Cakes, doughnuts, croissants, brownies. Soft, puffy, breaded desserts can put a smile on practically anyone’s face, right?
The pastry craze that has spread like butter across the nation for several years now, is very much thriving in Johor Bahru. Look around and you might find quaint cafes, cake shops and popular bakeries offering an incredible assortment of fresh, out of the oven delicacies.
Here are just a few recommended pastry spots where you can give your sweet (or savoury) tooth a treat.
SDS Bakery & Cafe
Have you ever wanted to design your own cake? A number of shops might allow for self-customization, however, SDS Bakery & Cafe is noted for being one of the very best in JB. They let you choose your own cake theme, with a massive range of condiments, toppings, flavours and looks to choose from. Fancy a unicorn-shaped artisan cake? How about a tasty fruit tart if you're in the mood for something small? Oh, by the way, the prices are apparently super reasonable too.
Address: 100-102, Jalan Dedap 4, Taman Johor Jaya, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor.
Opening Hours: 8 am - 10 pm
This visually stunning store located in City Square Johor Bahru is actually a premium gift shop. Here, you can find pastries and desserts that are suitable for visitors who are looking for something special to buy as a present. From “I LOVE DAD” Coffee and Oreo flavoured Swiss Rolls to a variety of yummy moon cake combos, Mika may have just the thing for that special someone in your life.
Address: Lot. MF01 & 02, Level 3, City Square Johor Bahru, No. 106-108, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 8000 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: 10 am - 10 pm
Bev C (or Bev C'afe) doubles up as a charming little fashion store and cafe. With an interior that’s a visual treat, edible treats are available here that you might just find are as scrumptious as the layout. Have a go at their massively popular mint cake, made up of pretty colours and apparently delightful flavours.
Address: 54 Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, 80000 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: Tue-Thu 11 am - 8 pm; Fri & Sat 11 am - 10 pm; Sun 11 am - 8 pm
Located in Plaza Pelangi shopping mall (just a 15-minute drive away from Artsy Guesthouse), Scoop Bar carries on in the vein of cookie ice cream sandwiches that you might find elsewhere. With a range of flavours and cookies to choose from, you can customise your very own ice cream sandwich. The red velvet cookie and chocolate s'mores cookie choices are highly recommended.
Address: Lot K1-5 Level 1 Plaza Pelangi, Jalan Kuning, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10 am - 10 pm
The Sugar Pantry
This lovely cafe could easily be considered one of the trendiest on the list. It’s known for serving high-quality desserts that look as great as they taste. Their best-seller dessert, the Paris Brest, is made of a choux pastry topped with praline-flavoured cream (yum). Bring a good phone, because the pastries here are Instagrammable!
Address: 47, Jalan Molek 1/9, Taman Molek, 81100 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12 pm - 10 pm
Are you a toast person? If the answer is yes, Headmost should be one spot to cross of your list. Located just off Jalan Kuning, this cafe serves a line-up of uniquely prepared toasts. From their signature Shibuya toast to the special dessert honey toast (coupled with perfectly textured ice cream), you’ve likely never experienced such a variety of this traditional bready favourite before!
Address: SunCity, G07, Jalan Kuning, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: Sun-Thurs 12 pm - 12 am, Fri & Sat 12 pm - 1 am
Chef & U Pastry
This isn't your regular cake shop. Chef & U Pastry is founded by Chef Ryan, an experienced cake master who’s not just won over the hearts of regular customers but the royal family's as well. It’s a spot where you might just find some of the most impressively aesthetic cakes you’ve ever seen. You can look forward to the taste not disappointing either!
Address: No, 17, Jalan Sasa 1, Taman Gaya, Ulu Tiram, Johor
Opening Hours: 10 am - 8 pm
Known for much more than its Instagram-worthy atmosphere, Carborn Café takes the concept of unique desserts to a whole other level. Rainbow cotton candies and chocolate spheres filled with icecreams, fruits and caramel sauce are just some of the amazing selections on the menu.
Address: No.78(Ground floor),Jalan Pertama 1,Pusat Pendangan Danga Utama 81200 Johor Bahru.
Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 2 pm – 12 am; Sat & Sun 12 pm – 12 am
The name has gotten a fair bit of recognition in KL. Now, Inside Scoop has expanded its presence to JB as well! The quaint ice cream shop is known mainly for its wide array of flavours ranging from premium Valrhona Chocolate, Peanut Buttercup, Nutty Nutella and Almond Butterscotch to local delights such as Cempedak, Durian, Cendol, Teh Tarik and even Milo Dinosaur. They have waffles and ice cream too, a classic treat!
Address: 32, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Skudai, Johor (Opp Sugar On Top)
Opening Hours: 12.30 pm - 12 am
The Replacement Lodge & Kitchen
Ever heard of churros? The long, slender pastries may be considered a dessert delicacy in many countries but now, The Replacement Lodge & Kitchen is taking that concept and adding their own unique twist to the mix. Their churros are prepared in-house and served with an array of dips (the best one being the salted egg dip).
(just a 10-minute drive from Artsy Guesthouse)
Address: 33, 34, Jalan Dhoby, 80000, Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am - 7 pm; Sat & Sun 8 am - 7 pm
If sweets get you going, Johor Bahru is where you can find amazing pastry shops that are pushing taste (and creativity) to new limits. Be sure to drop by as many of the spots on this list as possible, and don’t forget to share this post with your other sweet-toothed friends as well!