I’ve been to Melaka for few times. Every time I was enchanted by the historical, cultural, architectures and delicacies.
The UNESCO heritage at riverside Melaka
Text/Photo by Helen Lee
I read Melaka history since I was young. The legendary story of Parameswara was deep in my mind. The strategic location of Melaka is the main reason of being such a glamour town.
Melaka riverside has its own characteristic which attracts people eyeball. During my previous visit, I and my friends choose to stay at the riverside. The riverside has 2 rows of old buildings. Most of them were transformed to guest house, restaurants, bistro and souvenir shop. We stayed in Voyage Cottage which is a small but comfortable guest house.
Wake up early in the morning, I walked to the backdoor and looking for the morning scene of riverside. The sunlight comes down and shines on the river. The buildings reflect on the calm and peace Melaka river. A row of beautiful flowers are planted along the pathway. The wind brings the scent of flowers. We can enjoy the moment of walking along the pathway.
Walked to the Quayside road, we were attracted by the replica Portuguese ship. The Maritime Museum Melaka twisted my perception towards museum. The museum is a 34 meters height replica Portuguese ship called Flor de la Mar. The replica ship teased me to visit the museum. Inside the museum, it displayed all kind of replica ships that anchored at Melaka harbour in pass decades. With the history explanation, I learned the history of Melaka.
In Melaka, we could spend a day for the heritage trail and delicious cuisine. The Jonker Street is a hot spot for the visitors. Despite walking in the crowd, we decided to discover more in other road. The Masjid, Indian temple and Chinese temple are close together. Over hundred years standing on the land, the old architectures looks nostalgic and classic. The Sumatran style of Masjid building, with exquisite Cheng Hoon Teng temple and old Indian temple.
Cheng Ho tea house is one of my favorite because we can enjoy our “Pu- Er” tea in old heritage. The antiques and the house design tell the story of the house owner. We can imagine how the people live in past time. Another coffee house that I like it much is the Calanthe Art Cafe. It doesn’t have an outstanding appearance but it serves nice food and drinks especially coffee. I love to have a drink and reading my book there. That’s used to be my leisure time.
Besides that, there is a lovely cafe called Nadeje Patisserie @Cafe at Dataran Pahlawan Megamall. You must try the tasty mille crepe cake with a cup of coffee, it does trigger your taste bud. Every bite is sweet and smooth. Spend your tea time here, you wouldn’t disappoint. After tea time, we walked to the A Famosa fort (Porta de Santiago) which is the famous Portuguese fort. There is a stairway to the St Paul Hill, we followed the trail and walked up to the hill. The church is a beautiful heritage site. The historical has attracted many couples to shoot their pieces of sweet memory there. The ruin of St Paul Church is one of the oldest churches in Malaysia. On the top of hill, the sea view is right in front of you.
When curtains of night fall down, Jonker Street becomes hustle and bustle. The restaurants at the riverside become our choice in dinner time. The Dutch Harbour Café is a restaurant which serves delicious local and western food. Sit at the riverside with gentle breeze blowing and enjoy the dinner .Don’t forget to try out their pizza. The delicate food really gave us a good appetite. Surprisingly, we saw the VVIP cruise even serves the dinner on board. Maybe we can try the dinner on the cruise boat next time.
After dinner, we walked to the St Francis Xavier Church. The church is beautiful and looks classical at night. It was built in 1894 and now still open for use. The opposite of the church, there is big red painted wall with words “Welcome to Melaka World Heritage City”. After spent our time at riverside, we decided to find the delicate hidden in the back alley along the Jalan Bunga Raya. There are 2 stalls at the back alley. These 2 stalls served BBQ squid, clams, squid & spinach and some other snacks. These old snacks bar prospered through times and still in operation. We dining on a low table and sitting on the wooden taboret. We enjoyed our supper at the back alley that night.
I’ve been to Melaka for few times. Every time I was enchanted by the historical, cultural, architectures and delicacies. Marked Melaka into your travel list and discover this fascinate UNESCO heritage city.
How to get there
Take North-South highway down to
South, exit Ayer Keroh toll.
Voyage Cottage Lodge
72, Lorong Hang Jebat,Melaka.
Room rate: RM68 onwards
Places of interest
Maritime Museum Melaka
9.00am-9.00pm(Saturday & Sunday)
RM0.50(Children & student)
Cheng Ho tea house
Jalan Tokong, Melaka.
Opening hours: 10am-5pm
Nadeje Patisserie @Cafe
Lot No.UB051,052 &053,Dataran Pahlawan
Melaka Megamall(10am-10pm, Everyday open )
Jln Merdeka, 75000 Bandar Hilir Melaka.
(12pm-10pm, Monday off)
Calanthe Art Café
11,Jalan Hang Kasturi
Tuesday-Thusday & Sunday:12pm-11pm; Friday
& Saturday: 12pm-12am (Monday off)
Dutch Harbour Café
No.39, Jalan Laksamana(Riverside),75100
Melaka Tel: 06-2837606
Tong Bee stall
Lorong Bunga Raya
Kerang Rebus L Wei
Lorong Bunga Raya