Over the weekend locals and foreigners thronged the latest shopping mall in Melaka, The SHORE Shopping Gallery. The launch event treated guests of the mall with an aerobatic lion dance, lucky draws, fashion show and some speeches by the who-&-who of Melaka.
The Shore Melaka is owned by Pelaburan Harta Berhad (PHB), who also owns Nu Sentral KL.
It is also an integration of a comprehensive development that consists of The SHORE Shopping Gallery, The SHORE Resort City, The SHORE Service Residences, the 4-star Swiss Garden International Hotels and the world’s longest Oceanarium Complex.
I slept a night at the 4-star Swiss Garden International Hotel and thought the room was modern, spacious and comfortably enough. The going rate is RM228++ for weekdays (Sun – Thurs).
I’ll cover more on the room later in a separate post (just some images since I didn’t get to use the facilities and was in the hotel for barely more than 10 hours) but I can tell you that the breakfast is decent and the location is central.
Back to The Shore Shopping Gallery.
What exactly is here and what form of recreation are available?
For shopping there is departmental store TANGS, which is a good move considering that other malls within the city has Parkson and Metrojaya.
Brands such Guy Laroche, FOS, Al-ikhsan (fitness), BLUSH, some local stores and ASIAN ONE which offers quirky, presumably hip, local items.
The mall has achieved full occupancy since its soft launch in December 2014 & has 3 major anchor tenants – Hutong Food Gallery (same as Lot 10 KL), TANGS and The Shore Oceanarium, the world’s longest aquarium tunnel & coral reef besides SEA’s maiden 360 degrees view perspective.
This lifestyle-tourism focused shopping space is pretty family-centric, home to over 100 stores, some food and snack stores as well as fun-filled activity-based outlets such as escape room, 6D motion rides and games, all within an area size of 300,000 sq ft.
Foodwise, Sushi Zanmai boast of a perpetual queue (as usual), while Purple Cane offers healthy Chinese dining options. La Bodega, Starbucks, Ninja Joe leaned towards the western variety.
Other attractions include the Promenade by the Melaka River, which will have a landscaped musical fountain, an amphitheatre for both outdoor and indoor events and eateries.
Then the “Broadwalk” is another new feature; a solid pedestrian footpath for visitors to walk along the riverline, serving as an alternative path to Jonker St and other historial sites.
This will be alongside mangrove walkway where visitors can view the mudflats and hopefully sight its occupants; crabs, cockles, shellfishes and small animals.
The SHORE Shopping Gallery’s location is right on the river cruise/monorail route and opposite the Eye of Malacca, just a short drive away from the heart of Malacca’s historical sites, the well-known Jonker Street and Chinatown where tourists throngs.
No.193, Pinggiran @ Sungai Melaka Jalan Persisiran Bunga Raya,
Opening hours: 10.00 am – 10.00 pm