Dining, Entertainment & Shopping



Renowned as the food capital of Malaysia, Penang offers visitors an irresistible selection of exotic local fare. The delightful variety of Penang food reflects the different cooking styles and tastes of its multiracial population. There is a mouth-watering selection of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Nyonya cuisine to sample, not to mention the irresistible hawker fare. Not-to-be-missed hawker favourites are noodle dishes such as Asam Laksa, hokkien mee, char kuay teow, and pasembor, a local salad dish. Chinese restaurants also offer Cantonese, Szechuan, Hokkien, Teochew and Hainanese food such as dim sum, rice porridge, chicken rice, diced chicken with dried chilies and a variety of noodles.


Peranakan or Nyonya cooking consists of an exotic blend of Chinese and Malay savoury cuisines. The style of cooking is quite elaborate involving a fine mixture of spices and herbs with onions, garlic and chilies. Nyonya cuisine includes met slam, otak-otak, kerabu, cache kaHn and curry kapitan. They are also famous for their delicious cakes and desserts. Heading the list of Indian cuisine is nasi kandar, a dish of Indian Muslim origin. South Indian favourites include tosai and idiapom served with thick dhall curry. Northern Indian naan bread with chicken tandoori or chicken tikka are also worth trying. Malay food is typified by dishes such as samba! tumis, masak lemak and sarnba/ belacan and is easily available. A traditional favourite with locals and foreigners alike is Satay.


Gurney Drive

A favourite haunt for food enthusiasts, this stretch of coastal road is famous for hawker footstalls offering a mouth-watering selection of Penang specialties such as asarn laksa, hokkien mee, chee cheong fun, pasembor, rojak and various other delicious local delicacies. Visitors call stroll along the breezy promenade after a hearty meal and enjoy the scenic seafront view at sunset.


The stalls operates from 6.00pm


Spice up your visit with a vibrant cultural performance or just soak up the atmosphere at various night spots on the island. Penang offers an exciting choice of night entertainment and watering holes. These include pubs, karaoke lounges, hotel lobby bars and clubs. In the city itself especially along Upper Penang Road, visitors can find a number of good spots to lighten up, have a drink and chit-chat with friends while being entertained by live bands. As a majority of the hotels are situated along the Ferringhi belt, that?s where you?ll find most of the night spots, especially clubs and pubs. You can also catch a cultural performance at the Eden Seafood Village.

Concerts / Dramas

Performances are usually advertised in local newspapers and staged at the following venues;

  • Dewan Sri Pinang, Lebuh Light     Tel; 04 - 261 4700

  • Fort Cornwallis, Amphitheatre     Tel; 04 - 261 0262/3

  • Geodesic Dome, KOMTAR     Tel; 04 - 634 0111





Shop to your heart?s content at the numerous modern shopping complexes, retail outlets, handicraft stores, flea markets and sidewalk bazaars in the city.


Penang is a shopper?s paradise, with hundreds of retail establishments located in and around the city. The main shopping areas are concentrated in Jalan Penang, Lebuh Campbell, Lebuh Kapitan Keling, Lebuh Chulia and Lebuh Pantai. The highly versatile batik fabric is available as individually designed pieces or as clothing, table cloths, napkins and furnishings. These items are sold at factories in Teluk Bahang and in souvenir shops at Batu Ferringhi. They are also available at specialist shops in Penang Road and in most department stores and shopping complexes. Batik paintings can also he found in galleries along Jalan Penang, Lebuh Leith and Batu Ferringhi.


If you are searching for fine jewellery, then Lebuh Campbell and Lebuh Kapitan Keling are the places to go. Popular shopping complexes include Gurney Plaza, Prangin Mall, Island Plaza and Midlands One-stop Shopping Centre. Penang is also a paradise for antique lovers in search of rare bargains. The shops along Rope Walk (Jalan Pintal Tali) and the Lorong Kulit flea market offer a wide range of antique items. Bargaining is still very much a part of life here, so don?t be afraid to haggle over prices or ask for a discount.


Chowrasta Market

The Chowrasta Market in downtown George Town, Penang, is a well-stocked bazaar offering unbeatable prices. Visit the market to browse through the various items such as bean paste biscuits and preserved nutmeg. These made in Penang products are cheaper there as bargaining is allowed and even encouraged. Some second-hand bookstores are on the first floor of the building. They are all piled high with books and magazines. The original Chowrasta Market was built in 1890 by the George Town municipality. The front portion facing Penang Road was rebuilt in 1920 and has remained virtually unchanged until 1981 when a new market was built in its place. In Urdu, Chowrasta means four cross roads. In the early days, more than three-quarters of the stall holders were Indian Muslims from south India.


Batu Ferringhi Sidewalk Bazaar

After sunset, the flaw Ferringhi sidewalk transforms into a bazaar where traders from all over the island set up their stalls. Like the night market, everything from food, clothing, batik, watches, pens and fashion accessories are sold here and bargaining is the order of the day.


The stalls operates from 6.00pm



The biggest shopping landmark is KOMTAR (Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak) at Jalan Penang. Featuring a geodesic dome which serves as a multipurpose hall, the 65-storey complex contains offices, department stores and restaurants. The cameras, watches, pens, cosmetics and electrical items are amongst the cheapest in Malaysia. There is also a revolving restaurant at the top which provides a panoramic view of the island and mainland.




It?s bigger. It?s befter. And it?s definitely all happening at Queensbay Mall. With over 500 stores, Queensbay Mall houses the largest range of fashion and lifestyle outlets that cater to all ages. It also features many exclusive local and international brands not found anywhere else in Penang. Stretching over 0.5km, Queensbay Mall has three sections, i.e. the North Zone, the Central Zone and the South Zone. At Queensbay Mall, you can discover the latest trends and gadgets at stores like Topshop, Padini, SenQ and Switch; indulge in fine dining with a blend of local and international cuisines; enjoy an array of fun interactive games at the arcade or catch up on your favourite novel at the Borders bookstore which has a great view of the sea. With everything under one roof, it?s the most happening place to be!

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping