It’s easy to see why Penang is a favoured hive for expatriates from all over the world—from the island’s rich history, dynamically eclectic mix of cultures and food, the genuine warmth of local residents, to the rustic-meets-modern charm of its buildings, visitors come in droves to experience the Pearl of the Orient. In recent years, Penang has stepped up its game even further by introducing new gems and places of interest. The latest kid on the block: Gurney Paragon Mall.
Located along Gurney Drive, the perpetually stunning ocean view alone is worth making the trip to Gurney Paragon Mall. Be sure to have your camera ready when you pull up at the entrance—you’ll definitely want to capture the sight of St. Jo’s, a lovely 100-year-old heritage building that was restored and incorporated as part of the new mall’s structure, and now houses several restaurants.
With a target audience of upscale locals and foreigners, the mall operates as a lifestyle and shopping haven. Having just officially launched in the second half of 2013 under Hunza Properties Berhad, there are plenty of sights and sounds for shoppers with varied interests. For those into high-end brands, take your pick from Michael Kors, Victoria’s Secret, Debenhams, H&M or Godiva to name just a few (the mall plans to introduce even more brand outlets in the near future). If all the shopping and bag-carrying wears you out after a while, stop by one of the many health outlets for a soothing facial or massage. Fashion? Check. Health and beauty? Check. Entertainment? Check. Suffice to say, there’s more to keep you occupied and coming back for another trip.
Among the more unique, must-try attractions at Gurney Paragon Mall are its featured dining options apart from the usual shopping mall fare. On the ground floor of the newly restored St. Jo’s building is Miam Miam, a charmingly vintage restaurant that specialises in authentic French-Japanese cuisine. If you’re in the mood for something cheesier, try Javrie’s Restaurante and Pizzeria, or head on over to Morganfield’s or Ben’s for something different.
For those seeking to purchase fresh groceries, Sam’s Groceria on the lower ground floor is an upscale supermarket that provides lots of fresh, high quality produce and household products for the discerning shopper. Right next to it is Sam’s Deli, which provides convenient pack-and-go food options.
Undoubtedly, one of the rising attractions at Gurney Paragon Mall would be Penang on 6. Located on the sixth floor, the broad warehouse-style space is dedicated to promoting the local arts and crafts community by accommodating their wares. If you love everything vintage or handmade like jewellery, clothing or quirky vintage items for the home, this is certainly a place to revisit time and time again as new vendors are constantly coming in.
Considering how stiff the competition is in Penang to attract customers, Gurney Paragon appears to be taking all the right steps to draw in their audience with unique, appealing outlets and the promise of more to come. The next time you come to Penang, this is one shopping mall worthy of being added to your to-do list.
Gurney Paragon Mall
Address: 163 C & D, Persiaran Gurney, George Town, Penang
Tel: 04-228 8266