To many of us Singaporeans, Johor Bahru (JB) is a destination that holds a special place in our hearts. While indulging in delectable food, belting out tunes at karaoke, and exploring trendy cafes are popular activities for us, there is so much more to discover in JB.

This meticulously crafted guide promises an action-packed day, venturing beyond the familiar while making some unforgettable memories with the nine best things to do in JB.

1. Game On Theme Park

Photo: Ivan Phay / Google Photos

Get ready for a thrilling adventure at JB’s latest indoor theme park, Game On, featuring an Indoor Flying Fox, KTV section, and Dodge Dash Mario.

Situated just a quick 20-minute drive from Woodlands Checkpoint, this indoor wonderland promises a multi-concept experience with 13 diverse attractions. From the high-tech world of E-Sports PS5 to the excitement of Ninja Slides, Game On guarantees an unforgettable day trip filled with excitement.

Game On

Location: Taman Desa Tebrau, Level 4 Toppen Shopping Centre, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

2. Pet cafes

Photo: Shiba Cafe

Interact with tons of adorable puppies and kittens from as low as RM 10.

Out of all the pet cafes in JB, the most popualr one is situated in Mount Austin. Shi-ba Cafe is a haven for dog lovers, featuring ten adorable Shiba Inus and other breeds like German Shepherds, Alaskan Malamutes, and Corgis. The cafe allows visitors to interact and play with these delightful dogs, creating a unique and joyful experience. For an entry fee of RM 10, guests can enjoy a one-hour playtime and receive a complimentary soft drink. They also offers a selection of Japanese dishes for you to savour.

Shi-ba Cafe

Location: No 01, Mount Austin, 12, Jalan Austin Heights 8/4, Taman Mount Austin, 81100, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

3. Cafe-hopping

Cafe hopping in JB provides an ideal day trip, offering a delightful experience as you explore diverse coffee spots and culinary delights throughout the vibrant city.

If you love cafe-hopping, you can’t miss out on JB’s viral industrial cafe, Keijometo, famous for their Japanese menu. Furthemore, with the minimalistic raw concrete walls posed as an unfinished look, this cafe captivates many tourist and local visitors.

Other than that, the newly opened Space Cafe is another option for high quality speciality coffee. The cafe also offers a small range of bakes.

4. Thrift shopping along Jalan Dhoby

Kedai Dhoby Shanghai. Photo: yeggy / lemon8

Another popular activity in JB that many Singaporeans indulge in is thrifting. Instead of the usual big thrift stores such as King’s Bundle or Jalan Jalan Jalan that may be too overwhelming for first-time thrifters, this street is home to some curated thrift shops that one may not know about such as Kedai Dhoby Shanghai, Rebirth Inc., and Redchilli Vintage Store — all located near the checkpoint.

5. Complete your evening at the whimsical Danga Bay Theme Park

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As the evening unfolds, enter the nostalgic charm of Danga Bay Theme Park. Step into an old-school fun fair, where you can go on classic rides that transport you back to your childhood.

The amusement park follows a pay-as-you-go concept where you only have to pay for the rides that you take. If you’re still buzzing with adrenaline from your go-karting adventure at RUD Karting Medini, don’t miss the chance to hop into a Bumper Car and engage in a friendly collision with friends or family. For those seeking an exhilarating experience, the Pirates Ship ride will surely make your heart race as it swings back and forth.

Immerse in the carnival ambiance and explore the various game booths scattered throughout the park. Before bidding farewell to the enchanting Danga Bay Theme Park, capture a lasting memory in front of the picturesque Grand Merry Go Round.

Tickets for the rides at the theme park ranges from RM 2 to RM 10.

Danga Bay Theme Park

Location: Skudai Lbh, Danga Bay, 80200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

6. Go-karting at RUD Karting Medini

Photo: RUD Karting Medini / Instagram

Head down to RUD Karting Medini, where you can spend your afternoon racing against your friends on the 840m long race track. This professional track is complete with 16 thrilling turns that will make you feel like a Formula 1 race driver. Whether you’re a seasoned go-karting enthusiast or a first-timer, RUD Karting Medini offers a range of kart options to suit your preferences.

Prices for a Basic Kart starts at RM 55 per ten-minute session. But, for an adrenaline pumping experience, the B Stage Kart (RM 70 per 10 minutes) might be a better option, as it allows you to travel at a maximum speed of 70 km/h, instead of the Basic Kart’s 60km/h. RUD Karting’s fastest go-kart goes up to 85 km/h, but to ride the B Super Stage Kart, you will require a B-Super Stage license.

RUD Karting Medini

Location: PTD 200284, Persiaran Medini Sentral 6, Bandar Medini Iskandar, 79250 Iskandar Puteri, Johor, Malaysia

7. Rest up at The RUD Cafe

Photo: The RUD Cafe / Instagram

After an exhilarating go-karting session, it’s time to recharge and refuel at The RUD Cafe, conveniently situated right next to the race track. This cosy and inviting eatery offers the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy a delicious meal while soaking in the lively atmosphere of the track.

For a delightful fusion of flavours, try the Frittata Swordfish Pasta (RM 31.9). This unique dish combines the richness of swordfish with perfectly cooked pasta, creating a harmonious blend that is both comforting and satisfying.

If you’re in the mood to venture into more adventurous culinary territory, sample the Grapefruit Nasi Goreng (RM 42.9). This unique take on the Nasi Goreng gives the dish a refreshing tang, paired with succulent prawns, resulting in a medley of flavours.

The RUD Cafe

Location: PTD 200284, Persiaran Medini Sentral 6, Bandar Medini Iskandar, 79250 Iskandar Puteri, Johor, Malaysia

8. Catch the sunset at Lido Beach

Photo: The Star

As the day draws to a close, make your way to the picturesque Lido Beach, a serene and captivating stretch of coastline that spans an impressive 3km. Nestled along the enchanting Danga Bay, this idyllic beach offers a perfect setting to unwind, bask in the golden hues of the sun set, and immerse yourself in the beauty of mother nature.

Location: Danga Bay, 80200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

9. Karaoke

To add in the fun, opt for a karaoke session with JB’s KTV. There are numerous KTV options spread across the city, and for a great experience, explore the Taman Mount Austin area where renowned places like SuperStar Family KTV, The Rhythm, and Chun K Music Karaoke are situated.

Offering affordable rates starting from $0.05 per hour, you’re in for a memorable night of singing your heart out. Some karaoke places also offers a delectable array of food and drinks, featuring enticing options like hotpot, chicken wings, and more.

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