Sunday, 4 December 2016

One Day Eat and Shop Trip in Johor Bahru JB


This is a suggested itinerary for a car trip starting at 9am and ends at 10pm in Johor Bahru (departing from Singapore). It includes 3 food stops, one cafe stop and one shopping stop.

Off Jalan Lingkaran Dalam | GPS: 1°28'14.8"N 103°45'59.4"E | 1.470776, 103.766507

After clearing JB immigration, exit the CIQ building using the lane for "Pusat Bandaraya". Immediately after that, keep to your left and filter to the leftmost lane. On your left, you will see a Petronas petrol station about 200 metres ahead.

If you come in a convoy of 2 or more cars, carefully pull into the petrol station to wait for the rest to catch up. Do not stop at the roadside as that is a traffic offence.

Once everybody has arrived at the Petronas station, it's time to push forward to the first food stop of the day.

One-Day-Eat-Shop-Trip-Johor-Bahru-JBRestoran Tong 东肉骨茶馆 | 41, Jalan Hang Lekir 10, Taman Skudai Baru | GPS 1.502524,103.638818 | +607-558-5367

Our first food stop is Restoran Tong in Skudai Baru about 30 minutes drive from the Petronas station.

Restoran Tong has one of the best chicken dishes in Johor which tastes different from that in Singapore or KL. The kampung chicken is tender, juicy and flavoursome. It is bathed in a special savoury aromatic sauce.

Restoran Tong opens from 9:00am to about 2:00pm, but the chicken often sold out early. So, it is best to book ahead and arrive early, hence we stop here first.

Park at shop front car park slots.

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Hin Hock 兴福肉骨茶 | Jalan Dato Mohammed Seth, Tampoi | GPS  1.497278, 103.701288 | +60 19-779 3434 | [closed Mon]

Our second food stop is Hin Hock in Tampoi about 15 minutes drive from Restoran Tong.

Hin Hock serves a boiled fish dish which is unique in Johor and not found in Singapore or KL. At Hin Hock, fresh fish is boiled and then served with a thick blanket of fried garlic bits and a watery pool of savoury soy sauce blend.

I pick Hin Hock also because it opens at 8:30am till 4:00pm, so we still have time after Restoran Tong. It also has a large dining space, so Hin Hock can accommodate groups easily.

Park at stretch of open space in front of Hin Hock.

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AEON Tebrau City | 1, Jalan Desa Tebrau, Taman Desa Tebrau | GPS 1.549195, 103.795913

Stomachs full, it's time to stop for some retail therapy and burn off some calories.

Third stop is AEON Tebrau City Shopping Centre - it's the largest mall in JB now and many international brands are here. I chose AEON Tebrau City because of the wide range of shops and entertainment options such as massage etc.


After parking your car at the mall, assemble at the water fountain just outside the Starbucks cafe on the ground floor.

From here, after everyone has arrived, it's "own time, own target" as Singaporeans say until re-assembling here at the agreed time. Pay your parking before proceeding back to your car.

The Factory 30 | 30, Jalan Mutiara Emas 5/3, Taman Mount Austin | GPS 1.547554,103.776383 | +60 7-350 7508

Fourth stop is at The Factory 30 cafe - to show you an example of the JB cafe scene. Opened in 2014, The Factory 30 is not new in JB's fickle dynamic cafe scene but I like it for it's good coffee and still impressive decor.

The Factory 30 is about 15 minutes drive from Aeon Tebrau City. Parking is street side in a light industrial type area.

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Restoran Zhen Wei 珍味阁海鲜 | 25, Jalan Setia 10/10, Taman Setia Indah | GPS 1.571643, 103.766638 | +6016 7109 085

Final food stop for the day is at Restoran Zhen Wei for dinner. Zhen Wei is about 15 minutes drive from The Factory 30.

I chose Restoran Zhen Wei 珍味阁海鲜 even if it has no sea view and is not a big restaurant. But, the food quality is consistent as the food is personally cooked by the owner-chef. The simple restaurant is clean and comfortable. There is live seafood and Zhen Wei is a giant grouper fish specialist.

Park at car park slots in front of the restaurant.

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After dinner, it's time to head back to Singapore via the JB CIQ which is about 40 minutes drive from Zhen Wei.

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Itinerary Summary (roughly estimated timings)

1 👉 9:00am Arrive at Petronas station (just outside JB CIQ)

2 👉 10:00am Arrive at Restoran Tong for kampung chicken

3 👉 12:00am Arrive at Hin Hock for fish

4 👉 2:00pm Arrive at AEON Tebrau City for shopping, massage etc

5 👉 5:00pm Arrive at The Factory 30 cafe for coffee

6 👉 7:00pm Arrive at Zhen Wei for seafood

7 👉 10:00pm Arrive JB CIQ


👌 If you are driving in from Singapore, remember to top up your petrol tank to ¾ full

👌 There should be at least one roaming or Malaysian mobile phone in each car. Set up a group chat (e.g. WhatsApp group) so everyone have the same picture

👌 I use the Waze app to help me with road navigation in Malaysia and Singapore. The app is free of charge, but requires mobile data and GPS.

Enjoy your trip 😃

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