I dragged Jeff to Jonker Street while we were in Malacca in search of a bike shop that, according to my guide book, sold vintage English bikes and bike ephemera. In my mind, I pictured a quaint old shop where I would find a beautiful set of old leather panniers for The Pidge and possibly that elusive Singapore colonial bicycle license plate I have been searching far and wide for. As I ate breakfast in the hotel that morning, all I could think about was old bicycle parts.
Unfortunately for me there is no longer an old bike shop at 12 Jalan Hang Jebat. The address of the former bike shop is now occupied by a gaudy souvenir t-shirt shop. Although known for its antique stores, Jonker Street has its share of shops full of tacky and irrelevant merchandise. I found a few antique shops selling vintage bike parts, but if I bought anything I'm not sure we would have been able to pay the rent. Some of the stuff was clearly damaged and irreparable yet still marked with a hefty price tag. Some of the antique shops on Jonker Street are an absolute rip off.
If you're able to catch the night market on Jonker Street on Saturday night, you should. It was my favorite part of the trip and had a completely different vibe than Jonker Street during the day. Despite being crowded with tourists in town for the weekend, it was a pleasant way to spend an evening in Malacca.