5 Beautiful Cafés to Check Out in Johor Bahru

The booming dining scene in the Malaysian city has given rise to Instagram-worthy cafés with excellent food and coffee to boot.

Photo: People and Places Café

1. People and Places Café

Laidback People and Places is a recent addition to the bustling café scene in Johor. Situated in an industrial area near Mount Austin, the Melbourne-inspired establishment offers brunch dishes created with wholesome and hearty “power foods” like avocado and eggplant. Camera-toting café goers will be attracted to the photogenic space, which features polished concrete floors, red-brick walls, and lush greenery throughout. When in doubt, order the Quesadilla Brekkie. This Asian spin on the quesadilla comes with creamy tom yam-flavored scrambled eggs topped with sriracha aioli and sandwiched between tortilla sheets.

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Photo: Flowers in The Window

2. Flowers in The Window

With tropical foliage spilling out into the street, this is possibly the most eye-catching café on the hipster Jalan Doby strip. Helmed by the team behind the successful Roost Café and Sea and Saw, the two-story café features an upstairs seating area, which offers a bird’s eye-view of the kitchen, as well as a cozy space filled with sofas and lounge chairs on the ground floor. Quench your thirst with the fruity homemade lemonades and sate your appetite with the seafood platter. Perfect for sharing, the platter comes with fresh scallops, mussels, and prawns, all drizzled in tangy lemon dill dressing. After your meal, check out the adjoining thrift shop for potted plants, handcrafted furniture, and more.

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Photo: Vanilla Bean Coffee and Patisserie

3. Vanilla Bean Coffee and Patisserie

Located inside Senibong Cove, Vanilla Bean Coffee and Patisserie is known for its aromatic coffees, light pastries, and egg-centric brunch dishes. Baked goods are the specialty here, and must-tries include its beautiful cakes, as well as its waffles, such as the sweet and savory Salted Charcoal Waffle with Vanilla Gelato. For a more substantial meal, order the Spicy Baked Eggs, a flavorful treat where baked eggs and roasted capsicum are blanketed with cheese and served with crispy toast. The coffees, which come from Nylon Coffee Roasters, are equally good. And thanks to the bubbly staff who bring warmth and vivacity to the bright and breezy café, Vanilla Bean makes a wonderful pit stop for brunch or a midday break.

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Photo: The Replacement Lodge and Kitchen

4. The Replacement – Lodge & Kitchen

Designed to be minimal and clean, this is a lovely space filled with white walls and marble accents. A relaxing nook situated in the heart of Johor Bahru, it is both a bed-and-breakfast, as well as a café. What you’ll find here is an impressive brunch menu as well as an “after dark” tapas menu. Don’t leave without trying the signature B&B French Toast, which is topped with crispy beef bacon, maple syrup, and caramelized banana; making for a mouth-watering treat. For a more classic option, order the Eggs Benny, which is served with a 63-degree Celsius sous-vide egg. The generous portions also mean that groups can easily order a few dishes to share.

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Photo: Mrs. Whó

5. Mrs. Whó

Hidden away in the residential area of Kim Teng Park, Mrs. Whó is the perfect spot to unwind and recharge after a busy day at work, thanks to its whitewashed walls and tropical green sofas, which radiate a relaxed vibe. Menu-wise, robust flavors take center stage. The signature Who Fried Chicken Waffles comes with fluffy waffles paired with crispy, succulent chicken. For extra oomph, add a drizzle of the sweet and spicy maple chili sauce. Another winning creation is the Popiah Pisang, where caramelized banana is wrapped in crisp golden batter and drizzled with a rich Nutella glaze. The Asian fusion menu offers a good variety of dishes to suit all preferences, with decent brew from Oriole Coffee to boot.

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