Before Chinese New Year, I travelled south to Johor Bahru. One of my brother’s ex-classmates has just opened a café. As it was barely a-month-old, both interior and exterior decorations were not fully up. Yet, the modest looking café had impressive coffee makers and a good variety of pastries to choose from on the display. The light atmosphere was nice for catch-ups among old friends while we enjoyed a cuppa.

I’m not an avid coffee fan, but was certainly turned on by the choice of pastries I had. Their selections inclined to offer a taste of Française, with many flavored Mille Crèpe, which is not commonly found in many cafés, also the Macaroons, Crème Brulee and other usual cheese and coco selections. For those less fancy about sweet food, they offer vegetarian or non-vegetarian Quiche and pies.

Mango Mille Crèpe, I’m already craving for it now!

Rum and Raisin Mille Crèpe. In fact, they make more than 10 flavors including the Durian!!! But only a few are available each day, unless on special request.

All coffee beans are roasted and brewed by the staffs, and then served with adorable characters on top that is sure to put a smile on the customer’s face even before taking the first sip. Coming from two big coffee drinkers, the coffee was very satisfactory, aromatic and had fine strength. It’s not hard to tell when both my brother and our friend seemed so determined to try all of the coffees on the menu, only if time and their tummies allowed.

Taste just as great as it looks!

Signature Mint Latte

The huge glassware is not some mad scientist collection but what they use to make excellent Ice Drip Coffee. A MUST try on my next visit!

A little chit-chat with the staff (my bother’s ex-classmate) revealed that they were also making Maco Café into a small art space where their paintings and art works would be showcased. They were adding in glamorous strokes on the wall progressively, and no doubt, the latte art was part of the project too! To me, it’s really great to see that somewhere in the middle of a highly consumerized world, they are people who still believe in passion and do what they love.

A highly recommended place for chill-outs, meetings, dates, with economical price but awesome quality! I just got to know that they are launching Valentine’s Special menu soon, well here’s another reason to pamper your sweet tooth!


Maco Café and Bakery

65, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/2, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Skudai, Malaysia. (Near Sutera Mall, JB)

Tel: 07 5568490



Opening Hours

Mon – Thu: 12pm-10pm

Fri – Sat: 12pm-1am

Sun: 12pm-10pm