Restaurants and Bars
Georgetown is a haven for food lovers as there is a mixture of cuisines to match the mixture of cultures in the city. Everything from cheap street stall food to up-market restaurants can be found here, in addition to Chinese coffeehouses. Tourists can eat Indian food from a banana leaf in Little India, enjoy Chinese food from a vendor along Kimberly Street, dine on cheap Malay and Penang food at the New Lane Hawker Centre or go for a meal in a chic restaurant housed in a converted colonial shop house. Nightlife is just as eclectic, with everything from hole-in-the-wall bars to trendy nightclubs. Upper Penang Road is the liveliest part of Georgetown, especially for the younger crowd.
There are a number of street markets in Georgetown, like the early morning Lorong Kulit Flea Market and the Little Penang Street Market that takes place on the last Sunday of every month. Chinatown is great for traditional herbs, natural products and wholesale clothing, and Little India for saris, Indian handicrafts, spices and trinkets. Those who prefer to shop indoors for known label brands should go to Prangin Mall and 1st Avenue Shopping Mall, or take a bus or taxi to nearby Gurney Plaza.