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Top 15 Kopitiam In Penang That Locals Always Come Back To

Nothing can compare to the nostalgic vibe of a hustling bustling Kopitiam. The morning dramas, the strong black coffee, and the smell of freshly toasted bread are definitely some of the little things you don’t want to overlook. We have A LOT of Kopitiam around Penang. So today we will look at the top 15 Kopitiams that are famous among locals and will definitely become your favourite spots too!

15 Most Popular Kopitiam Among Locals In Penang

1. Bee Hwa Cafe

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Visited by customers of all ages and races, this Halal Kopitiam has been the talk of the town for years. Bee Hwa Cafe is a traditional Hainanese Kopitiam that’s located at Lebuh Dickens. You can take your Muslim friends here for sure because the eatery sourced their ingredients from a halal-certified supplier. When visiting this vintage Kopitiam, you have to try their signature curry mee that is said to have thick and solid gravy. Perfect to perk up your senses in the morning.

Photo: @beehwacafe (Facebook)
Photo: @beehwacafe (Facebook)

Address: 211, Jln Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operation time: 8AM – 5PM (Monday) | 8AM – 8PM (Wednesday-Sunday) | Close on Tuesday

Contact: 012-332 8219

Status: Halal

Link(s): Facebook

2. Ah Koo’s Hokkien Mee @ Classic Cafe

Photo: @ahkooshokkienmee (Facebook)

Regulars will have their Hokkien Mee at Ah Koo’s every morning without fail. The broth from Ah Koo’s Hokkien mee is thick and it embodies a strong shrimp aroma that will definitely make your mouth water. for those that wanted to grab a bowl, make sure to get there early because this delicious dish will be sold out by 11 AM. In fact, be prepared for a minimum of 30 minutes of waiting during peak hours.

Photo: @ahkooshokkienmee (Facebook)
Photo: @ahkooshokkienmee (Facebook)

Address: 211, Jln Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operation time: 8AM – 5PM (Monday) | 8AM – 8PM (Wednesday-Sunday) | Close on Tuesday

Contact: 012-332 8219

Link(s): Facebook

3. Ho Ping Cafe 和平茶餐室

Photo: @HoPingCafe

Located at Kampung Malabar, this Kopitiam draws regular customers from their delicious Penang Lor Bak and Char Koay Teow. The Penang Lor Bak is said to be on a legendary status especially as it is freshly made and fried on the spot. Its sauce and meat are fantastic! Especially when paired with prawn fritters and chili. To wrap things up nicely, you have to try their Flat White Coffee.

Photo: @HoPingCafe
Photo: @HoPingCafe

Address: 211, Jln Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operation time: 8AM – 5PM (Monday) | 8AM – 8PM (Wednesday-Sunday) | Close on Tuesday

Contact: 012-332 8219

Link(s): Facebook

4. Genting Cafe

Photo: @GentingCafe (Facebook)

Putting aside its hectic traffic situation, the Genting Cafe is actually one of the most popular coffee shops among locals. Providing a wide variety of street foods, you can be sure that almost all of them tastes amazing! Take a step inside when you feel like trying a good bowl of Curry Mee or Chee Cheong Fun. Ultimately, you can rest assured that the foods here are also wallet-friendly.

Photo: @GentingCafe (Facebook)
Photo: @GentingCafe (Facebook)

Address: Lorong Delima 3, Taman Island Glades, 11700 Jelutong, Pulau Pinang

Operation time: 8AM – 4PM (Thursday-Tuesday) | Close on Wednesday

Contact: 012-332 8219

Link(s): Facebook

5. OO White Coffee Cafe

Photo: @oowhitecoffeecafe (Facebook)

A cafe worth visiting when you needed a dose of good Penang breakfast. Just as you walk in, you will be welcomed by friendly aunties and uncles that help you settle down and suggest what’s best. Everything is great, especially the Char Koay Teow and Beef Noodle. Additionally, you have to try their white coffee and egg tart. Because according to reviews, they are worth the queue.

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Address: Lorong Delima 3, Taman Island Glades, 11700 Jelutong, Pulau Pinang

Operation time: 8AM – 4PM (Thursday-Tuesday) | Close on Wednesday

Contact: 012-332 8219

Link(s): Facebook

6. Kheng Pin Cafe 群宾茶餐室

Photo: @khengpincafe (Facebook)

Known for their great selections of Penang Kopitiam fares, Kheng Pin Cafe is always packed with customers who are willing to wait in line for their tables. This is where you can satiate your Lor Bak cravings because they are known to be one of the best in Penang. Meanwhile, you can also have a go at their Char Koay Teow, Chicken Rice, and Hokkien Mee.

Photo: @khengpincafe (Facebook)
Photo: @khengpincafe (Facebook)

Address: 80, Jln Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operation time: 7.00AM – 1.30PM (Wednesday-Sunday) | Close on Monday & Tuesday

Link(s): Facebook

7. Kedai Kopi Seng Thor

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Kedai Kopi Seng Thor has been around for years and is known for being one of the oldest Kopitiam in Penang. Once you get a taste of their famous Lor Mee, the taste will haunt you for days. But of course, you are more than welcome to try out other dishes served here such as Wanton Mee, Kway Teow Soup, and Oyster Omelette.

Photo: @sengthorlormee (Facebook)
Photo: @sengthorlormee (Facebook)

Address: 160, Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operation time: 7.00AM – 2.00PM (Thursday – Tuesday) | Close on Wednesday

Contact: 012-460 2434

Link(s): Facebook

8. Lee Huat Cafe 利发茶室 (独劈刀)

Photo: @LeeHuatCafeGreenlane

Hidden right at the side of the main street, Lee Huat Cafe serves a lot of your typical Malaysian breakfast. With at least 14 local hawkers lined up at the center, you will be spoilt for choices. Here, you can find Nasi Lemak, Chicken Rice, Koay Teow Soup, Hokkien Mee, Jawa Mee, One Ton Mee, and more! Proving to be a great location for locals and travelers to enjoy breakfast and brunch.

Photo: @LeeHuatCafeGreenlane
Photo: @LeeHuatCafeGreenlane

Address: 377-B, Jln Masjid Negeri, Taman Green Lane, 11600 Jelutong, Penang

Operation time: 8.00AM – 1.00PM (Tuesday-Sunday) | Close on Monday

Link(s): Facebook

9. Restoran Old Green House

Photo: @oldgreenhousepenang

It is always a good idea to drop by early when having breakfast at a Kopitiam. This place really is a gem in Penang! First of all, the Hokkien Mee is really good but the Bak Kut Teh is not that far off either. Most of the items offered here are cheap and delicious so make sure to give this place a shot when you go out for Kopitiam hunting.

Photo: @oldgreenhousepenang
Photo: @oldgreenhousepenang

Address:  223, Jalan Burma, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operation time: 8.00AM – 1.00PM (Tuesday-Sunday) | Close on Monday

Link(s): Facebook

10. Sri Weld Food Court

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Sri Weld Food Court is one of the biggest coffee shop within the banking area of Georgetown. Here, you can find the famous Ali nasi lemak. The rest of the hawker stalls are somehow overshadowed by it, so let us tell you, that the other food choices are not bad either. Despite the insane parking rate, white collars or people working around the neighborhood would often flock here during lunch hour. It has a wide range of food to pick from. Our recommendation? Nasi lemak, of course, beef noodle, mee goreng ayam and pearl spare ribs rice.

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Address: 21, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang.

Operation time: 9 AM-3 PM (Monday – Saturday) | Closed on Sunday

Link(s): Facebook

11. One Corner Cafe

Photo: @PenangLocalStuff

This Kopitiam in Penang houses one of the most famous Hokkien Mee. They’re so good that you have to wait for at least 45 minutes to get it. It is only available during the morning, but if you’re here for lunch, you can choose other options such as Laksa, Loh Mee, Bee Tai Bak, and Curry Mee. Their curry mee has a tempting shio bak option as well! Want a lighter meal? The chicken porridge at the chicken rice stall is pretty legit too.

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Address: 4, Jalan Bawasah, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang.

Operation time: 7:30 AM – 4 PM (Daily)

Link(s): Facebook

12. Sin Bee Chew

Sin Bee Chew is yet another coffee shop set in Butterworth that is well-known in the neighborhood. They serve out-of-this-world oriental chicken chop, at an economical price. The sauce is light, yet enough to add flavors to the fried chicken chop. Besides chicken chop, they serve “chu char” during the night and other ala carte items as well. If you’re looking for a no-fuss, simple and hearty meal in Butterworth, Sin Bee Chew is your choice.

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Address: 11, Lorong Bagan Luar 3, Bagan Luar, 12000 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang

Operation time: 12 AM – 2:45 PM | 5 PM – 8 PM (Monday – Friday) | Closed on Saturday & Sunday

Link(s): Facebook

13. No.76 Coffee Stall

Photo: @no76coffeestall

Latte art from a hipster cafe is normal, but how about latte art from a local coffee shop? You heard that right, you can get a cup of fancy coffee served at Batu Lanchang Market. The No.76 stall serves really awesome coffee with cute latte art at a very affordable price. Locals usually pair their coffee with toasts and half-boiled eggs. Their eggs are perfectly cooked using a custom-made machine. Each machine cooks hundreds of eggs at once and the eggs could remain at the same temperature for hours!

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Address: 19, Medan Batu Lanchang, Jelutong, 11600 George Town, Pulau Pinang.

Operation time: 6 AM – 3 PM (Daily)

Link(s): Facebook

14. Lao Shan Tong Bak Kut Teh 老山东肉骨茶

Photo: @LaoSanTong2005

Although this Kopitiam is located all the way in Butterworth, we promise you that it is worth the trip. The Bak Kut Teh served here is really something. They opened up an entire coffee shop just to cater to customers who are looking for their Bak Kut Teh. The dish consists of your favourite ingredients such as pork, breadsticks, enoki mushroom, and intestines soaked in steamy, addictive herbal soup. Besides Bak Kut Teh, there’s also a stall beside selling kickass Belacan Chicken, perfect as snacks.

Photo: @LaoSanTong2005
Photo: @LaoSanTong2005

Address: NO. 4351, Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth, Malaysia.

Operation time: 5:30 PM – 10 PM (Thursday – Tuesday)  | Closed on Wednesday

Link(s): Facebook

15. Fisherman’s Wharf

Photo: @Hedges Liang

Located at the very end of Karpal Singh drive, this Kopitiam gained its fame after going through a fabulous transformation. Now, it’s bright, clean, and overlooking the sea. There are tonnes of stalls selling different local hawker cuisine. The best pick has to be their Japanese Bento, Beancurd, and Lam Mee. There’s even a legit live band during the night for entertainment, how happening is that?

Photo: @Hedges Liang
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Address: No. 92A, Lebuh Sungai Pinang 1 11600 George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Operation time: 11.30 AM – 11.00 PM (Daily)

Link(s): Facebook

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