10 Best Food & Cafe At Jalan Tan Hiok Nee & Jalan Dhoby

Jalan Tan Hiok Nee & Jalan Dhoby

If you’re discovering Johor, chances are you’ve passed by some picture perfect, hipster establishments yet quaint looking enough for you to flood your Instagram with!

Some colorful some more quirky and traditional, checking out new concepts of these cafes are an adventure in itself, with the food being a different journey on its own.

You can blame it on and be thankful for the surge in hip, stylish cafes and outlets which serve good food, specialize in only a certain type of food or an outlet dedicated to coffee art.

Each café in this list has a unique appeal and we’re sure all are worth a visit if for nothing else than to fill your Instagram with.

Mostly fairly new establishments and some notably older cafes, all make up the vibrant café culture along Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Jalan Dhoby and also Jalan Wong Ah Fook.

Whatever takes your fancy, we’ve scoured Jalan Tan Hiok Nee and Jalan Dhoby area in Johor Bahru city for the latest cafes and restaurants that’s worth a visit.

Here’s the complete list and be sure to read on to find out what they’re buzzing about.

1. IT Roo Café JB

2. Salahuddin Bakery

3. The Replacement- Lodge & Kitchen Johor Bahru

4. Flowers in the Window Café JB

5. Koone Café JB

6. Hiap Joo Bakery

7. Chaiwalla & Co. Container Café Johor Bahru

8. Dapur Jendela

9. Shakespeare Milkshakes JB

10. Red House At Jalan Tan Hiok Nee

Top 5 Best Food & Café At Jalan Dhoby Johor Bahru

1. IT Roo Café JB

Though not entirely new, this name will ring a bell with those familiar with the area, as this outlet has been around since the early 2000’s and with good reason too.

IT Roo Café, JB

Most notable and a must try for any visitor is the famous Hainanese Chicken Chop. Visitors have travelled for far and wide to have a bite of this dish.

This dish shot to fame when it was named Best Chicken Chop in Malaysia by The Star newspaper back in 2003. Just on the droves of people heading here, we’re sure this famous dish is still highly sought after.

IT Roo Café JB
Location: 17, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Contact: +60 7-222 7780
Opening Hours:
Daily: 10:00am – 12:00am

 

2. Salahuddin Bakery

Along Jalan Dhoby, Salahuddin Bakery is one of the oldest in Johor Bahru, and it’s evident from the use of a wood oven the size of a room, dating all the way back to 1937. Still run by the same owners’ family, this bakery has not changed much since the beginning, and even has the original signage.

Salahuddin Bakery

You can find a large selection of freshly baked pastries, bread, puffs and the most popular Indian curry puffs with a range of fillings. The curry puffs of course are best eaten hot and fresh from the oven, get their crunch from the flaky pastry used.

Before you leave though, make sure you’ve bought some Bengali puffs and loaf bread if you haven’t already done so!

Salahuddin Bakery
Location: 26, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.
Contact: +60 12-766 8380
Opening Hours:
Daily: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Closed on: Fridays

3. The Replacement – Lodge & Kitchen Johor Bahru

You can’t not notice this establishment, an all-white facade with a large signage of The Replacement as it stands on a lane corner in the Jalan Dhoby area.

Also read: Top 18 Places To Shop For Inexpensive Local Products Or Souvenirs In Johor

This all white corner lot maintains the clean and light feeling inside, and upstairs, which is The Replacement Lodge means you can stay here as well.

The Replacement - Lodge & Kitchen Johor Bahru

What you’ll find past all the decadent cakes on the main counter is their menu which lists all day brunch dishes, and if you’ve space left for dessert there’s their tasty churros that comes with a choice of dipping, with salted yolk dip being one of the most ordered.

The Replacement- Lodge & Kitchen Johor Bahru
Location: 33, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.
Contact: +60 10-400 5407
Opening Hours:
Daily: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 10:00pm
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4. Flowers In The Window Café JB

This quaint café is just over a year old, is named as such for the outlet incorporates edible flowers in their dishes and the café is decked out with flowers, making you feel as if you’re dining in a garden outdoors.

Flowers In The Window Café JB

The menu here includes brunch options as well as a small selection of bread, which you can order with a side dish of your choice. Dishes on the menu lends its color from the edible flowers and mostly dishes are a  mix of western and Asian cooking styles.

Flowers In The Window Café JB
Location: 9, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.
Contact: +60 7-222 7489
Opening Hours:
Daily: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Closed on: Tuesdays

 

5. Koone JB

Coming off the back of the rise of soft serve ice- cream, Koone serves up froyo or frozen yogurt desserts and has been doing so since November 2015. With new flavors added in weekly and a range of toppings, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice here.

Koone Johor Bahru

The light interiors with splashes of color adds to the allure of the outlet, perfect for a chilling away after meals conversations. Whatever you pick from the menu, you don’t have to rush into your dessert as the dry ice at the bottom of each cup keeps your froyo cool. How cool is that!

Koone JB

Image credits: facebook.com/koonesoftserve

Koone JB
Location: 30, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.
Contact: +60 16-934 4850
Opening Hours:
Daily: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
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Top 5 Best Food & Café At Jalan Tan Hiok Nee JB

6. Hiap Joo Bakery

The oldest café in Johor, this classic café has been in operations since 1919. The café has also maintained its use of a fire wood oven and the outlet is a family business, involving three generations of the Lim family till today.

Hiap Joo Bakery & Biscuit Factory JB

Each family member has a specific task it seems, keeping the bakery highly organized and efficient.

Banana Cakes From Hiap Joo Bakery In Johor Bahru

The best times to visit Hiap Joo Bakery is between noon and 2pm daily, as the morning bake is hot and taken fresh from the oven, so ensure you do try their signature banana cake, a hit even with the Johor royal family.

Hiap Joo Bakery
Location: 13, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.
Contact: +60 7-223 1703
Opening Hours:
Daily: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Closed on: Sundays
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7. Chaiwalla & Co. Container Café Johor Bahru

Upcycled from a container, this café is truly one of a kind. Serving up an array of bubble tea you’ll find a favorite among the various tea and chai mixtures.

Chaiwalla & Co. Container Cafe Johor Bahru

Image credits: facebook.com/chaiwalla.co

The container being outdoor may not be so suitable for chilling out, with many customers preferring their drink to go. The food here is kept simple, with a few pastries and cakes on offer.

Chaiwalla & Co. Container Café Johor Bahru
Location: Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.
Contact: +60 12-735 3572
Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday: 9:30am – 10:30pm
Weekends: 9:30am – 1:00pm
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8. Dapur Jendela

Made in resemblance to Malay traditional designs, the interiors of this establishment uses a lot of wood and some quirky fittings to fit the concept, seen with a lamp made out entirely of spoons.

Dapur Jendela

Image credits: facebook.com/DapurJendela/

In their menu you can find traditional Malay dishes and a fair selection of western food as well.

Dapur Jendela
Location: 49, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.
Contact: +60 12-781 3227
Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday: 6:00pm – 2:00am
Closed on: Mondays
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9. Shakespeare Milkshakes JB

The café is a fairly new addition to the cafes that can be found along Jalan Trus. A dessert cafe, Shakespeare milkshakes serve up soft serve ice- cream and freshly made waffles, not forgetting the specialty here which are of course milkshakes.

Shakespeare Milkshakes JB

Image credits: facebook.com/shakespeare.milkshakes

Decadent milkshakes here come in classic flavors and six specialty flavor mixes, topped with a variety of sauces and toppings. Chocolaty, sweet or tangy, there’s a milkshake or waffle dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth.

If you prefer waffles, the Chocolate Banana waffle dish is one that’ll hit the sweet spot, with chocolate sauce, more chocolate based toppings atop fresh waffles.

Shakespeare Milkshakes JB
Location: 9, Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.
Contact: +60 16-421 8530
Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday: 12:00pm – 11:00pm
Weekend: 12:00pm – 12:00am
Closed on: Wednesdays
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10. Red House At Jalan Tan Hiok Nee

Not to be confused with Red House Seafood Restaurant, the corner shop house of Red House cafe is reminiscent of former Dutch buildings, with its bright red and white façade, still keeping to its traditional look and has become quite the photo spot for visitors.

The Red House Johor Bahru

This building is mainly used as a venue for cultural events, which makes for a nice spot for a quick bite or coffee. The food here is heavily influenced Nyonya cooking and dishes, and desserts.

Red House At Jalan Tan Hiok Nee
Location: Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.
Contact: +60 7–224 9633
Opening Hours:
From breakfast till early evening

 

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