Penang, an Island in Malaysia, is a UNESCO heritage site offering a unique mix of religions and cultures (buddhist, muslim, hindu and christian) local history, nature (hikes and beaches), street art and modern museums. Its capital, George Town, is a feast for the eyes and the stomach with its wide range of cool eateries. You would be hard pressed to not find something to hold your interest and satisfy your vegan hunger.
Lily's Kitchen is budget eatery with vegan and vegetarian versions of some of the famous local dishes. I had a spicy noodle soup and some rice paper spring rolls in plum sauce, and both were perfect. This is a Buddhist restaurant so no alcohol is served .
Best for: Eating out on a budget, family friendly.
Address: 98 Noble House, Madras Lane, George Town.
Vegan and organic health conscious restaurant, with a clean, soothing décor. The Leaf has an expansive menu with plenty to choose from, including noodles, rice, salads, desserts and smoothies and has several vegan takes on traditional, local food. Prices are a little dearer but keep in mind food is very cheap in Malaysia so it remains excellent value by western standards.
Best for: Health conscious dishes in trendy surroundings.
Address: 5 Penang Street, 10200 George Town.
A popular Indian vegetarian restaurant, which offers a broad selection of Indian classics as well as desserts. They do use dairy and eggs in some of their food, so make sure you ask for vegan options. There is quite a large choice of dishes, including curries, noodles and many vegetables cooked in Indian spices. There is also a good selection of puddings.
Best for: An authentic Indian experience outside of India.
Address: 60 Penang street, George Town.
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Located in Armenian Street where street art, crafts and history meet, this unassuming restaurant is ideal for a relaxed meal whether in a small group or solo.
This eatery has a small menu and it's famous for the traditional Laksa, a soup dish bursting with flavours and textures made with noodles, vegetables and tofu (instead of meat). A take away option is available.
Best for: The vegan take on the traditional Laska, a must try.
Address: 12 Armenian Street, George Town.
Wheeler's is not strictly a vegan café but but it offers a mean soy latte and vegan options, such as the delicious vegan panini I had when I visited. It's a bicycle-themed, modern and relaxed eatery with music and wifi and it's the perfect place for breakfast. Staff are very helpful and will offer vegan options of their dishes wherever possible.
Best for: Those in search of a hip and modern café and a good cup of coffee.
Address: 67 Love Lane, George Town.