Cafe Hopping in Butterworth

Pik Nik Everyday @ Raja Uda, Butterworth, Penang.
Address: G-15B, Pangsapuri Seri Melur, 12300, Butterworth, Penang.
Business Hours: 3pm to 12am. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: +6016- 448 1517
Tucked inside the iconic building of Raja Uda- Pangsapuri Seri Melur is the latest venture by Pik Nik; the place has quickly turned into a café haunt. The funky and playful school-inspired interior decoration is undoubtedly one of the reasons why Instagrammers flocked the place. The lively space approaches a school-theme, in eccentric ways like classroom elements, flimsy wooden chairs for students, halved School Bus (as their kitchen).

The artsy space is also famous for its home-made Waffles that would not break the bank. From RM 6.90 onwards, diners can choose between sweet or savory Waffles. Ms. Strawberry (RM 16.90 nett) is a dessert waffle with fresh strawberries and 3 scoops of vanilla ice-cream, completed with almond flakes. The waffle is soft with crisp edges; brilliantly done with melted butter. The savory-sweet combination works, where the butter introduces a creamy, savoury dimension to the well-chilled ice-cream. A contenting dish best shared by a few.

Artichoke Cafe @ Raja Uda, Butterworth, Penang.
Address: 9, Jalan Raja Uda, Pusat Perniagaan Raja Uda, 12300, Butterworth, Penang.
Business Hours: 9am to 11pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
Contact Number: +6010- 431 1279
Artichoke Café is your newest wallet-friendly spot at Butterworth. While the name of Artichoke may lend you a je ne sais quoi, it is not an ordinary café next door. It does have something solid and sturdy to offer. The place has an interesting array of brunch items to offer (but be mindful that it serves brunch items until 2:30pm only) as well as some carefully-curated mains and desserts.

Artichoke does not serve brunch after 2:30pm; we were late on our visit but we managed to try their Spaghetti Arrabbiata (RM 14.90), al-dentely cooked spaghetti tossed in spicy tomato-based sauce and jewels with slivers of cheese. However, the spotlight goes to Pork Burger (RM 17.90), a thick, extraordinarily juicy and flavorful pork Ppatty sandwiched in between two beautifully charred buns and topped with a sliver of cheese and some pickled cucumbers. While Pork may not be for everyone, the enthusiast should definitely pay a visit. 

Marlons +Co. The Coffee Bar @ Raja Uda, Butterworth, Penang.
Address: 51, Jalan Raja Uda, Pusat Perniagaan Raja Uda, 12300, Butterworth, Penang.
Business Hours: 10 am to 12 am on Weekdays; 9 am to 12 am on Weekends. Opens Daily.
Contact Number:  6019- 570 7421

Marlons +Co The Coffee Bar remains as one of the most popular places for Coffee, partly because of its attractive, vibrant Industrial interior décor and their skillfully brewed cup of Joe. What’s better to go with a cup of artisan Coffee? A hearty serving of Brunch or a good slice of Cake for those with a sweet tooth. Fret not, Marlons +Co has them all.

All Day Glory Breakfast Set (RM23) arrives with scrambled egg, pork chorizo, chicken and cheese sausage, turkey ham, bacon, focaccia bread and some fresh greens should be well-qualified. The fluffily-done scrambled eggs works well with the smoky bacon and turkey ham; though pork chorizo may be a little hard in texture. They do have an ingenious idea of serving their focaccia, served with a magical spread of cream cheese, is simply amazing. A set like this is best washed down with a good cup of Joe.

Coffee Venture @ Raja Uda, Butterworth, Penang.
Address: No. 23, Jalan Raja Uda, Pusat Perniagaan Raja Uda, 12300, Butterworth, Penang.
Business Hours: 8am to 12am. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: +6013-582 3388
Few doors away from Artichoke Café, Coffee Venture has a homey and comfortable seating for those who wish to chill. While relaxing on the snug but soft couch, listen to the soft music which sets a speakeasy tone and lively melody. It features an approachable menu, such as familiar sandwiches, an assortment of intimate brunch menu at unrivalled prices.

A picturesque French Toast (RM12.90) served together with some sliced banana and strawberry, completed with roasted almond flakes. Extremely soft and fluffy, this french toast goes well with honey, though exclusive maple syrup may be a better option.

Ken Tho is a food blogger from Penang and has a hunger for all things edible. More on what he's been eating lately can be found at