10 Places To Eat in Penang – Recommended By The Locals

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Penang is a food state so you don’t have to search high and low for delicious grub, but the locals don’t tell you about the awesome food that they visit. If you fancy somewhere less touristy, this list will help you with it. The 10 places to eat in Penang – recommended by the locals and what they have to say about these places.


1)Three Road 888 Hokkien Mee

“Best hokkien mee I’ve had in Penang and I visit them at least once every week.”

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Address: 67-A, Lebuh Presgrave, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia | Opens on Mon-Sun, 5pm-11.30pm except for Thursday

2) Kedai Kopi Swee Kong

“Try to get there at 8.30am because if you get there any later, you won’t be able to eat the famously delicious Apom (Ravi’s Apom Manis)!!! Yes it sells out by 10ish.”

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Address: Pulau Tikus, Jalan Moulmein, George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia | Opens on Mon-Sun, 6am-9am except for Thursday

3) Siam Road Charcoal Char Koay Teow

“A Must! Must! Must visit place in Penang. The best CKT in town. Expect to wait for at least an hour to two. But it is definitely worth the long wait.”

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Address: Jalan Siam, George Town, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia | Opens on Mon-Sat, 3pm-7pm

4) Gerai Makanan Batu Lancang

“This is a food court serving the local community. Quite a good variety of hawker stalls and they are reasonably priced even for Penang standards. Try their char koay kak and passembor.”

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Address: Lancang Highway, Jelutong, 11600 George Town, Penang, Malaysia | Opens on Mon-Sun, 8am-6pm

5) Genting Cafe

“Definitely not a tourist place, more for locals to grab their meals. We ordered peanut butter chee cheong fun, pork knuckle and curry mee. Good value and delicious.”

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Address: Lorong Delima 3, Taman Island Glades, 11700 Jelutong, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia | Opens on Mon-Sun, 7am-5pm except for Wed

6) Lye Lee Food & Beverages

“Crowded during lunch hour. Like their pork noodle and seafood porridge the most. Affordable price.”

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Address: 1-1-10, & 1-1-12, Tingkat Mahsuri, 11950 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
Malaysia | Open on Mon-Sun, 11am-10pm

7) Hon Kei Food Corner

“An amazing local eatery which is famous for its porridge. Don’t miss out the Pork Porridge with a very rich aroma pork-based soup.”

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Address: 45, Lorong Kampung Malabar, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia | Opens on Mon-Sun, 9am-12am except for Thu

8) Kedai Kopi Seow Fong Lye

“This coffee shop is always packed! People are often seen lining up at the Chee Cheong Fun stall early in the morning. The Char Koay Kak stall is equally as famous.”

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Address: 94, Lorong Macalister, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia | Opens on Mon-Sun, 7.30am-12.30pm

9) Joo Hooi Cafe

“Food is very cheap and incredibly tasty! Try the oyster egg omelette and laksa – both very flavourful and incredibly fresh.”

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Address: 475, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia | Opens on Mon-Sun, 11.30am-5.30pm, except for Thu

10) Tek Sen Restaurant

“I love all their dishes especially claypot eggplant, fried roasted pork and asam curry fish. Their soup is also delicious. Expect queues especially during holidays.”

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Address: 18, Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia | Opens on Mon-Sun, 12pm-3pm, 6pm-9pm, except for Tue