Johor Bahru Old Town 1 Day Itinerary
How to go Johor Bahru from Singapore by bus (some of the information are extracted from Johor Bahru City Square website) –
Take Bus No. 170 from either Queen Street Bus Station, or bus-stop along Rochor Canal Road (just after Sim Lim Square), or Kranji MRT. The service runs from 5.20 a.m. to 12.10 a.m. everyday. From Kranji MRT, you can also take bus 160 or 950.
The bus will stop at the Singapore checkpoint. The bus will not wait for you whilst you clear immigration, so take all your belongings with you. Keep your bus ticket and hop on the next Bus No. 170 which comes along. You don’t have to pay again. You can also hop on to bus 160 or 950 even your first bus taken is bus 170. There is no extra charge by changing the bus as long as it is belong to Singapore bus company (SBS). Just keep your bus ticket. You can also do the same if you used EZLINK or Flashpay card to travel.
There are more options to travel to Johor Bahru by bus. Useful link – Singapore Bus Page.
The bus will stop again at the Malaysian checkpoint, which is at the other end of the Causeway linking Singapore and Malaysia. You will have to get off to clear immigration. Once more, the bus will not stop for you to clear immigration, so keep your bus ticket if you intend to catch the next bus.
After clearing the Malaysia immigration, you can walk into JB City Square Shopping mall through the bridge linked between JB City Square and CIQ building.
Start the journey –
Start the journey by exploring Jalan Tan Hiok Nee (Jalan = Road) or City Square. You can walk into JB City Square Shopping mall through the bridge linked between JB City Square and CIQ building. From City Square, it is an easy walk to Jalan Tan Hiok Nee. If you arrived Johor Bahru late in the morning, the shops at City Square should have already opened so you can also start the itinerary from City Square and end at Jalan Tan Hiok Nee.
During our last visit, we chose Kway Teow soup for our breakfast. There are a number of Kway Teow soup stalls options in Johor Bahru city centre. We have selected Ah Hua Kway Teow soup 亚华粿条 in restaurant Sekee 司機餐室 (Driver Coffee Shop). The Kway Teow soup did not disappoint us.
Ah Hua 亚华 kway teow soup
30, Jalan Segget, Johor Baru Town
Daily 7:30am to 2:30pm (closed on Saturday)
GPS coordinates: 1.458202,103.764383
GPS: N 1.27.492 E 103.45.863
Hock Chiang Hin 福振兴餐室 – This coffee shop at Jalan Siu Nam selling dim sum looks good (near to custom and City Square). They closed at Sunday. If you were in JB old town during Saturday, it should be a good option for a dim sum breakfast.
Hock Chiang Hin 福振兴餐室
22 Jalan Siu Nam, 80000 Johor Bahru
6:00am to 1:00pm (Closed on Sunday)
GPS: N 1.27.546 E 103.45.968
Coffee after breakfast –
There are a few options –
Hua Mui coffee shop 华美茶餐室 – This was the one we selected for a short coffee break after breaskfast. The food here look good and it can be a good stop for breakfast too.
Restoran Hua Mui 华美茶餐室
131 Jalan Trus, Johor Bahru
Daily 7:30am to 7:30pm
GPS coordinates: 1.457355,103.764356
GPS: N 1 27.441 E 103 45.861
Art 52 Coffee – I like this small café (3 tables only) set up by 2 youngsters with their own vision of what would be a good café and coffee.
Art52 Coffee 52
Jalan Tan Hiok Nee,
Sun-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 9am-9pm
FACULTY OF CAFFEINE – This is the best option for non-drivers, as it is a mere 10-minute walk from the Johor Bahru Customs, Immigration and Quarantine complex. Look at this link Straits Times for more information about this café. If you are hungry, go for the Generous Breakfast set (RM16.50 or S$6.50), which offers scrambled eggs, mushrooms and grilled tomatoes.
FACULTY OF CAFFEINE
106 Jalan Trus, 80000 Johor Baru
Hours: 11:00am to 10:00pm
GPS coordinates: 1.460365,103.763511
GPS: N 1 27.622 E 103 45.811
Faculty of Caffeine is about 15 minutes walk from Jalan Tan Hiok Nee.
There are a number of options. I will list 2 here for selection –
ONE63 European Bistro & Bar – A fine dining option
Address: 163, Jalan Ngee Heng, Johor bahru
GPS coordinates: 1.465643,103.760075
GPS: N 1.27.939 E 103.45.605
Hours: 11:00am to 12:00 midnight daily
Based on Google Map, it takes 17 minutes to walk from Faculty of Caffeine to ONE63 European Bistro. If you were on foot, probably is good to consider calling a cab.
IT Roo Café – I would go for this cheaper option. The best chicken chop in town. The chicken chop here is really delicious.
IT Roo Cafe
17 Jalan Dhoby 80000 Johor Bahru
Monday to Sunday 11:00 to 10:00pm
GPS coordinates: 1.456845, 103.763546
GPS: N 1.27.411 E 103.45.813
Other shops worthwhile to visit around Jalan Tan Hiok Nee are –
BEV C – Bev C (Beverly Cally), located in Johor Bahru, is an absolute must-visit for Malaysian fashion
54 Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, 80000 Johor Bahru.
12pm – 11pm (Monday closed).
End your trip at City Square. Probably the most popular shopping centre in Johor Bahru for Singaporean.
If you are at Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, this is the direction to City Square –
Want more info about what to explore in Johor Bahru old town, let take a look of Johor Kaki link.
To discover old shops around Johor Bahru old town is one of the highlights. To me, the old shops in Johor Bahru old town are more genuine than Melaka. To have coffee or meal at one of the old coffee shop and have your meal along the corridor is another highlight. The atmosphere is relaxing and still not over whelmed with tourists.