New cafes in Johor Bahru


2020 has brought on a slew of changes for all of us living through the COVID-19 pandemic. But one thing’s for sure – our love for good food and eye-pleasing spaces have remained. So with better days still ahead of us, you’ll want to bookmark these 10 new aesthetic cafes in Johor Bahru that opened last year that you can visit for future brunch excursions.


1. Origin Cafe – honey mousse cake


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Street art murals are hard to miss while at Jalan Kulai, where you can see them on the front of buildings. Origin Cafe takes advantage of that, with large windows that let you look out onto the streets while you dine on adorable cakes and sip on tea. 

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Origin Cafe features minimalist decor and whimsical finishings, including a “Hobbit-hole” doorway and window that’s a highlight of the cafe’s dining area.
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Their menu is made up of burgers, soups, snacks, rice bowls, and noodles, as well as creative cakes, teas and drip coffee. 

If you’ve worked up an appetite before coming here, opt for their hearty mains of Minced Meat Rice (RM17.90), a Chinese-style dish of stir-fried pork with pickled vegetables and tofu, or a classic Japanese Curry Rice (RM17.90).

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Definitely make space for desserts here. Their Honey Mousse Cake (RM18.90) may be steep in price, but it’s a creamy mousse cake looks just like an animated block of cheese that’s perfect for the ‘Gram.

Refreshing teas (RM11.90/cup), such as Fig Mulberry, Osmanthus Lily, and Rose Herbs, will help refresh your palate. There’s also Drip Coffee (RM11.90) if you prefer something stronger

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Address: 41 Back Alley, Lorong Ismail, Taman Kulai, 81000 Kulai, Johor
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 12PM-10PM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 012-963 2100
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2. Off Day Cafe – Korean desserts & dalgona lattes 


Off Day Cafe is a minimalist cafe that has a tree as its centrepiece. Its atmosphere also promises a zen affair for those dining here on their off days on brunch specials, cakes, and Korean desserts and drinks. 

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Fuel up on a variety of breakfast plates, from OD Breakfast (RM28) a platter with breakfast classics such as scrambled eggs, toast, chicken ham, and hash brown patties to Ham and Cheese Croissant (RM19).

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Those who can’t stomach heavy meals in the morning can order toasts instead.

To help you narrow their extensive menu down, start with their Ang Butter (RM10), a popular Korean snack of butter and red bean paste on toast, or Strawberry Tartine (RM10), a dessert toast with strawberries and cream cheese over toast with a drizzle of maple syrup.

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Consider ordering Strawberry Bubble Waffle (RM23) – another treat for those with a sweet tooth, with crisp waffles folded and packed with whipped cream and strawberries.

The Dalgona Latte (RM15) is not to be missed either, with bits of honeycomb for an added crunch to this creamy and frothy drink. 

Address: 57, Jalan Eko Botani 3/7, Taman Eko Botani 79100 Gelang Patah, Johor
Opening hours: Mon – Thu 10AM-6PM | Fri – Sun 10AM-8PM
Telephone: 07-510 3880
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3. Lapo – Malaysian comfort foods in a picnic-style cafe


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If hanging out in nature is how you prefer to spend your weekends, drop by Lapo. This cosy cafe located in Joho HQ Creative Hub – a new event space in Johor – has a seating space that comprises shaded picnic benches set in the outdoors among trees.

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Here, Malaysian comfort foods, desserts and Western fresh bakes will keep you company. You’ll find local-favourite packs of Mee Siam Johor (RM4) and Laksa Johor (RM4), to kuihs of Puteri Ayu (RM3.50/4pcs) and deep-fried Popiah (RM6/5 pcs). 

But they don’t skip out on Western offerings you’ll see at typical cafes either, with pastries such as quiches (from RM9/slice) hearty slices of pie that come with different fillings such as mushroom spinach, chicken rosemary, and seafood tom yam – on the menu. 

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Address: No 52B, Jalan Inderaputra, Stulang Laut, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor
Opening hours: 7AM-6PM, Daily
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4. Yeon Cafe – cream tteokbokki at a Korean-inspired cafe


Those not ready to hop off the Korean culture trend that has swept Malaysia can check out Yeon Cafe.

This new Korean-inspired cafe serves up a whole slew of Korean comfort food offerings – from kimbaps (from RM16) and bibimbaps (from RM16), to tteokbokki (from RM18) and Korean fried chicken (from RM17).

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If you can’t handle spice but love the texture of rice cakes, you’ll be glad to know that they have tteokbokki with cream sauces instead of the usual spicy, red sauces. Sauces include creamy mushroom with beef (RM22) or creamy tomato (RM19), a vegetarian-friendly version of the beloved dish.

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Bibimbaps come with a base of seasoned rice or salad for those with varied taste palates too. You can choose different meat options to go with it, such as cheesy chicken katsu (RM25) and bulgogi (RM23). 

Another classic, the Korean fried chicken, comes with spicy gochujang (RM17) or garlic soy (RM17) seasoning. Or opt for Half and Half (RM19) if you want to try both flavours.

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They also boast a counter of fresh bakes to ogle and choose from, including brownies (RM9/each), cookies (RM8/each) and cakes (from RM15/slice) that come in flavours such as banana chocolate and earl grey chocolate.

Pair these up with the variety of beverages they have here, including their Yeon Signature Latte (RM15), teas (from RM15/pot) and kombucha (RM13) with seasonal flavours.

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Address: 12, Jalan Perang, Taman Pelangi 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor
Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Thu & Sun 11AM-6PM | Fri & Sat 11AM-8PM
Telephone: 016-771 2126
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5. Bowl Bowl Cafe – poke bowls in a garden cafe


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Bowl Bowl Cafe is a new cafe in Skudai that’ll make you feel as if you entered a Studio Ghibli movie scene. Instead of the typical 4 walls of a cafe, this one is housed in a glasshouse, with an attached garden with plenty of photo ops.

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A wall of nostalgic mailboxes and a white stairways to explore here.
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It also boasts pretty romantic vibes, even with the sun spilling through the windows, so don’t hesitate to bring along your bae to check out this spot. 

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Feast on healthy poke bowls that are pork and lard-free. You’ll get to build your own poke bowl (from RM11.90) from scratch, starting with protein options such as chicken, salmon, or tofu.

Then choose 4 from 15 ingredients such as lettuce and mushrooms, 2 from 5 dressings, and add a base of rice or salad. 

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Address: 2, Jalan Bertingkat Skudai, Jalan Roda 2 81300 Johor Bahru, Johor
Opening hours: Thu – Tue 9AM-3PM (Closed on Wednesdays)
Telephone: 014-313 2993
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6. Ukiyo Cafe – pretty desserts at a pink Japanese bakery cafe


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If you prefer to spend your weekends gorging on desserts rather than savoury brunch specials, drop by Ukiyo Cafe. This bakery cafe has a glass case of sweet treats – from cheesecakes and mousse cakes, to tarts and millefeuilles, or stacked layers of vanilla cream and puff pastry.

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Their pretty-in-pink dining area boasts rattan furniture and pink and gold furnishings too – a visual treat for afternoon brunch with your gal pals, or a special date spot. 

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Aesthetic decor aside, you’ll find justaspretty desserts here too. Strawberry Cheesecake (RM24), a creamy mini cheesecake served in a brie-inspired cylindrical box, and their Monterosso (RM23) tiramisu cake served in an “egg” case similar to a Kinder Chocolate – are ones that you’ll want to check out here. 

Those who still prefer to have savoury meals can find pastas, including their interesting Espresso Carbonara (RM16)coffee cream pasta. Their Japanese sandwiches, such as “Katsu” Chicken Kara (RM18) and “Nori” Potato Salad (RM16), or croissants with fillings such as “Koshou” Salmon (RM20) are other savoury snacks you can get at Ukiyo too. 

Address: 17-02, Taman Mount Austin, Jalan Austin Heights 8/3 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 1PM-9PM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 012-936 9760
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7. The Founders – Australian-style brunch specials


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Johoreans might have missed Peoples and Places, a well-known cafe that Jay Chou visited while on vacation in JB, after it closed back in May 2020. But the cafe has since returned with a new look and space in Mount Austin, and with a new name to boot – The Founders. 

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Their Australian-style brunch specials are served from 10AM to 5PM. Order the English Big Breakfast (RM29) – a platter of breakfast staples such as scrambled eggs, beef bacon, and potato tots or go with Banana Oatmeal Pancake (RM19.90) – a vegan-friendly banana oatmeal pancake with banana, honey and granola.

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Instead of the usual sourdough toasts you’ll see at most cafes, speciality hand-rolled bagels are served from 10AM-12PM here. These tend to sell out quickly, so you’ll want to get here as early as you can to try them out. 

There are hearty options of Avo Smash (RM26.90) with avocado on toasted bagel with cream cheese, and coleslaw, to classics of egg salad (RM9.50) and grilled chicken with honey mustard (RM16.90) to choose from. 

But if you do happen to miss out on their brunch, don’t fret.

They serve pastas from 6PM-9PM, with Tomato Sambal Clam (RM31.90) – spaghetti tossed with sambal – and Walnut Pesto Chicken (RM24.90), a light, herb-filled pasta dish, good ones to go with. 

Address: 45, Jalan Tiong Emas Kawasan Perindustrian Tiong Nam Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor
Opening hours: 10AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 017-331 1778
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8. You by JWC – cold brews & molten brownies


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Those living outside of Johor might have heard of JWC. This micro-roastery has several cafes throughout Malaysia, including an Instagenic location in Puchong.

But you’ll want to give their new cafe, You, in Skudai a visit too. It boasts a gritty mix of open-brick walls and industrial surfaces, but with a touch of live plants and bench seats to add a cosy touch for diners dropping by.

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You’ll find the same selections of coffee here, brewed with their in-house blend of coffees, including their customer-favourite Classic Cold Brew (RM16) an iced, bottled espresso and milk blend that is brewed for 48 hours. 

Another must-try is You’s Molten Lava Cake (RM18.50). It’s a generous, rich slice of brownie topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and served on a skillet with warm chocolate sauce that you have to pour over.

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A fixed menu of cakes means you know you can always get your favourite ones here too.

Try their signature Tiramisu (RM19/slice), or unique Rainbow Cake (RM16/slice), with colourful layers of cake with cream cheese. 

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If you’re feeling extra peckish while dropping by, there are plates of pastas and Korean fried chicken, and pizzas and rice bowls. Among their extensive menu are some pretty interesting dishes too, such as Laksa Spaghetti (RM28) – an Asian fusion dish with pan-seared salmon – and Coffee Teriyaki Chicken Chop (RM26), with a coffee and teriyaki sauce over deep-fried chicken. 

Address: 102, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3, Taman Sutera Utama, Skudai, 81300 Johor Bahru, Johor
Opening hours: 12PM-12AM, Daily
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9. Lacuna – matcha desserts & drinks


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We all have that one friend who is super into matcha. Whether that’s you, or one of your pals, head out to Lacuna. This cafe serves everything matcha – from drinks to desserts.

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The Experience Series (from RM25) here lets you learn how to brew your own matcha drink from their trusty baristas, and then try out 4 kinds of matcha after.
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They serve 24 variations of matcha drinks with different tasting notes. You’ll have your pick of lattes to clear teas to choose from. They also have a Dirty Series of tea, milk, and espresso, as well as Fresh Beenz series with matcha drinks mixed with soya bean or oat milk in place of regular dairy milk. 

To help you narrow down your choices here, start with their Kuki Matcha Latte (RM17), which is slightly bitter, with more umami tasting notes. Those who want that extra shot of caffeine with their matcha can opt for their Yuri Matcha (RM13).

If you have dietary restrictions, Soy Matcha Latte (RM14) or Oat Matcha Latte (RM14) are friendly options for your tummy. 

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Address: 102, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3, Taman Sutera Utama, Skudai, 81300 Johor
Opening hours: 12PM-12AM, Daily
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10. Tekan.and – letterpress cafe serving mee suah & rojak lekor


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Tekan.and is a hub for artsy millennials, as it doubles as a letterpress cafe and creative studio, as well as a retail and event space. Here, you’ll get to feast on Malaysian staples of rice bowls and hearty noodles while you see how letters were once printed traditionally on paper. 

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Find affordable small plates of Dried Bonito Mee Suah Soup (RM4), which packs a punch with homemade noodles in an umami-flavoured light broth, and their Ramly-Don Ramly (RM9), a simple yet comfort food offering of rice with a Ramly patty and sunny side up egg. 

There’ll be big plates too, including their signature Nasi Lemak (RM10) which comes with deep-fried chicken strips and in-house sambal, as well as Sambal Petai Prawn Rice (RM 16) and Butter Garlic Prawn Rice (RM16).

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Don’t skip out on their finger-food snacks, as they serve interesting plates of Rojak Lekor (RM9), with all the familiar flavours of a bowl of rojak but with keropok lekor, and Deep-Fried Tempe Nuggets (RM6) for a twist on this Indonesian snack made of fermented soya beans. 

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Address: 102, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3, Taman Sutera Utama, Skudai, 81300 Johor
Opening hours: 12PM-12AM, Daily
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Bonus cafes:


While most aesthetic cafes are usually located in or around JB, you’ll be surprised to see your share of cafes worth visiting outside of the capital city. They make great stopovers if you’re driving and heading north towards KL.


Who Cafes? Cafe – chiffon cakes & taro latte


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Who Cafes? Cafe is another spot for those with a sweet tooth, as this neighbourhood cafe in Batu Pahat has a whole line-up of eye-pleasing chiffon cakes and flavoured lattes. 

These freshly baked cakes (from RM13/slice) switch out daily, but there’s always something to look out for – from their Strawberry Cheesecake with fresh strawberry garnishes, to Lemon Chiffon Cake, fluffy pancake-like cake with fresh fruits and a lemon-infused cream drizzle.

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You’ll want to give their drinks menu a lookover, as they serve unique ones such as Taro Latte (RM8). To satiate bubble tea lovers who love cheese foam in cheese teas, they have refreshing options such as Peach Tea (RM12), Taro (RM12) and Cherry Blossom (RM12) that all come topped with cheese foam.  

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Those feeling peckish after a long drive out here will have Japanese rice bowls (from RM12) and mains (from RM8), that include pastas and other noodle dishes, to order up too.

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Address: 2-14, Jalan Susur Perdana Tengah Taman Bukit Perdana, Batu Pahat, 83000 Johor
Opening hours: Thu – Tue 12PM-12AM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 019-735 0925
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Monbleu – affordable speciality coffee & milk frappes


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Fuel up on caffeine at Monbleu. This spot takes their coffee seriously, with cups of coffee brewed with coffee beans harvested from countries such as Brazil and Columbia, and from known roasteries such as Louvre Brewer.

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You can try out their speciality coffee in any of their coffee-based drinks, from their Long Black (RM8) to Latte (RM8) and Matcha Latte (RM9). All these prices are considered pretty affordable compared to other cafes in the city. 

We recommend their Creamy Black (RM8) black coffee topped with foam, and an added touch of dried bitter orange.  

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Or opt to cool off with one of their milk frappes, with classics of Coffee (RM11) and Matcha (RM12), to interesting ones of Chocolate Mint (RM12) and Peppermint Mocha (RM13).

As they opened back in September 2020, you’ll find a small selection of menu items. They are regularly adding new plates to their menu, but for now, you can look out for their in-house baked Burnt Cheesecakes (RM10/slice) and open faced sandwiches, including their Sourdough with Smoked Salmon (RM12). 

Address: 104, Jalan Besar, Yong Peng, 83700 Johor
Opening hours: Thu – Tue 11AM-7PM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 012-785 6533
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New cafes in Johor Bahru – 2021 guide


We have been itching to get back to our usual cafe-hopping excursions that involve good food and aesthetic interiors. Now that we’re able to, you’ll want to check out these new cafes in Johor, or bookmark them to check them out for future brunches. 

Note: Due to the CMCO in Johor and other states, operating hours for cafes listed in this article may vary during this time.

More guides in Johor here: 


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