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Kimberley Street

Kimberley Street, George TownKimberley Street, George Town (18 May, 2013)

Kimberley Street (GPS: 5.41524, 100.33469), or Lebuh Kimberley in Malay, is a street in George Town. It runs from Penang Road to Carnarvon Street, through the heart of the traditional Chinatown area of the city. Kimberley Street was named after John Wodehouse, the Earl of Kimberley, who was the British colonial secretary in the 1870s. The road was created in the late 19th century and was populated by Teochews from Swatow, who made bihun (rice noodles) and mee suah (vermicelli), drying them in the open. The Chinatown ambience of Kimberley Street is still there, and at night, Kimberley Street is a popular destination for street food.

There are presently two steel-rod sculptures at Kimberley Street. The "Kopi-O Kau" Sculpture is at the junction with Penang Road while the "Char Koay Teow" Sculpture is on the junction facing Sungai Ujong Road.

Location of sights along Kimberley Street on the map

Hotels along Kimberley Street

  1. New Asia Heritage Hotel (GPS: 5.41608, 100.33286)
  2. The Small Inn (GPS: 5.41539, 100.33423)

Street Art along Kimberley Street

  1. "Char Koay Teow" Sculpture" (Sungai Ujong Road junction) (GPS: 5.41626, 100.33256)
  2. "Kopi-o Kau" Sculpture (Penang Road junction) (GPS: 5.41749, 100.33097)
  3. "Rope Style" Sculpture (Rope Walk junction) (GPS: 5.41621, 100.33336)
  4. "Same Taste, Same Look" Sculpture (Cintra Street junction) (GPS: 5.41656, 100.33278)

Places of Interest along Kimberley Street

  1. Chew Si Kee San Tong (GPS: 5.41552, 100.33395)
  2. Upside Down Museum (GPS: 5.41578, 100.33348)

Food Recommendations

The following food is recommended by a member of the Penang Hawker Food Facebook Group.

Recommended Koay Teow Thng in Penang

The koay teow thng along this road is among those recommended at least one member.


Eateries along Kimberley Street

  1. Ah Hai Koay Teow Thng (GPS: 5.415550, 100.334103)
  2. Bee Hooi Coffee Garden (GPS: 5.41652, 100.3322)
  3. Goh Huat Seng Restaurant (GPS: 5.41598, 100.33325)
  4. Golden Prawn Hokkien Mee
  5. Kedai Kopi Leong Yew (GPS: 5.41688, 100.33169)
  6. Kedai Kopi Seng Thor (GPS: 5.41536, 100.33468)
  7. Kimberley Street Char Koay Teow (GPS: 5.41642, 100.3327)
  8. Kimberley Street Koay Chiap Stall (GPS: 5.41624, 100.33275)
  9. Kimberley Street Sky Emperor Chicken Feet Koay Teow Thng Stall (GPS: 5.41635, 100.33282)
  10. Kimberley Street Si Ko Thng Stall (GPS: 5.41638, 100.33276)
  11. Leong Kee Tim Sum Restaurant (GPS: 5.41604, 100.33313)
  12. Old House Restaurant (GPS: 5.4158, 100.33395)
  13. Sin Guat Keong Coffee Shop (GPS: 5.41642, 100.33274)
  14. Wah Lin Coffee Shop

Businesses along Kimberley Street

  1. Bee Chin Heong (Chinese prayer articles)
  2. Bee Chin Heong, Main Office (Chinese prayer articles) (GPS: 5.41593, 100.33376)
  3. Bee Thean Heong (Chinese prayer articles)
  4. Eng Heong Lan (Chinese prayer articles)
  5. Huei Guan (Photo Frame shop)
  6. Kedai Ubat Hong Cheang
  7. Kedai Ubat Seong Fatt
  8. Kim Leng (Chinese prayer articles)
  9. P.H.G. Enterprise
  10. Poh Aun Tong Medical Hall
  11. Pulau Pinang White Ant Service (Exterminator)
  12. Shong Hor Hin (Medicated Tea Stall)
  13. Sin Ghim Leong (Brassware)
  14. Sin Nam Quan (Frame Maker)
  15. Tan Num Wing (Toy Shop)
  16. Teik Seng (Toy Shop)
  17. The Champ Enterprise (sports goods)
  18. Wei Min Medical Hall (Chinese Medical Hall)
  19. Yang Wan Cheng Ginseng Shop

The hawker stalls along Kimberley Street makes it a popular destination for street food (30 August, 2012)

The present Lebuh Kimberley road sign with Chinese subtitle (25 January, 2013)

The old Lebuh Kimberley road sign (12 November 2008)

Getting there

Take the Free Rapid Penang Shuttle Bus to Bus Stop No. 8 (Lebuh Campbell) and walk a short distance along Penang Road to Kimberley Street.

Kimberley Street, George Town, Penang (30 August, 2012)

In Other Words ...

Kimberley Street is known in Hokkien as Teo3chew3 Kay1 (Teochew Street), Sua1thau3 Kay1 (Swatow Street) and Mee3snua1 Kay1 (Vermicelli Street).

Kimberley Street plaque (12 November 2008)

Almond Cream from Kimberley Street (8 December, 2012)

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