10 Coffee Shops in Penang, Malaysia

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
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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
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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.
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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
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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.

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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
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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
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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.

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Cariza is a writer based in Washington, DC. If drinking coffee and writing sad poetry were a personality, it'd be her.


  1. Reply

    The Eastern

    August 6, 2019

    Wow! You got a lot of stuff. Thank you for sharing