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These 10 New Halal Cafes In Johor Bahru Should Be On Your 2024 Must-hit List

These 10 New Halal Cafes In Johor Bahru Should Be On Your 2024 Must-hit List

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Farah Fazanna •  May 30, 2024

Welcome to the vibrant heart of Johor Bahru, where every street and corner buzzes with the promise of culinary delights and artistic wonders! From quaint establishments nestled in historic shophouses to modern, Instagram-worthy spots, Johor Bahru's café scene is a rich tapestry of flavours, aromas, and visual splendour. Whether you're a foodie in pursuit of your next delicious meal, an art aficionado looking for inspiration, or simply someone in search of a cosy nook to unwind, these handpicked halal cafes are your gateway to some of the best food in Johor Bahru.

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New cafes in Johor Bahru to try in 2024

1. Senso Art Gallery Cafe

For you art lovers, this is the right place. Senso Art Gallery Cafe features a unique concept where you can dine amidst art galleries and shop for fun art and knick-knacks, all in one inspiring space. This place is filled with unique works of art and an enthralling creative atmosphere. Their menu includes delicious Western dishes and desserts.

Although the cafe's speciality is pizza as a main dish, don't worry, you can also find a variety of desserts such as cheesecake, and strawberry mochi, and a mouth-watering selection of coffee and tea. Not only that, but don't miss the art workshops they offer here, perfect for those interested in exploring creativity through art!

Halal status: Ingredients are sourced from halal-certified suppliers.

Price: From S$6.70 for a main

Address: 25A, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Opening hours: Wed-Mon, 10am-6pm

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2. Nimmies Pastry Cafe

Nimmies Pastry Cafe is an Instagrammable cafe in JB which is located in a big house, inside and outside. Unique interior with industrial touches and vintage tiles.

The menu is diverse without pork and lard. However, the speciality of this cafe's menu lies in the cakes. There are about 30 types that you can taste, such as Salted Egg Curry Chicken Parmesan, Chilli Salted Egg Crab Crab Croissant, Green Grapes Tart, Snow Strawberry Fruit Tart, and others.

Don't forget to sample the wide selection of coffees and other drinks they serve. This cafe not only tantalises the taste buds with delectable desserts but also with a friendly atmosphere and good service. Its close and strategic location allows you to find the nearest inn or hotel.

Halal status: No pork and no lard. Ingredients are sourced from halal-certified suppliers.

Price: From S$8

Address: 171, Jln Beringin, Taman Melodies, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Opening hours: 8am-11pm

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3. D' Cafe

Just a five-minute drive from KSL City, D' Cafe is popular for those looking to shop before or after lunch. The room is decorated with floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights, perfect for photography enthusiasts. Very suitable to be one of the Instagrammable cafes in JB.

Their menu includes Asian Sally, salmon fried rice, and Pot-a-tattoo Rosti. Be sure to whet your appetite. After shopping, enjoy an iced coffee or Pomegranate Breeze to refresh yourself.

Halal status: No pork and no lard. Ingredients are sourced from halal-certified suppliers.

Price: From S$9.44

Address: 9, Jalan Kelewang, Taman Sri Tebrau, 80050 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Opening hours: Everyday 10am-7pm

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4. The Replacement - Lodge & Kitchen

Inspired by Melbourne's brunch culture, The Replacement - Lodge & Kitchen is an Instagrammable cafe in JB with great brunch options. Housed in a historic shophouse, the white facade and rustic wooden interior create a clean and comfortable atmosphere, perfect for chilling out with friends.

Don't miss favourites like the Unagi Bao with French Fries and special churros. The Replacement also offers a Kopitiam-style menu that allows you to enjoy local dishes in a modern cafe setting. Make this place the choice for your weekend brunch!

Halal status: Pork and lard-free

Price: From S$7.60 for a brunch platter

Address: 33, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun: 10am-5.40pm

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5. Kiöpi

Kiöpi is a quaint cafe in a bungalow located about an hour's drive from the checkpoint. Suitable for those who seek tranquillity and away from the crowds. Relax in the open space while enjoying the lush garden. This is also one of the best Instagrammable cafes in JB that you shouldn't miss.

Here, you can enjoy artisanal coffee and snacks such as croffles, waffles, and cakes. The drink menu includes Buttercream Latte, Caramel Macchiato, Tiramisu Latte, Chocolate Blackforest, Kiwi Soda, and others.

Pro tip: Visit in the evening to enjoy the sunset view while sipping on a drink and eating a delicious meal!

Halal status: No pork and no lard. Ingredients are sourced from halal-certified suppliers.

Price: From S$5.25

Address: No 47, Kampung Serkat Barat, Pontian, Johor (Hajah Aminah Homestay)

Opening hours: Fri-Wed, 2pm-8pm

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6. Yard & Co.

Yard & Co, although located far away in Desaru Instagrammable cafe in JB offers beautiful views of the South China Sea and a charming atmosphere, which makes long trips worthwhile.

Sample specialities like Ahma's bowl and pasta laksa, or go for lobster & lobster, which is fresh lobster with mentai mayo, giving it the feel of an Australian beach cafe (but in JB). Don't miss the milk mochi as a dessert, which is not only Instagrammable but also delicious to enjoy!

Halal status: No pork and no lard. Ingredients are sourced from halal-certified suppliers.

Price: From S$4.65

Address: Lot4785, 1, Jalan Siakap, Kampung Sungai Rengit, 81600 Pengerang, Johor, Malaysia

Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 12pm-10pm, Sat-Sun: 11am-10pm

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7. Dusk by Mok Mok

Dusk by Mok Mok is the destination for fans of Bohemian chic. You will find canopies soaring from the ceiling with signature chandeliers, rattan décor, and bohemian themes spilling over into their menu.

Feast on 'mermaid' cakes, enjoy special handcrafted teas and indulge in delectable gourmet fusion dishes. With a selection of Japanese, Italian, and Western dishes, such as the comforting Gyutan Don and Unagi Chazuke, this cafe has become a crowd favourite.

The “tropical paradise” experience can be found in a colourful Smoothie Bowl or a unique dessert like the Kumo Ultimo 2.0 topped with a mermaid tail. Also, for those who want to spend time together, this cafe can be the perfect date spot.

Halal status: No pork and no lard. Ingredients are sourced from halal-certified suppliers.

Price: From SG$9.20 for a main

Address: 49, Jalan Perang, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Opening hours: 10am-10pm

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8. The FOUNDERS Cafe

The people behind People & Places, one of the iconic cafes in JB, are now presenting their latest venture, The FOUNDERS Cafe, located near Mount Austin Park. Decorated with lush greenery and art-style walls, this industrial Melbourne-inspired space has caught the attention of many visitors.

Make sure you order the Quesadilla, a dish I've enjoyed twice at People & Places, especially if you haven't tried the original version. Other crowd favourites include the Roasted Peanut Butter on a handcrafted bagel and the Signature Superfood Bowls.

At dinner time (starting at 6pm), the cafe transforms into a neon-lit venue, serving live handmade pizzas and oysters.

Price: From S$2.60

Halal status: No pork and no lard. Ingredients are sourced from halal-certified suppliers.

Address: Tiong Nam Tebrau, 45, Jln Tiong Emas, Kawasan Perindustrian Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Opening Hours: Everyday 9am-10pm (last order 9pm)

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9. Ukiyo Cafe

If you're looking for other cafes in the Austin Heights area, don't miss Ukiyo Cafe, an Instagrammable cafe in JB and a French-Japanese style dessert place decorated in pink and serving a variety of sweet treats. At the counter, you'll find options such as matcha fudge cube cakes and delicious lemon meringue tarts to satisfy your sweet tooth.

The bright interior with touches of pastel colours, arched windows, and a hanging floral arrangement from the ceiling create a perfect backdrop for photos and brighten up your social event. The wide selection of sweet treats is tempting, including the critically acclaimed Coffee Mille Feuille and Raspberry Chocolate Fudge Cube.

Don't miss the savoury snacks and flavour-mixing pasta, such as the Aka Sausage Neapolitan and Mentai Prawn Carbonara, although the portions tend to be small.

Price: From S$6.15 for a dessert

Halal status: No pork and no lard. Ingredients are sourced from halal-certified suppliers.

Address: 17-02, Jalan Austin Heights 8/3, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Opening Hours: Tue-Sun, 12pm-7pm

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10. Mrs. Whó

Mrs. Who is a charming cafe in Johor Bahru that offers a relaxed atmosphere perfect for enjoying a simple yet quality menu. This cafe manages to create comfort and luxury in one place, exuding a friendly atmosphere that emanates from friendly service so that you feel at home.

In this humble space, you'll find delicious dishes like Who Fried Chicken Waffles, Mushroom Ragoût, and Hot Chick Burger - three unique dishes that are equally delicious. Not only that, this cafe also offers a wide selection of coffee, tea, and other fresh drinks that can complement your lunch experience here.

With various interiors, JB's Instagrammable cafes present an amazing culinary experience. From modern décor to vintage vibes, every corner offers great photo opportunities.

Price: From S$4.90 for a main

Halal status: No pork and no lard. Ingredients are sourced from halal-certified suppliers.

Address: Jalan Storey, Bukit Senyum, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Opening hours: Tue-Thu: 12pm-9pm, Fri: 3pm-9pm, Sat-Sun: 10am-9pm

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As the sun sets on the bustling streets of Johor Bahru, our café journey reaches its sweet conclusion. Each destination we've explored offers more than just food and drinks; they provide a unique blend of culture, art, and hospitality. So, whether you're seeking a tranquil escape, a creative spark, or simply just want the best breakfast in Johor Bahru, these cafés promise to leave you with cherished memories and a longing to return for another taste of their delightful offerings.

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