When on vacation, no one really wants to get up before the sun rises or in the early hours of your holiday mornings. But if you don’t, this could mean you’d be missing out on the hotel breakfast and having to wait until lunch – unless you’re willing to order a la carte from the hotel’s menu.
So, we’ve got a perfect idea – why not turn that alarm off, skip breakfast on some mornings, and head out for brunch instead? And if Penang happens to be your next vacation destination, well, these are some of the best brunch spots you should check out. After all, who wants to be hangry on vacay?
Arati Vilas is a family-owned business that serves authentic Indian food. Most of their customers are regulars living around the area who have patronised this place for years. So, if you want to get away from the tourist hotspots, then Arati Vilas is where you can enjoy a brunch menu with loved ones in Penang.
Address: 9 Tanjung Bunga Park, Tanjung Tokong, 11200 Tanjung Bungah
This Melbourne-style cafe serves a variety of Western and fusion cuisine. It’s also the perfect spot if you’re looking for somewhere to cool off in this Malaysian heat. While escaping the unforgiving weather, you can also enjoy a bottle of homemade kombucha.
Address: 80 Jalan Zainal Abidin, 10400 George Town
Are you someone who enjoys pasta? If your answer is yes, then Pasta Path is your place. You will be a happy camper with a wide variety of pasta and pasta sauce. Besides that, you can also get that Insta-worthy shot of a flying pasta, and the prices of all the items on the menu are also affordable.
Address: 4 Kampong Malabar, 10100 George Town
Fuku Eatery & Dessert
Located right in the middle of the bustling George Town area, this place has a great environment to chill while enjoying a tasty Japanese-inspired meal. Besides serving good food, there is also a lifestyle shop you can check out during your visit. Perfect for buying souvenirs for your loved ones at home.
Address: 37A&B, Beach Street, 10300 George Town
You will surely get a hearty meal at this spot, especially the All-American Breakfast. Let’s Meat will satisfy your cravings for American food where you can also get dishes like biscuit and gravy or a breakfast burrito (oh my God, we are sold). If you are up for a challenge, then be sure to order their signature milkshakes.
Address: 18 Lebuh Lembah Permai 4, Tanjung Tokong, 11200 Tanjung Bungah
The Lightbulb Cafe
According to the owner of this spot, The Lightbulb Cafe is dedicated to the inventor of the lightbulb, Thomas Edison. Fruit juices are served in lightbulb glasses to live up to the cafe’s name. Besides that, like a (ahem) lightbulb moment, you can be sure the delicious food from the menu served in this cosy cafe will help you start your day right.
Address: 57 Jalan Zainal Abidin, 10400 George Town
Bukit Penara Food Court
Penang is famous for hawker food; hence visiting one during your visit to this island for brunch is necessary. Located at Balik Pulau, this hawker centre serves various dishes that will satisfy your Penang local food cravings. Some recommended eats include chee cheong fun, yam cake, sushi, and satay to name a few.
Address: 111C, 3A, Jalan Bukit Penara, 11000 Balik Pulau
GDGN Vintage Cuisine
For those who have visited Hong Kong and are missing the food, this restaurant serves a variety of Hong Kong-inspired food and drinks. The environment of this spot will also take you back to the olden days of Hong Kong with its antique-heavy decoration and furniture. Also located in the heart of George Town, this is a great place to take a break from exploring.
Address: 72 Bishop Street, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang