Georgetown is a former colonial city on the island of Penang in Malaysia. The old town is lined with colonial-era buildings and and the entire inner city is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I love visiting Penang and I’ve been numerous times, with visits lasting from 2 days to one month. The food scene is one of the best in Asia and it is a pleasure to wander around and admire the old town architecture.
One thing that has been lacking is a cafe scene. Traditional cafes here are kopi tiam style, which offer a simple food menu and a place to chat with friends. They are not cafes you would sit down and write in or crack open a laptop.
Recently though Penang has had a cafe boom. There now cafes that serve espresso style coffee and are conducive for working in. With this newfound cafe culture, Penang might yet become a digital nomad hub.
Continuing with my cafe series, here is a list of cafes in Penang (Georgetown) that are suitable for writers and digital nomads.
Mugshot brings a slice of Australian-style cafe life to Georgetown. It’s located in the heart of the backpacker area of Lebuh Chulia so it can be hard to get a seat at peak times.
Location: 302 Lebuh Chulia, Georgetown
Lots of artistic flair in this lovely shophouse building, and good coffee as well.
Location: 26, Lebuh Campbell, Georgetown
Next door to Sugar Honey is the equally oh-so-hip Moustache Houze. I like them both so for me it came down to popping my head into either cafe and seeing which one had a spare seat.
Location: 24, Lebuh Campbell, Georgetown
The mania of cat cafes that is sweeping across Asia has arrived in Penang. Probably not the most productive place to work from but nice if you like having cats around (and who doesn’t?)
Location: 53 Jalan Muntri, Georgetown.
Mish Mash is a cafe/bar and gallery, with suitable working area at the back of the cafe section.
Location: 24 Muntri Street, Georgetown.
Nice cafe centrally located off Love Lane.
Location: 2 Lorong Argus, Georgetown.
Another good option on Lebuh Campbell.
Location: 4 Lebuh Campbell, Georgetown.
Lighthouse Coffee proclaim that they serve Melbourne-style lattes, so they won me over easily enough.
Location: Logan Heritage Building, 4 Bishop Street, Georgetown.
Si Tigun Micro Coffee Roastery
Micro Coffee Roastery is lovely corner building at the edge of Georgetown.
Location: Jalan Nagor, Georgetown