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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Each family member has a specific task it seems, keeping the bakery highly organized and efficient.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In their menu you can find traditional Malay dishes and a fair selection of western food as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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