This is our weekend getaway in Penang’s heritage zone, in the heart of George Town. We wake to the muffled clatter of the streets below, where vendors and hawkers have been up for hours already.
We are not tourists, we tell ourselves; there is no timed-to-the-minute schedule to adhere to. But it’d be a shame to spend the whole day in bed, as tempting as it is.
Let’s have coffee.
After exiting Little India, we walk towards Gat Lebuh Chulia, then right into Lebuh Victoria, where we find Spacebar Coffee at the entrance of Awesome Canteen Penang and Sekeping Victoria. Baristas Joachim Leong and Shean Tan hail from Kuala Lumpur and have been dazzling Penangites with their brand of specialty coffee for the past six months.
We cool down with single origin iced lattes. Spacebar Coffee currently uses beans from Three Little Birds and The Roast Things; the local coffee community is a tightly knit one. A slice of their homemade Strawberry Summer Cake is just the touch sweetness needed to go with our cuppas.
Coffee on the island—now that’s a holiday.
164, Lebuh Victoria, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Open daily (except Tue closed) 10am-10pm