Coffee Atelier (GPS: 5.419025, 100.337813) is the name of an ensemble of restored townhouses along Stewart Lane, in George Town, Penang. Though often called "shophouses", these terrace houses were originally residential in nature, even though some of them converted to commercial use over time. They were designed in the Straits Eclectic style around the turn of the 20th century, replacing earlier link houses in the area.
The name Coffee Atelier was derived from one of these terrace houses, 53 Stewart Lane, which once had a coffee roasting business. It was located across from the office of the Penang Heritage Trust (before PHT moved to Church Street). Due to the proximity, guides departing from PHT would often take visitors to stop over at the coffee mill to have a look at how coffee is roasted.
Today Coffee Atelier houses a boutique inn, a coffee shop, an art gallery, and a coffee museum. The inn, called simply Suites 47 & 49, offers luxurious accommodation within the old part of George Town. There are four separate units, namely 47A, 47B, 49A and 49B.
55 Cafe & Restaurant, located at the junction of Stewart Lane and Chulia Lane, offers a selection of Mediterranean-style dishes along with cakes and confectionaries. The Gehrig Art Gallery exhibits the work of its owner, Stefan Gehrig, who specialises in Malaysian art.
Finally there's the Kopi Museum, preserving the equipment and machinery of the former Kim Guan Coffee Factory.
47-55 Stewart Lane
10200 George Town, Penang
Coffee Atelier on Google Maps Street View
Before it became Coffee Atelier, the shophouse was the site of Kilang Kopi Kim Guan, a coffee powder factory.
Kilang Serbuk Kopi Kim Guan (7 July, 2008)
The nearest bus stop is along Pitt Street. The bus stop is served by Rapid Penang CAT bus. From the bus stop, walk to Stewart Lane. Follow the lane as it bends to the right then to the left. After the second bend, look for Coffee Atelier on your left. It occupies all the properties along the stretch until Chulia Lane.
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