Penang Island is known for a great many things, from gorgeous sights to nostalgic streets. It is also notoriously hot, which means sweet treats are a mandatory part of any visit to the island. Whether you like a good old-fashioned scoop of ice-cream or some delicate and sophisticated macarons, there are plenty of options to keep your sweet tooth happy. Here are the Top 10 Places for Desserts in Penang.
1) Creameal Handcrafted Ice Cream
Located in a quaint little shophouse at Jalan Phuah Hin Leong is Creameal, which sells handcrafted ice-creams. You can expect classic flavours, but also quirky creations that are sure to interest the adventurous ones. Miso+PBJ anyone? That’s just one of a few interesting options available. You can opt to have your ice-cream on its own, or pair it with some yummy waffles.
2) Brown Pocket
Brown Pocket can be found within Gurney Paragon Mall, and their cuisine is inspired by an eclectic mix of French and Korean food. They specialize in waffles and pancakes, and also quality chocolate desserts that can be washed down with a great cup of coffee. It is the perfect place to unwind and relax, with an inviting atmosphere.
3) Rabbit Softserve
Softserve style ice-cream is making waves across the nation, and Penangites have Rabbit Softserve to enjoy. You can find options like Gula Melaka softserve, if you want to try ice-cream with a very local twist. How about Black Sesame, which comes in a fascinating shade of grey – a far cry from the ivory tones of vanilla ice-cream. Find them at Jalan Magazine.
4) Chocolate Passion Cafe
Their Café’s name already drops a big hint as to what is served there. If you need a good chocolate fix, this should be on your list of places to visit in Penang. Proudly hailed as the first chocolate café in Malaysia, they sell everything from delectable snacks and desserts to rich chocolatey beverages. Best of all, they have a selection of handmade chocolates – perfect for a gift.
5) Fourspoons Dessert Cafe
Need a pick-me-up? Head on over to Fourspoons, where their mission is to brighten your day with their dessert offerings. Their desserts are downright adorable, with waffles shaped like hearts and cute plates. How could anyone feel grumpy in such a happy place? To indulge in some home-made ice-cream, or savour a richly brewed coffee, go to Jalan Icon City.
6) Urban Artisan
It’s clear how much we Malaysians love our ice-cream because here’s another café where you can get an icy sweet treat. Urban Artisan has been in Penang since 2016, and they handcraft soft serve ice-cream and gelato daily. The pretty pastel shades of the ice-cream will definitely look perfect for your Instagram feed, and they come in a range of flavours. Keep an eye on their Facebook to see what’s in store each week.
7) Crepe Cottage
If ice-cream is too common for your liking, you may just like Crepe Cottage. In fact, they’ve been around for about 16 years already. Find them at Gurney Drive and fulfil your cravings. They have sweet and savoury dishes, so there’s something for everyone. Crepes, pancakes and desserts are a favourite.
8) La Vanille Cupcakes & Macarons
Good cupcakes are hard to find, but La Vanille wants to make sure that’s the least of your worries. At their café, they have not only cupcakes, but macarons, pastries, and a selection of simple Western food too. Their elegantly decorated and packaged cupcakes are quite a sight to behold, and it’s no surprise that they also have custom orders for their cakes.
Dessert should definitely taste good, but at Passionis, they believe it should look just as nice. Food can be artistic, as they exemplify. They serve Japanese inspired French cakes and pastries, baked with wholesome ingredients. They do not use any preservatives or artificial flavouring in their food. Pay them a visit at Jalan Siam.
10) Merry Me
Inspired by the whimsical carnivals and funfairs of childhood, Merry Me intends to be a “symbol of love, sweet and joy!”. You can expect freakshakes, desserts infused with Gula Melaka, and other unique offerings. Their original outlet is located at Lebuh Victoria, and they recently opened a new one at Gurney Paragon Mall.
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