1. Roost Repurposed And Recycle Salad Bar
14A, Jalan Trus, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Roost Repurposed has a super interesting concept of using recycled materials for its aesthetics. Apart from its Instagrammable vibe, the food is pretty decent, too. They’ve got a range of salads you can choose from and they also serve fresh fruit juices. The best part, their prices are nowhere close to how much you’d pay for a salad in Singapore.

2. Chaiwalla & Co. Container Cafe
Lot 2810, Tan Hiok Nee Street, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Image: Chaiwalla & Co. Container Cafe’s Facebook

Chaiwalla is probably one of the coolest cafes I’ve been to while I was in JB. The cafe itself is literally made up of two black industrial containers stacked on top of one another. Even though the seating area itself isn’t that big, it’s still a good space to hang out and have some of their signature Iced Chai Latte for only RM7.80, that’s only about $2.70. Yes, $2.70. Let that sink in.

3. Alicafe Specialty Coffee
27, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia

While in Johor Bahru I came across this two storey, specialty coffee shop that had that divine smell of coffee in the air. Undeniably, their coffee was really one of the best I’ve ever had, but before you ruin the adorable coffee art of a bear by diving nose first into it (which was exactly what I did), take a photo first!

4. Leva Leur Cafe & Trading
Leva Leur Cafe No 110, Jalan Sierra Perdana, 4/1 Taman Sierra Perdana, 81750 Masai Johor, Malaysia

Image: Leva Leur Cafe & Trading’s Facebook 

The seafood trend has been around in Singapore for a couple of years now. But each seafood bucket can sometimes be very pricey (I’m talking over 100 bucks). So, you can imagine how happy I was when a friend told me about Leva Leur Cafe. Next time you have a knack for some shellfish, you can get a variety seafood for less than $50.

5. Salahuddin Bakery
26 Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Okay, imagine taking in the fresh smells of a wood fire that just baked a shop full of bread loaves, curry puffs and pastries. That’s how I would describe my experience of walking into Mr Salahuddin’s bakery. It’s one of the oldest bakeries in JB, going as far back as 1937. I’m very amazed that the old school wood fire oven still works.

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