Update on 2012/10/31
Pinang Peranakan Mansion (1-1.5hr)
Lifestyle of a Peranakan
The adoption of certain Malay customs and British way of life led to the birth of the prominent Baba and Nyonya community, evident in food and culture in Penang. This home recreates their taste for art, displayed in the antiques and its architectural influence from China, Britain and even Scotland.
09:30-17:00 (Prior arrangement is recommended), daily
Adults (RM10.00), Children below 6 is free.
29, Church Street, George Town, Pulau Pinang (+604-2642929)
Masjid Kapitan Kling (1.5-2hr)
A House of Worship
The Indian-Muslim community built this mosque in the 1800s. Through the years, it became neglected but seeing the importance of preserving religious spaces for every community, the authorities granted the mosque a facelift and today, it stands as the states' most prominent mosque with neo-classical and Islamic inspired designs.
13:00-17:00 Sat-Thurs, 15:00-17:00 Fri, daily
4 Lebuh Buckingham, George Town, Pulau Pinang (+604-2293048)
Galeri Seni Mutiara (1hr)
Home for the Arts
Fans of art, take note and visit this gallery which features works from local and regional artists. To expand the community of artists, the gallery also runs exchange programmes with artists around the region. If you're an avid artist, you could even place your artworks at this gallery for sale.
118 Lebuh Armenian, George Town, Pulau Pinang (+604-2620167)
Penang Road Chendul
Cold, Sweet and Creamy!
Penang can be humid and after all the walking around, a cold drink is definitely welcomed. Famous for its soft pandan flavored strips of flour and red bean drowned in fresh cold coconut milk and fragrant brown sugar syrup and you can add toppings like peanuts, raisins, jelly or ice-cream.
21, Keng Kwee Street, George Town, Pulau Pinang (+604-2618002, +012-4808135)
Tho Yuen Restaurant
That 70's Style Restaurant
If you're early, you might have a chance for 'dim sum' - steamed dumplings, fried items, fluffy buns and egg tart. Otherwise, Hainanese chicken rice takes centre stage for lunch and you'll have tender steamed or roasted chicken in fragrant soy sauce with oiled rice and a piquant chili dip.
06:00-15:00, Close on Tue
92 Lebuh Campbell, George Town, Pulau Pinang (+604-2614672)
The Sire Museum Restaurant
Lunch-ing in the Past
For an aristocratic feeling, the Sire fulfils with grand antique furniture, a spiral staircase and a museum housing paintings, chinaware and clocks. To maintain the character, you'll be paying more for food. However, the menu isn't out of the ordinary with seafood linguine, pasta carbonara, mushroom soup and the like.
11:30-15:00, 18:00-22:30 Tue-Sun, Close on Mon
4 King Street, George Town, Pulau Pinang (+604-2645088)
Penang Heritage Trust(PHT) (0.5-1hr)
All You Need to Know about Penang
Speak to the members of PHT and you'll be much enlightened about the state and approach your exploration with a different mindset. This non-governmental organization exists on donations although they do run walking tours for a minimal fee. It's great if you want to learn more during your trip.
10:00-17:00, Close on weekend
26 Church Street, George Town, Pulau Pinang (+604-2642631)
Chowrasta Market (0.5-1hr)
The Vitality of a Community
Go anywhere and the market is the soul of the city where every creed commune to get and offer daily essentials. The heartbeat of Penang, you can buy fresh stuff, the preserved fruits and snacks at Chowrasta to bring home as souvenirs. The bustle is truly a reflection of unity.
Jalan Penang and Lebuh Chowrasta, George Town, Pulau Pinang (+609-5177111 Panang Tourism)
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (1-1.5hr)
An Architectural Appreciation
This UNESCO landmark tells the story of a "rags-to-riches" man who built this mansion intending for his descendants to live under one roof. Although that didn't happen, it did not go to waste as they refurbished and restored it to its original state to tell Cheong's story to the world.
11:00-17:00 (11:00, 13:30 and 15:00 Guided Heritage Tour), daily
14 Lebuh Leith, George Town, Pulau Pinang (+604-2620006)
Penang Botanic Gardens (2-3hr)
Scents and Beauty of Flowers
Admire the colors of the black lily, slipper orchid and more while making friends with the macaques, monkeys and squirrels at this garden. It was founded by a British way back in 1884 where the plant lover transformed this granite quarry to a place of life.
Jalan Kebun Bunga, George Town, Pulau Pinang (+604-2270428, +604-2284124)
Spice Market Cafe5478190
A Hotpot of Various Cuisines
Step in and you're greeted with a display of yesteryear's items. The food variety is mind-boggling and you're able to mix and match your own pasta, soup or get the chef to prepare something special. Be adventurous and try every cuisine - Chinese, Italian, Indian, Malay and end with desserts.
Breakfast Buffet 07:00-10:30, dinner Buffet 18:30-22:30, daily
Weekend Seafood Buffett (RM132.00), International Buffett (RM104.00)
Lobby Level, Batu Feringgi Beach, George Town, Pulau Pinang (+604-8888888)
Lebanese and Arabic Delights
t's Syrian-inspired décor and contemporary dining concept is a whiff of fresh air in Penang's dining scene and is one of the few outlets offering Middle Eastern cuisine. The Mazze is great for sharing and tasting variety. Its mixed grill showcases the rich spices which complements the lamb and chicken.
Lot 4134, Section 1, Batu Ferringhi, George Town, Pulau Pinang (+604-8852558)
Sri Malaya Heritage Restaurant
A Mix of Old and New
Young entrepreneurs turned the fate unwanted items around and made them useful in their quaint café along the now-famous heritage area. Dining at Sri Malaya is comfortable with its cushioned or rattan chairs and comforting (food and pocket wise) with fried rice, pasta, fish & chips, chicken burger and cake.
11:45-14:00, 18:00-23:00, close on Tue
No. 1 Jalan Pintal Tali, George Town, Pulau Pinang (+604-2613763)