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
- Best Cafes In Gurney Drive/Pulau Tikus
- Cafés Near Batu Ferringhi
- Cafés Near Ayer Itam
- Penang Cafés Near Relau
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!
Their fresh cakes and bread are baked everyday in-store!
Espresso coffees are especially popular here! Check out the art exhibition upstairs too!
2. Coffee 45 Cafe
Ranging from heavy meals to light snacks, there’s also a fair share of vegan food on the menu!
Choose from a wide array of hot and cold coffees and sip out of a camera lens cup! Or opt for tea instead!
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!
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!
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!
Ramlee fans will immediately notice a mural of the musical legend!
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.
5. Dolce Dessert
Get your sweet tooth fix at Dolce Dessert! The stars of this café are undoubtedly the fine assortment of charming desserts.
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!
You can choose either an outdoor or indoor seating, with more seats upstairs!
6. Wheelers Café Penang
A must-visit in Love Lane is this two-storey bicycle-themed café!
Marvel at the furnished bicycles and wheels that line the interior in creative ways! The setting is very cozy too!
The relaxing ambiance makes it a great place to hang out with friends for birthday celebrations or reunions!
You can also get the Wheeler’s Card to enjoy members-only privileges!
7. Norm Café
Hidden away from the hustle and bustle, this quaint waffle house adopts white walls and tiles, with natural lighting and trees!
Norm Café transforms into a cocktail bar, Noct at night! With blue and purple neon lights washing over the clean minimalist interior!
Order alcohol infused-food and beverages to let loose!
8. Macallum Connoisseurs Coffee Company
Macallum Connoisseurs occupies an immense space in a former warehouse!
A start up by coffee enthusiasts, it is suitable for large-group meet ups with their ample parking spaces and seats!
Their menu offers a great selection of mains, beverages and desserts! Make sure you try out the specials, especially the Coffee Spaghetti!
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With something interesting lying at every corner, ChinaHouse is a narrow but long, occupying 3 heritage buildings!
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!
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!
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!
Black Kettle greets customers with a line of artisan baked goods at the entrance.
You can also organize parties and events using their function hall upstairs!
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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!
The chic décor and soothing environment make for a fitting location to catch up with friends!
Hotel guests staying at the same building can come here for a convenient breakfast!
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!
For a quick pick-me-up, try their Cold Brew Black or White!
Otherwise, you can also select from their range of artisan coffee and finger food!
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!
As the name suggests, this café specializes in sourdough, and cooks up dishes that are as delicious as they are healthy.
They also have a wide range of pastas including a flavorful Aglio Olio that will have you coming back for more!
14. Chapel Street Cafe
Despite the ambiguous exterior, this café is a scenic hole in the wall that is both quiet and cozy.
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.
Other than that, their all-day breakfast menu and specialty coffees are crowd-favorites.
And do not worry non-coffee drinkers, they have iced-chocolates, milkshakes, and teas just for you!
15. Kafka Penang
Kafka Penang is one of the newer cafés in Penang.
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!
They have long tables to accommodate large groups of family and friends! And their own car park for customers out in front!
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!
Ferringhi Coffee Garden serves all-day breakfast and different lunch options.
Alcoholic beverages are readily available too! At night, the restaurant opens next door for dinner.
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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!
Unwind in the evening with the live music performances, sometimes by the host himself!
Order their cold beer or wine without breaking the bank!
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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!
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!
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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!
Huge window panels allow ample natural lighting into the café which uses a medley of up-cycled furniture!
Grab a book off the shelves and nestle in the comfy environment while you savor your coffee!
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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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