This travel video is a tour of us walking, shopping, eating Malaysian street food, people watching and taking in Malaysian cultural performances and music at the Jonker Street (Jalan Jin Hang Jebat) Night Market located in Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia.
This lovely strip in the heart of Malacca’s Chinatown turns into a bustling hive of activity – at night on the weekend – with people crowding every inch of space along the street.
The UNESCO heritage park is one of my favorite night markets in all of Asia – only Shilin market in Taipei, Taiwan comes out ahead.
Malaysian performers entertain pedestrians on both ends of the strip while vendors line up one by one offering souvenirs, Malaysian/Chinese street food and refreshments.
Jonker street night market is one of the top places to sample authentic street food where you can get everything from refreshingly sweet drinks to spicy stir fries.
We both stopped to eat carrot cake stir fry along with Cendol (a refreshing Malaysian dessert).
The carrot cake stir fry tasted a lot like Pad Thai; however, we didn’t notice any actual carrots. What it appeared to consist of was in fact turnips.
The Cendol was my personal favorite for the evening. Given how hot and humid it is – at all times of day – this refreshing treat filled with jellies, beans, shaved ice and sweet coconut milk more than hit the spot.
As we continued to wander from one end to the other we couldn’t help but notice all of the street performances and music.
We stopped many times for refreshments to stay hydrated and to escape temporarily from the madness of the main pedestrian strip.
For those interested in all of the hustle and bustle, the weekend night market in Malacca is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 6 pm until midnight.
It’s one of the top attractions in Melaka (certainly one of the liveliest) and it should be added to your things to do list while based in Melacca.
What is your favorite night market? Would you enjoy going to this one?