To enjoy Melaka, we suggest the following ;
i. Having coffee and toasted bread for breakfast in one of the kopitiams along Jalan Tokong.
ii. Observing the ornate carvings on the entrance of Cheng Hoon (Ming Emperor’s ambassador to Melaka). The temple was founded in 1646, making it the oldest temple in Malaysia
iii. Visiting Masjid Kampung Kling on Jalan Tukang Emas (Formerly known as Harmony Street) to relish over its Sumatran-Javanese influnce, originally built using wood in 1748, then rebuilt using bricks in 1872
iv. If it was Sunday, amble along Jallan Hang Lekir to rummage over the antiques on sale.
v. Having lunch in one of the shops selling chicken rice ball around Jalan Tokong or Jalan Hang Kasturi
vi. Quickly pay a visit to Kampung Morten to check on the ornate facades of the Malay houses within the area.
vii. Slowly exploring the fascinating tile works on the entrances of the shophouses along Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock.
viii. Quick break – having chendol by the river close to the tacky model of windmill facing the Red Square.
ix. Taking photographs of the Red Square and even climbng up St. Paul Hill for the view and probably more picture.
x. Drop by the Islamic Museum (used to house the office of the Melaka Islamic Council), an elegant crimson coloured building practically built to human scale. This museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. on Tuesday up untill Sunday and closed on Monday ; the entrance fee is RM 1.00 for adults and rm 0.50 for children.
xi. Hang out at a contemporary street art gallery cum halal food cafe and studio stay at Galvanize : Warung Seni (45, Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka; tel : 06-282 1181)
xii. Chilling out and having after dinner drinks on the open air verandah on the ground level of Harper’s (next to the retro looking OCBC Bank on Lorong Hang Jebat) to soak in the restaurant’s low lit riverside atmosphere.