From malls with exciting basement dance clubs and live puzzle rooms to marina frontage shopping centres and onsite museums, our list of the Top 10 Shopping Malls in Penang certainly has something for everyone. Though the street market scene in Penang receives a lot of media coverage, we are fans of these air conditioned retail-havens because more often than not, there are many deals to be had for the serious bargain hunter.
Proving that Penang’s retail landscape is almost as comprehensive as Kuala Lumpur, most of these malls house designer brands that offer serious discounts, especially if you visit during sale season. So read on to find out more about the great shopping opportunities during your Penang vacation.
Gurney ParagonGurney Drive
Set along Persiaran Gurney, the seafront nine-storey Gurney Paragon Mall is home to an eclectic mix of fashion trends. Its collection of 40 high fashion stores are concentrated on the first and second levels, while the best of its 30 restaurants can be found primarily at its al fresco frontage. What makes it unique is the fact that the entire place has been built around St. Joseph’s Novitiate, a 1925 chapel that has been beautifully restored and incorporated into the mall’s open-plan layout design. Open: 10:00 – 22:00 Address: 163 C & D, Persiaran Gurney, Georgetown Tel: +604 228 8266 Read More...
1st Avenue MallGeorgetown
Just across the road from Penang Times Square, KOMTAR and Prangin Mall on Jalan Magazine, the seven storey 1st Avenue Mall holds a variety of well known brand such as H&M, Victoria’s Secret, Cotton On, Coach and Sketchers. However, it’s great not just for its stores, but also because it offers quite a bit in the way of onsite entertainment. There is an eight-screen movie theatre, a bowling alley, internet café, karaoke centre, snooker bar and even an interactive adventure puzzle game room called Escape Room. Open: 10:00 – 22:00 Address: Jalan Magazine, Georgetown, 10300 Georgetown Tel: +604 261 1121
Gurney PlazaGurney Drive
The waterfront Gurney Plaza is one of the island’s most popular malls, housing over 380 stores under its roof including anchor tenants Parkson Grand, the 12-screen Golden Screen Cinemas and Cold Storage supermarket. Spread across 858,000sqft, brands found at the nine-storey mall include the likes of Coach, Fossil, Versace, Nichii and Dorothy Perkins. Located along Persiaran Gurney, you’ll also find approximately 60 restaurants in the mall. Open: 10:00 – 22:00 Address: 170-06-01, Persiaran Gurney, 10250 Georgetown Tel: +604 228 1111 Read More...
Queensbay MallBayan Lepas
Penang’s largest mall and the closest to the airport in Bayan Lepas, Queensbay Mall is a 2.5 million square feet shopping centre with ten anchor tenants, including Jusco, Borders and Harvey Norman. You can find more than 500 stores, with brands represented at the five-storey mall comprising MNG Mango, Liz Clairborne, Nichii, Quiksilver, British India, Gap, Timberland and Elle. Entertainment-wise, there is an integrated leisure zone on the third floor with an eight-screen movie theatre (Golden Screen Cinemas), gaming arcade and karaoke centre (Neway Karaoke Box). Open: 10:00 – 22:00 Address: 100, Persiaran Bayan Indah, Queens Bay, 14300 Bayan Lepas Tel: +604 619 8989 Read More...
Straits QuayTanjung Tokong
Extending over two floors, the open air Straits Quay is a lifestyle mall along Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, fronting the marina and offering visitors access to several great local boutiques. Fashion brands represented include Converse, Bran et Daguet and Shoepoint, but the complex is more popular for its restaurants and bars such as Healy Mac’s Irish Bar & Restaurant, Starbucks Coffee, PappaRich, Dome Café and Blue Reef Fish & Chips. Home to the Penang Performing Arts Centre (Penang PAC), entertainment-wise, visitors can also find a branch of popular spa specialist, Thai Odyssey, a trampoline park and private fitness centre. Open: 10:30 – 22:30 Address: 3F-G-1 Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong Tel: +604 891 8000
KOMTAR is an icon in Penang, frequently serving as an easily identifiable landmark for travellers exploring Georgetown. Housed under its roof are a collection of atmospheric local boutiques, best for bargain-hunting fashionistas, and lots of electronics stores where shoppers can have their phones, computers, tablets and more fixed. The 65-storey high rise on the junction between Jalan Penang and Jalan Magazine, is also notable for its viewing deck on the 58th floor which offers great views of the island. Open: 10:00 – 22:00 Address: Menara Komtar, Jalan Magazine, 10300 Georgetown
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In similar vein to KOMTAR, Prangin Mall is also great for shoppers looking for bargains, be it in terms of fashions finds or inexpensive electronic goods. The five-storey retail centre’s anchor tenant is department chain, Parkson Grand, plus you will find local brands such as Bossini, Body Glove, Giordano, Hang Ten and Voir. Open: 10:00 – 22:00 Address: Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong, Pulau Pinang Tel: 604 262 2233
Island PlazaTanjung Tokong
Island Plaza’s best boast is that it is the closest mall to Batu Ferringhi. Department store, Metrojaya, and supermarket, Cold Storage, act as its anchor tenants and you will find housed under its roof a mixture of local boutiques and some international brands such as Quiksilver, CK Jeans, MNG, Nike and Body Glove. The mall is a great place for non-retail related activities too since it houses an onsite movie theatre, W Cinemax, plus a branch of popular gymnasium, Fitness First. Open: 10:00 – 22:00 Address: 118, Jalan Tanjung Tokong Tel: +604 890 8228
One of Penang’s oldest shopping centres, Penang Plaza has a suburban mall neighbourhood feel, attracting a lot of local residents who come to visit for its big chain stores such as Giant supermarket and Guardian pharmacy. Located along Jalan Burmah, we are fans of the second floor bargain bookstore where you can find titles such as Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ and Alexandre Dumas’ ‘The Count Of Monte Cristo’ for only RM5 each. Open: 10:00 – 22:00 Address: 126, Jalan Burma, Pulau Pinang Tel: +604 226 8080
Penang Times SquareGeorgetown
A mixed development project comprising a mall, residential tower and office block, Penang Times Square certainly has a central location along Jalan Dato Keramat, about one km away from KOMTAR. Spread across its three floors is clothing boutiques, nail parlours, tech stores, a museum and beauty salons, plus a few restaurants. Fashion-wise, expect to find local brands such as MTM Boutique, Asadi Concept Store and shoe chain, Opera. However, most people will best know the mall as the home of a couple of the island’s most popular dance clubs, basement nightclubs, Soju Room and M2. Open: 10:00 – 22:00 Address: Jalan Dato Keramat, 10150 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang Tel: +604 226 4100