When night falls during weekends, the entire street is closed to traffic and it is transformed into a night flea market with an almost carnival-like atmosphere. Antique shops vanishes and is replaced with make shift stalls with their ingenious light fixtures spotlighting their wares. Sellers scream at the top of their lungs competing for your attention and shopping dollars, even doling out sample of their edible goods.
There’s a lot of interesting stuff to buy here and by interesting I mean tourist junk and we are suckers for those.
The night market is best experienced on an empty stomach, if you can; try not to have dinner before going, as the market offers a unique variety of gastronomic treats. We just followed the trail of stalls and when we got at the end of the street, we were surprised at how much food we’ve already consumed.
If you want a proper sit down dinner, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from. We made sure not to leave Melaka without sampling plates of the nyonya cuisine that they are extremely famous for. The dishes are a tasty fusion of Chinese and Malay recipes. Restoran Famosa seems to be a popular choice among tourist and locals and they are known for their tasty Chicken Rice Balls. These balls are almost the same size and shape that of a ping-pong ball and cooked in chicken broth. It is usually paired with roast chicken, duck or pork and is best eaten with pounded chilli sauce, but it is so flavourful that you can eat it on its own. Freshly baked flaky and buttery pineapple tart was the perfect dessert to cap that dinner.
The weekend night market in Jonker starts at 6pm and ends at midnight.