Gurney Drive Penang

Gurney Drive Penang brings to mind Penang street food and shopping malls. However, that’s only on the surface!

Stay at any of the hotels and homestays in this area and you will have more time to try the numerous local food haunts within Gurney Drive!

Want to know what’s in store at Gurney Drive? Keep reading!

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Gurney Drive Food

Try everything from street food and food courts to high-end restaurants in Penang!

Gurney Drive Restaurant

We’ll start with the restaurants first!

1. Orinea By Farquhar Mansion

Combine the experience of fine-dining at a high-rise venue with fabulous sea views!

English Tea Set By Orinea by Farquhar Mansion Close To Gurney Drive, Penang
English Tea Set By Orinea by Farquhar Mansion Close To Gurney Drive, Penang – photo credits to karyneinchrist (Instagram)

The owners of Orinea have some expertise in the fine-dining scene. Having run Farquhar Mansion (French fine-dining) at Mission Place, Farquhar Street too!

And no worries if you are vegan or vegetarian, the chef will accommodate you!

Note: Private rooms are available upon request.

Address: 68-18-1, Sunrise Gurney, Gurney Dr, 10250 George Town, Penang

Opening Hours: Daily from 2pm to 1am (Except Monday: 6pm to 1am)

Contact: +6019-528 8933

2. Crepe Cottage Gurney Drive

As the name suggests, the specialty at this modest establishment is crepes! Particularly crepes of the dessert variety!

Dessert Crepes At Crepe Cottage
Dessert Crepes At Crepe Cottage – photo credits to dolce.ora (Instagram)

With homemade ice cream of tropical fruit flavors (mango is popular)!

Aside from the dessert crepes, they do pair crepes with meat as well! Savory crepes like their drunken chicken crepe! Sit inside or outside!

Savory Crepes At Crepe Cottage
Savory Crepes At Crepe Cottage – photo credits to dolce.ora (Instagram)
Note: The place is usually crowded at night!

Address: 77-A, Gurney Drive, 10250 George Town, Penang

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

Contact: +6012-418 8298

3. 77 Restaurant (Fish Head Curry)

You might need to look twice for this one! As the shabby exterior might make it appear like it’s not open!

Fish Head Curry At 77 Restaurant, Gurney Drive Penang
Fish Head Curry At 77 Restaurant – photo credits to alwaysafoodie (Instagram)

Fresh fish makes their flavorful assam fish head curry stand out!  If fish does not take your fancy, there is other meat including venison (i.e. deer meat)!

Note: Might need to book a table ahead of arriving!

Address: 77 D, Persiaran Gurney, 10250 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +604-227 9086

4. Bali Hai Seafood Market

On the same note, fresh seafood awaits at Bali Hai Seafood Market (And restaurant). Choose what you want to eat from the tanks with lobsters, crabs, prawns and more! It can get pricey fast!

Bali Hai Seafood Restaurant At Gurney Drive Penang
Bali Hai Seafood Restaurant At Gurney Drive Penang – photo credits to ploveer (Instagram)

They have species you can’t find in most places – Alaskan spider crabs and Canadian geoduck!

Have your meal at the round tables under the canopy. With fans to keep you cool!

Note: They do not serve wine here.

Address: 90B, 90C & 90D, 90, 90A, Persiaran Gurney, 10250 George Town

Opening Hours: Daily from 6:45pm to 12am

Contact: +604-228 1272

5. Coco Island (椰子岛)

Still new to Gurney Drive, Coco Island is already a hit with anyone who likes South-east Asian cuisine and iced cold beers at reasonable prices!

Dining Scene At Coco Island Penang
Dining Scene At Coco Island – photo credits to cocoisland.yezidao (Instagram)
Note: Beer is cheapest before 8pm!

Seafood dishes like sambal crab and spring rolls with crab meat are available too!

Grilled Prawns At Coco Island, Penang
Grilled Prawns At Coco Island – photo credits to cocoisland.yezidao (Instagram)

Sometimes, there is a live band playing at this open-air food court! Despite being away from the beach, the potted plants and palm trees add to the island vibe!

Address: 104, Gurney Dr, Pulau Tikus, 10250 George Town, Penang

Opening Hours: Daily from 3pm to 1am

Contact: +604-229 8881

6. Golden Gate Steamboat

There’s more seafood at Golden Gate Steamboat! The difference is the way they serve the food! With traditional steamboat pots!

Golden Gate Steamboat Restaurant, Gurney Drive Penang
Golden Gate Steamboat Restaurant, Gurney Drive Penang – photo credits to neohsoonzhen (Instagram)

2 soup bases are available – clear or fish head soup. And the dipping sauce is homemade! Pick your ingredients from their selection of meats and vegetables!

Inside Golden Gate Steamboat Restaurant
Inside Golden Gate Steamboat Restaurant – photo credits to neohsoonzhen (Instagram)

With such affordable prices, it’s no wonder that the air-conditioned restaurant has been in business for over 20 years!

Note: Advance bookings for groups are advisable.

Address: 77, Jalan Cantonment, 10350 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 5:30 to 11pm (Except Mondays)

Contact: +604-226 1361

7. Zealand Bak Kut Teh And Seafood Restaurant

This restaurant’s reputation precedes it! Many flock here to try this fragrant bak kut teh with herbal pork ribs soup! Especially on weekends!

Zealand Bak Kut The And Seafood In Gurney Drive Penang
Zealand Bak Kut The And Seafood In Gurney Drive Penang – photo credits to yon_yon_run_run (Instagram)

There are other Chinese dishes (like vinegar pork trotters or belacan kangkung) and noodles that you can order to go with your bak kut teh and white rice (or yam rice) too!

Seating is shaded in the open air with some fans overhead.

Note: The soup most likely uses MSG.

Address: 62, Gurney Dr, Georgetown, 10250 George Town, Penang

Opening Hours: Daily from 7:30am to 3:30pm

Contact: +6017-473 8877

Gurney Drive Penang Food Court

1. Gurney Drive Hawker Centre

No doubt the main attraction at Gurney Drive:

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre holds on to its reputation as an undisputed foodie paradise for Malaysia food!

Gurney Drive Hawker Food Centre Before Nightfall In Penang
Gurney Drive Hawker Food Centre Before Nightfall In Penang – photo credits to juliana_franzizca (Instagram)

Pasembur among other dishes like char koay teow, fried oyster omelets, satay, rojak and Hokkien mee is a must-try!

Note: Try to avoid peak times (past 7pm) to avoid a drop in quality of the food as vendors rush to fill their orders!

Address: 172, Solok Gurney 1, Pulau Tikus, 10250 Jelutong, Penang Island

Opening Hours: 4:30 to 11pm (Except Tuesdays)

Contact: +6016-497 3907

2. Song River Café

Locals may insist that this seaside kopitiam is only for tourists and is overrated! But there are 1 or 2 notable stalls here that you can try!

Satay And Beer At Song River Café, Gurney Drive, Penang
Satay And Beer At Song River Café – photo credits to stenly886 (Instagram)

Firstly, there is a lighter version (i.e. less herbal taste) of bak kut teh here. Secondly, look out for the stall selling BBQ chicken wings!

BBQ Chicken Wings At Song River Cafe, Penang
BBQ Chicken Wings At Song River Cafe – photo credits to ayanoisy (Instagram)

Or you can order Chinese-style dishes like steamed fish, fried bittergourd with eggs and tofu topped with eggplant (i.e. brinjal)!

Note: Most of the stalls start opening around dinner time!

Address: No. 65, Gurney Drive, 10250 George Town, Penang

Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 3am (Except Tuesdays)

Contact: +6012-492 7275

Read more: 17 Best Cafe In Penang With Great Coffee (Includes New Cafes)

Gurney Drive Malls

There are 2 reputable Penang shopping malls in Gurney Drive. And they happen to be walking distance from each other too!

1. Gurney Paragon Mall

Gurney Paragon Mall has an interesting layout. There’s a large open courtyard with a heritage building and restaurants like TGI Friday’s around it.

Night Time View Of Gurney Paragon - Popular Penang Shopping Mall
Night Time View Of Gurney Paragon – Popular Penang Shopping Mall – photo credits to thanyasornkaew (Instagram)

Downstairs is a supermarket (Jaya Grocer). And there is a shiny new double-storey bookstore (BookXcess)! Which shares the top floor with the cinema (TGV)!

Book Xcess At Gurney Paragon Mall Penang
Book Xcess At Gurney Paragon Mall Penang – photo credits to qrt_srt (Instagram)

A huge range of international fashion brands like Tory Burch, Monki, Kade Spade New York and more are present too!

Address: 163-D, Gurney Paragon Mall, Gurney Drive, 10250 George Town, Penang

Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm

Contact: +604-228 8266

2. Gurney Plaza

Unlike its neighbor, there are not too many restaurants in Gurney Plaza. However, the food court has a lot of variety!

The Exterior Of Gurney Plaza Shopping Mall In Penang
The Exterior Of Gurney Plaza Shopping Mall In Penang – photo credits to mazahikokung (Instagram)

And what Gurney Plaza lacks in food options, it makes up for in premier brands like Marks & Spencer, MAC, Chanel, and Rolex!

They have a supermarket (Cold Storage) and cinema (GSC) as well.

Address: 170, Gurney Dr, Pulau Tikus, 10250 George Town, Penang

Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm

Contact: +604-222 8222

Read more: 13 Best Breakfast In Penang – With Local, Western Cafe & Halal Options

Hotels Near Gurney Drive

Moving on to where to stay at Gurney Drive! If you’re driving your own car, look out for a place that has parking for guests!

1. Dubin Art House

Across from a food court, Dubin Art House has basic modern accommodation as well as boutique rooms with rustic details like hand-woven furniture!

Dubin Art House At Gurney Drive Penang
Dubin Art House At Gurney Drive Penang – photo credits to booking.com

What you’ll like:

  • Helpful staff
  • Clean rooms
  • Walking distance from Gurney Plaza
  • Value for money
  • Easy to get a Grab

Good to know:

  • 24h laundry service nearby
  • For some of the rooms, the toilets facilities are shared.
  • Limited parking (8 cars max)
  • Common kitchen to share
  • Reception is not open for 24 hours

Address: No 182, Persiaran Gurney, 10250 Georgetown, Penang

Contact: +6011-5687 8113

Price Range: From RM132-1,210 (2 Pax)

2. G Hotel Gurney

Between 2 malls (Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon), G Hotel Gurney offers simple but elegant spacious rooms and great service!

G Hotel Gurney Penang
G Hotel Gurney, Penang – photo credits to booking.com

What you’ll like:

  • Mini bar contents are free (restocked daily)
  • Vast breakfast spread
  • Nice views from the rooms
  • Huge gym and pool
Rooms At G Hotel Gurney
Rooms At G Hotel Gurney – photo credits to booking.com

Good to know:

  • Not many vegetarian options at breakfast
  • Busy area with constant traffic

Address: 168A, Gurney Drive, 10250 George Town, Penang

Contact: +604-238 0000

Price Range: From RM498-786 (2 Pax)

3. G Hotel Kelawai

Hidden from the main road, G Hotel Kelawai is an alternative if you want to be close to the shopping malls but away from the traffic!

G Hotel Kelawai In Penang
G Hotel Kelawai In Penang – photo credits to booking.com

What you’ll like:

  • Brilliant service
  • Good facilities
  • Stylish and clean rooms
Rooms At G Hotel Kelawai Penang
Rooms At G Hotel Kelawai Penang – photo credits to booking.com

Good to know:

  • Request for a higher floor for better views!
  • 10 minute drive to George Town

Address: 2, Persiaran Maktab, 10250 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +604-219 0000

Price Range: From RM469-651 (2 Pax)

4. Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang has families in mind with thoughtful amenities, an outdoor pool and airport shuttle service!

Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang – photo credits to booking.com

What you’ll like:

  • Classic interiors
  • Breakfast included (with focus on Asian cuisine)
  • Free parking for guests
  • Polite staff

Good to know:

  • 10 minutes’ walk to Gurney Plaza
  • Not too convenient to get a Grab here

Address: 53, Gurney Dr, 10250 George Town, Penang

Contact: +604-222 9988

Price Range: From RM229-513 (2 Pax)

5. Havara Place

4 different themed rooms are available at this private homestay in a bungalow. A very hospitable family runs the homestay!

Havara Place At Penang
Havara Place, Penang – photo credits to booking.com

What you’ll like:

  • Clean, comfortable and spacious rooms
  • Parking within the property
  • Value for money
  • Reliable WiFi

Good to know:

  • Walking distance to Gurney Paragon
  • There is a cold and hot water dispenser for guests
  • Late check in/ check out is possible with early notice to the owner

Address: Leandro’s Avenue, Pulau Tikus, 10250 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +6019-730 1678

Price Range: From RM153-170 (3 Pax)

6. Ibook Gurney Suites

Further north of George Town and Gurney Drive, this location is suitable for those making a circuit around Penang Island in their Penang itinerary!

Ibook Gurney Suites, Penang
Ibook Gurney Suites – photo credits to booking.com

What you’ll like:

  • Suites come with a dining and living space
  • Parking on site
  • Quiet location
  • Spacious and tidy rooms
  • Friendly host

Good to know:

  • There are 7 suites in total, each with their own theme
  • 15 minutes’ walking distance to Gurney Drive Hawker Centre

Address: Leandro’s Avenue, Pulau Tikus, 10250 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +6019-730 1678

Price Range: From RM126-162 (4 Pax); From RM211-378 (6-8 Pax)

7. Sunrise Gurney Seaview Luxury Duplex

If you need a space for up to 9 people or are travelling in Penang with kids, consider Sunrise Gurney Seaview Luxury Duplex. An apartment homestay with access to an indoor swimming pool!

Sunrise Gurney Seaview Luxury Duplex
Sunrise Gurney Seaview Luxury Duplex – photo credits to booking.com

What you’ll like:

  • Easy check in/ check out process
  • Sea views
  •  Comfortable
  • Free parking
  • 2 bathrooms!
  • Equipped kitchen, dining and living space

Good to know:

  • There is a fitness centre on site
  • The apartment comes with a washing machine and ironing facilities

Address: 68-12A-5, Sunrise Gurney, Persiaran Gurney, 10250 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +6016-488 5404

Price Range: From RM566-629 (9 Pax)

Further reading:

Getting To Gurney Drive In Penang

What if you’re not driving your own car in Penang?

1. By Bus

There are a couple of routes by Rapid Penang that pass by Gurney Drive and go up to Batu Ferringhi and Teluk Bahang.

Rapid Penang Bus Making A Turn At Chulia Street, George Town, Penang
Rapid Penang Bus Making A Turn At Chulia Street, George Town, Penang – photo credits to len_j_p (Instagram)

Rapid Penang Bus 101

The go-to bus route for tourists! It starts from Weld Quay and continues all the way to the Penang National Park in Teluk Bahang!

101 Bus Route:

Jetty (Pengkalan Weld) – Masjid Kapitan Keling – Love Lane – Komtar Terminal – Gurney Paragon & Plaza – Batu Ferringhi – Teluk Bahang

Operating Hours: 5:30am – 11:30pm

Frequency: Every 10 minutes

Rapid Penang Bus 102

This is another east-coast bound bus you can take from Penang Airport to Georgetown and Gurney Drive!

102 Bus Route:

Penang International Airport – Snake Temple – Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal – Penang Times Square – Komtar Terminal – Gurney Paragon & Plaza – Batu Ferringhi – Teluk Bahang

Operating Hours: 6:00am – 11:15pm

Frequency: Every 60 minutes

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2. Include Gurney Drive Into A Penang Tour

There’s a lot of convenience in taking a private tour service other than not having to worry about finding parking!

Penang Tour - RayTheTour & Travelswithsun

With RayTheTour, you get the following:

  • Knowledgeable guides from Penang/ Ipoh
  • You can choose an English speaking or Chinese speaking guide
  • A fuss-free and changeable day-to-evening itinerary with no fixed stops
  • We can pick you up from your Penang hotel and drop you off after the tour!
  • Airport transport is possible
  • Check out our tours in Ipoh and Cameron Highlands too!
  • The vehicles we use: MPVs (like Toyota Innova) or vans

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Conclusion

Gurney Drive Penang is a lively area in Penang that you can visit after a whole day of exploring George Town!

It’s the place to stay if you like being close to Penang’s Gurney Paragon and Gurney Plaza! And not to mention all the mouthwatering Penang food that you have to try here!

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