Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Building in George Town

Blue Mansion

The most photographed building in George Town is this magnificent 38-room, 220-window mansion, built in the 1880s and rescued from ruin in the 1990s. Its distinctive blue-hued exterior (once common in George Town) i…
Top Choice Cafe in George Town

Kopi C

Fronting the fabulous China House complex, this cafe/bakery does excellent Western-style coffee, light meals and some of the best cakes and ice creams we’ve encountered in Southeast Asia.
Top Choice Gardens in Teluk Bahang

Tropical Spice Garden

This beautifully landscaped oasis of tropical flora, more than 500 species in all, unfurls across 500 fragrant acres. Armed with an audioguide, you can wander independently among lily ponds and terraced gardens, lea…
Top Choice Historic Building in George Town

Cheah Kongsi

Looking splendid after a major restoration that ended in December 2015, Cheah Kongsi is home to the oldest Straits Chinese clan association in Penang. The ornate front of the clanhouse can be seen clearly across a g…
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 Historic Building in George Town

Khoo Kongsi

This spectacular clanhouse is one of the most impressive in George Town. Gorgeous ceramic sculptures of immortals, carp, dragons, and carp becoming dragons dance across the roof ridges. The interior is dominated by …
Top Choice Hawker in George Town

Lorong 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 is available here: oyster omelette, otak otak (steamed fish curry), Chines…
Top Choice Peranakan in George Town


This is your chance to sample superb, subtly flavoured Peranakan-influenced cuisine. The stately dining room, part of the Seven Terraces hotel, is decorated with a gorgeous collection of antiques, set to a soundtrac…
Top Choice Gardens in Teluk Bahang

Art & Garden by Fuan Wong

Rising up a hillside on a part of the family’s durian orchard is this amazing conceptual garden where glass artist Fuan Wong marries his superb collection of weird and wonderful plants with his sculptures and instal…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in George Town

Shop Howard

Pick up one of Howard Tan's distinctive photographic prints at this compact gift boutique also selling unique postcards, art, handicrafts and books on local topics, all made by other local artists.