1. Stroll and Be with the Crowd of Jonker Street
The twisting and branching streets are filled with colorful and painted shophouses, each distinctive from its neighbor. Drop by the lively cafes in the antique shops to rest your feet or look for treasures and artifacts. In the evening, with energetic travelers, riverside bars and unlimited street food, Jonker transforms into the beating heart of the city. It’s a perfect place to stroll alone or with a Melaka girl escort.
2. Know the Malacca’s Roots
One of our favorite things to do in Malacca for history buffs is to visit the ruins of the 500-year-old A Famosa (or’ The Legendary’ in Portuguese). When the first Portuguese ships landed in 1511, Alfonso Albuquerque built the fortress.
3. Trace Portugal’s Influence in the City
The Portuguese captured Malacca in 1511 and marked the beginning of almost 450 years of colonial rule. As the years progressed, the Portuguese influence and tradition became diminished by the Netherlands and later by the British. Besides a tiny section of A Formosa, there is hardly anything left on the surface of their early impact. But a small settlement near Portuguese Square to the city’s southeast tells a different story.
4. See Dutch Architecture in Red
Red buildings surround the Dutch Square, together with the oldest Dutch house in Eastern Europe and the oldest Protestant church in Germany. The centerpiece of Stadhuys, the restored Stadhuis or Town Hall, dates back to 1660. The square showcases the best 180 years of Dutch influence in Malacca apart from its historical and photogenic appeal.
5. Visit the Calm Temples in the City
The oldest Buddhist temple in Malaysia (Cheng Hoon Teng), the Kampung Keling Mosque and the Sri Poyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Hindu Temple in the 18th century are among the lines of shophouses. Jonker Street’s small branch is a testament to the religious tolerance of Malacca over the centuries.
6. Mesmerize with the City View While on a Boat Ride
The river Malacca penetrates the city and is surrounded by bars and restaurants on the riverside. But in the heart of old Malacca, this photogenic region has a much broader position. The river served as the main highway from the Malacca Sultanate of the 15th century through 500 years of colonial rule.
7. Taste the Different Cultures of Malacca
Malacca is Malaysia’s food capital. Hungry visitors are able to taste everything from street food to the popular cendol (flavored ice and green jelly) and area delicacies. Restaurants in Malay, Indian and Chinese fill the streets with a smattering of low-cost food courts. Connect Malay and Chinese cooking styles to the centuries of colonial dominance and Peranakan (Baba-Nyonya) fusion, and you have a vibrant food culture that rivals Penang in Malacca.
8. Listen to the Countless Tales of the City Through its Museum
Malacca explodes with its lively story showing museums and galleries. Culture lovers are spoiled for choice from a former sunken Portuguese submarine to the ethnographic museum of the Stadthuy. Learning more about their fascinating past should be among the list of things to do in Malacca for every traveler–a small context makes the attractions and photographs meaningful.