Corgi and the Gang Pet Cafe in Penang, Malaysia is great place to hang out with good food and cute doggies.
When I was searching for kid-friendly attractions in Penang, Malaysia, I specifically looked for a dog cafe. My girls love dogs and so do I, but I never brought up the courage to have another furkid after mine passed away more than a decade ago - the heartbreak is real when it happens. Anyway, there are very few dog cafes in Singapore, so when overseas, I try to look for dog cafes where my girls could interact with dogs, like Hogoken Cafe in Osaka, Japan.
So, I found Corgi and the Gang, a dog cafe in George Town, Penang. Online reviews were a little mix regarding its food and service, so we went with minimal expectations. However, I'm happy to say after visiting the cafe, we actually enjoyed ourselves thoroughly and were pleased with its food and service. Here's our review and experience at Corgi and the Gang Pet Cafe:
Upon arriving, cafe staff briefed us on their charges, which look pretty reasonable to me. Basically, you'll need to order at least an item each to hang around the cafe and play with the dogs.
They also have a Husky area upstairs which you can visit by topping up at RM12 per person or order a drink and main course each. We were just happy to stay downstairs to play with the non-huskies, so we didn't top up for the Husky pass.
The staff also briefed us how to handle the dogs (no carrying allowed!), and thereafter you'll need to remove your shoes to enter the cafe.
We all ordered a drink each and they were all pretty good. Big E loved her Corgi chocolate drink and I think my lychee fizzy pop is very refreshing as well. The drinks were around RM17 each.
I understand from a staff that the dogs here are mostly the cafe owner's dogs while some are here for daycare or boarding.
The dogs are quite tame, though some seemed rather quiet and would lie in a corner and not interact with visitors. That said, I don't have an issue with it. Having been a dog owner, I know dogs have their moods too and you can't expect them to be super friendly or entertaining with strangers.
But I would say even though some just lay in a corner, they were still okay with us sitting next to them and giving them a belly rub.
In fact, it was the day care and boarding dogs that were the more active ones - there two of them there that day. Here's one of them.
Without the day care/boarding dogs, there were just four resident dogs interacting with visitors at the cafe downstairs.
It was good that the cafe wasn't crowded on the weekday we were there, but if the cafe is crowded, I think you might not have a chance to play much with the dogs?
We ended up staying for a few hours and ordered dinner for the girls as they still wanted to hang around. My girls said their food were tasty. I can't remember how much they cost exactly but they are at standard cafe pricing (maybe just slightly pricier). Here's Little E's truffle mushroom pasta.
And Big E's chicken with mushroom sauce.
If you're in Penang and looking for a pet cafe to hang out at, we would recommend Corgi and the Gang Pet Cafe!
Corgi and the Gang Pet Cafe is located at New World Park, 102-E-7, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. It's open daily from 1130am till 9pm on weekdays and till 930pm on weekends, except on Tuesday, when it's closed.
BTW New World Park is also well known for its food court with a good variety of hawker food. So you can also check out the Penang hawker food there before or after visiting the cafe!
Disclaimer: We paid for our meals, and my opinions and reviews here are strictly my and my family’s own.
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