You will sometimes hear that shopping is the favourite pastime of Malaysians. Like every successful joke, there is always some truth in it. There is no doubt, however, that Penang has its impressive share of shopping malls to satisfy any shopaholic. 

In the heart of the city lies Penang’s famous landmark – Komtar. The iconic building holds many mid-range local boutiques and electronic stores. Head to level 4 and visit Penang House of Music to learn about the state’s glamorous musical lineage. On the 58th floor is a cylindrical viewing deck that allows you to see George Town in all its glory down below. There is also a walkway that links Komtar to 1st Avenue, a newer mall with trendy high-street labels, karaoke joint and a cinema. Other popular shopping venues amongst locals and visitors alike include Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon, both a stone’s throw away from each other on Gurney Drive.  

A strategic shopping pitstop is Queensbay Mall, the largest in Penang with over 500 tenants. Located just 10 minutes away from the Penang Bridge and Penang’s International Airport, the mall is a perfect start or finish to one’s trip in Penang.

Straits Quay is a marina-fronting upscale mall where shoppers can take a breather by heading out to enjoy the sea breeze and marvel at the docked luxury yachts. Besides being home to Penang Performing Arts Centre (penangpac), the mall also actively hosts workshops, contests and weekend markets.

The first outlet mall in Penang and the largest one in Malaysia, Design Village is a sprawling complex that is perpetually having a sale. Get popular clothing and home appliances at marked down prices here and return home with the satisfaction of catching a good deal.