Introduction to Jonker Walk, Melaka 

“Visit Melaka Means Visit Malaysia” is the slogan to describe the significance of this place as the birthplace of Malaysia began and a world heritage site with cultural richness. Filled with historical buildings, culture, and shopping activities, Jonker Walk is a great choice for you to discover the uniqueness of this attractive place. It is situated right in the heart of Melaka city, where you can easily get various local delicious foods as well as access to boutique hotels and guest houses.

Along Jonker Walk, you will able to see plenty of hundred-year buildings where some are currently preserved as local residences or have become retail shops while a few of them are the community’s clan and guild association houses. The local community mostly is Chinese, thus there is a number of temples around the old street and several traditional festive events, including Chinese New Year are lively and celebrated throughout the year. They are friendly and hospitable, and most of the locals involve in tourism-related activities to earn their living.

However, what makes Jonker Walk attractive and enjoyable is the weekly sightseeing bazaar that only operates every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening from 6.00 p.m. to midnight. With the closure of the road and a lot of stalls selling all varieties along with the local foods and best-buy merchandise, you may walk between the rows of old buildings in the middle of the old street while tasting the snacks and enjoying shopping. Besides visiting the association houses and nearby museums, the cultural performance presented on the main stage of Jonker Walk is one of the activities that may enrich your experience in discovering the historical street.

Cultural information 

In Jonker Walk, you will see the massive festive decoration and cultural events, especially during Lunar New Year. The local community will put up decorative lanterns along the street and display some large outdoor artworks, for example, the lunar zodiac mascot, giant lanterns and road marches. Besides that, there are the Lunar New Year’s Eve countdown and Chap Goh Mei gala (celebrated on the fifteenth day of Lunar New Year) being held in Jonker Walk every year all these events may emerge extremely lively phenomena with the presence of over five thousand crowds at the same time.

In addition, Baba Nyonya, a centuries-long history of transculturation and interracial marriage culture could be found around the area of Jonker Walk. Today, Melaka, especially Jonker Walk proudly continues to be known as the stronghold of Baba Nyonya heritage where the culture is well-preserved through not only museums or newly acquired cultural artifacts, but also the original language of Malay-Chinese patois, style and slang of talking, customs and traditions as well as most definitely, through everyday food - Nyonya cuisine.

Visitors nowadays can enjoy the authentic Nyonya cuisine at those must-visit restaurants in Jonker Walk, besides strolling the tourism spot by renting to wear the traditional hand-sewn blouse-dress combination Nyonya outfit at any selected shops in order to experience the living of Baba Nyonya community.


Transport to Jonker Walk, Melaka

Visitors can reach Jonker Walk by taking the interstate bus from the capital of Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) through the Melaka Sentral bus station. Taxi or e-hailing services are available in Melaka including within the radius of Jonker Walk.

Getting around the area

One of the best ways to explore more of the area is to have a walking tour as the area of the old street has insufficient vehicles parking space, and it may be the best way to sightsee those hundred-year buildings as well as the clan or guild association houses.


What's good to eat in Jonker Walk, Melaka
Melaka is well-known for its local foods, including cendol, chicken rice balls, Nyonya cuisine and so on. It is a great way to get all these foods just within Jonker Walk and eat like the locals.

Jonker Street Night Market is held on Jalan Hang Jebat Street and is easy to get to from the center of Melaka. What’s interesting in Melaka’s Jonker Street Night market is that you will find food stalls offering classical Malaysian food, the local Nyonya cuisine, and the food of its most significant communities, the Chinese and Indian, and that of the neighboring country Thailand. Some of the best foods at Jonker Street Night Market were definitely: Coconut Ice Cream, Durian puff, Papaya salad, fresh, pure Mango smoothies, and veggie rolls.

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    Information about accommodation in Jonker Walk, Melaka 

    Currently, there are many well-furnished and tastefully-decorated hotels and guesthouses located nearby Jonker Walk to be accommodated. Visitors can book the accommodation directly either through the operators’ portal and contact, or online travel booking platforms.


    Best things to do in Jonker Walk, Melaka 

    Weekend bazaar: Jonker Walk is so attractive with its weekly sightseeing bazaar that operates every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening from 6.00 p.m. till midnight. You will be able to enjoy the local snacks while watching on-stage cultural performances in the middle of the road without interruption by vehicles.

    Food paradise: Melaka is well-known for its local foods, including cendol, chicken rice balls, Nyonya cuisine and so on. It is a great way to get all these foods just within Jonker Walk and eat like the locals.

    Even though everyone focuses mainly on the food at Jonker Street Night Market, you can also find an incredible range of other stalls with things like local handicrafts, clothing, packaged snacks, herbs, spices, and teas, as well as jewelry, toys, and souvenirs. If you’re into tattoos, you can also get a temporary tattoo at one of the Henna stalls.

    Cultural experience: Jonker Walk is a place filled with the local community cultures where you can experience it by visiting the association houses along the street as well as watching various stage performances that might differ depending on the current festive period.