Penang Island is the only island in Malaysia that offers great shopping possibilities. There are numerous huge modern shopping malls throughout the island. Most of the malls can be found within the capital city of Georgetown and around Bayan Lepas (nearby the airport). There are no real malls around the popular tourist areas Batu Ferringhi and Tanjung Bungah, but it is only a short drive by bus or taxi to get to Georgetown. Right in the heart of the city you can find multiple malls right beside each other; Prangin Mall, 1st Avenue and [email protected]. Below Komtar there is also a bus station, so if you take the bus from Batu Ferringhi or Tanjung Bungah, you will arrive right in front of some of the major shopping malls. Other very popular malls are Queensbay mall (biggest in Penang), Straits Quay (focus on food and fun) and Plaza Gurney; a huge mall north of Georgetown.
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- General information
- Getting around Penang
- Getting to Penang
- Historical Overview
- Resorts and hotels
On this page:
- 1st Avenue
- Island Plaza
- [email protected]
- Midlands One Stop
- Penang Times Square
- Plaza Gurney
- Prangin Mall
- Queensbay Mall
- Straits Quay
- Map with shopping malls
1st Avenue was opened in 2010 and is located right next to KOMTAR and Prangin Mall within Georgetown city center. The design was influenced by popular Singaporean malls Raffles City, Marina Square and Suntech City. There is a huge food court, Food Avenue, on the 4th floor.
For more information, check our page on 1st Avenue for more on this shopping complex in Penang.
Island Plaza is one of the first modern shopping malls in Penang. It is located in the north of Georgetown, in the village of Tanjung Tokong. It is not a huge mall, but it does have some nice stores including a nice Metrojaya. Here you can also find the first 3D cineplex of Penang.
For more information, check our page on Island Plaza for more on this shopping complex in Penang.
KOMTAR used to be the only shopping mall on the island. Over time the mall lost its edge over competitor malls like Gurney Plaza and Prangin Mall (the latter is located right opposite of KOMTAR). In recent years the mall has been revitalized and after huge renovations the mall is now again starting to become more and more popular. Currently the main attraction is [email protected]; a big IT mall within the complex.
For more information, check our page on [email protected] for more on this shopping complex in Penang.
Midlands One Stop
Midlands One Stop used to be a very popular mall, but wasn't able to keep up with the competition and now caters to the lower end of the market. There is a big bowling alley and a water theme park. There are many small shops that sell products ranging from pirated Blu-ray movies to T-Shirts.
For more information, check our page on Midlands One Stop for more on this shopping complex in Penang.
Penang Times Square
Penang Times Square is a shopping center in the heart of Georgetown, within walking distance of KOMTAR, Prangin Mall and 1st Avenue mall. Penang Times Square is an urban centre which also contains a mix of commercial and residential properties. There are 178 shops in total, including many restaurants and bars.
For more information, check our page on Penang Times Square for more on this shopping complex in Penang.
Plaza Gurney is a very popular mall in Georgetown, Penang. It is located along Gurney Drive with its many hotels. There are 7 floors with all kinds of shops. Anchor tenant is Parkson, there is a huge Cold Storage in the basement.
For more information, check our page on Plaza Gurney for more on this shopping mall in Penang.
Prangin Mall is located right next to KOMTAR in the heart of Georgetown. It is a medium sized mall compared to other malls in Penang with 167 shops in total. Some say the mall resembles the popular Sungei Wang Plaza in Kuala Lumpur. There is a huge cinema and also many restaurants. The 4th floor of the mall is ITC themed, [email protected], for all your computer and gadget needs.
For more information, check our page on Prangin Mall for more on this shopping mall in Penang.
Queensbay Mall is currently the largest mall in Penang with over 500 shops spread out over 5 levels. The mall is located outside Georgetown in the Bayan Lepas area (nearby Penang International Airport). Jusco is the anchor tenant, and there even is a roller skating rink within the mall.
For more information, check our page on Queensbay Mall for more on this shopping complex in Penang.
Straits Quay is one of the latest additions to the shopping scene in Penang. It is not exactly a shopping mall, more an entertainment center as it is dominated by restaurants and other F&B hangouts.
For more information, check our page on Straits Quay for more on this shopping mall in Penang.