Penang, Malaysia – Apart from delicious local Penang dishes and Nonya restaurants, I also managed to check some of the good cafes in Penang to satisfy my caffeine fix and enjoy some brunch fares as well. Here are some of the top spots to check out if ChinaHouse is too mainstream for you!
Macallum Connoisseurs Coffee Company
This is quite possibly the biggest cafe I have seen in Penang. It occupies a huge flat ground industrial building, with spacious tables and seating arrangement. The menu is designed like a magazine and boasts a wide selection of brunch fares like sandwiches and eggs benedict. The flat white I had is quite easy to drink and pretty good.
Where: 1, Gat Lebuh Macallum, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Ome by Spacebar Coffee
This is one narrowly designed cafe which has a nice natural light in the middle of the shophouse through the transparent glass ceiling. The interior takes on an NYC loft style with strong red brick walls. The menu mainly offers beverages like coffee and tea, along with a couple of desserts like chocolate brownie prepared in-house.
Where: 1, Lorong Toh Aka, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
This is an interesting concept. A collaboration between Rabbit x Hold Up, the space is a cafe in the day while it transforms to a bar in the evening in a speakeasy fashion where the entrance is a secret compartment. The Japanese inspired drinks like Hojicha and Matcha Lattes are the must try beverages here. Should you still have space, try the seasonal flavours of the softserve where I had the Harry Potter inspired Butterbeer flavour.
Where: 75, Jalan Kuala Kangsar, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Not quite the norm, this small and cosy cafe has glass panes which overlook the quiet street. The space is a mix of marbled and wooden table tops, which has the ambience of cafes in Taipei or Tokyo. The coffee is passable, though I would prefer it with more punch. Food menu is also available where you can get your brunch fix.
Where: 260c, Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Located just around the corner from Norm, I would recommend Narrow Marrow if you love an old vintage ambience. As the name suggests, the layout of the cafe is a narrow shophouse setting denominated by random vintage looking furniture which adds much character to the cafe. I had the Iced Mocha which is very good.
Where: 252A, Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Located within a residential area, Lunabar Coffee has a welcoming garden like entrance for a start. The interior feels like a home with a backyard, whereas the drinks like the matcha latte and ambience could easily pass off as one in Taipei or Tokyo. That said, the beverages I tried like the flat white and matcha latte are pretty mediocre. The saving grace is the welcoming service.
Where: 10d, Jalan Clove Hall, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Well known for its churros, I dropped by The Alley for a quick coffee. If you are not in the mood for coffee, try the Grilled Lemonade which turns out to be surprisingly refreshing. The space is not that big, without a strong interior theme as the others I visited in Penang, but good enough for a quick pit stop from the harsh weather.
Where: 5, Stewart Ln, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
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