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Top 5 New Things to Try in Penang This Week (From New Cafes to Ramen Shops)

Number 5 is bomb.

Hello foodies! Having a boring week ahead? Well, not anymore! There are tons of better places to be when the sun is shining in Penang. Here, we’ve curated our pick of the hottest new restaurant, cafe & bar openings and you might end up begging for a night off by Sunday. Get a load of these secret gigs that you really don’t want to miss as here’s your social lifesaver for the next few days- 5 New Things to Try in Penang This Week.

Top 5 New Things to Try in Penang This Week

1. Kafka

Nothing beats the cosiness of being surrounded by plants and woods, which is why this new cafe at Kelawai Road might be one of the most relaxing cafes in Penang. It really feels like you’re out in the city here, and it’s impossible not to chill amongst the wooden furniture and general greenery all around. It’s laid back atmosphere, egg benedicts, decent cakes and a cuppa all add to the charm.

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Photo by @sputnikforest
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Address: 15, Jalan Kelawai, 10250, Georgetown, Penang
Operating Hours: 8.00am- 10.00pm daily

2. Michi Michi

There’s something for everyone in a bowl of soupy ramen- one of Japan’s essential comfort food. If you take time to explore Penang’s nooks and crannies, you’ll be somehow delighted to discover that it’s home to some of the best Japanese restaurants you can ever find, and now they’re all bolstered by the best warming bowls of soupy “ramen noodles” by Michi Michi! Their amazing recipe will surely hit the right spot- with their signature Tonkutsu ramen soup which is cooked over 10 hours by their chef, and all ingredients hand-picked, freshness guaranteed. To gaze upon their soothing bowl of ramen noodles and simmering broth is a panacea for life’s problems.

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Photo by Michi Michi

Address: 72-1-10 & 11 Arena Curve , Jalan Mahsuri 11950 Bayan Lepas , Penang
Operating Hours: 11.00am- 3.00pm; 6.00pm- 10.00pm (Monday- Friday); 11.00am- 10.00pm (Saturday & Sunday)

3. Galaxy Tea Bar

The reputation of Taiwanese bubble milk tea has been built up since ages ago. In fact, bubble milk tea is actually originated from Taiwan, and it’s the chewy texture of the tapioca balls, the creaminess of the milky tea, and the simple satisfaction of popping the straw into the sealed plastic top which make people around the globe can’t get enough of it. Thanks to Galaxy Tea Bar, with their ingredients all imported from Taiwan, we can now experience a full-blown sensation of a taste of authentic Taiwanese Milk Tea!

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Photo by Galaxy Tea Bar

Address: 22 Jalan Nagor,George Town.10050 Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hours: Monday-Thursday 12pm-12am; Friday-Sunday 12pm-1am

4. Cellar90+

On top of all quality drops, there’s a booming bar scene that’s exploding around Penang and here’s a new suave little bar in the heart of Georgetown. Set in an urbane interior with leather booths, wooden stools, exposed brick galore and dimly-lit atmosphere- all provide the perfect surroundings for a sophisticated cocktail, a glass of local wine or a cheeky tipple.

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Address: 91 Lebuh Bishop, George Town, Malaysia
Operating Hours: 12.00pm- 11.45pm (Monday- Thursday); 12.00pm- 2.00am (Friday & Saturday); Closed on Sunday

5. Book Xcess

Are there any better ways to spend a Sunday than browsing the world of books? Despite the overwhelming rise of digital retailers, the city’s independent bookshops have never stopped upping their game. Book Xcess in Penang?! Yes, you’ve heard it right.

After having 7 branches across Klang Valley, this iconic bookstore has finally landed in the seventh floor of Gurney Paragon! Being the largest bookstore in Penang, their bookshelves extend from the floor all the way to the ceiling- which makes for a fun and unique browsing experience.

Photo by Book Xcess
Photo by Book Xcess
Photo by Book Xcess

Address: 7th floor, Gurney Paragon, Gurney Dr, Georgetown, 10250 George Town, Penang
Operating Hours: 10.30am- 10.30pm daily


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