Welcome back to my page. With the travel restrictions still in place, I’ve decided to make the most out of it and explore Georgetown, Penang- my very own hometown in all its glory, without the flocks of tourists and the huge tour busses hogging the hotspots.
BreakfAST AT ALI NASI LEMAK
I made my way to Georgetown and kickstarted my day with a typical Malaysian breakfast, which is the Nasi Lemak from Ali Nasi Lemak located at Sri Weld Food Court. The Nasi Lemak is served with fragrant coconut rice accompanied with topping of your choice and drenched with their signature sambal. I got the nasi lemak with enchovies and it was such an awesome way to kickstart my day.
BRUNCH AT NORM MICRO ROASTERY
After breakfast, I walked around for a bit and wanted to check out this new cafe that has received many rave reviews. This cafe is very spacious with tasteful minimalist interior. I ordered a hot matcha latte and their Signature French Toast. The French Toast was not only good, it was also plated so beautifully. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a brunch spot or a quick coffee fix.
CHECKING IN AT CHEONG FATT TZE MANSION
To really get the full effect of Georgetown, I decided to get a hotel that is located in the heart of the city itself. After some research, I went with Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. Conceived and constructed before the end of the 19th century, The Blue Mansion sets the tone for George Town’s Heritage Hotel industry and stands today as one of the most iconic boutique hotels in Malaysia. It is the only one to have won the prestigious UNESCO Conservation & Heritage award.
I stayed in the 50’s room under The Tang Collection which had an in-room Jacuzzi and a direct access to the pool and Oriental garden.
After checking in, I headed to Chew Jetty, about a ten minutes drive from Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. The historical Chew Jetty Penang has become a popular tourist attraction with many of the row houses at the jetty selling souvenirs, handcrafted items and food. Some row houses have even been turned into restaurants and are known for selling local delicacies, attracting the hungry tummies of the visitors strolling on the wooden walkways of Chew Jetty Penang.
MEE SOTONG HAMEED PATA
My next stop is to Padang Kota Lama to have the famous Hameed Pata Mee Sotong. Prior to the travel restrictions, you would probably have to line up for a good 20 to 30 minutes for a plate of mee sotong, however due to the CMCO, I barely had to wait. Anyway, the mee sotong is a must try whenever you are in Penang and be sure to pair it with a glass of refreshing coconut shake from the stall next door!
TRISHAW RIDE AROUND GEORGETOWN
An interesting way to see Georgetown and a good alternative to those who do not enjoy walking as much is via trishaw rides. By night, I decided to discover Georgetown on a trishaw ride to get a different angle of the city. It was definitely a fun way to travel and it was really cool to hear interesting stories from the trishaw drives of the historical points around Georgetown.
HIN MARKET AT HIN BUS DEPOT
The next morning, I visited the Hin Market at Hin Bus Depot that operates only on Sundays from 11am to 5pm. If you’re looking for homemade treats, handmade crafts, one of a kind souvenirs, or just a place to chill on a Sunday, this is a perfect spot for you.
Hope you enjoyed my post. If you’re looking for a laidback itinerary while still being able to make the most of your time in Georgetown, this is a perfect itinerary for you.
Until next time.