Update on 2012/11/28
Indian Flower Seller Street (0.5-1hr)
Burst of Color and Freshness!
Many love the visually arresting sight of flowers paraded at the stalls by the Indian community. The fragrance presents a new perspective amidst the external environment factors. And the fact that these group of people are convivial and animated compels you to buy a stalk or bunch of flowers.
Along Pitt Street next to Kuan Yin Tin Temple, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang (+604-6505136 Penang Tourism)
Lighthouse Coffee (1hr)
Time for a Morning Cuppa
This home grown coffee house is small but perhaps that's the point - keeping it cozy. Aroma of coffee beans surround as Aussie Strong Latte awakens your senses. Or 'sin' in the morning with creamy ice-cream drizzled with well brewed espresso. The classic coffee and cake combo wouldn't go wrong.
Gourmet Coffee (RM7.00), Cake (RM7.00)
No 4, Bishop Street, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang (+604-2288628)
Foo Tye Sin Mansion (1-1.5hr)
Majestic White and Standing Proud
The first non-European mansion in Penang, it was built by Foo Tye Sin, one of the tycoons given the privilege to sit in the Commission of Inquiry on the 1867 Penang Riots. Recently refurbished and used as a bank, the mansion still retains its original architecture, vintage arches and windows.
09:15-16:30, close on Sat & Sun
Lebuh Light, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang (+604-2615022)
Penang State Contemporary Gallery (1-1.5hr)
For the Artist in You
Art takes many forms and pieces presented in this gallery are perspectives of artists translating Penang into masterpieces - to take visitors on a visual tour of the state's progress in urbanization, globalization, identity and environment. Modern and contemporary art are also showcased through paintings, photography and sculptures.
09:00-17:00, close on PH
Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakhbah, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang (+604-2622093 Penang Tourism)
Lunching with the Antiques
You'll feel transported back in time at Edelweiss with its amazing collection of pieces from years past together with its interior in the same vein. The café serves primarily Western food such as pastas, soups and bread, salads and grilled items. More a chill-out place than to find tasty food.
11:30-15:00, 18:30-22:00 Tue-Fri, close on Mon
No. 38, Armenian Street, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang (+604-2618935)
Moon Tree 47
Getting into the 70's Jive
The theme in this café is retro or classic and there are bric-and-bracs that allude to the time such as metal basins, kerosene lamps, tiffin carriers and furniture. Come for an afternoon of idle chat, coffee sipping and nibbling a simple ham croissant under the steady whirl of ceiling fans.
Iced Mocha Latte, Ham Croissant
47 Muntri Street, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang (+604-2644021)
George Town World Heritage Inc. (GTWHI) (1-1.5hr)
The Town's Conservation Heroes
Penang would not be so well-maintained if not for the people behind this institution, striving to preserve all the heritage. It serves as a tourist information center and its personnel are adept in helping you plan your trip around the island as well as explaining the story of heritage sites.
08:00-17:00, close on Sat & Sun
No. 116 & 118, Lebuh Acheh, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang (+604-2616606)
Lebuh Chulia (1-2hr)
Infamous Street Turned Attraction
Once a red light district for all sorts of vices but today has been transformed with the abundance of classic and vintage inspired cafeterias and somehow a backpackers' haven. On the other spectrum, there are the boutique hotels where you can experience and languish in the opulence of the past.
Open 24 Hours, daily
Lebuh Chulia (Chulia Street), Georgetown, Pulau Pinang (+604-2592020 (Penang Municipal Council))
De Tanjong Garden (1.5-2hr)
A Planter's Favorite Spot
Plant enthusiasts would be delighted to find rare varieties. De Garden has managed to cultivate local cross-breed plants that are more affordable to maintain. Pitcher plant is popular as well as the Venus Fly trap; whilst not locally bred, the people have managed to provide conditions favorable for it.
plants (From RM5)
Unit B1, Lot 3654, Kebun Bunga Horticulture Centre, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang (+6012-4289585)
Chin’s Stylish Chinese Cuisine
Taste the Award Winning Dishes
Here's where you indulge in fine dining - a contrast to Penang's famed street and hawker delicacies. Chandeliers and glamorous lamps emit a romantic vibe in the restaurant as you dine off intricately designed porcelain platters that hold abalone, foie gras, lobster noodle and items in this high-end range.
Tanjung City Marina, Church St. Pier, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang (+604-2612126)
32 Light Street Kopitiam
Flavors from the Hainan Region
Fashioned like an old school coffee shop (kopitiam), it serves homely dishes at very comforting prices. Its signature dish of Mutton Noodle has a broth richly infused with bones and herbs or slurp on Lam Mee - a dish that has a place in the heart of most family reunions.
08:00-18:00 Mon-Fri, 08:00-15:00 Sat, close on Sun & PH
32 Light Street, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang (+604-2626032)