You think you know all about the heritage trail in Penang just because you’re a local? Well, think again because with this list right here, you might need to reevaluate your knowledge about your town! We want to help you to see the heritage trail in Penang in a new light as if you’re a tourist! Instead of a one-day trip to Ipoh, let’s explore your own state! Here are the 13 Spots You Should Cover On Your Next Heritage Trail! This list comprises of food stalls by the road and a few cafes that we really recommend!
1. Oh Gio Along Weld Quay
To start off, we have the famous must-try oh gio that is beloved by many locals, you can see uncles on motorbikes just stopping by to have a bowl of oh gio to cool themselves down in this blazing hot weather! While you’re there, why not try out their pleasant cendol too? Woa, killing two birds with one stone!
Watch the video about it right here!
📍 Pengkalan Weld (Weld Quay), 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
🕐 12.30PM-7.30PM (Closed on Monday)
2. Pisang Goreng Weld Quay
In the midst of the most happening place of Georgetown filled with abundant tourists sits a gem that is known to the locals for selling the best deep fried delicacies in Penang. Ranging from the classic pisang goreng, kuik bakul to fried tapioca, they got you all covered! This where the locals get their daily dose of deep-fried snacks, so don’t miss out!
📍 90, Pengkalan Weld, George Town, 10300 Jelutong, Pulau Pinang.
🕐 2.30PM-7PM (Closed on Sunday)
Funky ice cream is your new remedy to the hot sunny day! We really like the way they serve their ice cream! So unique and definitely one of a kind! I don’t know about you but we can’t seem to say no to this funny looking yet delicious ice cream!
📍 6, Lebuh Cannon George Town, Malaysia
🕐 10AM-6PM (Daily)
4. 361 Char Hor Fun/Hokkien Char @ Lebuh Pantai
Looking for something to fill your empty stomach after a whole day of walking and just exploring? Head over to this friendly neighbourhood char hor fun spot we have for you right now! Open only for dinner, perfect timing for your grumbling stomach! Aside from char hor fun, you will also find yee foo mee and hokkien char!
📍 361, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
🕐 6.30PM-9.30PM (Closed on Sunday)
5. Koay Teow Th’ng @ Lebuh Melayu
Located really near to the char hor fun place we just recommended before this, we hope that your stomach still has space left for this yummy koay teow th’ng we’re talking about here! The taste of the soup is just perfect to hit the satisfaction spot, worth every penny you’re spending! Remember to opt for some chicken legs and chicken innards – liver, gizzard and intestines.
📍 Gat Lebuh Melayu, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
🕐 7PM-12AM (Closed on Wednesday)
6. Teh Halia & Spicy Nasi Lemak @ Kedai Kopi T.S. Bismi
Have ever heard of nasi lemak goreng? If you haven’t, let us have the opportunity to introduce it! More than 100 years of history, it is now run by the 4th generation of owners! But what made this place famous was their teh halia that are all freshly made by themselves! Invite someone with you to this historical spot!
📍 2-36, Lebuh Tamil, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
🕐 24 Hours
7. Toh Soon Cafe
Who’s up for some eggs and toast? Start your heritage trail right with a hearty breakfast at this place! Only with a full stomach only can you cover every place we’ve listed here right! Crispy toasted bread together with half-boiled eggs are the perfect combo to anyone’s heart. If you’re a big eater, perhaps you can also opt for their nasi lemak!
📍 Lebuh Campbell, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang
🕐 8AM-3.30PM (Closed on Sunday)
8. Ali Nasi Lemak
Are you up for a quick snack? Stop by here right now! Best nasi lemak in town, they offer various different types of nasi lemak like – udang (prawn), sotong (squid) and ikan bilis (anchovies). The spiciness of the sambal is just perfect to excite your palate, with a hint of sweetness.
📍 Sri Weld Food Court, Beach St, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
🕐 7AM-4PM (Mon – Fri), 7AM-2PM (Sat)
Looking for some springy wan tan mee? Well-known for its handmade traditional bamboo-pressed noodles, people flock to this place just to have a glimpse of the process of making the noodles so springy! Not just that, they’re super generous when it comes to the fillings in their wan tan – just whoa! Do take away their Hong Kong pastries too, you can eat as you explore the heritage trail!
Check out the video below!
📍 37, Campbell Street, George Town, Penang.
🕐 8AM-10PM (Closed on Wednesday)
10. The Alley
Let me tell you, this place right here serves the best churros in the whole Penang! Not even kidding! Churros have long been the reason why people flock to this place! Even though the amount of customers they have over the years has increased but they continued to serve really amazing churros with sides like salted-caramel, cinnamon and chocolate! Their aromatic coffee goes super well with their churros!
📍 5, Stewart Ln, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang.
🕐 2PM-10PM (Mon – Thurs), 12PM-12AM (Fri – Sun)
Known for their aesthetically pleasing yet cosy ambience, and topped up with their really amazing nice Japanese-infused food, this is just perfect for lunch after the whole morning of walking around. Whether you’re a fan of Japanese cuisine, coffee, or desserts you are bound to find something you love in this place. Do try out their Omu Curry Rice with Tori Karaage, saying no to this fluffy omelette and mildly-spicy Japanese Curry would be too hard. Just say yes!
📍 37a&b, Beach St, 10300 George Town, Penang.
🕐 9AM-6PM (Mon – Thurs), 9AM-9PM (Fri-Sun)
12. China House
Once you step into the place, you’ll notice that the inside is actually very long with 3 connected areas, right after the entrance is the drinks counter with a couple of tables filled up with a variety of cakes to choose from. Do take note that they serve alcohol-infused cakes too! Their serene garden features a small pond on one side, so maybe you can go over there to chill!
📍 153, Beach St, Georgetown, 10300 George Town, Penang.
🕐 9AM-1AM (Daily)
13. Narrow Marrow
This place could’ve been easily missed by most people, squished between two senescent shop houses in busy Carnarvon Street, Narrow Marrow exudes chic yet relaxed ambience and vibes. The diversity of their cakes will surely make you spoiled for choice! But, we do recommend trying out their tiramisu cake in natural clitoria blue!
📍 252A, Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
🕐 6PM-1AM (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri), 10AM-1AM (Sat & Sun)
Read also: Top 22 Cafes In Penang 2019 (The Best Guide)
Put your sunscreen on and let’s go exploring! Never stop exploring and discovering new things even though you’ve been here for a while, you’d be surprised by the things you see here!