Our recent cafe-hopping adventure has brought us to Georgetown – the capital of Penang – where we witnessed an up-and-coming cafe scene in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage City.
What makes Georgetown’s cafes so unique is that majority of these Malaysian cafes are located within restored colonial shophouses and each exudes an alluring old-world charm.
Here are 10 Gorgeous Cafes in Penang with Free Wifi and Great Ambience that we highly recommend.
#1 AWESOME CANTEEN AT SEKEPING VICTORIA
As its names suggests, Awesome Canteen is located right within Sekeping Victoria Guesthouse. The vast rustic-looking space is characterised by raw concrete walls and tall trees; it was love at first sight the moment we stepped into the serene cafe!
The menu includes dishes such as handmade sandwiches, Western pastas, burgers and artisanal cakes.
164-A & 164-B, Lebuh Victoria
Tel: +60 4-261 3707
Mon: 11am – 10pm
Wed and Thu: 11am – 10pm
Fri and Sat: 11am – 11pm
Sun: 11am – 10pm
Black Kettle only opened its doors for less a year, but it has already become a popular brunch destination among locals and expats alike. The bakery-cum-cafe offers a plethora of freshly baked goods as well as sumptuous mains.
Our favourite items were hands down the Smoked Duck Pasta (RM28/ S$9.25) and Ramen with Slow Braised Beef (RM24/ S$7.90).
105, Beach Street, Georgetown
10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 4-251 9270
Daily: 8.30am – 12am
#3 BRICKLIN CAFE BAR
Bricklin Cafe Bar is situated within the compounds of Hin Bus Depot Art Centre, where you can visit the bricked-wall cafe before/after exploring the surrounding art exhibitions. Bricklin Cafe Bar takes pride in serving third-wave specialty coffees (RM$10 / S$3.30 for a latte) and a mouthwatering selection of pastries (from RM$5 / S$1.65).
P.s. Bricklin Cafe Bar is brought to you by the same people behind Kuala Lumpur’s Feeka.
31A, Jalan Gurdwara, 10300
Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 4-226 6813
Mon to Fri: 10am – 7pm
Sat: 10am – 10pm
Sun: 10am – 11pm
#4 BROWN POCKET CAFE
Brown Pocket Cafe differs from the other cafes listed here as it is not found in one of Penang’s heritage shophouses, but is instead perched atop of Gurney Paragon Shopping Mall. The spacious modern-looking cafe is renowned for their liege waffles and pancakes, but a wide selection of other desserts are too available. It is a perfect pitstop for exhausted shopaholics.
Gurney Paragon, Jalan Kelawai
George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 4-218 9668
Daily: 10am – 10pm
China House is arguably one of the most famous cafes in Penang. The multi-concept venue features 14 different spaces and spans across 16,000 square feet; it is simply amazing how they can actually coexist together harmoniously. Think live band entertainment, Australian-style cafe, outdoor Chinese courtyard, a local art gallery and more! A definite must-visit in Penang.
153, Lebuh Pantai, George Town
10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 4-263 7299
Sun to Thu: 9am – 12am
Fri and Sat: 9am – 1am
#6 CONSTANT GARDENER COFFEE
Tucked away at the ground level of Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce Building is Constant Gardener Coffee, an impressive specialty coffee shop. Coffee is serious business here; you can choose to have your caffeinated beverages prepared from Malaysia or overseas roasters. Have a Latte (RM $12 / S$3.95) or try the Black Coffee Filter (RM 15.50 / S$5.10).
9, Light St, Georgetown
10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 4-251 9070
Tue to Sun: 9am – 12am
#7 MACALLUM CONNOISEURS
At first glance, one cannot help but to wonder if the industrial-chic Macallum Connoiseurs cafe is actually a warehouse.
We soon found out that it was once a factory and has since then retained its container-like vibes. The place is so huge that it even has its own outdoor carpark! Macallum Connoiseurs is also a proud owner of an on-site coffee roastery and coffee academy.
1, Gat Lebuh Macallum
10300 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 4-261 3597
Daily: 9am – 12am
#8 NARROW MARROW
Retro-looking Narrow Marrow could be easily missed if you do not look hard enough. Housed in one of Penang’s pre-war shophouses, the inconspicuous narrow cafe is definitely the most hipster cafe in this listicle.
Narrow Marrow used to import their roasted coffee beans from award-winning Australian Dimattina Coffee, but they have since switched to a blend from a local roastery, Tongue Mission.
252, Lebuh Carnarvon
George Town, 10100 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 16-553 6647
Tue to Thu: 3pm – 12am
Fri, Sat & Sun: 2pm – 1am
#9 TAVERN IN THE PARK
Tavern in the Park is too situated a stone’s throw away from Hin Bus Depot Art Centre. The beautiful cafe bears an uncanny resemblance to an english cottage house, except that it is illuminated by contemporary spherical lamps and floor-to-ceiling transparent glass doors.
125, Jalan Timah
George Town, 10150 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 4-218 9394
Mon: 11.30am – 10pm
Wed to Sun: 11.30am – 10pm
#10 THE ALLEY CAFE
As shown in the pictures above, The Alley Cafe certainly deserves a medal for its catchy artwork.
The cafe serves only handcrafted coffees and desserts, so make sure you have had proper meal before visiting it. Churros (small – RM$7 / S$2.30, large – RM$10 / S$3.30) are the bestselling dessert here, where you get to pair it with caramel, chocolate or nutella dips.
5, Lorong Stewart
George Town, 10200 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 4-261 3879
Daily: 12pm – 12am
About the writer:
Hui Jun Ng is a staff writer for ladyironchef. She previously worked in the food and marketing industry. She loves traveling and enjoys exploring underrated destinations. In her free time, you will find her indulging in coffee and her all time favourite local dish – bak chor mee.