Where in Penang… (Malaysia)

Where to eat

My number one recommendation for food is the broad variety of hawkers. These are markets offering all types of dishes ranging from Asian to European food. In general you sit at a table in the center and someone comes and asks what you want to drink. The drinks are then brought to your table, you pay in cash. For the food you go to certain stalls and order there. Usually you tell them the number of your table and you pay when the food is served. It’s quite simple and very cheap. Don’t be frightened by the chaotic first impression. You’ll find these markets all around town, however, my favourites are the ones in “Little India” (the Roti Canai is heavenly – it’s like a pancake with curry), “Pulau Tikus Wet Market” (try the curry puffs) and the “Goodall Food Court”.

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If you prefer Western food options, I’d advise you to try out “Straits Quay”. It’s a marina area with international restaurants (French, Irish, Italian…).
For brunch or just a drink there’s the E&O Hotel. Their restaurant is open to non-hotel guests too and you’ve got a great view of the sea on the terrace. We typically had scones, cake and tea.

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Where to shop

I’m quite picky when it comes to shopping. I’ve never been keen on shopping in crowded, chaotic, low-quality malls and to be honest, there are a lot of those in Malaysia. The malls I liked were Gurney Plaza and Paragon, both situated on Gurney Drive at the coast.

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Where to stay

We stayed at the “Jawi Peranakan Mansion” for seven nights and certainly didn’t regret it. It’s a small but beautiful Heritage Hotel in Georgetown. I was more than satisfied with the service, amenities, location and, first and foremost, the concept. Breakfast is served at a long table with typical Asian tableware and the food also suits the theme. The staff was very polite and attentive.

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