NEW Bikini Toppings
46 Lorong Hang Jebat, Malacca (012 316 6426).
Adore the refreshing taste of coconut? This is the place for you, particularly after a sweltering afternoon of sightseeing. This coconut dessert bar offers a range of shakes, jellies and desserts. You can mix coconut water and coconut flesh with your choice of ice cream flavour to create a tasty drink suitable to your tastes. There are a number of flavours to choose from, but we love the simple, classic vanilla. Child friendly. Mon–Thu, 10am–6pm; Fri–Sat, 10am–7pm; Sun, 9am–6pm. $
NEW Halia Inc 1 Jalan Merdeka, Malacca (06 284 1011).
This place is sometimes called the Malaccan Publika, and for good reason: The airy indoor and outdoor seating areas in this former customs warehouse were inspired by the best in Melbourne café-esque design. Add to that the fact that Halia Inc not only presents a sumptuous menu of Western and Asian favourites like eggs florentine, pizza and Nyonya laksa, but also supports local musicians and artists. KL-ites will recognise the Forty Licks ice-cream and RAW coffee. Halal. Mon–Fri, 7am–11pm; Sat, 7am–12.30am; Sun, 7am–10pm. $$
Limau-Limau Café 4 Jalan Hang Lekiu, Malacca (012 698 4917).
Limau means lime in Malay, which might explain the acid green walls of this café along Jonker Street. The interior is a kooky, kitschy wonderland of whimsical art pieces, quaint bric-abrac and dark-coloured ceramics. Try the fantastically fruity blended drinks (100 percent fruit), sandwiches and pancakes. Popular dishes include the roasted chicken and mango ciabatta and the durian milkshake. It’s best to come at night, when the quirky chandeliers are all lit. Pork-free. Child friendly. Thu–Tue, 9am–6pm. $
NEW Mods Café 14 Jalan Tukang Emas, Malacca (012 756 4441).
When you first come across this café, you’ll probably think it’s closed. But see that gap in those heavy sliding security doors? That means Mods is open for business. Pop inside and check out the unusual set up. Your coffee will be made inside a colourful converted VW Combi Van, a mobile coffee bar that is licensed to go on the road when Mods does a catering job outside. The café serves a varying menu of blends and single-origin coffee, all freshly roasted and ground on-site. They also make their own cakes and the tiramisu is receiving great reviews for its rich rum flavour.
Thu–Tues, 10am–6pm. $
Nadeje Patisserie G-23, 25 & 27, Jalan PM 4, Plaza Mahkota (06 283 8750); G-23B, EG 4 & EG 5, ground floor, Mahkota Parade (06 284 3469); G-01, Bangunan Jaya 99, Block A, Jalan Tun Sri Lanang (06 227 7750/nadeje. com.my).
Available in a bewildering variety of flavours, this creamy treat is a favourite of many locals and tourists in Malacca. It’s freshly handmade from quality ingredients, and flavours include original, green tea, banana chocolate, mango yoghurt and many more. Ignore the bizarre decor of the café; sit back and let the creaminess envelop you.