kim Hock Durian Chendol (RM3).
Tan Kim Hock has a hotel just next door.
What to buy: Durian Dodol, Coconut Dodol, Durian Chendol, crackers, lime juice concentrate
- Food and Dining
KLan the streetwear store: Streetwear+arts+design
If you are into arts , designs ... you would find this shop very unique and interesting . If you come from other country you might want to get something local made , all you can get its from this store . All the shirts are design from the local designers in Malaysia .
They do have their own brand called (Tribe) . They design it , they print it and they sell it . You can actually get (Tribe) brand from other state in Malaysia but it will cost more then you buy from Melaka , because as I said (Tribe) its Melaka made . They actually have wholesale too . If you want to earn extra money then you might want to get some shirt back to your country and sell it to your friends .
What to buy: Of course their local shirts and product .
- Arts and Culture
Pusat Pengeluaran Utama Makanan Tan Kim Hock: Distributor of Local Food Products
This is a shop where most tourists to Melaka will converge here for some shopping. You can find Melaka local produce and food stuff of all around Malaysia. It's a hot spot for group tourist.
What to buy: Some famous products from Tan Kim Hock are durian and coconut sweets, Melaka sugar, pineapple tarts, Cincalok and Dodol (durian paste). Other Malaysian food stuff - white coffee, fragrant biscuits, nutmeg, Belacan, Keropok (fish & prawn crackers), Bak Kut Teh (Pork's rib soup) soup base, ginger sweet... just to name a few. Choices are abundant here with unlimited stock supplies. Ask the sale assistants for food sampling.
If you like to taste their chendol made from sweet Melaka sugar, purchase your RM3 coupon from the cashier at the main entrance. Available in durian flavour too.
- Historical Travel
- Women's Travel
Soon Lee B-B Town: Buying Fresh Honey from a Bee Farm
Even if buying honey is not high on you list of priorities, it's still worth popping by this quirky 'bee museum' as it's the only one in Malaysia. Other than buying honey, you can see how bees get artificially inseminated like cows..
What to buy: Go for the king of all their honey - "propolis honey" as it supposedly contains lots of antibacterial goodies. Propolis is actually the bee glue used to line their little insect jail cells.
What to pay: Honestly speaking, all good quality honey is not cheap. Expect to pay about RM30 for a bottle of those golden elixirs. Fret not if you don't have the cash, those enterprising fellow accept visas.
Orangutan House: Monkey t-shirts
This place can't be missed really. The exterior of the building is quite loud and so are the t-shirts and the art for sale in Orangutan House. The house exhibits art by the local artist Charles Cham. When I was in Melaka it was the Chinese year of the monkey and there were some beautiful t-shirts for sale. I should have bought one, since I'm a monkey too according to the Chinese. Too bad I didn't purchase one, because it would have been a great souvenir.
- Arts and Culture
Jonkers street: Antique anyone?
This is the place to check out some collector’s item and the best places to hunt and bargain for antiques.It is important to note that some antiques require clearance from the Director-General of the National Museum of Malaysia to be brought out from the country. Usually antique dealers will be able to advice purchasers of such items. Most will help buyers to fill in official clearance forms and forward them to the museum authority. You are advised to ask the dealers the procedures from the relevant authority.
What to buy: Authentic artifacts and relics, some dating as far back as 300 years, can be found here. Chinese porcelain from the Sung, Ming or Ching dynasties as well as 17th century Dutch and 18th century Japanese porcelain. Indian brassware, Chinese brass irons, and intricately carved Chinese rosewood furniture inlaid with mother-of-pearl can also be found here.
What to pay: from RM50 and over
Melaka Flea Market: Melaka Flea Market
The flea market, a popular place for second-hand goods, has arrived in Melaka since November 2005... The market is open from 9.00am to 3.00pm every Sunday...
What to buy: There are about 25 stalls selling various items ranging from old magazines, storybooks, dishes, antiques, paintings and clothes to clogs and accessories for women...
What to pay: Bargaining is course necessary... as what is on sale are things you find in garage sales, you should only buy if you like the thing and you think the price is reasonable... you cannot put price on things that you have been looking for a long time and suddenyl found it here...
A Souvenir Shop near A'Formosa: Tapoica Jelly
Melaka, Malaysia is a haven for hard to find ingredients ! Not only will you find lots of delicious spices for your curries, you'll chance upon oddities like this colourful bits. Now before you think those are jelly beans, let me just say that it's actually uncooked tapoica jelly. Locals cook these gelatinous coloured bits for "bubur cha cha", a delicious, sinful and hip-expanding dessert.
What to buy: Keen to make Burbur Cha Cha? You're in luck, here's a simple low-fat recipe you can follow...
Bpacker's Lo-Fat Burbur Chacha
1)A potpurri of diced yam, sweet potatoes, soaked black-eyed beans
2) Some tapoica jelly
3) A pkt of coconut milk (low fat )
5) A pinch of salt
6) Syrup mixture consisting of 125g palm sugar , 3–4 pandan leaves, shredded and knotted and a cup of water.
What to do:
->Prepare the sweet potatoes, yam and beans. For the potatoes and yam, steam them. For the beans, boil em'. Resist the urge to eat them after cooking, just it set aside.
-> Make your syrup next, boil sugar, water and pandan leaves until sugar dissolves. Add the coconut milk+salt followed by the yam, sweet potatoes, black-eyed beans and jelly. Stir evenly. Remove the pandan leaves and serve either hot or cold.
What to pay: A colourful bag of colourful jelly cost around RM3 to 4
- Budget Travel
Umyang Batik Art Gallery: Batik T shirts and Prints
I have close attachment with this shop. It is runned by a Korean lady who has married a Malaysian friend whi is a batik artist. The quality of the T shirt here is good, and you need not fear for the colour to run. The prices are slightly higher than your normal T shirts becos they are individually painted. She also sells some nicknacks from Korea which her mother sends to her to supplement their income. Very nice couple which we love to chat and look forward to in each of our visit to Melaka.
What to buy: T shirts and you can custom make prints and cushion covers out of designs you see there
What to pay: about 40 -45 ringgit for a T shirt.
Dataran Pahlawan Mega Mall
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 .
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
Orang Utan House: Unique T-shirt
If you would like to buy a souvenir T-shirt, but you never like those written a big big "Melaka" word in front, this is the shop you should visit.
Orang Utan is one of the pioneer art shops in Melaka. For a long time, It has been become a landmark or branded name in Melaka.
There are different great designs for T-shirt, don't miss the humor of Charles Cham (The artist of Orang Utan)
What to buy: T-Shirts, Art works
What to pay: RM30 for one T-shirt
Price Vary for different artpieces
Various: Jonker Street
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
around the red square: some souvenirs, please
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
San Shu Gong: Rest That Tired Feet
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!