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One of our recent discoveries is a little French café right in the heart of bustling Georgetown, Penang. Heritage house? Check. Homey, unpretentious décor? Check. Excellent desserts that blow your socks off? Ohhhh yes. What’s not to love?

La Boheme is a quiet French café at Sri Bahari Road (opposite Feng Wei restaurant) and so discreet that you might not even notice it if not for the small wooden sign “42 La Boheme” hanging from the front gate.

When you first go in, you might actually take a few steps back wondering if you’ve accidentally entered into someone’s house as there aren’t many tables set up inside, maybe just 4 or 5 on the sides and they’re such an eclectic mix, it looks very cosy and unassuming. There’re a spread of magazines and newspapers provided which makes it a nice place to pleasantly  while away long, hot afternoons. As with most heritage housing cafes, don’t expect air conditioning but the inside of the café is airy. The original floor tiles are untouched and are still the attractive green geometric pattern that can only be found in heritage cafes.

You get a good choice of teas in the drinks menu – we were surprised to see even Chinese teas like Ti KuanYing on the list. There’s also coffee, chocolate, apple or orange juices (which were listed on the chalkboard), bottled water and also if you ask nicely, you get good old sky juice too. Mains are chalked out on the board but as we just had lunch, we skipped it. Some of the mains spotted were quiches, ham croissants and chicken salad. We were there strictly on a mission: desserts only! The croissants and desserts are all made by themselves. Croissants are kept on the counter and desserts in a mini fridge.

We showed restraint by limiting our choice of desserts to just 4 though it was really tempting to point and pick all of the yummy-licious options in the fridge.

The chocolate croissant was a bit of a let down as we had really high hopes for croissants in a French patisserie. It was buttery and flaky but unfortunately, tasted a little stale. The chocolate filling however was quite good and reminded me of Nutella.

This was definitely a winner! I didn’t manage to get the name but it’s a lovely caramel custard that had us fighting for more. Unlike most caramel based desserts, this wasn’t overly sweet but had the right balance between that caramel smokiness and delicate sweetness.

We adore a good creme brulee so we had to try this one out and it didn’t disappoint us. It was slightly too charred on top but the custard base was creamy, smooth and utterly delectable. I’d rank this as 1 of the best crème brulees in Penang, on par with that of Ecco Café.

Ok, when I pointed at the fancy doughnut-like dessert in the fridge and asked the friendly wait staff what it was, I was confused when I was told it’s a Paris Brest (get your mind out of the gutter, people, LOL). It’s a delicious choux pastry filled with praline cream and created to commemorate the Paris – Brest – Paris bicycle race.

The verdict? La Boheme gets a huge thumbs up from us and also baby Hayden  – check out his puffy baby cheeks munching on the croissant. Prices are reasonable for the authentic French pastries and we’re huge fans of how pre war houses are being maintained.

(Hayden enjoying the afternoon tea with us…)

La Boheme 42, Jalan Sri Bahari, 10500 Penang.  Tel 017 9762153   Tues – Sun: 10:00   –  19:00


Adrienne and Mat were married in Adelaide and decided to have another reception for their friends and family in Penang.

19 Dec is their hens nite in Penang. The Chinese version of hen’s/buck’s night here in Malaysia is the “lau tiau meh” where relatives and friends would come over the night before the wedding for dinner. No strippers or risqué games but a lot of really good food. Adrienne’s aunt did all the cooking herself and I can vouch that she does really good authentic Nonya food! My wife love fruitcake that i brought home as the souvenir from the party.

How technology has evolved – they were communicating with their relatives that couldn’t make it to Penang via a laptop .

They hired a satay uncle to prepare skewers of yummy morsels.

The next day, the wedding reception was held at the E&O hotel, one of the oldest hotels in Penang.

stay tuned for more photos from this series….

Gerard was looking for a unique wedding favor for his sister’s wedding and suggested the idea of a photo booth. I love how it makes such a fun & memorable souvenir for guests – what else could be more customized than an actual photo of yourself with your friends/family or the wedding couple!

I set up an area at the reception area where guests could feel free to have their photos taken and printed out after a few minutes. To say that the guests were skeptical at first would be an understatement.

“Sure or not few minutes only?”
“Is it a real photo or just printed on a piece of paper?”

When the photos were printed out and mounted onto a card personalized with the wedding couple’s name and date, everyone was delighted with the results. In fact, some loved it so much that they kept going back to take different photos and asked for more reprints – it was definitely a crowd pleaser.

Basic setup – we can offer more quirky and fun backdrops with cool props. Fancy a light saber anyone?

Strike a pose, there’s nothing to it … pose your heart out!

Guests waiting to collect their customized wedding favors

For guests to take home a special piece of the wedding and remember this night forever, I arranged for the wedding couple’s name and date to be printed on a card and the photo is then mounted on it. Have a particular theme? A quote that you’d like to share with your guests? The possibilities are endless!

If you’re keen on setting up a photo booth at your next event, drop me a note 🙂