Locally known as the favourite coffee shop of the late Tan Sri Loh Boon Siew – the first sole distributor of Honda motorcycles in Malaysia – Kong Thai Lai is famous for its kopi ‘o’ or black coffee of roasted Robusta beans, and crunchy roti bakar toast of kaya and butter. Located just across from LOOP on Leith, this coffee shop makes for an ideal mid-morning pitstop.
48 Jalan Penang
+604 261 8007
Aside from nasi kandar (steamed rice served with curries and asssorted side dishes), Sup Hameed is popular for its specialty fare of tasty soups. A bowl of hearty chicken soup is the de facto choice, while those feeling slightly adventurous can try their sup torpedo, the torpedo quite literally being the meat of a bull’s penis. We did say adventurous, didn’t we?
68 Love Lane
+6017 482 9065
If you’re looking for something more Western, you can’t go wrong with Holy Guacamole’s Mexican offerings of burritos, fajitas, tacos and more plus a wide selection of drinks from their bar. Live DJs and bands entertain with Spanish and Latino songs, keeping the lively atmosphere of fiesta well into the night. Check it out!
Couple on a Bicycle
Keng Kwee Street
Start your exploration of Penang’s famous street art with this charming mural by local artist Caryn Koh. Be sure to pop in at Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul just down the road for a bit of dessert and local snacks before hunting down more fantastic artwork in the historical precinct.
Image courtesy of onceuponajrny.com
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
14 Leith Street
+6014 262 0006
Penang’s renowned Blue Mansion isn’t exactly hidden, but is nevertheless a gem! Built in the 1880s, the 38-room former manor is a gazetted heritage building of Chinese architectural features with a diverse array of ornamentation, finishes and landscaping that are to be marvelled. Daily tours are available, so do mark this on your places-to-visit list.
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