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  • Address: Portuguese Square, Jalan Daranjo, Melaka 75050, Malaysia

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Melaka Portuguese Square Tours

Often referred to as "Mini Lisbon," Melaka Portuguese Square is located in the heart of the city's Portuguese settlement and is a hub of Portuguese culture in the city. The only one in its kind in Malaysia, the square is also a symbol of Portuguese-Malay culture for the rest of the country too.

The square itself is made up of a courtyard with a number of restaurants, a few of bars and a small museum. Various festivals and other cultural events are held here, and food is a top attraction, with tasty local dishes such as Portuguese style ikan bakar, pepper brinjals, and a whole host of seafood all on offer. Elsewhere, the museum houses a collection of items that trace the history of the Portuguese community in Malaysia.

The small kampung (village) that surrounds the square is the heart of Melaka's Eurasian community, descending from the union of colonial Portuguese and Malays dating back 400 years. The square is most popular in the evenings and at the weekends when the mood is festive and locals will put on various performances wearing traditional clothes.

You can visit Portuguese Square on a private full-day Melaka tour from Kuala Lumpur, which also takes in such historic landmarks as Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, St Paul’s Church, and Kampung Kling Mosque.

Insider's Tip: Once a year on June 29, the local community celebrates the Feast of Saint Pedro at Portuguese Square, which involves lots of food, music, and dancing. Christmas is another good time to visit, when villagers decorate their houses with elaborate colored lights and nativity displays, drawing in large crowds.

Practical Info

Melaka Portuguese Square is situated east of the city center. The best way to get there and back is by taxi or with an organized tour.

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