13 Cafés To Try Out If You're Clueless The Next Time You're In Penang

Hey, specialty coffee culture is spreading elsewhere in Malaysia too!

1. Kopi C Café at ChinaHouse @ Lebuh Pantai (pork-free)

Housed within a traditional compound of 3 heritage buildings, Kopi C occupies one of ChinaHouse's lifestyle spaces alongside a formal dining restaurant (BTB), a wine store, several art spaces, and a live performance bar (The Canteen). While the café serves all-day breakfasts as well as lunch and dinner fare, it is known to be a haven for rich, delicious cakes and pastries.

Address: 153 & 155, Lebuh Pantai & 183B, Lebuh Victoria, 10300 Georgetown, Penang.

Business Hours:
Monday to Friday: 9.00AM to 12.00AM
Saturday and Sunday: 9.00AM to 1.00AM

Contact Details: Give them a ring at 04-263 7299 or drop them an e-mail at [email protected].

Check out their Facebook page and official website for more information and photos!

2. Macallum Connoisseurs @ Gat Lebuh Macallum (non-halal)

What used to be a factory is now a warehouse café (the first of its kind in Penang), which is also a roastery (they roast their own blend of coffee beans!) and a coffee academy for baristas. The café serves a variety of Western-style brunch and mains, with their signature Smoked Duck Breast a must-try.

Address: 1 Gat Lebuh Macallum, 10300 Georgetown, Penang.

Business Hours: Daily from 9.00AM to 12.00AM.

Contact Details: Drop them a message at 011-1259 1459 or via e-mail at [email protected].

Check out their Facebook page and Instagram for more information and photos!

3. Huey & Wah @ Belisa Row (pork-free)

This cafe prides itself in producing its food from scratch, using only the best and healthiest ingredients possible. The main star of the café is definitely Huey & Wah’s in-house gourmet marshmallows. High on the popular list are the Stout marshmallows with Kopi-O, and the rose marshmallows with Cocoa.Board games and simple snacks are also provided to make you feel completely at home.

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Address: 368-1-14, Bellisa Row, Jalan Burma, 10350 Penang.

Business Hours: Daily from 8.00AM to 12.00AM.

Contact Details: Give 'em a ring at 04-228 3962 or drop them a message via e-mail to [email protected].

Check out their Facebook page and official website for more information and photos!

4. Monkeycup Café @ Jalan Chow Thye (pork-free)

Besides the usual Western fare, The Monkeycup Café also serves authentic Thai cuisine. Must-trys include their matcha latte (mixed with herbs) and premium Peaberry coffee from Thailand.

Address: 36C, Jalan Chow Thye, 10050 Penang.

Business Hours: Daily from 9.00AM to 12.00AM.

Contact Details: Give them a ring at 012-209 5536 or drop them a message via e-mail to [email protected].

Check out their Facebook page for more information and photos!

5. Awesome Canteen at Sekeping Victoria @ Lebuh Victoria (pork-free)

Famed for its picturesque quality and rustic charm, Awesome Canteen is a highly popular venue for events, photoshoots and exhibitions, as it is. Coffee here is known to be more than decent, and the food menu constantly offers surprises. This café is definitely a must-visit for Instagram and coffee addicts alike.

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Address: 164 Lebuh Victoria, Georgetown, 10300 Penang.

Business Hours: Daily from 12.00PM to 10.00PM, kitchen rests from 4.00PM to 6.00PM. Closed on Tuesday.

Contact Details: Give them a call at 04-261 3707 or e-mail [email protected].

Check out their Facebook page for more information and photos!

6. DCOVA @ Lebuh Bishop (non-halal)

Having attained heritage city status, there are bound to be cafes that feature an ideal balance of heritage preservation and modern refurbishment and you’ll get just this at DCOVA. From the outside, it looks as if it was built in London or France and on the inside you’ll find sumptuous fusion food with a twist.

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Address: Logan Heritage, No. 4, Lebuh Bishop, 10200 Georgetown, Penang.

Business Hours:
Sunday and Monday: 10.00AM to 10.00PM
Wednesday and Thursday: 10.00AM to 10.00PM
Friday and Saturday: 10.00AM to 12.00AM
Closed on Tuesday

Contact Details: Call 04-261 3121 or drop a message to [email protected].

Check out their Facebook page for more information and photos!

7. PIK NIK @ Nagore Road (non-halal)

In search for a place that you could let your hair down, put on flip flops and throw on your most comfy outfit, munch on some yummy food, sip on some freshly made yogurt smoothies while listening to some feel good music, PIK NIK is your place to 'lepak' on a lazy day.

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Address: 15, Nagore Road, 10050 Penang.

Business Hours:
Sunday and Monday: 3.00PM to 12.00AM
Wednesday and Thursday: 3.00PM to 12.00AM
Friday and Saturday: 3.00PM to 1.00AM
Closed on Tuesday

Contact Details: For reservations, call 016-448 1517 or drop a message to [email protected].

Check out their Facebook page and Instagram for more information and photos!

8. The Safe Room @ Lebuh Campbell (pork-free)

Once a goldsmith shop, The Safe Room has been artistically renovated into a contemporary dessert café and bar. The café serves nitrogen ice cream, dragon's breath (popcorn on dry ice), specially brewed coffee as well as cakes, waffles, smoothies. Also, don't forget to visit the Love Lock tree in the safe room/vault that has been preserved for a century.

Address: 42, Lebuh Campbell, 10100 Georgetown, Penang.

Business Hours: Daily from 10.00AM to 11.00PM. Closed on Monday.

Contact Details: To make reservations, call 04-261 2479 or e-mail [email protected].

Check out their Facebook page and official website for more information and photos!

9. The Alley @ Stewart Lane (pork-free)

Georgetown’s best-hidden secret is probably the only place in town that sells churros and cronuts, bringing American delights into the heart of Penang. Not to be missed is The Alley’s affogato, made up of a scoop of Haagen-Daz ice cream paired with the café’s locally roasted signature coffee.

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Address: 5, Stewart Lane, 10200 Georgetown, Penang.

Business Hours: Daily from 12.00PM to 12.00AM.

Contact Details: Call 04-261 3879 or drop an e-mail to [email protected].

Check out their Facebook page for more information and photos!

10. The Mugshot Café @ Chulia Street (halal)

Rustic, down to earth and rather hip, The Mugshot Café opens early for breakfast and serves good bakery fare from the Rainforest bakery next door. This café’s menu consists of homemade yogurt with a variety of toppings and five sorts of bagel sandwiches to accompany your favourite morning cuppa.

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Address: 302 Chulia Street, 10200 Georgetown, Penang.

Business Hours: Daily from 8.00AM to 12.00AM.

Contact Details: Give them a ring at 012-405 6276.

Check out their Facebook page for more information and photos!

11. Bricklin Café and Bar @ Jalan Gurdwara (pork-free)

Nestled at the corner of Hin Bus Depot, this corner café has earned its reputation for its top-notch coffee, handcrafted by professional baristas and concocted from locally roasted beans from Feeka. Bricklin Bar’s signature brew is the Red Latte (a unique rendition of teh tarik) and its very own Bricklin Cold Brew.

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Address: 31A Jalan Gurdwara, 10300 Georgetown, Penang.

Business Hours:
Monday to Friday: 10.00AM to 7.00PM
Saturday and Sunday: 10.00AM to 10.00PM

Contact Details: Please call 04-226 6813.

Check out their Facebook page and Instagram for more information and photos!

12. The Twelve Cups @ Lebuh Pantai (pork-free)

An eye-catching wonderland that is made out of European fittings and fixtures is what you can find here at The Twelve Cups. Aiming to cater for the benefits of vegetarian lovers, the café solely serves vegetarian food with awesome coffee as well as an array of handmade mille crepe cakes.

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Address: 12, The WhiteAways Arcade, Beach Street, 10300 Georgetown, Penang.

Business Hours: Daily from 10.00AM to 12.00AM.

Contact Details: Give them a ring at 04-262 6812 or send an e-mail to [email protected].

Check out their Facebook page and Instagram for more information and photos!

Note: The Twelve Cups is currently close for renovation and will be reopened by the end of September.

13. Pit Stop No. 12 @ Chulia Street (non-halal)

The interior of Pit Stop No. 12 brings us back to the olden days with the antique prints and retro wall paintings adorning its walls as well as its laid-back ambience. The café serves offers all-day breakfast sets in addition to mains such as pasta and rice.

Address: 12, Lorong Chulia, 10200 Penang.

Business Hours: Daily from 9.00AM to 6.00PM.

Contact Details: Call them at 04-261 1306.

Check out their Facebook page for more information and photos!

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