By Vibrant Dot Staff
For your next JB visit, make cafe hopping part of your itinerary with these cool themed cafes! Styled and decorated with its own flavour and vibe, the aesthetics of each cafe will whet your Instagram appetite as you savour a delectable meal along the way. Check out our picks for 12 themed cafes in Johor Bahru!
1. Spring Concept
Spring Concept is the culmination of what JB is to Singaporeans, offering an amazing trio of boutique, salon and cafe in one location. A great haircut, lunch and shopping place, Spring Concept does not disappoint those looking for a swell JB day trip. The cafe serves up great Western-inspired dishes such as Signature Salted Waffle (as pictured). Get a cup of coffee here to kickstart your day as well!
Bev C: 28 Jalan Maju,Taman Pelangi Johor Bahru | +60 16-262 4007 | https://www.facebook.com/Springs-Concept-164599893735297/
2. C.A.T.S Cafe JB — Cats At Their Sanctuary
A sanctuary for both humans and cats, C.A.T.S Cafe is set up like a cosy corner for all. Their in-house residential cats are always groomed well and make a good photo buddy whilst you’re having a scrumptious meal. The menu features sumptuous Western food such as Signature Mushroom Soup (RM15.50) and Signature Chicken Meatball Bolognese (RM23.90). Indulge your inner cat lover with a visit to C.A.T.S Cafe for a purrific time!
C.A.T.S Cafe JB — Cats At Their Sanctuary: 31A, Jalan Abdul Samad, Lorong 2c, Johor Bahru | +60 7-207 0399 | https://www.facebook.com/catscafejb/
3. Let’s Get Cereal
As Malaysia’s first cafe that specialises in just cereal, Let’s Get Cereal offers over 20 cereals and 20 toppings to kickstart your day. To them, cereal is an all-day meal that gives you ample energy and nutrition. With a mixture of local and imported goods, spot famous ones like Oreo O’s and Lucky Charms cereal. We recommend getting their cereal milkshake and also a savoury option like their beef nachos. You can’t go wrong with food items like these!
Let’s Get Cereal: Aeon Tebrau City Costura Level 2 Johor Bahru | 60 16-767 6344
Excite your taste buds with Koone’s great selection of soft serve ice cream and froyo. Get a cup of their fancy soft serve that’s topped with extravagant caramel popcorn, honey and potato chips. We recommend their Tembikai, which is a watermelon soft serve with dry ice. A sweet yet mild flavour will coat your tongue as the cereal toppings provide an addictive crunch. Their Henna is another crowd favourite — chocolate soft serve topped with decadent lava cake, feuilletine and artisanal toast. Check them out the next time you head to JB!
Koone: 30, Jalan Dhoby Johor Bahru 80000 | +60 16 934 4850 | https://www.facebook.com/koonesoftserve/
5. Ehhe Art Cafe
Paying homage to local art and culture, Ehhe Art Cafe has vintage pieces everywhere in their joint, from the coasters to the many posters on their wall. Ehhe is also famous for their Hainanese chicken rice, i.e. aromatic rice paired with soya sauce chicken and grated ginger. We have also heard through the grapevine that their mee siam is worth a try too!
Ehhe Art Cafe: Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia | +60 16-792 2249
6. MACO Cafe & Bakery
Specialising in traditional French pastries, MACO Cafe & Bakery wows many with their realistic Shar-Pei Chocolate Mousse Cake that sets you back RM25. Fluffy yet decadent, this delightful treat is a surefire hit with children and adults alike. They also cater to those craving for salty foods, with items like their Signature Cream of Chicken Soup. Give this modest establishment a try and have a joyful day out!
MACO Cafe & Bakery: 65, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/2, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Skudai, Johor | +60 13-727 3366
7. Bloom by Mok Mok
Identified easily by their hanging flowers, Bloom by Mok Mok is a garden-themed cafe with loads of dried flowers and potted plants. Adorned with a swing and wooden furniture, this cafe offers gorgeous and girly aesthetics to match any floral clothing you might have on. They also pair up with local farmers to make fresh farm-to-table meals. Their signature Gyutan Bowl (RM28) uses well-marinated slices of beef tongue on top of pearl rice. Feel satiated visually and physically with Bloom by Mok Mok!
Bloom by Mok Mok: 87, Jalan Mutiara Emas 2A, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia | https://www.facebook.com/bloomjb/
8. 早 · 尚好 Good Morning Food Truck
Think of clear sunlight and good breakfast — that’s what Good Morning Food Truck delivers the best. Despite their humble food truck roots, this cafe has an open concept to allow as much sunlight as possible to light up the premises. Their killer combo for breakfast constitutes of a decker sandwich with a fine coffee (RM2.50) to top it off. We recommend their Chicken Egg Toast (RM7.90), which has homemade peanut butter sauce, chicken breast and a molten egg.
Good Morning Food Truck: Jalan Ekoflora 1, Taman Ekoflora, 81100, Johor Bahru | https://www.facebook.com/goodmorningtruck/
9. 深夜食糖 – SYST
Mimicking a 1980s retro Hong Kong diner, SYST offers an immersive Hong Kong experience from the decor to the food. With bright neon lights alongside good desserts, their menu is affordable with a decent range. We recommend their most popular Mango Pomelo Sago (RM12) and also Macaroni with Ham (RM11.50). Satisfy your late night cravings here, as they open till 2 a.m.!
SYST: 260 Jalan Dato’ Sulaiman, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru | https://syst.business.site/
10. Palladium Cafe
Created as a glass hut cafe surrounded by outdoor gardens, Palladium Cafe is made out of 50% glass. Impressive sights accompany good coffee made by award-winning barista Tan Yaw Tzong. We recommend getting their Flat White (RM9.90) to accompany an outdoor lunch there. Remember to check the weather forecast for the day and to spare ample time to locate the place as it can be a little out of the way!
Palladium Cafe: ECO Spring Show Village, 81100 Johor Bahru | +60 12-773 3611
11. MACO Vintage
Known for their signature Mille Crepe Cake, you’ll salivate over MACO Vintage’s wide selection of cakes. We recommend their 3-in-1 Mille Crepe Cake, which layers vanilla, chocolate and strawberry cream in a cake. Another standout is their Tiramisu x Hokkaido Milk Mille Crepe Cake (RM9.50), which pairs well with their Creme Brûlée Latte. A stone’s throw away from Johor City Square, head down for a bite at MACO Vintage!
MACO Vintage: Jalan Ibrahim, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia | +60 7 221 1475 | https://www.facebook.com/MacoVintage/
12. Cafe Racer by Grillbar
Created by motorbikers for motorbikers, this bike-themed cafe serves polished Western cuisine in a rustic environment. Tucked in a convenient location, Cafe Racer by Grillbar is perfect for brunch. Their weekday combo meals include an appetiser, main course and drink for RM21.95. We recommend their signature Racer’s Beef Stew, which has a slow-cooked morsel of meat with fresh vegetables.
Cafe Racer by Grillbar: 72, Jalan Pingai, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru | +60 7-335 0000 | https://www.facebook.com/caferacerbygrillbar/
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