[Updated 7 Aug 2019]

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.


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If you’re heading down to JB, you absolutely have to set aside a day for a cafe-hopping adventure. The best part? Most of these cafes are really near each other – on a street called Jalan Dhoby, also known as Hipster Street 😉

1. Chaiwalla & Co. Container Cafe


Credit: Chaiwalla & Co. Container Cafe on Facebook

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 😍

Chaiwalla and Co Container
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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
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2. Molten Chocolate Cafe


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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 😍


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Halal status: Halal-certified

Address: Molten Chocolate Cafe, Lot No. G40, AEON Mall Terbau City, Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: Daily, 10AM-10PM
Contact: +607-359 5697
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3. The Substitutes


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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 😊


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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
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4. JDT Cafe


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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.


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Halal status: Muslim-owned

Address: JDT Cafe, Jalan Datuk, Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru, 80100 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: Daily, 4PM-11.30PM
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5. CATS Cafe JB


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A notch above your regular cafe experience, CATS Cafe JB lets you hang out with their resident felines while you sip a hot Americano and savour fried chicken waffle. Known as Johor’s first and largest cat cafe, their menu includes grilled lamb chop, crusted salmon, asam pedas ayam with rice and salted egg yolk prawn pasta, which are great for lunch and dinner.


Credit: CATS Cafe JB – Cats At Their Sanctuary on Facebook

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Address: CATS Cafe JB, 31A Jalan Abdul Samad Lorong 2C, 80100 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: Thu-Tue, 1PM-9PM (Closed on Wed)
Contact: +607 207 0399
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6. August Cafe


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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.


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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
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7. KoffeeArt Cafe Malaysia


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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.


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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
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8. IT Roo Cafe


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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 😃


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Halal status: All meats and ingredients are sourced from halal-certified suppliers, and do note that alcoholic beverages are not served on the premise

Address: IT Roo Cafe, 17 Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: Daily, 12PM-9.30PM
Contact: +6012 735 3572

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9. Mrs Who


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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.


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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
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10. Cafe Racer by Grillbar


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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.


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Halal status: All ingredients are sourced from halal-certified suppliers, and the cafe does not serve alcoholic beverages 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
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11. TIP – The Ice Cream Project


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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.


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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: Mon-Thu, 1PM-10PM; Fri, 3PM-12AM, Sat & Sun, 1PM-12AM
Contact: +607 207 2021
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Let’s Get Cereal (Closed)

Located at AEON Tebrau City, Let’s Get Cereal is one of the most unique places to hang out at in JB. They serve…you guessed it…cereal!


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With dozens of types of cereal to choose from (Cheerios, Resse’s Puffs, Honey Stars, and loads more), three flavours of milk, and fun toppings, Let’s Get Cereal will definitely bring out the inner child in you – just don’t blame us if you get hyper from a sugar rush! 😉


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While you’re there, check out local clothing stores and other interesting eateries located in the factory. The concept of the entire place is pretty cool!

Address: Aeon Tebrau City, Level Two (Near TGV)
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday – 10am to 10pm, Friday – 10am to 11pm, Saturday – 11am to 11pm
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12. B.L.O.C

Update (31 Jan 2019): B.L.O.C. is now a food truck, and you can still find them in the locations below.

Calling all banana fritters lovers! For specialised fusion banana fritters, you’ll HAVE to check out B.L.O.C.! They’ve got flavours ranging from chocolate cheese, peanut butter chocolate and tons more just for you 😉


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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
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Bonus – Salahuddin Bakery


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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: Salahuddin Bakery, 26, Jalan Dhoby, 80000 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: Daily, 9.30AM-6PM
Contact: +6012-766 8380

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.

*Do note that most of these cafes are NOT halal-certified, but they do not serve pork/lard and their ingredients are mostly from halal suppliers. We’ve marked them accordingly. All information is accurate at time of posting. We advise all readers to double check before visiting and to visit at their own discretion.

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    Hi there May I know how to get listed in 'Halal Cafes in Johor Bahru'? My husband and I are the owner of Ecru Tuckshop Cafe, an independent cafe owned by Muslim located in Indahpura, Kulai (5mins from Johor Premium Outlet,) We are an emerging cafe having both traditional and Western dishes, with minimalist deco style. We used halal ingredients and workers are Muslim Do visit our IG (ecru _tuckshop), FB Ecru Tuckshop and Twitter @EcruTuckshop Please let us know how to be listed in the post Cheers Aemi
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