Best Cafes in Penang

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Cafes in Malaysia have been increasingly popular among the younger crowds. Cafe is not just a place to dine on delicious meals, its also a popular spot to catch up with your buddies and talk just about anything. With so many delicious food options (pastas, sandwiches, cakes, coffees, breakfast meals) and not to mention Instagram-friendly interiors, one could end up spoilt for choice. Here's a list of the best you can find in Penang. Pick your favorite, or why not just try all?

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    DCOVA @ Logan HeritageNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Penang is definitely a place with cafes featuring an ideal balance of heritage preservation and modernized refurbishment. iDCOVA shows the perfect example - from the outside it looks as if it was built in London or France and in the inside you'll be served with sumptuous food with a fusion twist. Drop by and enjoy delicious meals in a timeless ambience!
    Tips

    Limited seats.

    Things to expect

    An Victorian-English outlook with good food and a luxurious ambience.

    Best with

    Carbonara, affogato, and Ebiko Alfredo.

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM30.00

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    DCOVA @ Logan Heritage View restaurant

    4, Lebuh Bishop, 10200, George Town, Penang
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    042613121

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    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday
    10:00AM—10:00PM
    Friday, Saturday
    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    Mews CafePork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Located adjacent to the entrance of Muntri Mews Boutique Hotel, Mews Cafe is the perfect anchor-point for many of the locals and tourists before checking-in. The fusion concept hotel is designed and executed beautifully with a blend of modern, contemporary and the use of antiques. Mews Cafe reflects on the same identity. With a clean and monochromatic outlook coupled with traditional marble table and an extensive menu of local and western delights, this cafe is certainly one of its kind!
    Tips

    Breakfast set available. Live music on Saturday evenings.

    Things to expect

    A monochromatic looking cafe with a blend of traditional and contemporary design.

    Best with

    Traditional coffee.

    Price

    RM7.00 to RM25.00

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    Mews Cafe View restaurant

    No. 77, Muntri Street, 10200, George Town, Penang
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    042635125

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    08:00AM—11:00PM
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    The Alley @ Stewart LaneNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    This cafe isn't the easiest to spot (well, we guessed that's why it's called "The Alley"). Located right in front of a Chinese Kuan Yin temple in discrete, this rustic cafe has became a buzzing place for the locals despite its concealed location, and we can certainly guess why. Not only is this cozy place filled with cool props for Instagram or Selfie lovers, the food and dishes are exceptionally yummy too. Go try out the signature churros!
    Tips

    Check out their Facebook page for new entries and promotions. Closed every first Wednesdays of the month.

    Things to expect

    A cozy and rustic ambiance perfect for a hangout.

    Best with

    Coffee, Cronut and Churros.

    Price

    RM6.00 to RM25.00

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    The Alley View restaurant

    5, Lorong Stewart, 10200, George Town, Penang
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    042613879

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
    02:00PM—10:00PM
    Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    12:00PM—12:00AM
    Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    12:00PM—12:00AM
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    The Daily Dose CafeNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    The Daily Dose Cafe & Wine has been extremely well received for their amazing coffees. Each cup of coffee is rich, aromatic and relatively smooth. The decor itself is also equally praiseworthy - you'll certainly be amazed by the central courtyard with a garden finished and a natural skylight. Overall, it's a vibrant and expressive place to enjoy drinking with your likeminded buddies.
    Tips

    Very limited dishes.

    Things to expect

    A cafe with naturally lit skylight in the central atrium.

    Best with

    Coffee, french toast, house of BLT and tiramisu.

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM25.00

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    The Daily Dose Cafe View restaurant

    36, Stewart Ln, 10200, George Town, Penang
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    042519168

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    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    09:00AM—06:00PM
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    HH+ by Haven HarbourNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Conveniently located at New World Park, this cafe has become a popular haven for diners. Its fairly clean and rustic and features an array of carefully crafted and cooked fine cuisine, not only pretty to look at but affordable too!
    Tips

    Wifi available. Catering events available.

    Things to expect

    A beautiful corner lot cafe with plenty of good food and friendly service to offer.

    Best with

    Coffee, Signature Truffle Fries, Matcha Molten Cake.

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM35.00

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    HH+ by Haven Harbour View restaurant

    102-K-1, New World Park, 10500, George Town, Penang
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    042262808

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    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
    12:00PM—11:00PM
    Saturday, Sunday
    11:00AM—11:00PM
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    If you're looking for a cafe for a photo-shoot with a touch of extravagance, then head on to The Living Room @ Macalister Mansion! You see, the fact that it is operated within a mansion is enough to paint a picture of luxury. And speaking of painting, the abstract wall drawings, modern-classic interior design and carved plasters certainly set the mood when you dine with your beautifully presented breakfast meal.
    Tips

    Functions and event can be held there by reservation.

    Things to expect

    Beautiful looking and luxurious interior with friendly service and good food.

    Best with

    Brioche with Truffle Oil Scrambled Egg, English Muffin, High-Tea and Cappuccino.

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM60.00

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    Living Room @ Macalister Mansion View restaurant

    228, Macalister Road, 10400, George Town, Penang
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    042283888

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    08:00AM—11:00PM
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    Budan's Brew CoffeebarPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    Located at Jalan Cantonment, in Pulau Tikus, Budan's Brew Coffeebar is undeniably an alluring cafe with its cozy ambiance and relaxing atmosphere. You are sure to be captivated by the scent of aromatic coffee along with a view of simple but delectable snacks and pastry. Feeling really hungry? Budan's Brew Coffeebar also offers a variety of homemade baked breads and several main courses such as big breakfast and sandwiches!
    Tips

    Member day is on Wednesdays. Promotion varies monthly.

    Things to expect

    A modern cafe with a strong coffee aroma permeating the dining area.

    Best with

    Specialty coffee and cakes.

    Price

    RM6.00 to RM15.00

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    Budan's Brew Coffeebar View restaurant

    The Moment, 1st floor, 31-M, Jalan Cantonment , 10200, George Town, Penang
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    042260929

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday
    09:00AM—10:00PM
    Friday, Saturday
    09:00AM—11:00PM
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    Macallum ConnoisseurPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Macallum Connoisseur is certainly one of the more beautiful, modern and edgy cafes in Penang. From a far, the entrance of Macallum Connoisseur actually looks really 'foreign', like what you'll get in Australia or the US. With a huge signboard right above the entrance, it's hard not to glance at it while driving by. The cafe itself is inside a huge warehouse, with plenty of seating available and a central island for ordering. Fortunately, the place itself is air-conditioned and quite comfortable. Paired with a cup of aromatic coffee and some of their amazing main dishes, guests will definitely enjoy themselves at Macallum connoisseur.
    Tips

    Great place to take some photos. Remember to Instagram it.

    Things to expect

    Best with

    Coffee and bagels.

    Price

    RM6.00 to RM20.00

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    Macallum Connoisseur View restaurant

    No 1, Gat Lebuh Macallum, 10300, George Town, Penang
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    042613597

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    09:00AM—12:00AM
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    Lavish Fusion Bakery Non halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Located in the heart of Georgetown, Lavish Fusion Bakery is best enjoyed during afternoon tea and dessert time. Decorated with a garden concept and natural lights shining in, this cafe is best for taking instaworthy pictures and chill hangouts. Their kitchen is always coming up with new innovative delights for sweet tooth lovers like you to try out. Do not miss out their Salted Egg Caramel Cronut and Volcanic Lava Cake. 

    Tips

    Florist shop available.

    Things to expect

    Multiple flavours of pastries, cronut and unicorn series drinks.

    Best with

    Berry Pomegranate Ice Tea , Wild Berries Lemonade.

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM50.00

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    Lavish Fusion Bakery View restaurant

    214, Lebuh Victoria, 10300, George Town, Pulau Pinang
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    042610107

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    10:00AM—11:30PM
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    Arang Coffee

    Cafe well praised for its friendly staff and cosy ambience, Arang Coffee is located at the residential area of Sunway Tunas. Crowded with people everyday, Arang Coffee's signature dish, Seafood Aglio Olio which is a squid ink pasta is definitely one that brings the crowd coming. If you are up for some cheesy taste in mouth, try out their Chicken Parmigiana, crispy chicken topped with cheese as dressing. 
    Tips

    Western dishes

    Things to expect

    Crowded during brunch and lunch times.

    Best with

    Nachos Cheese

    Price

    RM6.00 to RM25.00

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    Arang Coffee View restaurant

    72-G Persiaran Mahsuri 2, 11950, Bayan Lepas, Penang
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    0103231772

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    09:00AM—12:00AM
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    Matcho Cafe

    A humble matcha and chocolate specialty cafe in Georgetown. Matcho cafe is one pinkish cafe that serves a great selection of summer treats and food, suitable for casual snacks and gatherings. With its quirky atmosphere, everything here is almost pink, from its wall colour to their signage. Their specialty will be Matcha and Chocolate beverages and dessert. 

    Matcho Cafe also has its proudest creation which is the Pink Toast topped with pink cotton candy. 

    Tips

    Great place for Instaworthy pictures.

    Things to expect

    Tropical vibes in the cafe.

    Best with

    Pink Flamingo Refresher

    Price

    RM7.00 to RM17.00

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    Matcho Cafe View restaurant

    99b, Lebuh Noordin , 10300, Georgetown, Penang
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    042610031

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    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    10:30AM—10:30PM
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    The humble bakery Love A Loaf established another eatery known as HIVE, an eatery to connect people. Their range of waffles, crepe cake and watermelon cake are all created with passion.

    Hive can be found at the busy area of The Promenade as it is usually crowded during lunch hours.

    Tips

    Crowded area during lunch hours.

    Things to expect

    Limited dishes.

    Best with

    Zucchini and Eggplant Cheesepot.

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM25.00

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    HIVE @ The Promenade View restaurant

    5-G-36, The Promenade, Persiaran Mahsuri , 11950, Bayan Baru, Penang
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    046180530

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    08:00AM—11:00PM
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    Black Door CoffeeNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    The exterior that perfectly matches their name -Black Door is located at Arena Curve, Bayan Lepas. If you ever find yourself around that area,this cafe is worth the visit. Variety of choices from Spaghetti Aglio Olio with seafood to their best cronut desserts with different flavours scooped with Haagen Dazs ice cream. 
    Tips

    Great location with ample parking.

    Things to expect

    Vegetarian Aglio Olio available.

    Best with

    Blackdoor Strawberry Orange Italian Yoghurt

    Price

    RM7.00 to RM25.00

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    Black Door Coffee View restaurant

    Persiaran Mahsuri 2, Bandar Sunway Tunas, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11950, Bayan Lepas, Penang
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    0174986536

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    11:00AM—11:00PM
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    Kraffmen CafePork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Kraffmen represents Melbourne Coffee Culture, they offer exquisite brunch meals that are unconventional on usual cafe menus. The cafe's minimalist design gives a cozy lounge feeling which is suitable for a lazy afternoon.

    Try out their Pull duck on Sourdough to tentalize your taste buds and their soft and fluffy Omelette Souffle. Not forgetting their Banana Salted Caramel milkshake which is their most wanted item. 

    Tips

    Free Coffee when purchase any slice of cake from 1pm - 3pm.

    Things to expect

    Selections of Aussie style brunch

    Best with

    Coffee

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM30.00

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    Kraffmen Cafe View restaurant

    80, Jalan Zainal Abidin , 10400, Georgetown, Penang
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    042262770

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    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    Kim HausPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    A revamped goldsmith shop that turned into a dine in cafe, bakery and bar. Retaining its history and heritage of Georgetown, Kim Haus managed to develop a hipster place cool enough for the new age travellers. The cafe is split into two different concepts, a cafe that serves simple Western meals and bar that sells a variety of alcohols. Kim Haus offers tasteful dining experience well prepared by their Chef G. 

    Tips

    Live music every evening.

    Things to expect

    Relaxing ambience filled with well preserved historic items.

    Best with

    Scottish scones, Danish pastries

    Price

    RM7.00 to RM25.00

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    Kim Haus View restaurant

    9-11, Lebuh Campbell , 10100, Geroge Town, Penang
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    0163301515

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    08:00AM—12:00AM
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