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Penang International Food Festival 2018
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Penang International Food Festival 2018

After the success of last year’s event, the Penang International Food Festival (PIFF) is back with a host of activities, demonstrations and, most importantly, the kind of food that has placed Penang firmly on the gastronomical map. As we all know, the influence of all the different cultures – colonial, Chinese, Indian, Arabic, Malay – was the foundation of Penang’s architecture and cuisine. From famed hawker fare to the new wave of contemporary cooking, the festival highlights them all. Cool venues abound and while you’re chowing down, enjoy cooking demos, street art, international buskers performing and fireworks at night. Here are a few events you can expect from PIFF 2018. Taste of Penang (TOP)All the best food from the island’s cafés and restaurants in one area, so you can literally try everything at once! Be entertained by live performances and get tips from the various cooking demonstrations. Date: Apr 21 & 22, 5-11pm Venue: Jalan Kelawai RM2 Mini Food FestivalWhat’s not to like about paying RM2 per dish? Food will be served in smaller portions, so you can have a taste of as many dishes as you like without feeling the pinch or falling into a food coma. This is a good excuse to venture out to the mainland and check out the funky street art at the Butterworth Art Walk. Date: Apr 23 & 24, 5-11pm Venue: Butterworth Art Walk, Lorong Bagan Luar Food Truck Invasion (FTI) Everyone loves a good food truck, so head to the Food Truck Invasion and check out 150 of them serving

Best heritage hotels in Penang
Hotels

Best heritage hotels in Penang

Pre-war buildings, century-old shophouses and more – there certainly isn’t any shortage of charming accommodation in George Town. Go back in time and plan your next stay at one of these heritage hideouts.  

Penang's best bars
Bars and pubs

Penang's best bars

These nightlife establishments certainly set the bar high.

Top 20 iconic hawker dishes
Restaurants

Top 20 iconic hawker dishes

Historically and geographically, Penang is perfectly positioned to be one of the top places for street food in Asia. As one of the great entrepots of the region, the combination of the spice trade, colonialism and the myriad of cultures which settled here through the ages has given rise to a unique cuisine which is becoming renowned the world over. The number one priority for many visitors is to eat their way through the island and this list will give you a head start. Here are 20 classic hawker dishes in Penang – what they are and where you can get them. 

Penang's most stylish hotels
Hotels

Penang's most stylish hotels

Find the perfect place to rest your head after a long day of sightseeing. It helps that these hostels and hotels are pretty and easy on the eyes. Choose from varying styles, from Scandinavian chic to Anglo-Indian.

The best of Penang

Best luxury boutique hotels in Penang
Hotels

Best luxury boutique hotels in Penang

The latest collection of boutique hotels to sprout up in George Town redefines luxury and comfort

Best things to do outdoors for kids
Kids

Best things to do outdoors for kids

Much has been said about the island’s colonial architecture, beaches and scrumptious street food. Explore a little more and you’ll discover a rich natural heritage that offers an educational and exciting recreational time for the family

Penang's best art galleries
Art

Penang's best art galleries

Penang has more than just graffiti and street art. Here are the modern art galleries you should check out

Best markets in Penang
Shopping

Best markets in Penang

Straying away from the already well-known, all-time favourite Batu Ferringhi night market, and capture the robust and vibrant ambience of several other day and night markets around Penang

Penang's best bars with a view
Nightlife

Penang's best bars with a view

The best places in town to drink in the scenery

50 things to do in Penang

Heritage
Things to do

Heritage

The best things to do to soak up Penang's rich, cultural heritage

Food and drink
Things to do

Food and drink

You haven't been to Penang if you haven't had these dishes

Arts and culture
Things to do

Arts and culture

Check out cool street art, smash some coconuts and more. Here's how you can channel your inner culture vulture

Attractions and activities
Things to do

Attractions and activities

From bargaining at the night markets, watching the sunset on Batu Ferringhi and counting exotic birds at Penang Bird Park, these are the city's best things to do outdoors

Top heritage hotels in Penang

The Blue Mansion (Cheong Fatt Tze)

The Blue Mansion (Cheong Fatt Tze)

A Chinese courtyard-style mansion built on Feng Shui principles

Eastern & Oriental Hotel

Eastern & Oriental Hotel

Historical building with luxurious rooms overlooking the sea

Seven Terraces

Seven Terraces

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

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Eight Rooms
Hotels

Eight Rooms

Colonial building with hyper modern, design forward interior

Lone Pine Hotel

Lone Pine Hotel

A quaint, historial hotel by the beach in Batu Ferringhi

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Muntri Mews

Muntri Mews

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

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