Happy International Coffee Day! Coffee is something I value greatly, especially during our travels. Because let’s be honest: travelling can be exhausting and coffee is your hero. At least for me, Roxanne doesn’t drink coffee. But during our travels, we had to make some budget cuts and therefore I’m allowed to have just one good coffee a day, the other ones have to be instant coffee. Naturally, we make my daily coffee a special occasion. There is no better place than Georgetown, Penang, for that. It’s one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Malaysia and with a fastly growing number of cute cafés, the town has to be careful not to become an overcrowded Instagram-hotspot like Bali!

Wheeler’s Coffee ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

How can we not love this place as Dutchies? There are bicycles and wheels everywhere! The interior is lovely and the ambience is comfortable. It isn’t too big, which makes it cosy. As it’s located on the popular Love Lane it does get crowded. My small cappuccino (10.50 RM) looked more like a latte, but the heart-art was perfect!

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Location:
67, Lorong Love, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
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China House ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

One of the oldest and most visited cafes in Penang. It’s a lovely place and I recommend you to walk all the way through – it gets more fun in the back. Its artsy decor makes it perfectly clear why they would have a gallery in the middle. You can even draw on the tables with crayons and they play fitting old school music. At night there’s a bar too – so it’s really for everyone. They have a big selection of mouthwatering cakes, so their window quote ‘not a good place for a diet’ is definitely fitting. A bit more expensive though, as my cappuccino cost 14.10 RM.

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Location:
153, Beach St, Georgetown, 10300 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
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Awesome Canteen ☆ ☆ ☆

This is a canteen on a next level! This is definitely a cafe for the ‘gram. Its industrial look is really awesome for photos, and the entire interior seems to fit the building. It’s raw but comfy, there’s a lot of concrete but also fabulous natural lighting. It’s big, it’s bold, the ambience sounds are loud and the music very little, it makes for a unique vibe. They have paleo food – which makes my former-paleo-self very happy – and that is maybe why my cappuccino wasn’t the best. I thought the espresso was a bit too bitter, but that’s all about the taste of course! Note that this might not be the best digital nomad working space, as the internet was limited in the middle area where we were seated.

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Location:
164A-B, Lebuh Victoria, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
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CAZE by Buu’s Kitchen ☆ ☆ ☆

Recently Buu’s Kitchen has moved to a new location, at the time we visited it was located at Hin Bus Depot. But when we visited we were very charmed by the location, a place where there are a Sunday market and interesting expositions. The coffee wasn’t the best, but that’s not their main focus. I trust that with their relocation – and adding ‘CAZE by’ to the name – the coffee has improved. And otherwise, you can always go for one of their delicious kinds of pasta!

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Location:
10a, Lebuh King, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
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Coffee on the Table ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This is a funny one: they do 3D coffee-art! I actually had low expectations of the coffee itself, but it was actually very good. The place is definitely not famous for nice interior or great music (when we were there they played one classical song on repeat), but coffee was never so fun. Try one of their cakes too, they’re awesome!

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Location:
164, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
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Gayo Coffee ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

I totally misread the name when I first saw it, and I thought: ‘OMG “gay coffee”? Have to go there!’ Turns out, there’s another O involved but the place is still great. Hip music is playing through the cafe and there’s plenty of space. The interior somewhat resembles China House but is unique in its own way. My cappuccino (11RM) was great, it even passed the spoon test and it had nice art.

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Location:
161, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Note that there are two entrances, that confused us a little!
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Black Kettle ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Already the exterior is worth a visit: it’s a big happy yellow building. Inside it’s hip, cosy but spacious and the western familiarities are nice. It’s definitely a great place for some photos. My cappuccino (11.65 RM) was excellent, great blend, nice art and great taste. The hostess was very friendly, we were heartily welcomed upon entering.

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Location:
105, Beach St, Georgetown, 10300 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
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Gudang Café ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

A warehouse-themed cafe, very spacious and simply designed. Nice music, exactly the kind you find in a Spotify Coffeehouse playlist. The coffee is good with nice art, the foam is a bit thin but the blend is nice. The best thing: the price. My cappuccino cost only 9.8 RM – definitely the cheapest cappuccino in Georgetown!

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Location:
5, Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
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The Mugshot Cafe ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Okay, I’m biased on this one. We know Arthur Lamon, designer of nearly all wooden details in The Mugshot Cafe. It is really cool – trust us. In addition, they have amazing bagels – something you might miss in between all rice dishes. They are truly the best bagels in Georgetown. Its location is also perfect: near Love Lane. And my cappuccino (12RM)? Perfect! Very well balanced. It’s by far my favourite coffee shop in Georgetown!

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Location:
302, Lebuh Chulia, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
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