A visit to Melaka won’t be complete without a visit to Jonker Walk, located in the heart of Melaka. It is a long narrow 500-metre street, flanked by old houses dating back to the 17th century.
The story of Jonker Walk goes back to the Dutch Occupation of Melaka. The servants and subordinates of Dutch masters used to live at nearby Heeren Street. However, when the Dutch left, rich Babas and Nyonyas started to live and trade here, giving the street a cultural flavour. Today, the street is officially named as Jalan Hang Jebat.
Jonker Walk is a definite haven for antique collectors and bargain hunters. Authentic artefacts and relics, some dating as far back as 300 years, are found among a host of other interesting collectibles.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening, Jonker Walk comes alive with a night market that attracts hordes of tourists. This is the time for merry-making at the many cafes and pubs. You can also sharpen your bargaining skills, shopping for cultural artifacts, antiques, old coins, stamps, photos, unique arts and crafts and all sorts of bric-a-brac on display.