What are the things you experience living in a small town in Penang? From tasty food to underrated travel gems, you should definitely come and visit Bukit Mertajam – a charming little town that located on the opposite end of the Penang Bridge! As one of the nucleus towns of Seberang Perai, Bukit Mertajam was built over 100 years; whether you like visiting historical town with a deep past, or prefer to explore picturesque town that packed to the brim with eateries and attractions, BM has it all. Are you ready for this exciting trip? Let’s get started!
1st stop: Breakfast at Pek Kong Cheng Hawker Area + Visit Tua Pek Kong Temple
Where are the favourite breakfast spots for local people? The answer will always be Pek Kong Cheng Hawker Area! Pek Kong Cheng is particularly busy and crowd-pulling during early morning since there is a traditional morning market held over here. You’ll be dive into local life in a bustling alley packed with food vendors who have spent decades perfecting their
special dishes; Duck Meat Koay Chiap, Traditional White Wantan Noodle, Guang Xi Hokkien Mee, Guang xi 3D coffee art & the Signature 3 taste coffee from Yahaa Kopitiam… it’s too difficult to pick for the best so just eat them all! After satisfying breakfasts, you must not forget to go sightseeing at the beautiful ancient Tua Pek Kong temple here; it is open to the public everyday for worship and visit.
Address: Jalan Pasar, 14000 Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang
2nd Stop: St. Anne's Church
The St. Anne’s Church is undoubtedly one of the most iconic tourist attractions in Bukit Mertajam. The church, named after Saint Anne – the mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus, was built in 1888; It is the biggest and earliest Catholic chapel in Penang. The white church with beautiful stained glass windows standing against fluffy cloud on blue sky is just simply stunning! The 9-days celebrations held here in July every year for St. Anne’s Feast (July 26) tend to draw 40,000 to 60,000 local & foreign devotees and tourists, in which being regarded as one of the 20 biggest Catholic pilgrimages in the world1 You’ll never want to miss the astounding scene of candlelight procession – where all the flickering lights seen are candles held by pilgrims.
Address：Jalan Kulim, Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening Hour：06:00am – 09:00pm
3rd Stop: Tea Spa House @Cherok Tokun Hill / Berapit Hilltop Teahouse
Cherok Tokun Hill provides a beautiful backdrop to Bukit Mertajam, and the best place for recreation for its people. The Tea Spa House at the foot of the mountain makes the perfect spot to chill and relax in the lush greenery – where you can enjoy a pot of good tea with all kinds of delicious snacks such as roasted sweet potato, chinese tea eggs and green tea pumpkin seeds. For friends who love mother nature, here’s another great choice for you too – which is the Berapit Hilltop Teahouse! It is recently going viral on internet thanks to the beautiful scenery – the minimalist wooden house and gorgeous view of hilltop is just mind-blowing, perfect to liven up your Instagram feed! Come and enjoy the tea & snacks here and take a moment to indulge in nature and fresh air.
Tea Spa House
Address：Jalan Kolam, 14000 Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang
Operation Hour：11:00am – 06:00pm（Mon to Fri）；09:00am – 06:00pm（Sat & Sun）
Berapit Hilltop Teahouse
Address：Mukim 17，14000 Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang
Operation Hour：08:00am – 06:00pm（Sat & Sun only）
4th Stop: Lunch @Sentosa Corner
How can you miss the famous yam rice if you come to BM! Sentosa Corner is one of the typical kopitiam where you’ll be able to get almost all the signature local foods – while the yam rice here is amongst the best-known; The rice dish stuffed with yam cubes and green onion combine with savoury soup filled with pork meats and balls – what a mouth-watering food! That’s the reason behind why many people purposely come here for it! The Mee Jawa and Pasembur are not to be missed too; the soup base that made with sweet potatoes has been cooked for several hours, mix with rich ingredients like yellow noodle, crispy fritters, fried ground peanuts and half-boiled egg – a taste you can never forget. Remember to order take-away of Portuguese Tarts before leave, you’ll love every bite of it!
Address：1A 1B, Jalan Kulim, Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang
Operation Hour：08:00am – 03:00pm（Close on Mon）
5th Stop: Frog Hill
This is indeed the best spot in BM for your inner photoholic! The Frog Hill (also known as Bukit Katak / Guar Petai) is said to resemble China’s Jiuzhaigou due to the stunning turquoise lakes surrounded by red cliffs. It’s originated from past excavation works and used to be a mining site; but now the paradise born of a quarry closure! Go higher for a better view and you’ll be immersed with its surreal fairytale-like appearance. Avoid rainy day because the road to Frog Hill will become very muddy and your car may get stuck in.
Address：Kampung Guar Petani, 14400 Tasek Gelugor, Penang, Malaysia
6th Stop: Icon city
After a long day of sightseeing and walking, it’s time for dessert! Icon City is undoubtedly the best choice – the place that gather around with all sorts of foodie & sweet course and become trendy hangout place for young people nowadays. If you have undying love for waffle, you can’t go wrong with the Fourspoons Dessert Cafe; The crisp, golden waffles come topped with homemade soft serve ice-cream (matcha and black sesame is recommended), they are tasty and incredibly addictive! When you’re in mood for something classic like grand afternoon tea, Crumble & Cream will not disappoint; This aesthetically pleasing cafe with its pink decoration scoring 100 points for Insta-shot. Worry no more for those bubble tea lovers too! The bubble milk tea stores such as The Alley, Royaltea, PANNTEA, Regiustea are all here – you’ll be overwhelmed by the endless choices available to you.
Address：Jalan Icon City, 14000 Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang
Last Stop: Dinner @Look Yuen Restaurant
The wonderful day trip end with sumptuous meals served by Look Yuen Restaurant. Famously known for their curry fish head that yummy to the last drop of gravy, the tender & delicious braised pork feet and crunchy pipa tofu, you’ll be left wanting more! Just make sure you make reservations as they are always full, especially during weekend.
Address：Bukit Tengah, Tingkat Kerjasama 4, Taman Kerjasama, 14000 Bukit Mertajam,
Operation Hour：11:30am – 10:15pm（Closed on Wed）