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Top 10 things to do in Penang Island South

The best attractions Penang Island South has to offer

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Restaurants

Best new cafés in Penang

Have coffee and cake at George Town's best new cafés

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Bars and pubs

Best new bars in Penang

Sip on lip-smacking cocktails at these best new watering holes in town

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50 things to do in Penang

Your ultimate guide to the best experiences the island has to offer

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Restaurants

V Cafe

The rustic Sekeping Victoria guesthouse now has an Instagram-worthy cafe that's perfect for escaping the heat

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What's on in Penang

Art

Rintis Arts Graduation Showcase

This annual art exhibition showcases University of Science Malaysia's final year students' art work. RINTIS stands for Research and Integration Towards Innovation and Sustainability. The exhibition is open until 26 June and will feature theatre performances, art displays by the design and fine arts departments and a music concert.

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Jump Street Dodgeball Training Night

Happening every Thursday night, put your ball-throwing skills to the test at Jump Street. Gather a team and let the qualified marshalls and coaches of the Malaysian Association of Dodgeball teach you the mechanics of dodgeball (or simply participate for the fun of it). Admission is by normal jumping fee at no additional cost for the classes.

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Project Occupy Beach Street

Every Sunday, Project Occupy Beach Street will temporarily barricade major streets adjacent to Lebuh Pantai for family-friendly, community activities that the public can be a part of. This is in conjunction to the state government's initiative for Penang Car Free Day, where everyone can utilize the six-hour, traffic-free space for brisk walking, jogging, biking, dancing and social activities - yes, busking is officially legit. Skip the drive to Lebuh Pantai on Sundays and hop on the public bus to these streets:Lebuh Pantai (eco-friendly zone) Healthy food sampling, car boot sales, recycling station, bicycle station for rent and street market (eco-friendly products and services).Lebuh Bishop (sport zone): Street soccer, basketball, zumba, bootcamp, fit club and other sport activities.Lebuh Gereja (cultural zone) Live music, street performance, historic building tours and street market.Gat Lebuh Gereja (play zone) Children games stall, weekly events (e.g, inflatable, singing, drawing etc.), roller blade.

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French Art & Film Festival 2015

Organised by Alliance Française and the Embassy of France in Malaysia, Malaysia's annual French Art & Film Festival is back to instill a love of French art and culture. Francophiles in KL and Penang can look forward to an exciting roster of events that encompasses film screenings, live performing art, visual art exhibitions, gastronomic tastings and more. Seeing as humour appeals to a wide audience, the 2015 film lineup will heavily feature French comedies. Other genres include drama, animation, romance, fantasy, documentary and drama/history. All films will be screened in French with English subtitles. Visit www.faff.com.my or www.gsc.com.my for a complete list of movie schedules as well as other event details. À bientôt! See you soon!

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Weekend Market by-the-sea at Straits Quay

Straits Quay’s weekend market returns, and this time they’ll be here every weekend. Clothes, fashion accessories, homewares, books, and even antiques are among the things you can expect from this two-day market.  

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Say It Like You Mean It: Season 3

Spearheaded by homegrown poets Ksatriya and Mark Walker, 'Say it like you mean it' gathers talented poets, songwriters, storytellers and spoken word artists for a monthly performance. If you're a fan of the arts or simply, searching for fresh Penang talents to follow, make your way early for a seat in this artistically-expressive night. Say It Like You Mean It is in their third season at The Canteen, China House this month.

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The best of Penang

Hotels

Best luxury boutique hotels in Penang

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Kids

Best things to do outdoors for kids

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Art

Penang's best art galleries

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Shopping

Best markets in Penang

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Nightlife

Penang's best bars with a view

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50 things to do in Penang

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Heritage

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Top heritage hotels in Penang

The Blue Mansion by Samadhi

A Chinese courtyard-style mansion built on Feng Shui principles

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Eastern & Oriental Hotel

Historical building with luxurious rooms overlooking the sea

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Seven Terraces

This boutique hotel features seven Anglo Chinese shophouses restored to their former glory

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Eight Rooms

Colonial building with hyper modern, design forward interior

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Lone Pine Hotel

A quaint, historial hotel by the beach in Batu Ferringhi

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Muntri Mews

Heritage building given a modern upgrade, with a garden to boot

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