Here’s an ultimate guide for the best breakfast places in Penang. There’s a saying, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. “Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dine like a Pauper” It’s a well-known phrase, but do you follow it? A hearty and wholesome breakfast helps to boost up our mood and provides us the energy to kick-start the day. So, make it good!
Guide: 15 Best Breakfast Places in Penang
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Needless to say, you deserve to know the best breakfast spots in Penang. If you are a morning person, you will find this guide really useful. From nasi lemak to the crowd’s favourite egg and toast to Western big breakfast, this diverse list allows you to enjoy the best kind of breakfast Penang offer, without a plane ticket. Let’s check out the list!
1. Gemas Road Roti Canai
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Gemas Road Roti Canai is definitely your breakfast choice if you love Roti Canai. It’s loved by locals. Every morning, you could easily spot an enthusiastic crowd in this Roti Canai stall. A plate of classic Penang breakfast drenched with thick curry, topped with a sunny-side-up egg and shredded onion, it’s glorious.
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Address: 51, 29, Jalan Gemas, Taman Kampar, 10460 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Operating Hours: 7AM – 10 PM (closed on Monday) | *May vary during MCO
2. Continental Bakery
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Who doesn’t appreciate the smell of freshly-baked bread in the morning? The dense yeasty aroma is enough to pull anyone out of bed. Does it make your mouth happy already? Continental Bakery is famous for baking fresh and healthy loaves and buns for patrons. Must try their french butter croissant, cinnamon roll, cream puff, mushroom soup, and chocolate raisin buns. In fact, all of their bread is something to die for, you probably can’t find any other bakery as good as them! What an ideal place for breakfast.
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Address: 33 Nagore Rd 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hours: 10:00-19:00 (Tue-Sat) | Sun:10:00-18:30 *May vary during MCO*
3. Transfer Road Roti Canai
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This is the locals’ go-to spot for breakfast. Transfer Road Roti Canai is known for serving one of the legendary Roti Canai in town. The surrounding may not be as pleasing but never judge a book by its cover. Grab a chair and indulge your lovely morning with the locals and Roti Canai! Beef gravy and chicken curry are highly recommended here. If you can’t eat spicy, ask for sugar instead and pair it with roti. Thank me later!
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Address: 114, 110, Jalan Transfer, Georgetown, 10050 George Town, Malaysia
Operating Hours: 8AM-11AM (Mon-Sun) | *May vary during MCO*
4. Tai Tong Restaurant
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What’s up for breakfast? Dim sum maybe? Dim sum has always been a traditional comfort food for breakfast. De Tai Tong Cafe is a dim sum restaurant that always filled with local food enthusiasts. They serve delicious dim sum, Chinese fried noodles, egg tart, and many more. Do check them out!
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Address: 45 Cintra Street (Lebuh Campbell) 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating hours: Mon-Sun 6.00 AM – 2.30 PM | *May vary during MCO
5. Trois Canon Cafe
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Trois Canon Cafe is a Hong Kong-style cafe that serves a perfectly delightful breakfast. Its menu ranges from toast, egg tarts, macaroni, and a great value set meal making it the perfect choice to kickstart your day. And not to mention, Trois Canon Cafe still retains its Hong Kong ‘Cha Chaan Teng’ vibes up to this day.
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Address: 165 Campbell Street 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating hours: Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Sun: 8.00AM – 4:00PM | *May vary during MCO
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6. Ali Nasi Lemak
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Breakfast is perhaps the best excuse to dive into supremely delicious Nasi Lemak. Ali Nasi Lemak is definitely one of the bankers’ favourite choice of breakfast along Beach Street Penang. If you’re a spicy lover, you will definitely love it! It has chicken, anchovies with egg (Ikan Bilis), fish, salted fish, prawns, and squid to choose from.
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Address: Sri Weld Food Court 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating hours: Mon-Sat: 7 AM – 4 PM | *May vary during MCO
7. Daily Dose Cafe
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If you’re looking for English big breakfast to start your day, think Daily Dose Cafe. You can never go wrong, along with their famed Big Breakfast or House BLT. Read our review here.
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Operating hours: Mon-Tue: 9 AM – 10 PM, Thu-Sun: 9 AM – 10 PM | *May vary during MCO
Address: 36, Stewart Lane, 10200, Penang, Malaysia
8. Breakfast From The Barn
The next breakfast spot that you need to try out in Penang is Breakfast From The Barn. They’ve been around Penang for quite some time, but ever since its relocation, the business has been blooming. What’s really good here is the scrambled eggs that are buttery, creamy, and soft. Sautéed mushroom is nicely seasoned and has a nice caramelized aftertaste. Oh, and they even make their own chicken sausage, from scratch!
Address: 42, Lorong Bangkok, 10250 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hours: 7:30am-3pm (Daily) | *May vary during MCO
9. Joo Leong Cafe
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If you’re looking for a simple breakfast to kick start your day, Joo Leong Cafe is just right for you. It is located strategically along Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, on the way to Penang’s International Airport. We heard that the crunchiness of their Roti Bakar is superb, which is the main reason why it’s a locals’ go-to spot for some hearty eggs, toast, and coffee.
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Operating hours: 6.30 AM – 11.30 AM (Opens daily) | *May vary during MCO
Address: Mk. 12, Jalan Sungai Tiram, Kampung Sungai Tiram, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
10. Air Itam Sister Curry Mee
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Tale of two sisters and a bowl of legacy, quoted from Chasing Food Dreams blog. What’s so special about this? It has been around since 1946! And the two elderly sisters are unique in their own way as they set up their stall on the ground instead of on the mainstream hawker stall. It’s something worth trying, trust us!
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Operating hours: Mon–Sun 7:30 AM–1:00 PM | *May vary during MCO
Address: Jalan Paya Terubong (Jalan Air Hitam) 11500 Air Itam, Pulau Pinang
11. Maxim Dim Sum
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If you have been wondering where to get your breakfast fix in the Pekaka area, ask the locals and they will surely tell you Maxim Dim Sum. What we love here: super crunchy egg tart, salted egg yolk custard bao, delicious porridge, and siew mai.
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Operating hours: 6 AM – 2 PM ( open daily ) | *May vary during MCO
Address: Bangunan Lip Sin 2-G-11 & 12, Lebuh Pekaka 1, Taman Pekaka, 11700 Gelugor, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
12. Roti By Golden Bowl
Ever experienced what it’s like to have a wholesome breakfast under a shady tree? Well, if you drop by at Roti by Golden Bowl, you’ll get to have an awesome breakfast accompanied by a windy atmosphere. Sounds cool right? The breakfast menu at Roti by Golden Bowl is so wide that you’ll feel spoiled for choice. Looking for something classic? They have Toasts and Coffee. Feeling fancy? Go for their Pocket Toasts or even Cheesy Maggi. Oh, and don’t ever leave without slurping on a cup of their signature Hor Ka Sai.
Address: 9, Medan Penaga, Kampung Batu Lanchang, 11600 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hours: 8 AM -2.30 PM (Mon-Sat) | 7.30 AM-2.30PM (Sundays) | Closed on Tuesdays | *May vary during MCO
13. Kedai Kopi Bobo
Kedai Kopi Bobo may seem like an ordinary coffee shop where locals flock over for a hearty breakfast. Since it is located right below a flat at Taman Lip Sin, the open-air dining space comes with a flat as a backdrop. And to add on, Kedai Kopi Bobo serves their drinks in stainless steel cups that closely resemble a condensed milk can. Both Hokkien Mee and Curry Mee are excellent options if you’re looking for a warm bowl of piping hot noodles to kickstart your morning.
Address: G-23, Lengkok Nipah 2, Taman Lip Sin, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hours: Breakfast: 8 AM-12 PM | Dinner: 3 PM-9 PM | *May vary during MCO
14. Toh Soon Cafe
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It’s probably no surprise that Toh Soon Cafe is on the list. Toh Soon is framed as one of the must-visit breakfast places in Penang. Favored by Penangites as well as tourists, their signature coffee and tea, charcoal toasted bread with butter & kaya and half boiled egg is really good. Additionally, don’t leave without trying their nasi lemak too! It’s surprisingly good!
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Address: 184 Campbell St 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating hours: 7:30 AM–6:00 PM (Mon–Sat) *May vary during MCO*
15. Nasi Lemak Wakzee
The final spot on our list is yet another Nasi Lemak gem. Helmed by a husband-wife duo who used to be ex-flight crew, Nasi Lemak Wakzee is known for serving 4 types of Nasi Lemak starting from RM1.50 per packet (standard, chicken, fish, prawn, or mix). Aside from Nasi Lemak, you can also find different types of fried fritters here like Pisang Goreng, Cucur Udang, Cekodok Pisang, and many more.
Address: 105, Macalister Road 10450, George Town, Penang
Operating Hours: 8 AM-1 PM (or until sold out) | Closed on Sunday | *May vary during MCO
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This article was last updated in August 2021.
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Lollipop does not open till 800am and not as stated at 700am…
Try Noorie cafe..at Hutton Lane..nearby amoy lane.simple cafe..nice clean environment..good food and simole selection of noodles..eggs on toast..laksa plus pack nasi lemak.7am till 3pm except sunday.tried tasting today.its halal .
Nasi lemak wakzee was not worth the wait nor the money
#5 Ah Lai Coffee Shop – no more Tom Yum Maggie Mee, now famous is Curry Maggie Mee.
Hi Jaime, thanks for the head up. We will make the correction ASAP. 🙂
Wonder where they have move
Looking for tomyam Maggie mee? Can try out at Momo Delights No. 126, Jalan Transfer, 10050 Georgetown, Pg. Adjacent to Maliia Bakery. Open from 8.30am – 7.00pm. Also serve Breakfast, Set rice, Fried rice, Fried noodles, Western food and Spaghetti. Food are delicious and price are reasonable. Must try.
excuse me toh soon café is not at all worth the money and time. the so-called “traditional” charcoal-toasted bread is nothing but disappointment. they are stingy on spreading butter and kaya and the price of a piece of bread is higher than the price of toasts in kl. it is totally not worth the trip. DO NOT be fooled by their vintage looks and long lines. the long lines only consist of tourists who just line up because “there are so many people here”
Agree! And their service attitude is totally fucked up! Been there once and also my last time.
Very true..not worth to q up. Waited more than an hour for the bread. Finished up our coffee and ate nasi lemak. At last, the bread wasn’t spread with enough kaya and butter.
That’s right..service sucks and food so so only..nothing to shout about…
This is definitely a review for tourists …. some of the establishments mentioned here (won’t name names .. Penangites already know) are way over-rated. I bet the reviewer didn’t even try all the food …
Toh Soon should be blacklisted due to their ultra lousy toasted bread which I could make a better one myself. You can thank me later for avoiding that place and its long queue. 😀
#7 Tasty Toasty is permanently closed.
I’d love to try this stall ‘s nasi lemak when I visit Penang.