Penang Island

4-Hour Georgetown Food Tour

Badge of ExcellenceGeorge Town, Malaysia
Eat Drink Georgetown

From USD 88.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Feast your senses on the sights and smells of George Town on a half-day culinary tour, ideal for food lovers with limited time in Penang. In a small group, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of George Town in the early evening, a cooler and less-crowded time to visit, on a tour that combines its rich culture with numerous local delicacies. Plus, taking a food tour at the start of your trips means you receive ample culinary recommendations sure to enhance your vacation.
  • Food and walking tour of Penang, great for food-lovers with limited time
  • Discover lesser-known local delicacies that you may otherwise have missed
  • Explore George Town in the early evening: a cooler and less-crowded time to visit
  • Receive personalized attention in a small group

What's Included

  • Beverages
  • Food tasting
  • Dinner
  • Professional guide
  • One cocktail or mocktail
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 98, Jln Masjid Kapitan Keling
    98, Jln Masjid Kapitan Keling, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

    We meet at the entrance of the mosque. The side which is next to a famous Landmark :Nasi Kandar Beratur Original on Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling.

Start time

04:00 pm

End point

  • China House
    153, Beach St, Georgetown, 10300 George Town, Penang, Malaysia

    We end with an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage here.

What To Expect

Kapitan Keling Mosque (Pass By)

Goddess of Mercy Temple (Kuan Yin Teng)

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

George Town (Pass By)

Armenian Street

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise any specific DIETARY requirements AT TIME of booking. VEGETARIAN options are available, please advise AT TIME of booking if required
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Stroller accessible
  • Tips to enjoy Simply Enak's food tour:
  • Near public transportation
  • Make sure you come hungry when you join the food experience and be open to foods introduced by the guide
  • The food experience tours are normally walking trails. It's advises that guests wear comfortable shoes during the food experience
  • Water helps during the tour especially during hot weather. Its very easy to get thirsty in Malaysia.
  • Malaysia's weather can be unpredictable. Please bring your own umbrella or raincoat if its raining or going to rain.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • There's nothing worse than spilling food on a white t-shirt. If you don't mind the stain, you can always wear white.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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210 reviews
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Fantastic Food Tour
Annette_M, Aug 2023
Ron Wong was an excellent guide. His knowledge and explanations of where we were was terrific and he was happy to answer all questions asked. The food was first class and every restaurant and food stall was so friendly. Would recommend this tour.
The food kept coming.
Keith_M, July 2023
The guide gave us great insights into the history, food and culture of George Town. And the food and drink kept coming. Saw and tasted stuff we would never have found ourselves. We didn’t want to leave.
Excellent informative...
Susan_R, June 2023
Excellent informative guide who ran the tour at a good pace allowing us to stay longer at places that took our interest.
Not so much of a food tour as it is history. Too expensive.
Alex_G, Mar 2023
Very nice tour with a wonderful guide who was very friendly and knowledgeable of the history. I would not consider it a food tour as we only ate at three places and didn’t explore the street food. Definitely more of a walking history tour, but we enjoyed. Very high price for what it is.
Great combination of history and food!
Helen_W, Mar 2023
Our guide Teoh was very personable and so informative, we learned a lot about Georgetown, went to places we would never have gone to without Teoh's local knowledge, ate an amazing variety of local foods and drinks...a terrific way to spend 4 hours. We were the only 2 on our tour which was great for both Teoh and ourselves...Great interaction. If you get Teoh as your guide you are in for a treat...Wear comfy shoes, have an open mind to new tastes and an empty stomach to begin will be fully the end of the tour!!
Great experience!
kateselvaratnam, Feb 2023
Absolutely brilliant tour. Informative and absolutely delicious! Highly recommend. Loved the insight into the history of Georgetown, the religions and of course the food! Highlights were the samosa (we went back every day!) and the overall vibe.
Sub par and disorganized tour focused on multicultural food
abby_w, Dec 2022
If you’re looking for a delicious food focused tour to learn about and try local cuisine or Malaysian food, spend your $ elsewhere. A “Culture tour with random food” is more accurate. To echo the sentiments of a previous review, the tour focuses on how multicultural Penang is, and you’ll be spending your time eating Indian, Chinese, and potentially some Malaysian food. We had chickpea curry with two types of bread (tasty but disappointing because I know a handful about Indian food), mushy noodles, one of the worst versions of the signature Penang soup, satay (again disappointing because it’s such a common food), and a few desserts that were maybe Malaysian. It did not feel well organized and it appears that the food and locations you will visit will be random depending on the day. This demonstrates a lack of intention. Other problems/oddities: 1. We didn’t eat for the entire first hour of the tour. 2. Nothing about the food was explained to us or emphasized in the talk 3. Tour guide asked us if we have food restrictions at the beginning (this should have been noted and planned in advance). 4. It seems like the food and restaurants you visit will vary depending on crowd size. In my opinion, this is incredibly thoughtless. 5. Due to the lack of itinerary and coordination with the restaurants beforehand, the tour probably lasted over 5 hours instead of 4 (we left after 4 hours, though I was ready to leave after 1). 6. The food at the second restaurant was inedible. I will be sure to ask more questions before signing up for another food tour in the future. I don’t like to give a bad review as it could negatively impact people’s livelihoods, but this experience was truly unfortunate and not worth the $$.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Dear Abby, Thank you for your valuable feedback- we regret to hear about your disappointment and that you feel the food and the tour were subpar, and not worth your time or price paid. We gathered from the Guide that you were unwell from the start of the tour and we wish you recovery.  The tour and tracks are crafted and organized in a way so visitors that come to Malaysia can learn and experience the key diversity, multicultural, melting pot of Malaysia - through the people (the community where we walk), the food, and the culture. Our intention is to give an authentic and memorable impression to visitors in our compact 4-hour walk journey with the guide and the group. Our guides are very passionate and most times give more of their time so visitors can ask as many questions and be of assistance wherever possible. As much as we try to control and have a set of fixed places and itineraries (like eating pit stops, landmarks, and a list of food to eat) we value personalization to our guests to make them happy-We may go eat at randomly known and selected spots. (*just because our client has a special craving or wishes that will in the end make their food tour and experience complete and satisfactory). The Indian restaurant stop where you had the tasty breads(rotis) and curries is a no-frills vegetarian joint in Little India and is very popular among locals. It is even listed under the latest Michelin Guide in Malaysia.  CKT- Char Kuew Teow aka mushy noodles is a signature dish in Penang and it resembles the Thai "Pad Thai" version. Almost all of our customers rave about this version served on our track. Satay is indeed a common food but it is a highlight to most tourists visiting Malaysia and to truly find a good one is tricky. Many of our customers also love the variation and choices, especially the desserts at this Malay pit stop. We hope that you still made some good memories in Georgetown and enjoyed authentic Malaysian hospitality nevertheless.
Great intro to food and Georgetown
Stephen_N, Dec 2022
Great tour this Saturday.Sampled food from Malaysia (my favorite), India, and Chinese. The tour had a mix of food and history. Out tour guide was really sweet. We had a total of 7 people in our group and it actually lasted 5 hours. The tour ends at the China house, cocktail included!
Informative and fun food and history tour
Sandy_C, Dec 2022
Our guide Soraya was very entertaining and informative. We learnt all about the history of Georgetown, she showed us lots of places and we tried plenty of food from the different areas. The tour lasted over 4 hours and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommend.
Don't eat before arriving!!
Bob_D, Nov 2022
Excellent history of Penang along with some great food hosted by SuLi. she is a great guide and we got lots of history. She is also fun to be around. She took us to some great restaurants and tastings (which were almost full meals). Seriously - don't eat before you get there. Also as a vegetarian not sure what to expect but no worries. The non-veg tastings looked good too!
A must do to know wonderful Georgetown
Michael_M, Sept 2022
Our wonderful guide Ronald Tuh make this experience exceptional. Highly recommended as not a historical tour if Georgetown but also for the diverse food culture. A great experience!!
Good night out
Jill_S, Sept 2022
Had a fabulous group of people on the tour and certainly had plenty to eat and drink. Would have liked more information on the actual dishes we ate (how they were made, the ingredients etc) but could not fault the food. Teoh provided very interesting information on George Town and it’s history and culture.
Not what we expected
Kristina_C, Aug 2022
We heard about the amazing food in George Town and we’re not sure what local restaurants to try, hence booked this FOOD tour. The guide was nice elderly gentleman, very knowledgeable of the history of the town, buildings and the architecture. However, we specifically came to try different local foods, which we did not get to sample. First place he took us was Indian cuisine-we’ve been to India and had this type of food, so even though it was good food, it was nothing whatsoever Malaysia specific. Second place was AGAIN Indian. The meal samples were basically less than 1 dollar (menu was listed on the wall). We paid $176 USD for the tour and by the end of it we tried not a single meal that was from Malay cuisine. He stopped at the Food Court for the last meal-we looked up reviews of the place and they were not good, so we let the guide go and went to get ice cream instead. He took us for a ‘special drink’ -the place was nice and the drink was good, but to sum it up-we could have sampled the whole market ourselves for the cost of this tour and instead we got a history tour with Indian food samples.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Dear Kristina, Thank you for your valuable feedback- we are equally sad that you didn't experience the specific ultimate food tour you were hoping for. Our guides each have their own specialty and your Guide of the day-this elderly gentleman is one of the most experienced in town, certainly in both heritage and culture. We have 3 key pit stops, Indian, Malay or Indian Muslim, and Chinese all are local Malaysian highlights and places  -locals like myself would go. It's a pity that the selection of food was not up to your expectations. Our intention is to give an authentic and memorable impression of Georgetown city, to visitors in our compact 4-hour walk journey checking the list of food, culture, street art, murals, stories, and understanding about the city's rich heritage and landmarks (*places to go visit in Penang).  The Indian restaurant stop where you had the tasty breads(rotis) and curries is a no-frills vegetarian joint in Little India and is very popular among locals. It is even listed under the latest Michelin Guide in Malaysia.  I hope you would give us another chance for future trips. We are working towards a no-frills, serious foodie track. Connect with us on your future trip back to Penang and get a free food tour from us.
Food, facts and fun 😀
Meghna_D, July 2022
Delicious food and lots of history was the highlight of the tour. Suraiya and Pauline, our guides, not just explained the cuisine but also kept us entertained with interesting stories and sights of George Towns past and present. Thank you for the Asam Laksa and Oyster Omlette- its one of our top favourite foods of this trip. The wrap up with the local rice wine(Tauk) and chatting with the group was a lovely way to end the tour. Very memorable.
Response from Host, July 2022
Thank you Meghna we enjoyed ourselves equally and even learned so much from each other. We hope you leave Malaysia remembering it's food, culture and friends ( Malaysian hospitality)! Jumpa lagi (See you soon).
Great mix of food and culture
clairewaller, Apr 2022
Our guide Ronald was incredibly knowledgeable and we learned a lot about the history and culture of Penang during the tour. We had the chance to eat at places and try foods we never would have on our own, and the food was great!
Great way to see George Town
thornal, Feb 2020
Excellent guide - liked all the food choices, interesting tour - not just a reciting of facts but in-depth history and culture Assisted with restaurant recommendations for the weekend, too!
Interesting tour
Iain A, Oct 2019
Baxter our guide gave us a very interesting review of the religion history of Georgetown. Disappointed with the food experience, in particular the 2nd cafe. Did not meet our expectations with what we paid for.
A Must-Do in Penang
Jeffrey_O, Aug 2019
Penang is all about the food, and what better way to experience that food than with a local? Mark gave us a great tour with information and history of the city, coupled with some amazing dishes and even explained the cultural significance and history of the dish. We would've never found these places to eat on our own, and avoided any "tourist trap" places to eat.
Our guide provided local history of...
Fred G, Nov 2017
Our guide provided local history of various areas of old Georgetown. The street food was amazing. Excellent.
Wonderful and comprehensive tour of...
Kelly A, Oct 2017
Wonderful and comprehensive tour of the different foods in Penang, and also the history that has allowed this food culture to develop. Tour guide was ver informative and engaging, and the tour provided for our 10 month old baby well.

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