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About Melaka

Called the ‘Historical City’, Melaka is one of Malaysia’s most visited cities as it is rich in culture and history. The city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site, as it is one of the oldest cities in the country. It is also the centre of the Peranakan culture, as well as having many enclaves like Little India and the Portuguese Settlement. Melaka has so much to offer, with everything from historical sites to megamalls.

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The historical area is the most famous part of the city, with Dutch Square being one of the most popular places for tourists. Also in Melaka’s historical area are Saint Paul's Church, the Stadthuys, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple and Masjid Kampung Hulu.

The Melaka Zoo is the best zoo in Malaysia, featuring over 200 species of reptiles, birds, mammals and amphibians that are enclosed in areas that resemble their natural habitat. The zoo also houses the endangered Sumatran rhinoceros, red panda, grey wolf, and plenty of other rare animals. The Maritime Museum is an interesting place, with its replica of Flor de la Mar, while St John's Hill and Fort is a great place to enjoy views of the city.

A cruise along the Melaka River is truly satisfying, as is strolling along the riverside. The Taming Sari Revolving Tower offers breath-taking views of the city, but only for those that aren’t afraid of heights. Otherwise, it is best to see the city from the double-decker Panorama Melaka bus.

Restaurants and Bars

There are plenty of places to eat and drink in Melaka and a variety of cuisine to try. No one should leave without trying Peranakan food like ayam pongteh or ayam buah keluak, or Malay dishes like asam pedas andiIkan bakar. Jonker Walk is a good place to try local cuisine and drinks, though some of the best places to eat are located inside the more upmarket hotels, like The Majestic Malacca.

Shopping

There is no shortage of places to shop in Melaka, though it is most famous for its antiques. The weekend Jonker Walk Night Market is a great place to pick up bargain souvenirs and electronics, while the Dataran Pahlawan Malacca Megamall is the best place to shop for international brands.