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14 Amazing Halal Cafés In JB For Your Next Café-Hopping Adventure


Have Halal Will Travel  •  Nov 17, 2015


[Updated 9 June 2021] Street food scene and delicious laksa aren't the only things that Johor Bahru (or JB, in short) is known for. Situated in the south of peninsular Malaysia, it's pretty hard not to talk about their thriving indie cafe scene that's longing to be on your Instagram feed. If you're heading down to JB, you absolutely have to set aside a day for a cafe-hopping adventure using this list of halal cafes in Johor Bahru 😉
1. Molten Chocolate Cafe
A well-loved cafe for chocolate purists, Molten Chocolate Cafe has certainly made it easy for you to decide what to have for dessert. With Central European and American chocolates as their pieces of happiness, a true connoisseur would start off with the fondue chocolate that comes with a choice of fruits and marshmallows. Remember to save the delectable brownies or Molten chocolate crepe for last 😍 Halal status: Halal-certified Address: Molten Chocolate Cafe, Lot No. G40, AEON Mall Terbau City, Johor Bahru Opening hours: Open daily, 10AM-10PM Contact: +607-359 5697 Website | Facebook | Instagram
2. Chaiwalla & Co. Container Cafe
 To say that this cafe is a lighthouse for hipsters is an understatement. But really, it's impossible not to fall under the charm of Malaysia's first container concept cafe (yes, the cafe is literally nestled in a container), especially when they serve amazing drinks too. Their original Thai milk tea is highly raved about, and you can try Vietnamese coffee, chai latte, raspberry tea, and matcha latte too 😍 Halal status: Muslim-owned Address: Chaiwalla & Co. Container Cafe, 36, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru Opening hours: Sun-Thu, 11AM-12AM; Fri-Sat, 11AM-1AM Contact: +6012-735 3572 Facebook | Instagram
3. The Substitutes
After an afternoon of shopping and theme parks, you can always count on The Substitutes to serve a hearty dinner. Come to this cosy cafe and you'll find a variety of Western and Mexican food such as creamy beef mushroom pasta, grilled chicken teriyaki with rice, and braised lamb shank to enjoy 😊 Halal status: Muslim-owned Address: The Substitutes, 53, Jalan Dataran Larkin 1, Taman Dataran Larkin, 80350 Johor Bahru Opening hours: Wed-Mon, 4.30PM-11PM (Closed on Tue) Contact: +6017 799 6870 / +6018 376 6288 Facebook | Instagram
4. JDT Cafe
 Named after Johor's famous football club, JDT Cafe (also stands for Johor Darul Takzim) is where you'll meet ardent football fans. With the cafe adorned with framed portraits of the local football heroes and the state flags, fill your table with Western food such as short ribs and pan-fried salmon fillet. Otherwise, you can find humour in local delights such as red card fried rice and yellow card Chinese fried rice. Since it's located at the JDT stadium, you can catch the football players sweating it out at their team training session too. Halal status: Muslim-owned Address: JDT Cafe, Jalan Datuk, Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru, 80100 Johor Bahru Opening hours: Open daily, 4PM-11.30PM Contact: +6017-740 5212 Facebook | Instagram
5. August Cafe
August Cafe is where friends and hipsters gather for a quick coffee and dessert. On a sunny day, get your favourite coffee and pair it up with sweet delectables such as teh tarik cake, burnt cheesecake and Nutella cheese tart. If you're craving for something hearty, the cafe also serves beef lemak cili padi with rice, Nyonya laksa, and aglio olio salmon spaghetti. Halal status: Muslim-owned Address: August Cafe, 36, (Lot 1753) Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Johor Bahru Opening hours: Mon, 10.30AM-7PM, 8PM-9PM; Tue-Sun, 10.30AM-7PM Contact: +607 220 0218 Facebook | Instagram
6. Mrs Who
 An aesthetically-pleasing cafe that makes good coffee, Mrs Who is where you should be if you fancy sitting on wooden chairs and looking up at hanging light fixtures. They serve caramel macchiato, Valrhona chocolate and mocha latte for your cafe-hopping adventure. Not to be forgotten is their menu consisting of fish on a tortilla, spiced rendang burger, curried ramen bowl, and golden cheese sandwich. Halal status: Muslim-owned Address: Mrs Whó, No 63, Tebrau Highway, Kim Teng Park, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor Opening hours: Tue-Thu, 12PM-9PM; Fri, 2PM-11PM; Sat, 10AM-11PM; Sun, 10AM-9PM (Closed on Mon) Contact: +60 7-361 3338 Website | Facebook | Instagram
7. Ground Cabin Cafe JDT
If you're looking for another halal cafe in Johor Bahru, call your friends and hang out at Ground Cabin Cafe JDT. Besides serving delicious Malay cuisine, there are other dishes to try including pan seared salmon, pasta masak lemak cili api, and chicken chop. Halal status: Muslim-owned Address: Jalan Kempas Baru 81200 Johor Bahru Opening hours: Open daily; 4PM-3AM Instagram
8. KoffeeArt Cafe Malaysia
 Formerly known as Coffee Nowhere, this wooden accent cafe is where you should go for a seriously good cuppa. While sipping your cold brew coffee or mocha latte, you can definitely turn your coffee adventure into a hearty lunch, thanks to its menu that covers everything from nasi lemak pizza to salted egg yolk pasta. Halal status: All meats and ingredients are sourced from halal-certified suppliers, and the cafe does not serve alcoholic beverages on the premise Address: KoffeeArt Cafe, No. 30 Jalan Gaya 1, Taman Gaya, 81800 Ulu Tiram, Johor Bahru Opening hours: Mon-Thu, 12.30PM-10.30PM; Fri, 12PM-11PM; Sat & Sun, 11.30AM-11PM Contact: +607 862 6673 Facebook | Instagram
9. IT Roo Cafe
Had enough coffee and need some fuel before you continue on your cafe-hopping trip? Don't miss out on this homely little cafe named IT Roo Cafe because they have the best crispy chicken chop in town! And well, if you're not a fan of fried stuff, you can also try out their grilled chicken chop. Although we say, just go for the crispy, you won't regret it 😃 Halal status: All meats and ingredients are sourced from halal-certified suppliers, and alcoholic beverages are not served on the premise Address: IT Roo Cafe, 17 Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru Opening hours: Open daily; 12PM-9.30PM Contact: +6012 735 3572
10. Cafe Racer by Grillbar
 Know of someone who loves their bikes? Well, put a smile on his/her face and surprise your friend with a visit to this biker themed cafe! With biking paraphernalia decorated all over the cafe and their hearty meals, it's no surprise that this cafe has managed to stand out amongst the other cafes. Halal status: All ingredients are sourced from halal-certified suppliers, and alcoholic beverages are not served on the premise Address: Cafe Racer by Grillbar, 72, Jalan Pingai, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru Opening hours: Wed-Mon, 12PM-12AM (closed on Tue) Contact: +607 335 0000 Facebook
11. TIP - The Ice Cream Project
With liquid nitrogen as their weapon of choice to produce their freshly made artisanal ice cream, you can easily recognise TIP - The Ice Cream Project with its swing outside their doors. Serving various homemade ice cream, ranging from chocolate and vanilla to brownies and cream and butterscotch, it's the place to be to cool down after a long day. Halal status: All ingredients used are lacto-vegan friendly, additive and preservative-free. The food does not contain any animal by-products, rennet or alcohol. Address: TIP - The Ice Cream Project, 31 Jalan Dhoby, 80000 Johor Bahru Opening hours: Open daily; 12PM-8PM Contact: +607-207 2021 Facebook | Instagram
12. Myakori Coffee
 Miyakori Coffee - Japanese themed eatery - takes minimalism to a whole new level, which is the reason why it's loved by many! While the café's interior remains to be simplistic, the menu takes the opposite direction. Have a hearty brunch here with the endless selection of blended beverages - Kurogoma frapperesso, strawberry yoghurt frapperesso, chocolate creme chip frapperesso and even tiramisu cheesecake frapperesso! Make sure not to miss out on their mouthwatering desserts as well! From their rich Miyakori brownies and oreo cheesecake to the stacked waffles served with ice cream and strawberries, this is the perfect place to satisfy that sweet tooth 😄 Halal status: Uses ingredients that are halal-certified Address: J5-19, Johor Bahru City Square, 108, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor Opening hours: Open daily; 10AM-10PM Contact: +607 595 2608 Facebook | Instagram
13. TreeSea By 3C Cafe
 An afternoon filled with unique and delicious creations in a great ambiance. Doesn't that sounds like the perfect weekend brunch with your friends and family? That is exactly what you'll experience when you drop by TreeSea by 3C Cafe! Offering healthy and tasteful dishes like mushroom charcoal beef burger and egg mayo panini, this cafe will not disappoint and will have you coming back for more 😉 Enjoy a cup of matcha latte while you dig into their variety of special cakes like homemade earl grey butterfly pea flower cake, flourless apple granny cake and pyrus pear crumble cake. With so many more options to try from, it's time to hit the road and make a stop at this charming eatery. Halal status: Ingredients sourced from halal-certified suppliers Address: 31, Jalan Hijauan 3, Horizon Hills, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor Opening hours: Mon-Fri; 9.30AM-5.30PM, (closed on Saturdays and Sundays) Contact: +6013 712 1967 Facebook | Instagram
14. B.L.O.C

Calling all banana fritters lovers! For specialised fusion banana fritters, you’ll HAVE to check out B.L.O.C.! While they've transformed themselves from a restaurant to a food truck in the early of 2019, there's no reason why you shouldn't pay them a visit. With flavours ranging from chocolate cheese, peanut butter chocolate and tons more, your inner sweet tooth will be perfectly satisfied 😉 Halal status: Muslim-owned Address: KPJ Johor Specialist, Jalan Abdul Samad; Tapak Food Truck Desa Tebrau, Taman Desa Tebrau; Laman Foodtruck Adda Heights, Jalan Tasek Utara Opening hours : KPJ Johor (Mon & Thu, 6PM-12AM); Tapak Food Desa Tebrau (Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun; 8PM-12AM); Laman Foodtruck (Fri, Sat & Sun; 4PM-7PM). (Closed on Tue) Contact: 016-771 2930 / 012-769 4759 Facebook | Instagram
Bonus: Salahuddin Bakery
While it's not exactly a cafe, the oldest bakery in JB HAD to make it to our list! This family-run Salahuddin Bakery has been in operation for over seven decades now 😮 Round off your hipster cafe-hopping trip by paying this traditional bakery a visit and try their freshly-baked bread over a huge coal-fired oven and famous mutton puff pastry. It's an experience you won't want to pass up on! Halal status: Muslim-owned Address: 26, Jalan Dhoby,  Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru Opening hours: Sat-Thurs; 7.30AM-6PM (closed on Fri) Contact: +6012-766 8380 Website If cafe hopping is your main agenda in JB, now you know where to go! To round off this foodie adventure, check out 17 super syiok makan places in JB for your next foodie getaway and the rest of our food guide to Johor Bahru.