Melaka Raya is built on the reclaimed land near to the Bandar Hilir padang area.The land was reclaimed from the Straits of Malacca in early 1980's & today the area consists of a commercial centre, two shopping centres, a medical centre, two service apartment hotels and a 5-Star international class hotel. The area is also reknown for her night entertainment outlets and the recently opened "Melaka Raya Walk".
Easily accessible from the "Melaka Old & New Chinatown" areas via the recently opened Sungei Melaka Bridge from Tranquerah and from the Ujong Pasir in the South, Melaka Raya offers visitors another avenue for shopping & entertainment in the historic City of Melaka.
Airconditioned Shopping Complexes
The first fully airconditioned 4 storeys shopping complex in Melaka Raya is the "Mahkota Parade". Built and opened in mid 1990's, this shopping complex is very popular with locals and visitors alike. There is abundant car parks and a major Departmental Store named "Parkson Grand" operates here. Within this shopping complex, there are numerous shopping outlets ranging from food outlets, photograph shops, book shops, souvenir shops, bowling alley named "Golden Bowl" & cineplexes. "Mahkota Parade" is, indeed, a one-stop family shopping & entertaining centre.
Slightly down the main road is the "Plaza Melaka Raya" where the "Senyum" Departmental Store" is located. This shopping complex offers free parking to visitors and there are interesting shopping outlets which sell clothing, compact discs & electronic goods to patrons.
Service Apartment Hotel & an International
Class 5-Star Hotel
A popular international class Service Apartment operating here is the "Century Mahkota Hotel".Century Mahkota Hotel Malacca is situated on the waterfront and is just next to Malacca's new commercial hub at Melaka Raya. Directly across the road is the Mahkota Parade, Malacca's award winning shopping and leisure complex that caters to your every need for fun, food and fashion.
Century Mahkota Hotel, Melaka has 617 guest rooms and suites configured as 1,2,3 bedroom apartments, Executive and Presidential Suites. All the apartments are fully furnished with a small kitchenette and patrons can either select the seaview or inland view apartments.
Another 5-star Hotel located here is the "Equatorial Hotel, Melaka". This 400 rooms international class hotel is being managed by the Equatorial Hotel Chain. This hotel offers an international class hotel within the historical sites of Melaka.
Dining & Entertainment
There are numerous eating and entertainment outlets at Melaka Raya. During the day, local fare such as Chicken Rice Ball Restaurants, Tangkak Beef Noodles, Seafood Restaurants, Peranakan, Chinese, Malay and Indian restaurants are opened for business.
One highly recommended Peranakan Restaurant is Restoran Indah Sayang operated by Mr. Peter Tay. The Assam Fish Head/Prawns is their signature dish and the Chendol is a must as a dessert. Visitors must make a point to have their lunches and dinners at this unique restaurant. They are opened from 12.00noon to 4.00pm and from 5.30pm to 10.30pm daily except every Thursday.
During the night, karoake lounges, cafes, pubs, entertainment outlets and restaurants are open to patrons. Some of these outlets are opened until after midnight for patrons who wish to have an enjoyable time at the coffee houses, karoake lounges and restaurants.
From June 1st. 2003, a new night market has been proposed for Melaka Raya. It will be situated close to Melaka Raya 1 and Melaka Raya 2 - just behind the Mahkota Medical Centre.