Johor Bahru has become one of the hotspots for Singaporeans during weekends and public holidays. It’s not difficult to understand why, as Johor Bahru is situated only a 1-km-long causeway away from Singapore. With hundreds of stores catering to all walks of life, The Mall, Mid Valley Southkey is the newest and largest shopping mall in JB to date. Only a 10-minute drive from Johor Bahru Checkpoint, here are eight things you can do when you check out this mall.
1. Visit SOGO
Did you know that SOGO once opened in Singapore in the ‘90s, but closed down? SOGO opened its first branch in Kuala Lumpur on 18 January 1994 and has finally opened in Johor Bahru. Known for its Japanese hospitality and heritage, SOGO offers the latest fashion trends, home convenience wares, electronics & gadgets, fast food & restaurants and many more just under one roof. At over 190,000 sq. ft., you will definitely have the greatest shopping experience here in SOGO. Visit their website for more details on store promotions.
Lot Number: AT-1
2. Get your nails done at Say Nails Southkey
It could be pricey to get your nails done in Singapore. So why not pamper your nails when you’re visiting Johor Bahru? Say Nails not only provides various nail services that include Express, Classic and Spa Manicure & Pedicure in nail polish, gels and acrylics, but they also provide other services such as waxing and eyelash and lip services (available soon). Whether you’re looking for a quick fix or a full spa treatment, Say Nails is prepared to cater to your needs. With their skilful manicurists, it’s your choice whether you want your nails looking elegant and classic or trendy with the latest nail art designs. Just sink into their plush vintage-inspired couch and enjoy your beauty treat.
Lot Number: S-045
3. Try Peranakan food at Nyonya Sister
You don’t have to drive up to Malacca anymore just to get awesome Peranakan food. Just drop by Nyonya Sister in Johor Bahru for a Nyonya feast. Nyonya Sister specialises in authentic Peranakan snacks and traditional tidbits. Their star-dessert, Durian Cendol, is a definite must-try in this store. Their Musang King durian complements well with the fresh coconut milk, kidney beans and cendol on top of the shaved ice with a drizzle of gula melaka. Try their Butterfly Pea with Lemon and Honey for something different. There’s also a wide selection of quality-guaranteed Nyonya kuih for you to choose from. It will leave you in awe once you lay your eyes on them!
Lot Number: LGK-14
4. Get a haircut at Voga Vita Hair Salon
Show your love towards a green environment, to earth and to yourself at Voga Vita Hair Salon. Voga Vita uses products from the top Italian brand MEDAVITA, which specialises in all-natural hair and scalp care. These products are free from harmful chemicals as they are made from essential oils and pure plant extracts. With their concept of natural purity and beauty, you will feel like you’re at home.
Lot Number: S-043
5. Do grocery shopping at Village Grocer
Village Grocer is a premium supermarket that also consists of a stationery store and an F&B outlet. There is also a scheduled workshop corner for your kids to learn new skills in science, making it an enjoyable place for both you and your family. Although the price might be a bit higher than normal, the quality and experience make up for it.
Lot Number: AT-2
6. Indulge in Penang food at Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul
Saving you a flight ticket to Penang, now you can get some awesome Penang food at Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul. From its humble beginnings as a roadside chendol stall in 1936, Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul now has multiple outlets across Malaysia. They offer flavourful asam laksa, prawn mee, curry mee, Teochew rojak and Teochew snacks. They also serve some of the best and freshest chendol you can find nowadays. If you want to try something different, go for their ice-blended Chendul, which is a bit more icy but just as nice as the original.
Lot Number: LG-017
7. Get a Zen massage at Zen by Thai Odyssey
After your shopping spree, take a break and pamper yourself with a Zen Massage, which will instantly recharge and energise you after a tiring day. Zen Massage is a unique therapy that combines lulling movements with invigorating massage techniques. Zen by Thai Odyssey is a sanctuary of Zen to escape the stresses of daily life and reconnect with your mind, body and soul.
Lot Number: S-017
8. Buy delicious bread and pastries at Lavender Bakery & Patisserie before heading home
Lavender Bakery & Patisserie is one of the most popular bakery chains in Malaysia. Founded in 2000 with 12 outlets across JB and Kuala Lumpur, it offers freshly baked bread, warm pastries, cakes and desserts for the whole family to enjoy. Before heading back home, be sure to drop by and pick up some for your friends and family!
Lot Number: LG-031