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Quirky Cafés

The Mugshot Café on Lebuh Chulia is a great place to start the day with its steaming coffee and freshly baked bagels (all baked on the premises). Coffee fetishists should also check out Eté Café further down the road, which offers siphon coffee and freshly baked specialty pastry (including macarons, tarte normande and fromage baton).

Within the artistic Lebuh Armenian-Lebuh Acheh enclave (LALA) art galleries, artisanal boutiques and cafes flourish. Edelweiss was one of the very first eateries to open along Lebuh Armenian long before the area became hip and its interior features some very interesting metal wizardry. The tiny Soohongry cafe on Lorong Soo Hong has a small but interesting menu and friendly service. For a quick, simple lunch drop in at Cozy In The Rocket right next to the majestic Cheah Kongsi.

A visit to China House along Jalan Pantai is a must for exceptional ambiance and food, especially the giant cakes! The gallery space upstairs often plays host to young, upcoming Malaysian and international artists and is well worth a peek. Lebuh Muntri is full of great coffee options, including Coffee Atelier, which was once the site of a traditional coffee roaster; further along is Muntri Mews.

Coffee in Penang isn’t all about trendy hipster cafes and a local coffee industry has existed for many years. Kun Kee Food Industries in Jalan Cheong Fatt Tze is a traditional Malaysian coffee roaster which also sells coffee on their premises. Kun Kee supplies many traditional coffee shops all over Penang; try the potent local brew which includes condensed milk and can be taken hot or with ice. When visiting Little India, sample Madras coffee or spicy marsala tea at Woodlands, Sri Ananda Bahwan or Chettiar’s Tiffin Café and refuel on traditional Indian snacks.