Best Breakfast In Penang

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

The best breakfast in Penang doesn’t have to be an authentic local breakfast either!

Among the kopitiam and hawker food courts are halal options too. And if you want to switch up flavors, there are an abundance of Penang breakfast cafes that serve western food!

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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. 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)

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)

Location: 38, Leith St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang

Opening Hours: Daily from 7:30am to 3pm (Except Sundays)

Contact: +6011-2344 7832

2. Goh Chew Kopitiam – Fish Meat Hokkien Char

Famous for its upgraded version of fried bee hoon, Goh Chew Kopitiam does justice for many local dishes like Hokkien mee, char kuey teow and chee cheong fun too!

What makes their bee hoon special? Crispy deep fried sea bass, large prawns, sambal with sprinklings of fried pork fat cubes on top!

Special Bee Hoon By Goh Chew Cafe (五洲茶室) In Penang
Special Bee Hoon By Goh Chew Cafe (五洲茶室) In Penang – photo credits to ec.1972 (Instagram)

Locals know all about this place so if you want to try the dish together with the sambal sauce and prawns, come early!

Note: Expect the price to be higher than average

Location: No 45, Lorong Baru, George Town, 10450 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 8:30am to 11:30am (Except Tuesdays)

Contact: +6011-5668 8664

Read more: 11 Best Char Kuey Teow In Penang

3. 113 Duck Meat Koay Teow Soup

Koay Teow soup usually has slices of shredded chicken but this place serves it with duck meat! The unassuming coffee shop is normally packed with people at lunch time!

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)!

Location: 113, Lebuh Melayu, George Town, 10300 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Saturday: 6:30am to 3pm
  • Sunday: 6:30am to 1pm

4. Ah Wang Café

If you want simple kopitiam fare for brunch, you can try this coffee shop in Tanjung Tokong!

Local residents adore their traditional Hainanese coffee and homemade kaya on toast! Paired with soft-boiled eggs!

Typical Kopitiam Breakfast At Ah Wang Café, Penang
Typical Kopitiam Breakfast At Ah Wang Café, Penang – photo credits to claris_ning (Instagram)
Note: They have special types of bread available. Like Bengali bread!

Their lime barley beverage is a caffeine-free option if you’ve already had your coffee fix for the day!

Location: J-6, Jalan Tanjung Bungah, Tanjung Tokong, 10470, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 11:30am to 6pm (Except Sundays)

Contact: +604-898 2318

5. Zim Sum Restaurant

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

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.

Location: No. 62, Jalan Macalister, George Town, 10400, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 6:30am to 2pm

Contact: +6014-302 9177

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!

You should definitely include at least 1 Penang cafe during your trip!

6. 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)

Location: 674, Jalan Kebun Bunga, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 2pm 5 to 10:30pm (Except Mondays)

Contact: +6016-433 6900

7. 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!

Location: 11, Pesara Claimant, George Town, 10100 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 5pm (Except Sundays)

Contact: +6011-2419 5118

8. The Big Beans

Walking distance from the Penang State Museum or Zim Sum:

Entrance Of The Big Beans Cafe In Penang
Entrance Of The Big Beans Cafe In Penang – photo credits to thebigbeans_15 (Instagram)

You can spot the café from its bright turquoise exterior! The blue carries on inside the interior that hosts an eclectic mix of chairs and tables!

The Big Beans is run by an amiable couple. Their newly refreshed menu features western food with a Malaysian twist! Like bacon fried rice!

Western Breakfast At The Big Beans, Penang
Western Breakfast At The Big Beans, Penang – photo credits to stefaniehng88 (Instagram)

Pancakes, BLT, burgers and quesadillas are on their menu too! And an extensive coffee menu!

Location: 52, Lorong Madras, George Town, 10400 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:30am to 7pm (Except Mondays)

Contact: +604-226 1876

9. Let’s Meat

Let’s Meat is an authentic American restaurant not far from Penang Avatar Secret Garden:

Interior Of Let’s Meat, Penang
Interior Of Let’s Meat, Penang – photo credits to helloitsgar_ (Instagram)

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

Western Style Breakfast At Let’s Meat, Penang
Western Style Breakfast At Let’s Meat, Penang – photo credits to debiphuah (Instagram)

The other highlight is the children’s play area!

Don’t forget to order one of their milkshakes!

Location: 18, Lebuh Lembah Permai 4, Tanjung Tokong, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 8pm (Except Sundays)

Contact: +6016-215 4234

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!

Location: 338, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 7:30am to 5:30pm (Except Tuesdays)

Contact: +604-262 9693

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! So you can tick them off you 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 way they prepare the nasi lemak in batches!

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

Location: Sri Weld Food Court, Beach St, George Town, 10300 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Thursday 7am to 3pm
  • Friday 7am to 3pm
  • Saturday 7am to 2pm
  • Closed on Sundays

Contact: +6016-407 0717

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 curries – 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!

Location: 51, 29, Jalan Gemas, Taman Kampar, 10460 George Town, Penang

Opening Hours:

  • Thursday, Saturday & Sunday: 7am to 12:30pm
  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 7am to 12:30pm 5:30 to 9pm
  • Closed on Mondays

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!

Note: Not easy to find parking here!

Location: A-29, Jalan Kampung Melayu, Kampung Melayu, 11500 Ayer Itam, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 6:15am to 1:30pm

Contact: +6019-575 5877

Getting To Penang Breakfast Places

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Conclusion

Treat yourself to the best breakfast in Penang with this guide!

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

You might just find your new favorite breakfast of all time!

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

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