Travel To These Hot Spots in Penang, Which Has Been Named A Must-Visit Destination by CNN

8 Reasons To Visit George Town In Penang, Malaysia - GETTING STAMPED
George Town (source: Getting Stamped)

Penang is arguably one of Malaysia’s most prized travel destinations.

Possessing a culture so rich and diverse, Penang was even made the backdrop of a critically-acclaimed fantasy story that celebrates the state’s picturesque streets and sprawling history.

With that, it comes as no surprise that the state has been named in CNN Travel’s list of 22 must-visit destinations for 2022.

Naturally thrilled by the inclusion, state tourism exco Yeoh Soon Hin expressed that the listing was a great start to the new year, cementing the state’s position as a major tourist destination.

However, still affected by the vestiges of turmoil left behind by the pandemic, there is still work that needs to be done before reopening for tourism, especially due to the shortage of workers as well as upholding tighter measures to avoid Covid-19.

The Best Beaches in Penang, Malaysia
source: Culture Trip

Putting that aside for now, we are excited that Penang is getting the global recognition it deserves, especially since it is so well-loved amongst us Malaysians for its delicious food, bustling night-life and beautiful greenery.

Since most of us haven’t travelled in a while, JUICE is providing a refresher to the best places to visit during your stay in Penang.

Here they are in no particular order…

Eateries and Bars

Norm

Bright, cosy and minimalistic, this cute little cafe is the best spot for a date or casual friendly get-together. Go ahead and impress your friends by recommending this place so they won’t think you’re a NORMie… winks!

Location: 60c, Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Opening hours: Friday to Sunday (11am – 6pm)

Kafka

For lovers of greenery, Kafka will surely feed your tummy and your love for nature all at the same time! Just look at that lush interior!

Address: 15, Jalan Kelawai, George Town, 10250 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Opening hours: Everyday (8am – 9pm)

Two Frenchies

For a more intimate and romantic dinner setting, look no further than Two Frenchies. The ambience is perfect for a date that will have you two frenching in no time.

Location: 36, Lebuh Bishop, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday (11:30am – 10:30pm) Saturday & Sunday (10am – 10:30pm)

Manchu Bar

For a boozy vacation that will take you back to the old Qing dynasty era brimming with lascivious vices, this bar will surely provide a much needed break from the everyday mundanity of work life.

Location: 38 & 40, Jalan Pintal Tali, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday (4pm – 12am)

Magazine 63

An unassuming hidden bar that will surprise you with its rowdy crowd and lively performances. Perfect for a night out on the town!

Location: 63, Jalan Magazine, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday (8pm – 3am)

Out of Nowhere

Wanna feeling-feeling Alice in Wonderland? Well, here’s your chance since this “omakase” bar is hidden within a refrigerator! I guess in that way you can guarantee that this will be a cool spot!

Location: 75, Jalan Kuala Kangsar, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Opening hours: Not stated

Koji

Feeling fancy? Dress to impress when you head over to Koji if you don’t want the beauty of the food to upstage your outfit in-front of your date!

Location: 14, Lorong Ciku 2, 14000 Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday (5:30pm – 12am)

Recreational Activities

168 Ah Choon Durian Balik Pulau Black Thorn Duri Hitam

Are you even Malaysian if you don’t eat durian? Well, even if you’re not a fan, it’s worth it to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful greenery while your cooler friends enjoy their King of Fruits.

Address: 146, Jalan Tun Sardon, 11000 Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang

Opening hours: Everyday (9am – 6:30pm)

China House

Enjoy yummy cakes, retail and art as you stroll this beautiful cafe with live performances to keep you entertained. The interior is perfect for capturing those Instagram-worthy pics!

Address: 153, Beach St, Georgetown, 10300 George Town, Penang

Opening hours: Everyday (9am – 11:30pm)

Soundmaker Studio

Missing live gigs on your holiday? No need to fret since this OG event space will surely satiate your cravings with their awesome performances and quench your thirst with their mini bar.

Address: 18, Lebuh Bishop, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Opening hours: Everyday (2pm – 11am)

Shill 90s

Popular amongst the locals, this shill (I saw the pun and I took it) spot is great for anyone wanting to get to know the people a little more. And if you’re recently single, well, here’s your chance to fix that!

Address: Jalan Pengkalan gerogetown, Georgetown, 10300 George Town, Penang

Opening hours: Everyday (5pm – 12am)

Honourable Mention

Moody Cow Cafe

Since we’re in an adventurous mood, you would be remiss to not try the abomination – sorry – acquired taste that is Moody Cow’s Black Moon Cheesecake. 

What you see before you is a cake with a chocolate base that is filled with a rich cheesy filling. But the star of the show is – drumroll please – a whole century egg. If that wasn’t enough to throw you off, it’s also topped with ikan bilis and peanuts.

Diversity at its finest.

Address: 170, Jalan Transfer, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Opening hours: Everyday (11am – 12am)

Second Penang Bridge - Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge
source: AECOM

Well, there you have it folks. We hope that everyone has a safe and fun trip.

Don’t forget to thank us for giving you these recommendations though!