5 Hipster Cafes in Malacca You Must Try

This article is written by Vanessa Yeo, originally published at her blog. We appreciate the her courtesy for us to republish it at MalaysianStudent.com. She is a medical student with a heart for penning and a blogger of “The Fishmonger’s Friend“. She loves green tea desserts, all things Benedict Cumberbatch. She also believes in the power of humour and food to bring people together. She is currently studying at Cardiff University in Wales, U.K.

I was never a slave to eating, gluttony was never my vice. Somehow, when I went to the UK, food became a craving that I had to satisfy, and I would find myself – to my utter astonishment – spend a certain amount of precious time, browsing through pictures of good food in an attempt to tame my cravings.

And weirdly enough, food, as well as the addiction towards food, became a trend among teenagers/youths/young . Pictures of mouth-salivating, hunger-stimulating food would circle among social media, garnering an excessive number of likes. Hipster cafes became known to proclaim beautifully crafted and plated food. And as someone who takes appreciative pleasure in aesthetically delightful items, (and enjoys posting pictures on social media) I was delighted when I found out cafes like these existed. I took the liberty of going on cafe-hopping excursions, and take delight in noting each of the cafes’ originality, their different interior design which accommodates to their own individuality, the beautifully crafted coffee art, as well as the meticulously laid out components of each dish, served in the cafes. However, it is a hobby one cannot partake in too often, as it will leave you with insurmountable debts and you will be at the mercy of Bankruptcy.

“A pleasurable sight gives more vigour to the appetite”

1. The Daily Fix Cafe – (Rating : 8/10)

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Address:

55, Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker St.), 75200 Malacca, Malaysia.

My ultimate favorite. The only cafe I know in Malacca that serves the Rose latte, the most beautiful and deliciously flavored latte. Great interior design as well, with a touch of Baba Nyonya culture, and this is probably the only place where you can find that many traditional sewing machines, lol! If you ever stumble upon this quaint place hidden behind a random Jonker Walk shop, be sure to try their Pandan and durian pancakes. The pancakes are a wonderful integration of Asian and western flavours. The only complaint I can think of is that The Daily Fi. closes every Tuesday, thus limiting the number of days avid customers like me can visit and enjoy the good food.

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2. Plat Kitchen –  (Rating 7/10)

Plat-Kitchen-melaka-cafe

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Address:
596, Jalan Melaka Raya 10, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka

Nice and friendly people own and run this cafe. It is also not your typical hipster cafe as it has a more modern approach in terms of interior design. A newbie cafe, I stumbled upon this cute little thing when I was browsing through pictures on Instagram. This place offers some interesting creation that mixes western and oriental taste as well. Plat Kitchen is probably the only place in Malacca that serves sweet potato fries as well the affogato beer (Drunken affogato). Lattes that I tried were pretty good, the only difference being the coffee art is more soft and detailed in design. It provides a pretty cool dining setting, the air-conditioner is oh-so-delightful, but the lack of sofas and comfortable chairs may not be an attraction to those who enjoy reading and sipping coffee. They can bake you the prettiest looking cakes upon order. The only cake that I’ve tried was the Rose and lychee cake. I’d highly recommend it if you have adventurous taste buds and a strong liking for intense and rich flavours.

Image Credit: Yanessa Yeo

Image Credit: Yanessa Yeo

Image Credit: Yanessa Yeo

Image Credit: Yanessa Yeo

3. Kaya-kaya Cafe – (Rating : 7/10)

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Address:
32, Jalan Tukang Emas, Melaka, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

Their interior design screams artsy-fartsy and hipster-dipster with the usual Baba Nyonya cultural element and the presence of traditional sewing machines. I tried their most prestigious dish which is the Elvis pancake. I regret to say that I will not be able to give any reviews of the food as when I tasted the dish, it was already cold and one cannot judge food when the food is neither hot nor fresh from the kitchen. This is my fault, as j took about 10 to 15 minutes tying to get a good picture to be posted on Instagram (which you can see was worth the sacrifice). The hazelnut latte was delightful, though. Like the above two cafes, this place offers a dish which has an integration of eastern and western element, the most popular being the sambal prawn spaghetti which has a distinctive and spicy taste to it.

Image Credit: Yanessa Yeo

Image Credit: Yanessa Yeo

Image Credit: Yanessa Yeo

Image Credit: Yanessa Yeo

4. Backlane Coffee (Rating : 4/10)

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Address:
129, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

If this cafe was rated based only on ambience, I would give it a 10/10. The first time I went there, I fell in love with the place. Not only was it the most comfortable cafe I have ever come across, one would definitely delight being ensconced on the sofa setting whilst reading and drinking coffee (something I’d like to do all day every single day) but the coffee itself was very tasty and the coffee art was brilliant! I also had a taste of the macaroons which I regret to say that those macaroons was a deplorable insult to this French/Italian pastry and a dishonor to the chef who invented it, a treacherous blasphemy to such a delicate and quaint food. The selection of cakes they offered didn’t look pleasing as well. From my first visit, my impression was this: the coffee is great, the ambience even greater! However, six months later saw me at the same place, and the coffee was just ..not to my liking. Apart from the absence of anything aesthetically pleasurable, the taste was blunt and mundane. The ambience was still as good, but what good does ambience and interior decoration do when one cannot enjoy the food in a cafe?

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Image Credit: Yanessa Yeo

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Image Credit: Yanessa Yeo

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Image Credit: Yanessa Yeo



5. Calanthe Cafe – (Rating : 7/10)

Calanthe Cafe

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Address:
11, Jalan Hang Kasturi, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

I’ve tasted the cakes they had to offer and unfortunately, they were not satisfactory. However, The laksa i tried was incredible, so elaborately planned with all the right ingredients to accompany the noodles. And the selection of drinks and coffee they have is just astounding! I’ve tried a few, and they were all pretty good. Their selection of drink vary widely and they are all different from each other (with interesting names). You definitely can’t get those drinks in any other random cafes. The wide variety accommodates for many. The interior design is also one of the very best I have come across….the picturesque paintings etched on those walls, the seemingly useless recycled items used to decorate the place and the portraits of leaders of the country is just plain weird …but weird in a nice way.

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Image Credit: Yanessa Yeo

This article is written by Vanessa Yeo, originally published at her blog. We appreciate the her courtesy for us to republish it at MalaysianStudent.com. She is a medical student with a heart for penning and a blogger of “The Fishmonger’s Friend“. She loves green tea desserts, all things Benedict Cumberbatch. She also believes in the power of humour and food to bring people together. She is currently studying at Cardiff University in Wales, U.K.

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