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.
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)
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).