MalaysiaPenangAsian Street Food $$$$$ Waterfront
Hawker Stall

Northam Beach Café

Modern and stylish by hawkers' market standards, Northam Beach Café is the perfect spot to indulge on Asian street cuisine as you watch the sun softly set behind rows of fishing boats. Over 40 food stalls and a central drink vendor share dozens of numbered tables. Diners give their table number when ordering meals and watch in delight as a bargain-priced feast is delivered to their table.

Available meals include local seafood like grilled swordfish and oyster omelets, as well as satay sticks, deep-fried tofu, pizza, pies, chicken or lamb shawarma, and noodles of every variety. Early diners are more likely to score an ocean-facing table while those arriving later can be serenaded by local music artists.

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Price & Hours

Meal Prices From

RM5 (USD$1.19)

$$$$$

Hawker Stall

Asian Street Food
Drinks
Beer Coffee Tea Soda Fruit Juice
Available
Dairy Free Wheelchair Friendly
Location
Waterfront

Hours

4:30pm-1am7 days

Overview

  • Food Quality: Excellent
  • Service: Very good
  • Value: Excellent
  • Location: Convenient
  • Open For: Dinner, Late
  • Bookings: Not Required
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Noise Level: Louder Than Usual
  • Comfort Level: A Little Uncomfortable
  • Seating: Outdoors
  • Decor: Pretty Basic
  • Wifi: None
  • Delivery: No
  • Good For Groups: Yes
  • Who Visits: Mostly Locals & Expats
  • Payments: Cash Only

Dietary

Gluten-free: lots of options
eg. Several curries and meat dishes accompanied by rice.
Vegetarian: only upon request
Vegan: only upon request

Look Around

Neon archway entrance from parking lotNeon archway entrance from parking lot
Seating area with vendor stalls in the backSeating area with vendor stalls in the back
Seaside viewsSeaside views
Diners pack in from 6pm onwardsDiners pack in from 6pm onwards
Busy wait staff at the drinks stationBusy wait staff at the drinks station
Radiant sunset views over the coastlineRadiant sunset views over the coastline
Around Northam Beach Cafe

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Where Is It

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55, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Pulau Pinang, 10050 George Town, Penang, Malaysia

How To Get There

Motorbike

Large onsite parking lot with plenty of space.

BusHotel Gleneangles,Jalan Pangkor

101, 102, 103, 104, 304, CAT 5, CAT 7

Walk 6 minutes east from bus station.

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Trishaw

Drivers drop off in main carpark off Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah. Return journeys may be difficult to find.

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Rideshare

Grab drivers pick up and drop off in main carpark off Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah.

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Backstory

Northam Beach Café is located on the north end of central Georgetown, on Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, just off Gurney Drive. Before Malaysian independence, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah was named Northam Road, which is how the hawkers market received its name. Buildings along Northam Road were once occupied by Penang's most wealthy residents. The district of Gurney is still considered to be fairly up-market today.

Scorecard

Best Parts:
  • Seaside location with ocean views from many tables.
  • Variety of cuisines and dishes available.
  • Trustworthy vendors in terms of food quality and hygiene.
  • Prompt service. Turnover is fast so diners never have to wait too long for a table.
  • Live music with a small dance floor.
Could Be Better:
  • Very crowded after around 7:30pm and can be difficult to find a free table.
  • A little expensive compared to other hawker markets in Penang.
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