The Hottest Hipster Cafes Right Across the Border in Johor Bahru
FOOD | 24 March 2016
Feel like popping over the causeway for a quick day trip? Don’t miss these funky cafes. By Emily Joosten
Image: “Sweet Rain” from Coffee Signature
There’s no point spending yet another weekend in Singapore (since we do that every other weekend), but not all of us can afford to take last-minute trips that’ll fulfill our #wanderlust.
That’s no problem, of course, because the causeway sits right at our borders, ready for us to cross it. And what better way is there to spend a long weekend than to fill it with roadtrips, pretty cafes and delicious food?
‘Nuff said, presenting we present to you some of JB’s most delicious and photogenic cafes:
1. Flowers in the window
Frequenters of JB might know about Roost Juice Bar, the cafe that serves up some amazing frozen yoghurt and, of course, juices. Well, the owners of Roost have opened up a new cafe just a few doors down. Enter Flowers in the Window. Filled with hanging plants and plush sofas, the cosy cafe is just as Instagram-worthy as its sister joint, if not more. Their menu boasts some exquisite concoctions, like rosemary, raspberry, chilli and lemon infused syrup, and the food is just as delectable. If you’re planning on making a trip down, it’s probably best that you go early. The cafe tends to fill up towards midday because, like us, people just can’t seem to get enough of it.
Address: 9 Jalan Dhoby, 80000 Johor Bahru
2. Sea & Saw
Image: Sea & Saw / Facebook
How could we not include this in our list, right? You may have heard about it, and for good reason. It’s one of the most known #hipster cafes in JB, with the interior furnished and designed artfully as if it had your Instagram feed in mind.
You know how it’s near impossible to take an ugly photo in some places? Well, this is it. The cafe is big on horticulture, with potted plants impressively arranged along the perimetre their perimeter. What does that mean for you? You won’t just have pretty and appetising food to tempt your followers with, but pretty backdrops for your fabulous #OOTD too – perfect for a post-Easter #TBT. If you’re worried about looking unflattering in your selfies after having stuffed yourself with all that good food, check out our tips on how to take a flattering picture every single time.
Address: 6, Jalan Bertingkat Skudai, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
3. Interieur Cafe
Interieur cafe is actually a side project of an interior designer, so you can trust that the backdrop to your photos will be professionally stylish. If that isn’t impressive enough, how’s this: The cafe’s design was impressive enough to win the designers an award in the Asia Pacific International Property Awards. Impressive, right?
Despite the accolades, there’s nothing pretentious about the cafe. In fact, it’s more “homely” than anything else. Of course, we know it’s not just about the cafe’s looks. The food is impressive, too, with a sizeable number of loyal customers. Some highlights: They serve up a mean waffle, and we’d recommend getting the matcha cake if that’s available.
Address: No 2, Jalan Bestari 3/2, Taman Nusa Bestar, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
4. Coffee Signature
Image: Coffee Signature / Facebook
You’ve probably seen pictures of their signature coffee that created quite a storm on social media last year. If you haven’t, allow us to formally introduce you to their incredible invention: the “Sweet Rain”. What is it, you ask? Well, dear readers, prepare yourselves: A fluffy, delicious cloud of cotton candy “hovering” atop your piping hot cup of coffee. And while you get your Instagramming #foodie on, the cotton candy begins to melt into your coffee – literally sweet rain drops that serve as your artfully-crafted sweetener. The rest of the menu is worth exploring as well, with just as many rave reviews for their cakes, so go as a group to sample as many options as possible.
Address: 52, Jalan Serampang, Taman Tebrau Jaya, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Image: Sangkaya / Facebook
Why travel to Bangkok for coconut ice cream when you can get something equally amazing right across the causeway? Well, okay, it’s totally different, but if you haven’t bought tickets for the weekend (and have no plans to fly over in the near future), then Sangkaya is the best way to satiate that coconut ice cream craving. Their products are freshly made on a daily basis using home-grown Malaysian coconuts. They’re prettily made too, so your Instagram feed (with the right filter and phone app) will be something to behold.
Address: 25, Jalan Austin Height 3, Taman Mount Austin, Johor Bahru