Best Brunch Places in Penang, Malaysia

Penang hasn’t been named as World’s No.1 Food Destination for no reason. Food is abundant and diverse in this beautiful colonial heritage site, and there are so many restaurants, stalls and cafes, that it’s nearly impossible to try everything in a lifetime.

To start off this new food category on Things Nomads Do, here’s a list of my favorite brunch places in Penang, Malaysia:

Yin’s Sourdough Bakery

At Yin's Sourdough Bakery

This little breakfast/brunch place is quite famous in Penang for -as the name already implies- its’ super amazing sourdough bread. The owner actually started this bakery because she found that Sourdough bread was better for her mum’s diet. It’s a very simple breakfast place, but you can totally taste how much care they put in their bread and dishes. And the coffee and cakes are pretty amazing as well!

Yin’s has two locations: one which is the actual bakery and the other one is also a pizza place.

Address: 11, Pesara Claimant, George Town, 10100 George Town

Opening Hours: 7AM – 5:30PM  (Closed on Saturday & Sunday, head to Yin’ s Sourdough Pizza instead)

Price Range: $$

Must-try: The Grilled Avocado Cheese Sandwich


Urban Daybreak

Avocado toast at Urban Daybreak

Waffle with pork stew

Urban Daybreak is quite a popular brunch restaurant in the city center of Georgetown. They have some amazing brunch dishes that really fill you up. I had an amazing avocado toast with poached eggs and some roasted cherry tomatoes. Yum!! Definitely worth going back for. They also serve quite big portions, so you definitely get your money’s worth!

Address: 338, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300 George Town

Opening Hours: 7:30AM – 3PM; 6PM – 10PM (Tuesdays only open at night)

Price Range: $$

Must-try: Avocado toast with poached eggs


Ferringhi Coffee Garden

Ferringhi Coffee Garden

High tea at Ferringhi Coffee Garden

This quaint little garden cafe we found accidentally while visiting the Batu Ferringhi beach. The cafe is decorated with lots and lots of plants and flowers and plays relaxing jazz music, making it a perfect chill-out spot after you have visited the beach. Definitely, try the high tea for two people; it comes with either coffee or tea.

Address: 43 D, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Kampung Batu Feringgi, 11100 Batu Ferringhi

Opening Hours: 8AM – 6PM

Price Range: $$$

Must-try: High Tea


Coffee Addict

Scrambled and salmon on sourdough

Coffee Addict

Coffee Addict isn’t only one of my favorite places to work, it’s also a great brunch place! The cafe has a really nice atmosphere and also serves some great coffee. They have really good croissants and although small, the selection if breakfast/brunch dishes is definitely very good. The cafe can be found in a tiny sidestreet of Nagore street.

Address: 209, Jalan Hutton, George Town, 10050 George Town

Opening Hours: 9AM – 6PM (Closed on Tuesdays)

Price Range: $$

Must-try: Scrambled egg with salmon on sourdough bread


Secawan n Such

Secawan n Such

Eggs benedict with Softshell crab

Shashuka at Secawan

One of my favorite places to get brunch in Georgetown is Secawan n Such. Don’t let the seemingly funny name fool you; they serve some really amazing food! The softshell crab eggs benedict, Shashuka, and Salmon eggs benedict with bearnaise sauce are all super delish. Their coffee and cakes are pretty amazing as well, so don’t miss out on those either!

Address: 205, Jalan Hutton, George Town, 10050 George Town

Opening Hours: 8AM – 12 AM (Closed on Mondays)

Price Range: $$$

Must-try: Softshell Crab eggs benedict


Dim Sum at Prosperous Dim Sum

Prosperous Dim Sum

If you want to follow the local Chinese people and try their version of weekend brunch, go to a dim sum place like Prosperous Dim Sum and fill your belly with dumplings, buns and egg tarts! As it’s self-service, you have to go to the counter to get some of the bamboo baskets filled with the lovely dumplings or buns.

Address: 202-G5, Aboo Siti Lane, 10400 George Town

Opening Hours: 5:30AM – 2PM

Price Range: $

Must-try: Dumplings, buns, egg tarts… Everything!



For some local breakfast head to this funky place located on Lebuh Campbell, and order yourself some kaya toast, which is a coconut spread that locals love. If you feel courageous enough, also order some poached eggs; just know that they are very, very runny.

Address: 118, Lebuh Campbell, George Town, 10200 George Town

Opening Hours: 8AM – 8PM (Closed on Mondays)

Price Range: $

Must-try: Kaya toast

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