Best Breakfast In Penang

Breakfast in Penang is a golden opportunity to try Penang food! Don’t just stick to your hotel’s room service!

The best breakfast in Penang doesn’t have to be an authentic local breakfast either. Because if you want to switch up flavors, there is an abundance of Penang breakfast cafes that serve western food too.

Just take a look at these options!

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13 Best Breakfast In Penang

Local Breakfast In Penang

Many Malaysians love having nasi lemak or a bowl of noodles for breakfast! Together with teh tarik or kopi-o!

Thus, it’s not uncommon for the local coffee shops (i.e. kopitiams) to open as early as 6:30am!

If you go early, you can have the benefit of a quieter atmosphere and a larger choice of add-ons for your noodles.

1. Lee Huat Cafe 利发茶室

Have authentic hawker-style breakfast at Lee Huat Cafe 利发茶室 with a great selection of local noodles:

Local Penang Food At Lee Huat Cafe
Local Penang Food At Lee Huat Cafe – photo credits to leoyap725 and yeohyc (Instagram)

There’s good curry mee, prawn mee (Hokkien mee), Jawa mee, wanton mee, koey teow t’ng, lam mee, etc. The toast (roti bakar) is worth a try too! The environment of the cafe is considerably clean as well.

If you’re driving here, this cafe is quite inconspicuous from the busy road. And parking is not the easiest, given that everyone wants to eat here! This is particularly true on weekends.

Don’t forget to pay the parking fee of RM2!

2. Kong Thai Lai New Coffee Shop

Despite having to move from its original location on Hutton Lane:

Kong Thai Lai continues to serve affordable and excellent local coffee and one of the best roti bakar (i.e. toast) in town! With homemade kaya (i.e. coconut jam)!

Coffee And Toast With Soft Boiled Eggs At Kong Thai Lai New Coffee Shop In Penang
Coffee And Toast With Soft Boiled Eggs At Kong Thai Lai New Coffee Shop – photo credits to hsintour (Instagram)

And if homemade kaya doesn’t tickle your fancy, they have delicious peanut butter toast instead!

You can also order char kuey teow, nasi lemak and fried rice!

Breakfast Options At Kong Thai Lai New Coffee Shop In Penang
Breakfast Options At Kong Thai Lai New Coffee Shop – photo credits to hsintour (Instagram)

3. Bee Hwa Café

Grab a buddy and you can try everything at Bee Hwa Café besides their signature char kuey teow. There is curry mee, Hokkien mee, laksa, kuey teow soup etc. There’s also kaya toast if you want something lighter.

Signature Dishes At Bee Hwa Café In Penang
Signature Dishes At Bee Hwa Café In Penang – Photo credits to melati.cook (Instagram)

To be fair, the char kuey teow is not mind-blowing (it lacks some wok hei in our opinion and cockles are an add-on ingredient for RM3) but the portion is small which gives you an opportunity to try the rest of the food at this kopitiam.

Note: Pork-free and clean establishment but there is no air-conditioning

For beverages, you’ll do your tastebuds a favor by ordering the ice cham or their kopi-O.

To avoid the pains of finding parking or having to wait long for your order, try to get here as early as possible. The affordable food tends to run out around lunch time.

If you do see a thick crowd here, come back another time as the food is not worth the long wait (sometimes, for an hour).

Read more: 11 Best Char Kuey Teow In Penang

4. 113 Duck Meat Koay Teow Soup

This unassuming coffee shop is normally packed with people at lunchtime:

Koay Teow soup usually has slices of shredded chicken but this place serves it with duck meat!

113 Duck Meat Koay Teow Soup In Penang
113 Duck Meat Koay Teow Soup – photo credits to amykenzye (Instagram)

There is the option to add homemade fish balls, duck intestines, and bean sprouts. Do specify if you don’t want these in!

Go for their flavorful duck meat koay teow th’ng (clear soup) over their duck meat koay chiap (brown soup)!

For those who want something more exciting, you can enjoy their braised duck meat and intestines. This item is one of their must-try dishes!

5. Hot Bowl White Curry Mee

There are a couple of must try dishes at Hot Bowl White Curry Mee despite the name.

Steamed Chicken At Hot Bowl White Curry Mee
Steamed Chicken At Hot Bowl White Curry Mee – Photo credits to yitinggoeseating (Instagram)

We highly recommend trying the tender and boneless steamed chicken (with beansprouts as part of a chicken rice meal).

If you’re here for the white curry mee, do note that this rendition doesn’t include duck blood in the broth. But the sambal is tasty and certainly packs a punch if you add more.

White Curry Mee At Hot Bowl White Curry Mee
White Curry Mee At Hot Bowl White Curry Mee – Photo credits to yitinggoeseating (Instagram)

Other ingredients in the curry mee include cockles and fragrant santan. But you can also order sides like the super soft braised chicken feet to supplement your meal.

As with any hyped eatery in Penang however, you’ll have to contend with a lack of parking and a crowded dining environment if you choose to dine here.

6. Zim Sum Restaurant

Have a variety of dim sum for breakfast at this busy establishment! Where the prices are reasonable too!

Zim Sum Restaurant In Penang
Zim Sum Restaurant – Dim Sum In Penang – photo credits to john.andri (Instagram)

Notable menu items include:

  • Siew mai (Pork dumplings)
  • Fried yam balls
  • Egg tarts
  • Turnip fried with bean sprouts
  • Glutinous rice
  • Har gao (i.e. prawn dumplings)
Variety Of Dim Sum At Zim Sum Restaurant, Penang
Variety Of Dim Sum At Zim Sum Restaurant – photo credits to eatwithcheesy (Instagram)

Note: There’s no coffee here. Just Chinese tea.

Western Breakfast In Penang

There are almost just as many western breakfast places in Penang as there are local eateries in Georgetown:

Particularly around Love Lane Penang and Chulia Street! Hence, you should definitely include at least 1 Penang cafe during your trip!

7. Big Ben Breakfast & Western

In Malaysia, western food is usually more expensive than local food. But this café keeps the prices lower by maintaining a no-frills ambiance.

Big Ben Breakfast & Western Cafe At Penang Botanic Gardens
Big Ben Breakfast & Western Cafe At Penang Botanic Gardens – photo credits to abbie.lim (Instagram)

Note: No air-conditioning here.

You can come here after a run at the Penang Botanic Gardens to sit down to their signature Big Ben breakfast set!

They have sandwiches, pasta, local coffee and toast too!

Breakfast Set At Big Ben Breakfast & Western In Penang
Breakfast Set At Big Ben Breakfast & Western – photo credits to eddyedison (Instagram)

8. Penang Yin’s Sourdough Bakery And Café

Craving for some freshly-baked sourdough bread, bagels or pizza?

Penang Yin's Sourdough Bakery
Penang Yin’s Sourdough Bakery – photo credits to sheirlytan (Instagram)

At Yin’s Sourdough Bakery And Café, you can have sourdough bread with homemade pineapple jam, almond butter, cheese or even grilled banana slices!

For drinks, try their western-style coffee or delightful kefir smoothies with tropical fruit!

On their website you can buy their packaged specialty foods like peanut spread, almond jam and kaya spreads!

9. Let’s Meat

Let’s Meat is an authentic American restaurant in a residential area not far from Penang Avatar Secret Garden and a quaint little park:

Indoor Seating At Let's Meat In Penang
Indoor Seating At Let’s Meat In Penang – Photo by Travelswithsun

Eggs Benedict, pancakes, American biscuits, and the pulled pork and steak sandwiches are all delicious! And come in generous portions!

In fact, we got the Big American breakfast and were surprised that it came with a stack of pancakes – as you can see in the photo below.

Big Breakfast (Includes Pancakes) And Pulled Pork Burger At Let's Meat
Big Breakfast (Includes Pancakes) And Pulled Pork Burger At Let’s Meat – Photo by Travelswithsun

To make sure you don’t miss out on their scrumptious breakfast menu, be sure to be there between 8:30 to 11:30 am.

The other highlight is the children’s play area where they encourage kids to read more (you get discounts if you read more) Don’t forget to order one of their milkshakes!

However, because of how far this place is from Georgetown Penang, we do not think it’s worth the journey here. And it’s not an absolute must-try if you only have a limited time in Penang.

10. Urban Daybreak

Next on the list, Urban Daybreak touts Australian-style breakfast, brunch and lunch!

Blue walls and decorative red windows mark the interior of the narrow but cozy space.

Brunch At Urban Daybreak
Brunch At Urban Daybreak – photo credits to ivyliao216 (Instagram)

Ann’s Big One is their massive breakfast set that comes with salad and their homemade pork sausages!

Besides this, there are savory waffles, French toast, burgers, omelets, bagels, pasta and sandwiches!

Decadent Brunch At Urban Daybreak, Penang
Decadent Brunch At Urban Daybreak, Penang – photo credits to djneo (Instagram)

Note: Their shakes and floats are very agreeable!

Read more: Or Try These Western Restaurants In Penang

Halal Breakfast In Penang

All the places we have listed up till now include pork in their menus so to be fair to our Muslim readers:

Here are some halal eateries so you don’t have to miss out! The first 2 are already on our Penang food list which makes them easy to tick off your bucket list!

11. Ali Nasi Lemak Daun Pisang

Right from the moment the shop opens, you can tell from the long line of customers that this is one of the best nasi lemak stalls in Penang!

Ali Nasi Lemak In Penang
Ali Nasi Lemak In Penang – photo credits to oh_yoyon (Instagram)

Add on some fish, squid or prawns if you want! Watch the satisfying way they prepare the nasi lemak in batches!

Note: This is not the classic nasi lemak with cucumbers and a sweeter taste!

Read more: 11 Best Seafood Restaurants In Penang (Recommended By Locals)

12. Gemas Road Roti Canai

Gemas Road Roti Canai serves Indian paratha and parotta (i.e. roti canai) a bit differently:

With a slice of cheese, Sunnyside up eggs and raw onions! To go with any of their 3 available curry flavors – dhal, chicken or beef curry!

Breakfast At Gemas Road Roti Canai, Penang
Breakfast At Gemas Road Roti Canai, Penang – photo credits to joebundle (Instagram)

The peak time is between 9am and 11:30am!

Note: The teh tarik is sweet. Ask for less sugar if that’s your preference!

Read more: Penang Famous Cendol – 9 Best Cendol In Penang That You Can Try Today!

13. Nasi Kandar Kampong Melayu

All the way in Ayer Itam, this reputable nasi kandar stall has a loyal following (of Penangites and locals from other states) for its homemade curries and fresh ingredients! Like squid and beef!

Nasi Kandar Kampong Melayu In Penang
Nasi Kandar Kampong Melayu In Penang – photo credits to normabahri (Instagram)

They open really early so you can have yourself a hearty breakfast before checking out Kek Lok Si temple!

Prepare yourself for a long queue on weekends! Or try these other famous nasi kandar in Penang.

Note: Not easy to find parking here!

Getting To Penang Breakfast Places

Want to find more hidden food spots? You can trust the local travel guides from RayTheTour to bring you to their favorite breakfast haunts!

Penang Tour - RayTheTour & Travelswithsun

More about the private tour service:

  • Completely flexible itinerary from morning till evening
  • They have tours in Ipoh, Cameron Highlands and in-between too!
  • Vans and MPVs are part of the fleet
  • Tour includes pick up and drop off from your hotel/ airport
  • Chinese-speaking or English-speaking guides

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Conclusion

Treat yourself to the best breakfast in Penang with this guide! You might just find your new favorite breakfast of all time!

Have yummy local Penang food or western food at various breakfast places in and around Georgetown! Even dim sum and steamboat!

PS: We have an awesome Penang travel guide for you too.

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