We all know that cafes in Penang can be overwhelming. You can find another cafe just a few steps away from one. And still, they’re mushrooming pretty quick. Our recommendation today is something serious. Below are some of the cafes in Penang that has been long established and still remain to be a gem. They’re all quality cafes that you should at least visit or heard of by now. If not, please do so after reading this.
#1 Ome by Spacebar Coffee
Once a shared space in Awesome Canteen, Ome has finally moved out to establish its own cafe out of passion. “Ome” literally means home without the “H.” Still serving the good old specialty coffee sourcing beans from all around the world, with a few artisan roastery to choose from.
Apart from coffee, Ome has now introduced in-house bakes and fine teas. Those who are keen and passionate about learning coffee, the owner duo offers barista apprenticeship programme. The nostalgic vibe in Ome reminisces the heritage of Penang, where elements of old shophouses remain.
Address: 1, Lorong Toh Aka, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Closed on Thursday)
#2 Kopikita Espresso
Kopikita is a coffee shop nestled in a postcard shop that sells only coffee and other simple beverages. On the outside the shop looks old and a bit rundown, but don’t be intimidated by it. Their coffee menu might be simple but they sell really good coffees. Rich, smooth and aromatic in one cup, it’s the perfect place for coffee takeaway. It’s considered a hidden gem because not many would notice Kopikita. This is definitely one of the cafes in Penang you should know.
Address: 57, Gat Lebuh Chulia, George Town, Malaysia.
Operating Hour: (Mon-Sat) 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., (Sun) 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
#3 The Daily Dose
Hidden in the nook and cranny of Georgetown, Daily Dose holds a place in our heart. They’re one of the cafes in Penang that serves some of the best breakfast and brunch. Not a fan of that? Their other mains are well praised by other customers as well. Pair your meal with a cuppa, sit back and get laid. The ambiance is pretty chill you can do some reading or even have conversation over coffee.
Address: 36, Stewart Ln, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang.
Operating Hour: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Closed on Tuesday)
#4 Awesome Canteen @ Sekeping Victoria
It’s like an old meets new, Awesome Canteen’s ambiance is a combination of rustic charm and modernism. They offer a wide range of menu, from burgers to Japanese dons and even Paleo dishes. Pair with a cuppa and your day is complete. The space lets you relax, unwind and find inner peace with the run down charm. There are even trees inside so don’t worry about the heat.
Operating Hour: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Closed on Tuesday)
#5 China House
One of the oldest cafes in Penang, China House is a staple when it comes to cafe. Popular as a hangout spot and also great cakes. China House offers over 50 types of cakes daily. They have live music every weekend so you could just come along with friends to chill. Besides that, they too serve as a library, restaurant, art gallery and bakery. It’s a big cafe we’re talking about. Hipster, old school, you name it, locals should have at least visited China House once.
Address: 153 & 155, Lebuh Pantai and 183B, Lebuh Victoria, George Town, Penang.
Operating Hour: (Mon-Thurs&Sun) 9 a.m.- 1 a.m. (Fri&Sat) 9 a.m.-2 a.m.
#6 Moody Cow Cafe
Serving one of the best homemade cakes in Penang, Moody Cow is definitely cakes lover’s heaven. They have a few exotic flavors that are talk of the town. Musang King durian cheesecake, chempedak cheesecake, salted egg cheesecake and more. Inside of Moody Cow is very nostalgia, with dim lighting, antique furniture and dark walls. The price of the cake might be a bomb, but a slice of cake for sharing of two is more than enough. That’s because they come in a big piece and is super filling.
Address: 170 Transfer Road, George Town, Malaysia.
Operating Hour: 11 a.m.-12 a.m. (Daily)
#7 Si Tigun
Established over a decade, Si Tigun remains as the perfect pit stop for coffee or an escape from the busy schedule. Here at Si Tigun, you can find really good coffee as the barista has skillful knowledge in treating beans to presentation. Tigun believes coffee is the best medium to bond and share. Besides coffee, their breakfast and other mains are highly praised by others. Si Tigun is one of the cafes in Penang that’s perfect for conversation over coffee.
Address: 28, Jalan Nagor, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. (Closed on Monday)
#8 Jing Si Books & Cafe
Part of the Malaysian Tzu Chi foundation, this cafe/ bookstore is full of tranquility. If you’re looking for a spiritual calm, come over to Jing Si. The space is quiet, people often come over for reading or work. The cafe sells only beverages, but at an extremely affordable price. They also have a bamboo garden so you could just unwind to find inner peace. Jing Si Books & Cafe is the perfect tranquil cafes in Penang.
Address: 31, Beach St, Georgetown, 10300 George Town, Penang.
Operating Hour: (Mon-Sat) 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sun) 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
#9 Pik Nik
The “Good Friends Never Bojio” quote comes from this kick-ass cafe, Pik Nik. Established years ago, their business is nothing but better. With a new section that’s entirely pink, every corner screams “Insta-worthy.” Bestseller? Kimchi fried rice and waffle sandwich. Place on the cute pink setting and your photo will rock. Pik Nik is one of the most popular cafes in Penang, so be there ASAP before they’re crazy packed.
Address: 15, Jalan Nagor, 10500 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: (Mon,Wed,Thurs,Sun)3 p.m.-12 a.m. (Fri&Sat) 3 p.m.-1 a.m.
Known for their homemade marshmallows, yes you heard them right, marshmallows. They make different unique flavors like Salted Caramel, Matcha, Passion Fruit and more. You can either order the marshmallow drinks or buy them individually. Their “power house” is the best choice to fuel up your day, or opt for chipotle grilled sandwich. Fan of grilled cheese? Don’t miss out Huey&Wah then.
Address: 368-1-14, Bellisa Row, Jalan Burma, George Town, Malaysia.
Operating Hour: 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (Daily)
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