Cafe Hopping In George Town – Penang Cafe 2021
Fast forward to 2021, and with no travel plans in sight, most Penangites spend their leisure Café Hopping In George Town.
There are only so many malls that you can go grocery shopping in Penang Island.
If you can’t cook like me or are tired of eating your own food, the best is to go someplace nice for a quiet western meal with coffee, matcha, and sweet dessert.
The Yuppies, Guppies, and Puppies know all the café list in Penang and take Aunty along for some tête-à-tête as usual.
You would think that while some of your favorites places have dwindled, closed, or retired <read the aunty and uncle joints> – many new cafes have popped up after a clap of thunder-like cute button mushrooms.
Some have expanded, and others are just spanking new with delicious nosh that borders on the chefs hitting all the notes right for 10 taste!
I have a list of old and new and upcoming cafes; I think they hit the spot for SmartDory and her merry tasters on this Penang Food Blog.
Check out this growing list of Penang Cafes for a food adventure that SmartDory enjoys.
Dessert And Cafe Hopping In George Town
Aesthetic and interiors are subjective, so is food taste!
If you like the sleek, bare cement rendered floor, walls and ceilings, huge doors -massive skylights or dark wooden interiors, faux leather everything or sitting on tiny stools (the ones that fit one of one massive buttock, ahem..) or whatever your fancy.
Dig your feet in the sand, count cobwebs, and pray that the floor above stays sturdy (I hang out with a structural engineer btw)
Believe me. There is a café for you to visit there in George Town!
Then again, I have written about my favorite haunts that I go to and hide (so they remain my favorite haunts)
Some of the places I like a lot include Nanny’s Pavillon in Central Park, Jakarta for the Pesto Pasta, Paul Bakery in several cities for its croissants, and the German Bakery in Hua Hin Thailand.
When it comes to fresh bread, big breakfasts, coffees, cakes, and over-the-top fusion desserts – many of these items are again very subjective.
Some places, I tested and liked and returned again and again.
Others are akin to love at first bite, and the romance fizzles out, but the memory remains, and I smile.
Anyways, take it from Aunty Dory (surely you jest, Fish – indeed!)
Penang Cafe Hopping In 2021
Cafe Hopping will probably leave you with a sugar rush and a caffeine buzz instead of a hangover, unlike clubbing and bar hopping.
Everyone has their favorite cafes in Penang – that secret hideaway from the rest of the world.
Some of these have great coffees, decadent cakes, or a favorite egg recipe.
It is impossible to have all the pluses in a single cafe, so most Penangites go to certain cafes for certain things.
Would you prefer a beautiful cafe that is cluttered with knick-knacks?
Or do you want somewhere peaceful and neutral and minimalist to relieve eye strain?
Cafe hopping and patronizing several different cafes on a single outing are fun if you have stomach space and deep pockets.
We sometimes go by area, say around Beach Street or the upcoming Victoria Street areas.
Some cafe’s locations are far-flung from the cafe crowds but have their own following nevertheless.
Here’s the shortlist of what we’ve been up to; Café Hopping in 2021 – to be fair, are arranged in alphabetical order.
For non-Yum Cha kakis who fancy a spot of English afternoon tea with a pot of Earl Grey and delectable Dim Sum bites – you’ll enjoy the relaxed ambiance and eclectic furnishing of a refurnished shophouse rickety staircase, and all.
Mind you, the prices are steep, but for the experience, you will enjoy your afternoon in a nice environment and very attentive service!
The Mystery Garden is the little courtyard air-well decorated with an indoor lush moss garden, tranquil sound of running water with the dramatic dry ice white mist effect.
Bao Teck Tea House 包德館
Address: 25, Lebuh Melayu, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Just as the moniker suggests, the Craftisan prides itself on its unique and handcrafted coffee, homemade desserts, and treats (read gelato!)
The original location of the café was above the Soul Café, touted as the 1st Photography Café in Malaysia.
The brightly lit deco is clean and relaxing – just the perfect ambiance to while away a free afternoon as you indulge in a coffee and delicious treats.
Address: Wellings Mansion, 67, Jln Sultan Ahmad Shah, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Flower Mulan Nyonya Cafe is a Nyonya restaurant with a picture-perfect romantic setting for that Kodak moment.
If you’re old skool, you will know that Kodak moment is now replaced with instagramable (so passe already). Try TikTok now!
The prettiest and the most opulent and over-the-top deco and full of flowers cafe is actually a flower shop and Nyonya restaurant all rolled into one.
If you want an all-out Nyona full-course meal or even a simple tea set, check with Flower Mulan.
Flower Mulan Nyonya Cafe
Address: 266 & 268, Jalan Burma, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Frank Laurent Coffee Roasters is one of the earliest boutique Malaysia roasters in Penang.
Their specialties include far-flung international brews from places I need to Google to find – I felt no inclination to try.
The Cafe Latte agrees with me with its bold and rounded taste and goes easy on my tummy.
However, compared to cafes – I would very much prefer table service rather than queuing for my cuppa.
Frank Laurent Coffee Roasters
Address: Udini Square, Block 2-1-20, Lebuh Tunku Kudin 3, 11700 Gelugor, Pulau Pinang
Hoshino Coffee Gurney Plaza is the perfect introduction to Japanese Coffee, Yōshoku – Foreign (Western) food, delectable Japanese Desserts, and Sweet Treats.
Many Western dishes have been adapted to Japanese taste in Japan and are now part of any Japanese family menu.
The pancakes from Japan’s Hoshino Cafe are legendary and worth trying!
Hoshino Coffee Gurney Plaza
Address: Ground Floor, Plaza Gurney, 170-G-41, 10250 George Town, Penang
Well-praised by veggie lovers and regulars, Vegetarian Kafe The Leaf Healthy House 綠葉坊 in Penang Street has delicious kinds of pasta and local food.
A notable dish is the Vegetarian Vietnamese Hand Rolls filling shredded white and purple cabbage, julienne carrots, lettuce, vegetarian meat floss, and green, red, and yellow capsicum slices.
Another interesting dish is the Vegetarian Otak Otak, which has the texture of fish and tastes like the real thing.
The little cafe has good healthy options to eat, tasty juices, and an organic product corner to check out.
Kafe The Leaf Healthy House
Address: 5, Lebuh Penang, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Nowhere like Kafka @ Victoria for an incredible hideaway experience full of good vines in the most historical precincts, Victoria Street, George Town, Penang.
An armillary sphere with the Sun at the center determining the rhythm of life?
You will enjoy the incredible vibes of a lot of collectibles! There’s a little hidden loft if you want to hideaway!
Kafka @ Victoria
Address: 51C, Lebuh Victoria, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
KIn Coffee Bar’s hidden entrance is from the back lane, and the cafe is built front to back.
If you’re looking for a hot menu, there is none, as there is no kitchen.
Kin Coffee Bar is exactly what the monikers say it is – a coffee bar with cakes.
Address: 209, Jalan Hutton, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Beach Street was known for its godown back in the day – the last thing you’d expect to discover is a little French bakery.
As much as I love a good French bakery – the croissant and chocolate eclairs, it was always the menu of a French café that attracts me.
I am a huge fan of the captivatingly beautiful famous and renowned French Paul Bakery – I visit whenever I’m in Singapore, Jakarta, and Manila.
Le Petit Four Patisserie, the little French bakery in George Town – French Desserts – Cakes, Croissant, Madeleine, and Scone. Opens 9.00 am
Le Petit Four Patisserie
Address: 310, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
On the same note, the presentation is INSTAGRAM picture-perfect, and the taste of each delicious morsel is delectable and surprising.
The service at the Macalister Mansion is par excellence with the attentive wait staff.
Address: 228, Jalan Macalister, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Myarte Cafe is a little Japanese fusion cafe in George Town with homemade Wagashi, Pasta, Sandwich, Coffee, and Desserts.
The cafe’s Hot Cakes are three high stack pancakes and served with toasted almonds and a small jug of browned butter salted caramel sauce.
The kind that smells buttery, the gooey right consistency, and not overly sweet!
Address: 75, Lebuh Bishop, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Boho chic Narrow Marrow Cafe’s new home on Beach Street, Penang, is no longer squished and narrow just downright exciting!
You can order coffee or Tuak!
Salted Gula Melaka Cheesecake is an interesting combination packed with a dense cheese layer and topped with a delicious walnut and solid crumbs.
Address: 312, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
12 OO White Coffee Waterfall (Opens 7.00 AM)
For early risers and joggers, many look for a cafe that opens really early in the morning.
Nearby the exercise venue and with easy parking (to Penangites, FREE parking is what we like collectively)
OO White Coffee wins big points for location, opening hours, and great breakfast options. But be warned; don’t expect Kopitiam prices here.
If you arrive after 9.00 AM and manage to park right next to the front door – it means paying private car park prices.
OO White Coffee Waterfall
Address: 29 & 31, Jalan Gottlieb, Taman Selamat, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang
PACE Coffee is a Breakfast and Brunch with an all-day breakfast menu, coffee, and desserts in George Town.
Address: 397, Beach St, Georgetown, 10300 George Town, Penang.
ROTI by Golden Bowl is where you want to try their Salted Coffee Kiam Kopi – Coffee with milk, sugar, and SALT!
You can try Hor Ka Sai, a perplexing name for a beverage.
In Hokkien, loosely translated means“Hor Ka Sai,” which means Tiger Bite Lion.
This Malaysian Cham (Mixed) drink has an interesting mocha of Kopi O and Milo.
ROTI by Golden Bowl
Address: 9, Medan Penaga, Kampung Batu Lanchang, 11600 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
15 Sin Seh Kai Artisan Bakery (Opens 7.30 AM)
Sin Seh Kai Artisan Bakery at New World Park is a cafe with the earliest opening hours – 7.30 am.
Sin Seh Kai Artisan Bakery is famous for its handmade bread and pastries baked fresh in small batches daily. They also have artisanal steamed Bao available in the cafe.
Sin Seh Kai Artisan Bakery
Address: 102-D, New World Park, 5, Jalan Burma, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Trois Canon Café is an old-style, Malaysian version of a Hong Kong Cha Chan Teng (tea restaurant) and scores a big point on nostalgic ambiance.
The ambiance of the café feels like entering into one of those classical coffee shops in Hong Kong.
The food is nothing fancy, but a typical Hong Kong café culture for you to experience.
The dining environment is pleasant for its price, a little cramped but with comfortable booth seats.
Trois Canon Café
Address: 165, Lebuh Campbell, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Phone: 04-264 3168
17 Yin’s Sourdough Bakery and Cafe (Opens 8.00 AM)
Yin’s Sourdough Bakery and Cafe
The stars at Yin’s are those wholesome, naturally fermented sourdough bread and buns made without any commercial yeast.
The artisan bakery strictly follows the sourdough method in baking all their goodies.
The outlet at Pesara Claimant in George Town consistently delivers great customer service and a mean cuppa of delicious Lattee.
Catch Baker extraordinaire Yin at the original outlet.
With the cozy warm ambiance, we couldn’t have asked for more.
Yin’s Sourdough Bakery and Cafe
Address: 11, Pesara Claimant, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Conclusion of Cafe Hopping In George Town – Penang Cafe 2021
George Town is more than just a cafe-hopping paradise. There are lots of things to explore and enjoy in Penang!
Before leaving for your trip, book your hotel for the best rates.
Experience a wet market in the morning and join Penangites for a Kopitiam breakfast of local delights.
Take in George Town’s architecture and historical sites as you dart in and out of cafes and experience the various activities Penang has to offer.
For more ideas on what to do in George Town city, read SmartDory Travel and Food blog.