Monday, 30 April 2012

Where to Stay and Eat in Penang

UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a reputation for the best street food in Malaysia (including Penang Assam Laksa making CNN's Top 10 list of the World's Most Delicious Foods), laid back island life, green hills and sea vistas, Penang is sprouting with things to do, see and eat. With a range of accommodation popping up all over and new upscale eateries launching every week, everyone will find a bed and a dish to make themselves happy. Less than an hour flight from KL or a four hour drive, this tasty location is an ideal weekend escape. Click on the links below to find out more details about individual establishments.

Where to Stay in Penang
Campbell House

Rasa Sayang - Batu Feringgi. Acres of majestic gardens celebrating nature and centuries old trees, superior five star service and admirable attempts at being a socially responsible corporation. A first class experience.

Straits Collection, Armenian St. Residences - Georgetown. Chic, rustic, artistic, in central heritage location. Spacious living areas make it ideal for families or those wanting a bit more space or longer stay.

Campbell House - Georgetown. Boutique hotellery at its finest. Luxurious accommodation well suited for a couple's getaway.

Hard Rock Hotel - Batu Feringgi. Fun, fun, fun! Be sure to book a Deluxe Lagoon room where you can dive off your deck straight into the pool.
Hard Rock Hotel

Rasa Sayang
Straits Collection
Where to Eat in Penang
While known for its street food, Penang is teaming with newly opened more upscale eateries.

Spasso Milano
Weissbrau - Wholesome porky meals, nothing artificial, no chemicals. Must try their pork knuckle, seamen's mussels and ice cold beer.

Feringgi Grill
Spasso Milano - A real Milanese chef and al fresco dining by the marina.

Feringgi Grill - Must do the tasting menu and if you have room order their 25 year old specialities - table service tomato soup and caesar salad.

Tree Monkey - Don't leave the island without a visit. Thai tapas and thrilling cocktails in the tree tops.

Il Bacaro - Venetian style tapas and home made limoncello.

Hard Rock Cafe - Rockin' ambience, juicy burgers, giant sized meals
Tree Monkey
Il Bacaro

Hard Rock Cafe
Irawaddy Fine Foods

Irawaddy Fine Foods - NY style deli. Probably the only place on the island you can get a Classic NY toasted Reuban Sandwich.

Pizzeria @ Hard Rock Hotel - Wood fired pizzas by the sea and a humble chef with a heart warming story

China House - Georgetown. Espresso based coffees brewed by trained baristas and home made cakes. Live jazz Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. 
China House


  1. last time i use to stay in Bayview/Cititel ..
    coz near to pg road .. happening places..

    1. Good tip! Will check it out next visit. :-)

  2. *slurp*

    looks yummy~ my last visit to Penang was probably around 2008.. lolx~

    1. It's changed so much in the last few years. You might not recognize it. :-)

  3. nice handy guide! i spent three years studying in penang, but it was so long ago, i really wouldn't know what to tell any traveler who asks me where he should stay or what he should eat there :D

    1. I bet it's barely recognizable now compared to when you were there studying. New spots are popping up everywhere.

  4. Love this guide. Its a good one for me when I want to return to Penang and not stay "home".

    1. That's right, your a Penangite. You must give me your insider tips. :-)

  5. wah.. complete guide to Penang! good jobs...