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Amelie Cafe: Hidden charm on Armenian Street

Walking down the lane of Armenian Street, our eyes were immediately drawn to an abundance of potted plants surrounding a small open door, next to the entrance of Cheah Kongsi Temple.  From the sunlit street, the inside of the small shophouse appeared dark and unoccupied.  However, when we popped our heads in for a look, we were welcomed in to the artsy and cozy Amelie Cafe by the delightful owners, Hung and Yen.
Like my favorite French movie, Amelie, the cafe version is whimsical and delightfully creative.  Lounging inside the tiny cafe of only four tables, we felt like we had escaped from the everyday hustle and bustle.  It did not take long for us to relax and cool down from the noise and heat of George Town.

Amelie serves great coffee and fruit drinks, as well as a comforting brunch of homemade pastas, sandwiches, risotto and fruits with homemade yogurt.
The passion fruit and banana lassi is loaded with goodness that Mark gulped down in seconds.

Amelie Cafe is also deserving because of its humble vibe and recycling efforts.  Most of the furnishings and art pieces in the cafe are made or reinvented by the owners, Hung and Yen. (The art pieces are also for sale, so the decor of the cafe is always changing)
                                                                                     Adorable recycled carton box menus

The place can get very busy during lunch hour because of its small setting. However, during the quiet times of the day, you can strike up a conversation with Hung and ask him about his special memories of growing up near the Jetty in George Town. His love for his home island, Penang, is sincere and contagious.

My final thought - Amelie is not only for backpackers, but also a place for Penangites looking for a laid-back atmosphere to catch up with friends.  It is truly a special and delicious spot that adds a new charm to our old town.

Amelie Cafe is open from 10am to 7pm (closed on Mondays).

8 comments:

Vivienne Weindel said...

It's a very unique place you've found there! ;)

Cindy Lee said...

Hey Reese! Lovely blog you have here! I will definitely try this place out!!

Reese said...

Lovely ladies -
Thanks for your comments! Try the ice cappuccino when you are at Amelie Cafe. I am addicted to the coffee.

May I introduce you both to each other now?:) Meet the talented card makers from Malaysia.

Cindy Lee said...

Thanks Reese! I already met vivienne virtually :) Btw, have your tried Edelweiss? You should...

Anonymous said...

Hi Reese! I went to this cafe today and enjoyed its superb pasta and delicious drink. I'll definitely plan to come back again.

J2Kfm (Malaysian Food Blog) said...

Great place for a relaxing drink and chat. But 4 tables just wont cut it now, right?

Reese said...

That's right, Motormouth. That's why we usually go for a drink there during a quieter time.

J2Kfm (Malaysian Food Blog) said...

Great place for a relaxing drink and chat. But 4 tables just wont cut it now, right?