A cafe is a type of restaurant which usually serves coffee and snacks. It is a place for fast-paced Malaysians to consider passing by as a part of their day. Cafes provide calm, invigorating ambiance for people to socialize, relax or catch up on work. Besides that, it also offer every enthusiastic customers with entertainments during the weekends with great food and beverages.
There is no doubt that Malaysians’ coffee and afternoon break scene is growing quickly nowadays with new wave of cafes appearing all the time, whether in Johor Bahru or further afield. This also lead an appreciation of everyone for the space for food and coffee in their daily life.
Getting bored of normal ‘yumcha’ corner or cafe in Johor Bahru? No worries, Hire7Seater is here ready to recommend some special cafes with unique theme available in Johor Bahru which seems mesmerizing for a great afternoon tea and also some breakies.
Unique Concept Cafe in Johor Bahru
- Rowan and Parsley Food Atelier
- Sea and Saw
- JJ Wine & Tapas Bar
- Café Racer by Grillbar
- Flowers in the Window
- Piedra Negra
- Naughty Nuri’s Warung
- Spice Grill
- Sky Bar @ Hotel Jen
1. Rowan and Parsley Food Atelier
Fancy a wild weed salad or a meal created with edible flowers? Rowan & Parsley is situated in a light industrial estate. This restaurant holds the concept of eating homegrown ingredients, paired with exotic herbs. The owner grows his edible plants and herbs on the ground along the fence and in the rear, as well as potted herbs in a wall of shelves. The decorations make the customer feel like indeed enjoying in a secret garden.
The history of the restaurant was an industrial factory, until the owner bought it and turned it into a café. After some hard work in the modification, this restaurant is able to provide a lovely ambiance for the customers. First of all, it is a clean and quiet place for the customers to enjoy their meals. Besides, during the day, the large panels of full height glass helps to induce natural daylight, which then let the customers feel bright and refreshing. If you are worrying about parking issue, worry not!
There is a parking area outside the café specially prepared for the café customers and it is even guarded by a security guard hired by the café so that customers can enjoy their meals without any worrying. In the night, the café has a very romantic ambiance due to the lighting use. Within the café, it is decorated with metal fixing to resemble industrial setup.
The high ceiling (as it was previously a factory) and the vastly spaced furniture make the places very spacious. Diners can choose to either sit indoor or enjoy the night view at the outdoor alfresco area.
Address :No.17, Jalan Cenderai 20, Kawasan Perindustrial Kota Putri, Johor Bahru
Email : m.me/rowan.parsley
Phone: +607-382 1760
2. Sea and Saw
Located along the highway, customers of Sea and Saw café is able to overlook the Singapore/Malaysia coastal waters while enjoying their meals, which then let them have a laid back and welcoming feel. The café has a cool vibe, with furniture made of wood, steel designs and abundance of greeneries evident of the art of horticulture. The black, white and brown color theme they use will definitely bring a calming feeling for the customers. In addition to the indoor seating, there is a beautiful, spacious and instagram-able outdoor patio where one could enjoy the breeze and take awesome OOTDS.
Besides, good news for all the plant lovers! What’s worth mentioning is their garden cultivation which can be seen all around the café. They have succulents, tiny cacti, a random tree bark or two in the cafe, and even a hydroponics area next to the café, which all the plant lovers will definitely love to enjoy their meals here! What makes this café so special and unique is their well-designed menu which comes with plant themed – Parsley, Basil, Mint and etc.
Their most ordered foods from the menu are Charcoal Burgers, Thai Pesto Spaghetti, Salmon Avocado Quiche and Mentaiko Fries. Do not miss out a chance to have a gathering here! As this is a perfect place to chit chat and taking pictures, or even a reason just to stay out late (they’re opening from 3pm to 1am)!
Address: Lebuhraya Sultan Iskandar, Straits View, 80200 Johor Bahru, Johor
Phone: 012-397 0219
Located at the corner lot at Kim Teng Park along Tebrau Highway, Sprout might be easily missed but look out for the pedestrian bridge and a mini “Sprout” signboard that actually sprouted out of nowhere and you’ll be able to locate the shop. Once you enter Sprout, you will feel like teleported to northern Europe, and will definitely fell in love with the minimalistic decor and ambience. The open-concept kitchen is the attraction of the customers as you can not only observe the chefs in action, but also secretly learn some plating skills from them.
Sprout café is started up by a group of young people who are passionate about modern European cuisine, but not an investment project by capitalists with deep pockets. They make sure they serve their best to the customers, but not just emphasizing on the quantity but quality. The special Sprout’s menu is divided into a few sections: snacks, soil, sea, land and desserts. You can also opt for their 3 course menu which ranges from RM100 to RM 185 depending on your choice of meat.
Their foods are not just being served with beautiful plated dishes but also delicious flavors, as the chefs at this establishment bring passion and presentation to their creations with truly artful dishes and a symphony of flavor pairings.
Unique to Sprout, the staff carefully explains each course so diners can really immerse themselves and their taste buds. With the best executed menu in JB and the most visually stunning presentation to boot, Sprout should be around for a very long time.
Address: N-01 Pinggiran Senibong No. 1 Persiaran Senibong Teluk Senibong, 81750 Johor Bahru, Johor
Phone: 011-2181 6118
4. JJ Wine & Tapas Bar
Founded in 2014, JJ Wine & Tapas Bar is renowned amongst liquor lovers in Taman Pelangi Malaysia. JJ Wine & Tapas Bar occupying two shop lots at Jalan Pingai in Taman Pelangi opened in 2014. The bar serves top wines and beer and it is one of the leading liquor distributors for top wines, beers and liquor products.
JJ Wine & Tapas Bar is also stocked with an impressive display of bottles of all kinds of liquors from wall to wall, making it an excellent place to entertain clients with its unique interior design. JJ Wine & Tapas Bar in Taman Pelangi is well known among wine and liquor lovers in JB. Regulars know that the bar also serves good food to complement its fine drinks.
Within the spacious shop lots of its premises, which occupy two shop lots at Jalan Pingai in Taman Pelangi, the bar also acts as a showroom that serves great food to its customers. Customers are able to select delicious servings of food from JJ’s dining menu to complement their drinks in its main dining or drinking room.
Most notably, JJ’s Char Grilled New Zealand Lamb Cutlets is a dish worth every inch of its price, and customers can choose to enjoy their food and drinks in the well-appointed main dining and drinking room.
Address: 58A, Jalan Pingai, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor
Phone: 07-331 5461
5. Café Racer by Grillbar
The vision of Grillbar café is simple, which the chef hopes to serve high quality yet affordable food. The moment you enter Cafe Racer, you can see Gary’s stamp at every corner of the two story eatery. As the owner is an avid biker, of course his own café must have the biker theme.
Over the years, the owner earned a reputation as a chef who is committed to consistent food quality and service and garnered many fans. Then, Hong –the chef with a bike-riding hobby – shared his ideas for a second café, its theme and menu which is designed to welcome a wider clientele, in particular people who share his passion for motorbikes. Last year, Café Racer opened in a double-storey shop with a distinct bikers’ café identity.
In the space of a few months, the décor which features vintage bikes and scooters, expanded with a collection of helmets and biking paraphernalia. It even has a photo booth upstairs where guests are welcome sit on his bikes to pose for photos!
The whole interior is accented with vintage motorcycles from eras past. From Honda Monkeys to retro CDs, the cafe is also littered with helmets and other riding accessories. Even the toilet has a sense of humour! The second storey is where majority of the alfresco dining takes place for larger parties of 5 people or more, perfect for an event if you ask me.
This is one place to check out if you haven’t already. They are also famous with their foods besides of the design. The menu offers a slight local twist on hearty American foods as well as offering standard sweets like sizzling brownies and cold milkshakes. Café Racer really delivers fun flair with affordable prices and hearty portions.
Address: 72, Jalan Pingai, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor
Phone: 07-335 0000
6. Flowers in the Window
Along the popular street of Jalan Dhoby, lies Flowers in the Window, a gorgeous garden-themed café by the folks behind Roost just a couple of units down on the same street. Jalan Dhoby is known to have some of Johor Bahru’s best cafés and the street is just a stone’s throw away from the border.
After clearing the immigration, you can easily walk over to the street and enjoy a huge range of popular restaurants and cafés. Flowers in the Window is hard to miss. Their gorgeous exterior is decorated with plants and so much greenery that you will feel like you are stepping into a secret garden café.
This stunning café occupies two levels. Level one features their main café area where the baristas do their magic with a few seated tables. It has an open kitchen which you can watch the baristas whip up your drink of choice while you marvel at the greenery within the café.
Level two is the roof of the two-storey building and it features comfortable sofa seats in a spacious area. They never fail to amaze their customers with its flowery theme, thus every corner is Instagram-able and beautiful.
What so unique about this café is that Flowers in the Window rotate their cake and dessert offerings every day, as for most of their cafes, the food often overlaps (e.g. pies, juices and charcoal food) but Flowers in the Window is a new concept altogether, serving fresh sourdough, homemade cakes, traditional dishes as well as herb infused beverages.
They also try to incorporate fresh herbs in their dishes as much as possible, adhering close to its flowery theme. This is why customers should visit Flowers in the Window café to get more surprise!
Address: 9, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor
Phone: 07-222 7489
7. Piedra Negra
Ask any JB-rians and I’m sure most will scratch their head to think twice of a Mexican restaurant that is worthy of recommendation. It’s seriously that difficult to look for an authentic and good Mexican restaurant around town, but Piedra Negra is definitely one of the casual, homely and friendly Mexican restaurants.
The Piedra Negra Malaysia outlet is located at Taman Nusa Bestari (some 30-45 minutes from JB town). Their colourful exterior exudes a playful and fun theme while the non-air condition interior with its low light brings out a homely and friendly feel.
The restaurant takes a simple yet sophisticated décor for its interiors. The Piedra Negra Mexican Restaurant offers quality lunch and dining qualities daily. The dishes are delicious and the menu they offer is sufficiently large.
As the name implies, the restaurant mostly offers Mexican dishes in which it excels. However, you can also taste some of the popular Malay dishes here which are equally good and delectable. All meals are prepared from fresh produce. The basic Mexican items served at the restaurant include churos, enchiladas, tapas, nachos, etc. They also have a great collection of beers and wines. You can also taste the delicious cocktails that they offer.
Address: 107, Jalan Nb2 2/2, Bandar Nusajaya, 81300 Johor Bahru, Johor
Phone: 07-557 9018
8. Naughty Nuri’s Warung
A bit of Bali and all its pork glory has graced JB much to the delight of meat lovers. It’s hard to miss this restaurant and its prime piece of real estate with the red façade and big sign on the corner of busy Jalan Serampang.
At the entrance, Ubud garden style takes over with plenty of plants and a small pond suddenly disguising the main road just yards away. From warung to chain, Naughty’s Nuri’s founder has ensured the cooking process holds true to the Balinese original.
Long lines and waits are an afterthought when tender and succulent pork meat falls off the bone and onto your plate. It’s definitely a lively and fast-paced dining experience; order a house cocktail and you might just get serenaded by singing servers.
Address: 1, Jalan Serampang, Taman Sri Tebrau, 80050 Johor Bahru, Johor
Operating Hours: Daily 12PM–1AM
Phone: 016-717 4628
9. Spice Grill
For an all around sophisticated experience, Spice Grill brings it all – beautiful dining areas, attentive service and stellar food. Perched on the upstairs corner of the Puteri Harbor promenade is a fusion restaurant that’s easily the most inviting of the options at the marina.
The class and style of the interior is made clear with the wavy wall of light bulbs and stunning light fixtures. Cushy booths and luxe private rooms make for a versatile experience both casual and refined. The best area is the spacious balcony overlooking the marina where people and yacht watching is a pastime.
Besides of the stunning interior design, the food is also another point of attraction. The Indian fare is the main stunner, but their impressively extensive menus can satisfy even the pickiest in your party.
If you are familiar with the authentic taste of Indian cuisine at 7 Spice Restaurant, then you will be delighted with similar standards of quality in the food served at Spice Grill.
With six years experience in serving homemade flavours for North and South Indian recipes to regulars and even the royal family, the restaurant owners have created a fine-dine restaurant to please a discerning clientele. Besides, at Spice Grill, diners will be spoil for choice as they may select from two menus for traditional Indian cuisine as well as Western food.
Address: Little Red Cube, Persiaran Puteri Selatan, Puteri Harbour, 81300 Nusajaya, Johor
Operating Hours: 10AM- 10PM
Phone: 07-509 6644
10. Sky Bar @ Hotel Jen
No ugly buildings blemish the panorama and it’s easy to feel like you’re dining at the most serene corner of JB. Since Sky Bar is situated at the top of Jen Hotel, it would make sense that it feels so much like an easy, breezy vacation. By dining at Skybar, you can choose to eat near the infinity pool deck or inside the cosy dining room, but Sky Bar has the best views outside. As is to be expected from the Sky Bar brand, the stunning lounge atmosphere turns into a great dining option after sunset. Cocktails are great and the surf and turf options are consistent and delightful.
The SkyBar is totally different from day time and night time. It’s a beautiful infinity swimming pool overlooking the Puteri Harbour and Straits of Johor during the day time, when the nights fall, the pool area is beautifully lighted up with the good company by your side, the feeling is simply magical!
When there is some special functions, the small table in the pool will be serving fresh seafood like oysters and others, which is a special and unique arrangement! All the delicious cuisines are prepared by the Executive Chef – Alan Wong and Food and Beverage Manager – Avraam Koutsides, Traders Hotel.
Besides, the seafood counter is specially presented in the children pool…Yes, you heard me right! It is inside the pool.The dessert and finger food corner was located just next to the children pool.
Moreover, there is also a special sunken corner which is just located next to the infinity pool, surrounded with tempered glass and the blue-lighted relax chair! Overlooking the Puteri Harbour and Straits of Johor, it is just awesome!
Address: Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour, Persiaran Puteri Selatan, Puteri Harbour, 79000 Nusajaya, Johor
Operating Hours: Daily 11AM–10PM
Phone: 07-560 8888