Ah, Penang. The Pearl of the Orient. Isle of the Betel Nut. The Land with Too Many Good Food. What was that? 🤔
You heard yourself right. This northwest state of Malaysia is dubbed as a foodie haven for its street food, Michelin-star eateries, and of course, cafes.
In this article, we’ll make halal cafe hunting easier for you. Keep scrolling and enjoy this cheat sheet prepared by us!
1. Ferringhi Coffee Garden
Ever dreamed of sipping a cuppa surrounded by the glorious charm of island nature?
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Welcome to Ferringhi Coffee Garden, a must-visit not only for its tasty Western breakfast and brunch options but also for the lush greenery which complements the European countryside aesthetics 🌿
If you’re dining with a plus one, we recommend ordering the Tea Set; a marvellous combination of sweet and savoury light bites served in a tiered pastry stand. It is priced at RM65.80 inclusive of two cups of coffee or tea.
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If you’re in for a bigger meal, their massive portion for breakfast and lunch will surely impress you. An example of crowd’s favourite is their Gourmet Breakfast; a slice of country sourdough with chicken/beef sausage, French brie, sauteed onions and tomato relish for sides and Waffle Salmon Benedict; smoked salmon, perfectly poached eggs matched with excellent Hollandaise sauce on waffles instead of toasts.
Wait, is that what we think it is? Yep, that’s definitely the sound of our stomachs growling 🤰
Status: Halal-certified ingredients used, pork free, alcohol served in establishment.
Address: 43D Kampung Batu Feringgi, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang.
Opening hours: 7.30am – 10pm (Daily)
Reservations: Call 04-885 1192
2. twelve2. Kopi C Cafe at ChinaHouse
People throng this cafe for two things: cakes, and their home-cooked style dishes.
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Although the dessert selection takes centre stage, don’t underestimate this cafe’s extensive menu for all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In fact, this might be the only place in town where you can find rendang, assorted Spanish tapas, and vegetarian dishes all under one roof! 🥘
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Kopi C’s scrumptious cakes, cookies, and pies will cost you between RM4 – RM20 per piece. Even though this place runs a little on the pricey side, don’t let that discourage you from feasting to your heart’s content! It’s definitely worth the bucks, which explains all the good reviews they keep receiving 💯
Once you’re done, take out your camera and do justice to their well-curated interior layouts by having a photoshoot with your friends. Talk about killing two birds with one stone 😉
Status: Halal-certified ingredients used, pork-free, alcohol served in establishment.
Address: 153 & 155, Lebuh Pantai and 183B, Lebuh Victoria, George Town, Penang.
Opening hours: 9am – 1am (Daily)
Reservations: Call 04-263 7299
Huey&Wah is the cafe for those who like their brunch simplified and upfront with an uncompromisable taste for gourmet marshmallows. Oh, and by gourmet, we mean they are exclusively whipped and baked in-house 😉
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Whether it’s s’mores or plain old marshmallow that you’re craving for, Huey&Wah will make sure they’re serving you only the best fluffy confectioneries, minus the bonfire!
With every order of their signature beverages (RM6 – RM12), you get two marshmallow cubes of your preferred flavour to add a sweet kick to the warm bitterness of your coffee, tea or Milo-O.
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Priced at RM12, Powerhouse is their most popular breakfast/brunch item yet. A plate of lightly toasted almonds and whole cherry tomatoes sprinkled over a bed of soft-boiled eggs and squared grilled wholemeal toasts is the morning fuel you never knew you needed! 🍳
Status: Halal-certified ingredients used, pork-free.
Address: 368-1-3, Bellisa Row, Jalan Burma, George Town, Penang.
Opening hours: 8am – 6.30pm (Daily)
Reservations: Call 04-228 3962
4. Wheeler’s Coffee
Now, we have all seen and heard people dipping french fries into sundaes before. You might be guilty of this. Or pairing Milo with Mozzarella shreds 🧀 We’re talking about unusual combinations that make your hair stand at first, but you learn to love them.
At Wheeler’s Coffee, Espresso Chicken is it.
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At just RM21.90, you get to savour how the taste of creamy grilled chicken blends harmoniously with thick, bittersweet espresso in a mouthful. It’s simply sinful, and it leaves you wanting more.
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Food presentation is also one of the things you can count on these guys to do it right, apart from their food combination game. Wanna know what else do people come here for? Freshly baked Bacon Arugula pizza (RM18.90) and Spaghetti Carbonara (RM17.90) gained their much-deserved spots in visitors’ hearts as quickly as one would squeal “Yum!” when taking a bite.
For dessert, you have to give their Matcha Lava Cake with a scoop of Haagen Dasz (RM18.90) a try. It’s undoubtedly the best finish to a hearty lunch on a sunny day out in George Town.
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Address: 67 Jalan Love Lane, Chinatown, Georgetown, Penang.
Opening hours: 9am – 12am (Daily)
Reservations: Call 04-261 3570
5. MORE by Arang Coffee
Let’s be honest, dining at a spacious cafe with a hint of nature that serves appetizing dishes is a mood. MORE by Arang Coffee is exactly the place which fits the bill, but there’s a catch: it is always packed with customers during peak hours.
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The Awesome Threesome is one of the sought-after items in their menu, priced at only RM17.50 and is ideal for sharing 🥪 They are essentially open-faced sandwiches with 3 toppings variety: Mushroom Cheese, Ham & Egg, and Smoked Salmon. When paired with Lagi Latte (RM10.50), expect little fireworks show to happen because they taste a little like falling in love at first sight 😋
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Our favourite lunch/dinner pick is the star of the show: Seafood Aglio Olio made with Squid Ink pasta, sliced cherry tomatoes, prawn, squid, topped with a generous sprinkle of Parmesan. For a satisfying portion, we think RM24 is a small price to pay in return for the amazing pasta experience you get when savouring this!
Address: 170-G Argyll Road, Livingston Tower, George Town, Penang.
Opening hours: 9am – 11pm (Daily)
Reservations: Call 04-371 0222
6. Jawi House Cafe Gallery
It’s no surprise how pre-Merdeka migration has done wonders to the food evolution in the Malay Archipelago. Jawi Peranakan, a combination of Malay, Indian and Arab ancestries, is a substantial part of the local communities in Penang since the early 1900s.
For those who have never had a cross-cultural food experience, you’re at the right place to begin!
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Jawi House Cafe Gallery is set to give its customers a tasteful atmosphere with an emphasis on traditional elements.
Both first-timers and returning customers cannot seem to get enough of their signature Lamb Masala Biryani, Laksa Lemak and Herbal Lemuni Rice. If you are of South Asian descent, this place will surely evoke your childhood memories; all of your classic favourites, prepared with a kick of Western fusion.
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Did we tell you there’s also an in-house gallery right on the second floor? The Peranakan gallery features local artworks, prints, handcrafted textiles, and carvings.
A wholesome cultural visit all under one roof? You bet.
Address: 85 Lebuh Armenian, 10200 George Town, Penang.
11.00am – 9.30pm (Wednesdays – Mondays)
Reservations: Call 04-261 3680
7. Brown Pocket
For a cafe which claims to be Penang’s waffle connoisseur, we are here to validate that and say Brown Pocket definitely know what they’re doing.
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For a waffle to be as chewy and dense as Brown Pocket’s, they use dough instead of batter. The pearl sugar on top caramelises and give their waffles a crunchy texture on the outside. We think that alone is enough to convince us to order every waffle (and pancakes) they make in a day 🙈 Both sweet and savoury waffle range is priced between RM13.90 – RM17.90.
Brown Pocket also offers a duet set for those who can’t decide whether to have waffles or pancakes. Every serving comes with their signature waffles, pancakes, topping of choice, and ice cream for RM16.90.
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With a cosy ambience and a stunning view overlooking George Town’s skyline, this place is ideal for catching up with friends or collecting inspirations for your next big creative break 👨🎨👩🎤
Other than your usual caffeine beverages, Brown Pocket makes all kinds of chocolate drinks, smoothies, frappes, fizzy fruit drinks, freshly squeezed juices, and premium Ronnefeldt tea. People say “go big or go home,” and Brown Pocket delivers exactly that.
Address: 163D-6-11 Gurney Paragon, Persiaran Gurney, Penang.
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm (Daily)
Reservations: Call 04-370 5034
8. Areca Cafe
Elegant. Serene. Nostalgic. If you like Eurasian food made with purely fresh local ingredients, you’ll love Areca Cafe.
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Located inside Areca Hotel building, this cafe has won the hearts of many tourists as well as locals who are in pursuit of luxurious dining experience in the quiet and underestimated Khoo Sian Ewe street.
With an extensive menu put together by Areca’s Swiss-trained Chef Azman for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it’s tough for us to pick one or two favourites. But if we *really* have to choose, we recommend having the Kam Heong Spaghetti with King Prawns (RM39) 🍤
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As for light bites, we love the Pandan Cream Caramel which is served with Gula Melaka syrup and caramelised banana (RM18) coupled with a cup of Latte Macchiato (RM11).
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Status: Halal-sourced ingredients, alcohol served in establishment.
Address: 27. Jalan Khoo Sian Ewe, George Town, Penang.
8am – 3pm (Sundays – Mondays)
8am – 11pm (Tuesdays – Saturdays)
Reservations: Call 04-261 0173
9. Dān 单 Cafe
If you were wondering what Dān means, it translates to ‘single’; a concept Dān 单 Cafe embodies in both their coffee bean selection as well as approach to their customers.
“How?” you may ask. With their quirky terrarium set-up, a few hours spent in here will take you away from the busy city into the tranquil mini greenhouse seclusion.
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The cafe does not serve mains, however. Their brilliant desserts and snacks make up for the absence, and our promise to you is they do not disappoint.
The Matcha Lava Cake (RM18) and Gula Melaka Cheesecake (RM12) are the 2 things we feel you would love to have.
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Dān 单 Cafe considers coffee craftsmanship to be of stellar importance to them. A few types of single-origin beans are used to yield specific tastes, of which visitors may request for tasting plate (RM20) to sample the difference.
Oh and the liquor bottle? Don’t worry, it’s strictly for aesthetic purposes and it’s 100% coffee ☕
A visit here on a scorching afternoon is definitely worth it though you’ll have to beat the crowd as this place is relatively small. So plan ahead when you feel like dropping by!
Status: Halal-sourced ingredients, pork-free.
Address: 38/1 Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, Penang.
11am – 8pm (Thursdays – Tuesdays)
Reservation: Call 010-394 0877
10. The Twelve Cups
Nestled in a row of heritage shop lots, The Twelve Cups recently reopened with a new look and new menu.
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With an airy interior decor and added Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and Italian fusion menu, this cafe certainly deserves our seal of approval.
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Out of all the meals you can opt for, their exceptional and well-done Eggs Benedict (RM23) should definitely be in your mental list. The combination of English muffin, smoked salmon/duck, and garlic butter is simply salivating, if not amazing 👌
If and when the morning calls for a vegetarian breakfast, their Wild Berries Bowl (RM19.00) or any of the nutritious smoothie bowl range is there to save the day!
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Is anyone a fan Mille Crepe cakes here? If it’s a yes, don’t miss out on their specials for RM13 per slice. From matcha to Tiramisu to mango, there’s something for every kind of sweet cravings here 🍰
Status: Halal-sourced ingredients, pork-free.
Address: 12, The WhiteAways Arcade, Beach Street, 10300 George Town, Penang.
10am – 6pm (Sundays – Thursday)
10am- 11pm (Fridays & Saturdays)
Reservations: Call 04-262 6812
11. Lagenda Cafe
It’s all in the name; Lagenda Cafe is the legendary place where extraordinary traditional Malay cuisines meet equally captivating Western-fusion dishes.
To the fans of the late Malaysian icon P. Ramlee, you’d be pleased to discover that his timeless art is the primary element of this cafe 🎷
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Gado-gado, a type of Indonesian salad mix is the must-try appetiser priced at only RM22. Its portion scales up to satisfy 5 people so it’s best shared with friends and families 👨👩👧👦
Every order of Lagenda Cafe’s rice set comes with a wooden Congkak housing staple condiments to spice up your mains. There’s a lot to choose from, but we suggest you try Nasi Goreng Bujang Lapok (RM22) and Ayam Percik Madu Tiga (RM24). The rich aromatic mixture of coconut milk and tamarind paste will remind you of your favourite Ramadhan bazaar’s version of Ayam Percik. Ah, memories!
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Complete your visit here by tasting their popular desserts, Banana Bakar (RM9); caramelised grilled bananas served with fresh coconut, Gula Melaka, and vanilla ice cream & Sago Do Re Mi (RM8); tapioca jelly served with Gula Melaka and coconut cream.
Address: 43, Campbell Street, 10100, Georgetown, Penang.
Opening hours: 11am – 11pm (Daily)
Reservations: Call 04- 261 2293
Congratulations! You’ve now completed your cheat sheet. Now off you go and explore the best of Penang’s halal cafes, one cuppa at a time ☕🍵