We’ve all been there: you’re visiting the historical city of Melaka and there’s so much more to see, but the weather is hot, you’re tired from walking, and all you want is a place to sit back, relax, and enjoy a cuppa. We’ve got your problems solved with these café gems strategically located within Melaka Raya and even Jonker Street! Read on to find out where you can get South American coffee, chicken rendang pizza, and succulent smoked duck breast.
Khaki Coffee Bar
Located by Jalan Melaka Raya, Khaki Coffee Bar is almost dismissible for its simple white exterior, but the coffee-related merch displayed in their windows will definitely catch your eye. This small and cosy cafe not only serves different brews every week, but works with a localised community of coffee lovers and café owners alike, offering machine repairs, barista training, and even coffee bean sourcing!
Khaki Coffee Bar does plenty more than just cater to café-goers
Though they do serve food such as sandwiches and desserts, the main attraction at Khaki is of course, their coffee! Choosing from their adorable handmade menu of twine and cardboard, we settled on a shakerato (RM9.90) – a double espresso ice shake that tasted remotely of berries upon our first sip, before warming down to a richer coffee flavour. This was served in a flute similar to the coffee from our visit to typical Cafe No.2 in Ampang.
A flute of coffee with layers of flavours
We felt the need to try Khaki’s mulberry tea (RM9), considering it was given a special place as bookmark in their menu. Surprisingly, the flavors were very woody, having an earthy taste in contrast to any fruity expectations, but it’s definitely a must-try in our books.
This woody, herbal tea will have you wanting more
For a good place to get out of the hot sun and indulge in a fancy tea, visit the GourmetBar at the new Novotel in Melaka Raya! Their modern bar with cosy contemporary seats will put you immediately at ease, so much so that they might just make you want to stay a little longer! GourmetBar has plenty of drinks and food on their menu with a health-conscious twist, but they don’t stinge on the flavour factor either!
Escape the heat at Novotel’s GourmetBar with some healthy drinks and snacks!
Start yourself off with a Juicing Cucumber (RM18), made of cucumber juice, honey as sweetener, and a little salt for taste to cool yourself down. GourmetBar also has an extensive selection of detox drinks, mocktails, shakes, and smoothies that will definitely help keep the heat away.
A great pick-me-up for your afternoon tea
Local dishes and platters are the signature selections here, such as the seafood char kuey and Nyonya pie tee (RM10 each). These crispy shells are generously filled with shredded turnip and cucumber, then topped with a large prawn on each serving. We suggest eating these in one bite, so you get all the savoury juices at the bottom of the shell!
Pop these pie tees so they don’t spill!
For a great value meal, order the mini heritage chicken rendang pizza (RM18) to share! However, you might want this all to yourself once the rich aroma of rendang hits you when it’s served – this is one dish you won’t want to miss out on at GourmetBar. Local flavours are beautifully combined with this Italian dish, and you’ll find yourself reaching for more with every slice.
You can tell it’s a good pizza when the cheese stretches that far