Bakeries in Penang

Penang is known as the food capital of Malaysia. But besides its must-try street foods, we have a host of bakeries to satisfy your carb cravings too. From European-style breads and pastries to local fruit-inspired cakes, these bakeries, cake shops and cafes dotted across Penang Island are bound to satisfy the most adventurous palates.

Some of them have really unique and beautiful interiors too, so you can snap your next Insta-worthy picture while picking up your next breakfast bake or teatime treat.

1. Le Petit Four Pâtisserie – arguably the best French pastries in Penang

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Crispy, crackling, and flaky outer layers with a doughy, buttery centre, Le Petit Four Pâtisserie’s croissants (RM7 each) might just be the best in Penang. Each croissant is handcrafted and freshly baked in-house by a team of bakers in the sunlit cafe. They are led by patissier Hooi Shing, who cut her teeth at the world-renowned Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. 

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Other pastries such as tarts, madeleines, financiers, and eclairs are baked fresh throughout the day too. You won’t want to miss the golden-hued cranberry scones (RM8 each), which are made using French butter, and are rich, moist, and crumbly in all the right places. 

For something fruity, keep your peepers peeled for the seasonal flower-adorned fig tart (RM22) or the zesty lemon tart topped with meringue (RM16).

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The cosy cafe has an industrial-minimalist vibe with lots of natural light, and you can walk to the back of the cafe to catch the busy bakers at work, rolling the dough and crafting the most delicate artisanal creations.

Address: 310, Lebuh Pantai, 10300 George Town, Penang
Opening hours: Fri – Tue 9AM-6PM (Closed on Wednesdays & Thursdays)
Telephone: 016-409 3918
Le Petit Four Patisserie Facebook

2. LesGrains Bakery – premium Japanese-French bread & pastries

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A testament to their no-frills bakes, LesGrains Bakery continues to serve its loyal customers for years without the need for extravagant aesthetic interiors or unique pastry flavours.

Formerly known as Four Seasons Bakery, this bakery in Straits Quay has since rebranded and expanded to a slightly larger space at Pulau Tikus so you can have more selections of fresh bakes. Though the bakery has simple decor comprising gold hanging lights and tiled floors, the bakery’s space exudes a Paris-style charm that’ll appeal to cafe-goers and carb-hunters alike.

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Don’t be fooled by their extremely French name. LesGrains Bakery bakes classic French pastries that are heavily influenced by Japanese flavours, and made with the finest ingredients. 

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Take your pick from the range of fresh bakes cooling on the racks – Seasalt Crusty Rolls (RM6.50) or their fragrant Kraftkorn (RM12) loaf. There’s also the irresistible Garlic Parmesan Cheese Bread, and a range of puff pastries that are drool-worthy and baked to perfection. 

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As much emphasis and thought they put into their pastries, their dine-in menu comprises a wide array of Western and Asian dishes too. For breakfast and lunch, the Smoked Salmon & Pickled Cucumber Croissant (RM30), Miso Pasta (RM35) or Chicken Fricasse (RM38) will definitely fill up your bellies.

You won’t want to miss out on their coffee as well – their brew is as superior as their bakes, and goes satisfyingly with a plate of flaky croissant or a mini sweet cake.

Address: 9-1-01 Moulmein Rise shoppes, Jalan Moulmein, Pulau Tikus, 10350, Penang
Opening hours: Tue – Sat 8AM-7PM | Sun 8AM-6PM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 018-213 2818
LesGrains Facebook | Instagram

3. La Vie en Rose Pâtisserie – Penang’s madeleine specialist

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La Vie en Rose Pâtisserie, run by husband and wife duo Gauvain and Evon, first made a name for itself as a madeleine specialist in 2016, whipping up customisable avant-garde madeleine towers and selling them online. Customers would often order these photogenic towers as alternatives to birthday cakes. 

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In late-2019, it opened a cosy cafe in the heart of George Town. The cafe’s exterior is decked out in pink, and its location makes it a quaint respite from the blistering heat after you’ve been wandering around the old heritage site for a while.

Not to be missed here are, of course, the madeleines. Vanilla madeleines come in 2 options – with chocolate coating (RM5 each) and without (RM3 each) – while bittersweet chocolate madeleines are available without chocolate coating (RM3.80 each) or with it (RM5.80 each). The light and airy, shell-shaped sponge cakes are perfect for pairing with a cup of hot white chocolate matcha (RM14) or oolong rose tea (RM9).

If the weekend-exclusive mini beignets (RM26 for a box of 6) tickle your fancy, we suggest placing a WhatsApp order at least 24 hours in advance to avoid disappointment. The custard-filled French doughnuts are available in vanilla, raspberry, nutella, coffee and matcha flavours. Another weekend special is the fruits and cream cheese danish (RM18), made to satisfy the sweet-toothed.

Address: 19, Lebuh Melayu, 10100 George Town, Penang
Opening hours: Wed – Sun 10.30AM-6.30PM (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)
Telephone: 014-333 6480
La Vie En Rose Patisserie Facebook

4. Black Kettle – spacious cafe with a bakery counter and bistro

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Housed inside a restored historic building, Black Kettle is one of the more spacious cafes in George Town and spans a bakery counter, cafe, and bistro. It’s hard to miss the assortment of bread loaves, scones, cakes, and tarts as soon as you walk through the doors. 

Although they’ve had to reduce the number of baked goods from over 70 types to about 25 types in this time of COVID-19, you can still get the classic baguettes (RM5.50 each) and popular bakes such as wholemeal loaf (RM16) and Normandy loaf (RM16). Most of the cafe’s fresh bread is made using a bacteria culture called Levain that draws out flavour without relying on instant yeast. 

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If you can spare the time for a sit-down treat, take a seat and indulge in the signature croissant (RM6.50), pain au chocolat (RM7.50), or Paris-Brest (RM15). The wood and black-accented rustic decor scheme, combined with the sunlight trickling in from the airwell overhead, makes this one mighty inviting space.

Address: 105 Beach Street, 10300 George Town, Penang
Opening hours: Thu – Tue 11AM-8PM (Closed on Wednesdays)
Telephone: 04-251 9270
Black Kettle website | Facebook

5. ChinaHouse – one of the biggest and oldest cafes in Penang

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Probably one of the biggest and oldest names in the Penang cafe scene, ChinaHouse is both a tourist hotspot and local favourite dining destination known for its cakes. Occupying the compound of three heritage buildings and an open air courtyard, it is a cafe, restaurant, art gallery, bakery, and shop in one huge space, with walls artistically adorned with cat murals and crayon sketches. 

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The cakes here take centrestage as 30 different kinds of them are doled out daily. The salted caramel cake (RM19.08) boasts a soft and creamy texture, and is capped with homemade caramel sauce and the chocolate berry torte (RM15) is bound to satisfy any chocolate lover. 

But if you only have enough room in your stomach for one slice of dessert, sink your teeth into the signature non-alcoholic tiramisu (RM19.08). Given its espresso-flavoured sponge layers and generous nut-on-mascarpone coating, it’s far from traditional but absolutely toothsome. 

Address: 153, Beach St, 10300 George Town, Penang
Opening hours: 9.30AM-12.30AM, Daily
Telephone: 04-263 7299
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6. Yin’s Sourdough Bakery & Cafe – Penang’s sourdough specialist

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Offering everything from sourdough breads and buns to sourdough pizza and croissants, Yin’s Sourdough Bakery & Cafe lives up to its name. Its egg benny sourdough pizza (RM30) is fermented naturally over two days and slathered with slow-cooked tomato paste before being heated in the oven until it develops a “blistery” crust. The result is a pleasant tanginess that elevates your everyday pizza flavour. 

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Also on the menu is a sourdough croissant (RM19.10) that sandwiches a poached egg benedict and house-cured salmon, and that is served with mango.

Address: 11, Pesara Claimant, 10100 George Town, Penang
Opening hours: Thu – Tue 8AM-5PM (Closed on Wednesdays)
Telephone: 011-2419 5118
Yin’s Sourdough website | Facebook

7. Love a Loaf Bakery and Cafe – burnt cheesecakes in durian or cempedak flavours

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The go-to place to get your durian or cempedak Basque burnt cheesecake (RM70 for a whole 6-inch cake) fix, Love a Loaf Bakery Cafe’s myriad of mouth-watering creations are inspired by travel – its pillowy soft Hokkaido bread (RM5.80) and Japanese matcha mochi (RM3.80) are inspired by the land of the rising sun, for example. 

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The cafe, which was founded in 2013, has done so well over the years that you can find their goods at 9 locations across Penang Island.

Address: C1-1, Tropiciana 218 Jalan Macalister, 10400 George Town, Penang
Opening hours: 8AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 04-295 8468
Love A Loaf Bakery Cafe website | Facebook

8. Moody Cow Cafe Penang – decadent cheesecakes

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Not for the faint of heart, Moody Cow Cafe Penang takes the term “unique cheesecake” to a whole new level with its over-the-top creations. Among its offerings are the Black Moon (RM38 per slice) and Shanghai Moon (RM36 per slice) – the former features ikan bilis and century egg as ingredients, while the latter brings together salted egg yolk, cream cheese, and chicken floss in one dessert plate. 

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Because of the richness of the cheesecakes, they might be best shared. Cempedak Madness (RM44 per slice) is a popular choice, made up of two layers of chocolate, cempedak fruit, cream cheese, and a decadent whipped cream topping.

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The decor of the cafe is as decadent as its cheesecakes, with intricately carved privacy screens painted in gold, lush cushioned sofas, and chandeliers hanging over the low tables. And their low lighting fits the “Moody Cow” name to a T.

Address: 170 Transfer Road, 10050 George Town, Penang
Opening hours: Sun – Thu 10AM-10PM | Fri & Sat 10AM-11PM
Telephone: 04-226 2646
Moody Cow Cafe Facebook

9. Passion Heart Cafe – tropical fruit cakes 

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Hobbyist-turned-businesswoman Nely Koon started out selling homemade cakes at a humble stall at the Penang Street Market before opening her own cafe. Now a family-run cake house, Passion Heart Cafe has gained popularity for its cakes inspired by local flavours such as cempedak and durian. 

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The cafe is modest by design, with super old-school vibes, and located just around the corner from historical landmark Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (otherwise known as the Blue Mansion). It’s the perfect spot to slow down after exploring the area, with a slice of cempedak cake (RM12), cempedak crumble (RM14), durian pound cake (RM14), durian cheesecake (RM16), or yam coconut tart (RM12). 

Address: 23 Jalan A.S Mansoor, 10050 George Town, Penang
Opening hours: Wed – Monday 11.30AM-9PM (Closed on Tuesdays)
Telephone: 016-443 1336
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10. Ming Xiang Tai Pastry Shop – Cantonese pastries and biscuits

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Ming Xiang Tai Pastry Shop specialises in handmade Cantonese pastries and biscuits. What started out as a rickety trishaw egg tart business in 1979 has since blossomed into a humble shophouse within close quarters of Penang Road’s famous Teochew Chendul.

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The signature egg tart (RM2.70 per piece) is known for its silky-smooth custard encased in thin layers of crispy crust. While you’re here, check out the kaya puffs (RM2.40/piece), char siew pastries (RM 2.70/piece) or pandan salted egg pastries (RM2.40/piece) – all of which are popular among locals.

It’s not just traditional pastries you can find here.  Ming Xiang Tai Pastry Shop keeps up with modern times by adding new items to its menu. Some of the latest additions include the fluffy sweet pumpkin buns (RM4.80 for 3) and heart-shaped pandan lotus paste paos (RM8 for 3).

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Any #OOTD shots you take here will be steeped in heritage vibes, as the interiors of the cafe will transport you back in time, with its wooden stools, tables and cabinets, and bamboo stems and sieves adorning the walls. 

Address: 475-A, Jln Penang, 10000 George Town, Penang
Opening hours: 10AM-7PM, Daily
Telephone: 04-261 2511
Min Xiang Tai website | Facebook

11. The Mugshot Cafe – said to have the best bagels in Penang

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Sitting on the city’s heritage belt, The Mugshot Cafe was founded by former schoolmates Tristan and Jessie – the latter of whom honed her craft in baking in Europe – in 2013, serving freshly brewed coffee, homemade yoghurt and quite possibly the best bagels in Penang. 

Bagels might not have been a popular choice in Penang at the time but this modern kopitiam knew that it wanted to stand out from the crowd with a chewier, crustier version of the ubiquitous burger bun. 

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The classic cream cheese bagel is priced at RM7.40, while other bagel variations are sold for RM13.80 each. Cream cheese with smoked salmon and turkey bacon with egg are touted to be best-sellers, although nutella and banana bagel might catch your eye if you’re craving something chocolate-y and sweet. 

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The cosy cafe has trendy vibes, and is a great place to rest your legs and kick back with a glass of iced coffee. 

Address: 302 Chulia Street, 10200 George Town, Penang
Opening hours: Sun – Thu 8AM-10PM | Fri & Sat 8AM-12AM
Telephone:04-261 4641
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Bakeries to get pastries and cakes in Penang

Whether it’s for a special occasion or a daytime pick-me-up, you don’t really need an excuse to indulge in a little pastry and cake. That being said, this list caters to the most curious and pickiest of palates, savoury and sweet included. 

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Cover image adapted from: @mingxiangtaipastrypenangroad, @crystalng_99 and @kclovesfood_

This article was updated on 1st June 2022 by Jia-Ju. 

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