What’s Penang without kopitiams aka local coffee shops? It’s the go-to place to get your daily meal fixed, especially breakfast. The elders like uncles love gathering at kopitiam and have conversations over coffee. Imagine all the delicious hawker local food you can get in kopitiam. Be it breakfast, lunch, or dinner, kopitiams have you covered. Today, we’re recommending you some of the best kopitiam in Penang you could find, so chill out as you read.
Top 10 Kopitiam in Penang We Thought Best:
Note: Though some are called cafes, we both know pretty well they’re just local coffee shops. Kopitiam in Penang tend to address themselves as “cafes” which means the above.
1. OO White Coffee
Editor’s favorite go-to Kopitiam in Penang for their beef noodle and coffee. This place was once known for shark fin/vinegar loh mee before OO White Coffee took over and revamped the place. Here, you could find one of the best beef noodles in Penang. The broth is so hearty and thick, with generous amount of chewy beef. It warms your body up and leaves a peppery finish. The coffee, on point. Thick, smooth, fragrant and affordable. Plus, it’s presentable. Their in-house steamed bread is perfect to pair with the coffee. Besides these, oyster omelette and nasi lemak are local’s pick as well.
Address: 262-264, Lebuh Carnarvon, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed on Wednesday)
2. Fisherman’s Wharf
Located at the very end of Karpal Singh drive, it used to be a secluded, bad-reviewed kopitiam in Penang. Things changed when Fisherman’s Wharf took over and refurbished the place. Now, it’s bright, clean and overlooking the sea. There are tonnes of stalls selling different local hawker cuisine. Our pick? The Japanese bento, beancurd, Lam Mee, pizza and more. We wrote a review on Fisherman’s Wharf, read it up for more recommendation. There’s even legit live band during the night for entertainment, how happening is that?
Address: Jalan Perusahaan Jelutong, Fortune Park, 11600 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. (Daily)
3. Genting Cafe
People around the neighbourhood are no stranger to this coffee shop. Genting Cafe is one of the kopitiam in Penang that gets really crowded in the morning and during lunch hour. Finding a parking spot is almost impossible unless you’re lucky (we mean it). The local delicacies here are above average, meaning nothing is really bad. The ever famous Chee Cheong Fun, hearty Hokkien Mee, Duck Porridge, Chicken Rice, they are all good. You can also get corn in a cup, kuih, and fresh fruits from the stalls outside are not to miss.
Address: Lorong Delima 3, Taman Island Glades, 11700 Jelutong, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed on Wednesday)
#4 Kheng Pin Cafe
Island-wide famous for half a century, Kheng Pin houses the ever famous loh bak (five spices pork rolls). Besides loh bak, there are also other fried goodness to choose from. Choose the ingredients of your choice to make up a platter. Watch as the uncle fry them on-the-spot into a plate of golden, crispy goodness. Pair with their chili and special sauce (loh), perfect. The Wanton Mee and Char Koay Teow are not to miss as well, they’re equally good. Kheng Pin Cafe is definitely a great kopitiam in Penang to get happy lunch fixed, and you can get other delicacies such as cendul just around the corner.
Address: 20, 16, Jalan Penang, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. (Closed on Monday)
5. Lao Shan Tong Bak Kut Teh 老山东肉骨茶
Set all the way in Butterworth, there’s a reason why we ask you to travel all the way here. The Bak Kut Teh is really something, they opened up an entire coffee shop just to cater customers for their Bak Kut Teh. Come in the evening and you’ll be surprised by the amount of crowd. You’ll be greeted by pots and pots of Bak Kut Teh cooking on the stove, very appealing. The taste? Your favourite ingredient such as pork, breadsticks, enoki mushroom, intestines soaked in steamy, thick, addictive herbal soup. Besides Bak Kut Teh, there’s also a stall beside selling kickass Belacan Chicken, perfect as snacks.
Address: NO. 4351, Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth, Malaysia.
Operating Hour: 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. (Closed on Wednesday)
6. No.76 Coffee Stall
We’ve seen latte art on your cup of latte served in a cafe and it’s nothing, but latte art on a cup of local coffee? You heard that right, your cup of less than RM2 coffee is fancily served in Batu Lanchang Market. The No.76 stall serves really awesome coffee with cute latte art at a fraction of price. Their operating system is unique as well, they’ll help you arrange seats, in a kopitiam. Locals usually pair their coffee with toast and egg. Their eggs are perfectly cooked with a custom-made machine. Each machine cooks hundreds of eggs at once and the eggs could remain the same temperature for hours. You could also opt for nasi lemak and kuih.
Address: 19, Medan Batu Lanchang, Jelutong, 11600 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 6 a.m.-3 p.m. (Daily)
7. Ho Ping Cafe
The one-stop kopitiam in Penang to get your local craving fixed, Ho Ping cafe serves a variety of hawker delicacies. From loh bak to char siew rice and pork noodle, nothing disappoints. Be it light or heavy, this is the spot. This small coffee shop also sells above average Char Koay Teow. Their prawns are huge, definitely worth every penny. Besides that, Ho Ping is also a breakfast spot, serving toasts and egg. Remember when we told you it’s the one-stop coffee shop? It is.
Address: 211, Jalan Penang, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Operating Hour: 7:45 a.m.-9 p.m. (Daily)
8. Sin Bee Chew
Sin Bee Chew is yet another coffee shop set in Butterworth that is well-known among the neighbourhood. In fact, we even did a video on their chicken chop. Sin Bee Chew serves out-of-this-world oriental chicken chop, at an economy price. The sauce is light, yet enough to add flavors to the battered chicken chop. Besides chicken chop, they serve “chu char” during the night and other ala carte items as well. If you’re looking for a no-fuss, simple and hearty meal in Butterworth, Sin Bee Chew it is.
Address: 11, Lorong Bagan Luar 3, Bagan Luar, 12000 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hour: 12 p.m.-2:45 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m. (Closed on Sat&Sun)
9. One Corner Cafe
This kopitiam in Penang houses one of the most famous hokkien mee in the morning. They’re so good you have to wait for at least 45 minutes, like they have a timer to time it. It is only available during the morning, if you’re here for lunch, other options like laksa, loh mee, bee tai bak, and curry mee are a huge thumbs up from us. Their curry mee has shio bak option, so tempting. Want a lighter meal? The chicken porridge at chicken rice stall is pretty legit as well.
Address: 4, Jalan Bawasah, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 7:30 p.m.-4 p.m. (Daily)
10. Sri Weld Food Court
Sri Weld Food Court is one of the biggest coffee shop within the banking area of Georgetown. In here houses the famous Ali nasi lemak. The rest of the hawker stalls are somehow overshadowed by it, so let us tell you, the food isn’t bad here. Despite the insane parking rate, white collars or people working around the neighbourhood would often flock this place during lunch hour. It has a wide range of food to pick from. Our recommendation? Nasi lemak of course, beef noodle, mee goreng ayam and pearl spare ribs rice.
Address: 21, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Closed on Sunday)
Foodies, before you leave, come join our New Private Community Group! Feel free to ask questions, share your love for food, and explore the Penang community! We will also regularly post about casual promos and latest findings. Click on the image below and hunt good food with us today!
Now Read: Best Food in Penang