Where to eat
Street food$Around townThe world's best street food!
As one of the top spots across the globe for street food, Georgetown is a fabulous place for foodies! Street food stalls are spread around the city. Chinatown and Gurney Drive have particularly high numbers of vendors.
For varied options all gathered in one place, and plenty of seating so diners can enjoy a meal immediately, hawker centres are a good choice. Some of the top Georgetown hawker centres include Red Garden, New World Park, Cebil Market Food Court, Presgrave Street Haker Centre, and Sri Weld Food Court.
You’ll find many Indian, Chinese, and Malay restaurants and food stalls around the city, the mixed ethnic makeup of the city reflected in the cuisine.
Char koay teow, a stir-fried noodle dish with prawns, egg, sausage, cockles, and chili and soy sauce for seasoning is one of the most famous street eats in Georgetown. Oyster omelettes are also omnipresent. Other common things to try are crispy duck with rice, curry mee, laksa, popiah, lok, murtabak, roti, curries with naan or chapatti, fried chicken, Penang rojak, and chili or pepper crab.
Scattered everywhere in the city
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Jawi House Cafe & Gallery11-32 MYRCentral GeorgetownFusion of Indian and Malay food
Jawi House Cafe & Gallery
“A unique fusion of Indian and Malay food in a cozy, ambient environment “
If you want a break from the street food, this is the best place in Georgetown for delicious amazing authentic Malaysian food! The atmosphere and service are incredibly warm and welcoming and the dishes truly unique. Staff are very happy to explain the food to you. Make sure to try their laksa lemak!
85 Armenian Street, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia
Tek Sen Restaurant10-33 MYRCentral George TownThe best Chinese restaurant in Georgetown!
Tek Sen Restaurant
Established in 1965, this heritage Chinese restaurant is still filling up its tables every night, thanks to its high quality Chinese food that every traveller hears about. The portions are generous and the flavours exquisite. Just make sure to come early, around 6pm, to get a table. Be aware that one might have to wait a while for the food; but it’s worth it!
18 Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, Penang Island 10100, Malaysia
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Bite N Eat Dindigul Biriyani7-23 MYRLittle IndiaExcellent Indian food with signature Biriyani dishes
Bite N Eat Dindigul Biriyani
Dindigul (a place in India) is famous for biriyani. For an excellent Indian food fix, this friendly place has lots of meat and vegetarian options to choose from. The lunch deal is particularly popular for 10 MYR and the location is central! The dosas also come highly recommended.
17 Lebuh Pasar, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia