Pantai Cenang is arguably the most popular beach on Langkawi with greatest choice of restaurants and bars. However, there are also countless options for eating in Pantai Kok and Tengah ranging from traditional Malay dishes to some of the most exclusive restaurants in the country.
Pantai Tengah has a great choice of restaurants which cater for families. This beach area is home to more expats than Cenang, so the choice is greater but prices slightly higher as well. The ever-growing throng of luxury resorts on Langkawi all have international restaurants catering to the whims of rich tourists, so expect wood fire oven pizza, authentic sushi and Western staples.
Although alcohol is cheap on Langkawi as it is a duty free zone not all the island’s restaurants stock the strong stuff. Many eateries appreciate that tourists like a tipple and will allow them to bring beer or wine even if they do not sell it themselves. Others, however, forbid any alcohol to be consumed on the premises, so check first to avoid causing offence.
The main town of Kuah has a fantastic choice of Langkawi restaurants that cater for the island’s moneyed locals. The fresh seafood here is top draw and comes without the high mark-up of the beach resorts. So there is absolutely no excuse not to sample some of the top notch Langkawi restaurants in Kuah city centre while on shopping excursions.
Recommended Langkawi restaurants
North African staples such as aromatic Lamb Tagine, hummus and tasty kebabs are served up at this unique restaurant which offers a little something different in the Kuah dining scene.
Western dishes including pizza, pasta and burgers and toasted sandwiches are well above average here with some hearty breakfast options as well. And you can’t miss the bright red and green interior. (website: www.redtomatolangkawi.com)
Anglo-Indian food is quite delicious at this Langkawi restaurant and expect subtle flavours such as Chicken Vindaloo and the truly delectable sausage curry.
Fusion cuisine with a hint of Spanish tapas at this ultra-chic Langkawi restaurant which has some great early evening happy hour promotions and wonderfully attentive staff.
This favourite Langkawi restaurant has an all-encompassing menu boasting Arabian specialities, Western favourites and local seafood dishes grilled to perfection.
Aquarium Seafood Garden
Chefs cook with flaming woks right in front of customers here, with fresh seafood in tanks ready for you to pick. Lobsters, king prawns, mussels and crab are seasonally priced and cheaper than by the beach.
This Russian Pantai Kok restaurant attracts a steady stream of holidaymakers from Eastern Europe. If you are a not tempted by some of the regional specialities, there is also a few Western staples including pasta and pizza as well.
Langkawi bars and nightlife
Debbie’s Irish Bar
Although perhaps not the most authentic Irish bar in the world, Debbie’s has boatloads of charm and the friendliest staff in the land. Draft beer, British pub grub and all the best live sport on the TV makes it a popular spot to hang out.
This beach bar has regular live bands and some of the cheapest beer around. A great spot for early in the evening with sports and hammocks plus plenty of chill factor.
This Langkawi bar has popular happy hour promotions and big screens so you won’t miss any of the sporting action.