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Things to do in Penang

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Shopping Centre
“Gurney Plaza has three anchor tenants: Parkson Grand, the 12-screen Golden Screen Cinemas and Cold Storage supermarket. Additionally, the nine-storey mall houses over 380 stores.”
  • 68 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Modern, 5-story complex featuring fashion & electronics stores, many restaurants & a cinema.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“One of the Penang famous Shopping Mall in Georgetown. there are plenty of food, cafe, shops, to shopping around. operates from 10am to 10pm.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“The island’s first retail marina enclave, Straits Quay provides a comprehensive mix of outlets and attractions from boutiques to Western and Asian restaurants, cafes and bars with panoramic view.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Garden
“Recently revamped Butterfly farm is a delightful place to visit especially for children!”
  • 48 locals recommend
Restaurant
“"Gurney Drive Hawker - One of the famous places in Penang for tourists. It is a place full of many local food available, it's serve with Chinese, Malays, Indian food. It is operates at night around 7pm - 12pm.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Lake
“It is one of the largest and finest temples complexes in Southeast Asia. Kek Lok Si Temple is not just a center for Chinese culture and Buddha teaching, but also an unique heritage treasures that have Mahayana Buddhism and traditional Chinese rituals blend into a harmonious whole, in temple architecture and daily activities of worshipers.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“1st Avenue Mall is a shopping mall in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. It is located at Magazine Road, next to Komtar and Prangin Mall, and is linked to both buildings via overhead bridges.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Food Truck
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“Gurney Drive, otherwise known as Persiaran Gurney, is perhaps one of the most well-known place in Penang. Often referred to as 'The New Esplanade', Gurney Drive is a deluge of hawker delights and exciting restaurants that come alive at nighttime, giving the unique experience of dining by the sea. Gurney Drive was named after Sir Henry Gurney, a Malayan High Commissioner who was assassinated by the guerrillas of the Malayan Communist Party during the Emergency period in the early 1950s.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Car Wash
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“Hypermarket where you can get everything that you may need for your daily essentials”
  • 26 locals recommend
Track
“Penang Botanical Gardens are usually simply called the Botanic Gardens by Penang islanders. Also known as the Waterfalls Gardens, the gardens are located in a valley along Jalan Kebun Bunga. It is a well landscaped place that contains a huge variety of indigenous and exotic plant species.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Museum
“The Khoo Kongsi is a large Chinese clanhouse with elaborate and highly ornamented architecture, a mark of the dominant presence of the Chinese in Penang, Malaysia. The famous Khoo Kongsi is the grandest clan temple in the country. It is also one of the city's major historic attractions. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Museum
“A museum of the legacy of Penang's Baba and Nyonya. Here, you will have a glimpse of the interesting lifestyle of the Baba and Nyonyas. There are around 1000 pieces of exhibits and antiques displayed.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Gurney Paragon Mall is Penang’s best centre for an eclectic mix of fashion trends. Set along Persiaran Gurney, the seafront complex is home to more than 40 fashion boutiques and 30 restaurants.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Escape theme park is an outdoor theme park, water park and conducts adventures activities like rock climbing, crossing suspension bridges and climbing uphill on a seat. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Government Building
“Komtar Penang mall was dominated by local budget department store, Pacific, booths specializing in computer, hand phone , camera services , a few local souvenirs shops, toy shops and a couple of fast food outlets.”
  • 23 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“"Gurney Drive Hawker - One of the famous places in Penang for tourists. It is a place full of many local food available, it's serve with Chinese, Malays, Indian food. It is operates at night around 7pm - 12pm.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Bar
“Any cafe list in Penang is not complete without a mention of the beautiful China House. China House has been around for quite some time and yet, it is still going on super strong. Apart from their fusion menu, there are more than 50 cakes for you to choose from every single day! At night, The Canteen @ China House comes alive with live bands, and other performances. It is a must-visit if you’re coming over to Penang for a visit! Highly Recommended: Tiramisu Cake Opens daily, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. TEL : 04 263 7299 | Non-Halal Address : 153, Beach St, Georgetown, 10300 George Town, Penang ”
  • 40 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Komtar is the highest building in Penang which is symbolizing prosperity in Penang”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“"New Lane Hawker Centre is a food court in Penang whereby the lane closes to down and the street turns into a thriving outdoor hawker food centre. Variety of Penang food, Nice place....”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“"Chulia Street night hawker stall is also one of the popular food hunting places in Georgetown, Penang. Plenty of local food stall such as Wantan Mee, Curry Mee, Char Koay Teow, Char Hor Fun, Satay and fresh fruit juice. Pro tip: be there early to avoid disappointment. In short, It's definitely the food heaven serving the best food in Penang. My favourite food stall, WanTan Mee (Dumpling Noodle) … The best.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Dessert Shop
“TeowChew Chendol has a history to be proud of. It was founded in 1945 by the late Tan Teik Fuang. The taste you love, the time you deserve. One of the Penang famous food, must try...”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a very active place in the morning from 8am - 12 noon and again in the evening. Wet market by day hawker food by night. This area is full of food. Many organic shops in this area as well as local restaurants including a new Vegan restaurant are found along Jalan Moulmein. You can find a full grocery store across the street on Cantonment.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Food Court
“The cafe is actually a food court offering great selection and large varieties of Penang street eats. ”
  • 10 locals recommend

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