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22 Best Cafes To Visit In Penang (2022 Guide)

Welcome to a brand new year! It’s time to put 2021 behind and focus on making 2022 the best year yet! And to do that, you will need a list of the best food you can find in Penang. This is why, today, we’re bringing you a compilation of the Top 22 cafes you should check out in Penang this 2022. Ready? Let’s start scrolling.

22 Cafes In Penang Worth Checking Out (2022 Guide)

1. Norm Micro Roastery

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @theduriansisters (Instagram)

Starting off the list is none other than Norm Micro Roastery. Both a coffee roaster and a cafe, Norm Micro Roastery is full of relaxing Zen vibes. Donned with plenty of natural sunlight and gravel pathways, this is one of the best cafes in Penang to check out. While you’re there, try out their selection of roasted coffee, cakes, and main courses like Prawn & Pumpkin Risotto, Chicken Karaage Burger, and more.

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @theduriansisters (Instagram)

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @normmicroroastery (Instagram)

Address: 13, Gat Lebuh Gereja, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: 9 AM-6 PM (Sun-Thurs) | 9 AM-10 PM (Fri&Sat)

Status: Non-Halal

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

2. Let’s Meat

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @leeqin (Instagram)

Craving for a cafe in Penang that serves uniquely American breakfast? Then you know that in Penang, you can only satiate your cravings at one spot: Let’s Meat. Tucked in a quaint neighbourhood at Lembah Permai, Let’s Meat is a cafe that’s well-favoured by residents nearby. Serving authentic American breakfast options like Triple Stack Pancakes, Breakfast Burrito, Classic Ham & Cheese Omelette, this makes for a perfect brunch cafe.

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @letsmeatpenang (Facebook)

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @letsmeatpenang (Facebook)

Address: 18, Lebuh Lembah Permai 4, Tanjung Tokong, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: 8 AM-4 PM (Closed on Sunday)

Status: Non-Halal

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

3. China House

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: ChinaHouse (Facebook)

No longer a new kid on the block, China House has always been both locals’ and travelers’ go-to spot to unwind, chill, have some cakes and maybe doodle their artistic side away. Safe to say that China House no longer needs any elaborate introduction as they let their cakes and food do all the talking. Pick any slice of China House cake and you’ll be amazed at how good they actually taste. Cake date, anyone?

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @jinghueii (Instagram)

Photo: ChinaHouse (Facebook)

Address: 153, Beach St, Georgetown, 10300 George Town, Penang

Operating Hours: 9 AM-11.30 PM (Opens Daily)

Status: No pork, no lard

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

4. Pitaya by Juice Code

Best Cafes in Penang 2022

Best Cafes in Penang 2022

A popular brunch cafe in Penang with a cozy Balinese-themed interior, Pitaya by Juicecode offers a plethora of modern fusion items. From Fried Chicken Waffles, Tom Yum Squid Ink Pasta, Big Breakfast, Pancakes, Cold-Pressed Juice, and all the way to Smoothie Bowls, Pitaya gets them all to perfection. Step into this cafe, order a glass of cold-pressed juice, and you’ll instantly be transported to a tropical island right here in Penang.

Best Cafes in Penang 2022

Best Cafes in Penang 2022

Address: 235, Lebuh Chulia, 10200 George Town, Penang.

Operating Hours: 11 AM-10 PM (Closed on Wednesday)

Status: No Pork, No Lard

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

5. Narrow Marrow

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @venicekeqian (Instagram)

Think vintage, aesthetically pleasing and you’ll get Narrow Marrow. Having been around for years, Narrow Marrow has relocated to a more spacious place along Beach Street while still serving its signature line of cakes, coffees, and toddy. Narrow Marrow is best known for its Tiramisu, Coconut Clitoria Cheesecake, and not forgetting, handcrafted coffee.

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @graceats.my (Instagram)

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @venicekeqian (Instagram)

Address: 312, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: 3 PM-11 PM (Closed on Tuesday & Wednesday)

Status: Serves alcohol

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

6. Urban Daybreak

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @urbandaybreak (Facebook)

Yes, breakfast makes our day but sometimes when we simply just wanna sleep in, all-day breakfast is ALWAYS a good idea. When we think of a hearty all-day breakfast, we think of Urban Daybreak. Their Signature French Toast that comes alongside Brulee banana and homemade salted peanut butter jam is enough to make our day. Oh, if you’re looking to go big, how about giving Urban’s Really Big Breakfast a go? Forget an apple a day keeps the doctor away, it’s a cup of coffee a day, keeps the doctor away. Just look at how Instagrammable their breakfasts are!

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @urbandaybreak (Facebook)

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @urbandaybreak (Facebook)

Address: 338, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: 7.30 AM-5.30 PM (Closed on Tuesday)

Status: Non-Halal

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

7. Wheeler’s

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @wheelerspenang (Facebook)

Strolling around George Town and looking for a brunch spot? Make your way over to WHEELER’S. Established in 2014, WHEELER’S is best known for serving a wide array of fusion modern food. Their signature must-try item here is the Espresso Chicken, an uncanny combo that somehow complements one another really well. Go big or go home with the WHEELER’S Big Breakfast and not forgetting, Egg Yolk Carbonara. For a sweet after-meal treat, we’d recommend the Banana Pancake.

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @wheelerspenang (Facebook)

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @wheelerspenang (Facebook)

Address: 67, Lorong Love, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: 8 AM-12 AM (Opens Daily)

Status: Pork-Free

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

8. The Alley

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @thealleypenang (Facebook)

For fellow Penangites, The Alley is considered one of the OG cafes in town. In fact, they’ve been around for 8 years taking residence along a secluded lane in George Town. What started off as a humble cafe serving Churros with a side of sauces has since then evolved into one of the pioneers of cafes in Penang. Here, there is a good selection of homemade bakes to be paired with your choice of coffee, non-coffee, soda, or even iced beverages.

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @thealleypenang (Facebook)

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @thealleypenang (Facebook)

Address: 5, Stewart Lane, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang

Operating Hours: 10 AM-6 PM (Opens Daily)

Status: Pork-free

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

9. Kafka

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @kafkapenang (Facebook)

When we talk about the cafe scene in Penang, Kafka is definitely on our must-visit list. Kafka is one of those quaint cafes that has plenty of greens everywhere, making it an ideal spot for some coffee and chill. Aside from serving a delicious all-day menu, the cakes and sweet treats here are worth some attention too. There are 2 Kafka outlets in Penang with entirely opposing themes; Kafka Kelawai is a peaceful brunch spot while Kafka Victoria leans towards a quirky, eclectic cafe.

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @kafkapenang (Facebook)

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @kafkapenang (Facebook)

Address:

Kafka Kelawai:

8 AM-9 PM (Opens Daily)

Kafka Victoria:

51C, Lebuh Victoria, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang

11 AM-6.30 PM (Opens Daily)

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

10. Macallum Connoisseurs

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @PenangFoodie

Next up is a cafe in Penang that spans 8,000 square feet of space, Macallum Connoisseurs. Before being turned into a cafe, this place was actually a warehouse. Of course, with a space this wide, this spot is more than a cafe as it also houses a roastery, a restaurant, and an academy all under one roof. Here, you can have a hearty breakfast with their Eggs Benedict or a fulfilling lunch and dinner meal with some burgers or pasta.

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @PenangFoodie

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @macallum (Facebook)

Address: 1, Gat Lebuh Macallum, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: 9AM-9PM (Opens Daily)

Status: Non-Halal

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

11. Komichi Tea House

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @jhphotography_95 (Instagram)

Matcha lovers, where you at? If you cannot get past the day without a cup of Tea, then Komichi Tea House is where you should be at. Comfortably tucked along Lorong Toh Aka, this tea house serves all-things Matcha ranging from cheesecakes, cookies to swiss rolls, it’s like a Matcha haven here in Penang. Best of all, you’ll get peaceful noon at one of the best cafes in Penang with a cup of Matcha Latte and a slice of Matcha Swiss Roll all thanks to its quaint ambiance.

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @jhphotography_95 (Instagram)

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @foodaholic.daily (Instagram)

Address: 20, Lorong Toh Aka, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: 12 PM-5 PM (Closed on Mon-Wed)

Status: No pork, no lard

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

12. Lunabarcoffee

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @lunabarcoffee (Facebook)

Moving on this list of best cafes to visit in Penang, is a garden-inspired cafe in George Town known as Lunabarcoffee. On the outside, you’ll be in awe of the luscious greens and drapey plants surrounding the courtyard of the cafe. Step inside and you’ll be greeted with more sophisticated oxygen givers. A cup of coffee here and a slice of homemade cake at Lunabar and we can stay for the entire evening.

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @lunabarcoffee (Facebook)

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @lunabarcoffee (Facebook)

Address: 10d, Jalan Clove Hall, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: 10 AM-6 PM (Closed on Monday and Tuesday)

Status: No pork, no lard

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

 

13. La Vie En Rose

Best Cafes in Penang 2022

Let’s admit that cafe hopping in Penang never gets old. If you’re looking for classic French pastries in Penang, then look no further than La Vie En Rose. This patisserie is easy to spot from afar due to its pastel pink exterior. La Vie En Rose is home to some of the best croissants, beignets, and madeleines you can find in Penang. Their must-tries are almond croissant and raspberry beignet.

Best Cafes in Penang 2022

Address: 19, Lebuh Melayu, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: 10.30 AM-6.30 PM (Sunday-Thursday)

Status: No pork, no lard

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

14. Le Petit Four

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @thejumpingtravellers (Instagram)

Penangites must’ve definitely heard of Le Petit Four Patisserie. Previously, they were located along Hutton Lane and are now tucked along the bustling Beach Street. One can easily spot this pastry haven with its dark blue exterior and golden cursives that read Le Petit Four Patisserie. Known for serving handcrafted French pastries ranging from Croissants, Escargots, and more, the other must-try items here are definitely the cinnamon rolls as well as scones!

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @lepetitfourpatisserie (Facebook)

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @lepetitfourpatisserie (Facebook)

Address: 310, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang.

Operating Hours: 9 AM-6 PM (Closed on Monday)

Status: No pork, no lard

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

15. Soul Cafe

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @Soulcafe.my (Facebook)

Serving Pasta right from the soul, Soul Cafe is one of the best places in Penang to check out if you’re a pasta lover. Their entire menu is dedicated to a wide range of Pasta like our personal favourites; Linguine Al Carbonara and Linguine Al Vongole Con Curry. There are also several main courses like Grilled Salmon, Turmeric Chicken, and don’t forget to end your meal with their desserts too.

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @Soulcafe.my (Facebook)

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @Soulcafe.my (Facebook)

Address:12, Jalan Kek Chuan, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: 11 AM-8.30 PM (Closed on Sunday)

Status: Non-Halal

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

16. The Mugshot Cafe

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @themugshotcafepenang (Facebook)

Another tiny yet cozy cafe that’s perfect for some coffee and chill is The Mugshot Cafe along Lebuh Chulia. Pair a cuppa with some freshly made bagels or croissants and we guarantee, you’ll have the best breakfast ever. There’s also a bakery inside of The Mugshot Cafe known as Rainforest Bakery that offers an array of pastries and bakes. Be it breakfast or dessert, you can find them all at The Mugshot Cafe.

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @themugshotcafepenang (Facebook)

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @themugshotcafepenang (Facebook)

Address: 302, Chulia St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang

Operating Hours: 8 AM-10 PM (Opens Daily)

Status: No pork, no lard

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

17. Constant Gardener

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @leeqin (Instagram)

Tucked in one of the stunning heritage buildings in George Town is none other than Constant Gardener. A humble family-owned cafe, Constant Gardener roasts their own coffee beans including some from Honduras, Rwanda, Guatemala, and many more. They also serve good coffees, hot chocolates, Matcha Latte, and an excellent selection of pastries and cakes.

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @ConstantGardenerCoffee (Facebook)

Address: Ground Floor, Penang Chinese Chamber Of Commerce Building, 9, Lebuh Light, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: 9 AM-8 PM (Opens Daily)

Status: Pork-free

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

18. Ome by Spacebar Coffee

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @kazusa1004 (Instagram)

Next up, one of the must-visit cafes in Penang is this hidden, quaint cafe known as Ome by Spacebar Coffee. Secluded in an alley along Lorong Toh Aka, Ome focuses on specialty coffees and in-house-made cakes. Our personal favourite is the Zucchini loaf that’s a perfect match with the olive oil. Pair that with a cup of coffee, and we can chill here all day long.

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @kharyeex_ (Instagram)

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @ome.space (Instagram)

Address: 1, Lorong Toh Aka, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: 7.30 AM-4 PM (Closed on Thursday & Friday)

Status: No Pork, No Lard

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

19. Black Kettle

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @blackkettlemy (Instagram)

Black Kettle comes with a huge space so if you prefer to unwind and chit chat over good food, then this is the place to be. You’ll find assorted items on their menu including Seafood Risotto, Hainan Chicken Chop, Truffle Alfredo and more. Oh, and they also have an in-house bakery here offering their very own Sourdough bread and pastries so you know pastries and coffee here are not to be missed.

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @leeqin (Instagram)

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @blackkettlemy (Instagram)

Address: 105, Beach St, Georgetown, 10300 George Town, Penang

Operating Hours: 11 AM-8 PM (Closed on Wednesday)

Status: No pork, no lard

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

20. Pik Nik

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @she_eats.my (Instagram)

Another OG cafe in Penang is Pik Nik tucked comfortably in Nagore Square. Pik Nik is one of those cafes that you find yourself constantly revisiting time and time again because of its familiarity. Back then, Pik Nik was the go-to spot to get delicious waffles and you can even play some board games to pass time. Now, they’ve reconstructed their menu to serve you delicious fusion food like Boneless Korean Chicken Thighs, Mentaiko Soft Shell Crab Burger and more.

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @PIKNIKEVERYDAY (Instagram)

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @PIKNIKEVERYDAY (Instagram)

Address: 15, Jalan Nagor, 10500 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: 12PM-10PM (Opens Daily)

Status: Non-Halal

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

21. Jaloux

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @jaloux.penang (Instagram)

In Penang, if you’re intending to try out fresh handmade pasta, then Jaloux is the place to be. With ingredients freshly sourced on a daily basis, Jaloux offers hearty Italian pasta that you’ll keep coming back for more. Personally, we’d recommend the creamy Carbonara whereby every single element is made from scratch by Chef Hong himself. Do keep in mind that at Jaloux, there’s a minimum order of 1 main dish per customer.

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @jaloux.penang (Instagram)

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @jaloux.penang (Instagram)

Address: 24, Lebuh King, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: 11.30 AM-2 PM | 6 PM-9 PM (Closed on Tues-Thurs)

Status: Non-Halal

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

22. Little Collins Street Cafe

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @littlecollinsstreetcafe (Facebook)

Last but not least in our list of Best Cafes in Penang, is Little Collins Street Cafe. If you enjoy baked goods coupled with handcrafted coffee, then this place is for you. Previously, it used to be a clinic but has since then been revamped into a modern-style industrial cafe. Here, you can find fresh bakes such as soft cookies, croissants, specialty bread, and more. The plus point of this cafe is that there are plenty of Instagram-worthy backdrops to glam up your social media.

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @littlecollinsstreetcafe (Facebook)

Best Cafes in Penang 2022Photo: @littlecollinsstreetcafe (Facebook)

Address: 57, Jalan Burma, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM (Closed on Tuesday)

Status: No pork, no lard, no alcohol

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

Best Cafes In Penang For A Cafe-Hopping Adventure

And there you have it, a list of the best cafes to visit in Penang this 2022. Suffice to say, Penang isn’t just a street food paradise, it is also a cafe-hopping haven. So, let us know, which cafe would you be visiting first?

Also read: 15 Best Breakfast Spots For Morning Person In Penang

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