Best Cafe In Penang

Penang cafes may not be the first thing that comes to mind – that would be the ho-chiak Penang food ,Penang Dim Sum, Penang’s local Hokkien mee, and Michelin-star eateries.

But Penang is blooming with cafés too!

There are many newly-opened ones, each with their own quirkiness! From aesthetically-designed interiors to original food creation to aromatic coffees!

Café hopping is easier with this list of the best cafés in Penang by location!

Table Of Contents:

Best Cafés Near George Town

1. Ome by Spacebar Coffee

Tucked away in a quiet alleyway, this minimalist café has exposed bricks walls, timber furniture, cement floor, and natural lighting. A perfect Instagram setting!

Ome by Spacebar Coffee
Ome by Spacebar Coffee – photo credits to rollingbear_travels (Instagram)

Their fresh cakes and bread are baked everyday in-store!

Espresso coffees are especially popular here! Check out the art exhibition upstairs too!

Note: No mains here, just light meals.

Location: 1, Lorong Toh Aka, George Town, 10100 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 6pm (Closed on Thursdays & Fridays)

Contact: +6019-6908259

Cuisine: Western

Must-try: Olive oil zucchini bread and specialty coffee and vegan apple crisp

2. Coffee 45 Cafe

A hidden gem in Love Lane, Coffee 45 is an ideal spot for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Ranging from heavy meals to light snacks, there’s also a fair share of vegan food on the menu!

A Slice Of Nutella Chocolate Cake By Coffee45 Café
A Slice Of Nutella Chocolate Cake By Coffee45 Café – photo credits to waanjeab22 (Instagram)

Choose from a wide array of hot and cold coffees and sip out of a camera lens cup! Or opt for tea instead!

Location: 45, Love Ln, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang

Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 8pm

Contact: +6012-364 4661

Cuisine: Fusion of western and local

3. Constant Gardener Coffee

Smacked right in the middle of George Town, Constant Gardener Coffee is serious about its coffee!

The knowledgeable staff is not shy to teach you a thing or two about coffee – you need only ask!

The Shopfront Of Constant Gardener Coffee
The Shopfront Of Constant Gardener Coffee – photo credits to guttsu (Instagram)

Taste different beans from all over the world! Or sample all of them from their Espresso Tasters Menu!

And if you’re not up for coffee, they have other delightful beverages like their Belgian hot chocolate!

Counter At Constant Gardener Coffee
Counter At Constant Gardener Coffee – photo credits to coffeewithmitch (Instagram)
Note: Not easy to find parking in this area!

Location: Ground Floor, Chinese Chamber Of Commerce Building, 9, Lebuh Light, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 8pm (Last order 7:30pm)

Contact: +6011-60787883

Cuisine: French and Asian fusion – they’re pork-free! No mains.

Must-try: Croissant ice cream sandwich, matcha tiramisu specialty coffees

4. Lagenda House & Café

Lagenda Café is truly a unique local favorite! Serving an extensive range of Malaysian-inspired cuisines, huge portions will surely satisfy anyone with a big appetite!

Cafe Lagenda In Penang
Cafe Lagenda In Penang – photo credits to noraink (Instagram)

Ramlee fans will immediately notice a mural of the musical legend!

Gado Gado Indonesian Salad Served At Cafe Lagenda In Penang
Gado Gado Indonesian Salad Served At Cafe Lagenda In Penang – photo credits to i.am.frenchie.in.thailand (Instagram)

In fact, the café pays further homage with songs by and dishes named after the late P. Ramlee, who was a Penangite himself!

Due to health and safety concerns, reservations are now required.

Location: 2, Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm – 11pm

Contact: +604-251 9300

Cuisine: Malaysian cuisine with options for vegetarians

Must-try: Belalang chicken rendang

5. Dolce Dessert

Get your sweet tooth fix at Dolce Dessert! The stars of this café are undoubtedly the fine assortment of charming desserts.

Coffee Paired With A Dessert Dolce Dessert Cafe In Penang
Coffee Paired With A Dessert Dolce Dessert Cafe In Penang – photo credits to iceice_a.k.a_nisaaaaa (Instagram)

Pamper yourself with a good cup of Joe, tea or juice to go with them!

Murals of adorable-looking cartoon rats add a nice touch to the interior of the café!

Rat Cartoon At Dolce Dessert Cafe In Penang
Rat Cartoon At Dolce Dessert Cafe In Penang – photo credits to iceice_a.k.a_nisaaaaa (Instagram)

You can choose either an outdoor or indoor seating, with more seats upstairs!

Location: 18, Jalan Kek Chuan, George Town, 10400 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Thursday: From 12pm to 7pm

Friday to Sunday: From 12pm to 10pm

Closed on Mondays

Contact: +604-226 9118 or +6016-5204795

Cuisine: French

Must-try: Tiramisu cake, lemon praline, creme brulee

6. Wheelers Café Penang

A must-visit in Love Lane is this two-storey bicycle-themed café!

Wheeler's Cafe & Bar In Penang
Wheeler’s Cafe & Bar In Penang – photo credits to wenny_liu (Instagram)

Marvel at the furnished bicycles and wheels that line the interior in creative ways! The setting is very cozy too!

Note: They have beer, wine and cocktails!

The relaxing ambiance makes it a great place to hang out with friends for birthday celebrations or reunions!

Savory Meal At Wheeler's Cafe In Penang
Savory Meal At Wheeler’s Cafe In Penang – photo credits to rgreddy5 (Instagram)

You can also get the Wheeler’s Card to enjoy members-only privileges!

Location: 67, Lorong Love, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 8am–10pm; Friday & Saturday, 8am–11pm

Contact: +6019-524 7703

Cuisine: Western (Pork-free)

Must-try: Panini sandwiches, big breakfast, bagels – with options for vegans

7. Norm Café

Hidden away from the hustle and bustle, this quaint waffle house adopts white walls and tiles, with natural lighting and trees!

Airy Interior Of Norm Cafe In Penang
Airy Interior Of Norm Cafe In Penang – photo credits to jijitankyy (Instagram)

Norm Café transforms into a cocktail bar, Noct at night! With blue and purple neon lights washing over the clean minimalist interior!

Neon Lights At Norm Cafe In Penang
Neon Lights At Norm Cafe In Penang – photo credits to john3sixteen (Instagram)

Order alcohol infused-food and beverages to let loose!

Location: 260c, Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10100 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 12am

Contact: +6016-5276273

Cuisine: Western

Must-try: Citrus passion waffles, tiramisu, artisan cocktails (Noct menu), and specialty coffee

8. Macallum Connoisseurs Coffee Company

Macallum Connoisseurs occupies an immense space in a former warehouse!

Macallum Connoisseurs Cafe In Penang
Seats At Macallum Connoisseurs Cafe In Penang – photo credits to carsonchanks (Instagram)

A start up by coffee enthusiasts, it is suitable for large-group meet ups with their ample parking spaces and seats!

Artisan Coffee At Macallum Connoisseurs
Artisan Coffee At Macallum Connoisseurs – photo credits to felick__ (Instagram)

Their menu offers a great selection of mains, beverages and desserts! Make sure you try out the specials, especially the Coffee Spaghetti!

Location: 1, Gat Lebuh Macallum, George Town, 10300 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 9pm

Contact: +604-261 3597

Cuisine: Western fusion

Must-try: Spaghetti (various flavors), savory croissants and smoky duck breast

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9. ChinaHouse

With something interesting lying at every corner, ChinaHouse is a narrow but long, occupying 3 heritage buildings!

One Of The Entrances To China House Penang
One Of The Entrances To China House Penang – photo credits to jr_yeo (Instagram)

This artsy venue has a library where you can draw on the papers provided on the table with crayons!

Don’t forget to visit the 2 art galleries on the second floor!

Note: Enter from Beach Street or from Victoria Street!
Coffee Shop At China House Penang
Coffee Shop At China House Penang – photo credits to jr_yeo (Instagram)

Eateries and bars:

  • Kopi C. Espresso Cafe and Bar – Promising breakfast spot
  • Beach Street Bakery – Praise-worthy cakes (more than 30 types, some with alcohol!) and homemade ice-cream
  • BTB – Western and middle-eastern fusion food
  • Vine & Single – Bar with imported alcohol from Europe and Japan
  • The Canteen – Hipster bar with food and live comedy on the first Thursday night of every month!
Cakes On Display At China House Penang
Cakes On Display At China House Penang – photo credits to cindy_tkp (Instagram)

Location: 153, Beach St, Georgetown, 10300 George Town, Penang

Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 11:30pm

Contact: +604-263 7299

Cuisine: Western with Asian and Middle Eastern fusions

10. Black Kettle

After an upgrade by a Michelin-trained chef, Black Kettle’s reinvented pork-free menu incorporates more local flavors! With all bread and sauces made from scratch!

The Main Counter At Black Kettle
The Main Counter At Black Kettle – photo credits to marinamirana (Instagram)

Black Kettle greets customers with a line of artisan baked goods at the entrance.

Attractive Interior Of Black Kettle Cafe On Beach Street, Penang
Attractive Interior Of Black Kettle Cafe On Beach Street, Penang – photo credits to limchinlee79 (Instagram)

You can also organize parties and events using their function hall upstairs!

Location: 105, Beach St, Georgetown, 10300 George Town, Penang

Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 8pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

Contact: +604-251 9270

Cuisine: Western and Asian fusion with vegan and vegetarian options

Must-try: Almond croissant, Eggs Benedict, pastries, baby octopus and angel hair pasta, fruit blend smoothies, blueberry cheesecake and vanilla latte

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11. More by Arang Coffee

More by Arang Coffee is a halal-certified café that is trendy and spacious enough to accommodate more than 30 tables!

Spacious Interior Of More by Arang Coffee Cafe In Penang
Spacious Interior Of More by Arang Coffee Cafe In Penang – photo credits to weizhe (Instagram)

The chic décor and soothing environment make for a fitting location to catch up with friends!

Dishes At More by Arang Coffee
Dishes At More by Arang Coffee – photo credits to _justination_ (Instagram)

Hotel guests staying at the same building can come here for a convenient breakfast!

Note: Set lunches are value for money and water is free flow!

Location: 170G-2 Livingston Tower Argyll Road, 10050 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 10pm; MCO 3.0 Operation Hours: 11am to 8pm

Contact: +604-371 0222; Call/Whatsapp: +6010-434 4794

Cuisine: Western and local fusion

Must-try: Aglio olio, big breakfast, fish and chips

12. The Alley, 5 Stewart Lane

Just beside Kuan Yin Temple, The Alley is where you can quench your thirst on a hot day! Though compact, it has a homely setting!

The Inconspicuous Entrance To The Alley, 5 Stewart Lane
The Inconspicuous Entrance To The Alley, 5 Stewart Lane – photo credits to honwaiyap (Instagram)
Note: The main signboard reads Kedai Gaharu Keat Seng. No full meals here

For a quick pick-me-up, try their Cold Brew Black or White!

Coffee From The Alley, 5 Stewart Lan
Coffee From The Alley, 5 Stewart Lane – photo credits to _justination_ (Instagram)

Otherwise, you can also select from their range of artisan coffee and finger food!

Churros From The Alley, 5 Stewart Lane
Churros From The Alley, 5 Stewart Lane – photo credits to honwaiyap (Instagram)

Location: 5, Stewart Ln, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang

Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 6pm

Contact: +604-261 3879; Call/Whatsapp: +6017-373 4829

Cuisine: Western

Must-try: Churros, burnt cheesecake, lemonade and affogato

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Best Cafes In Gurney Drive/Pulau Tikus

13. Joies Cafe & Sourdough

If you are into sourdough bread, rich coffees, and a cozy environment, this is the café for you!

The Entrance To Joies Cafe & Sourdough Cafe
The Entrance To Joies Cafe & Sourdough Cafe – Photo credits to ps.ang.85 (Instagram)

As the name suggests, this café specializes in sourdough, and cooks up dishes that are as delicious as they are healthy.

BIG Breakfast Platter At Joies Cafe & Sourdough
BIG Breakfast Platter At Joies Cafe & Sourdough – Photo credits to marshmielow (Instagram)

They also have a wide range of pastas including a flavorful Aglio Olio that will have you coming back for more!

Spaghetti Aglio Olio At Joies Cafe & Sourdough
Spaghetti Aglio Olio At Joies Cafe & Sourdough – Photo credits to foodie_foodntravel (Instagram)

Location: 1st floor, 32, Jalan Moulmein, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 5pm (Closed on Thursday)

Contact: +604-226 0479

Cuisine: Italian, French, Asian

Must-try: Sourdough toast sets, carbonara

14. Chapel Street Cafe

Despite the ambiguous exterior, this café is a scenic hole in the wall that is both quiet and cozy.

The Mood At Chapel Street Cafe In Penang
The Mood At Chapel Street Cafe In Penang – Photo credits to chapelstreetcafe (Instagram)

Their concept is a little unique as they have different counters depending on what you want. So yes, they have a desert corner for all your ice-cream dreams.

A Delicious Spread At Chapel Street Cafe
A Delicious Spread At Chapel Street Cafe – Photo credits to chapelstreetcafe (Instagram)

Other than that, their all-day breakfast menu and specialty coffees are crowd-favorites.

Coffee Art By Chapel Street Cafe
Coffee Art By Chapel Street Cafe – Photo credits to chapelstreetcafe (Instagram)

And do not worry non-coffee drinkers, they have iced-chocolates, milkshakes, and teas just for you!

Location: 14, Medan Lim Cheng Teik, Kampung Syed, 10250 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 5pm (Closed on Tuesday)

Contact: +604-226 0620

Cuisine: Western

Must-try: Chapel Big Breakfast, Specialty Coffees

15. Kafka Penang

Kafka Penang is one of the newer cafés in Penang.

The Plant Filled Interior Of Kafka Penang
The Plant Filled Interior Of Kafka Penang – photo credits to prinsyp (Instagram)

Tucked away behind a bungalow, this glass-fronted cafe is appropriate for business meetings or meet-ups with friends!

Potted plants cover every corner of the industrial chic café like a tropical paradise!

Cinnamon French Toast And Cheesy Quesadillas By Kafka Cafe In Penang
Cinnamon French Toast And Cheesy Quesadillas By Kafka Cafe In Penang – photo credits to reereelynn (Instagram)

They have long tables to accommodate large groups of family and friends! And their own car park for customers out in front!

Note: They are not halal certified however milk and coffee beans at their outlets are from halal certified suppliers and their cakes are Muslim friendly.

Location: 15, Jalan Kelawai, George Town, 10250 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 9pm

Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays

Contact: +604-218 9726

Cuisine: Western and Asian fusion

Must-try: Beef Rendang Egg Benedict, bacon carbonara, lemon cheesecake and Shashuka baked eggs

Cafés Near Batu Ferringhi

16. Ferringhi Coffee Garden

At Ferringhi Coffee Garden, sit with a cup of their sensational coffee outdoors in the gardens among lovely orchids! Or indoors away from the elements!

Outdoor Seating At Ferringhi Garden Restaurant
Outdoor Seating At Ferringhi Garden Restaurant – photo is from their official Facebook page

Ferringhi Coffee Garden serves all-day breakfast and different lunch options.

Ferringhi Garden Restaurant
Ferringhi Garden Restaurant – photo credits to msdorax (Instagram)

Alcoholic beverages are readily available too! At night, the restaurant opens next door for dinner.

Location: Kampung Batu Feringgi, 11050 Batu Ferringhi, Penang

Opening Hours:

Ferringhi Garden: Daily from 4:30pm to 10:30pm (last order at 9:30pm)

Ferringhi Coffee Garden (Friday to Sunday): 9am to 2:30pm (last order at 2pm)

Contact: +6016-415 8835  or +604-885 1192

Cuisine: Western

Must-try: French toasts, burgers, and English high-tea set

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17. Living Room Café Bar Gallery

Adored by locals and tourists alike, this restaurant & bar will make you feel at home as you sample their Malaysian dishes!

Dinner At Living Room Cafe Bar and Gallery
Dinner At Living Room Cafe Bar and Gallery – photo credits to winnie_w (Instagram)

Unwind in the evening with the live music performances, sometimes by the host himself!

Order their cold beer or wine without breaking the bank!

Location: 43-C Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Penang

Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

Contact: +6012-589 9136 or +6017-477 2148

Cuisine: Asian and Malaysian with options for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets

Must-try: Beef rendang, nasi goreng, curries, satay, and spring rolls.

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Cafés Near Ayer Itam

18. Coffee Elements

On the second floor of All Seasons Place, Coffee Elements is famous for their soups, homemade cakes and single-origin coffees!

Chocolate Banana Dessert Waffle At Coffee Elements Waffle House Cafe In Penang
Chocolate Banana Dessert Waffle At Coffee Elements Waffle House Cafe In Penang – photo credits to candy_linshi (Instagram)

If you’re not a fan of coffee, they do have hot and cold chocolate-y drinks and even masala tea!

Feast your eyes on the interesting murals and scribbles on the walls as you sip on your drink!

Location: 6G-2-17, All Seasons Place, Lebuhraya Thean Teik, 11500 Ayer Itam, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 9pm

Contact: +6012-478 2693

Cuisine: Western

Must-try: Pumpkin soup, wild mushroom soup, latte, and bagels

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Cafés Near Relau

19. 2F+ Coffee by Yellow House

12 minutes’ drive from Penang International Airport, 2F+ Coffee by Yellow House is a rustic and nostalgic café off the main road. Creepers and potted plants mark the entrance!

Barista Coffee By 2F+ Coffee Roastery At Relau, Penang
Barista Coffee By 2F+ Coffee Roastery At Relau, Penang – photo credits to moyshinfei (Instagram)

Huge window panels allow ample natural lighting into the café which uses a medley of up-cycled furniture!

Interior Of 2F+ Coffee Roastery Relau, Penang
Interior Of 2F+ Coffee Roastery Relau, Penang – photo credits to netz_gb (Instagram)

Grab a book off the shelves and nestle in the comfy environment while you savor your coffee!

Note: Parking is not easy to find

Location: Jln Paya Terubung, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm (Closed on Monday)

Contact: +6012-908 1714

Cuisine: Western

Must-try: Waffle and pancake deserts, aglio olio (spicy), carbonara

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Conclusion

Out of these best cafés in Penang, we hope you find one that whets your appetite! Many of them operate until late at night, with some until midnight!

With refreshing drinks and air-conditioned settings, these cafés serve as oases after a hot day exploring Penang! The majority of them focus on western cuisines with some local touch!

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