Best Tarts in Penang

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Hordes of pastries and confectionaries may come and go yet the novelty of tarts never wears off. This pie-like pastry has shallow sides and a bottom crust which is filled to the brim with a custard or sugary concoction and often served uncapped. There are relatively two types of tarts, palm-sized with fluted edges surrounding the filling in the middle and slice-like which resembles a pie or cake. From humble egg tarts to aesthetically assembled ones with fruits, chocolate, lemon and so on, the food paradise of Malaysia certainly spoils you with choices, sinfully satisfying choices to be more precise. 

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    Leong Chee Kee Pepper Biscuit

    This hidden gem has cemented itself as a hotspot to savour Cantonese-style biscuits and pastries. Nothing to shout about the ambience and there is no dining space either, yet patrons choose to nibble the delectable snacks while scouring the heritage streets. Everything on the menu is made from scratch and no preservations are added. Among the must-have is their coconut tart which is made from heirloom recipes. The doughy base is filled with sugared grated coconut and capped with swirled crust and baked to perfection. You can certainly feel the love and care given to this one-of-a-kind tart that justifies its loyal following. 

    Tips

    Call for bulk orders.

    Things to expect

    Unassuming bakery.

    Best with

    Walnut Biscuit & Cake.

    Price

    RM1.50 to RM10.00

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    Leong Chee Kee Pepper Biscuit View restaurant

    103, Lebuh Cintra, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10100, Georgetown, Penang
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    0164019211

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    10:00AM—06:00PM
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    Ming Xiang Tai

    Among the living legacies on the island, Ming Xiang Tai once started dishing out their homemade delicacies on trishaw back in 1979 and today, they are housed in a colonial building along Burmah Road and have never failed to see a brisk business. The showstopper here is their delectable egg tarts which have a crispy outer crust and gleamingly good egg custard in the middle. Just like the patrons, be sure of grabbing home armloads as its worth each and every calorie. Their extensive menu of traditional Cantonese pastries is not to be missed too. 

    Tips

    Handmade yam puffs are worth devouring, too.

    Things to expect

    Simple ambience with never ending queue.

    Best with

    Green Tea.

    Price

    RM1.20 to RM10.00

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    Ming Xiang Tai View restaurant

    26 Gat Lebuh Armenian (at Lebuh Victoria), 10200 , Georgetown, Penang
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    042619887

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    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    Dolce Dessert

    Dolce Dessert should be in every sweet tooth’s bucket list. Be it word of mouths or online reviews, both locals and tourists are singing praises. Huge ratatouille caricatures adorning the walls of the charming cafe will be your welcome reward. If you think the setting is downright photo-worthy, just make your way to the long glass shelves that are chockfull with a gazillion of cakes and confectionaries. While drooling helplessly, be sure of including their fruit tart into your gobble list. Choices like mango, strawberry and longan are widely vouched but if you’re on the fence, their mixed fruit tart is the best bet. Visually arresting and generously loaded with mango, apple, longan, apple and kiwi – you’re definitely in seventh heaven.  

    Tips

    Parking is pretty easy after evening hours.

    Things to expect

    Realm of sugary treats.

    Best with

    Coffee.

    Price

    RM13.00 to RM30.00

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    Dolce Dessert View restaurant

    18, Jalan Kek Chuan, George Town, 10400 , Georgetown, Penang
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    042269118

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    03:00PM—11:00PM
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    This spacious restaurant is well-regarded as a dim sum haven by Penangites. Their widespread menu might give you a little conundrum but no visit here is complete without their tarts that scores full marks with a custardy centre cupped in a flaky crust. The best seller is their egg custard tart but if you need another reason to cherish your tart party, their pandan version does not disappoint.

    Tips

    Do include their porridge also to fill you up.

    Things to expect

    Basic ambience with range of dim sum.

    Best with

    Tea.

    Price

    RM1.50 to RM30.00

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    Maxim Dim Sum Restaurant View restaurant

    2-G-11&12, Bangunan Lip Sin, Lebuh Pekaka 1, 11700 Gelugor, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11700, Georgetown, Penang
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    046560915

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    06:00AM—02:00PM
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    Mak Ee CafeHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    This quaint restaurant with a noteworthy purple façade has been pulling in punters for their signature curry puffs. The plump puffs may have seized most of the headlines but leaving without sinking your teeth into their Portuguese tarts would be insane. This adorable nibble consists of an eggy cushion in the middle draped with a crispy outer ring which wins your heart over upon the first bite. To multiply your craving, their new rendition, cheese tarts are available for limited time only. 

    Tips

    They do cater for functions or events.

    Things to expect

    Simple and neat backdrop.

    Best with

    Juices.

    Price

    RM1.60 to RM10.00

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    Mak Ee Cafe View restaurant

    122, Jalan Hutton, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10050, Georgetown, Penang
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    042273205

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    08:00AM—05:00PM
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    Métisser Pâtisserie & Tea Room

    What you’re looking at above is a masterpiece that scores in creativity, taste and presentation. To binge down this luscious lemon tart, make your way to Ropewalk Piazza, a revamped pre-war building where you can find this relatively new eatery. With a minimalist decoration, whitewashed walls and furniture, this place hums elegance and cosiness. More confectionaries line up to tempt your attention but keep an eye out on this lemony delight, which has a subtle balance of sweetness and offers a lingering tang of lemon to your taste buds. 

    Tips

    Start up with their freshly baked scones.

    Things to expect

    Charming ambience that invites you to linger a little longer.

    Best with

    Tea.

    Price

    RM14.00 to RM30.00

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    Métisser Pâtisserie & Tea Room View restaurant

    140, Jalan Pintal Tali, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10100, Georgetown, Penang
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    042519739

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    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    12:00PM—11:00PM
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    A newcomer to the dessert scene that has tarts written all over, now that’s pretty interesting. The real deal here is the mind-boggling selection that will ruin away any type of adamant diet plans out there. Besides their signature Portuguese tart which has the perfect ratio of crispiness and creaminess, their cuptarts is definitely worth more than an Instagram post, with flavour profiles like -  Almond Chocolate, Apple Cheese, Bear Chocolate, Durian Cheese, Grape Jelly, Oreo Cream Cheese, Peanut Butter and many more. Be sure of grabbing dozens back home to accompany you while curling up on the couch. 

    Tips

    Check out their webpage and Facebook.

    Things to expect

    Pleasant eatery.

    Best with

    Coffee.

    Price

    RM1.50 to RM10.00

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    Justart View restaurant

    Lebuh Bukit Kecil 6, Kampung Sungai Nibung Besar, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang, 11900, Bayan Lepas, Penang
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    0194748032

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    09:00AM—07:00PM
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    09:00AM—06:00PM
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    Continental BakeryPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    A super popular and iconic bakery at the heart of Georgetown that constantly draws a diverse crowd. Walking in the no-frills eatery definitely wins your heart over with aroma and sights of fresh bread and pastries piled in racks and trays. Earning equal fondness is their adorable tarts, which comes in egg and pandan flavours. Each bite just shatters the flaky outer disc and the dense filling offers a smooth mouthfeel. Get in early as we don’t want you to be deflated because they run out quite fast. 

    Tips

    If you're not in the mood for bread and pastries, their spaghetti and mushroom soup are winners.

    Things to expect

    Humble ambience with lots of choices.

    Best with

    Coffee.

    Price

    RM2.40 to RM10.00

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    Continental Bakery View restaurant

    33, Jalan Nagore, 10050, George Town, Penang
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    042283814

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    Every day
    10:00AM—07:00PM
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    What you’re looking at is green tea and white chocolate tart, one of many tarts that have earned the loyalty of the locals. It’s always a tough call as every item behind the glass shelve looks camera-friendly and does taste delicious too. Either you go for tarlets or cake-like slices of tarts, you can never go wrong as they churn out both sugary and fruity versions. And you don’t have to break the bank to savour them all in one visit. 

    Tips

    Mini Chocolate Strawberry Tart & Strawberry Cheese are not to be missed.

    Things to expect

    Quaint space.

    Best with

    Coffee.

    Price

    RM1.20 to RM10.00

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    Golden Crust View restaurant

    598-G-4, Menara Asas, Jalan Tanjung Bungah, 11200, Tanjung Bungah, Penang
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    0164228127

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    Tuesday
    08:00AM—06:00PM
    Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    08:00AM—08:00PM
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    Basil le Bistrot

    Don’t let the vintage style doors and colonial outlook fool you, this restaurant dishes out a fine selection of Western delights and colourful desserts. The interior is a mishmash of nostalgic beauty with sophisticated touches. The all day brunch and assorted bagels are not to be missed but you’ve got to store some space for dessert. Hop over to the dessert cabinet and grab their lemon tart in a heartbeat, looking at the pikes of torched whipped cream sitting on a bed of lemon infused filling and crackling crust. Tangy, creamy and refreshing – it’s a real winner.  

    Tips

    Their brownie is an absolute bomb.

    Things to expect

    Dishes with French techniques.

    Best with

    Coffee.

    Price

    RM3.00 to RM10.00

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    Basil le Bistrot View restaurant

    3-17, Jalan Kek Chuan, George Town, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10400 , Georgetown, Penang
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    0174172283

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    Monday, Thursday, Friday
    11:00AM—10:30PM
    Saturday, Sunday
    09:00AM—10:30PM
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