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

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


Have Halal Will Travel •  Mar 27, 2024

The 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! Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates:https://bit.ly/3LnFN1F

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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.

Disclaimer: The Substitutes is temporarily closed for 2024.

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. 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: SKS Pavillion, Jalan Storey, Bukit Senyum, 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

5. 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

6. 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 its 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


7. 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

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8. Miyakori 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

9. TreeSea By 3C Cafe

An afternoon filled with unique and delicious creations in a great ambience. Doesn't that sound 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, 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

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10. Banana Lover Cribs (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 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: 1, Jln Harmonium 24/1, Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor

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

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11. The Sugar Pantry

When you walk into the cafe, you'll think you're in a showroom; instead of sleek cars or picture-perfect houses, they are replaced with the prettiest bake ever! And if you think they already look so good, imagine tasting them!

Their French and Japanese-inspired cakes, pastries, and more are simply divine! You'll be spoilt for choice, we promise, but if you really can't choose one, their Berry Macaron Queen, made out of 10cm wide macaron with a vanilla cheesecake sandwiched in between seems to be making the rounds on Instagram.

Halal status: While it is not halal-certified, no meats are served and all ingredients come from halal-certified suppliers.

Address: 47, Jalan Molek 1/9, Taman Molek, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Opening hours: 10am-7.30pm (daily except on Sundays, which closes at 3pm)

Contact: +60 17-770 7897 Facebook |Instagram

12. Bev C Cafe

If you love croissants, everything you know about croissants definitely changes when you order one at Bev C Cafe. You can have your classic croissants - no ingredients, just good ol' buttery, flaky pastry, or have it loaded with fusion flavours such as salmon sambal, chicken rendang and more!

You can even up your croissant with their charcoal croissant; it's as buttery, flaky and freshly baked! It's really pastry heaven right here. They also have other cakes, pastas, delicious coffees and more on offer!

P.S. By the way, it's also a fashion outlet-cum cafe, so afterwards you can head to the ground level and do a little shopping! The cafe's located on the 2nd floor!

Halal status: While it is not halal-certified, no meats are served and all ingredients come from halal-certified suppliers.

Address: 54, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Opening hours: 10am-6pm daily (closed on Wednesdays)

Contact: +60 16-725 3530 Facebook |Instagram

13. Keijometo

Keijometo has been flooding social media since its opening in March 2022, and it's definitely a must for you to check it out! This unique cafe is completely decked out in raw concrete vibes in and out: think concrete walls, tables, and seats. The rough and unfinished look really gives off hipster, art gallery vibes

There are a few dishes and drinks to check out such as their specialised matcha drinks like Watermelon Matcha Iced Latte, the IG-worthy Mentaiko Tamagoyaki Sando, or even their Truffle Carbonara which replaces pasta with udon for a Japanese-inspired twist. Do prepare yourselves for the long queues; they only accept walk-ins for now, but hey, good things come to those who wait!

Halal status: We've reached out to the cafe and they shared with us that while the cafe is not halal-certified, all of the ingredients used are sourced from halal-certified suppliers. In addition, no alcohol is served on the premises. Do dine with discretion.

Address: 3, Jalan Chengai, Taman Melodies, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Opening hours: 11.30am-8pm daily (closed on Mondays). Do note that no main courses are served between 2.30pm-5 pm daily.

Contact: +60 16-725 3530 Facebook |Instagram

14. September

If you like the winter season, you'll love September Cafe! JB’s September Café takes the minimalist aesthetic to the next level with a gorgeous clean and almost industrial all-white interior. Most of the café's furnishings and tables are clad in plain white and grey hues, accented with raw and textured flooring and countertops.

In addition to preserved pampas grass adorning the seating area, there is a full-length mirror and communal ledges where you can sit and take Instagram photos!

Halal status: The cafe uses halal-certified ingredients in their bakes and drinks

Address: Jalan Ekoflora 7/1, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Opening hours: Tue-Sun; 11AM -- 8PM | Mon; Closed


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.