The number of cafes in Malaysia has been increasing rapidly, supporting the idea that Malaysia’s coffee crop in coming years will likely struggle just to meet the country’s own internal demands rather than focusing on exporting. Since centuries ago.
Malaysia had been growing its own coffee beans and today, Malaysia grows about 25,000 hectares of coffee mainly in the provinces of Kelantan, Kedah, Terengganu, Selangor and Malacca. Besides, coffee is also cultivated in the Sabah region at the northernmost tip of the island of Borneo.
It is common to see Malaysians from all ages enjoying their cup of coffee either in cafes or kopitiams, since Malaysian have strong coffee drinking culture. According to Press Reader, Malaysians consume about two and a half cups of coffee per day in an average.
Nowadays, fancy coffee had been introduced into the Malaysia coffee market due to the growing affluent lifestyle of urban Malaysian with a proliferation of coffeehouses that not only offer coffee beverage, but also WIFI and clean, conductive environment.
These places also act as a meeting point for many of the city’s young upwardly mobile professionals either leisure or work.
Here, MPVTRANSPORT would like to recommend some worthwhile cafes to be visited during your coffee hunting (and also great food + desserts) trip to Jb Cafe.
Top 13 Best JB Cafe Must Be Visit
- Bev C
- Big Bites Cafes
- Faculty of Caffeine
- Flowers in the Windows
- Ink N Water
- Let’s Get Cereal
- Maco Café & Bakery
- Mok Mok Brunch & Bistro
- The Ice Cream Project (TIP)
- Roost, Recycled & Repurposed Café (RRR Cafe)
- Shakespeare Milkshake
- The Replacement- Lodge + Kitchen
- Just Want Coffee, The Factory 30
1. Bev C
This is a double storey shop house which the 1st floor is clothes boutique and the 2nd floor is a café. You can enjoy the coffee and dessert while your friends are busy choosing their clothes. The interior design of this café is attractive and is a good place for nice pictures.
The concept of Bev C is unique and the environment is enjoyable. Rustic decoration with the plain natures of wood and brick give the customers a feeling of nostalgic and relax.
No matters who you are, this can be a choice for you to slower your pace. All the food and drinks in here are halal.
The must try desserts in this café including Charcoal Croissant with Smoked Salmon, White Chocolate Truffle Pie and the Ice Cube Espresso with Caramel.
If you are a chocolate lover, you must not missed the Chocolate Mint Pies as well!
Customers should avoid to go at the pick hour as the seats of coffee shop is limited.
Address: 54, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor BAHRU, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor.
Opening Hour: Thursday to Tuesday: 10am-7pm; Wednesday: Closed
2. Big Bites Cafes
Big Bites is located at the heart of the city. To enjoy the peaceful moment in this crowded city, this delighted café is a best choice for you. It is just a few minutes to get there from the JB Sentral CIQ Checkpoint. With the classic design, Big Bites do not loss the sense of modern.
All the desserts, foods and even beverages on the menu are hand made by the owners with full of loves. You can enjoy these delightful desserts such as mille crepe cakes, pancakes and waffles while gather with your friends! Beverages in Big Bites including various types of coffee, milkshake, tea, sparkling and ice blended.
Big Bites café also serves the set meals during lunch time. Main course such as chicken chop, pastas, pizzas and appetizers such as fruits salad are available in this café. The owners persist in using the freshest and best ingredients for the customers. Once you step into the café, you definitely fill your stomachs and leave with a satisfy heart!
Private function room can be used on request and the delivery service is available for the customers who opt the options. You’re also can order the online specialty through the website of Big Bites Café.
Address: 18, Jalan Ibrahim, Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor.
Website: www.thebigbites.com OR www.sweetsavour.com
Opening Hour: 9am- 7pm (Monday to Friday); 9am-10pm (Saturday & Sunday)
3. Faculty of Caffeine
If you are looking for a themed café to spam OOTDs and to meet with your friends, you are recommended to this café. This is an industrial concept café with the great interior design. The spacious environment with the lip-smacking food absolutely is a nice place for you to recharge yourself.
As the name of the café, Faculty of Caffeine famed with the great coffee taste. Coffee lovers can indulge in the world of caffeine and enjoy the delicious food.
You must not missed the signature dishes of this café including the Smoked Duck Aglio Olio, Unagi Tendon rice bowl, Seafood Pomodoro and the Korean Friend Chicken. Dark Churros with Salted Egg Yolk Dip, Curry Soft Crab Waffles, the friendly Eggs Benny and all of the other food in here are fresh and mouth-watering.
You can have a sweet morning at here with banana pancake and free WiFi. It is also a perfect place for you to get a quick and feast lunch.
Address: 3106, Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor
Opening hours: 9am-6pm daily
4. Flowers in the Windows
If you love the greenery surrounding with the flowers at every corner, Flowers in the Windows is a selection for you! The exterior design of the café is full of flowers and definitely fascinate your sight. The interior design and structure of this double-storey café is amazing. The owner utilize every corner of this building to give the customers a wonderful experience.
Flowers in the Windows is not only well-known with the greenery environment but the daily freshly-baked cakes. Customers come for cakes with variety flavours in this café even when the café just open. The hot sale cakes including Rose Pistachio Cake, Pina Colada Cake and the Pomegranate Brownie. To keep the flora and fauna theme, the food and drinks in Flowers in the Windows are mixed with various edible greenery.
This is a place for you to meet, gather, relax and enjoy the drinks. If you would like to try some drinks, you are recommended to try the Rosemary, Chili and Lemon Drink. The taste of this drink is unexpectedly nice! Besides, as a themed café, Flowers in the Windows is also sells flowers and plants for the customers.
When you just step into the shop, you will certainly attract by the tasty smell of cakes and the design of the cafe.
Address: 9, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor.
Contact: Thursday to Monday: 10am-9pm; Tuesday: Closed
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm daily
5. Ink N Water
If you are planning to have a night talk or chill with your bestie and looking for a café that operating over midnight, Ink N Water is a perfect choice. You can reach the café within 10 minutes from the JB CIQ.
The environment of the café is large and quiet that can release your stressful feelings. The rustic concept of this café make the customers to enjoy in nostalgic moments while indulge in enjoying the coffee.
This café is a well-known café that has been around there for few years. The tasty food and drinks with reasonable price can be found in this café. If you are there, you should try out the food with the homemade Salted Egg sauce. For example, Salted Egg Chicken Chop and the Salted Egg Yolk Waffle that might make you to come again.
All the cakes in this café are nice and specially hand made by themselves. The White of Summer cheese cake is one of the hot seller in this café due to the light fluffy cheese cake with the greek yogurt sauce top. Coffee lovers must get the chance to try the caffeinated drinks that made with coffee beans that sourced from Ethiopia and Brazil.
Address: 46, Jalan Pingai, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor.
Opning Hours: Monday, Wednesday-Saturday: 1PM-1AM; Tuesday & Sunday: 1PM-9PM
6. Let’s Get Cereal
When the cafés with coffee, cakes or desserts are starting to bore you, you can have a try in this cereal café. You will definitely attracted by various cereal’s package that display on the wall. Honey Stars, Coco Crunch, Fruits Loops, Corn Flakes and other types of your childhood favorite cereals can be found in here.
In this cereal café, you can choose your childhood breakfast from over 20 local and imported cereal brands. Customers are able to involve in making their own cereal bowl. For the DIY option, you are allowed to pick 2 different tyoes of cereals, 1 topping, and mix with low fat milk or even ice cream.
All the cereal bowl in Let’s Get Cereal are not only appetizing but the colourful cereal certainly Instagram-worthy for you to share with your friends on social media. This fantastic café is a choice for you to slow down your pace as well as to look back your childhood memories.
Address: 18, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor.
Operating Hours: Saturday to Thursday: 10am-7pm; Friday: Closed
7. Maco Café & Bakery
This café feature as a traditional French pastry and coffee house with a dessert bar. The design of this café is simple that enable the customers to relax in a comfortable environment. Customers’ supports are important for Maco Café & Bakery strive to cultivate the coffee culture and to maintain high quality service!
Maco Café & Bakery is popular with its Mille Crepe with different mouth-watering flavor. It is worth to try the Original flavor and Durian Mille Crepes in this café. This café is an excellent place for the awesome crepe. Your attention will definitely catch by the colourful Macaroon in the dessert bar.
Chocolate lovers must try the Valrhona Chocolate Fondant which is an oven-baked chocolate cake. The center of the cake is soft and warm, it will be more delight when you mix with some Vanilla Ice-cream. Snowy Strawberry Fields is a perfect choice for Malaysia’s hot weather.
If you would like to something that make you feel full, you are recommended to try the spaghetti, chicken pie or the pizza. If you are a coffee lover, try to choose and enjoy your favorite best-brewed coffee or espresso in Maco Café & Bakery!
Address: 65, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/2, Skudai 81300, Malaysia.
Operating Hours: Monday to Thursday: 1130am-11pm; Friday to Sunday: 11am-1130pm
8. Mok Mok Brunch & Bistro
Mok Mok is actually the nickname of the owner that gave by his lovely grandma. This café is located in Taman Pelangi neighborhood. With the greenery design of the exterior to interior, the owner wish to bring out the natural flavours of food. All the meals in Mok Mok Bruch & Bistro are using the freshest local produce sourced from FOLO Farm and specially prepared by the owner.
The choices in Mok Mok are not much, the menu comprises of rice bowls, burgers and desserts. For the signature rice bowls, you are suggested to try the Gyutan Bowl with the tendered meat and flavorful Shoyu dressing.
If you want to try the burger, you are recommended to try the Soft Shell Crab Burger flavoured with basil lime aioli and fried onions as a side.
The desserts in Mok Mok Brunch & Bistro are not only tasty but also insta-worthy. The Kumo Ultimo is the crowd pleaser among the variety of desserts. It is a freshly prepared fluffy pancake that would almost melt in your mouth when you put into your mouth. The prices for the food in here are a bit higher but it is worth with the good taste and environment.
Address: 78, Jalan Pingai, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor.
Operating Hours: 1130am-1130pm
9. The Ice Cream Project (TIP)
If you are an ice-cream lover and already bored with the classic café, you can relax in this comfy yet roomy ice-cream shop. The design of TIP is unique and the rustic design giving out a feeling childhood. The ambience around the shop is great and suitable for you to talk.
All the customers regardless you are a kid or old person, you will definitely enjoy the amazing ice-cream. The staffs combine the freshest ingredients with the liquid nitrogen once you have make the order. The friendly staffs prepare the ice cream in front of you and the nitrogen ice cream is a must try! Even though there are only limited flavor for you to choose but all are tasty.
You are highly recommended to have a try of the Butterscrotch Ice Cream and the Brownie & Cream Ice Cream. The handmade ice cream is fresh and use the pure cream so you no need to worry about the cream. The price of the ice-cream is a bit high but affordable and worth to pay it.
Address: 31, Jalan Dhoby, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor.
Operating Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 1pm-10pm; Friday & Saturday: 1pm- 12am
10. Roost, Recycled & Repurposed Café (RRR Cafe)
As the name of the café, this café is a café with the theme of environment. If you are an environmentalist, this café will definitely make you surprise! All the furniture in Roost, Recycled & Repurposed Café made of recycled materials and give a unique rustic feel.
It is one of the earliest cafes along the Jalan Dhoby. The founder of this café is same group of fashionists who established Bev C and Flowers In the Window Café. You will be attracted by the wall when you passed by the café. RRR Café is an instagram-worthy place and great for you to spend a lazy afternoon at here.
If you want to try something light but make you full, Mashed Potatoes with Chicken Sausage is a right choice. Fruity Frozen Yoghurt is one of the main food in RRR Café and you will definitely come again for this once you had try. If you haven’t try their juices and pies, you should! Release your stress and accommodate the hot weather with the Iced Jasmine Tea.
Address: 14, Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor.
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Monday: 1pm to 12am; Tuesday: Closed
11. Shakespeare Milkshake
This Instagram-worthy interiors design double storey café is located at the heart of Johor Bahru. The classic downstairs is a place to order and prepare the creamy milkshake.
Customers are allowed to play the boardgames in the Full Wolves Board Games that located at the upper stairs. The upstairs is cozy and tranquility for the customers to relax while enjoying the delicious milkshake.
As the name of the café, the menu of this shop consisted of various but unique selection for the customers to choose. Once you had try, you will definitely come again for the milkshake! The shake is smooth creamy but it is not too sweet.
The Kinder Bueno Shake, Berries Sparkles Shake and the Avocado Sparkles with the fruity flavor certainly make you feel refreshing. If you would like to have something warm, the hot chocolate drink comes with the marshmallows will surely warm up and brighten up your day!
Other than the milkshake, you are recommended to try the delicious hearty Chocolate Banana Waffle which the bitter dark chocolate soft serve perfectly mix with the sweet banana.
If you love ice cream especially green tea flavor, you are suggested to try the Uji Matcha Waffle which perfectly match with the red bean paste and green tea soft serve. The Salted Caramel Affogato with the espresso over the waffles and ice cream is another best choice for you.
The fresh and crispy croissant is a must-order in this café. If you are looking for something make you full, you should try the Ham and Cheese Croffle with a reasonable price. Shakespeare Milkshake is not only a room for dessert but always a place for relax moment and freedom!
Address: 9, Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor.
Opening Hours: Monday- Friday: 12pm-11pm; Saturday & Sunday: 12pm-12am; Wednesday: Closed
12. The Replacement- Lodge + Kitchen
This is one of the Jb Cafe choices that available in JB for the backpackers to relax. The exterior design of The Replacement is simple and pretty. The downstairs of the shopshouse is a café which preparing the delicious and great food.
The upper stairs is the lodge for the guests to stay. The environment of the rooms are great, clean and comfortable. Even though it is only a simple shop house stay cation, but the rooms are really worth for your Instagram’s post and price is reasonable. All the customers able to enjoy the friendly services of The Replacement.
Every rooms are equipped with the basic toiletries and fresh bottles of water will be provided every day. There are 6 rooms available in this simple but gorgeous shop house. The mattresses of all the rooms are comfortable as hotel-standards. The Replacement furnished with white colour furniture and paints giving a feeling of relax.
It is not only a staycation, but a journey to eat! You will have a pleasant brunch or dinner at Replacement with the fresh, juicy and great food. If you are the guests of the Replacement, you are recommended to try the delicious Egg Benny and B&B French Toast!
Address: 33 & 34, Jalan Dhoby, Johor Bahru 80000, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday: 10am-6pm; Friday to Sunday: 9am-10pm
13. Just Want Coffee, The Factory 30
The factory-30 is well-known as one of the best coffee shops in Johor Bahru. It’s named The Factory for a reason. This café is located at a former factory in an industrial area. Don’t be shocked if you pass by many car workshops and large factories before reaching your destination. The entrance of this café is at the glass doors on the left of the pulled down shutter.
What make this café unique is the decorations here are mesmerizing. Their door knobs are actually coffee filter holders and there are gurney sacks hanging from the ceiling. This place is so big that it’s 2 storeys high. There is a open concept bar which you can watch the baristas at work here.
The way of serving coffee is pretty special here like their Iced Mocha came in a cold bottle and you have to shake it and mixed it really well before pouring out into a glass. They also serve desserts like waffles and cakes as well as dishes like The Smoked Ham and Egg Sandwich. All their main dishes come with nachos with some sauce.
Additional Information :
Location : 30, Jalan Mutiara Emas 5/3, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor
Operating hour : 12PM – 12AM
Contact no : 07-350 7508