Penang 10 Best Restaurants 2014

Most Popular Dining Experiences in Penang

Penang’s status as Malaysia’s unofficial food capital means that there’s no shortage of restaurants and street hawkers serving up good food. Hawker stalls, located either at permanent sites or springing up at by the roadside at mealtimes, dish out the cheapest meals.

Penang’s cuisine is not Malaysia’s standard Malay, Chinese and Indian fare – instead it’s subtly influenced by the island’s Baba Nyonya culture.

1885 Restaurant Georgetown

1885 is a fine-dining restaurant offering classic yet contemporary cuisine in an elegant setting. Set in the Eastern & Oriental Hotel, it was listed as one of the Best Restaurants in 2011 by the Malaysian Tatler. Classy and elegant, its creative cuisine is accompanied by a superb wine collection. Read More...

Kek Seng Coffee Shop Georgetown

Penang has many variations of cendol and you’ll find the best version at Kek Seng Restaurant. Founded in 1906, this kocha kopitiam (olden day coffee shop) has the usual array of hawker stalls. It’s a little unusual but as the queues will attest, it’s supremely tasty. Read More...

Amelia Café Georgetown

Amelia Café is a small, quirky bistro run by a husband-and-wife team. Almost every conceivable surface is whimsically decorated: the walls, ceiling and each menu features colourful artwork while tables and shelves are covered with tiny trinkets that, thankfully, fall short of looking haphazard. Read More...

Beach Blanket Babylon Bar & Bistro House Georgetown

Beach Blanket Babylon Bar & Bistro House restaurant is an upmarket lunchtime favourite with Penangites. Fronting the sea, it is set in a heritage mansion with beautifully manicured lawns along Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah. Run by the owners of Bagan, the menu may be limited but the food is supremely good. Read More...

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre

Gurney Drive is unquestionably the best place for the tastiest hawker fare on the island. The wide beachfront thoroughfare plays host to a few upmarket restaurants as well as seafood eateries but its Gurney Drive’s ‘food court’ that sees the most traffic. The open air complex has been around since the ‘70s. Follow the crowds to determine the best stalls; parking can be a problem but food service is speedy. Read More...

Chin’s Stylish Chinese Cuisine Georgetown

Chin’s Stylish Chinese Cuisine restaurant is the type of place that makes you expect the taste of the unusual. Utilising less oil and salt and employing a tantalizing blend of spices from all over the world, the textures and flavours of the food here make it a welcome addition to Penang’s culinary scene. Read More...

QEII Georgetown

QEII is a posh, fine-dining restaurant that transforms into a buzzing, alfresco nightclub with vivacious house and dance music as the night progresses. Overlooking the marina and built on stilts over the water, it was opened in 1997 and was listed as one of Malaysian Tatler’s Best Restaurants in 2011. Read More...

Suffolk House Restaurant Georgetown

Suffolk House is also called Penang’s first ‘Great House’. Similar to the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, it is one of Penang’s most important colonial heritage landmarks. Cap off your visit at its in-house restaurant. A charming fine-dining eatery richly decorated with period furnishing. Read More...

Golden Thai Seafood Restaurant Batu Feringgi

Sharing the same roof as Bali Hai Seafood Market along Gurney Drive, the brightly neonlit Golden Thai (formerly known as Eden Seafood Village) serves up fresh and tasty seafood meals. How do you know it’s fresh? With the walls surrounded by fish tanks, from which your dinner is plucked, it’s practically guaranteed. Read More...

That Little Wine Bar Georgetown

That Little Wine Bar restaurant is proving that Penang’s reputation as the country’s premier destination for good food need not be confined to a roll call of hawker fare. Sophisticated yet inviting, locals just call it TLWB. Set on the quiet side street of Chow Thye, it comes highly recommended. Read More...


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