Everyone gets busy as a beaver in the days leading up to Aidilfitri. There will always be something to do: filling the cookie jars, putting up the curtains, and preparing for Iftar daily among them. However, nothing can amp up the festive vibes quite like the shopping that would ensue!
From gorgeous new clothes for Eid, delicious snacks to serve your guests, ornaments to doll up the house and even an irresistible spread for dinner, these 8 places are all you need to drop by to get everything you possibly need for Ramadan/Raya. Have a blessed Ramadan ahead, everyone!
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Area: UDA Business Center
UDA Business Center, also commonly known as Bandar Baru Uda, is an area of commercial development that houses a cluster of local boutiques as well as more textile shops. For ladies looking for modern modest fashion items, reserve a few hours to browse through the myriad of shops to find the perfect Raya outfits with matching scarves and accessories. These shops include but are not limited to Zawara, Al-Ikhsan, Bella Amara, Sugar Scarf and Rina Salleh Clothing. Textile giant Jakel and crowd-favourite Angsana Mall are also close-by.
This area takes about 25 minutes via car to get to from the Woodlands Checkpoint. If you’re not driving into Johor, there are the options of calling for an Uber or Grab Car. If hailing a local taxi, the friendly drivers should be familiar with the Angsana Mall and Jakel landmarks.
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It's hard to miss seeing this textile haven when you drive along Jalan Bertingkat Skudai. Jakel is truly a household name when it comes to its insane selection of textiles as well as ready-to-wear baju kurung collections. Jakel’s multiple floors of enticing sales make it a place you cannot miss to go. It may be a little late to order a tailor-made baju raya but Jakel’s exciting assortment of textiles can easily be turned into splendid living rooms essentials like cushion covers and table runners.
There are many celebrity-endorsed collections like the Baju Kurung Scha Alyahya Collection and the Baju Kurung Ayda Jebat Collection. Pick from the Scha Alyahya Collection for beaded details and elegant cuttings while the Ayda Jebat Collection focuses more on modern designs and feminine prints.
For those of you looking for baju kurung for your little ones - you'll be pleased to know that they just renewed their stock for Upin & Ipin and Yusuf Iskandar's collections. But do note that these come in limited sizes and colours so get yours early! Check out their social media pages for updates.
Most notably, Jakel is also a pretty popular choice to buy baju Melayu for men where colourful choices are plenty and size ranges are wide. Celebrities such as Aaron Aziz, Nabil Ahmad, Awal Ashaari and AC Mizal all have their own collection of Baju Melayu with Jakel so the dashing lads in your life can look just as suave as these stars ?
2. Angsana Mall
Arguably one of the most popular shopping hubs in JB, Angsana Mall is no stranger to throngs of shoppers looking for Raya items. Be it baju raya, kuih-muih, home decoration buys like artificial plastic flowers - surely one out of the over 200 retail outlets across 5 levels of this shopping mall have something for you!
The mall itself is promoting festive vibes with its Karnival Aidilfitri 2019 where retailers are set up shops to accommodate to all your Raya needs! Get capal for the men at affordable prices and hijabs of rainbow hues for the ladies to match each of their Eid outfits :)
Address: L1.33a, Level, 1, Jalan Tampoi, Pusat Bandar Tampoi, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm, daily. Facebook
Always ready to bring fresh designs to modest fashion, CalaQisya offers stylish trends for both their casual line and CalaRaya 2019 Collection. This pretty boutique is filled with signature printed head scarves, baju kurung modern and even accessories like shoes to complete your entire Eid outfit.
This year, CalaQisya's CalaRaya 2019 Collection is simple but chic with some floral prints. The boutique also houses a selection of wide shawls in colours that could probably match whatever colour theme you’re going for this Raya. So pick up a few because a girl could always do with more scarves!
This year, CalaQisya is also recommending the whole family to go with different shades of the same colour for you Raya outfits. Gents, not to worry for there are options for you too! If you'd like something different, their Kurta Laks is a great outfit to have. Now the whole fam will be looking sharp in coordinating outfits ?
Catering to modern women seeking elegant twists on traditions, Dreamyza is another boutique that is perfect for Muslimah shoppers. They have an extensive collection of jubah and abaya. These flowy garments make for a great choice especially for our humid and tropical weathers in Malaysia/Singapore! Another great thing about jubah and abaya is that they are also comfortable and suitable enough for you to wear during the congregational prayers on the morning of Hari Raya!
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Dreamyza also houses Raya collections from Anasumy that steals attention! Cape sleeves certainly add a touch of flair to any dress. Whether you choose to keep it simple with fuss-free jubahs, class it up with abayas or settle on the drama with modern caped one-pieces, there are options that will tickle your fancy.
Address: No. 37, 37-01 Jalan Padi Emas 1/5 Bandar Baru Uda, 81200 Johor. Opening hours: 10:30am - 8:30pm (Sun - Fri), 10.30am - 8pm (Friday) Website
5. Hijab GaleriaFor those of you who prefer bigger and lengthy hijabs (called tudung labuh), then Hijab Galleria is the place for you! They have extensive varieties of hijabs in different colours plus jubah and baju kurung too.
Area: Tebrau City
Surrounded by residential compounds, this suburb is the gateway for all your home needs. Stock up your pantry with quality supermarket items or pick up some home improvement products to dress up your home. Tebrau is all for making your house feel like home for even the guests that are sure to drop by during Hari Raya ?
It is about a 20-minute drive to get to Tebrau City from the Woodlands Checkpoint.
6. IKEA Tebrau
Spruce up your house this coming Raya with the delicately modern home furnishing products from IKEA. This Swedish-chain houses brilliant and well-designed products from home appliances to kitchenware with inspiring showrooms that will leave you swooning for a house makeover - just in time for Raya too. ?
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The best part about IKEA is how affordable their products are! So you can get matching cookie jars to store kuih raya and pretty plates to serve up delicious dishes of rendang and ketupat.
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And after a day of shopping at IKEA, it's time to have lovely meal for iftar. IKEA's signature meatballs, chicken wings and pasta will surely make for a satisfying meal ?
Address: 33, Jalan Harmonium 23/13, Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia Opening hours: 10am - 10pm, Sun to Thurs; 10am - 11pm, Fri to Sat and Eve & Public Holidays. Website
7. AEON Tebrau City
Said to be the largest AEON shopping mall in Malaysia, AEON Tebrau City brings more than 209 retailers under one roof for the ultimate shopping experience. You can get international beauty brands like Sephora and Bath & Bodyworks as well as multi-merchandise stores like Daiso and Kaison. Cushions, pillows, seat pads, ready-made curtains and so many things to look through!
The AEON supermarket boosts of fresh produce and a large variety of goods. You’re likely to find everything you need to make delicious rendang/sambal goreng/kuah lodeh here. Or, get cookies/snacks in bulk for your coming Raya guests as well!
Bring spring right into your home with these gorgeous blooms! They may just be plastic but don’t underestimate what a few pops of colour can do to a room. Kaison has plenty of other houseware items that you could use to dress up the house with.
Address: No 1, Jalan Desa Tebrau Taman Desa Tebrau 81100 Johor Bahru, Malaysia Opening hours: 10am - 10pm, Sun to Thu and 10am - 11pm, Fri to Sat. Website
Area: Taman Perling
For the bakers of the family who are in charge of this year’s cookies and kuih, Taman Perling is the place to seek out for all your baking needs! This area is a little bit further out from Woodlands Checkpoint - along the direction towards Bukit Indah/AEON Bukit Indah, it takes about 40 minutes via car to reach. But with the supplies you can at affordable rates, Taman Perling is worth a visit!
8. Perling Indah
You may miss this shopfront if you do not look carefully but beyond its unassuming exterior lies a bakeware haven! Similar to Singapore’s Phoon Huat, Perling Indah is a one-stop wonder for all your baking needs. Be it ingredients, tools or equipment, this baking hub probably has all you need to make the best kuih raya for your guests.
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Just imagine the spread of kuih raya that you would be able to serve with pride when shopping at Perling Indah ignite the creative spark for you to bake unique treats. Don't be surprised if your guests start asking for your recipes!
Address: 11 Jalan Persisiran Perling, Taman Perling, 81200 Johor Bahru, Malaysia Opening hours: 9am - 7pm, Mon to Sat. Closed on Sunday. Facebook
Area: LarkinMost travellers usually know Larkin as a transport hub with many buses connecting to/from Singapore and other parts of Malaysia like Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru. But did you know that this area is also a great place for you to get Raya essentials like kuih and food items? The best part is that it's not that far from Woodlands Checkpoint and there are buses to bring you there even if you're not driving. It's only about a 12-minutes drive from the checkpoint ?
9. Pasar LarkinWith a wet market, dry market and hawker centre all in one, Pasar Larkin makes for a great place to do you Raya shopping.
10. Ramadan Bazaars
The quintessential Ramadan icon, outdoor bazaars offer the most yummy selection of food, including Raya biscuits! Let’s give our mums days off from preparing Iftar for the family and offer to buy a spread of scrumptious dishes.
Typically these bazaars house Ramadan classics like succulent grilled lamb and chicken, satay, pandan-flavoured apam balik, delectable ikan bakar and savoury murtabak among so many other food choices!
Ramadan Bazaars can be seen sprouting out almost anywhere in JB and the variety of food differs from each other. No matter which bazaar you end up - Bandar Baru Uda, S'MART Pandan, Gelang Patah - you will always be welcomed by tantalising aromas in the air ?
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As a shopping destination, splurging a little in JB in preparation for Aidilfitri is made enjoyable as we get to immerse in the festive vibes that the precious month of Ramadan brings. Ramadan Kareem, everybody!