Where to eat in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Where to eat in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Makan! So, where to eat in Johor Bahru?

Makan (Malay for eat) is a synonymous word with Malaysians. We Malaysians really love to eat and we have a lot of good food too! In this post, I am going to reveal some of the must try places, where to eat in Johor Bahru, or fondly known as JB, the capital city for the state of Johor on the southern part of Malaysia.

Being neighbour to Singapore, separated only by a causeway, JB is often overshadowed by Singapore. In fact, when I was there a few times for work purposes, foreign tourists can be counted easily. Nevertheless, walking around the Old Town area of the city has introduced me to some of the best places to pamper your tastebud.

Where to eat in Johor Bahru? Hua Mui is a must!

Where to eat in Johor Bahru? Hua Mui!

This restaurant has been around at the same exact location since 1946. One of the signature dishes here is the Hainanese chicken chop and the coffee is so tasty or ‘kaw’ as we called it. Eating in this restaurant will give you a sense of nostalgic feelings as they still use the classic tiles as floorings. Inside, the spirit of ‘muhibbah’ is truly embraced where people of different races can be seen eating together harmoniously. This restaurant is located at the end of Jalan Trus near the junction to Jalan Dhoby. It is a must-go and of the answers to this question: where to eat in Johor Bahru?

The Ice Cream Project as one of the answers to where to eat in Johor Bahru

Where to eat in Johor Bahru - eat ice cream!

One of the latest places to get homemade ice cream, this ice cream cafe makes ice cream in front of your own eyes. Upon entering the cafe, you will see the nitrogen steam swirling in the air. There are a lot of flavours and the ice cream tasted good too. You sure don’t want to miss the fresh ice cream prepared upon order! The outlet is nice and clean but quite small, so better come early or else you have to take-away. The Ice Cream Project is situated on Jalan Dhoby and a must try in our where to eat in Johor Bahru list!

Steamboat Dataran Bandaraya

Steamboat Dataran Bandaraya is the place to go with your family members for an open air dinner. Situated beside Dataran Bandaraya opposite Thistle Hotel, rows of lorries selling steamboat (or some called it as lok lok) will surely give you a hard time choosing one. There are tables and chairs being set up in the middle, sandwiched between the lorries. Since all the lorries sell the same thing, competition must be stiff but the best ones will attract more customers for sure. Prices are different, depending on the colour of the stick that you choose (the bottom of the stick will be coloured). This place is famous, it is always full during dinner time. No wonder it is in the list of where to eat in Johor Bahru.

It Roo Cafe

When people asked “where to eat in Johor Bahru?”, suggest them this place. It Roo Cafe is another cafe where you can find amazing Hainanese chicken chop. Dubbed itself as having the ‘best chicken chop in town’, It Roo Cafe is situated in a pre-war shophouse on Jalan Dhoby. This restaurant is quite small, it has an airconditioned area inside and al fresco style outside. Pricewise, it is affordable and reasonable. Apart from chicken chop, they also offer other menu such as hailam mee and fried rice. I tried the spicy fried rice and the taste is good!

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Bengali Bakery Opposite It Roo Cafe

I do not remember the name of this bakery but it is situated opposite It Roo Cafe along Jalan Dhoby. Benggali bread is famous for its distinctive smell and taste and I love them. In fact, I will normally buy some when I am in Penang since there is a famous Benggali bakery there. This humble bakery sells a lot of bread and they are cooked in a traditional way. Get some Benggali bread and kaya or curry and eat them together. The taste will surely make you want more.

Banana Cake at Hiap Joo Bakery!

Hiap Joo Bakery

Hiap Joo Bakery is one of the oldest bakery in Johor Bahru, having established themselves since 1919. A truly JB place for where to eat in Johor Bahru. Situated on the historical enclave of Johor Bahru on Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, the smell of the bread being baked will surely attract you to come and buy some. Expect to queue when you visit them as this bakery is so famous. In fact, you have to come early to get the bread as they sold out early. They baked the bread using charcoal in a large traditional oven, which is something rare nowadays. Another hot stuff item that you should buy and try is the ‘kek pisang’ (banana cake). Freshly baked and tasty banana cake is the best. I bet the minions will love it if they know about it!

Where to eat in Johor Bahru -try the banana cake here

Any other makan place in JB worth trying?

8 Replies to “Where to eat in Johor Bahru, Malaysia”

  1. They look like nice choices, but I’ve never been to JB so I can’t give any more suggestions. Of your selection, the Steamboat Dataran place looks nicest. 🙂

    Are you familiar with Bambangan, Khai? It’s a mango type of fruit that I found in Kota Kinabalu? I thought it was disgusting! I compared it to the Durian, and I wonder if Malaysians have bambangan flavoured cakes/sweets/kueh/ice cream like Singaporeans do with durian?

    1. Steamboat Dataran is awesome Lee! You will be spoiled for choices!! haha

      I am not familiar with Bambangan though. But durian, that is my favourite!

      I love the durian crepe.. nice dessert here. Hehe.

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