Update on 2012/03/21
Clan Jetties (1-2hr)
Home On Stilts With A Sea View
Built by Chinese migrants, each section is dedicated to one clan, such as Chew, Tan or Yeoh clan.You'll see century old, solidly built wooden homes with little businesses running from the inside. Feel the friendliness and utmost trust of its people for each other and the refreshing sea breeze.
Open 24 hours, daily
Along Pengkalan Weld, next to the Ferry Terminal, George Town, Pulau Pinang (+604-6505136 Penang Tourism)
Cheah Kongsi - Cheah Si Hock Haw Kong Kongsi (1hr)
Preserving A Heritage
Cheah Yam from South China founded the Cheah clan association in 1820 to create a bond amongst the Cheah community. Nearly 200 years on, the legacy continues through this resplendent structure. Built in 1870, it is a little bit of Chinese mansion, temple with sprinklings of European influences.
8 Armenian Street, George Town, Pulau Pinang (+604-2613837)
Tian Hua Arts & Antique (1-2hr)
Keeping The Art Alive
Mr. Ng is the last seal engraver around this town. With 40 odd years of experience, his work is intricate and detailed to the tiniest bit. Watch him in action and buy a piece of this almost extinct skill. You can request Mr. Ng to customize the designs.
9:30-17:00, close on Sun
Seal Engraver (RM38.00++)
85, Lebuh Carnavon, George Town, Pulau Pinang (+6017-4782878)
Kafe Ping Hooi
Chinese Hawker Delights Under One Roof
With a "just enough" space for sitting and workers waltzing through, Kafe Ping Hooi has gotten right hawkers to do business here. Local favorites are the smokily fragrant Char Kway Teow, clear and comforting Kway Yeow Soup with duck meat as well as deep fried sting-ray and pork rolls (lor bak).
Char Koay Teow (RM6.00), Hokkien Mee (RM3.00)
179 Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, Pulau Pinang (+604-6505136 Penang Tourism)
The Ubiquitous Indian Food
The Ubiquitous Indian Food
Fluffy on ths inside and crispy outside griddled bread is the specialty, achieved by tossing and stretching the dough and acute timing and grilling temperature. Served with a chickpea curry (dhall), simplicity says it all. Match it with a cup of local coffee or pulled tea (teh tarik).
Roti Canai (RM0.80++)
Corner of Lebuh Campbell and Lebuh Carnavon, George Town, Pulau Pinang (+604-6505136 Penang Tourism)
Little India (1-2hr)
A Riot Of Colors & Spices
The early Indian migrants soon birthed a community of spice and all things nice. Little India is abuzz with retailers of intricately made costumes (saree, punjabi suits, kurta) and gleaming costume jewelery to match. Inhale the scents of various herbs and spices. Chat up the merchants, they have interesting stories.
Open 24 hours, daily
Lebuh Queen, Lebuh Chulia and Jalan Pasar (Market Street), George Town, Pulau Pinang (+604-6505136 Penang Tourism)
Church of the Assumption (0.5hr)
Visit To A Catholic's Roots
Due to the British bringing in Christianity, this particular church was founded in 1786 - the first Roman Catholic church in the northern region.It is a World Heritage Church and mass is still held here. You'll see a century old pipe organ too whilst stained glass evoke nostalgia.
Ground opens daily
Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, Pulau Pinang (+604-6505136 Penang Tourism)
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (0.5-1hr)
Of Status, Wealth & Architectural Excellence
With mansions in Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong and China, this Blue Mansion in Penang was Cheong Fatt Tze's favorite one. It was his office and residence - he intended to house nine generations under one roof! Today, it is open for sightseeing, accomodation and can be rented for events.
11:00-17:00, daily (Guided Tours at 11:00/13:30/15:00, daily)
Admission Fee (RM12.00)
14, Leith Street, George Town, Pulau Pinang (+604-2620006)
Joo Hooi Café
Essence Of Penang Hawker Food
Tight spaces and hectic traffic make essential hawker atmosphere. There is Asam Laksa- smooth rice noodles in a sour, spicy fish base broth. Another stall fries up noodles with prawns, egg, beansprouts with a dash of chili paste (char kway teow). For snacks, there are deep fried pork rolls (lor bak).
12:00-20:00, close on Sun
Asam Laksa (RM3.00), Char Kway Teow (RM4.00)
No 475 Jalan Penang, George Town, Pulau Pinang (+6016-4397264)
Unwind To A Hearty Italian Meal
A Malaysian-German couple doing Italian notches up Penang's dining scene. Quirky music fills the air, the cosy place has no set menu, depending on the day's fresh produce. Basics like pasta and pizzas may be dressed differently each day. Food is freshly prepared upon ordering. Portions are substantial so share.
10:30-21:00 Weekdays, 10:00-21:30 Weekends, close on Tue
Tramezzini (Grilled Sandwiches), Chicken Al Limone Pasta
102, Lebuh Muntri, George Town, George Town, Pulau Pinang (+604-2613118)