Southernmost city Johor Bahru is one of the country’s fastest-developing cities, a fact immediately evident to all newcomers. JB, as it’s affectionately known, is a thriving economic hub, with a rapidly growing city centre and Singapore just across the road. The coastal skyline is swiftly filling up with impressive towers and shopping centres, but running parallel to that is a growing independent and artisanal scene. Exciting new fashion designers, restaurateurs and creatives are leaving their own imprint on the cityscape.
Just take a wander down Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, a designated heritage walk brimming with colonial architecture and Chinese-style shophouses, traditional bakeries and food stalls, interspersed with independent cafes and boutiques. It’s a cultural mix that speaks to JB’s signature blend of old and new. And don’t leave without trying a deep-fried durian puff.