Every time I travel, I mostly only have three things on my agenda: a) book stores or libraries, b) art galleries or museums, and c) coffee shops. Penang has a diverse, multicultural offering of food and most of all, a thriving coffee culture, living up to its name as the culinary capital of Malaysia. Here are some of the cafés and dessert places I visited:
1. Coffee Lane
Probably the best coffee shop I’ve been to in Penang. They serve specialty coffee – my favorite – skillfully prepared with your own prefered method to best suit your taste. I had Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, one of their best, as recommended by the kind barista.
435, Chulia St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
2. Passion Heart
Passion Heart Café is known for their cakes. I heard that most stores all over Penang get their cakes from Passion Heart. I tried their coffee crumble cake, if I’m not mistaken, which was one of the best I’ve had to date. It was so good that I (obviously) forgot to take a picture.
83, Muntri St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
3. Mews Café
Mews Café is more of a bistro than a sit-down coffee shop, which was not so bad, however, I was surprised upon arriving at their location. It was marketed as a kopitiam, which is a traditional coffee house in Penang, and the interiors are more fancy-ish restaurant type. Still, Mews Café is a great place to try traditional Penang food, and it’s where I finally got to have Laksa.
77, Jalan Muntri, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
4. Kota Dine & Coffee
It was incredibly hot when I went to Fort Cornwallis and after the tour I looked for the nearest place where I can have retreat away from the merciless heat coming from the sun. To my relief, Fort Cornwallis has a café. Kota’s menu is an inspired fusion of Western cuisine and the traditional flavors of Penang, making their dishes an innovative experience.
Fort Cornwallis, Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, 10200, Georgetown, Penang.
5. Coffee on the Table
I looked for this particular coffee shop while in Penang because they are rather known for their 3d latte art. My latte was too cute that I almost felt bad about drinking this little guy’s face away.
164, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
6. Merry Me
Merry Me claims that it offers the best desserts in all of Penang – and with good reason. Merry Me boasts picturesque, instagrammable desserts with unique flavors, a mesh of traditional ice cream and a taste of Malaysia. Currently, Merry Me has 3 branches all over Penang.
7. The Alley
This café took a while for me to find, but once I finally did (and discovered it was so near my hostel!), it was so worth it that I took my friend, someone who also stays in my hostel, with me the next day. Last I heard they did renovations in the place. Probably the place where you can find the best churros in all of Penang.
5, Stewart Ln, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
8. Twelve Cups
Twelve Cups is one of Penang’s oldest café establishments – meaning it’s one of the firsts that hit the now thriving coffee wave on the island. They offer a mesh of Japanese and Western cuisine. I was so happy to know that they serve acai bowls!
12, The WhiteAways Arcade, Beach St, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
9. Double Exposure Café
I’m not so sure if this café still exists since the last time I’ve been, but this was located at the back of the Camera Museum. A bit hidden, but it’s a worthy find nonetheless. The vintage interiors and wall art give it a quaint ambiance that I usually like in coffee shops. And they serve their lattes in lens mugs! I spent my time here writing on my post cards.
49 Lebuh Muntri, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia
10. Kaffa Espresso Bar
The Kaffa Espresso Bar is two storeys high: there is an al fresco dining area, a coffee bar, and most of all, an art gallery dedicated to both local and international artists. The walls are adorned with paintings of known figure in pop culture: Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, among others, and their interiors are inspired with a 70s American theme. Kaffa is a known coffee chain in Malaysia.