Every mall in Johor Bahru for your retail therapy

Johor Bahru remains a favorite day (or weekend) trip spot for Singaporeans. From massages and salon treatments to a shopping spree, nothing beats visiting a mall in JB where you can do all your shopping at once – without having to spend too much either. From options near the border to outlets that require an extra drive, here are JB’s most popular malls to spend a day (or two).

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Malls in JB near Woodlands Checkpoint

1. Komtar JBCC and City Square Mall JB

If you only have a few hours to spare, but want to shop at JB, then head over to Komtar JBCC and Johor Bahru Square: located literally a few steps from Johor Bahru checkpoint.

These two malls are located right next to each other: turn right for KOMTAR JBCC and turn left for City Square.

At Komtar JBCC, you’ll find an array of outlet stores, lounges, dining options, and even an indoor theme park! Alternatively, head to City Square Mall JB for the cineplex, a variety of shopping and dining options, and beauty services.

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2. R&F Mall

Do you want to stay at the nearest checkpoint, but have you ever visited KOMTAR JBCC and City Square? If so, walk 10 minutes across the sheltered bridge to the new R&F Shopping Center!

Here you will find a huge supermarket, popular retail giants like MR.DIY and Daiso, and a cinema. Basically, it’s everything you want in a mall – with a sleek, modern design.

3. KSL City Mall

Possibly the most popular mall in all of JB, City KSL is the a place for all things budget-friendly: electronics, souvenirs, snacks, clothing, sporting goods, groceries and beauty services.

If the dining options in KSL City aren’t enough, take a stroll through the streets of the area: you’ll find plenty of local favorites, many of which have winding queues! Your best bet is to join one with a long queue (that’s how you know they’re worth it!), or scour Google reviews for the best-recommended restaurant.

Malls in JB to venture

4. Mid Valley Southkey

If you drive further into JB you will probably take the EDL Highway. While the buildings may be sparse for the first 10 minutes of your ride, you’ll soon find the huge Mid Valley Southkey prominent shopping center hovering above the freeway on the left.

This vast commercial space is owned by the same company as Kuala Lumpurit is Mid Valley Shopping Center, and offers an endless list of clothing stores of famous brands such as H&M, Sephora, Under Armour, Adidas, etc. Don’t be surprised if you get lost trying to navigate your way here; consider it a rite of passage when exploring a JB mall for the first time.

Plus, you’ll find plenty of dining options for all budgets. Our advice? Come here for breakfast when the mall opens, then stay until it closes.

5. AEON Mall (several)

A local favorite – and, for good reason – AEON Shopping Centers fill up quickly on weekends and holidays. Centered around the department store of the same name, this franchise shopping center has several locations in the city: AEON shopping center in the city of Tebrau and AEON Mall Bandar Dato ‘Onn being the most popular; and AEON Bukit Indah Mall as the closest option to Tuas checkpoint (and the least frequented).

As usual, food options and beauty services are plentiful, so make sure you’re hungry! Our favorite is Japanese Food Street at AEON Mall Tebrau City; almost every store we passed smelled great and had long lines outside for lunch and dinner.

6. Toppen Mall

As if the Tebrau region couldn’t get any better, just look in the face of AEON Tebrau. You will find the new Toppen Shopping Centerhere to impress with its own selection of attractive shops, restaurants and entertainment offerings!

What sets this JB mall apart from others is its rooftop garden, where events such as movie screenings and exercise sessions take place. You can even feast on al fresco takeout here, or sweat it out on the rock face.

PS— IKEA Tebrau is also in the area. Talk about the perfect place to literally travel everything your shopping needs.

7. Paradigm Mall

Looking for the ultimate mall adventure in JB? Look no further than the largest mall in town, Paradigm Mall! The two million square foot space includes the state’s largest movie theater and more than 500 entertainment, fashion and dining outlets spread over seven floors.

While you’re here, tick groceries off your to-do list in the huge upscale supermarket. Simply put, no matter what you are looking for, you are sure to find it at Paradigm Mall Johor Bahru.

8. Beletime Danga Bay

Located in the middle of Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoint is Beletime Danga Bay, the ideal shopping center if you are traveling with children. From the large indoor playground to the white sand beach just across from the mall, you will be entertained, whatever your age!

Inside you will find a cinema, a selection of restaurants and breweries, retail stores, as well as a large AEON store.

9. Johor Premium Outlets

Finally, one cannot complete the list of JB shopping centers without mentioning the famous Johor Premium Outlets. This shopping complex may be the furthest from Woodlands Checkpoint – a 40 minute drive – but you can’t find better than here for all your discount brand name goods.

In fact, JB Premium Outlets was the first high-end brand outlet to open in Southeast Asia and boasts 130 designer and name-brand outlets.

Trust us: just walking through this resort will make you feel like you’ve been transported to a place like Los Angeles or Florida.

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Next time your paycheck arrives, why not hit up JB Malls for an amazing shopping experience? Also, if you’re here for a weekend getaway, try going from mall to mall! You might just find a new favorite outlet where you’ll come back for whatever you need.

Edwin S. Wolfe