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23 Best Cafe in Penang to visit at least once in your lifetime

Are you looking for best cafe in Penang? I know many of you love cafe hopping, “yes! me too”. But where to locate all the best cafés in Penang? This guide suits the purposes. Cafés have been mushrooming in Penang recent years, some are really popular and visit-worthy. Needless to say, the cafe scene in Penang is well-rounded and nothing short of happening. Here are 23 cafés in Penang we think you must visit at least once in your lifetime. If you’ve visited them all already, well, we’d say they are all worth re-visiting it again.


Updated list for 2018, please refer here.

Café In Penang

Café by definition is a usually small and informal establishment serving various refreshments, especially coffee. This guide is specially made for cafe hopper or addict as it reveals where to find the best cafe, great cup of latte, brightest espresso, the best brewed cappuccino or just a really good drop coffee in Penang, the city we love.

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Image this. Nothing beats a cup of good coffee accompanied with your books, gossiping with your partner or buddy, or relish your me-time. Don’t you agree with me?

Well, all the better if Adam Levine’s Lost Stars is playing in the air.

Alright! Better brew is waiting for you. Let’s jump in our picks of 22 cafes in Penang. ( in no particular order)

#1  Constant Gardener Coffee

Constant Gardener Coffee

Happiness is a cup of your favorite coffee, a good book and the afternoon to enjoy them both. Pick Constant Gardener Coffee to enjoy your lovely afternoon.  It is a tiny multi-roasters coffee shop serving heritage George Town, Penang with specialty coffees, teas, hot chocolates and more. One of the best cafe in Penang!

Operating hour: Tues-Sun: 09:00 – 00:00


Address: 9, Lebuh Light, Chinese Chambers Of Commerce Building, George Town, 10200 George Town

Read our review: Constant Gardener Coffee Penang

#2 China House

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China House is a traditional compound of 3 heritage buildings, linked by an open air courtyard and converted into 14 spaces comprising shops, cafes, restaurant, galleries, live music and bakery. China House framed as the longest café in Penang, measuring approximately 400 feet (120 meters). Oh ya! Their Tiramisu is the bomb!

Operating hour: Mon-Thurs: 09:00 – 00:00 Fri-Sat: 09:00 – 01:00 Sun: 09:00 – 00:00

Address: 153 & 155, Lebuh Pantai and 183B, Lebuh Victoria, 10300 Penang, Malaysia


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#3 Awesome Canteen

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If you’re looking for a chilling afternoon cafe, Awesome canteen is surreptitiously awesome. We love the rustic charm embedded in this cafe, it’s not something that can be easily duplicated by others. Only in Awesome Canteen ; only in Penang.

Operating hour: Mon: 11:00 – 23:00 Wed-Fri: 11:00 – 23:00 Sat: 10:00 – 23:00 Sun: 10:00 – 22:00

Address: 164-A & 164-B, Lebuh Victoria, 10300 George Town, Malaysia

#4 Alley

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The Alley is a quaint cafe with uncommonly limited space but extremely comfortable interior setting. It’s definitely a good cafe to unwind. The coffee here is pretty well brewed and the churros here is heavenly delicious beyond words. What we love: Chai Latte, Cold Brew and of course churros!

Operating Hour: Mon-Sun: 12:00 – 00:00

Address: 5, Stewart Lane, 10200 George Town, Malaysia

Read our review: The Alley Cafe Penang

#5 Mugshot

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Mugshot is a Halal certified cafe aims to serve fresh coffee, hand-crafted juices, homemade yogurt, and they are known as serving the best bagels in George Town, Penang.

Operating hour: Mon-Sun: 08:00 – 00:00

Address: 302 Chulia Street, 10200 George Town, Malaysia

#7 Frank Laurent Coffee Roasters

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Authentic in house roasted coffee, type of beans used vary from time to time! If you’re adventurous about coffee, this is the place to be!

Operating hour: Mon–Sun 1030-2230

Address: Udini Square, Block 2-01-20, Lebuh Tunku Kudin 3, 11700 Gelugor, Pulau Pinang 11700 Gelugor, Pulau Pinang

#8 Lunarbar @ Moonshop

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Lunarbar serves artisan desserts, cakes, ice cream & coffee at a relatively small yet Instagram-worthy setting. In a casual and somewhat close to nature interior design, it’s with great comfort to enjoy a cup of coffee and desserts without being restricted by the formal atmosphere of a cafe or restaurant otherwise.

Operating hour: Tues-Sun: 11:00 – 19:00

Address: 38/1 Lebuh Farquhar (Penang Bowl), 10200 Penang, Malaysia

Read our review: Lunarbar @ Moonshop


best cafe penang piknik

#goodfriendsneverbojio is the acronym for PIKNIK. PIKNIK leaves us a very good impression during our visit, the cafe is patronized by hipsters, youngsters and college/university students. They play card, spy game, board game, chilling like a happy child in the cafe.

Operating hour: Mon: 15:00 – 00:00 Wed-Thurs: 15:00 – 00:00 Fri-Sat: 15:00 – 01:00 Sun: 15:00 – 00:00

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

Read our review: PIKNIK Cafe Penang

#10 The Book Sandwich Cafe

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The cafe is hungry to prove himself as the sandwich master. The bread is looked like chef’s masterpiece. It was delicious, slight-crispy on the outside and fluffy as a pillow inside. The interior, somehow aligned with its cafe’s name, pretty much in the indie way, as it has a lot of books, perched on the wall.

Operating hour: Tues-Sat: 12:00 – 22:00 Sun: 12:00 – 21:00

Address: 205 Lebuh Pantai, George Town,, 10300 George Town, Malaysia

Read our review: The Book Sandwich Cafe Penang

#11 Gala House

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If heritage kind of exterior is your thing, you should definitely pay Gala house a visit. Bringing the fusion layout to an extra hype by combining both culture and modernity under one roof is what you can find at Gala House. An excellent afternoon option, when the sun screams in the windows looking out on the street. Pair that with Orang Kaya Coffee and it’s almost like you’re in love.

Operating hour: Mon-Sun: 11:30 – 00:00

Address: 102, Lebuh Muntri, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia

#12 Muntri Mews


Muntri Mews is gorgeous. Antique, retro furniture and a tropical jungle garden make this both a convenient base to explore all that Penang has to offer and a perfect escape from the urban delights of this amazing merchant town. The cafe cooks Asian and International fare and has outdoor patio seating.

Operating hour: Mon-Sun: 08:00 – 23:00

Address: 77, Muntri Street, 10200 George Town, Malaysia

#13 The Daily Dose Cafe


This is the place to enjoy some authentic coffee in a picturesque neighborhood on a gleeful day. The cafe played well with its interior and natural sunlight. Enjoy breakfast like a boss at Daily Dose Cafe is undeniably the best thing to do this weekend.

Operating hour: Mon-Tues: 09:00 – 22:00 Thurs-Sun: 09:00 – 22:00

Address: 36, Stewart Ln, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang

Read our review: The Daily Dose Cafe

#14 Macallum Connoisseurs


Founded by 6 Penang-born entrepreneurs that are passionate about coffee knowledge and culture, Macallum Connoisseurs which is located at the heart of the Georgetown City, a 50-year old, 12,000 square feet warehouse-turned cafe aims to be the standard hub where they gather genuine coffee lovers by showcasing everything one needs to know about coffee.

Operating hour: Mon-Sun: 09:00 – 00:00

Address: 1 Gat Lebuh Macallum, 10300 George Town, Malaysia

#15 Pit Stop


The food here is awesome. The staffs are friendly and the space is charming, especially the natural lighting. Pit Stop wants you to sit back, relax and indulge with cup of good coffee. This is how a lovely morning should be, isn’t beautiful?

Operating hour: Mon-Sun: 09:00 – 18:00

Address: 12, Lorong Chulia, 10200 Penang, Malaysia

#16 Behind 50, Love Lane


Behind 50 is a cozy little corner tucked away in Love Lane. A small little corner with homey decorations which remind me of my childhood times. If you see a signboard saying “Don’t think yourself as an ugly person, think yourself as a beautiful monkey”, then you have came to the right place!

Operating hour: Mon-Wed: 18:00 – 00:00 Fri-Sat: 18:00 – 01:00 Sun: 18:00 – 00:00

Address: Behind 50, Muntri Street, 10200, 10200 Pinang George Town, Pulau Pinang

#17 Buu’s Kitchen


Buu’s Kitchen is a hidden gem located inside Hin Bus Depot. Everything in Buu’s Kitchen shouts love. The ambiance is utterly beautiful; it is covered with glass, allowing natural sunlight to shine in for you to enjoy the beauty of nature. A wonderful garden there sat a swing, making it a great spot to take #ootd!

Operating hour: Tue-Sun 12:00pm-9:00pm (closed on Mondays)

Address: 31A Jalan Gurdwara George Town, Malaysia

#18 Bricklin Cafe Bar


Situated happily on the same row as Hin Bus Depot & The Swagger Salon. What makes them stand out is that, they brew cuppa from beans originating from various countries across the globe, all with which have distinct flavour and aroma that will stimulate your taste buds.

Operating hour: Mon-Thurs: 10:00 – 22:30 Fri-Sun: 10:00 – 23:30

Address: 31A Jalan Gurdwara, 10300 George Town, Malaysia



The SHINISE is designed to offers you a warm break from the energy of the city, sit back and relax to enjoy a cup of good coffee and awesome foods. The exterior design itself is photogenic beyond words. Originally a pre-war heritage house, the rustic look of the cafe gives off a nostalgic atmosphere. The cafe is complemented by rattan chairs and vintage bicycle and plants. Read our review here.

Operating hour: Mon-Sun: 10:00 – 23:00

Address: 62, Lebuh Melayu, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

#20 Black Kettle


Black Kettle is a bakery plus cafe concept eatery. Just a glance of the interior would allow you to grasp their decoration concept – classy with black and white. Black Kettle is an amazing spot to have pastries, brunch and pasta. One of the best cafe in town.

Operating hour: Mon-Sun: 08:30 – 00:00

Address: 105, Beach Street, 10300 George Town, Malaysia

#21 Coffee Elements


Coffee Elements is one of our most-favorable cafés! We visit them almost every weeks. Coffee Elements offers mainly coffee, cakes, bagel sandwiches, spaghetti and yogurt. Keeping to their philosophy of excellent and passion in preparing food and coffee.

Operating hour: Mon-Thurs: 11:00 – 23:00 Fri: 11:00 – 23:30 Sat: 09:00 – 23:30 Sun: 09:00 – 23:00

Address: 6G-2-17, All Season Place, Lebuhraya Thean Tek, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

#22 Easy Brew


Look at this seating, don’t you wanna pay them a visit already? Easy Brew has variety choices of coffee beans and coffee available, suitable for coffee connoisseurs. Besides that, the artwork decorate the walls with some interesting antique furniture. The indoor garden at the rear was really big with nice plants. Needless to say, one of the best cafe in Penang.

Operating hour: Mon-Thurs: 12:00 – 23:00 Fri-Sat: 12:00 – 00:00 Sun: 12:00 – 23:00

Address: 145-147 Lebuh Pantai, 10300 Penang, Malaysia


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  1. Checkout Coffee Addict too .. Secawan ‘n’ Such as well .. Sitigun .. Urban Daybreak .. I could go on ,, btw Cozy In The Rocket is no more.

  2. Tu oublies que le sport fait peut-être le tiers ou la moitié des ventes d’un canard de PQR.Sinon, il me semble difficile de changer les mentalités des lecteurs. Ceux-ci, en région, n’ont pas vraiment pour habitude d’acheter leur quotidien pour les actus internationales…

  3. Was very disappointed with the poor service and rudeness of staff at Black Kettle. A follow-up with the owner was certainly no better!

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