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The Coffee Cottage: A Cottage-Style Retro Coffee Shop In Penang With Flowers That Only Bloom Once A Year

The Coffee Cottage in Penang 

We will hit up aesthetic cafes with modern interiors any day. But for a change of scene, The Coffee Cottage is a coffee shop in Penang that’s bringing with it #cottagecore vibes for patrons who want to go back to the basics with nature to escape from their busy lives in the city.

Here, you’ll get to sip on speciality coffee and matcha drinks, and gorge on cakes, from its cottage-style wooden hut blanketed in gorgeous yellow flowers that only bloom once a year.

Cottage-style hut with retro decor

The Coffee Cottage in Penang - front
Image credit: The coffee cottage via Facebook

The Coffee Cottage may be well-hidden in the gardens of England House – a wedding venue popular for the quaint cottage on its premises – but the cottage and surrounding bricked walls of this “house” makes it pretty easy to spot among the other white houses in a neighbourhood on Taman Belatuk.

With how scenic the whole space looks, the house was even featured in the latest adaptation of a popular TV series, The Little Nyonya, as shared on Facebook by England House.

The Coffee Cottage - dining area
Image credit: The coffee cottage via Facebook

Among the themed, rustic areas for photoshoots on the house’s grounds sits The Coffee Cottage, a coffee shop serving drinks and cakes from its eye-pleasing wooden hut in a scenic garden.

The Coffee Cottage - garden
Image credit: @england_house via Instagram

Instead of regular, standard seats at most coffee shops, you’ll have to navigate your way through the gardens for a seat from a variety of cosy areas here. They include a retro van fitted with bench seats and old-school decor, and an area blooming with plants called “Secret Garden” that has indoor and outdoor seats.

The Coffee Cottage in Penang - decor
Image adapted from: The coffee cottage via Facebook

If not for their drinks and decadent cakes, the grounds of The Coffee Cottage and its various seating options are worth exploring if you’re a budding photographer too. The exterior of the cafe is as picturesque as a serene refuge, with blooming yellow flowers almost completely engulfing the fences surrounding the cafe.

The Coffee Cottage - blooming flowers
Image adapted from: The coffee cottage via Facebook

What makes the vivid blooms even more special, is that they only blossom once a year for several days. So schedule a visit to the cafe when it is looking its best, and enjoy the idyllic charm of the place along with some cakes and coffee.

The Coffee Cottage - blooming flowers
Image credit: The coffee cottage via Facebook

But do note that there is no air-conditioning to keep your dining-in-the-garden experience authentic. Rest assured, there will be iced drinks, sheltered seats and trees to keep you shaded from the sun.

Speciality coffee, Niko Neko matcha and cakes

The cafe dishes out a series of hot and cold beverages, and slices of freshly baked cakes from their cosy shop.

The Coffee Cottage - food
Image adapted from: @argus_lhz via Instagram & @thecoffee.cottage via Instagram

For those who worked up an appetite before dropping by, there are slices of cakes such as Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Caramel (RM17/slice), Chunky Croffle (RM18) and Chocolate Almond Donut (RM11). There’s also miniature Instagenic cakes such as a Tiramisu (RM16) and Red Velvet Cake (RM16).

The Coffee Cottage - food
Image credit: @thecoffee.cottage via Instagram

Pair these bites with Flavoured Lattes (RM12 each), with options of Salted Caramel, Vanilla or Hazelnut available. If you prefer the classics, there’s Latte (RM11) and Cappuccino (RM11). 

For more drinks to cool you down on a hot day, try White London (RM18) – a coffee latte with earl grey ice cream – and their Soda Refreshers, such as White Peach (RM11) and Berries (RM11).

The Coffee Cottage - food
Image credit: The coffee cottage via Facebook

Sip on lattes in a charming garden at The Coffee Cottage

George Town is well-known for its aesthetic cafes, but you’ll be surprised at what’s hiding out outside of Penang Island – including this coffee shop, The Coffee Cottage. So consider hitting up this spot when you’re looking to spend time among nature with coffee and cakes, with its various seating options located in a garden and a cosy wooden hut.

Address: 10, Lorong Belatuk 9, Taman Belatuk 14300 Nibong Tebal, Penang
Opening hours: Thu-Tue 11am-7pm (Closed on Wednesdays)
Contact: 012-581 5333 | The Coffee Cottage’s Facebook

Further explore the food scene in Penang by dropping by one of these 14 coffee cafes, 9 ice cream cafes, or 9 breakfast cafes.

Cover image adapted from: @__zsw___ via Instagram, The coffee cottage via Facebook

This article was first published on 22nd March 2021, and updated by Jia-ju Koe on 19th March 2024.