Top Choice Hawker in George Town

Lg Baru (New Lane) Hawker Stalls

Ask locals where their favourite hawker stalls are, and they’ll generally mention this night-time street extravaganza. Just about everything's available here, but we like the stall serving char koay kak (a wok-fried…
Top Choice Chinese in George Town

Tho Yuen Restaurant

Our favourite place for dim sum. It’s packed with newspaper-reading loners and chattering groups of locals all morning long, but you can usually squeeze in somewhere. Servers speak minimal English but do their best …
Top Choice Chinese in George Town


There's a reason this place is always packed: it's one of the tastiest, most consistent restaurants in town (and in a place like George Town that's saying a lot). You almost can't go wrong here, but don't miss the f…
Top Choice Peranakan in George Town


This is your chance to sample superb, subtly flavoured Peranakan-influenced cuisine. The stately dining room, that's part of the Seven Terraces hotel, is decorated with a gorgeous collection of antiques, set to a so…
Top Choice International in George Town

China House

You can't really say you've been to George Town unless you've stepped inside China House. This block-wide amalgamation of shophouses is home to a variety of dining, drinking and shopping options. It all starts splen…
Top Choice Hawker in George Town

Pulau Tikus Hawker Centre

Before yet another bland guesthouse breakfast gets you down, consider a visit to this busy morning market area. A cluster of cafes sell Hokkien mee (yellow noodles fried with sliced meat, boiled squid, prawns and st…
Top Choice Malaysian in Balik Pulau

Cafe Ko Cha Bi Balik Pulau

Run by friendly folk, this pleasantly decorated cafe serves a very tasty range of local dishes including a delicious laksa, Hakka rice and noodles and desserts such as ais kacang (syrup- and coconut-milk topped ice …
Top Choice Thai in Southeast Penang Island


A blissful beachside setting, more intimate atmosphere and daytime dining gives Khuntain the edge over the neighbouring seafood restaurants at Teluk Kumbar. The steamed fish is excellent and you can choose from all …
Top Choice Malaysian in George Town

My Nonya Favourites

Nothing to look at, this humble restaurant rightly gets the thumbs up from in-the-know locals for its tasty, authentic Peranakan (Nonya) dishes such as cincalok cher bak (stir-fried belly pork) and eggs belanda (egg…
Indonesian in George Town

Nasi Padang Minang

Serve-yourself, buffet-style restaurants generally opt for quantity over quality, but the Padang-style Indonesian curries, stir-fries, soups, salads and grilled dishes here are uniformly vibrant and delicious.