Your ultimate guide to Penang

Discover the best Penang events, things to do, restaurants, music, film, art, theatre, nightlife and more...

Restaurants

Penang's best cafés

What’s brewing in Penang’s latest crop of independent cafés

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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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48 hours in Penang

The best things to do in Penang in just 48 hours

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Nightlife

Best bars and clubs in Penang

The best watering holes and nightspots for some after-work fun

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Guide to Penang's local hawker dishes

What makes these hawker dishes so delicious? We find out

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What's on in Penang

Music

5° North Music Festival

The 5° North Music Festival hits George Town this November, bringing with them a truckload of local music goodness, food and drinks. The festival lineup includes local veteran powerpop band OAG as well as Jumero, Wanted Symphony and Shake 'n Bake among many others. If you're excited about the prospect of mingling with homegrown talent, get your tickets now.

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Film

World's Best Movies: Hong Kong Classics

November's instalment of World's Best Movies takes on a Hong Kong theme this month with three black and white Cantonese films:  'My Son A-Chang’, ‘The Great Devotion’ and ‘Belle in Penang’. Only Mandarin subtitles will be available throughout the screening.

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Things to Do

George Town Literary Festival 2014

Set in the Whiteaways Arcade, this year’s George Town Literary Festival (GTLF) carries the theme ‘capital’. Expect a series of thoughtprovoking discussions covering the financial realities of being a writer, the power of cultural capital and even the cities that inspire this year’s GTLF panel. Workshops and masterclasses on writing and publishing, live gigs in the form of poetry and music jam sessions will be held over the spread of three days as well.  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn about food writing from local food writers and bloggers – yes, food tour is included.

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Shopping and style

PIKOM Fair 2014

Shop for the industry’s latest computer hardware and software, gadgets, accessories and more. The exhibition includes the usual mix of big brands like Sony, Canon, Microsoft and more. Bring trolleys or wheelie bags for all the extra freebies you’ll be getting.

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Party Lorong 2

Party Lorong returns for the second time this year, moving to a new location along Queen Street. This art market offers shoppers plenty of reasons to splurge on jewellery, children's toys, clothes, vintage clothing, prints, books, cards, gifts and original artworks. Highlights include  unique, handmade pieces from local crafters, art workshops, as well as live music.

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GTWHI LaCaLa Discovery Walk

Organised by George Town World Heritage Inc (GTWHI), this free guided walk will cover fascinating stories and facts about heritage streets like Lebuh Acheen, Lebuh Armenian and Lebuh Cannon. For over two centuries, these areas were dubbed as Penang's melting pot for trading, forging close trading relations, cooperation and inter-dependence between various groups in George Town's trading port. At the end of the tour, you'll get to take home newly produced reading material on Lebuh Acheen and Lebuh Armenian. Early reservation and punctuality are a must. Tour limited to a maximum of 20 participants.

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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 and style

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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