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Best things to do in Melaka

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Establishment
“Walk through the back alleys facing the river (there are cafes and other night spots along the river), a unique spot in Melaka town”
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Place of Worship
“The Stadthuys is Malacca best know sightseeing spot. [10 mins walking distance]. Remember to wear hat and sun block as Malacca hot sun is really hot! ”
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Boat or Ferry
“30mins boat tour ride around the Malacca River with historical buildings within the city. An artistic view and colors decal painted along the stretch of shop houses. Recommended for evening or night ride as compare to day ride which is less hot and marvelous night view along the river. ”
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Place of Worship
“The Stadthuys is believed to be the oldest-surviving Dutch building in the East. Part of Malacca town square’s prominent Dutch colonial architecture it is a massive bright terracotta-red riverfront building that was once the official residence of Dutch governors and officers. Built between 1641 and 1660 on the ruins of a Portuguese fort, The Stadthuys of Malacca was the focus point of several successive governments (Dutch, Portuguese, British etc.) for over 300 years, from its completion until 1980. In 1982, Stadthuys was converted into a museum. The Stadthuys displays typical features of Dutch colonial architecture with massive walls, louvred windows and chunky doors with wrought-iron hinge”
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Church
“Christ Church built by the Dutch when they took possession of Malacca from the Portuguese, it's one of Malacca’s most defining structures. Situated along Jalan Gereja (also known as Church Street) it is an instantly recognizable brick-red building with a huge white cross at the top. Sitting opposite the Stadhuys, Christ Church was built in 1753 to celebrate a century of Dutch occupation. The interior of the cathedral has 200 year-old handmade pews, decorative fanlights and plaques that honour Dutch soldiers and locals. ”
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Café
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“Serve 13 states of coffee in Malaysia. If you are a coffee lover, this is a must try coffee shop in Melaka.”
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Restaurant
“One of the pioneers chicken rice ball shop in Melaka. Usually flooded with tourists and expect long queues on weekends or school holidays alike.”
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Café
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““Kaya” refers to the level of richness in food, life, relationship, health, and wealth. Specializing in Western and fusion cuisines, the cafe with rough, exposed bricks offers customers a cozy environment as they indulge in our delicacies and classic background music. Try out our local specialties, such as Salted Duck Egg Spaghetti and Sambal Prawn Spaghetti, and you will be surprised at how good they blend together. Don’t ever miss their homemade kaya made of special ingredients!”
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Establishment
“Undoubtedly the most famous restaurant in Melaka. Go early to avoid the queue!”
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Point of Interest
“Dutch Square (Red Square) is one of the main historical site where you can take photo with the iconic red clock tower. It is linked to other historical sites and you could spend one day just walking around the square.”
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Point of Interest
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Establishment
“this area you can venture to all local tourist attraction sites like victoria fountain/dutch church/jonker street/walk, portugese replica ship, marine ship, museums,st.paul hill, and local tricksaw rides, rotating tower scene and river boat rides. ”
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Restaurant
“A delicious option for lunch or dinner - flavoursome chicken rice is moulded into small bite-sized balls, and paired with delectable chicken pieces. See how many you can eat!”
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Establishment
“Cheng Ho’s Cultural Museum is a gallery housing exhibits about Chinese Ming Dynasty admiral, Cheng Ho (Zheng He). In a warehouse to the north of the Melaka River, the gallery has exhibits on the admiral’s life. Opened in 2006, it is believed that the museum sits on the site of Guan Chang, a warehouse built by Cheng Ho about 600 years ago to temporarily store goods he acquired during his travels. Flanking the front entrance of the museum are a drum and a bell tower.”
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Chinese Restaurant
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“The chicken rice is shaped like the ‘ping pong’ balls. Must order their Asam fish. *This place is always long queue @jalan Hang Jebat Daily 9am - 4pm”
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