Mahkota Parade is one of Malacca’s first shopping malls, housing almost 200 stores, including international brands, food-and-beverage outlets and entertainment centres. Opened in 1994, the four-storey shopping mall was recently refurbished to embrace a modern, sleeker look, and with new exciting tenants onboard, it is set to take the shopping scene in Malacca by storm. With over 1,000 parking spaces, Mahkota Parade is Malacca’s favourite hangout spot, with locals visiting in large numbers, especially at weekends and on public holidays for casual shopping and leisure activities. The iconic shopping mall also sits right in the middle of the city centre, surrounded by Malacca’s most famous landmarks, such as A’Famosa, St. Paul’s Hill and across from its biggest competitor, Dataran Pahlawan shopping mall.
For those wanting to catch the latest blockbusters in town, Mahkota Parade is also home to Lotus Five Star, a four-hall cineplex. Previously a Golden Screen Cinemas outlet, the cineplex was renovated in 2009, and was given a new life for a more comfortable movie-watching experience. Offering the latest blockbusters and local films, Lotus Five Star is one of the most affordable cineplexes around, costing only RM6 per ticket for all shows before 12:00. Other entertainment outlets in Mahkota Parade include Ampang Superbowl, one of the biggest bowling alleys in Malacca; In Box Karaoke for those who would like to belt out Top 40 hits; and Wonderland, an arcade gaming centre. Music enthusiasts will love Inverno Music Station as it stocks hard-to-find CDs and merchandise at affordable prices. Look out for its specialized rock corner to hunt for your indie bands’ records.