Hiap joo bakery & biscuit factory banana bread

Guide to Johor Bahru: Cafe hopping

Last week, I was fortunate enough to catch a breather from school and take a short escape with my friends to JB for a quick day trip. We took the bus there bright and early and got down to some intense cafe-hopping. Catching up over a couple cups of coffee and many good brunches, can only mean good things to share and many positive vibes. So here’s a list of cafes that we visited that you might be interested in as well, should you plan a quick getaway yourself. (P.s, do check out the in-depth reviews of the cafes if you’re interested as well).

The Replacement


A minimalist cafe located right across the causeway, the Replacement is a typical hang-out spot among Singaporeans. It’s common to see teenagers hanging out with their friends, and of course many people cramming over getting that ‘insta-worthy’ shot. The food here is decent and the price is decent. A cafe worth visiting if you’re in the area.

The Replacement
Address: Malaysia, 33, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Everyday 10am-9pm

Flowers in the Window


If you’re into the au naturale lifestyle and love nature, this cafe’s the one for you. Instead of the usual bright-and-cheery-somewhat-pretentious coloured flowers decor, Flowers in the Window is keeping it real and authentic, decorating with ferns and greenery. The food is not bad and the atmosphere is relaxed. Quite a different setting from most cafes in Singapore and the sun-dried tomato pasta with salmon is a definite must-try. A stop I would recommend.

Flowers in the window
9 Jalan Dhoby, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Everyday 10am-10pm, Closed on Tuesdays



While looking oh so fancy in photos and videos, this frozen yogurt with smoke emerging from the cup was a disappointment. The shop is bright and vibrant, not to be missed, but the food was mediocre and once is enough for me. If you’ve never been and always wanted to check it out though, then I’d encourage you to head down and try it out for yourself. The concept is cool and the setting is nice.
Kone cafe
Address: 30 Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 1pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12 noon-11pm, Closed on Sundays

Faculty of caffeine


A quiet and dim little shop tucked away among shop houses, faculty of caffeine is another one of those ‘Singaporean spots’. Though the menu is pretty limited with the choices they have, the items are all pretty safe bets. I would recommend going for the pancakes and pasta instead of the Japanese ramens, you’ll definitely leave feeling extremely satisfied.

Faculty of Caffeine
Address: 106, Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Operating Hours: Everyday, 9am

Humble Beginnings

humble beginnings cafehumble beginnings cakes

A little cafe located at the top floor of city square mall, this little coffee and cake shop specialises in mille crepe cakes and are sold for affordable prices. It’s location is perfectly hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the shopping mall so it’s a great place to catch a break from all the shopping and enjoy some peace and quiet. If you’re not feeling cake at the moment, you can even choose to takeaway!

Humble Beginnings
Address: J6-05, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 12pm – 10pm daily

Sangkaya Coconut Ice cream

DSC00742JB coconut icecream chendol

A shop located along the famous Wong Ah Fook cafe street, this coconut ice cream place is a new must go for me. It’s the perfect refuge from the blazing heat and every item on the menu is bound to leave you feeling refreshed and ready to go. The portion is pretty small and is basically all you need to cool down and finish off after all that cafe hopping.

14 Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru (500m from JB Checkpoint)
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon-Sun)

Tody (coconut wine) shop


A personal favourite and a definite memorable part of my trip, was when we took a 3RM uber to this old and tiny shop that sells tody, or rather coconut wine. It looks questionable from the outside, and definitely inside as well, but it’s popular among locals who would stop in for a quick drink before heading off again.

The coconut wine has a strong coconut taste at the start, a sour after taste and a slight smell of vinegar. It was interesting and I brought a 1.5L bottle (12RM) of it home for my family to try. They loved it despite the extremely dubious packaging of filling a 1.5L Dasani coke with Tody from a pail. If you’re not a germa-phobe and are up for an adventure which does not involve hygiene, you definitely have to go here.

Tody (coconut wine) shop
Address: Along Jalan Sulaiman, downtown Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10am-4pm

Hiap Joo banana bread bakery & biscuit factory


The most iconic banana bread in JB originated from this tiny shop that can hardly fit all it’s customers. This shop sells the highly-raved about banana bread which sells for only 4RM per small box (5 slices). The banana bread is baked in a big traditional oven and is as unfanciful and authentic as you can imagine banana bread to be. They sell out by about 12 noon, along with their other bakes as well, so be sure to get there bright and early.
Hiap Joo Bakery
Address: 13, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Opening hours: Everyday 7.30am-5.30pm, Sunday Closed

Miyakori Coffee

Miyakori coffeeMiyakori specialty coffee

This place pretty much sells the best coffee of all time. If you’re like me and don’t like your coffee sweet, you will love this. My standard order is the Iced Miyakori Kuramitsu coffee (15.90 RM) which is essentially coffee infused with a Japanese black honey. I always ask for only 1 pump of honey (less sweet) and it’s the perfect amount for me. A really light and flavourful taste of the honey complementing the acidity and slight bitterness of the coffee. I would travel to JB just for this. If you like your coffee sweeter, you could just get the regular without reduced sugar and I’m sure you will love it just as much.

Miyakori Coffee
Address: 41 Jalan Indah 22/14, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
City Square Johor Bahru, Level 5 106-108
Opening hours: Mon- Fri: 12pm- 10am, Weekends: 12pm- 11pm

Hope this post was insightful and you’re already planning your next trip to JB. If you have any recommendations of other exciting cafes and places to visit, do let me know and I’ll be sure to include them into my next trip!

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