Melaka, Malaysia



Jonker Street

Jonker Street (Jalan Hang Jebat) is one of the most visited destination in Melaka and whether day or night, it is the liveliest place to be. This is a historical area of the city featuring a narrow street lined by old two-storey buildings. Most of the buildings were built during the rule of the British and Dutch and the oldest dates back to the 17th century. Jonker Street is the heart of Melaka's Chinatown occupied by many Chinese-owned business and some have been in business here for generations. Besides a popular dining destination, Jonker Street is also popular for its shopping.

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Melaka is a haven for antique lovers and treasure hunters. If you are searching for antiques, then you are in the right place at Jonker Street. There are about 15 antique stores here but be aware of 'imitation antiques' since some are actually recent productions and aged to look like antiques. Vintage items found at Jonker Street include furniture, porcelain, brassware, glassware, ceiling lamps, iron beds. Other items include lamps, coins, woodcarvings, decorative items and even old typewriters. Bargaining is the norm here and therefore remember to haggle hard to get a good price.

Jonker Street, Melaka

Jonker Street

Besides antiques, Jonker Street is also a popular shopping destination for souvenirs. You can find a whole range of souvenirs here including the typical refrigerator magnets, key chains, envelope holder, T-shirts and trinkets. More unique items are the paper umbrellas, colourful wooden clogs and batik ranging from the traditional to modern designs. If you are searching for artwork, you can find several interesting art galleries here offering from traditional paintings to wood carvings.

Shopping in Jonker Street, Melaka
Passing through Jonker Street

Don't miss the opportunity to be at Jonker Street in the evenings on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday when there is a lively night market from 6.00 p.m. to midnight. The street is closed to traffic and turns into a pedestrian mall with a carnival-like atmosphere. The night market is not only popular with tourists but also with the locals who come here not only to shop but also to enjoy the lively nightlife. Vendors set up their stalls along the stretch and sell almost anythings including souvenirs, clothing, accessories, cheap electronic items and herbal remedies. There are also vendors offering varieties of tempting street foods.

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