Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Building in George Town

Blue Mansion

Now one of Penang's most authentic heritage hotels, the magnificent 38-room, 220-window 'Blue Mansion' was built in the 1880s and rescued from ruin in the 1990s. It blends Eastern and Western designs with louvred wi…
Top Choice Historic Building in George Town

Khoo Kongsi

This spectacular clanhouse is one of the most impressive in George Town. Guided tours begin at the stone carvings that dance across the entrance hall and pavilions, many of which symbolise or are meant to attract go…
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

Cheah Kongsi

Looking splendid after a recent major restoration, 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 grassy lawn from Lebuh…
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 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, fragrant fecundity offers trails past more than 500 species of flora, with an emphasis on edible herbs and spices. You can explore the grounds on your own, or join one …
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 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 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…