Street Art and Coffee Shop tour of Georgetown, Penang

There aren’t many things we love as much coffee, but great street art has to be one of those things. When we heard that Georgetown had commissioned street artist Ernest Zacharevic to create some beautiful work on their city walls, alongside the art that was already there in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, we were intrigued and excited. However, we found many of the maps and guides designed to help you find the art were outdated or inaccurate. Travellers with only a few days in Georgetown became exasperated by this wild goose chase, so we have designed an updated version. What’s more, we’ve united our two passions so this map also includes the best coffee shops to be found along the way! One of the beautiful things about street art is that it is ever changing and evolving, so we’ll have to go back to Georgetown, with its rich cultural diversity and astoundingly good food, soon to make another updated map. It’s a hard life.

  1. Start at Black Kettle on the corner of Lebuh Chulia and Lebuh Pantai (Beach Street). Here you’ll find a sprawling coffee shop and bakery, with skilled baristas working with Australian coffee beans and a bakery section that any Paris boulangerie would be proud of. It’s a bit pricey, but you can kick start your tour with a high quality cup and a sugary breakfast.black-kettleblack-kettle2
  2. When you leave Black Kettle, turn left and walk along Beach Street. Turn right onto Lebuh Ah Quee to see three pieces of street art – ‘Old Motorcycle’, ‘Burned’ and a boy walking his pet dinosaur. A little further on, take the dodgy looking alleyway on your right and you’ll find Bruce Lee fighting a cat.

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  3. Keep walking up the alleyway and turn right when you get the Beach Street. You’ll see Easy Brew on your left, selling coffee from 24 different countries and offering a free roasting demonstration. Try the cowboy coffee, which comes with a flavouring tray of butter, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon sticks.
  4. Exit Easy Brew and turn left. Take a left onto Gat Lebuh Armenian and you will see ‘Skippy’, a big ginger cat, on your left, and ‘Cat 102’ and ‘Love Me Like Your Fortune Cat’ on your right.
  5. Just past ‘Love Me Like Your Fortune Cat’, you will see Da Shu Xia Seafood house on your left. You won’t miss it because half of the restaurant is a massive wooden boat. Order the Penang White Coffee here (unless it’s Wednesday – The Boat is closed on Wednesday) to try the other end of the coffee spectrum – instant coffee. Malaysian’s are crazy about their instant coffee and some of it is actually not that bad. We usually steer well clear of instant, but this stuff, complete with artificial creamer, is probably the best instant coffee you’ll ever drink.the-boat
  6. Leave The Boat and turn left, then turn left again onto Lebuh Victoria. On your right you will see Awesome Canteen. This is part of the rightly famous China House group and employs some of the best baristas in Penang. Try the pricey but delicious Japanese cold brew Chemex for a clean, fruity cup.
  7. Leave Awesome Canteen and turn right. Here you will see ‘Brother and Sister’ street art.brother-and-sister-reaching
  8. Continue on Lebuh Victoria, then turn right onto Lebuh Chulia. You will see ‘Children Playing Basketball’ on your right, and ‘Brother and Sister on a Swing’ to your left.
  9. A little further down Lebuh Chulia, you will come across Kopi and Toast on your left. This is where the local cool kids come to hang out. Grab a kopi and some kaya toast if you’re feeling a bit peckish. From here you can also explore the Jetty villages – ramshackle huts built on concrete poles protruding from the water. They’re fun to explore, but we couldn’t find any coffee or street art there!
  10. From Kopi and Toast, turn right and walk back down Lebuh Chulia and then take a right onto Beach Street. On your left, you will find Coffee on the Table, where you can get a 3D coffee! These adorable creations surprised us because not only did they look amazing, they tasted great too!coffee-on-the-table-3d-coffeecoffee-on-the-table
  11. Exit Coffee on the Table and turn left. Immediately on your left you will see a car park with 2 large scale pieces.noahs-art-street-artsketchy-wall-street-art
  12. Continue along Beach Street and then turn left onto Lebuh Gereja. Here you will find the famous Old Town White Coffee, a favourite amongst the geriatric population. They sell a cheap and robust kopi, and you can make it part of a combo meal if you’re in the mood for some curry mee!old-town-white-coffee
  13. Leave Old Town and go back to Beach Street, continuing in the same direction. Just past Bishop Street on your left, you will see another large work through an archway. You can also get a reasonably priced massage here until 3am!trumpet-man
  14. Turn around and walk down Bishop Street. On the corner of Bishop and King Street you will see this purple tree.purple-tree-street-art
  15. Keep walking along Bishop Street, turn left onto Masjid Kapitan Keling and the right onto Lorong Stewart. The Alley coffee shop will be on your left and you can grab a beautiful ristretto and some churros and cronuts here! They also have free drinking water and WiFi.the-alley-2the-alley
  16. Leave The Alley and continue along Lorong Stewart. On the side of the awesome Tipsy Tiger Party Hostel, you will see (appropriately) a large scale tiger. Visit the hostel bar if you’re in the mood for  a cheap beer and a game of table tennis with a friendly crowd.tipsy-tiger-street-art
  17. Keep walking along Lorong Stewart and you will see ‘The Boatman’ on the corner of Lebuh Klang.man-in-boat-street-art
  18. Keep walking along Lorong Stewart, and just before you reach the always bustling Love Lane, you will see ‘Electric Man’ and ‘The Dancer’.
  19. Continue in the same direction and you’ll pass a creatively decorated electricity meter.electricity-meter-street-art
  20. Keep walking and on your left you will see this large blue girl holding herself up.girl-balancing-on-windows-street-art
  21. Carry on down the road, past the cat cafe (we can recommend the cats but not the coffee) and on your right by the Ryokan Muntri Boutique Hostel you will see ‘The Man and The Mouth’.
  22. Keep walking until you get to Jalan Penang and turn right. On your right you will see ‘Trishaw Man’. You might even catch a glimpse of the artist’s inspiration!
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  23. Turn around and head back down Jalan Penang. On your left you will find Maxim’s Gelato. This isn’t a coffee shop, but they do incredible mocha, tiramisu and espresso gelato, so we think it has a place on this tour!maxims-gellato
  24. Keep walking along Jalan Penang and turn left onto Chulia Street. On the side of Hotel Chulia Mansion you will find two bold pieces.
  25. Make your way along Chulia and turn left onto Love Lane. Drop into Wheelers for a rich, thick espresso and laid back vibes.
  26. Turn left out of Wheelers, left onto Chulia Street and right onto Carnavon. Continue along Carnavon until the road splits into a V shape, then turn around and walk back up the other side of the ‘V’. Here you will see a white rabbit disappearing down a rabbit hole.rabbit-hole-street-art
  27. Keep following the road as it branches off to the right and continue on to Cannon Street. On your right you will see ‘Boy Reaching’ and on your left you will see three cats.
  28. Turn around and walk back down Canon Street, then turn right on to Armenian Street. Down the first alley on your left you will see these two pieces.
  29. Go back to Armenian Street and turn left. On your left you will see this dragon art and ‘Three Dolls’.
  30. A bit further down Armenian Street you will see this colourful cat.cat-and-coloured-circles-street-art
  31. Walk a little further down Armenian street and you will find Kopi Loewak on your right. This coffee shop specialises in Luwak coffee – the most expensive coffee in the world. At 38RM, this is probably the lowest priced Luwak you’re ever likely to find and it is well worth it. These part-digested coffee cherries have been eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet. This process is thought to improve the taste of the coffee because of selection and fermentation. Kopi Loewak brew their civet coffee using the siphon method. This produces a full flavoured, clean mouthful and is quite a spectacle to see.
  32. Exit Kopi Loewak and turn right. On your left you will see the most famous piece of street art in all of Penang -‘Brother and Sister on a Bike’.brother-and-sister-on-bicycle-street-artAnd this iconic portrayal of Penang life brings us to the end of our tour! We hope you’ve enjoyed exploring Georgetown as much as we did, and you had your fill of fine coffee too. There’s plenty more to do in this fine city, and we’re certain that there are many more pieces of street art that we haven’t documented here. So, go out an explore some more and get in touch with us if you have any new finds! But first, time to enjoy some of Penang’s famous food.

 

7 thoughts on “Street Art and Coffee Shop tour of Georgetown, Penang

  1. Janice says:

    Brilliant guide- you should publish this! I love street art. Could do with some round here! I am sure a lot of people seeing this will want to go to see it all. Thankyou- it must have taken a while to do this guide.

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