Sixth Sense

A little pocket of cool in the middle of historic George Town, Sixth Sense is a lifestyle-concept store from a family that has been manufacturing clothing for over two decades. Presenting their own label alongside pieces sourced from Korea, expect lots of understated earthy linens, ceramic homewares and curated accessories, thoughtfully displayed in a raw, industrial setting. What’s more, they have a second location just down the road on Lebuh Campbell.

Bon Ton The Shop

A favourite on Langkawi Island, now a little bit of Bon Ton Resort can be had in George Town, with Bon Ton The Shop. A one-stop go-to for lovely Asian-inspired knick-knacks and accessories from Malaysian batik to silks, chunky silver jewellery, stationery and more. Make sure to visit at the end of your trip because you certainly won’t be leaving empty-handed.

Mano Plus

This chic lifestyle concept store sells all sorts of low-key, minimal homewares from ceramics to kitchen accessories. Build up your appetite browsing the goods before heading over to Fuku Eatery & Desserts – its in-house Japanese café, where the omu tori karaage (fried raisin and pumpkin rice topped with an omelette, crispy fried chicken and curry sauce) is a must try.


Sometimes there’s nothing better than getting stuck into a good book when on the road. Read about Penang’s current affairs, politics and art at one of Gerakbudaya’s two locations and browse through over 5,000 local and international titles. The original store, at the end of a row of shophouses along busy Jalan Kapitan Keling, focuses on literary fiction, poetry and translations, while the outpost on Beach Street offers an array of non-fiction titles. Not space in your suitcase? No problem, the store takes online orders and delivers internationally.

Moon Shop Gallery

Malaysia is a swathe of jungle. Take home a piece of the tropics from Moon Shop, which sells a variety of lush terrariums ranging from small glass jars to giant globes. The signature offering – forest in a bottle – is made from a mixture of stone, compost,  soil, clay and plants that, together, form a mini forest. Even if your home country has strict import restrictions, no matter, the shop alone is worth a visit.

You May Also Like

City Guides

You know how you have that one incredible friend who knows their city inside out? That’s us. We take the world’s most dynamic destinations, hand-pick the best bits and give them to you in one place. This is the kind of guide that you don’t need to run by a local – it was written by one. Eat your heart out, shop until you drop, drink like a fish, dance your socks off, sleep – then repeat.


Need some inspiration while working from home? Shop 20% off magazines when bundled together.

Download Suitcase App
Learn More