Melaka City has a superb range of restaurants with Peranakan cuisine (also known as Nonya or Nyonya cuisine) being the most locally famous style of cooking to sample; look out for the very tasty laksa (spicy noodles soup in a coconut milk-based sauce, often served with fish, prawns, chicken and egg). Also look out for Portuguese Eurasian dishes, Indian, Chinese and, of course, plenty of fresh ikan bakar (grilled seafood). The combination of delightful flavours and some gorgeous heritage settings makes dining a major feature of your Melaka experience.

The choice of cuisines narrows significantly as you travel to other parts of the state, but along the coast you should always be able to get fresh seafood.