Known as a shopping Mecca for Singaporeans, Johor Bahru has been the go-to destination for locals thanks to its close proximity and affordability. Besides our usual haunts, it seems that our causeway neighbour has been quietly expanding as they make room for new shopping and entertainment destinations. To give you a preview of what’s to come, here are some upcoming shopping malls to pencil into your future itinerary.
#1 Mid Valley Southkey
Having opened just late last month, Mid Valley Southkey is the largest integrated shopping mall in the Johor region, which was inspired by Mid Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur. Apart from housing affordable street brands like Cotton On and Uniqlo, the mall is also home to luxury names such as Dior, Kate Spade and Chanel. Given the sheer size of the mall, plenty of dining options are also available – from Southern Fried Chicken to Thai boat noodles, you can have your pick from the delicious array of cuisines hailing from any corner of the globe!
Address: Jalan Bakar Batu, Southkey, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
#2 Toppen Shopping Centre
Set in Tebrau City, this gem of a mall will be opening its doors come end-2019 with four levels of shops and a rooftop space that will include up to 300 retail, dining, leisure and entertainment options. Probably sounding a little familiar to VivoCity, the rooftop space will also feature play areas as well as a community garden and sporting facilities. Plus, it’s linked to IKEA so that’s one more reason to hightail it to Toppen Shopping Centre when it opens!
Address: Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
#3 Sunway Big Box Village
Probably a shopping concept we’ve never quite experienced before in Singapore, Sunway Big Box Village is touted as the first-of-its-kind retail park in Malaysia. This open-air strip mall features over 80 warehouse concept stores from quality brands alongside an X-treme Park as well as a hotel. Though there isn’t much information available yet, this interesting new project is slated to open at the end of this year.
Address: Persiaran Medini 5, Iskandar Puteri, Sunway Iskandar, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
#4 Beletime Danga Bay
If you would like a change of scenery, Beletime Danga Bay might just be what you’re looking for. Due to open end-2019, discover a whole new retail experience at this marine-themed two-storey lifestyle mall located at a seaside beach in Danga Bay. Apart from getting your groceries at the Japanese supermarket brand AEON, you might also want to take some time to enjoy the 3D cinema – which promises a fully-immersive 3D visual spectacle unlike any other.
Address: Lot PTB 22056, Danga Bay, Jalan Skudai, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
#5 Larkin Junction Mall
Strategically located within close proximity to Larkin Sentral transportation hub, the upcoming Larkin Junction Mall is set to deliver diverse experiences across all of its five levels. From fashion to dining and entertainment, you can be assured of a quality shopping experience boosted with a carefully curated mix of over 150 shops.
Address: Jalan Dewata, 80350 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
#6 Eco Galleria
With architecture inspired by Singapore’s legendary Raffles Hotel, Eco Galleria is a combination of the timeless European shopping streets and arcades that contribute to the high-street experience. Come December 2019, this modern mall is set to offer a unique shopping, dining and entertainment in an environment that’s contemporary yet nostalgic all at once.
Address: 25, 27, 29 Jalan Eko Botani 3/5, Taman Eco Botani, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia
#7 Mall of Medini
Though not entirely new, the Mall of Medini is currently undergoing a revamp and will be unveiling its brand new look along with the addition of more retail brands in September 2019. While information about the retail cluster has been kept under wraps, frequent visitors of the mall are already hopeful that they would get to see big-name brands such as H&M, Starbucks, TGV Cinemas and Chatime at the re-opening.
Address: 79100 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia
Which mall will you be heading to on your next JB trip? Tell us in the comments below!