Langkawi has everything diners expect from an island resort. Fresh-caught seafood abounds, and culinary styles from all corners of the globe are likely to have today's fresh catch in common.
The kind of restaurants visitors can expect depends largely on where they are based. Those stationed at remote resorts can choose from mid-range and upscale options within the complex, while those close to popular beaches like Pentai Cenang and Pantai Tengah have a few more budget options to consider.
Langkawi's primary culinary influences hail from mainland Malaysia, China and Thailand. While international fusion dominates the resort dining scene, Malay hawker stalls are still widespread. Local frequent these places, so tourists can count on their authenticity. Hawker stalls are great for fast lunches or late-night snacks.
The dining scene in Kuah Town is a little more ‘local' than others on Langkawi. Tourists have plenty of seafood and fusion restaurants to choose from, but this is also where budget diners will find the best selection of hawker stalls selling Malay and Southern Thai favorites. Kuah Town also has several fast-food establishments and affordable coffee shops that serve Chinese fare.
Pantai Tangah is one of the best beaches in Langkawi, and the dining scene reflects this. Ocean-facing seafood restaurants have terraces overlooking the water, and a few of these al fresco spots are outstanding on a clear-skied night. The atmosphere is decidedly upscale, but there are still a few mid-range options.
Pantai Cenang is one of the most popular dining districts on the island, and it offers an even mix of fine dining, cafés and hawker stalls. The culinary scene is particularly diverse here, branching out beyond Malay and Chinese favorites to include flavors of Germany, Japan, Korea and Thailand.
Pantai Kok specializes in upscale ambiance with a view. Mountains back the resort district, and practically every restaurant enjoys a slice of the natural beauty. The scene is quieter here, with few bars and nightclubs, making it especially well-suited for families.
Champor Champor Restaurant and Bar Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
Phone: +60 604 955 1449
This is a favorite restaurant for returning visitors. Creative dishes are made from fresh ingredients, and they're surprisingly affordable given the quality and ambiance. The kitchen specializes in Malay standards, enhanced with creative, international twists. After dinner, consider a visit to the onsite spa.
Aquarium Seafood Garden
Lot 4111, Taman Seri, Kuah Town
Phone: +60 604966 8888
The name of this restaurant makes sense when you consider the sheer variety of seafood on the menu. Tableside chefs put on a performance for guests, and the entire experience is well worth the visit. Be sure to check out the day's fresh catch before placing your order.
Red Tomato Splash Beach Café
Jalan Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
Phone: +60 604 955 3088
Red Tomato Splash is representative of the island's strong international presence. The atmosphere is trendy and relaxed, and the menu features a range of homemade items including bread made in-house. As with other restaurants, seafood features heavily.
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