Our second day in Melaka was jam-packed. Because we only had one more day left in this city, we knew we couldn’t waste any time if we wanted to see everything on our list.
I’ll go into more detail about the places we visited in other posts (the logistics of it all), but today I’m going to give you a brief overview of everything we did on Day 2. If you haven’t checked out our Melaka Day 1 recap, be sure to read that as well!
Okay, let’s get right into it, shall we?
Our morning started off with Hotel Puri’s buffet breakfast. I mean, it wasn’t the most amazing hotel breakfast buffet we’ve ever had (the Hyatt Place in Philadelphia still holds that title), but it was nice getting fueled up before we hit the streets to do some sight seeing.
From our hotel, we went to a little museum called the Chetti Museum – I talked a little bit about this place in my post about museums in Malaysia, so if you’re curious, just click this link!
The museum is located in the famous Kampung Chetti community, so we spent some time walking around, and ended up at the Sri Muthu Mariamman Hindu Temple. We didn’t go inside, but we took a few pictures and then headed back towards the city center.
On our first day in Melaka, we had attempted to visited the Baba & Nyonya Museum (another one I talked about in this post), but we went a little bit too late and had just missed the last tour. So this time, we made sure that we got there much earlier (I think we got to the museum at around 10 or 10:30). Thankfully the museum tour didn’t take very long, and by the time it finished, we were ready for lunch.
Exploring the Dutch Square:
Before we found lunch, we stopped at the Dutch Square, which is basically the hub of the city – there are tons of cute shops and restaurants that line the Melaka River, and a lot of tourists taking pictures in front of the LOVE Melaka sign. The Dutch Square also had a few street performers and little buggies/carts that you can ride around the city in. The shops and vendors in this area seemed to be a bit more overpriced, but it was still fun to look around at what they were selling.
We spent a little bit of time taking pictures, and then did a short walk through the Christ Church of Melaka. Then we were off to find information about tickets for the Melaka River Cruise later in the evening.
Fortunately, we found the ticket office, but they don’t sell cruise tickets in advance…so we decided to eat.
Lunch & St. Paul’s Hill:
Lunch was at Nancy’s Kitchen, a place known for cooking delicious and authentic Peranakan dishes. The restaurant was pretty filled up when we arrived, and for good reason; the food was outstanding, and each dish we ordered was packed with flavor. We ordered Ngoh Hiang (pork fried with bean curd skin), Ayam Buah Keluak (chicken with a nut that tastes like truffles), Sayur Keledek Belacan (fried sweet potato leaves with a spicy shrimp paste), and a gigantic bowl of Curry Laksa.
We were thoroughly impressed with Nancy’s, and would recommend any traveler visiting Melaka to grab a meal here.
After lunch we stopped by St. Paul’s Hill; a short climb up a set of stairs leads up to the ruins of St. Paul’s church, and also gives a great view of the city below.
On the way up the hill, we found a few artists doing live paintings, and a ton of cats hanging out on the sides of the steps. The church was a really cool place to walk through, and there was even a free performance from a random guy on a guitar.
Another Museum & A Root Beer Float:
From St. Paul’s Hill we walked down to the Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum. This museum reminded us a lot of the National Museum in KL, but on a smaller scale.There were a lot of the same types of exhibits and items, but we felt like the National Museum did a better job of explaining everything, and drawing us in to each gallery. I will say that the grounds around the museum were very beautiful, and if you have time, definitely make time to explore outside the museum too.
After the museum, we were ready for a cool treat, because Malaysia is hot. We were a couple of hot messes basically our entire week there (and not the sexy kind, either). As we made our way back to the Dutch Square, we passed by a mall with an A&W Root Beer restaurant, and we knew it was our destiny to get a root beer float. So we did. And it was awesome.
The Baboon House:
This is kind of a hard one to write about because it’s deeply shrouded in mystery. The Baboon House is a restaurant that does not allow any photography or video of any kind inside. When you get to the front door, you feel like you’re entering a secret club – you have to ring the doorbell, and then one of the employees let’s you in.
Once you’re inside, it honestly feels like you’ve crossed into a new dimension or world. There was a gorgeous skylight, and the whole place was filled with perfect natural light and hanging plants.There were so many unique details on account of the fact that it’s a working art gallery – even the menus are artfully crafted. The Baboon House is a place I would deem “Insta-worthy,” but I also kind of like that it’s so secretive because that means, it’s going to stay a hidden gem for just a little bit longer…until a million people read this post, of course. 😉
We ordered their popular Baboon Burger, and a ginger kombucha (which was so refreshing after not having kombucha for over a year). The food was good, but the atmosphere is what we were most impressed with. If you like artsy/hipster places, this is one establishment you shouldn’t pass up.
The Melaka River Cruise & Tandoori Chicken:
At around 6:45, we left our hotel and headed back to where the Melaka River Cruise boats launch. We were hoping to catch the sunrise during the 7 p.m. cruise, but by the time we were allowed on the boat, it had already vanished. Nevertheless, it was still an enjoyable experience, and we spent the next 45 minutes – hour taking in the sites and sounds of Melaka.
Once the cruise was over, we were ready for dinner, so we walked to a place called the Pak Putra Restaurant. This place. was. incredible. They specialize in two of our favorite things: tandoori chicken and naan, and we got two plates with a mango lassi on the side. I can’t wait to share more about Pak Putra, because it was more than worth the 20 minute walk to get there.
On our way back to our hotel we stopped and got one of my favorite desserts in the world – snow ice with mango, longan, and passionfruit (currently drooling as I type this).
Ready for Penang:
We spent the rest of the night packing and preparing for our trip to Penang the next day. Thankfully our flight was in the afternoon, so we didn’t feel too stressed about what the next 24 hours would hold.
Melaka was truly a unique and amazing city, and is a place I know we’ll never forget. If you’re interested in learning more about any of the places I mentioned above, stay tuned because we’ll be sharing more in the next few weeks.
Thanks for reading, and happy traveling!