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Written by Denise Tan
Co-written and edited by Candice Neo

The weekend is coming up, and you’re in desperate need for a getaway. Personally, heading down to JB is one of my favourite pastimes. I mean, besides the current exchange rate, it just feels so different in JB. The feeling of roaming down the streets in the neighbourhood and spotting amazing restaurants (not to mention durian stalls by the roadside!) simply beats the mundane dining experience we usually get in restaurants in Singapore.

For starters, we’ve rounded up a list of unique themed cafes (you might not even have heard of some!) in the most popular shopping and dining hotspots in JB. If you’re unfamiliar with JB, here’s introducing some of the main areas, and the cafes we’ve found are mostly clustered around there!

City Square Mall: Located directly beside Woodlands checkpoint, this shopping mall boasts plenty of stores and restaurants, with many more cool dining spots in its vicinity.
KSL Mall: The go-to place for those looking for affordable hair styling/cuts. This mall is also near foodie hangouts, including an outdoor night market on Mondays (a.k.a KSL Monday Night Market)!
Mount Austin / Austin Heights: This has to be every foodie’s (and bubble tea addict’s) favourite hotspot, with entire streets lined with bubble tea shops, cafes and restaurants!
Bukit Indah: Be it shopping at the Aeon mall or enjoying local vibes along the smaller streets and restaurants in the area, this place is definitely a local favourite during weekends.
Paradigm Mall: The largest mall in JB, Paradigm Mall is great for travellers who wants to shop endlessly or try out more special activities like indoor skating and climbing. If you want to explore the food scene after all that, the nearby Sutera Mall would make for a great next stop!

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1. Escape into Mickey & Minnie’s world! – M2escape (near Mount Austin)

With so many cute trendy characters nowadays (we love Pusheen, Sumikko Gurashi, Gudetama, Hello Kitty, Moomin and all!), how often do we find those that are inspired by characters we used to love when we were kids (if you can relate to this, high five to fellow early 90s’ babies!)?

So it was a huge surprise to us when we stumbled upon this Mickey Mouse cafe, which is also part of a Mickey Mouse-themed homestay too! You can expect to find everything red-and-black and polka dotted here – from red-and-white polka dotted seats, giant Mickey and Minnie plushies as your Insta-companions, lattes served in Mickey mugs, to Mickey-shaped ice-cream, cakes… well you get the idea. Everything has a touch of that quintessential Disney mouse, and most utensils are Mickey-shaped.

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They serve up mainly Western meals that both adults and kids generally love, such as the usual range of pastas (carbonara, tomato-based spaghetti, aglio olio), baked rice, chicken chop, Hawaiian chicken pizza and so on. Of course, don’t forget to order sides (French fries, potato wedges, chicken nuggets and more) for sharing!

Photo Via Shansii, Farah_nahjiah, Waiteang

And yes there is even Mickey-themed bubble tea with golden bubbles (because how can they miss out on the BBT craze in Singapore and Malaysia, right?)! 😉

Photo Via Shyanpei, Smashleytingz, Yyyyin_2503

You can also purchase Mickey and Minnie items at their cafe’s store, and for huge Mickey fans, you might even want to consider a night at their themed two-bedroom homestay, which stays up to 8-10 people, is very kids-friendly with Mickey beds and matching bed frames, play area for kids, Karaoke system, Xbox360 and balcony which overlooks the streets of Taman Mount Austin. If you’re here for special occasion, they do party catering too!

Photo Via Stephanie_keh, 9x17y

M2escape

Price: Mains from RM15 onwards (approximately SGD$4.94), drinks from RM5 (approximately SGD$1.65), dessert from RM11 (approximately SGD$3.63)
Rate for Mickey Mouse homestay: RM500 per night (for 8-10 pax) (approximately SGD$181.28)
Address: 7-01 (2nd floor) , Austin Heights 8/8, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor
Distance from Taman Mount Austin: Located in Taman Austin Heights itself
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm to 10pm. Closed on Monday.
Contact: +6012-7385848

Website

2. Dine under bouquets of floral blooms: bloom by Mokmok (near Mount Austin)

To all boyfriends/husbands out there, your girl definitely likes flowers even if she always tells you that they “are a waste of money” (unless she’s allergic to pollen :X).

Photo Via Marckiee, Hayzgal

So a floral themed cafe like bloom is perfect for a romantic date! Who would say no to dining under bouquets of colourful dried flowers, with a light floral fragrance in the air?

Photo Via Shannielife, Missnastasea

The menu serves up mains like the Grilled Chicken Burger or Salmon Rice Bowl, but they also offer some interesting dishes like the Gyutan Rice Bowl, which is actually beef’s tongue! Whatever you order, do give their flower teas a try – their specialties are blooms after all!

Oh, and did I mention that they have those jiggly cloud-like souffle pancakes here too? #boomerang inspiration, anyone?

Photo Via Where.is_.karl, Maverick_weekien, Carolchow920, Sylviathia

Before you go, don’t forget that Instagrammable swing outside the cafe – a must for every trendy couple! The natural lighting and potted plants will give your photos a different spin! 😉

Photo Via Adrianpoh

bloom by Mokmok

Price: Food from RM13 onwards (approximately SGD4.30 onwards), Drinks from RM7 onwards (approximately SGD2.32 onwards)
Address: 87, Jalan Mutiara Emas 2a, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru
Distance from Taman Mount Austin: Located in Taman Austin Heights itself
Opening hours: Daily, 12 pm – 11.30 pm
Contact: +60 16 329 0068; +60 19 771 0068

Website


3. Hidden bar-cafe in a mama shop: Merah Project (near City Square)

Remember those old Hong Kong movies you used to watch, where all the big stars like Chow Yun Fatt and Gigi Lai snooze around in a cool, dark setting with neon lights in the background? God, I can’t tell you how much I love those dai lou (‘big boss’ in Cantonese) vibes. And that’s exactly what you get at Merah Project!

Photo Via Jyllj, Yennetin, Sophiashih725, Byryo_jia

Don’t be fooled by the mama-shop shopfront. Take your time to explore the area, but the second level is what you’re really looking for.

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There, the spacious area transforms into an old school cafe and bar area where there are mahjong tables for dining, a cozy bean bag area, and tons of photo spots for taking old school hipster shots!

Photo Via Aijean_, Zipurple319, Cherrytham84, Cherrytham84

Here’s the catch – you would have to find the hidden bar upstairs with your friends. In return, you can get your favourite alcoholic drinks at approximately a third of its usual price in Singapore.

To spice things up a little, you could also get a personalised drink from RM18.90 onwards (approximately SGD 6.25), simply by telling the bartender about your day ;). Honestly, this can get so much fun! Once, I even overheard a woman asking the bartender to mix up a drink that tastes like her first love!

Now let’s talk food. The cafe serves many different types of cuisine, and the Smoked Duck Bowl that comes with lychee is one of the star dishes of the house! Think sweet, grilled lychees paired with aromatic duck slices – I bet you’re drooling!

Photo Via Puteri.natasha, Puiyiiii__, Kimkimfd, Yjoannne

TripCanvas Tip: This place is really popular and can get crowded at times, so do try to book a table via their Facebook or Instagram channels before heading down to avoid disappointment.

Merah Project

Price: Mains from RM8.90 onwards (approximately SGD2.95 onwards), Drinks from RM2.90 onwards (approximately SGD0.96 onwards), Alcoholic Drinks from RM11.90 (approximately SGD3.94 onwards)
Address: 17, Jalan Ibrahim, Bandaraya, 80000 Johor Bahru
Distance from City Square: 8-minute walk
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 12am
Contact: +60 169628126 (English/Bahasa Melayu hotline)/+60 162630977 (Chinese hotline)

Website

4. Cosy greenhouse cafe for a cuppa: Fika Farmhouse (near Bukit Indah)

Tucked away in a quiet area, Fika Farmhouse stands like a little piece of architecture from Hayao Miyazaki’s artwork with a giant Totoro greeting everyone who walks in.

Photo Via Theyard.horizonhills, Sueeva

At this child-friendly greenhouse cafe, organic greens line up in neat little rows, perfect for an artistic symmetrical shot with nature! Unlike many places in the city, this cafe is really spacious with a cosy ambience that can make you feel right at home~

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And while you’re settling in comfortably, dig into your favourite brunch fare – quinoa bowls, egg benedict with smoked salmon, paired with a refreshing iced latte on a hot day!

Photo Via Zann.iee, Apple1214, Theyard.horizonhills

If that still doesn’t cool you down, check out this newly opened ice cream cafe nearby called JoJo IceCream! Their homemade waffles and ice cream is bound to steal your heart (don’t tell the others, but their milk butterscotch is a real crowd favourite)!

Sunshine, coffee, good food and nature – what else do you need to get a breather from the city?

Fika Farmhouse

Price: Food from RM11 onwards (approximately SGD3.7), Drinks from RM8 onwards (approximately SGD2.7 onwards)
Address: Y2, 1, Jalan Hijauan 1, Horizon Hills, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia
Distance from Aeon Mall (Bukit Indah): 9-minute drive (traffic conditions were taken into consideration)
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11.30am to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm; Closed on Tuesday
Contact: +60 111054 9166

Website

5. Throwback to old school Taiwanese dramas: High School Kopitiam (near Mount Austin)

Once you step in, you’ll find an old school chalkboard menu and wooden tabletops – furniture pieces that most schools in Singapore and Malaysia have done away with since a long time ago. Nostalgia strikes – could it be…?

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Photo Via Jjennylimszenee, Sasasoshy

Yes, a remake of Taiwanese high school settings from some of our favourite movies like ‘You Are the Apple of My Eye’ (also known as ‘那些年,我們一起追的女孩’)!

Here’s your chance to pose as the charming school belle who steals the heart of every boy in class, or transform into that classroom joker who used to prank everyone else!

And of course, you can expect a rendition of your school canteen fare… Not. 😉 We wish these were served when we were still in high school! Warm and fresh charcoal-grilled sandwiches that are baked in-house, Crispy Pork Belly sandwiches with oozing egg yolk… Besides, at RM 8.90 (SGD 2.95), this delicious chow is a steal!

Photo Via Xiaoqi1026

Complement your trendy sandwiches with popular Taiwanese-nostalgia drinks – Sugarcane Milk or High School Milk Tea – there, you have your perfect match of Instagrammable after-school kopitiam food!

Photo Via Qitravelforfood, Jimmyfooddiary, All.in_.johor, Haydenkow1018

Here’s where you’ll never grow old (if you don’t wish to)! 😉

TripCanvas Tip: On the hunt for a full meal after your tea break here? Head on to Guo Ma Taiwanese Steamboat Buffet right next to the cafe for Malaysia’s affordable rendition of Hai Di Lao! However, do book beforehand, or you might get turned away at the doorstep like I was…

High School Kopitiam

Price: Food from RM4.50 onwards (approximately SGD1.49), Drinks from RM3 onwards (approximately SGD0.99 onwards)
Address: 57-G, Jalan Austin Heights 8/5, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru
Distance from Taman Mount Austin: Located in Taman Austin Heights itself
Opening hours: Daily, 8.30 am – 6 pm
Contact: +60 7359 5412

Website

6. Hop on board the plane to first class cafe fare: Dreamliner Airways Cafe (near Mount Austin)

You’re in for a thrill of a ride. Once you step into Dreamliner Airways Cafe, you will be welcomed into a spacious airplane cabin by waitresses donned in crew uniforms.

Now we mean what we say when it comes to your ride meal – you get your own private table with cushy seats (no more squeezing with the next person in the same aisle, yikes!) and a window overlooking “blue skies and fluffy clouds”, perfect for capturing the attention of the active little ones!

Photo Via Syaminamira, Fash.hdee_

Did you know that food tastes worse on airplanes simply because of the effect of air pressure on our tastebuds? Well over here, you can enjoy delicious Western delights like pizzas, burgers, and chicken chops as they are while enjoying your comfy ‘plane ride’. What’s more, the huge portions are great for sharing so go ahead and order a few more dishes to try out!

Photo Via Lingda87

Celebrating a special occasion for the day? Be it birthdays or proposals, the kind staff can help you arrange and decorate the cafe for the perfect celebration you desire!

Photo Via Engku_mariam, Wnadawiyah, Irahjimie

With this quality of food and entertainment on board the Dreamliner Airways, the expectations for your next airplane ride is bound to soar!

Dreamliner Airways Cafe

Price: Mains from RM9.90 onwards (approximately SGD3.28 onwards), Drinks from RM7.90 onwards (approximately SGD2.61 onwards)
Address: No.7 Jalan Harmonium 35/1, Taman Desa Tebrau, Johor Bahru
Distance from Taman Mount Austin: 5-minute drive (traffic conditions were taken into consideration)
Opening hours: Daily, 11 am – 11 pm
Contact: +60 16-781 1935

Website

7. Romantic glasshouse cafe surrounded by blooms: ROWAN & PARSLEY food atelier (near Mount Austin)

Stepping into ROWAN & PARSLEY food atelier is like entering a secret garden of your own. The former factory is housed in a quiet industrial area, but it’s teeming with romantic greenery and flowers.

Photo Via Tientienchia, Jidanwang, Qiusi

The place has a strong Korean minimalist vibe, with full ceiling-to-floor glass windows so you can enjoy the view outside while enjoying a cuppa (and air conditioning!).

Photo Via Puiyee1008, Tientienchia

If you love the outdoors, take a seat in the garden, where you can get closer to nature! Don’t forget to request for latte art (the baristas here know their craft really well, so be it squirrels, monkeys or some other funky ideas you want on your coffee, let them know! ;))

Photo Via Koishin, Jmin_wee

We highly recommend dropping by for brunch to catch all the good natural lighting for the best photos, and also to taste their signature brunch item – Pulled Pork Benedict!

Photo Via Benjamintheun, E.k.k.u, Stephaniietan95

ROWAN & PARSLEY food atelier

Price: Mains from RM25 onwards (approximately SGD8.28), Drinks from RM8 onwards (approximately SGD2.65 onwards)
Address: No.17, Jalan Cenderai 20, Kawasan Perindustrial Kota Putri, Johor Bahru
Distance from Taman Mount Austin: 12-minute drive (traffic conditions were taken into consideration)
Opening hours: Daily, 11am to 10pm
Contact: +60 12727 5717

Website

8. Sip coffee in a former factory: Just Want Coffee JWC, The Factory 30 (near Mount Austin)

If you’re braving the possibly horrendous custom queue to get into JB, you will probably want a nice quiet place to savour your food in peace without having to deal with the crowd. This 2-storey modern industrial themed cafe is perfect for that comfy afternoon ambience.

Think coffee aroma and a cool metal shutter interior with gurney sacks hanging from the ceiling, while you dig into a delicious meal of your choice – it’s simply the perfect weekend after a hectic work week!

Photo Via Joeycypphotography, Shu_hwa
Photo Via Yenneeee___, Song_sing, Jting319

This former factory is located in the industrial area so it might get a little confusing amidst all the workshops and industrial containers while on your way to the cafe. Just look out for the big red building!

Photo Via Catherinetan88, Tracy3461, Iz_yap

Once you’re settled in at your table, take a look at the retro “customer manual” (yes, that’s the menu!). Choose from pastas, pizzas, bagels, cakes, and even bottled Oreo cheesecakes!

Photo Via Msfoodhunter, Kenthr, Xiaohuixh

However, the real highlight is their coffee (no surprises here given the cafe’s name!) – you can find a good variety here from the classic cappuccino to hand brews like the Ethiopia Limmu. Yes coffee fanatics, it’s time to go crazy with a cuppa you can’t usually find in Singapore (especially with that affordable price tag)!

Photo Via Mandylogy, Xine, Dear__jane_

Just Want Coffee JWC, The Factory 30

Price: Food from RM9.90 onwards (approximately SGD3.27), Drinks from RM7.50 onwards (approximately SGD2.48 onwards)
Address: No 30, Jln Mutiara Emas 5/3, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru
Distance from Taman Mount Austin: Located in Taman Austin Heights itself
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 12am
Contact: +60 73507508

Website

9. Step back into the medieval era: George and Dragon Cafe (near KSL)

Rustic brick walls, red wood dining tables and impeccable service – George and Dragon Cafe will send you back to old England where you can wine and dine among genuine English antiques!

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You’ll never run out of photo ops here – medieval armours, shields and kingdom banners. Who’s next to be knighted? 😉

Photo Via Zayyan_ziezulkarnain

And when your tummy starts rumbling, get ready to be treated like a true blue royal with classic Western delights like the Chargrilled Steak and Traditional English Scones – food fit for a king indeed!

The portions are really generous, but of course there will always be space for dessert! Their cheesecake is not only homemade, but burnt too (yes intentionally!). Just imagine – moist cheesecake with a burnt caramelised crust!

George and Dragon Cafe

Price: Mains from RM22.80 onwards (approximately SGD7.55), Drinks from RM6.80 onwards (approximately SGD2.25 onwards)
Address: No. 1 & 3 Jalan Glasiar, Taman Tasek Branch, Taman Tasek, Johor Bahru 80200 (Note: There is another branch at Johor Premium Outlets with different opening hours.)
Distance from KSL: 9-minute drive (traffic conditions were taken into consideration)
Opening hours: Daily, 12 pm – 10.30 pm
Contact: +60 07232 3761

Website

10. Fresh ingredients from farm to table: Mok Mok Brunch and Bistro (near KSL)

Don’t you feel that fresh food like farm greens and hand-picked strawberries have that extra sweetness compared to the typical supermarket produce? Of course, that also usually means tastier and healthier farm-fresh meals with lesser seasoning, which is one of the amazing things about this garden-themed cafe.

Photo Via Linnynilly, Jynn.xlj, Chuhanna_c, Shipeichong
Photo Via Fendy.l, Stranger_ii_jooyee, Applenfl

From salads to rice bowls and burgers, the owner of Mok Mok Brunch and Bistro sources for fresh ingredients from a local farm to allow time-crunched city people like us to enjoy more nutritious and delicious meals!

I would recommend getting the Mok Mok signature rice bowl with lamb that comes in a quaint wooden rice bowl with a salad tossed in their special yoghurt dressing. Ooh, and don’t forget to leave some space for the souffle pancakes for dessert (the pancakes come in huge portions, great for sharing)!

Photo Via Magdaleneloh, Belindachen0229, Thespaceforfood, Nomnomm.phy_

Photo time! The cafe sits in a spot with just the right amount of sunlight so you wouldn’t need to spend so much time editing your pictures. 🙂 From the “Enjoy the Mokments” photo wall to the calming rows of plants trailing down the cafe entrance, you’ll definitely have a variety of shots to immortalize your cafe experience!

Photo Via Nicoletohh, Applenfl, Epicphynism

TripCanvas Tip: Dropping by the cafe at night would switch up your day shots with a more romantic atmosphere, especially with the fairy lights and warm lighting at the entrance!

Mok Mok Brunch and Bistro

Price: Mains from RM13 onwards (approximately SGD4.31), Drinks from RM7 onwards (approximately SGD2.32 onwards)
Address: 78, Jalan Pingai, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru
Distance from KSL: 7-minute drive (traffic conditions were taken into consideration)
Opening hours: Daily, 11.30 am – 11.30 pm
Contact: +60 73363562

Website

11. Thai milk tea in a grunge container cafe: Chaiwalla & Co. Container Cafe (near City Square)

As much as I love my Thai milk teas, they are often too sweet and don’t come with pearls – which is why I often turn to really overpriced bubble teas nowards…

Targeting this problem, Chaiwalla & Co. Container Cafe hits the sweet spot (ironically) by allowing you to customize your own drinks in terms of the base, sugar level, flavour, and toppings! Say hello to the perfect cup of Thai milk tea with quirky additions like basil seeds and coffee jelly toppings – almost like how you can customize your BBT!

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If you and your squad looking for a mini break from your foodie adventures, this place is perfect to hang out and chill at with board games (yes, including the popular ones such as Cards Against Humanity).

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With an industrialised black metallic interior complemented by vibrant greens, great lighting and decor, you sure can create more memories for your IG feed!

Photo Via Daniellexyeo, Justshermie, Calvinisafruit

TripCanvas Tip: There’s a small night market in the area called Bazar Karat, where you can find some vintage knick knacks and clothes. If you’re heading to the cafe after 7 pm, you might want to check it out for some affordable loot!

Photo Via Mr_jereen, Tiaranita_de

Chaiwalla & Co. Container Cafe

Price: Food from RM8.80 onwards (approximately SGD2.92), Drinks from RM6.80 onwards (approximately SGD2.25 onwards)
Address: 36, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, 80000 Johor Bahru
Distance from City Square: 9-minute walk
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 10am to 6pm; Friday to Sunday, 10am to 10pm
Contact: +60 17622 4536; +60 17771 9652

Website

12. Get a stylo milo haircut right after your meal: Big Daddy’s Family Cafe and Barber Shop (near Paradigm Mall)

My guy friends are always complaining about how haircuts in Singapore are really expensive – so all you gents out there, this one’s for you.

As the name implies, at Big Daddy’s Family Cafe and Barber Shop, you get to enjoy food, barber and hair styling services at this special little joint. At RM15 (approximately SGD4.97) for a regular cut, it certainly is tempting to just get your monthly snip here, eh?

While the concept is really fun, I can’t really vouch for their barber’s skills since I haven’t tried it personally. From what I see, a little trim here and there might be okay but then again – cut at your own risk, gentlemen!

Food here comes in giant platters, with Western classics like Chicken Chop and fries, and Malay cuisine like Nasi Goreng Seafood and Ayam Penyet. Regardless of what you order, the portions are big so you should either come reaaaally hungry, or with more friends to share everything!

Also, how about refreshing ice-cold drinks in a giant tower? Yup, they serve up tower-sized beverages as well so you can chill with your friends all night long downing cup after cup of Sirap Bandung!

Photo Via Ari.ssha_

Big Daddy’s Family Cafe and Barber Shop

Price: Mains from RM10 onwards (approximately SGD3.31 onwards), Drinks from RM3 onwards (approximately SGD0.99 onwards)
Address: No 28 Jalan Padi Emas 6/1 Bandar Baru Uda 81200 Johor Bahru
Distance from Paradigm Mall: 7-minute drive (traffic conditions were taken into consideration)
Opening hours:
Cafe: Daily, 12 pm to 12 am
Barber shop: Daily, 2 pm to 11.30 pm
Contact: +60 187680469; +60125680669 (WhatsApp)

Website

13. Modern minimalist garden themed cafe: Flowers in the Window (near City Square)

You can probably tell by now that we’re sort of in love with garden themed cafes! But we have to say – each of them brings a different rendition of nature that makes it unique. Flowers in the Window goes for a laid back modern minimalist approach to flora.

With an inviting blanket of lush greenery at the entrance, you will feel a sense of peace once you enter. Above the open kitchen hangs a sophisticated array of plants and books, with French classical music wafting softly within.

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Upstairs, there are comfy sofa seats by the window – perfect reading nooks for us bibliophiles who just want to snuggle into a cosy corner with our favourite book and a mug of hot chocolate with the sunlight streaming in.

Photo Via Jxuann_, Elaine_jying

Don’t miss the chance for those must-have IG snaps in the vintage garden with a bathtub filled with potted greens! This unpretentious little coffee spot has an open garden balcony as well for those who want some fresh air~

Photo Via Jazzypam, Veggiexplorer, Ilalada.0404

Even the food here won’t disappoint. Savour classic brunch delights such as Eggs on Toast and homemade cakes baked fresh daily! The Superfood Avocado is a well-loved – and for good reason too! With poached eggs, smoked salmon, pomegranate and more power-packed nutritious foods, it doesn’t only tastes good, but is also a healthy choice!

Photo Via Ohmyminnn, Jiiehuii, Kenduong658

Time to sit back, relax, and just enjoy!

Flowers in the Window

Price: Brunch from RM12 onwards (approximately SGD3.98), Drinks from RM9 onwards (approximately SGD2.98 onwards)
Address: 9 Jalan Dhoby, 80000 Johor Bahru
Distance from City Square: 7-minute walk
Opening hours: Monday and Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm; Closed on Tuesday
Contact: +60 16776 7489

Website

14. Pretty in pink: OH! Boss cafe (噢!老爷) (near Mount Austin)

Update: This cafe may be closed. We have not been able to reach them for more information. If anyone has any updated information, please contact us on Facebook to let us know. Thank you!

Pastel coloured ball pits, pink neon typography signs and all sorts of pink photo props – if you love everything pink, you’ll instinctively work out all the best angles to score the most Instagrammable photos!

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Similar to the Urban Spaces cafe in Seoul, OH! Boss cafe has created a cute, pink camera-ready space (they even have an over-large photo frame for a cool Insta-ception shot!).

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The menu here consists of desserts like eggettes and all sorts of beverages, from refreshing fruit teas with fresh oranges and mangoes, taro milk teas to grapefruit smoothies!

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With their newly launched set option, a beverage of your choice and an eggette will only set you back by RM15 (approximately SGD 4.97)!

If you’re a fan of pink, this cafe will definitely be great Insta-fun for you – I’ll pinky promise! 😉

OH! Boss cafe (噢!老爷)

Price: Drinks from RM8.90 onwards (approximately SGD2.95 onwards), Desserts from RM7.90 onwards (approximately SGD2.62 onwards)
Address: No.16, Jalan Austin Heights 8/7, Taman Mount Austin, Johor Bahru
Distance from Taman Mount Austin: Located in Taman Austin Heights itself
Opening hours: Daily, 12 pm – 12 am
Contact: +60 7361 6569

Website

Special Mention: Dreamy haven by the sea: Yard & Co.

This quiet little seaside cafe is your holiday treat by the sea.

If you don’t mind venturing out a little further from the central city areas and staying for a night instead of your usual cafe-hopping day trips, here’s where you can get your much-needed dose of Vitamin Sea while on your weekend getaway.

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The best way to savour the views would be at the al fresco seating area, where you can dig into ice cream while overlooking the sea and skies with a light breeze – paradise on Earth!

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Clean white walls and beach-perfect cane chairs may make for great photo props, but the best background is of course the view!

Photo Via Ginlooi, Sue_wongquake, Jycouple0312, Yanne95

The menu offers a range of mains, but their desserts steal the show. Take your pick from fresh bakes including burnt cheesecakes, black sesame cakes, mango mousse cakes and more!

Photo Via M3lodybaby, Sue_wongquake

TripCanvas Tip: Head to the cafe during sunset for the best seaview!

Yard & Co.

Price: Mains from RM13 onwards (approximately SGD4.31 onwards), Desserts from RM9 onwards (approximately SGD2.98 onwards), Drinks from RM5 onwards (approximately SGD 1.66 onwards)
Address: Lot 4785, Lorong Siakap 1, Sungai Rengit, Kampung Sungai Rengit, Johor, Malaysia
Distance from Woodlands checkpoint: 1h 22-minute drive (traffic conditions were taken into consideration)
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 12 pm – 7 pm; Closed on Monday
Contact: +60 13779 5460

Website

Have we inspired you to go on a different sort of cafe-hopping? Skip the usual run-of-the-mill cafes you hang out at every JB trip! Which is your favourite? Tag your JB weekend squad now!

PLEASE NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you!
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