Johor Bahru (JB) is known for its vibrant food scene and offers a plethora of cafes for enthusiasts to indulge in. For Singaporeans looking to explore the best cafes in Johor Bahru without having to travel around too much, we have compiled a list of top picks that are located within walking distance from Johor Bahru Checkpoint. Whether you are in the mood for a hearty brunch or simply looking to savour a good cup of coffee, these cafes are sure to satisfy your cravings.

From Japanese drip coffee stores to traditional breakfasts, here are the eight best cafes that are located right beside the checkpoint.

1. Sunday Morning Coffee Shop

Lots of interesting coffee equipment that is not commonly-seen at a regular cafe

If you like film and coffee, Sunday Morning Coffee Shop is the place to be.

Keep a look out for their door sign, as they are located on the second floor of a shophouse. Boasting a tasteful blend of antique decor and wooden furnishings, the establishment exudes a serene and inviting ambiance that is further enhanced by the abundance of natural light. This idyllic setting provides the perfect backdrop for a satisfying cup of coffee

Both their house blend and single origin are from Japan, and hand-roasted by the owner. We recommend the Japanese Iced Coffee — either with their House Blend (RM10) and Single Origin (RM13). Japanese drip coffee differs from the more commonly-seen filter with a Hario V60 in terms of the intensity of flavours. In general, Japanese drip coffee has a lighter body and midler flavour.

Aside from coffee, you can also enjoy a full meal there, such as their Japanese Curry Rice (RM16) and Mentaiko Udon (RM26), or opt for a small snack like the Banana Cinnamon (RM12)

Sunday Morning Coffee Shop

Location: 124, Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours:
10am-6pm (closed on Wednesday)

2. OFFEE

If you’re looking for a more mainstream coffee shop, head down to OFFEE instead.

This minimalistic coffee is the only cafe in the area that opens till 12am. In fact, they are one of the few cafes that are opened in the evening.

Espresso-based coffee from RM8, while Matcha and Hojicha-based drinks start from RM9. For a more experimental drink, we recommend the Coconut Latte (RM13) or Biscoff Latte (RM14).

Get a Croissant (RM9.5) or Lemon Cake (RM9) to go with your drink!

OFFEE

Location: 30, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours:
8-12am

3. Restoran Hua Mui 

Nestum + Peanut Butter Toast (RM4.9)

Restoran Hua Mui is one of the most popular eateries near the checkpoint, typically the first spot for most Singaporeans to visit after a grueling two-hour queue.

You can get almost anything at this restaurant — from traditional breakfasts to chicken rice and to stir-fried noodles. But if you have to get one item, it’s their famous Hainanese Chicken Chop (RM17.9). It’s battered with crushed biscuits, and served with mushroom sauce, coleslaw, wedges, and a grilled tomato.

For a lighter bite, we recommend the Butter Kaya (Double Butter) Toast (RM3.7), served with a thick slab of butter.

Restoran Hui Mui

Location: 131, Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours:
8:30am-5:30pm

4. Bev C’afe

Their signature BevCcano (RM14), made with steamed ice cube with espresso shots, infused with cascara and grapefruit syrup. Photo: Bev C’afe

Bev C’afe is managed by the same team behind Bev C, a fashion label founded in Malaysia.

What’s so unique about this cafe is that they have a full-manual espresso machine. Instead of pressing a button, like the classic semi-automatic machines we are used to seeing in cafes, baristas have to manually pull a lever to create the pressure to extract the espresso. All the coffee pulled by this machine just costs RM 1 more than the classic semi-auto machines.

Espresso-based coffee starts from RM9 for a Hot Black, while speciality coffee like Gula Melaka and Charcoal Latte cost RM11 and RM12.

For the purists, Filtered Coffee with seasonal single origin coffee beans cost RM14-30.

For meals, the cafe offers western dishes such as Squid Ink Aglio Olio, either with Smoked Duck (RM24) or with Smoked Salmon (RM 26). Alternatively, opt for a crowd favourite — Rasa Sayang (RM18). It is a croissant with fresh wild rocket, homemade prawn small sauce, cherry tomato, slice cheese and smoked duck.

Bev C’afe

Location: 54, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours:
10am-6pm (closed on Wednesday)

5. Hiap Joo Bakery

Not exactly a cafe, since you can’t dine in, but Hiap Joo Bakery is the perfect place to get an affordable and tasty souvenir.

Hiap Joo Bakery is famous for their freshly-baked Banana Cake, available for RM10 for 10 pieces, and RM5 for 5 pieces. It’s very fluffy and aromatic, truly one of the best banana cakes ever.

That’s not all they offer though. Their menu extends to others such as Kaya Bun (RM4 for 4pcs), Coconut Bun (RM 5 for 5pcs) and savoury buns such as Sambal Ikan Bilis (RM5 for 5 pcs) and Otak-Otak (RM 4 for 4 pcs).

Hiap Joo Bakery

Location: 13, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours:
7:30am-4:30pm (closed on Sunday)

6. Flowers In The Window

Photo: Flowers In The Window

Flowers In The Window is a garden-themed cafe that is committed to hand making their sourdough and hummus.

The sourdough can be best enjoyed with Smoked Salmon (RM16.9) or

Tomato Mozzarella (RM14.9). You could also buy the entire loaf home for RM18.

While you’re there, you have to try their hand-laminated pastries. A Croissant costs RM7, while a Pain Au Chocolat costs RM8.

Flowers In The Window

Location: 9, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours:
9am-3pm (closed on Tuesday)

7. 80000 By Fam

Fungi Truffle Pizza. Photo: 80000 By Fam

80000 by Fam is a café that boasts an Instagram-worthy ambience, blending contemporary and rustic design elements.

They just launched their latest truffle series, which includes three new dishes: Truffle Fries (RM18), Snow White Truffle Pasta (RM25) and Fungi Truffle Pizza (RM34).

Meanwhile, their regular menu comprises pasta, rice, brunch dishes, and even croffles, which is a croissant that’s toasted in a waffle machine.

To watch it all down, espresso-based coffee starts from RM9 for a Double-shot Espresso. They also offer a comforting cup of kopi, the Signature Koffee (RM10), which is extracted with Nanyang coffee that is roasted with the addition of sugar and margarine.

80000 By Fam

Location: 36, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours:
9am-6pm (closed on Wednesday)

8. Purple and Red Restaurant

Photo: Purple & Red Restaurants

To beat the heat, head down to Purple & Red Restaurants. You won’t miss their store front as it’s coated in a vibrant shade of green and red.

They specialise in old-school cold drinks, served in the takeaway plastic bag. Purple & Red Restaurants is located right beside Hiap Joo Bakery, so you might want to get a drink here to sip on while you queue. Their signature drink is the Hand Crush Lemon Tea (RM7.5), but their Non-alcohol Mojito (RM 7.5) is also very popular.

Other drinks on the menu include Natural Hand Bubbing Aiyu Jelly (RM8.5), Ice Tick Milo (RM8.5), and Ice Black Coffee (RM7.5).

Small food menu Tuna Jaffle Tabasco (RM6.5), Banana Peanut Butter Jaffle (RM6.5), Fruit Jam Jaffle (RM4), and Old Chen Pi Red Bean Soup (RM5).

Location: 8, Jalan Pahang, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours:
9am-6pm (closed on Wednesdays)

Purple & Red Restaurants

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