People come to Penang for the food. It's world famous for it. It's predominantly a mixture of Hokkien, Teochew and Indian-influenced food. There are many hawker centres, lots of westernised cafes, 24-hour restaurants and options to suit all budgets.
Local dishes: Nasi Kandar.
Below is some of the best food in Penang...
"This was a definite highlight of Malaysia for me. I had it regularly, either as a dessert or as a way to cool down during the heat of the day."Read the full review...
- Jalan Penang, George Town, 10450 George Town
- Mon–Fri:10:30 - 19:00
- Sat–Sun:10:00 - 19:30
- 25, Penang St, Georgetown
- Mon–Sun:07:00 - 22:30
- 179, Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town
- Mon–Sun:08:00 - 14:30
"I had read that it was known as ‘Muthu’ but when I showed the name to a member of staff, he seemed not to recognise it. Instead, there doesn’t seem to be a name and there definitely aren’t any signs outside but you’ll know it when you find it as the inside has signs for traditional banana leaf food."Read the full review...
- 1, Jalan Pasar, Pekan Ayer Itam
- Mon–Sun:10:30 - 19:00
"Possibly the busiest Indian restaurant in town. The service can be pretty terrible and I've had some inconsistent experiences there but there's certain dishes they do really well and their breads are fantastic."Read the full review...
- 52, Penang St, Georgetown
- Mon–Sun:07:00 - Midnight
"As you walk in to the bustling Sri Weld food court, the first stand is selling lots of individually wrapped nasi lemak parcels in banana leaf. We watched them being made and asked which version is the best - one of the staff instantly and confidently answered "anchovies!" so we both went for it."Read the full review...
- Sri Weld Food Court, Beach St, Georgetown
- Mon–Tue, Thu–Fri:07:00 - 16:00
- Wed:07:00 - 16:00
- Sat:07:00 - Noon
- * Possibly closed Wed
- 177, Jalan Penang, George Town
- Mon–Sun:24 Hours