Named after a great Chinese developer and regarded as the busiest street in Johor Bahru, Jalan Wong Ah Fook is an interesting type of attraction. I mean, what’s so big in one way Street?
But Jalan Wong Ah Fook is not just any type of street; it is one of a kind.
Basically, the road is at the heart of the city and numerous businesses including beauty shops, museums, cafes, hotels and many more are to be found here.
And it did not all start yesterday, walking down the street you will find very many establishments founded decades and even centuries ago and are still functioning to this day.
Wondering what food to eat, attractions nearby and hotels nearby Jalan Wong Ah Fook? Well, today, I going to share with you about this street. The post content listed as below:
- 13 Good & Cheap Food at Jalan Wong Ah Fook (Near Johor Bahru Checkpoint)
- Attractions Near Jalan Wong Ah Fook
- Hotels Near Jalan Wong Ah Fook
- How To Get To Jalan Wong Ah Fook
The tourists never dry up in Jalan Wong Ah Fook, for every day all year long, the establishments are nearly always full with as multitudes of people come down to experience the Johor Bahru (JB) dream by themselves.
Singaporeans make the majority of visitors here as they are always crossing over to Malaysia where everything is far much cheaper than in their country.
If you’re wishing to make a day trip to the little shopping haven of Jalan Wong Ah Fook here’re some of our recommendation!
Below are the main, and not so main, attractions along Johor Bahru’s most famous Street.
13 Good & Cheap Food At Jalan Wong Ah Fook (Near Johor Bahru Checkpoint)
It is absolutely impossible to go hungry anywhere in Johor; leave alone along Jalan Wong Ah Fook near Johor Bahru Checkpoint, the place is literally flooding with cafes and restaurants!
1. Kam Long Restaurant Curry Fish Head (Jalan Wong Ah Fook)
It is among the oldest (has been around for about 30 years) and most popular restaurants along this famous road. And it’s not because of the variety of their food, as a matter of fact they only serve one dish – curry fish head.
Sounds crazy? But that’s the truth!
At any time of the day you are likely to find the place full as the service is incredible and the chicken is the best tasting in Johor.
Kam Long serves a mixed clientele, the locals who want some great food, foreigners on some food tourism thing (if there is such a thing) and Singaporeans who are mainly day trippers.
2. Restoran Annalakshmi Johor Bahru
If you are a vegan, or looking for some great tasting vegan food, you are going to like what Restoran Annalakshmi offers!
The restaurant is the best place to get all the delicious Indian vegan meals prepared by volunteers with exemplary culinary skills. And what more, the menu doesn’t indicate the prices.
Here’s the best part! You get to decide what and how much you eat and how much you pay for it.
Of course you are not going to leave the warm hearted motherly chefs who prepared the finger licking meal empty handed, just spare a few Ringgits as a show of appreciation.
3. Hiap Joo Bakery
What’s so special with this little bakery? It has two things working for them: a rich history and delicious confectioneries.
This bakery, started nearly a century ago has retained its compact size and surprisingly the vintage firewood oven and remains largely a family business.
Also read: 7 Best Bak Kut Teh in Johor Bahru
Here you will find most types of confectionaries baked with the old smoky oven and are hand-sliced but you can’t even tell on tasting them. What’s more, the personal touch in the baking process and beyond is the real reason behind their longetivity.
Oh, and don’t forget to ask for their natural flabby and delicious banana cakes! The cakes and breads are natural – no preservatives and additives thus are not as sugary as the ones you would buy on the streets but are definitely healthier.
4. Restoran Kin Wah Coffee Shop
For a heavy old school breakfast or coffee date, hop into Restoran Kin Wah and sample their amazing treats. Their aromatic coffee and tasty half boiled eggs are a nice way to start your day.
For lunch, their nasi padang will keep you full, and smiling, till dinner, or the next morning.
5. IT Roo Café
If you are down to some Hainanese cuisine, the IT Roo Cafe is the best place to visit.
The cafe serves absolutely delicious Hainanese Chicken chop which was regarded as the best in Malaysia some time back by The Star newspaper, so you know what you are in for.
The chicken chop is prepared in two forms: Deep fried or chopped. Deep fried chicken chop is basically tender chicken meat prepared with minimal oil – still checking the calories?
The popular grilled chicken thighs are sweet and juicy and go extra well with pepper or Mushroom sauce. Every plate of chicken chop, grilled or fried, comes along with some potato wedges and coleslaw.
6. Salahuddin Bakery
No place serves Indian pastries better than Salahuddin Bakery, that’s a fact. At the old Indian bakery you will find a wide range of old school breads, doughnut and other pastries at the best price.
But what you really should ask for is their amazing Bengali Curry Puffs. The Puffs are filled with fillings such as potatoes, onions and minced chicken meat or beef and have the characteristic spicy taste of Indian foods.
And while waiting for your Bengali Puffs to be packed, get to learn about (and maybe take pics of) the classic wood fired baking oven still used to bake the cakes.
7. Restoran Hua Mui
Just a few minutes away from Jalan Wong Ah Fook is the Restoran Hua Mui which is famous for its sweet aromatic coffee.
Hua Mui, established around 1946, offers a mixture of local foods such as Mee Hua Mui and Western cuisines like pasta, rice, sandwiches and noodles.
The Muslim faithful are welcome too as the cafe is Halal-certified and culturally diverse.
8. Kok Yow Yong Traditional Herbal Tea Shop
If you are in need of some natural herbal tea freshly prepared, Kok Yow Yong is the place. The small tea shop, over 100 years old, brews excellent Chrysanthemum tea and local herbal tea Wong lo Kat.
The place is very popular among different ethnicities in Johor including day trippers from Singapore, who make the majority of visitors.
9. Restoran Ya Wang
Opposite Jalan Wong Ah Fook on the southern side is Restoran Ya Wang, a medium sized establishment serving a variety of dishes.
Some of the most popular dishes in char siew and Roast Pork which is extra yummy and even better combined with the char siew.
Then there is the Herbal Roast Pork which the cafe is well known for. Lotus Root Soup and white rice are also present on the menu.
10. Ah Hua 亚华 Kway Teow Soup (Restoran Sekee)
Ah Hua has been around for a couple of decades but their kway teow soup never loses its taste.
Originally frequented by taxi and bus drivers from the old Johor Bahru Checkpoint, the establishment has grown to have dignitaries and foreign nationals on their client list. They also cook pork liver which also tastes great.
11. Kedai Makanan Sang Heng
Kedai Makanan Sang Heng next to OCBC also serves some great kway teow soup. The small business, owned by an elderly man, is pretty popular and you can be sure to find it full most times through the day so be prepared to wait.
Believe it, this 50-year-old teochew style noodles definitely worth it. The soup tastes awesome, and the atmosphere is amazing and will have you coming back again. Most people surely do!
12. Meldrum Walk Street Food
For dinner delicacies, check out Meldrum Walk, a back lane eating area with numerous hand cart stalls that will most definitely satisfy all your food needs.
13. Maco Vintage Café
If you are into some contemporary foods for dinner or any other meal, check out Maco Vintage Cafe. The classy cafe serves a large selection of foods from salads to desserts to main courses. Everything, well, most of everything is served here. Make sure not to miss out their signature crepe cake when you are there!
Attractions Near Jalan Wong Ah Fook
The City Square mall is located just a walking distance from Johor customs and home to more than 200 retailers offering everything from foods and beverages to clothes and cosmetics. It is one of the largest shopping mall in Johor Bahru.
There is no way you’re going to miss the Square as it is just a few metres away from the Malaysian immigration center, where you will be passing through (presumably).
Business operations here start at 10 am and you can check in for breakfast before heading on to your shopping tour.
Most importantly, be sure to check out the JB Inner City with its large collection of small fashion and accessories shops offering great bargains.
2. Johor Old Chinese Temple
The ancient temple located along Jalan Trus holds the distinction of being the only Chinese Temple in Malaysia to be named after a country and not a deity or a clan, as almost all Chinese temples here are.
The temple still manages to attract attention despite being sandwiched between modern office suites and commercial towers.
Visiting the temple, you will be amazed at its rich history and awed by the high surrounding walls and magnificent courtyard.
3. Galleria at Kotaraya
Also at the heart of Johor Bahru business district, the 5-storey Galleria at Kotaraya is easily the best shopping center in JB.
With more than 170 retail outlets selling anything from clothes to perfumes to fast foods, Galleria is comfortably the one stop shop it was designed to be.
There are also regular art exhibitions where you will find the City’s best artefacts on display.
It is not only shopping and entertainment, there are also some core governmental services offers here including Finance, developmental, utility and security services
4. Laser Battle
If you are a game junkie or the adventurous types, Laser Battle might just be the place that will give you the extra thrill you are probably lacking. The place has the most modern and advanced Laser Battle indoor arenas and equipment, making it a must visit.
An extra touch and feel is added to every game by the LED lighting in multiple colors and remarkable sound effects supporting each of the over 40 game modes available.
The operator has several outlets with the same name around Malaysia with the JB one located at 108, Jalan Wong Ah Fook.
Arguably the most beautiful and breathtaking temple in the world, Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman is built with hundreds of thousands of multi-colored glass pieces.
This makes for an amazing sight as the light from the numerous chandeliers are reflected to the glass pieces.
The temple also houses several gold sculptures and statues of various Hindu Gods arranged side to side.
Shockingly, and despite being a Hindu temple, you will come across statues of Jesus Christ and Mother Theresa which support the culture and religious diversity of the temple.
6. Chinese Heritage Museum
This is the best place to visit and learn about the long history of the Chinese community in Johor Bahru.
The four-storey Museum building houses a large collection of ancient documents chronicling the Chinese history and a multitude of pre-WW2 photos showcasing the lifestyle of different communities in Johor at the time.
You will also find other relics such as old coins and porcelain plates and cups some even centuries old. I mean, the City has a rich Chinese background but what you’ll find at the Museum will blow your mind and open your eyes.
7. Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque
Ever contemplated of an environment where religion blends perfectly with classic architecture? Well, you must have been thinking of the great Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque.
The classic 19th Century mosque is located along Jalan Skudai and was built under the patronage of the Sultan it is named after.
Like most mosques and buildings built about the same time, Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque’s architectural design is mainly victorian with some elements of Malay here and there.
Are you curious to check out the interior? Here’s your chance!
You don’t have to be a Muslim to enter the magnificent mosque, everyone is allowed in. Just make sure your dress code is decent and that you remove your shoes and socks before you enter the main praying area.
8. Johor Zoo
A trip to Johor wouldn’t be complete without a stopover at the renowned Johor Zoo along Jalan Gertak. The zoo, though small, hosts over 100 animal species including Lions, elephants and crocodiles in addition to hundreds of birds and plant species.
The location and size won’t remain as it is for long though as the state government has announced plans to move the zoo to Iskandar Puteri, about 20km from the previous location.
The idea behind this is to increase the size of the zoo and consequently number of animals hosted. We can all just cross our fingers and hope the experience doesn’t change. Not much anyway.
9. KSL City Mall
Among the largest and most popular shopping centers in JB, KSL is a haven for shopaholics, which most Singaporeans are.
Although you won’t find much in terms of international brands here, the various local brands selling at the best prices will catch your fancy.
A number of boutiques, beauty salons and restaurants are found in the mall offering all the major local brands and cuisines.
Occupying most of the third floor of the new Komtar Johor Bahru City Center, the angry birds is easily one of the largest indoor parks in Malaysia.
With a large number of fun activities to partake in from exciting Q&As, Nest Climbing and Go Karting, it is basically a weekend (or weekday) treat for the whole family. Mom and Dad included.
Hotels Near Jalan Wong Ah Fook
There are several hotels along and near Jalan Wong Ah Fook. For your convenience, here’s the short-listed hotels nearby Jalan Wong Ah Fook.
1. Citrus Hotel Johor Bahru
It is located right at the center of Johor Bahru’s CBD just across City Square. Apart from serving different local and international dishes, the hotel also offers affordable accommodation with over 125 rooms.
2. Puteri Pacific Hotel
Located on Jalan Abdullah Ibrahim, you simply cannot miss the beautiful Puteri Pacific Hotel which is among the most beautiful buildings along the street.
The ultra modern hotel has an Olympic-size swimming pool and fully equipped fitness centre.
There is also a wide range of cuisines both local and international with accommodation also available. The hotel has some amazing packages if you plan to hold a meeting or convention.
3. Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru
Overlooking the city and on Jalan Ngee Heng, just a stone throw away from Persada Convention Center, is the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel JB.
It is strategic location affords awesome views of the city and even the Straits of Johor. Room packages include guest rooms, deluxe suites and meeting halls at negotiable prices.
4. KSL Hotel Resort
There is no question that the biggest and most beautiful hotel in JB is the KSL Hotel. The hotel contains over 860 spacious rooms and several bars and restaurants offering the very best of local drinks and foods with some Western cuisines as well.
Besides that, Dinosaur Alive Water Park is located at 7th floor of this hotel. Therefore, you can bring your children to have fun too during the stay.
5. Amansari City Centre Hotel
For cheaper but classy food and accommodation, try out the 3 Star Amansari City Centre Hotel located just 3 minutes away from the actual City center.
To complement the accommodation services, the hotel offers car rental services to its clientele.
6. Holiday Villa Hotel Johor Bahru
If you wish to, and can afford Four Star food and accommodation, Holiday Villa Hotel Johor Bahru is just the place to be.
The hotel, conveniently located on Jalan Dato Sulaiman and in Century Garden, has a lot to offer in terms of great food and rooms.
7. Hallmark Regency Hotel
The new Hallmark Regency Hotel, to be found along Jalan Harimau, has a lot to offer due to its perfect location near the City center.
Apart from the normal facilities like Airport transfers, great rooms and free wifi, the hotel also arranges for tours to the various attractions around here such as Legoland Malaysia and Sanrio Hello Kitty Town.
8. Grand Blue Wave Hotel
The newly refurbished Grand Blue Wave Hotel provides you luxurious and opulent rooms served with high speed WiFi, hot water and daily news papers.
The hotel is pretty huge – more than 200 rooms yet the quality of their service is not in any way compromised.
You will find the hotel conspicuous as you move along Jalan Meldrum or you could just book a cab to drop you there!
9. Grand Paragon Hotel
Along the Jalan Tebrau on your way to Johor Bahru from Singapore is the prestigious Grand Paragon Hotel with its selection of awesome bar and lounges and modern restaurants serving a range of dishes, from the most popular local ones to international dishes you’ve probably never heard about.
10. Mutiara Hotel Johor Bahru
Three restaurants and a large outdoor pool are among the distinctive features of Mutiara Hotel, along Jalan Dato Sulaiman. Just to lay any doubts, the hotel is huge! Several stories high and can be seen from quite a distance along the road.
The hotel offers different types of room such as Superior Room, Deluxe Room, Studio & Mutiara Suite, Junior Club Suite and Family Suite.
11. Bello Hotel JB Central
If you are moving along Jalan Meldrum, make sure to check out the Bello Hotel and (maybe) sample some of their foods and/or drinks.
The hotel also offers excellent accommodation with rooms being in form of ordinary rooms and executive-level suites, all at different prices.
Apart from its hilariously spelt name, the hotel has much to offer especially in terms of location and convenience as it is located just a few metres from Johor Bahru’s Customs Immigration Quarantine, making access to and from Singapore possible.
12. New York Hotel JB
For a contemporary dining experience with a subtle American touch, visit the New York Hotel in Jalan Dato Abdullah Tahir. The food is pretty good and so are the different rooms, totaling more than 400 and meeting halls.
13. Swiss Inn Hotel Johor Bahru
Some minutes from the city center lies Swiss Inn Hotel which is much smaller but still gets the job done in hosting quite a number of clients at once. The hotel have 205 rooms divided into 3 category which are Cosy Queen, Cosy 2 Bedroom and Tatami 6.
The Swiss Inn Hotel is located in an ideal location with the City Square and KSL mall in close proximity.
Also, the short distance from here to the various other attractions in the City such as beauty shops, cafes and basically wherever you want to go.
14. Thistle Hotel Johor Bahru
Thistle Hotel also has some amazing features such as a pool, spacious guest rooms and free Wi-Fi. This luxurious 5-star hotel is located in the city center of Johor Bahru that make it a perfect place to host various events and activities.
15. Berjaya Waterfront Hotel Johor Bahru
Berjaya Waterfront Hotel JB is situated just a few minutes’ walk from custom, immigration and quarantine complecx (CIQ) has pretty awesome features such as fitness centre, swimming pool and spacious residential suites.
How To Get To Jalan Wong Ah Fook
Getting to Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Johor Bahru in particular can be quite hectic as most trans-border trips are. The situation can be even worse on weekends or public holidays when thousands of Singaporeans and other foreigners are trickling to JB to get their stomach full or shopping at half the price you would normally get in Singapore.
There are many options to get to Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Johor Bahru from Singapore.
Option 1: Getting to Jalan Wong Ah Fook By Foot
First, you can take bus to Singapore Woodlands Checkpoint for immigration clerance. After that, take the bus again towards Johor Customs for passport stamps. After that walk through City Square and head to Jalan Wong Ah Fook.
Jalan Wong Ah Food is busy street and famous with JB local food that is not too far from Johor Bahru City Square Mall. It is best place to discover the JB food and drinks. Attached herewith walking map for you reference.
Option 2: Getting To Jalan Wong Ah Fook By Private Car
The most convenient and comfortable way is by taking private MPV car, SGMYTaxi directly from Singapore to Jalan Wong Ah Fook. The experieced driver will pick you up at any location in Singapore and directly transfer you to desired destination.
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