Mum: “Im not cooking today. What do you want to eat? I’m at the food court ” If you’ve heard this before, Congratulations, you’re in Malaysia. If it’s on a regular basis, Whaddup Penangites. Abundantly scattered around this island, with a budget as low as Rm5, Food Courts in Penang are a blessing graced upon us by the Char Koay Teow, Wan tan Mee and Curry Mee Uncles.
Hence, if you ever have to go through the agony of asking your girlfriend or boyfriend ‘what do you want to eat today’ we’ve come up with top 10 hawker centres or food court in Penang that will save your Asian butts for the next few blissful years.
List: Top 10 Food Court or Hawker Centres In Penang
To ease you, we crawled the street in Penang can curated this list. Hope you enjoy today’s blog! If you’re looking for best street food in Penang, then keep reading! Without further ado, let’s check out what we’ve got in today guide.
1. Sri Weld Food Court
Proudly providing a roof for the best nasi lemak in town and ample of famous options to choose from like white curry mee and Koay Teow Th’ng, Sri Weld Food Court located right at the heart of one of the oldest and most-happening streets in the island, doesn’t disappoint. Though slightly higher compared to other ‘Kopitiam’in terms of pricing of the hawker food it’s the best option within the radar.
Address: 21, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Hours: Closed ⋅ Opens 9 AM to 3 AM. Closed on Sundays
2. CF Food Court
Would you believe that THE Anthony Bourdain sat on one of these tables and at a bowl of wan tan mee that brought a smile to his face! YEAP. It did. And If you’re a fan of THE man just like me, you’ve gotta give this signific a shot. Along with the Char Koay Teow and Satay, CF Food court being the biggest food court in the downtown Georgetown and offering a wide array of hawker menu for a non-touristic price, all you gotta do is step in and look for an empty table.
Address: 10300, 48-58, Gat Lebuh Armenian, Georgetown, 10300 George Town, Penang
Hours: 10 am to 1 am. Opens Daily
3. Cliff Cafe
Located right at the top of Penang Hill, Cliff Cafe also known as Astaka Bukit Bendera is occupied by more than 33 hawker stalls to choose from. With a panoramic view set 821m high above Penang’s capital, whoever said one can’t dine in with style without breaking the bank. Prices ranging from RM5 for a plate of Char Koay Teow, there’s hardly anything to complain about.
Address: Bukit Bendera, Penang
4. Goodall Food Court
From Lok Lok to Ikan Bakar (Grilled Fish) and fusion street-style dishes, this place has it all. Offering more than 100 tables to fill in, don’t be surprised if you find yourself waiting for an unoccupied table. Being a street food galore, this food court in Georgetown is definitely the place for locals and guest.
Address: Jalan Gottlieb, Taman Selamat, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Hours: 8.30 am to 12.30 am. Closed on Tuesday
Phone: 04-227 3080
5. Esplanade Park Food Court
Located alongside a historical monument, this spot is hard not to notice as the sun begins scorching during the rush hours as tables get occupied by hungry people of all kinds. Been there since the edge of time (like for a really long long time) Hameed ‘Pata’ Special Mee could be the only reason to bring you to the door.With just the right amount of spiciness with a touch sweetness that would keep you going for a second plate. Ranging from rm5 to rm7, it’s rather easy on the pocket.
Address: Jalan Padang Kota Lama, 10200, George Town, Penang
Hours: 11 am to 11 pm. Closed on Sundays
6. New Lane Hawker Center
Living up to its hype, New lane Hawker Center is a food court in Penang that does the crowd justice as the lane closes down for stalls to kindle the heat, fry up their signatures and serve the ever-growing queue. Opting for their Char Koay Teow, fried oyster, and porridge that you get to customize with your favorite chunky toppings, the way to get there is with a hungry belly. This is street as it gets.
Address: Lorong Baru, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Hours: 4 pm to 11 pm. Closes on Wednesdays.
Phone: 016-443 7463
7. Northam Beach Cafe
Though slightly on the higher end in terms of price, meal options and the view compared to the typical food courts found in Penang, Northam Beach Cafe is a food court in Penang for a gathering out with a family as moments will be cherished over Teh oh Ais Limau, your order of chicken chop, and your cousin’s shawarma order that he only got the chance to take a few bites from. From serving satays up till seafood, this cafe by the shoreline has more than meets the eye.
Address: Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Pulau Tikus, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Hours: 5 PM- 12.30 AM. Opens daily
Phone: 04-229 0362
8. Cecil Street Food Court
Known to be one of the biggest food courts in Penang, this humble yet historical food court is set to satisfy your cravings for any kind of hawker dishes. Why go to one place for one famous dish than heading to a place that has it all? Ps: Drooly Curry Puffs
Address: 40-48, Lebuh Cecil, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Hours: 7:30 AM to 7: 00 pm
9. Presgrave Street Hawker Centre
Despite its hidden location, this food court in Penang strives among local and tourist. One of the reasons for their formidable reputation is for sheltering one of the famous Hokkien mee found on this island. And the not so hyped yet still worth mentioning dishes would be fried oyster, satay and a good ol’ bowl of ais kacang to soothe the heat.
Address: Presgrave Street, 10300, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, 10300
Hours: 5.30 pm to 11 pm
Phone: 04-432 2201
10. New World Park Food Court
Clean and tasty. Usually isn’t entirely the case here on this island but this food court tops the list on maintaining both the values and we aren’t anything but happy to go for seconds of that Lemak laksa everybody’s on about.
Address: New World Park, 102, Jalan Burma, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang Hours: 9 am to 6 pm
Phone: 04-226 1199
Lastly, if we have missed any great food court or hawker centers in Penang, let us know in the comment section or drop us a PM on Facebook messenger.
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