George Town, Malaysia

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3 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


Explore Penang’s vibrant cuisine on a morning or afternoon tour of markets and cafes with a local, food-loving guide. This 3-hour, small-group tour includes 10 tastings and starts at a central location in Penang, and is the perfect introduction to the best things to eat and drink in a Malaysian culinary crossroads.
  • 3-hour, small-group Penang food tour
  • Tour includes 10 tastings for a full meal
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Instant Confirmation

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Food sampling
  • Friendly guide
  • Local taxes


  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

1. Church Of Immaculate Conception
2. Ban Heang 萬香餅家

Return Details

Return Point 1: 1-33, Jalan Chowrasta, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Return Point 2: Lebuh Pasar, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

What To Expect

Make your way to a central location in Penang city, where you’ll meet a local guide and small group for a morning or afternoon food tour of the city.
If you’ve joined a morning tour, walk to the Penang wet market to see stands piled high with fresh fruits and vegetables, and learn the basic ingredients of Penang cuisine. Morning tour tastings include a variety of local breakfast dishes alongside seasonal fruits and drinks, as you make your way from popular destinations to hidden local eateries. Come hungry for this tour, as your 10 food and drink samples make up a hearty lunch.
Evening tours kick off at 5pm, and guests enjoy a full dinner spread across four tasting locations, including local dishes, seasonal fruits, and drinks. The evening tour wraps up in an atmospheric café with drinks and music, and participants in both tours will bring home a goodie bag stuffed with some ‘must-try’ foodie gifts.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant is free of charge provided they do not occupy a seat
  • This tour is non-alcoholic
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

Cancellation Policy

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

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Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Jun 2018

I wish there were more stars to give this tour! Very highly recommended.
I took the food and culture tour on a Tuesday morning. I was traveling solo, and nobody else joined that day, so I had my own private tour with Joy.
Our meeting place was clear and easy to find. We started eating right away, so definitely skip breakfast on this day. The tour kicked off in the morning markets to see where the vendors and locals get all their ingredients. We ate several varieties of local fruits, and a couple of other snacks from the vendors there. We then visited a local coffee and tea house and enjoyed some fantastic specialty cakes. Then there was a stroll through some of the dry goods markets and a stop for some more traditional local foods.
The markets and food houses were so colorful and vibrant, and I was given a good amount of information on the local history and traditions. All of the vendors were very friendly and welcomed questions were happy for you to take photos.
Joy is an outstanding guide! Good humored and full of knowledge. She even sent a follow up email with information to help me do some further exploration on my own in Georgetown and my next stop, Singapore.
It was a fabulous morning. Well paced, interesting, and the food was delicious. The highlight of my time in Malaysia.

, May 2018

This tour is a must for anyone visiting Penang! It was definitely one of the highlights during my week visit to the island. Joy is a fabulous tour guide. She's extremely knowledgable of the history of the local cuisine and culture and makes sure you and your belly finish the tour fully satisfied.

, Mar 2018

Joy , who is a Singaporean who moved to Malaysia 6 yrs ago, was very knowledgeable and was able to pick us up and drop us off from the ship. We had an off the beaten track foodie tour of breakfast / brunch foods including Char koay teoh, oyster omelette, chendol, Assam laksa, ban Chiang Kuei, Hokkien noodles, curry noodles.
We travelled in her car, suitable for max 3 people, with good aircon. We saw some of the local sights and heard about the differences in history and culture of the Malaysians. A very enjoyable morning 9-1pm.

, Jan 2018

My wife and I went on the evening food tour on 27 December and it was absolutely fantastic. Lily was a great host and had amazing local knowledge which really brought the food to life. It was great to learn about the multicultural background to all of the different dishes and to try them from the best local stalls that we never would have found on our own. We even got to try an extra couple of local specialities not usually included on the tour which was amazing. We highly recommend this tour, thanks again to Lily for making it very special.

, Dec 2017

Joy was a fantastic guide. Thoughtful, interesting and really knew her subject matter. Good contact prior to tour to make sure it met our needs. Saw and tasted a lot of things we would have missed out on if we tried to find food ourselves.
The car and the driver were also excellent.
I would highly recommend it.

, Nov 2017

One of the highlights of the trip. Good guide, authentic food and informative narration about culture -- What's not to like?

, Aug 2017

This tour was the absolute highlight of my visit to Penang. Lily was so personable, knowledgable, and generous of mind and spirit. There was a bit of a mixup and she was very accommodating. As someone travelling alone, this was a great way to meet people, to get a different perspective, and to get a little glimpse of an insider's view. I cannot recommend it highly enough. If i go back I might very well do it again!

, Apr 2017

It was a wonderful experience. It is not about just eating the best food, it is also about the learning the history of why the food became what it is and how it is linked to the history Penang's history and culture. It is a must try if you love food, culture and history! You will not regret it.

, Jan 2017

What a great tour around the sights of Georgetown tasting the local street food. Our guide was extremely friendly, organised and well versed on the history of Georgetown and the food delights. Suits tourists of all ages, there is some walking involved but you are transferred through to each destination in an air conditioned car. The tour was customised to what we enjoyed eating and the guide was very flexible and accommodating to our tastes. Lovely little touch at the end with a gift which was a pleasant surprise. Definitely worth doing especially as an introduction to the town itself.

, Nov 2016

Having been born and lived in Malaysia for a couple of decades, I can strongly recommend this tour to anyone who has never been to Penang. It is an excellent introduction to the food utopia that is Penang.

Joy and her husband took me on this wonderful foodie journey.

We had assam laksa, char koay teow in Penang Road before heading off to the Tan and Chew jetties where I was provided a perspective of the history behind the jetties.

Then we headed off to the New Lane hawker centre where where had oyster omlette, lobak, chee cheong fun, stir fried yam bean cubes and apom with banana. The last was a great reminder of my childhood when my late mother bought this for me for weekend breakfasts many many years ago.

We then headed off to visit the famous Ming Xiang Tai pastry shop where Joy made an offer to sample the various local pastries. As i could not fit in more delights i settled instead for a light herbal chinese jelly (kwei lin kho) to finish my meal for the night in the shop next door which also sold herbal teas.

Whilst the food experience was wonderful, it was enhanced by the great company of the two hosts. They were flexible in meeting my food requests.

Highly recommended.

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