Jonker Street Night Market is one of the best night markets in Malaysia and it sells everything from tasty treats to cheap keepsakes.
Melaka is widely known for its harmonious blend of cultures as well as numerous historical sites. Jonker Street, as the main street of the historical Chinatown of Melaka, is the perfect place to see everything merge together. Jonker Street’s main attraction is its night market held every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with many shops selling delicacies, antiques, textiles, handicrafts, and souvenirs at affordable prices.
Jonker Street is located in the heart of the Melaka city, a UNESCO World Heritage city. It can be easily found via the various road signs visitors can see along the way when they travel to the place.
Opening Days and Hours
Friday to Sunday from 18:00 to 24:30.
How to Get There
If you are driving, just follow the signboards with the words “Bandaraya Melaka” (Melaka City) and go to Jalan Hang Jebat, where the market is. There are also several buses that stop at Dutch Square, which is just about 100 metres away from Jonker Street.
Jonker Street Night Market is suitable for families, couples, singles, backpackers, and groups of friends. However, seniors who are not able to walk or stand for longer time are advised to be accompanied by family or relatives as the night market can get quite crowded.
Time to Spend
Spend about 2 to 4 hours exploring the street, hunting for delicious snacks or unique souvenirs.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit Jonker Street is on Friday and Saturday nights, from 18:00. If you would like to avoid the rainy season, then you should visit Melaka between February and early July.
Jonker Street is famous for its shopping, eating, and nightlife activities. You can also simply walk around and enjoy this vibrant bustling street.
One of Melaka’s most famous delicacies is the chicken rice ball. All of the famous chicken rice ball shops are located at Jonker Street, namely Chung Wah Chicken Rice Balls, Hoe Kee Chicken Rice Restaurant, and Famosa Chicken Rice Ball. Hawkers also sell other local food such as satays, durian puffs, and cendol (a dessert with pandan jelly, crushed ice, coconut milk and palm sugar).
Safety and Fraud
Pickpockets are known to operate in this area especially when it is crowded. Therefore, do keep an eye on your belongings and exercise caution.
- Christ Church
- The Stadthuys
- Paul’s Church
- A’Famosa Fort
- Melaka River
- Menara Taming Sari
- Baba Nyonyga Heritage Museum
- Kampung Kling Mosque
- Hard Rock Café Melaka
There are a number of hotels and guest houses nearby Jonker Street, from backpacker accommodations to luxury boutique hotels. In addition, there are also many homestays located within walking distance from Jonker Street.
Good to Know
There are many stalls selling the same items on the street at different prices. You can compare prices betweens shops and haggle a bit before making your purchase.