15 Gorgeous Cafés In Penang That Will Make Your Friends Jealous

Penang Cafes

Penang is a modern Asian city that still preserves the traditional and historical elements of its past. With its buzzing cafe scene in Penang, travellers are often amazed by the myriad of cafes there—some exude an alluring old-world charm while others are more modern in terms of decor and food.

Whether you are looking for a chill time with your girlfriends, a great Instagrammable spot for photos or just simply savouring great food with freshly-brewed coffee, Penang’s dynamic cafe culture has it all.

This list of gorgeous cafes in Penang will turn your Instagram followers green with envy. Now it’s time to up your Instagram feed with these amazing Insta-worthy cafes you never knew exist in Penang!

Awesome Canteen @jiah.weiPhoto Credit: Jiah.wei


For the health junkie, Awesome Canteen is a great place to try Paleo dishes, which is known to be beneficial for health.

With healthy dishes such as the Paleo Eggplant Niku with Chicken (RM29.90), expect a hearty meal filled with plenty of nutrients. With its quaint interior paired with re-purposed industrial furniture as its main decor, the cafe offers a calm ambience for days when you feel taking a respite away from the crowd.

164A-B, Lebuh Victoria
Georgetown, 10300 George Town
Penang, Malaysia
Tel:  +60 04 261 3707
Tue to Sun: 11am – 10pm

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#Throwback to the 70s with this retro and aesthetic cafe located at Muntri Street Penang. This interior rewinds you back to the old days with antiques such as the sewing machine, old cable televisions and traditional Penang galleries that are nowhere to be found these days.

If you are unsure of what to get there, Behind 50 is well known for their selection of delicious brunch items.

 Lebuh Muntri, George Town
10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 12 401 3392
Daily: 6pm – 12.45am

china house penang cafe

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With its rustic interior, China House is arguably one of the most famous places in Penang.

The lifestyle space has different retail and dining concepts coexisting together so you get to explore the different photogenic spots and discover cafes, restaurants, galleries and more. There’s so much to see and do that one trip is not enough to cover the entire place.

153, Lebuh Pantai, George Town
10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 04 263 7299
Sun to Thu: 9am – 12am
Fri and Sat: 9am – 1am

Coffee Elements

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Located at All Seasons Place, this convenient coffee joint is the go-to place for all coffee addicts.

Coffee Elements prides itself on offering the best of single origin coffee and handmade pastries. With its spacious and sleek environment, this is perfect for a night out with friends or a simple and casual dinner with your loved ones. Do try the unique Masala Chai Supreme tea when you are there.

6G-2-17, All Seasons Place
Lebuhraya Thean Teik, 11500 Ayer Itam
Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 12 478 2693
Mon to Thu: 11am – 11pm
Fri: 11am – 11.30pm
Sat and Sun: 9am – 11pm


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Nestled in Lebuh Farquhar lies Dan Cafe that serves up great desserts, coffee and tea. A cosy cafe with lush woodland surrounds and ample natural light, this is the place to take our perfect Instagram #ootds.

Indulge in a molten lava cake with warm fillings oozing out that serves as a great teatime snack.

George Town, 38/1, Lebuh Farquhar
George Town, 10200 George Town
Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Mon to Sat: 11am – 8pm

Gudang Cafe Penang


A warehouse-themed cafe, Gudang Cafe is a hidden gem located at Gat Armenian street. The old and rustic interior is the perfect backdrop for an Instagram picture.

Expect normal cafe fare to be served here such as Japanese and Chinese fusion food including the likes of ramen, penang hokkien mee and chicken katsu don.

5, Lebuh Armenian, George Town
10300 George Town
Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 04 251 9634
Mon, Wed to Sun: 11am – 12am
Closed on Tuesdays

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Nestled in Chulia Street lies a small and humble stall that serves up great burgers, sandwiches and small bites.

In contrary to its name, Junk Cafe does not really sell Junk but its exotic interior showcases traditional clocks, wooden furniture, half torn walls and many other knick knacks hanging around. Hipsters, look no further!

401, Chulia Street, Georgetown
10200 George Town
Penang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 16 438 3205
Mon to Thu: 3pm – 1am
Fri to Sun: 12pm – 2am

Kota Dine & Coffee

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Situated inside Fort Cornwallis, one of the longest-standing fort in Penang, Kota Dine & Coffee is a spacious and homely cafe.

There is a statue of the late Sir Francis Light you can take pictures with after indulging in their delectable Malaysian and Indian delicacies including Briyani and Kari (bowl of curry).

Georgetown, 10200 George Town
Penang, Malaysia
Tel:  +60 04 371 4929
Daily: 10.30am – 10.30pm

Narrow Marrow

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With its rustic-retro interior deco, Narrow Marrow is a small cafe within a heritage house that tends to be overlooked by passerbys.

Well known for its exceptional coffee and desserts, it is no wonder this cafe managed to capture the hearts of many. Furthermore, the pocket-friendly prices of these small bites are perfect for the price conscious and those who are just after some finger food.

252A, Lebuh Carnarvon
George Town, 10100 George Town
Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 14 303 6647
Sun to Tue, Thu to Sat: 10am – 1am
Closed on Wednesdays

Matcho Cafe

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In contrary to its “Matcho” name, Matcho cafe exudes  feminine vibes through their pink-coloured neon signage, walls and furniture. The quirky furniture appeals to Instagram-goers who wants something that will brighten their feed.

One of their proudest creations include the Pink Toast which is a must try.—what you can expect is a cloud of pink cotton candy atop the toast.

99B, Lebuh Noordin
George Town, 10300 George Town
Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel:  +60 04 261 0031
Daily: 10.30am – 10.30pm

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Rabbit X Holdup is an intimate space where you get to people watch while sipping on a cuppa.

The cafe serves up a range of interesting soft serve flavours from Thai Milk Tea and Baby Blue to Brown Sugar Oolong Tea and they are known to have a milky taste. Have your soft serve accompanied with sweet toppings, definitely the perfect icy treat on a hot sunny day.

73, Jalan Kuala Kangsar
George Town, 10100 George Town
Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 19 472 4388
Mon to Sat: 12pm – 9pm
Sun: 12pm – 6pm

Teels Heritage Cafe @teelsheritagePhoto Credit: Teels Heritage Cafe


With a fusion of chinese and western-inspired decor, you can even spot this cafe fromafar—thanks to its bright-coloured colonial style exterior.

Don’t forget to try the Teels Special, which is a healthy concoction of pineapples, carrots, apple and mint leaves when you are there.

144, Jalan Burma
10400 George Town
Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel:  +60 04 228 8177
Tue to Sun: 11am – 10pm
Closed on Mondays

Tasty Toasty

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Tasty Toasty has been making rounds on Instagram for its charming vintage vibes, complete with vintage square tile flooring, cement walls and wooden furniture.

In contrast to the traditional breakfast of Kaya Butter Toast with soft-boiled eggs, Tasty Toasty serves up toasts with a refreshing twist. There is even a dedicated menu solely to Toasts and Buns, alongside a small selection of Pasta items. One of the interesting concoction include the Scallop with Ebiko Sandwich.

Jalan Cantonment, Pulau Tikus
10350 George Town
Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel:  +60 04 218 9623
Mon to Fri: 8.30am – 6pm
Sat and Sun: 8.30am – 8.30pm

TheLawnCafe @fatboijimPhoto Credit: Fatboijim


This beautiful cafe sits at the lawn area of Eco Terrances; it embraces a glasshouse exterior that allows natural sunlight to pass through.

Surrounded by lush greenery, The Lawn Cafe is where you should head to if you want to avoid the hubbub of the city. Do not expect to have a full meal there, but rather small grubs and freshly brewed coffee to perk yourself up.

PT2509,, Jalan Paya Terubong
Paya Terubong, 11060 George Town
Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 16 796 6089
Daily: 10am – 10pm

Written by: Alvina Liew
Edited by: Julee Ooi

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