Penang is one of the most visited states in Malaysia, and we can definitely see why! It’s considered one of the most diverse cities in Malaysia, with people of different races, living in harmony. However, one of the main draws to the state is its variety of food. Gastronomes love to patronise this island for its wide repertoire of foods, ranging from the local satay, char koay teow to Western dishes and more! It’s a city that has easily merged the old and the new, the east and the west in its cuisine and street foods. So check out just a small fraction of the best restaurants and cafes in Penang!
Read on to find out about the top 10 places to eat in Penang, Malaysia:
1. Try the Living Room Cafe Bar & Gallery
The Living Room Cafe Bar & Gallery serves Asian fusion food, such as barbequed pork ribs, red, sizzling prawns, Thai style chicken, local nasi goreng, or fried rice, satay, salt ‘n’ pepper squid and their nonya kapitan curry. Other dishes include their house beef burger, Penang fried 'koay teow’ and don’t forget the fish 'n’ chips.
You can dine here for breakfast, dinner, lunch or after-hours and there is free WiFi, too. Facilities include a full bar, highchairs and outdoor seating. It serves alcohol and is wheelchair-friendly.
Living Room Cafe Bar & Gallery
Address: 43-C Batu Ferringhi 11100 Penang
Facebook: Living Room Cafe Bar & Gallery
2. Savour affordable food at Foong Wei Chinese Restaurant at Sri Bahari
Foong Wei Chinese Restaurant is famous for its affordability, without compromising quality. It is especially well known for its seafood soup, rich in crab meat, fish maw and julienned shiitake mushrooms. The delectable cod in a scallion sauce is another favourite as is the Pomfret, cooked in two styles: fried and battered with bones in and sauteed and sliced, with vegetables.
Foong Wei Chinese Restaurant
Address: 25, Jalan Sri Bahari, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
3. Tek Sen Restaurant
Tek Sen Restaurant serves authentic Chinese food, like braised bean curd with prawns and garnished with spring onions, fried fish in tomato sauce, vinegar and pineapple cubes and curry Assam fish with ladies’ fingers. Check it out and savour it, yourself.
Tek Sen Restaurant
Address: 18, Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Facebook: Tek Sen Restaurant
4. Taste delectable seafood at Zheng Xian Ge Restaurant
Zheng Xian Ge Restaurant is well known for its authentic scallops, cooked in a stainless steel steamer. Furthermore, there is also other seafood dishes, like baby lobster, crayfish, crabs and prawns, cooked in a clay pot. The seafood is sumptuous here and there is a wide variety of dishes to choose from.
Zheng Xian Ge Restaurant
Address: A-3-1 Vantage Jalan Desiran Tanjung, 10470 Tanjung Tokong, Penang
Facebook: Zheng Xian Ge Restaurant
5. Tai Tong Restaurant
Tai Tong Restaurant serves scrumptious dim sum, in a plethora of mini dishes. There are ‘har kau’ or prawn dumplings, fish balls, 'siew mai’ or pork dumplings, fried carrot cake, steamed prawns wrapped in hor fun skin with scallion sauce, char siew covered in yam paste and deep fried, and Chinese tea, like teh Kuan Yin, puh-er, jasmine, oolong tea and more.
Tai Tong Restaurant
Address: 45, Lebuh Cintra, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Facebook: Tai Tong Restaurant
6. Andrew's Kampung Restaurant
Located in Ayer Itam, Andrew’s Kampung Restaurant serves delicious Kapitan chicken curry in a glass bowl, steamed grouper in a savoury Siam style sauce, fried belacan chicken and the ubiquitous ‘char koay teow’, amongst a list of other delightful dishes.
Andrew's Kampung Restaurant
Address: 2nd Floor, Eden Parade, Jalan Sungai Emas, Kawasan Perumahan Sungai Emas, 11100 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang
Facebook: Andrew’s Kampung Restaurant
7. Kuih Nyonya Moh Teng Pheow
Kuih Nyonya Moh Teng Pheow sells pulut inti, wrapped in banana leaves, kuih lapis, kuih bengka, kuih talam, kuih kosui, pie tee, curry puffs, spring rolls, served with tea or coffee and finally laksa and the local favourite nasi lemak.
Kuih Nyonya Moh Teng Pheow
Address: Chulia Street Night Hawker Stalls, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Facebook: Kuih Nyonya Moh Teng Pheow
8. Ivy's Nyonya Cuisine
Located in the heart of Georgetown, Ivy’s Nyonya Cuisine offers a succulent burst of flavours, with their Assam prawns, Jiu Hu Char, Assam fish curry with lady’s fingers, acar ikan masin, sambal petai, besides other authentic Nonya Peranakan foods. The owner is friendly, too, and by word of mouth, this restaurant is highly recommended by diners.
Ivy's Nyonya Cuisine
Address: 58, Jalan Chow Thye, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Facebook: Ivy’s Nyonya Cuisine
9. Kebaya Restaurant
Kebaya Restaurant has a lovely, renovated ambience that is a marriage of old colonial style, with a modern twist. The food is just as good as the surroundings. It is an upmarket restaurant, catered to fine dining in Penang.
Address: 2-16, Stewart Lane, 10200 George Town, Penang
Facebook: Kebaya Restaurant
10. Jawi House Cafe & Gallery
Jawi House Cafe & Gallery serves awesome cucur udang, or prawns fried in batter, onions with beancurd, with slices of cucumber and peanut sauce on the side. It is a wholesome meal by itself. Other dishes include pizza and blue rice, naturally coloured by morning glory flowers.
Jawi House Cafe & Gallery
Address: 85 Lebuh Armenian, 10200 Penang, Malaysia.
Website: Jawi House Cafe & Gallery
Further Read: 17 Best Street food places in Ipoh you must try
Glorious food in Penang!
This list of top ten places to eat In Penang is not exhaustive. There are many more hidden gems, in obscure places - you just need to hunt around for the next best cafe, should you visit Penang to feast on its local flavours. Penang is famous for its food, not only throughout Asia but around the world. Its restaurants and street food have made the list in Lonely Planet, as one of the top food destinations. Ranging from local Nonya Peranakan food to fusion and continental dishes, Penang has it all as a foodie paradise.
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