From trendy cafés to old-school food stalls, here are 5 eateries in Johor Bahru you should dine in at with your little ones at least once.
1. Roti Canai Bukit Chagar
Location: Jalan Tengku Azizah, Bukit Chagar, Jalan Jim Quee, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Date: Mon – Sun (closed on Fri)
Hour: 6.30 am – 11.00 am
Drop by Roti Canai Bukit Chagar for breakfast. Their fares range from meaty otak to fragrant nasi lemak and fried meesiam. But their hot crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside roti canai is one of the main reason this stall is often times crowded. When you take the first bite of roti canai dipped in their dhal, it’s heavenly and before you know it, the whole plate will be empty.
2. Restoran Tua Thow
Location: Susur 4, Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Hour: 7.30 am – 2.30 pm
The kway teow soup at Restoran Tua Thow is a local favorite and will be yours too when you get a taste of it.
Bouncy fish balls, fresh fish slices, succulent oysters, and tender pig livers are some of the many ingredients packed in with your bowl of clear soup and soft noodles. A sip of the soup made with just pork and fish bones will warm you right up. You can also get side dishes like braised tofu and roasted pork to go with your meal.
3. Salahuddin Bakery
Location: 26, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Hour: 9.30 am – 6.00 pm (Fri: 9.30 am – 5.00 pm)
Salahuddin Bakery’s offerings range from breads, muffins and cakes to satisfyingly crispy pastries and puffs. This quaint little store has its treats, baked atop coal-fired ovens, displayed in a spread of trays that when you step across the threshold of the bakery, rows and rows of golden delights greet you, kindling your craving.
Salahuddin Bakery has been around for a long time (and we mean decades long) and it shows in the articles and black and white pictures adorning their wall.
4. M2escape Cafe
Location: 7-01, Jalan Austin Heights 8/8, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Date: Tue – Sun (closed on Mon)
Hour: 12 pm – 12 am
All things Mickey Mouse themed, M2escape Café, is, as you may have already assumed, a café and an escape room which you can try out after a good meal if you’re feeling adventurous.
Once you’ve finished gawking at their pretty interior and snapping away on your phone, dig in to their various offerings, ranging from spaghetti, baked rice and pizza to finger foods and cakes, which all have very pretty presentation.
5. Monsta Cafe
Location: 157, Jalan Bestari 1/5, Taman Nusa Bestari, 81300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Hour: 11 am – 11 pm
If you’ve been trying to keep up with your little tyke’s seemingly endless energy since morning, you might love stretching out your feet a little, indulging in a warm cuppa with a side of macarons at Monsta Café. With an in-house kids playground’s to keep them occupied, you’ll be able to enjoy a few moments of peace.