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Best Cafes In Penang For 2021

May 7, 2021 by The Fun Empire Team

Cafes Penang

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With the cultural diversity seen in their local cuisines, Penang really lives up to its moniker as one of Asia's greatest street food city. In 2012, Forbes listed Penang as one of the world's 'Top 10 Cities For Street Foods'. Amidst their reputation for their street food cuisines, Penang also has its fair share of modern and innovative cafes. From beautiful aesthetics interior to unique offerings in their menu, check out these 10 best cafes in Penang.

Through this list, we will be sharing with you the best places for you to enjoy your daily caffeine fix in the wonderful state of Penang!

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1. The Warung

The Warung
Key ServicesCafes Penang: A lifestyle retail store and cafe
Websitehttp://www.thewarung.my/
Address 145, Lebuh Victoria 10300 Penang
Phone04–2260123
Emailhello@thewarung.my
Operating Hours9.30am to 6pm, Daily

The Warung’s concept is to re-create a modern-day Warung selling daily essential products while connecting a community that makes and appreciates positive vibes through good merchandising. The goods that they curate for their store is based on awesome quality products by artisans, makers and designers for simple, everyday living. They give priority to the thoughtful, ethical design by makers and contemporary designers who use sustainable practices. Their cafe allows the community to enjoy some coffee and meals while browsing through our retail store.

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, their special highlight in the cafe is our Waffles.
  • Secondly, located in the George Town heritage area, they try to best preserve the heritage architecture of the building
  • Thirdly, they collaborate with local makers and artisans to support locally crafted products.

Client Testimonial

Wonderful place. Big portions. Great food, service and ambience. Must visit.

Trisha Ng

2. Constant Gardener Coffee

Cafes Penang
Constant Gardener
Key ServicesCafes Penang: Single origin speciality coffees and unique medium roast blends, homemade cakes and light pastries
Websitehttps://constantgardener.coffee/
Address9 Lebuh Light, Ground Floor, Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce Building, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia.
Phone+6011-6078 7883
EmailOperation@ConstantGardener.Coffee
Operating HoursDaily 9:00am – 10:00pm
Last Order 9:30pm

Located in George Town, Penang, this beautiful little café opened its door in February 2015, with a focus on specialty coffee. Constant Gardener Coffee aims to provide sustainable quality at the highest value for the customers.

This family owned and managed coffee shop has evolved over the years to include serving fine hot chocolates from France, Belgium, Switzerland and Malaysia. Some of the most unique hot chocolates served here include the Venezuelan Criollo chocolate and Ecuadorian Nacional single varieties.

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, constantly changing seasonal speciality coffees - espresso based and pour over.
  • Secondly, wide selection of single origin Hot Chocolates.
  • Thirdly, single estate Matcha latte without sugar and comprehensive tea menu.

Client Testimonial

The chocolate drinks were what wowed us during this visit. I don't really like to order chocolate drink in cafe cause it might just taste like Dutch Lady. But this one, really, it has got the kick.

Penang Foodie

3. Kafka

Kafka
Key ServicesCafes Penang: Food and Beverage
Websitekafkacoffee.com
AddressKafka @ Kelawai: 15, Jalan Kelawai, George Town, 10250 Pulau Pinang.
Kafka @ Victoria: 51C, Lebuh Victoria, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Phone04-2189726
Emailhey@kafkacoffee.com
Operating HoursKafka @ Kelawai: Mon-Sun 8am-11pm, Tues 8am-6pm
Kafka @ Victoria: daily 9am-12am

Their journey began in January 2019, hidden in plain sight in the heart of Penang. Their vision was clear from the start; to create a space where conversation and creation can thrive uninhibited. A space where good food and even better coffee can be found. This was done by working hand in hand with strong local partners, from whom they are able to source quality beans and present coffee with a distinct character to you. They like to think of themselves as a stop in many people's lives, one that makes all the difference in their day.

Through expansion, they also hope to be a safe space for one and all, including their team. Each of them have diverse backgrounds and skills, but through their individual differences, they're able to grow collectively as a team. However, even as they continue to expand, they're mindful of their environmental impact and try their best to leave a positive effect on both the community and our surroundings. Together, they hope to create a remarkable experience through our coffee that can be enjoyed with them in-store, or in the comforts of your own home.

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, Quaint & humble joints inspired by honesty design and eatery.
  • Secondly, they provide innovative flavours and include multi-regional food fusion.
  • Thirdly, they are proud of their local roots and are involved with the local small businesses community.

Client Testimonial

Kafka is Penang’s most frequented cafe for the island regulars because it has the ideal setting. From a wide range of cuisine offered on its menu, the standard of food and service keep customers coming back.

Queenie Soon

4. Black Kettle

Black Kettle
Key ServicesCafes Penang: Bistro, Bakery and Cafe. Premium Dimattina Coffee Beans.
Websitehttps://www.blackkettle.com.my/
Address105, Beach Street, 10300
Penang, Malaysia
Phone6042519270
Emailtalk2us@blackkettle.com.my
Operating HoursMonday: 11 am–9 pm
Tuesday: 11 am–9 pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 11 am–9 pm
Friday: 11 am–9 pm
Saturday: 11 am–9 pm
Sunday: 11 am–9 pm

Black Kettle offers a variety of dishes from around the globe. A cosmopolitan menu selection ranging from Mexican, French, Chinese, British, Indian, Moroccan, mediterranean and ofcourse Local Flavours. Their sauces are made in-house and only the freshest ingredient are used. . Hand-made European Baking. Started with expertise transfer from a highly qualified & experienced German Master Baker. Made from the original bacteria culture (19 years old, 2021), their bakery's specialty levain range of sourdough to local loaves & pastries Di Mattina Coffee (since 1954).

In collaboration with Melbourne based multiple-award winning coffee roasters, Black Kettle imports the beans directly from Australia. Awards such as the prestigious CSR Golden Beans Award and many more. A note worth mentioning is that Di Mattina is the first Australian Coffee beans roaster certified Halal by the Malaysian JAKIM.

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, Multiple Award Winning Coffee Beans airflown directly from Melbourne, Australia.
  • Secondly, Artisan Bakery with 19year old Levain (2021), Sourdough bakery & pastry products.
  • Thirdly, Located at the Heart of UNESCO World Heritage, in a building over 100years old.

Client Testimonial

It was an impromptu patronage. The coffee was just the right taste and the poisson was delectable cooked to near perfection. Quiet and cozy ambiance, friendly staff and fresh bakery will sure expect my coming back again. Highly recommended.

Suk Cheing Tong

5. Kohii Board Games Cafe

Kohii Board Games Cafe
Key ServicesCafe Penang: Board Games Cafe
Websitehttps://shop.kohii.my/
AddressNO 78, 1, Lintang Sungai Pinang, 10150 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Phone+60 10-441 4820
Emailhello@kohii.my
Operating HoursMonday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 3:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday: 3:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday: 3:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday: 3:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday: 1:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday: 1:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Kohii Board Game Cafe is the only cafe in Malaysia that focuses on both board game retail/education and also specialty coffee. They offer over 200 types of games for walk-in, to begin with, while having more than 5000 titles for sale on their web store. They offer both American and European board games whereby both serve a different kind of enjoyment and satisfaction.

At the same time, Kohii strives to serve one of the best coffee in Penang. With a wide selection of beans from various countries such as Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Kenya, and many more, tagging with the scoring of at least 85, they serve the best of it as specialty coffee.

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, Kohii Board Game Cafe offers team building services to MNC such as Intel, Dell, HP, Motorola, and etc.
  • Secondly, . Kohii Board Game Cafe is the largest board game retailer in Northern Malaysia.
  • Thirdly, Kohii Board Game Cafe serves specialty coffee which is unique over Malaysia.

Client Testimonial

It was a very nice place to hangout either with friends or family who love boardgames. There were lots of games to play and you can also buy. And their coffee are superb. An actual kind of coffee, I guess w/o sugar. It's delicious.

Nur MZ

6. Joies Cafe

Joies Cafe
Key Services Cafes Penang: Serving homemade, healthy sourdough, meatless meals and desserts made with love
Websitejoiessourdough.com
Address32, Jalan Moulmein, 10350 Georgetown Penang
Phone 04-2260479 / 016 -4366288 (Whatsapp)
Emailjoiescafe@gmail.com
Operating Hours8am - 5pm

At Joies, they strive to use the most traditional ways to prepare food with love and gratitude, to achieve real food force and soul to soul connection as they serve. Serving healthy meatless Paris & Italian cuisine, all sauce are homemade, as they carefully choose their ingredients such as organic cane sugar, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, sea salt and fresh vegetables.

Their bakery produces fresh handmade sourdough daily, which is served in their sourdough toast dishes and also available for sale in loaves. Made using imported organic unbleached flour, sea salt, starter and filtered water, they make their sourdough without adding sugar or oil. As for desserts, Joies make cheesecakes with a twist. Tofu cheesecakes. Low in sugar and calories, they make them without artificial coloring, preservatives or flavoring

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, Sourdough is love. Handmade with organic, unbleached flour, sea salt, starter and filtered water, with no added sugar or oil.
  • Secondly, healthy meatless cuisine. We serve a variety of sourdough toasts, pastas and burgers prepared with a range of homemade sauces packed with the secrets of Joies.
  • Low sugar tofu cheesecakes. Cheesecakes with a twist. Natural with no added artificial coloring, preservatives or flavoring.

7. Hanakoya Flower Cafe Penang

Hanakoya Flower Cafe Penang
Key ServicesCafes Penang: Flower Tea, Coffee, Pastry, Afternoon Tea Set, Brunch and Dinner
Websitehttps://www.hanakoya.com.my
Address83, Lebuh Muntri, Georgetown, 10200 Georgetown Pulau Pinang
Phone017-4401516
Emailhanakoyaflowerscafe@gmail.com
Operating Hours10am - 10pm except Wednesday

Established in 2017, The first Hanakoya Flower Café was opened at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. In 2021, Hanakoya Flower Café operated their second branch at this beautiful city known as the pearl of orient, located in a century-old heritage building at Georgetown, Pulau Pinang.

This charmingly elegant jewel gains it’s popularity for its hearty takes on classic savouries, vintage afternoon tea and sweet indulgence, along with lush atmosphere and passionate service.

Hanakoya Flower Café presents a dining experience that is truly fascinating. Relaxed yet refined, guests can look forward to inventive dishes and creative beverages that focus on freshness and bold flavors. Hanakoya Flower Café is perfect for some gratifying meals, lazy afternoon tea, romantic date and warming celebration.

Hanakoya Flower Café exists for the sole purpose of making it effortless for you to experience out of this world ambience while enjoying great food and beverage. Truly a safe haven in the middle of your busy days, as it’s name stands.

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, the cafe represents modern, new life style
  • Secondly, a cafe housed with the florist, coffee and flower fragrant together
  • Thirdly, second outlet at Penang, the third coming soon at Kuala Lumpur

8. Soul Cafe

Cafes Penang
Soul Cafe (Instagram)
Key ServicesCafes Penang: Italian Food And Drinks , Photography Gallery
Websitehttp://soulcafe.my/
Address12, Jalan Kek Chuan, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Phone+60 4-226 8200
EmailN.A.
Operating HoursMonday: 11 am–10 pm
Tuesday: 11 am–10 pm
Wednesday: 11 am–10 pm
Thursday: 11 am–10 pm
Friday: 11 am–10 pm
Saturday: 11 am–10 pm
Sunday: Closed

Are you a coffee-enthusiast who has a deep interest in artistic photography? Well, this cafe might just be the one for you! Soul Cafe is a must-see coffee spot for avid cafe-hoppers. Its unique offerings of healthy Italian cuisines and beverages will definitely amaze your taste buds. Moreover, the cafe aims to deliver a special coffeehouse experience by incorporating photography and artistic elements to their cafe.

Hence, for those who are looking to have your caffeine fix in an art-filled atmosphere, do check out this cafe!

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, they are the 1st photography cafe in Malaysia.
  • Secondly, they offer a wide range of healthy Italian cuisines and premium quality coffee.
  • Thirdly, events and exhibitions can be held in the cafe.

Client Testimonial

Wide selection of spaghetti, tasty and cooked with fresh ingredient. Excellent and friendly service. Contactless ordering process. Recommended. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Chiew Fui Lee

9. Norm Micro Roastery

Cafes Penang
Norm Micro Roastery (Facebook)
Key ServicesCafes Penang: Coffee roaster and coffee company.
WebsiteN.A.
Address13, Gat Lebuh Gereja, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Phone+60 16-527 6273
EmailN.A.
Operating HoursMonday: 9 am–10 pm
Tuesday: 9 am–10 pm
Wednesday: 9 am–10 pm
Thursday: 9 am–10 pm
Friday: 9 am–10 pm
Saturday: 9 am–10 pm
Sunday: 9 am–10 pm

With its interesting interior eliciting a very industrial vibe, Norm Micro Roastery offers special cuisines and beverages to its customers. When it comes to their coffee, they really take it seriously. Aside from just brewing and serving coffee, the cafe even roasts its very own coffee beans. This meticulous process will surely excite avid coffee enthusiasts.

In addition, the cafe also offers scrumptious meals such as risotto, pasta and burgers. Take a break from your bustling lifestyle in the city and pamper yourself with a with a good cup of Norm Micro Roastery's coffee.

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, they manually roasts and toasts the coffee beans.
  • Secondly, they offer heartier meals for those who are craving for a good brunch!
  • Thirdly, the ambience of the cafe goes well with their offerings

Clients Testimonial

Love at the first sight with this place. I guess they turned an old factory place into an industrial and minimalism spacious cafe. I do enjoy working here, the coffee and the food are delicious with relatively cheap price. Will definitely come back again whenever I’m in Penang.

Indah Mustikasari

10. Brown Pocket

Brown Pocket (Instagram)
Key ServicesCafes Penang: Artisanal Coffee, Waffles and Fluffy Pancakes
Websitehttp://www.brownpocket.com/
AddressGurney Paragon L- 10250, 6-11, Jalan Kelawai, Georgetown, 10250 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Phone+60 4-370 5035
Emailadmin@brownpocket.com
Operating HoursMonday: 10am–10pm
Tuesday: 10am–10pm
Wednesday: 10am–10pm
Thursday: 10am–10pm
Friday: 10am–10pm
Saturday: 10am–10pm
Sunday: 10am–10pm

Ever savour the sweetness of a Belgian Liege waffles? Well, now you need not have to go to Belgium to try it out!

Located in the heart of the Georgetown city, Brown Pocket offers an exclusive range of European desserts and coffees. Their coffee is carefully crafted by a local coffee roaster in Penang. This is to ensure a consistency in the quality of their coffee. In addition, do try out their signature desserts such as their fruit-filled Liege Waffles and Yogurt Parfaits.

With its cozy and posh ambience, it is definitely your go-to place with your loved ones. Hence, do check out Brown Pocket if you're in Georgetown!

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, they serve premium European desserts such as Liege Waffles and Yogurt Parfaits.
  • Secondly, they have a seasonal menu every day.
  • Thirdly, they welcome bookings and walk-in customers.

Client Testimonial

This place was epic. Staff was nice and WiFi was good. Can come here for a date, a meeting, to edit or even if you want Tom one get away from the world. Espresso are nice and strong plus have variety in menu. Thank you and we will be back soon

Johnny Baloota

11. Wells Cafe Penang

Wells Cafe (Instagram)
Key ServicesCafes Penang: Freshly brewed coffee
Websitehttps://www.wellscafepg.com/
Address27A, Jalan Chow Thye, 10050 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Phone+60 16-459 9863
Emailwellscafepg@gmail.com
Operating HoursMonday: 9am–6pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 9am–6pm
Thursday: 9am–6pm
Friday: 9am–6pm
Saturday: 9am–6pm
Sunday: 9am–6pm

If you're looking to unwind and relax during the weekends, Wells Cafe might just be the spot for you! With natural lighting shining onto the cafe's interior, it is the perfect place to chill out with your friends. This cafe emphasizes on the fundamental steps to coffee making. These includes roasting, brewing and green bean sourcing.

On top of that, the cafe is known to offer a wide range of desserts such as waffles and cakes. Coupled with the cafe's beautiful interior and their unique menu, it is definitely the go-to Instagrammable spot for a delicious treat.

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, they introduced sustainable green beans processing in Penang.
  • Secondly, wide range of coffee originating from different countries.
  • Thirdly, specialize in the Traditional Japanese and Modern Nordic roasting method.

Client Testimonial

Good place to gather people, nice drinks and foods provided, clean environment and friendly staffs, recommended

Charlyne Tan

12. The Alley

The Alley
Key ServicesCafes Penang: Specialty coffee, Churros, Cheesecakes
WebsiteN.A.
Address5, Stewart Ln, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Phone+60 17-373 4829
Emailthealleypenang@gmail.com
Operating HoursMonday: 10am–6pm
Tuesday: 10am–6pm
Wednesday: 10am–6pm
Thursday: 10am–6pm
Friday: 10am–10pm
Saturday: 10am–10pm
Sunday: 10am–10pm

Tucked along the quiet streets of Stewart Lane, The Alley cafe boasts a premium range of artisanal coffee and beverages despite it being a small cafe. You will be amazed at their specialty coffee as well as their scrumptious desserts. Their desserts include churros and cheesecakes. With its fancy and artistic elements, it definitely elicits a very- 'hipster-ish' vibes.

Moreover, you will be greeted by their friendly baristas who are passionate about coffee. Do check this cafe out if you're in Penang!

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, they serve uniquely flavoured churros and cheesecakes.
  • Secondly, a very laid back atmosphere for customers.
  • Thirdly, friendly baristas and staffs.

Client Testimonial

Undoubtedly serving the best churros in Penang goes to The Alley. Preserving top notch quality food and beverages even after years of operations, this is the place to be for a cuppa and dessert. Cozy place but with limited seatings.

Tan Wen Wen

13. PIK NIK

PIK NIK (Facebook)
Key ServicesCafes Penang: Neighborhood Eatery & Cafe
WebsiteN.A.
Address15, Jalan Nagor, 10500 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Phone+60 16-448 1517
Emailpiknikeveryday@gmail.com
Operating HoursMonday: 12pm – 10pm
Tuesday: 12pm – 10pm
Wednesday: 12pm – 10pm
Thursday: 12pm – 10pm
Friday: 12pm – 10pm
Saturday: 12pm – 10pm
Sunday: 12pm – 10pm

Ever since 2011, Pik Nik has served as the place to 'lepak' for the locals in Penang. Their simple yet colourful cafe is a popular place among youngsters, especially university students. This certainly contributed to the cafe's youthful vibe. The cafe serves a wide range of artisanal coffee. On top of that, their menu includes waffles and pasta.

Certainly, the cafe aims to offer a laid-back cafe experience through its foods, drinks and unique interior. In addition, customers can also chill out by playing their board games, card games and many more. Thus, this clearly explains why they call themselves the 'Best Lepak Place in Penang'!

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, they are the 'Best Lepak Place In Penang'.
  • Secondly, Pik Nik is one of the pioneer cafes in Penang's local cafe scene.
  • Thirdly, provide board games and card games.

Client Testimonial

Small yet cozy. The food may be a bit expensive. But it's worth it. Great presentation, great food. For those dessert foodies out there, it's a definite must-try. Not sure how crowded it gets but for the times I been here it's been rather quiet. Love to just chill there. The staffs are nice & polite.

Bryan Oh Wei Jun

14. Lunabarcoffee

Lunabarcoffee
Key ServicesCafes Penang: Handcrafted Coffee And Cake
WebsiteN.A.
Address10d, Jalan Clove Hall, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
PhoneN.A.
Emaillunabarcoffee@gmail.com
Operating HoursMonday: 9am–6pm
Tuesday: 9am–6pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 9am–6pm
Friday: 9am–6pm
Saturday: 9am–6pm
Sunday: 9am–6pm

Surrounded by the peaceful serenity of Jalan Clove Hall, Lunabarcoffee might just be the perfect spot for you to unwind and re-energize. Their coffee is freshly brewed with coffee beans that are roasted on the spot. You won't have to worry about the quality of the coffee! Their baristas are specially trained to craft different types of coffees and drinks.

Coupled with some of their desserts, it will definitely complete the comfortable experience of indulging in good food and coffee. Clearly, this cafe is for those who are looking to have a laid-back rendezvous while satisfying your sweet-tooth during your free time.

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, the cafe is surrounded by the beautiful greenery with natural light shining on the cafe's interior.
  • Secondly, they serve freshly baked homemade cakes and desserts.
  • Thirdly, the cafe roasts their own coffee beans and boasts a wide collection of plants.

Client Testimonial

Mad in love with this place! The plants outside are maintained so well! MUST visit if you are visiting Penang, suggest to visit on a less crowded and less hot morning so you can sit outside and enjoy the plants. Banana cake was amazing too! No plant cafes in KL can beat this place!

Cho Dixxon

Cafes Penang

And there you have it, our picks of places for the best cafes in Penang. We hope this list has widened your options to satisfy your sweet cravings Penang has to offer. So, do check them out the next time you're in Penang!

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