In the heart of Johor Bahru, and a stone’s throw away from the better known City Square, lies one of the oldest streets in downtown Johor Bahru, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee.
Named after an extremely successful and influential business man in the 1800s, this street is definitely rich in terms of history and culture.
Walking around on a weekend afternoon, it felt like I was walking along an old street in the 1980s. Very quiet, lifeless and almost abandoned. It was a far cry from the noisy and traffic volume from the bustling main road leading to Jalan Wong Ah Fook.
There were a handful of old shops, one of which was Salahuddin Bakery, which I read is one of Johor’s oldest bakery. The old and seasoned oven is still being used for the making of the bread on a daily basis. They had a good selection of Indian bakery items like the curry puff with beef fillings and the ultra crunchy butter with sugar toast.
New cafes with vintage themes are operating in the same area and they blend in really nicely with the mood of the area.
There was even a vintage apparel shop manned by a young guy with long bohemian wavy hair. 🙂
One of the cafes along the street also claims to have the “BEST CHICKEN CHOP IN TOWN” on their shop front and yes I have to try it for dinner one day.
This street would come to live every Saturday evening when there are Chinese Cultural performances and events and I would love to visit it at night to soak up a different atmosphere.
Here’s my outfit for the day, sticking out like a sore thumb in this area.
Thanks for dropping by!