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Welcome to 'What's On Penang'. Penang is a truly wonderful place! Within these pages our goal is to provide you with your one-stop information link to all the latest offerings in, on and around Penang. Make sure you browse through our site to see just what is on offer.

If you cannot find something that you are looking for then simply let us know and we will make sure we go and find it for you.

What's To See

  • Penang Hill is one of the oldest colonial hill station established by the British during their time in Malaysia. Explored in the late 18th century, a horse trail was cut by the Waterfall Gardens to the summit of the hilly spine of Penang, allowing the British to escape from the read more...

  • Since its inscription has a World Heritage Site, George Town, Penang, has developed itself as a vibrant showcase for street art. This began with Marking George Town in 2009, which brought the telling of street and social history through the use of caricatures.read more...

  • Batu Ferringhi is the northern coast of Penang, Malaysia.Probably the single most heavily developed stretch of tourist resorts in the entire country, the scenery and the beaches have undeniably suffered under the assault of all that concrete.

  • Built in 1805 in the memory of the renowned Chinese monk Chor Soo Kong, the Snake Temple is situated in the small town of Bayan Lepas and is famous for the fact that it has pit vipers living on the temple ground. Legend has it, that Chor Soo Kong, who was also a healer read more...

What's To Eat

  • Gurney Drive, otherwise known as Persiaran Gurney, is perhaps one of the most well-known places in Penang. Often referred to as ‘The New Esplanade’ (to differentiate it from the original Esplanade in Georgetown), Gurney Drive is a deluge read more...

     

  • Heaven Gate is the answer to an increasing demand for well dine fusion food, to be consumed while raise of quality lifestyle for local & tourist,while break time and walking around inside Heritage area while read more...

  • A roadside favourite turned full-fledged burger joint, Marshall’s is popularly known for its signature pork burger. ‘The Boar’ - very aptly named - is a two-storey stack of freshly ground pork patties topped with melted cheese, bacon and veggies.

  • The Char Koay Teow stall along Siam Road, Penang has gotta be one of the best in town. And a good thing about it is you won’t be charged exorbitantly for a plate of Char Koay Teow – something that is supposed to be cheap and affordable.

News & Views

Nation's Barbecue (全民炭烤店)

 

Nation's Barbecue, a newly opened Charcoal Barbecue-concept restaurant which opened its doors few days ago. Situated at Trengganu Road, directly opposite to Sin Lai Lai (新来来) Hawker Center, Nation's Barbecue should be quite eye-catchy due to its iconic location- facing the bustling Trengganu Road. The unpretentious and no frills restaurant serves ala-carte barbecue (no minimum orders required), using their carefully chosen "smoke-less" charcoal, they ought to give diners a comfortable yet relaxing dining experience. Wifi is available and there is an air-conditioned room for the heat-intolerant too. While the foods were not out-of-the-world-good, they were simple and straight-forward; the experience was pleasingly comforting especially with a few closer friends around. It is indeed a wonderful life moment to enjoy all these with friends. Since they (Nation's Barbecue) are very new, more choices and dishes will be added to the menu soon in the future.

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Assam/ Lemak Laksa

 

Penang Assam Laksa, being voted as the Top 10 Yummiest food in Asia by CNN, is the quintessential Penangite favorite food. Speaking of Assam Laksa, my favorite Assam Laksa can be found here, at Nan Guang Coffee House, Balik Pulau (or commonly known as Balik Pulau Laksa).Balik Palau is a quiet village approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour drive from the heart of Georgetown. Penangites have no qualm in driving all these meandering roads up the hill just for a bowl of decent Laksa, but of course, the place will be thronged by tourists especially during Durian season. It should be quite easy to spot this place, if you are using the Paya Terubong- Bukit Jambul road to Balik Pulau, you should be able to see this place at the T-junction after passing the Balik Pulau Market. 

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MM Noodles House (面面俱到)

 

It has almost become mandatory for cafes to come out with mural paintings in Penang recently, most of the newly opened cafes have at least one or two unique mural(s) painted and adorned the walls. However, this newly opened cafe has a rather unique and creative mural, a sketch of Penang's Chief Minister- YB Lim Guan Eng. Tucked in the heart of Georgetown, MM Noodles House is located at Lebuh Melayu, offering simple yet heart-warming dishes, one of their signature dishes being Hokkien Prawn Noodles.

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GEORGE TOWN: Fifteen parking attendants, opposing the new parking system, demonstrated against the Penang Pakatan government outside the state legislative assembly hall here today, claiming they would lose their livelihood.

They raised a banner which carries "Say No to New Parking System" to vent their frustration.
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DISHEARTENING: Hawker claims MPPP rejected application for stall permit

GEORGE TOWN: SIX years ago, Mohd Fairus Saad applied to the Penang Island Municipal Council for a permit to operate a food stall.
 
The council rejected his application and advised him to get a better job since he had a degree from a local university.
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GEORGE TOWN: Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd (JKSB), the concessionaire for the Second Penang Bridge, has conducted its final load test at the Ramp 2 of the Batu Maung Interchange.

The bridge is expected to open to the public soon.
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Eté Café

 

Eté Café, a quiet yet humble cafe well hidden beside the bustling road of Georgetown. It took us some efforts before we were able to locate this cafe, to find Eté Café, simply locate the Police Station at Lebuh Carnavon, this place is facing the Police Station and the T Junction of Pesara Claimant. Eté Café serves no mains but only desserts, they are famous of their home-made Macaroons as well as French Pastries and freshly brewed Coffees. However, most of their desserts are highly priced; Macaroons being the best seller, will be sold like hot cakes

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Penang Hotels Christmas Promotions

 

Christmas season is one of the busiest seasons in Penang and like any other celebrations in Malaysia, it is usually celebrated with a hearty feast whether in the form of an open house, intimate home-cooked dinners, or out at a restaurant.
 
During the Christmas season, many hotels and restaurants also offer special dining promotions giving Penangites an array of options to choose from.
 
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Favourite Cafe

 

Opened its doors for less than a month, Favourite Cafe is quaint yet humble little cafe situated along Beach Street at the heart of Georgetown, Penang. It is possible to feel transported to the older days where the previous generation used to live in those pre-war houses at the heritage area. Every corner can be a photo opportunity, especially those antiques displaying around; not to mention the quirky and playful pictures and mural paints adorned the walls. We were there during a sultry afternoon and the heat was unbearable, it was quite frustrating that the place is not air-conditioned and we were sweating throughout the entire meal. Food menu is not extensive and they mainly serve western dishes, with a couple of oriental choices- Fried Rice

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Cafe Journey

 

Tucked within the building where time has forgotten- Island Plaza along Jalan Tanjung Tokong; Coffee Journey is a newly opened cafe that serves a wide range of coffees and an array of pastry cakes. Be spoiled for choices at Coffee Journey's stunning variety of Coffees, ranging from the usual Coffee or Aussie's favorite- Flat White or even Gourmet Syphon Coffee. The cafe took a prominent spot at the ground floor of Island Plaza (next to Coffee Bean), facing the bustling road of Jalan Tanjung Tokong, Coffee Journey can be spotted easily from far; the modish and laid-back ambiance makes the cafe a very suitable place to spend an afternoon reading books or just watching the world goes by. Prices are reasonable and relatively cheaper as compared to those chain cafes in town, a place that coffee lovers would not want to miss! 

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