Ap­parel & ac­ces­sories

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Bayan Lepas BeeZelMents

1F-42, Queens­bay Mall, 100 Per­siaran Bayan In­dah, Bayan Lepas (+604 645 1312/www.face­book.com/beezelments). New prod­ucts are in­tro­duced to the racks at BeeZelMents weekly, so you’re as­sured of ac­cess to the lat­est trends. Think play­suits, girly off-shoul­der tops and check­ered but­ton-ups. Their rea­son­able prices also en­sure that you won’t break the bank.

Daily, 10.30am-10.30pm.

ShaShas Her­itage Col­lec­tion LG-02, Queens­bay Mall, 100 Per­siaran Bayan In­dah, Bayan Lepas (+604 644 4484).

Since the ke­baya is not quite as ubiq­ui­tous as it used to be, we con­sider ShaShas a rare gem. This un­der­stated bou­tique is jam-packed with a wide as­sort­ment of baju ke­baya and ac­ces­sories to match. Se­lect a dainty yet sturdy kerongsang (brooch) to clinch your ke­baya to­gether and a lacy camisole to wear be­neath your dress. There are also old-fash­ioned metal sarong belts as worn by the Ny­onya and Malay ladies of yes­ter­year.

Daily, 10.30am-10.30pm.

Ge­orge Town

Amee Philips

109 Jalan Kelawei, Ge­orge Town (+604 229 5755/ www.face­book.com/ameep­hilips).

Born and bred in Pe­nang, jew­ellery de­signer Amee Philips has made a name for her­self among the fash­ion in­dus­try’s big leagues. Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of her de­but at Zang Toi’s fash­ion show in New York, Amee won an en­trepreneur­ship award in 2012 and was se­lected as a judge at Malaysia’s In­ter­na­tional Jew­ellery De­sign Awards. Bedeck your­self with new be­jew­elled ac­ces­sories, which can be re­sized on the spot.

Daily, 10am-7pm.

Bon Ton

86 Le­buh Ar­me­nian, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 7299/ www.straitscol­lec­tion.com.my).

We have Bon Ton Re­sort in Langkawi to thank for this quirky re­tail shop. Know­ing there is a mar­ket for Asian­in­spired odds and ends, ap­parel and ac­ces­sories, the own­ers stocked Bon Ton with sarongs, In­done­sian silk, heavy sil­ver jew­ellery and more.

Daily, 10am-7pm.

China Joes

86 Le­buh Ar­me­nian, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 7299/ www.straitscol­lec­tion.com.my).

Bon Ton’s sis­ter shop is a trea­sure trove full of Chi­nese-themed an­tiques, jew­ellery and porce­lain items that will surely please lovers of his­tory and cul­ture. Come here if you’re look­ing to take home eclec­tic sou­venirs, cof­fee ta­ble books, spe­cial­ity teas and cof­fees, or knick-knacks that will add a splash of colour to your home.

Daily, 10am-7pm.

Just’s Wardrobe

161B Jalan Kelawei, Ge­orge Town (+604 227 6229/Face­book: Just’s Wardrobe).

If it’s el­e­gant evening wear you seek, come to this bou­tique. The racks carry flow­ing bridal gowns, cute cock­tail dresses and tra­di­tional Per­anakan ap­parel for Baba Ny­onya wed­dings.

Mon-Thu, 11am-9pm; Fri-Sun & Pub­lic hol­i­days, 10am-9pm.

Koh Sum Footwear

48 Jalan Dato Kera­mat, Ge­orge Town (+604 227 4160).

Perched across the street from Gama Su­per­mar­ket and Depart­ment Store, this shoe haven dates back sev­eral gen­er­a­tions. You’ll find ev­ery­thing from leather boots to tow­er­ing plat­forms for cheap, cheap, cheap. We love the shop’s on-the-spot ad­just­ments, which en­sure that the shoe def­i­nitely fits. You will, how­ever, need some knowl­edge of Hokkien or Malay to con­verse with the shop as­sis­tants.

Daily, 11.30am-6pm.

Mai­son de Poupée

38-5 Le­buh Far­quhar, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 5514/www. maison­de­poupee.com).

Founded by fash­ion de­signer Jing Ooi, this Frenchy bridal store and tex­tile shop churns out breath­tak­ing wed­ding gowns, cheongsams and cock­tail dresses. You can also get blan­kets, wraps and stoles for when trav­el­ling to a coun­try with a colder cli­mate.

Nam Loong Jew­ellers

5 & 7 Le­buh Camp­bell, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 5971/Face­book: NamLoong-Jew­eller).

Founded in 1922, Nam Loong’s fancy façade is fit­ting for its stock of gold, di­a­monds, pre­cious stones and other bling-bling. Don’t let the gun-tot­ing se­cu­rity guards make you ner­vous – they’re be­nign and a com­mon sight at jew­ellers (and banks) in Malaysia.

Mon-Sun, 10.30am-4.30pm.

NEW Pes­tle & Mor­tar Cloth­ing

79 Jalan Nagore, Ge­orge Town (+604 226 5402/ www.pestle­mortar­cloth­ing.com).

A labour of love by three tight-knit friends with a shared pas­sion for fash­ion, Pes­tle & Mor­tar churns out made-in-Malaysia ap­parel tai­lored for the present gen­er­a­tion of youth. Com­pa­ra­ble to the US’s OBEY Cloth­ing but with a dash of Malaysian aes­thet­ics, P&M does our fash­ion scene proud by en­cour­ag­ing fash­ion­istas to buy lo­cal. The brand puts out T-shirts, slacks, sneak­ers, tank tops, dresses and limited edi­tion items of ap­parel. Pick out a pair of cool shades to pro­tect your eyes from the blind­ing trop­i­cal sun. Daily, 1-10pm.

Sam’s Batik House

183 & 185 Jalan Pe­nang, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 1095/ www.sams­batik­house.com).

This Pe­nang in­sti­tu­tion, which opened in 1982, is still go­ing strong. You’ll go cross-eyed brows­ing the mas­sive se­lec­tion of batik. There are also pash­mi­nas, bed­spreads, beaded purses,

ke­bayas, bags and ac­ces­sories. Lit­tle ones can get out­fit­ted in a colour­ful In­dian kurti. Take ad­van­tage of the tai­lor­ing ser­vices if you want the per­fect fit.

Mon-Sat, 11am-8pm.

The Swag­ger Sa­lon

37 Jalan Gud­wara, Ge­orge Town (+604 226 3081/ theswag­ger­sa­lon.com).

Hip­ster cul­ture meets bad boy ap­peal at The Swag­ger Sa­lon. We love the lo­cal vibes chan­nelled through their ap­parel em­bla­zoned with lo­cal Can­tonese slang such as ‘ taikor’ (head hon­cho, boss man or orig­i­nal gang­ster) and ‘ lansi’ (stuck up or proud).

Tue-Fri, 12noon-8pm; Sat-Sun, 12noon-9pm.

Gur­ney Drive

Kim Fash­ion

170-04-77 Gur­ney Plaza, Per­siaran Gur­ney (+604 226 6110).

Ever wanted to own an intricately em­broi­dered Ny­onya ke­baya blouse? Kim Fash­ion houses the is­land’s best ar­ti­san seam­stresses who bring one-off, show stop­pers to count­less wardrobes. Choose your own fab­ric and de­cide whether you’d like flo­ral or an­i­mal mo­tifs. Come back a few days later to pick up your hand­made out­fit, put on your new dress and show it off. Heads will turn.

Daily, 10am-10pm.

Tan­jung Tokong

Bran et Daguet

3A-G-2 Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tan­jung Pi­nang, Tan­jung Tokong (+604 898 1755/ www.branetdaguet.com).

Founded in 2007 by lo­cal de­signer Bran­don Tan and his French part­ner, Pas­cal Martin-Daguet, Bran et Daguet – a favourite among high-so­ci­ety ladies – spe­cialises in el­e­gant chic cou­ture and ready-to-wear cock­tail dresses. The de­sign­ers source their high-qual­ity fab­ric from Europe and have a flair for mix­ing Eastern and Western el­e­ments. Made-to-or­der de­signs are avail­able upon re­quest.

Daily, 10am-10pm.

Teluk Ba­hang

Pe­nang Batik (Fac­tory) & Craft Batik (Show­room)

669 Mukim 2, Jalan Teluk Ba­hang, Teluk Ba­hang (+604 885 1284/+604 885 1302/www.penang­batik.com.my). The in­tri­cate batik pieces pro­duced at the fa­mous Pe­nang Batik Fac­tory go straight to the shelves of its show­room. Pur­chase a ready-made batik blouse, dress or bag, or make your own batik item by sign­ing up for a hands-on course. If you’re cu­ri­ous about the batik-mak­ing process but would rather not get your hands dirty, sim­ply ob­serve a live demo.

(Fac­tory) Daily, 9am-5pm; (Show­room) Daily, 9am-5.30pm.

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions


Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions (+604 530 8313www.islee.com.my).

An in­de­pen­dent Malaysian chain with its main head­quar­ters in Pe­nang, ISLEE was founded by a fa­mous be­spoke tai­lor. Shop here for ur­ban ladies wear such as denim dresses, striped tops, cut-off shorts, loafers, sun hats and more.

Shoe Point

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions (www.shoe­point.com). Founded in the 1980s, Shoe Point has long been a main­stay in Pe­nang. The store’s com­fort­able footwear has graced the soles of women of all shapes and sizes. Strappy san­dals, high heels and stilet­tos in a kalei­do­scope of colours are their best sell­ers. Com­plete your head-to-toe look by check­ing out the shop’s small se­lec­tion of hand­bags and ac­ces­sories.

Beauty & body

Tan­jung Bun­gah In­do­chine Nat­u­ral

37 Le­buh Lem­bah Per­mai 1, Tan­jung Bun­gah (+604 890 9577/ www.in­dochi­ne­nat­u­ral.com). Founded by a Viet­namese fash­ion de­signer and an Aus­tralian sci­en­tist, In­do­chine Nat­u­ral pur­veys nat­u­ral prod­ucts and champions fair trade.

The com­pany’s col­lec­tion of body prod­ucts such as soaps, sham­poos and lo­tions con­tain nat­u­ral ingredients and spices, and are free of an­i­mal fats, syn­thetic fra­grances and ar­ti­fi­cial colour­ing. Mon-Fri, 8.30am


Tan­jung Tokong Fresh De­sire

L4-14, Gur­ney Paragon, Jalan Kelawai, Ge­orge Town (+604 218 9698); 3A-G-25, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tan­jung Pi­nang, Tan­jung Tokong (+604 899 1022/ www.face­book.com/FD­cos­met­ics). Fresh De­sire may look like a bak­ery, but ac­tu­ally sells body prod­ucts and cos­met­ics. The fun part is that the soaps re­sem­ble cakes, cook­ies, pop­si­cles and other sweet treats; they even smell like the real thing! So if you fancy smelling like lemon cheese­cake or rasp­berry cream pie, get your bath care prod­ucts here.

Daily, 10am-10pm.

Teluk Ba­hang

Trop­i­cal Spice Gar­den Gift Store

Lot 595 Mukim 2, Jalan Teluk Ba­hang (+604 881 1797/ www.trop­i­cal­spice­gar­den.com).

This gift shop is a must-visit if you’re tour­ing the Trop­i­cal Spice Gar­den; oth­er­wise, there’s lit­tle rea­son to come all the way to Teluk Ba­hang. Browse a wide range of lo­cally sourced prod­ucts in­clud­ing dried spices, ground spices, eth­nic dolls and hand­made batik bags. The ‘Spice Ther­apy’ Home Spa pack­age is good to take home to mum or the wife. Mean­while, bak­ing en­thu­si­asts ought to get some Cey­lon cin­na­mon, which isn’t avail­able any­where else on the is­land.

Daily, 9am-6pm.


Bayan Lepas


Lot 1F 93 & 93A, First floor, Queens­bay Mall, 100 Per­siaran Bayan In­dah, Bayan Lepas (+604 646 8758/www.face­book.com/ bor­der­s­malaysia).

This chain of book­shops aims to make books a life­style prod­uct by cre­at­ing a re­laxed and cosy at­mos­phere that will en­cour­age you to in­dulge in read­ing. It of­fers lo­cal book lovers a wide se­lec­tion of over 200,000 books, magazine and mu­sic ti­tles at each out­let. Best of all, most books on dis­play are left un­wrapped to en­cour­age read­ing and brows­ing.

Daily, 10.30am-10.30pm.

Ge­orge Town

Areca Books

The Star Pitt Street, 15 Jalan Masjid Kap­i­tan Kel­ing, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 0307/ www.are­ca­books.com).

If richly il­lus­trated and in­for­ma­tive reads are what you seek, Areca Books is your go-to store – no ques­tions asked. Run by Salma Khoo, pres­i­dent of the Pe­nang Her­itage Trust, Areca fre­quently or­gan­ises fo­rums on his­tory and lit­er­a­ture. If we had to take one book home, it’d be ‘Just for the Love of It: Pop­u­lar Mu­sic in Pe­nang’, which cel­e­brates the is­land’s rich mu­si­cal her­itage and mu­si­cal lu­mi­nar­ies.

Daily, 9am-6pm.

Ger­ak­bu­daya Book­shop

78 Jalan Masjid Kap­i­tan Kel­ing, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 0282/ ger­ak­bu­dayapenang.com).

The in­tel­li­gent range of reads at this in­de­pen­dent book­shop is un­ques­tion­ably well-cu­rated. If you’re look­ing for lo­cal lit­er­ary ti­tles, Ger­ak­bu­daya won’t dis­ap­point. There are also heavy tomes on lo­cal his­tory and pol­i­tics, so if you have any burn­ing ques­tions about the is­land that Time Out Pe­nang didn’t ad­dress, un­tapped dis­cov­er­ies lie here. Check out the bas­kets lined out­side the book­store for cheap used nov­els, but only if you en­joy the oc­ca­sional Har­bour and Mills & Boon ro­mance.

Daily, 11am-8pm.

Tan­jung Tokong

Leo Books

Lot 1-25, First floor, Is­land Plaza, 118 Jalan Tan­jung Tokong (+604 899 8911/Face­book: Leo Books).

Shop for read­ing ma­te­rial while keep­ing your purse strings drawn fairly tight. Leo Books car­ries new ti­tles as well as sec­ond­hand and over­print pub­li­ca­tions at dis­counted prices. They even buy books back at a per­cent­age of the orig­i­nal price. Last we checked, they had a rare edi­tion of ‘The Dream of the Red Cham­ber’, which fea­tures prints of Qing Dy­nasty paint­ings.

Mon & Wed-Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun, 11am-6pm.

Food spe­cial­ists

Ge­orge Town

Lim Wah Thai Em­po­rium

3-A Jalan Got­tlieb, Ge­orge Town (+604 228 1063/+604 228 1064/ www.limwahthai.com).

Wah Thai, as the lo­cals like to call it, is a time-es­tab­lished busi­ness that man­u­fac­tures tra­di­tional Chi­nese herbal soup mixes, nut­meg oint­ments, dried fruit and Pe­nang’s in­fa­mous Tam­bun and heong piah bis­cuits. Stop by if you’re look­ing for lo­cal de­lights to take home.

Daily, 9am-6pm.

The Cho­co­late Bou­tique

22 Le­buh Leith, Ge­orge Town (+604 250 2488).

Cho­co­holics can sam­ple more than 60 va­ri­eties of cho­co­late in this con­verted man­sion. Al­though won­der­ful in the­ory, we find the co­coa prod­ucts to be of cheap to av­er­age qual­ity. Shop here if you’re stumped for ideas for sou­venirs. A small at­tached mu­seum sheds light on the his­tory and pro­duc­tion of cho­co­late and cof­fee.

Daily, 9am-6pm.

Co­coa Bou­tique

20-D Jalan Ba­gan Jer­mal, Ge­orge Town (+604 226 7010/ www.co­coabou­tique.com.my).

If Chi­nese con­fec­tionary and can­dies aren’t your thing, this cho­co­late bou­tique serves as a good backup op­tion for ed­i­ble sou­venirs. If you can’t bring your­self to try the pun­gent durian fruit, at least try the durian-

filled truf­fles. Some other un­usual items in­clude the bon­bons with mango, hot chilli and sesame cen­tres.

Daily, 9.30am-6.30pm.

Gifts & sou­venirs

Ge­orge Town

14 Liv­ing Story

14 Le­buh Ar­me­nian, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 0352/www.face­book. com/14liv­ingstory).

This lo­cal sou­venir store pre­serves the tra­di­tion of the ’50s and ’60s by vend­ing old-school knick-knacks. Hello, clas­sic pop bombs! Some of Ernest Zachare­vic’s most pop­u­lar mu­rals are just around the cor­ner.

Daily, 10am-6pm.

41 Liv­ing Story

41 Lorong Love, Ge­orge Town (+604 250 4181/www.face­book. com/41liv­ingstory).

Run by the pro­pri­etor of 14 Liv­ing Story, this quaint gift store stocks stuffed toys, clay beaded bracelets and sta­tionery and other stock­ing fillers. Poke around the back for tra­di­tional sarongs, hand­made bags and lo­cal candy.

Daily, 11am-10pm.

Glow­ing Syn­ergy

Pi­nang Per­anakan Man­sion,

29 Le­buh Gereja, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 3078/www. pinang­per­anakan­man­sion.com.my). Part her­itage site and part gift shop, this is a must-visit for any­one who has just toured the Pi­nang Per­anakan Man­sion. From tra­di­tional

ke­bayas (tra­di­tional Ny­onya out­fit) to pic­turesque post­cards of Pe­nang, these cul­tural sou­venirs are unique and make for great gifts.

Daily, 9.30am-5.30pm.

NEW ot­tokedai

174 Le­buh Vic­to­ria, Ge­orge Town (+604 250 8258/ www.face­book.com/otto.kedai).

This cute sou­venir store lo­cated in the heart of Ge­orge Town’s tourist hub stocks made-in-Pe­nang gifts such as post­cards, T-shirts, hand­made jew­ellery and can­vas tote bags. Even lo­cals are bound to love the prod­ucts, as many de­signs clev­erly al­lude to Pe­nang cul­ture and are heavy on puns.

Mon-Thu, 10am-7pm; Fri-Sun, 10am-10pm.


The Per­fect Gift

549 Jalan Masjid Negeri, Je­lu­tong (+604 658 8411/ www.thep­er­fect­gift.com.my).

As ex­pected, this gift store gets busy come Valen­tine’s Day and Mother’s Day. Spe­cial­is­ing in flower ar­range­ments, the staff here can put to­gether bou­quets with teddy bears, choco­lates and stuffed toys as the cen­tre­pieces. Be pre­pared to sort through lots of red hearts, rib­bons, faux flow­ers and frilly what-nots.

Mon-Fri, 9am-5.30pm; Sat, 9am4.30pm.

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions

Manuel Ukulele

70 Lorong Kinta, Ge­orge Town (+6012 461 3006); 1-1-15 Le­buh Bukit Ke­cil 6, Krys­tal Point Cor­po­rate Park 2, Bayan Lepas (+6012 454 9342/www.manuelukulele.com).

Visit this mu­si­cal haven to choose from a wide ar­ray of ukule­les and sign up for lessons. Named af­ter Manuel Nunes, in­ven­tor of the ukulele, this store and mu­sic school also caters to as­pir­ing gui­tar and ca­jón (a Peru­vian per­cus­sion in­stru­ment) play­ers.

Tue-Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun, 11am-6pm.


Ge­orge Town

Kok Ying Chow sign­board maker

41 Le­buh Queen, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 9754).

Owner Kok Ah Hwa is one of the last re­main­ing sign­board mak­ers in Pe­nang, which makes ev­ery mo­ment spent with him ever so nos­tal­gic. Kok learned the art from his fa­ther, who came from Guang­dong, China, many decades ago. Back in those days, Chi­nese plaques and sign­boards were hand­crafted and reg­u­larly hung over the en­trances of shop­houses. Over the years, this her­itage trade has slowly been re­placed by mod­ern sig­nage. Don’t hes­i­tate to pay a visit to this ar­ti­san; you never know when you’ll meet the likes of him again.

Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm.

Lee Soo Kee Rat­tan

370-E Le­buh Chu­lia (next to Chu­lia Her­itage Ho­tel), Ge­orge Town (+604 261 1209).

Owner Lee Soo Kee heav­ily re­lies on sun­light to weave rat­tan wares such as bas­kets, chairs and lamps in his dimly lit shop. If you spot an el­derly man sit­ting at the shop front, that’s Lee him­self.

With the dwin­dling amount of lo­cal rat­tan shops in Ge­orge Town and grow­ing pref­er­ence for mod­ern fur­ni­ture, this is a her­itage trade only known by few.

Daily, 9am-7pm.

Seang Hin Leong

393 Le­buh Pan­tai, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 3748/www.face­book.com/ seang.hin.leong).

Seang Hin Leong is one of the last re­main­ing rat­tan and bam­boo sell­ers in Pe­nang. Stop by to meet the fam­ily who col­lec­tively weaves bas­kets in all shapes and colours, bags, wine racks, stools and chairs. Don’t miss out on their Raya ham­pers dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son.

Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm.

Thean Seng Huat

490 & 492, Le­buh Pan­tai, Ge­orge Town.

While the un­main­tained façade that houses Thean Seng Huat holds no prom­ise for fu­ture re­fur­bish­ment, it’s still home to one of Pe­nang’s many dy­ing trades: rat­tan weav­ing. It was founded in the 1930s by Ng Poh Yong, and the legacy con­tin­ues with his son Ng Kuan Soon, who skil­fully weaves wicker bas­kets, cane fur­ni­ture, vegetable bas­kets and sepak takraw balls. If you have a large or­der or need some­one to re­pair your cane fur­ni­ture, ring ahead of time.

Home & liv­ing

Ge­orge Town

NEW Heong Giap Pa­per and Sta­tionery

16-18, Le­buh Me­layu, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 0389/www.heong­giap. com).

They don’t make sta­tionery stores like these any­more. Step­ping into this cav­ernous sta­tionery store brings back child­hood mem­o­ries of get­ting ready for a new se­mes­ter at school. Racks and shelves are piled high with me­chan­i­cal pen­cils, sten­cils, note­books, marker pens, fold­ers, sta­plers and more. There’s enough sta­tionery in here to sup­ply sev­eral of­fices. Some prod­ucts are cov­ered with thick films of dust as the stock doesn’t move fast enough these days.

Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm.


109 Lorong Kinta, off Jalan Burmah, Ge­orge Town (+604 210 8608/ www.mekio­home.com).

If you’ve just moved or plan on mov­ing to Pe­nang, here’s a heads-up: IKEA Pe­nang won’t open its doors

un­til 2018. In­de­pen­dent home and liv­ing stores such as Mekio are your go-to for now. This re­li­able store is neatly di­vided into sec­tions for all your bed­room, liv­ing room, din­ing room, bath­room and kitchen needs.

Daily, 10.30am-8pm.

Murobond Paints

209 Lorong Hut­ton, Ge­orge Town (+604 226 0661/Face­book: MUROBOND-PAINTS-PE­NANG). These are the same folks who sup­plied Lithua­nian artist Ernest Zachare­vic with the paint he needed to create Pe­nang’s fa­mous mu­rals. Founded in Aus­tralia, Murobond Paint takes pride in us­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly ma­te­ri­als. The brand’s wa­ter-based paints re­lease min­i­mal toxic fumes and work beau­ti­fully whether you de­cide to take your paint­ings to the streets or stick close to home.

Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat, 9am-3pm.


Bayan Lepas

Queens­bay Mall

100 Per­siaran Bayan In­dah, Bayan Lepas (+604 619 8989/ www.queens­bay­mall.com.my).

Just a short dis­tance from Pe­nang Bridge, this sprawl­ing mall com­prises five lev­els of stores and bou­tiques in­clud­ing AEON depart­ment store, MNG by Mango, Topshop, Har­vey Nor­man, Sony Cen­tre and an en­tic­ing se­lec­tion of restau­rants.

Daily, 10.30am-10.30pm.

Ge­orge Town

1st Av­enue Mall

182 Jalan Magazine, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 1121/www.1st-av­enue­mall.com.my).

Not far from Pran­gin Mall and KOM­TAR, 1st Av­enue Mall of­fers an ap­peal­ing mix of fash­ion, leisure, en­ter­tain­ment and food out­lets spread out across seven lev­els. Mid-range brands such as Gior­dano, ESPRIT and H&M let you up­date your wardrobe without break­ing the bank. Ja­panese eater­ies seem to be aplenty here, so it’s a good mall to get your sushi or ra­men crav­ings out of the way.

Daily, 10am-10pm.

ICT Dig­i­tal Mall @ KOM­TAR

Unit 1B & 1D, 1.01-4.01 Kom­tar, Jalan Pe­nang, Ge­orge Town (+604 250 8661/+604 250 8662/www. face­book.com/ICTKom­tarDig­i­talMall). ICT Dig­i­tal Mall was part of the lo­cal govern­ment’s ef­forts to re­vi­talise the flag­ging re­tail at KOM­TAR. Linked by a sky bridge to the neigh­bour­ing 1st Av­enue Mall, ICT fea­tures a myr­iad stalls vend­ing gad­gets and elec­tronic goods such as smart­phones, dig­i­tal cam­eras, lap­tops, com­puter hard­ware and ac­ces­sories.

Daily, 11am-9pm. KOM­TAR

Jalan Magazine, Ge­orge Town (+604 264 4622).

Stand­ing 65 storeys tall in the heart of Ge­orge Town, KOM­TAR was named in hon­our of Malaysia’s se­cond Prime Min­is­ter, Tun Ab­dul Razak. Pe­nang’s tallest sky­scraper, KOM­TAR is recog­nised as a lo­cal land­mark. Al­though the shop­ping am­bi­ence has lost its lus­tre, busi­ness picks up dur­ing Hari Raya when the lobby fills with stalls sell­ing Raya clothes and cook­ies.

Daily, 10.30am-10.30pm.

Pe­nang Times Square

Jalan Dato’ Kera­mat, Ge­orge Town (+604 210 9020/www. penang­timessquare.com).

Lo­cated in Ge­orge Town, Pe­nang Times Square was ini­tially in­tended to be a high-end mall but has be­come more of a nightlife des­ti­na­tion, thanks to the in­flux of night­clubs within the com­plex. Check out the trippy mu­rals of jun­gle crea­tures in the mall’s front drive­way.

Daily, 10am-10pm.

Pran­gin Mall

Jalan Dr Lim Ch­wee Leong, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 2233).

While the mall opens at 10am, most stalls aren’t set up un­til late morn­ing, so sched­ule your shop­ping ex­cur­sion for later in the af­ter­noon. While the elec­tronic shops here aren’t as ex­ten­sive as the ones at ICT Dig­i­tal Mall, it’s wise to com­pare prices be­tween prod­ucts at both malls to snag bet­ter deals.

Daily, 10am-10pm.

Gur­ney Drive

Gur­ney Paragon

Per­siaran Gur­ney (+604 228 8266/ www.gur­ney­paragon.com).

Gur­ney Paragon is a nine-storey pre­miere shop­ping mall hous­ing in­ter­na­tional la­bels such as Deben­hams, Michael Kors, Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret and Har­vey Nor­man. The food court is a good place to cater to the whole fam­ily’s crav­ings. You can also get Ital­ian, Ger­man, Chi­nese, Thai and other in­ter­na­tional cuisines from in­de­pen­dent eater­ies.

Daily, 10am-10pm.

Gur­ney Plaza

Per­siaran Gur­ney (+604 222 8111/ www.gur­ney­plaza.com.my).

Lo­cated at the end of Gur­ney Drive, Gur­ney Plaza stands at nine storeys high and is deemed a one-stop des­ti­na­tion for well-es­tab­lished brands such as Coach, Dorothy Perkins and MAC. Head over to the court­yard out­side the shop­ping cen­tre if you fancy al­fresco din­ing. There’s also Cold Stor­age and bustling food stalls and restau­rants on the lower ground floor. Catch the lat­est block­buster flicks Golden Screen Cin­e­mas or let your vo­cals soar at the Red­box Karaoke.

Daily, 10am-10pm. Se­berang Jaya

Sun­way Car­ni­val Mall

Jalan To­dak, Pusat Se­berang Jaya, Se­berang Jaya (+604 397 9888/ www.sun­way­car­ni­val.com). Man­aged by the Sun­way Ber­had group, this four-storey shop­ping mall is both spa­cious and func­tional. Park­son depart­ment store and Giant hy­per­mar­ket are the mall’s an­chor ten­ants. In ad­di­tion to Golden Screen Cin­e­mas, Toys ‘R’ Us should keep the kids well oc­cu­pied.

Daily, 10am-10pm.

Se­berang Perai


Jalan Perusa­haan, High­way Au­toC­ity, North-South High­way Juru In­ter­change, Se­berang Perai (+604 501 1222/www.au­toc­ity.com.my).

One for auto en­thu­si­asts, this out­door shop­ping strip houses over 30 show­rooms and stores for gen­uine spare parts. With more than 30 food and bev­er­age out­lets, AUTO-CITY is also a pop­u­lar din­ing des­ti­na­tion among lo­cals. Visit the shop­ping vicin­ity for ap­parel im­ported from Korea and Tai­wan, cute phone ac­ces­sories and cheap un­der­things. Lo­cated off the North-South high­way, AUTO-CITY is only ac­ces­si­ble by car.

Tan­jung Tokong

Straits Quay

Jalan Seri Tan­jung Pi­nang, Tan­jung Tokong (+604 899 5228/ www.strait­squay.com).

This mam­moth de­vel­op­ment un­der­taken by E&O has made a name for it­self among lo­cals and tourists. Pe­nang’s first ma­rina mall boasts of a packed pro­gramme and a long list of bou­tiques. The Royal Se­lan­gor Vis­i­tor Cen­tre and the Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre of Pe­nang (pe­nangpac) are lo­cated on-site.

Daily, 10.30am-10.30pm.


Air Itam

Air Itam Mar­ket

Jalan Pasar, Pekan Air Itam, Air Itam. The num­ber of fruit-and-vegetable

ven­dors at Air Itam Mar­ket has grown sig­nif­i­cantly in re­cent years. Shop here for fresh spices, street food, ap­parel, Chi­nese medicine and more. This mar­ket is also home to sev­eral pop­u­lar Pe­nang as­sam laksa ven­dors and the cel­e­brated Sis­ters’ Curry Mee. The early bird gets the worm, so set your alarm clock for 7am lat­est. Daily, 7am on­wards.

Far­lim Night Mar­ket

Medan Angsana, Ban­dar Baru Air Itam, Air Itam.

Pop by Far­lim Night Mar­ket for a slice of the lo­cal night scene that doesn’t in­volve al­co­hol. Pe­nan­gites swarm here on Wed­nes­day nights, so ex­pect to rub shoul­ders with strangers while buy­ing char kuey kak, luk luk, Pe­nang as­sam laksa and other lo­cal favourites. You can also find cheap ac­ces­sories (from cute hair clips to bracelets), knock-off branded ap­parel, gad­gets and giz­mos.

Ev­ery Wed­nes­day, 6.30-11pm.

Batu Fer­ringhi

Batu Fer­ringhi Night Mar­ket

Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi. Be pre­pared to hag­gle at this night mar­ket where most goods are sold at ‘tourist prices’. Dad might like the cheap foot­ball jer­seys while mum’s likely to fawn over the art­work. That be­ing said, you don’t have to spend a buck to en­joy this strip; sim­ply wan­der past the stalls and soak in the sights and sounds.

Daily, 6pm-late.


Apollo Mar­ket

Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth. Fol­low­ing re­fur­bish­ment by the state govern­ment in 2011, Pe­nang’s largest mar­ket is now shaded; new roofs cover the 500 odd hawker stalls along Jalan Raja Uda. For the fresh­est of veg­eta­bles, fruits, seafood and poul­try, rise early and head over to the mar­ket be­fore 9am. If you’re feel­ing hun­gry, snack on ba­nana frit­ters, deep-fried popiah and char kuey kak.

Daily, 7am-12noon.


Sun­gai Dua Night Mar­ket

Jalan Sun­gai Dua, Gel­u­gor.

Lo­cated op­po­site Tesco su­per­mar­ket, this lively night mar­ket is a shop­ping re­treat for home­mak­ers. Stock up on cheap kitchen­ware, beauty prod­ucts and home ap­pli­ances, and then wrap up your visit with some street food. Our idea of a sat­is­fy­ing sup­per is a hot serv­ing of char kuey teow and chicken sa­tay paired with a cold lon­gan drink.

Sat, 7-11pm.

Ge­orge Town

Ce­cil Street Mar­ket Le­buh Ce­cil, Ge­orge Town. Also known as Sev­enth Road Mar­ket, Ce­cil Street Mar­ket of­fers a mélange of dry and wet food, ap­parel and house­hold items. There’s also a hawker cen­tre where you can watch ven­dors cook scrump­tious eats such as duck meat kuey teow th’ng, chee cheong fun and as­sam laksa. Sweet tooths can whet their crav­ings with Ny­onya kuih and the crim­i­nally hard-to-find fried sago.

Daily, Wet mar­ket, 7am-12noon; Hawker stalls, 12noon-5pm.

Chowrasta Bazaar

Jalan Pe­nang, off Le­buh Tamil, Ge­orge Town.

Open since 1963, Chowrasta Bazaar has been tempt­ing lo­cals and travellers with its tra­di­tional sweets, sour pick­les and lo­cal snacks. You’ll ei­ther love or hate the aroma of sweet, spicy and sour can­dies. A mas­sive up­grade in 2015 has vastly im­proved the mar­ket’s con­di­tions. Wan­der fur­ther into the morn­ing mar­ket and you’ll find a sec­tion ded­i­cated to wet goods in­clud­ing fresh poul­try and seafood. All that be­ing said, Chowrasta’s se­cret gem is hid­den away on the se­cond floor, where stacks of sec­ond­hand books, nov­els, comic books and bi­ogra­phies are ar­ranged in ceil­ing-high piles.

Daily, 8.30am-10pm.

Lit­tle Pe­nang Street Mar­ket

Up­per Pe­nang Road, Ge­orge Town (+6012 475 9079/ www.lit­tlepenang.com.my).

This once-a-month mar­ket serves as a plat­form for lo­cals who want to sell and show­case their arts and crafts, books, cloth­ing and jew­ellery. It’s or­gan­ised by a group of vol­un­teers who ap­pre­ci­ate ex­tra help on their com­mit­tee, so con­trib­ute your time and ef­fort and meet some cool char­ac­ters.

Last Sun­day of ev­ery month, 10am-5pm.

Lorong Kulit Flea Mar­ket

Jalan Dato Kera­mat, Ge­orge Town (www.face­book.com/lorongkulit). Once upon a time, this mar­ket was bet­ter known as Thieves’ Mar­ket since many a ven­dor sold ‘il­le­gally pro­cured’ wares. Its bad rep­u­ta­tion drew con­cern from lo­cal au­thor­i­ties who swarmed upon the place and shut down many busi­nesses. Today, Lorong Kulit flea mar­ket is less dodgy but also much less ex­cit­ing. One used to be able to find eclec­tic an­tiques; now you’re more likely to find cheap knick-knacks.

Daily, 6am-1pm.

Ma­cal­lum Street Night Mar­ket (Mon) Lin­tang Ma­cal­lum 1, Pengkalan Weld, Ge­orge Town; (Thu) Lin­tang Ma­cal­lum 2, Pengkalan Weld, Ge­orge Town. Weave your way through this maze of street food, cheap clothes and ques­tion­able beauty ac­ces­sories. There is a sense of per­pet­ual com­pet­i­tive­ness among the food ven­dors who lure hun­gry cus­tomers with the dizzy­ing aro­mas of grilled sa­tay, char kuey kak, lor bak and yong tau foo.

Mon & Thu, 7-11pm.

NEW Oc­cupy Beach Street

Beach Street, Ge­orge Town (+6012 430 2251/www.face­book.com/ oc­cu­py­beach­street).

En­dorsed by the Pe­nang State Govern­ment, this fam­ily-friendly mar­ket is a riot of colours and sounds. Look out for the drum­mer who bangs out tunes on old Milo tin cans.

Ev­ery Sun­day, 10am-1pm.


Je­lu­tong Night Mar­ket

Jalan Van Praagh, Ta­man Dega Green, Je­lu­tong.

This one’s more of a street food par­adise than a place to shop; rack your brains and calm your tummy while try­ing to de­cide on yong tau foo, roast pork, char kuey kak,

Hokkien Mee and more. Cool down with freshly squeezed juice or tech­ni­coloured Bub­ble tea.

Fri­day, 7pm-11pm.

Pu­lau Tikus

Pu­lau Tikus Mar­ket

Jalan Pasar, off Jalan Burma, Pu­lau Tikus.

Don’t come here to com­pare prices; we’ll tell you straight off – lo­cated in an af­flu­ent neigh­bour­hood, Pu­lau Tikus Mar­ket stocks wares at slightly higher prices. Wan­der through the wet mar­ket to watch traders and house­wives go about their morn­ing busi­ness. The mar­ket’s food court is a pop­u­lar spot to grab breakfast and you can get some of Pe­nang’s most iconic street food. Few other lo­cal mar­kets con­tain an or­ganic food sec­tion, and some stalls even of­fer high-end kitchen and house­hold equip­ment.

Daily (Mar­ket), 7am-12noon; (Hawker) 6-10pm.

Tan­jung Bun­gah

Tan­jung Bun­gah Mar­ket

Jalan Sun­gai Kelian, Tan­jung Bun­gah.

A fan­tas­tic place to load up on fresh pro­duce, Tan­jung Bun­gah Mar­ket turns into a haven for hawker food on Tues­day evenings. This bustling night bazaar is more of a din­ner des­ti­na­tion rather than a shop­ping at­trac­tion. Two pieces of ad­vice: bring enough small change and don’t leave without try­ing the ban chang kueh (crispy Chi­nese pan­cakes).

(Wet mar­ket), Daily, 7am-12noon; (Night mar­ket) Tues­day, 6pm-late.

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