Eco Spring Labs in Johor Bahru
JB has quickly regained the top spot as Singaporeans’ go-to destination for short weekend getaways. If regular shopping malls are now “been there, done that”, hop into a cab and venture towards its outskirts to visit Eco Springs Lab.
Nestled in Eco Spring, a quiet cluster of terrace houses at Jalan Ekoflora Utama, Eco Spring Labs is a convenient retail hub. A playground modelled after a construction site and aesthetic cafes are just some of the things to do here.
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Quaint retail park resembling a European seaside town
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As you approach Eco Spring Labs, it’s as if you’ve teleported out of Malaysia and into a charming European town, a lot like what you’d see in Costa Nova in Portugal.
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Unobstructed by towering trees or buildings, the low-rise shophouses and manicured gardens against blue skies look like they’ve been pulled out from a magazine.
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Take your time to explore the stores here along the winding paths. Besides the colourful shopfronts, there’s no end to photo spots around the area – like rainbow benches and steam engine trains.
Go cafe-hopping & shopping
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From as early as 7am, you’ll be able to pick up brekkie from 早·尚好 Good Morning. You won’t miss it as the eatery is clad in bright red and white stripes. For a hearty breakfast, check out their signature Taiwanese sandos (from RM4.90, ~S$1.53). Or, have noodle dishes for something more substantial, and top it off with a cuppa joe.
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Alternatively, arrive later and look for Neli by Nellysa. This halal cafe sports blue stripes on its exterior and patrons can come by from 10am onwards to munch on Malaysian fare and kuehs.
Morihana is a bakery that has fresh cakes and fruit tarts daily, like the Earl Grey Lavender Cake (RM22, ~S$6.88) and French Rose Watermelon Cake (RM18, ~S$5.63). Get a pot of tea (from RM9, ~S$2.81) too, for the perfect afternoon treat with your BFFs.
Over at Soil Cafe, the cafe sticks to a garden theme with vines strewn all over the exterior, while the interior has varieties of plants on display. Aside from typical cafe items like croissants, the bevs come with a twist, like the Mint Mocha (RM17, ~S$5.32).
When the gang has had their fill, walk off the calories in search of shopping stores like Intan Aziz for traditional fits for the ladies – like baju kurungs and head scarves. Folks looking to get new eyewear pieces can make their way to Hoot Optical for trendy frames. They’ve also got regular promos in-store, so you might score yourself a good bargain here.
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If you happen to be celebrating a special occasion during your trip to Eco Springs Lab, pop by PS Floral Atelier to get blooms for your beau. There are also potted succulents and air plants (from RM35.90, ~S$11.23) for newbies who want to add a spot of greenery to the home.
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Parents would’ve heard of Diggersite in Singapore. The same folks behind the Yishun playground have set up shop in JB too. Diggersite at Eco Spring Labs hosts kiddos who’re fans of construction-themed play a la Bob The Builder.
For RM30/child (~S$9.39), youngins get access to kid-sized machinery, like excavators and bulldozers to claw and dig around the sandpit. A plethora of plastic shovels and buckets are also available for building sandcastles, or whatever they wish.
Price: RM30/child (~S$9.38)
Address: 1 Jalan Ekoflora, Taman Ekoflora, Eco Spring Labs, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Fri-Sun 10am-8pm (Closed from Mondays to Thursdays)
Telephone: +60 12-625 0146
Visit Eco Spring Labs in JB
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A 30-minute ride from JB customs takes you to Eco Spring Labs’ hoard of activities, F&B, and attractions that locals and tourists alike will enjoy. The aesthetic retail park is chock-full of things to see and try out, enough for a day’s itinerary. From cafe-hopping to rainbow photo ops, best bookmark Eco Spring Labs for your next weekend getaway to JB.
Address: 1 Jalan Ekoflora Utama, Taman Ekoflora, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 7-364 2552