#TravelThursdays: 9 Places to Get Great Coffee in Penang

Penang is probably one of my favorite places in Malaysia. Aside from its rich culture and national heritage, there are so many coffee shops to visit. I was able to visit Penang twice in 2018, and it’s a place you can visit again and again without tiring of it.

One thing I learned is never mind a car: just keep on walking, as the coffee shops are close to each other. Among the 17 coffee shops that I visited, here are my top 9:

Ome by Spacebar

I started my coffee exploration here at Ome by Spacebar with a flat white.

The cafe’s Instagrammable gate is #plantita goals, thanks to the lush vines framing the metal and concrete facade!

Inside, you’ll find a cozy but airy space with exposed brick walls and rustic wooden tables.

Address: No. 1, Lorong Tou Aka, George Town, Penang, Malyasia-CLOSED THURSDAYS
IG: @ome.space

Macallum Connoisseurs

From Lorong Toh, I moved towards Gat Lebuh Macallum for Macallum Connoisseurs — roastery, cafe, restaurant, and academy, all in one HUGE space.

Inside, this coffee haven has an open floor plan and industrial interiors. Had a funny experience here. Ask me in private :p

Address: 1 Gat Lebuh Macallum, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
IG: @macallumcoffee

Constant Gardener Coffee

Located at Penang’s Chinese Chamber of Commerce, this cafe has a homey relaxing feel, with plants (hence the name) and lots of quiet nooks.

In addition to their coffees, this cafe also offers single-origin hot chocolates and specialty teas.

Address: 9 Lebuh Light, Ground Flr, Chinese Chamber of Commerce, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
IG: @constantgardenercoffee

The Alley

The cafe is housed in a building with a sign “Kedai Gaharu Keat Seang”.

Address: 5 Stewart Lane, George Town,
Penang, Malaysia

IG: @thealleypenang

Bricklin Cafe & Bar

Love the ambiance of this place, located in Penang’s former bus depot and combining modern and vintage.

If you’re lucky, you may catch co-owner @rizalrasta for a chat about the coffee culture in Penang and Malaysia.

Address: 31A Jalan Gurdwara, George Town, Pennag, Malaysia
IG: @bricklincafebarbyrbc

Gudang Cafe

“Gudang” is Malay for warehouse, and this cafe is housed in one from the 1950s.

Their signature blend when I visited mixed Ethiopian, Indian and Colombian.

Combine your visit with one to China House, a few minutes away.

Address: 5 Gat Lebuh Armenian, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
IG: @gudangcafe

Lunabar Coffee

Hidden on the quiet street ofJalan Clove Hall, this cafe deserves a visit for its super chill ambiance. Another @rizalrasta reco.

Address: 10D Jalan Clove Hall, George Town, Penang, Malaysia – CLOSED WEDNESDAYS
IG: @lunabarcoffee

Dan Cafe, Moon Shop Gallery

Another soothing plant filled shop.

Dan means single in Chinese, referring to their single-origin beans.

Their pourover is served with a wine glass (to taste the flavor) and a small cup (for a strong taste).

Address: 38 Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, Penang, Malaysia  – CLOSED TUESDAYS
IG: @_dancafe_

Hold UP

You won’t find Hold Up coffee on lists of cafes to visit, but I definitely recommend it.

There is something in this shop that will surprise you. Look for the orange door 🙂

Address: 75 Jalan Kuala Kangsar, George Town, Penang, Malaysia  – CLOSED ON TUESDAYS
IG: @holdupetc

It was quite a trip! Looking forward to the time I can travel and revisit these places.

Story and photos by Iana Peralta
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#TravelThursdays: 9 Places to Get Great Coffee in Penang