Sunday, 14 December 2014

16 cafes to hop in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

It isn’t the weekend if you don’t get to sleep in. But what exactly marks the start of a good weekend? There are days where you just want to lie in bed till late evening before heading out for dinner but others when you can’t wait to get out of your comfort zone and do some exploring. My favourite thing about the weekends is that you can have coffee at any time of the day.
Have you visited every single hipster café in Singapore? Well, you can also start your exploration across the borders to Johor Bahru. Though the cafes aren’t like Singapore’s, all lined up on the same street, it is always a joy to cruise around before settling down in one. These are a few cafes you will never want to miss out on:

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Giving off varying vibes throughout the day, to get some warmth with occasional breezes, do visit the cafe when the sun is still up. For a chill out starry night, head there when the sun sets.
Chaiwalla & Co. is an open air cafe with no air conditioning but simple and honest designs. As can be inferred from its name, you will definitely get some decent Chai here!
To get some warmth with occasional breezes, visit in the day. For a chill out starry night, head there when the sun sets.
Address: Lot 2810, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru 80000, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 930am - 630pm | Fri - Sun: 930am - 630pm, 8pm - 1am


Inspired by French culinary and architecture, Coffee Valley is a quaint cafe with freshly grounded coffee and soft music playing in the background. Besides its aromatic coffee, there is a wide range of tea and bites that you can choose from.
Address: 12A Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru 80000, Johor, Malaysia | L2-550A, Sutera Mall
Opening hours: 8 am - 9 pm | 1030 am - 1030 pm


Wake up to a double-shots cuppa at HeadMost Cafe’s espresso bar as you choose from the range of coffee blends around the world. Its cosy ambience promises a warm and relaxing experience for its customers, guaranteeing a rejuvenating hangout.
After your caffeine fix, there is HeadMost Boutique on the second level, selling men’s apparels, for retail therapy.
Address: G07, Plaza Mentari (SunCity) Jalan Kuning, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 1230 pm - 1030 pm | Closed on Monday

Roost Cafe (Salad & Bar)



The place is of rustic ambience as wood and old timbre is used for most of its exterior designs and interior furniture. All furniture is intricately picked and designed, each with its own character.
Roost café serves a range of food, from salads to heavier meals. With a book in hand, a productive yet soothing day is sorted.
Address: 9 Jalan Dhoby 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 12 pm - 4 pm, 6 pm - 12 mn | Sun: 6 pm - 12 mn.

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Subtly hidden away on the hipster street with an interesting signboard, Bev C is two storey brainchild of Beverly Bee - a boutique and cafe at the second level. The boutique holds true to Beverly Bee’s mantra “own your style or stay naked” - sporting a unique sense of concept with international recognition.
As you get lured by the scent of grinded coffee to the second level, you will find a haven to get inspired while sipping on coffee.
Address: 54 Jalan Tan Hiok Nee 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 1 pm - 11 pm | Sat & Sun: 12 pm - 11pm

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The first of its kind in Johor Bahru to bring in premium quality apparels from overseas such as American Apparel, Bellroy, Nudie Jeans Co, and Commes Des Garcon. Not just a platform to extend the concept of exclusive yet sustainable fashion items, it is also a space for hairstyling and mid-day beverages.
Atop the boutique is a café named Ambiguous. It is named ‘Ambiguous’ as it celebrates the ambiguous nature of coffee consistency, where every cup of coffee tastes different.
Address: 7 Jalan Serampang, Taman Sri Tebrau, Johor Bahru 80050, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily 12 pm - 10 pm


You might miss this cup of smoky heaven if not for its nostalgia-able swing on the synthetic grass against its dark grey walls.
All ice creams are made on the spot with liquid nitrogen and you’ll witness the freezing smogs brimming from the counter before you get yours. The creamy, flavourful ice cream justifies for the crowd.
Address: 31 Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru 80000, Johor, Malaysia.
Opening hours: Sun, Tue -Thu: 1 pm - 10 pm | Fri - Sat: 1pm - 12mn


Where coffee meets art to bring people together, this three storey warehouse-like cafe is one of the popular spots for weekend brunch; creating a buzz amongst the cafe goers in Johor Bahru.
The clean white walls are adorned with bright and colourful paintings, inviting you to stay for the afternoon.
Address: 29 Jalan Molek 1/12, Taman Molek 81100, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 12pm - 11pm | Fri - Sun: 12pm - 12mn


Creation of the couple who co-founded architecture firm EHKA Studio, they brought the musical concept to its name and interior furbishing. An award winning cafe for its designs, it features a centrepiece long table with the pretty lamps hanging above like a harp. This unpretentious space caters to everyone - bar seats for coffee lovers to watch the baristas prepare their drink, wide range of food from waffles to all-day breakfasts for foodies, and even interior designers.
Address: 1 Jalan Molek 3/19, Taman Molek 81100, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11 am - 1130 pm | Sat & Sun: 10 am - 1130 pm

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Like its name suggests, this is a coffee joint nestled in a factory, in the industrial area of Mount Austin. Influenced and inspired by the industrial style, the cafe sports a high ceiling with hanging coffee beanbags, dim lighting, copper, steel, and wood. Exuding a tinge of seriousness and romantic vibes.
Address: No. 30 Jalan Mutiara Emas 5/3, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily 2pm - 12 mn


Following the Korean cafe culture of coffees in the garden, JWC The Garden has the same trendy concept. Using simple and vibrant colours, it brings out the friendliness of the cafe, allowing customers to relax and catch up in the homely space that was previously a showhouse.
Address: 3/27 Jalan Persiaran Jaya Putra, Taman JP Perdana, 81100 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 2 pm - 10 pm | Fri & Sat: 2 pm - 12 mn | Sun: 10 am - 7 pm | Closed on Mondays


No one is too cool or old for a fairy-tale, happily-ever-after cafe. With an indoor and outdoor seating, it feels like coming home on a dreamy afternoon. Serving drinks in gold pleated cups against the falling flowers and leaves, everyone can be a royal here.
Address: 7A Showhouse, Jalan Persiaran Jaya Putra 1, Bandar Jaya Putra 81100 Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Opening hours: Daily 1pm - 11pm | Closed on Wednesday.



Some might know it by its former name Cestino Patisserie, but Insomnia retains its good food and coffee. Towering full length windows around the cafe gives off an honest and engaging ambience, with one entrance facing the children’s playground and the other a pedestrian pavement.
With plenty of books stacked on the wall shelves, you can spend a warm afternoon indoors, slouching on the cushioned chairs.
Address: CH 0107/08 Jalan Skudai, Country Garden Danga Bay, 80200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily 10 am - 10 pm

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The interior will be the first thing that captures patrons’ attention. Sporting a vintage sports outlook, customers get to dine at tennis tables while the walls are adorned with old-school racquets.
Barista Chye Yuan Feng who has belted a few awards is also the brainchild of co-owned Monsta Café. Here, you will get the best of both worlds as he combines espresso and slow brewing methods with Japanese-French fusion cuisines.
Address: CS01-12 Jalan Skudai, Country Garden Danga Bay, Johor Bahru 80200, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily 10 am - 11 pm


Not a place you will miss out. Located by the roadside, occupying a corner lot, its vibrant billboard will beg for your attention. The interior of the cafe caters to all, with casual take-and-go tall seats or fully cushioned sofas where you just want to laze and spend your day watching the world go by through the windows.
Address: 157 Jalan Bestari ⅕ Taman Nusa Bestari Skudai. 81300 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 10 am - 12 mn | Fri - Sun: 11 am - 1 am.


A traditional French pastry and coffee house with a dessert bar, Maco Cafe’s mille crepe is raved about for its creamy yet distinct layers. Also a gallery space for art and design pieces, this place promotes socialising in comfort, basking in the aroma of brewing coffee and freshly baked pastries.
Address: 65 Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/2, Taman Sutera Utama, Skudai, Johor Bahru 81300 Malaysia
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 12 pm - 10 pm | Fri & Sat: 12 pm - 1am

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