HEARTPATRICK CITY GUIDES • AUG 2016 • GEORGETOWN, PENANG
Penang's gastronomic adventures has always put their local hawker fare in the limelight. While that is still very much true, the emergence of cafes that are charmingly carved out of reimagined heritage spaces have given a new breath of life for foodies and instagrammers in town. Here's a compilation of seven Instagram-friendly cafes in Georgetown that is worthy of your attention while you wait for the char kuey teow and hokkien mee to settle in.
URBAN EXPLORER: HEARTPATRICK
01/ NARROW MARROW
The space playing host to this charming cafe started off as a narrow lane in between the shophouses many decades ago, and has since been given a roof and converted into its current shoplot. Narrow Marrow serves as both a cool hangout spot as well as a proud exhibit space for the various conquests amassed by the owners during their travels abroad. For its deep vintage value and its gorgeous repurposed space, Narrow Marrow fits right on top of our list. Do take note of their opening hours though.
02/ LUNABAR COFFEE (MOON SHOP) @ PENANG BOWL
Lunarbar occupies a tight shoplot on the ground floor of the Penang Bowl complex, with space being allocated between the bar counter, two small islands of tables and chairs, and their very prominent and handsome display of plants that are for sale. It's every bit as pretty as it is tight. Complimented with loads of sunlight from the airy surrounding, it is perhaps the perfect spot to spend a lazy afternoon, provided that you're not elbowing your way around with the other patrons. Try a peaceful off-peak weekday.
Spotting a handsome shopfront that immediately lures you in for further exploration, Shinise bright and airy courtyard makes the perfect spot for any perfect Instagram shot. The cafe also shares the space with the equally charming Sekeping Pinang retreat upstairs.
04/ AWESOME CANTEEN @ SEKEPING VICTORIA
After a very succcessful run at their first outlet in Petaling Jaya, this Penang outpost is an extension of what the creative people behind Awesome Canteeen can deliver. The entire ground level of the impossibly long shoplot space is worthy of exploration, airy and partly double-volumed, and peppered with charming industrial-vintage furniture and deco items.
05/ BRICKLIN BAR CAFE @ HIN BUS DEPOT
Brought to you by the same people behind Feeka, Bricklin moves into a cosy lot of the charming space formerly occupied by a once-abandoned bus depot. Enveloped mostly by full-length glass windows, you may be spoilt for choice on the perfect cosy spots to while the afternoon away.
06/ BLACK KETTLE
This spacious bakery-cross-cafe restaurant establishment ticks off a few important criteria for an insta-friendly space, with its sunlit green feature wall being the center of attraction.
Chinahouse may have held the number 1 spot as the to-go place in any well-researched list, and to a certain extend, it does continue to draw in the crowd over the years. Spanning three heritage buildings and boasting more than a few sweet spots for that perfect insta shots, you may want to research ahead to avoid crowded hours.