NEW The Baboon House
89 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Malacca.
If you’re looking for gourmet burgers and ice cold beers, Baboon House is for you. This pet-friendly café sits in a carefully refurbished shophouse, with greenery and unique decor everywhere. Travellers bent on authenticity will frown upon having burgers in a Unesco heritage site but the rave reviews convinced us that it’s worth a try. A feast for the eyes as well as the stomach, The Baboon House is festooned with art, tropical flowers and antiques, and houses a refreshingly lush and leafy inner courtyard. With all this in mind, it’s rather disappointing that photography is not permitted. Mon–Thu, 10am–5pm; Fri–Sun, 10am–7pm. Closed Tuesdays. $$
My Rock & Roll Blues Café 34 Jalan Melaka Raya 23, Taman Melaka Raya, Malacca (06 284 9652/ www.rocknrollmelaka.site11.com).
Those who love blues and burgers would do well to pop by this place. Chow down on good old steaks and chops (as well as a whole range of other Western dishes), all of which arrive in massive portions. Owner Mark Ruffin plays in a blues and rock and roll band called Johnny Coma and the Boneshakers, and they perform occasionally in the café.