During my stay in Penang Island, I didn’t really plan to go to George Town. I planned to dedicate the whole 3 days of holiday to stay in Batu Ferringhi, which is about 45 minutes driving from George Town. But then again I did some research and asking here and there whether I should go to the city or not. A friend who was just moved to Penang said I need to go to this cafe + art gallery called China House in George Town. And that’s why we squeezed in George Town to our itinerary.
About China House
I believe China House is so much more than just a cafe. For me it is more like an art gallery than a cafe. You can see it from the pictures.
My personal experience about China House
Upon our arrival at their front door, me and my husband thought it was closed. There was no sign of people, although there were quite numbers of people when we push the door open and see what’s happening inside. The place was a bit too dark for me, but it’s still okay. China House has lots and lots of wall paintings, mural, illustrations, and all other kind of arts. There were lots of bats and spooky ornaments here and there too. It was during Halloween season when we visit Penang, so those kind of decorations were absolutely necessary.
Food wise, well, I didn’t try their main dishes because I wasn’t feeling hungry that time. We ordered their milkshake and mocktail to accompany us while we use their free wi-fi to browse the map of George Town. The two cold drinks were refreshing, but that was it. Nothing special. What’s special about this place is the amount of drawings they have.
If you are in Penang and looking for a place to hang out with friends, you might want to visit China House. It’s easy to find their white building, everyone in George Town knows where it is.
Photo by Bintang Mahacakrie & Raden Astra