This is our first time to Malacca and of course we have to hit Jonker Street. We went on a Sunday night so we expected the street to be crowded which it was. We parked the car at the Jonker St carpark. As you walk along the lane that lead to Jonker St, you'll find pubs and cafes. It reminded me of Boat Quay meets Bugis St. On the str itself, you can find a range of stuff to buy home from cute magnets to IQ toys, from clothes to antiques. But since we were travelling with a 22 mth old tot, we decided to check out the quaint shophouses instead, just one step away from the hustle and bustle. Our first stop was Jonker Gallery. Personally, i really like how the shop look from the outside. Inside this hip-looking place are cool, retro designed bags and trendy clothing. Needless to say, we purchased two bags for around $70. Okay, it's not street price, but we were finding something more unique besides the fridge magnet as souvenirs.
Our next shop (we went back the next day) was a handpainted batik shop which sells unique T-shirts. It is located along the lane near the Jonker St carpark. The owner, who trained in Terengganu in batik painting, mixed his own paint. According to hisKorean wife, who helped in painting some of the T-shirts, his paints are the only one-of-a-kind in the world. I fell in love with the vivid colours and quirky designs so we got 2 for the tot and 1 for myself. They cost us around $55.
It was worth the trip as we find that there is something for everyone here. We will definitely recommend everyone to visit Jonker Street if they come to Malacca.
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