Straits Quay is part of the Eastern & Oriental's Group's huge property development just north of Gurney Drive. It consists of a shopping mall, marina and luxury apartments for short and long term rental.
This development is designed to appeal to the middle to upper and expat market. The design tries to evoke Penang's Colonial past glory with pseudoclassical architectural touches everywhere.
The shopping mall is not very big, but there are lots of quirky shops, nice cafes and restaurants to choose from. It is quite a nice place to spend a lazy weekend.
If you are planning to visit Straits Quay, make sure you get the taxi to wait for you. This area is not served by public transport at all, and there are very few taxis coming here so you could be stranded like we were for quite a while.