We’ve been in Langkawi for a while now, and this is our second visit. We wanted to share with you our favourite places to eat that have delicious food and won’t break the bank. So here goes…
Within walking distance of Cenang Beach…
Food Truck Street
When: Every night after 6:30PM
This is a great place to go when you’ve got a group of picky eaters because you can all sit together and eat different things! You’ll find local foods, like char kway teow (fried flat noodles), nasi lemak (little rice packages), nasi goreng (fried rice), and economy rice.
You’ll also find really good burgers and Western food too. Our favourite (because we’re trying to eat less meat) was the Benjo burgers (egg burgers), but they also do really good chicken and beef burgers too. There are around three vendors there selling burgers, and they all do them a little bit differently, but they’re all delicious. If you’re here for a while, you can try all three! 😋
Bella Restaurant: White picket fence
When: All day, but breakfast is the best! Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
We went to this place so often because the food is good and cheap and the staff are really happy and friendly. Even though we’ve been there so much, I had to Google the name because we only know it as, “the white picket fence place.” 😅
We really like their roti cenai, which is only available in the mornings. The egg roti and the banana roti were our favourites. They also make a really nice hot coffee and tea tarik. We mainly went here for the roti cenai and the hot/iced drinks. We found the staff to be so lovely and friendly here. It’s one place you can be sure you’ll get a smile! 😁
Temonyong Thursday Night Market
When: After 6pm
We recommend getting here early because this market can get really busy with locals and tourists alike. I can guarantee you won’t leave here hungry, there’s just so much to choose from!
Some of our favourites included the crispy pancakes, especially the banana and chocolate. They’re actually really crispy too!
There’s massive hot plates with budget noodles, various fried things, wraps, meat sticks, fruit, cakes, and more than you could ever eat in one night.
They also have some delicious coconut things (that’s the best name I’ve got for them). I’ll have to get a photo next time we’re there. 😅
This was also one of the few places that I manged to find roti jalan on this island, which I had tried and enjoyed in Penang.
Nadia’s Hotel: All You Can Eat Buffet
Cost: 18MYR per person
When: Saturdays and Sundays 12pm-5pm
We thought this buffet was really good value for the money. Picture me yelling this next part at you like an advertisement because I don’t know how else to go about telling you.
They have a pasta stand where a chef will cook your pasta for you to order!
They have salads, sandwiches, and fried fingerfood. And they have hot food and soup.
They also have tea and coffee and cold drinks.
Aaaand, they have dessert! 🤗
Flo Lounge: perfect place to watch the sunset
Cost: 4.90MYR for selected mixes
When: 4pm-7pm for happy hour, all night on Thursdays
The Flo Lounge is located right at the top of Nadia’s Hotel (Level 4). During their happy hour, you can get various drinks for 4.90MYR. It’s really nice sitting up there, and they have an outdoor area facing the main beach, which is the perfect place to enjoy a beach sunset without getting sandy.
The staff are also really friendly and gave us tips about where to visit in Langkawi as well as a brief history of the Mahsuri curse on Langkawi. It’s really interesting, so if you go there early and they aren’t too busy, ask them to tell you the story of the beautiful Mahsuri and her curse on seven generations in Langkawi.
When: After 12pm, midday.
We could have these every day, especially the original coconut shake. The runner up would be the Oreo shake.
Apart from the taste, the size of these bad boys is awesome. If you have a small head like I do, the XL will be basically the same size as your face!
A bit further from Cenang Beach, but still walkable…
Restoran Nasi Kandar Tomato
Cost: Ranging from 1-20MYR
When: 24 hours!
This was a place we regularly ate at for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They serve a great variety of breads, curries, vegetables, and also Western food at really good prices. The only negative about this place is that sometimes specific menu items aren’t available at certain times or on certain days…or ever (coconut nan/soup 🤔).
We particularly liked all the roti canai, cheese thoasi, plain nan and cheesy garlic nan, as well as the tandoori chicken, pattaya fried rice, chicken fried rice, and their tea tarik (pulled tea). They do some great ice blended drinks too.
They also have some delicious curries and vegetables. They also do a really good cheesy omelette. 👌 Their Western menu is available between 9am and 6pm.
Restaurant Kak Ani Nasi Campur – Kuah
When: After 6pm
If you find yourself near Kuah for any reason, we LOVE this place for dinner. They serve delicious, cheap, large meals.
If you like spice, definitely try their Kuah Soup. It’s one of a kind.
If they happen to be making roti bom, try one of those for dessert. They’re deeeelicious. 😋 They also have Western food. The oblong is so good and definitely worth trying.
Local Stalls – Kuah
We really enjoyed eating here. You won’t see any tourists at this spot, but you’ll see lots of smiling locals. You can get a variety of foods and sweets from the different hawkers. We really liked the fried chicken and a kopi ice (ice coffee) from here. And be sure to finish off with some fried bananas or donuts!
In the middle of nowhere. You’ll need a scooter…
Lagenda Nasi Arab
Cost: 4-15 MYR
When: 1pm – 11pm
If you’ve got time, it’s worth visiting this place. They serve deeeeeelicious food. We were SO happy we stopped to stick our noses in. It pays to be curious sometimes!
There’s a supermarket across the road too. And if you go a bit further up the road, you’ll find the best 1 MYR fluffy donuts that I’ve written about towards the end of this post.
Restoran Kak Hawa
Cost: Donuts 0.50 MYR each, meals range from 4-7MYR
If you happen to be on this side of the island visiting one of the waterfalls, I highly recommend stopping at this place for both the food and the donuts. Their green donuts are some of the best donuts we’ve tasted. And of course, I forgot to get photos, even though we went there more than once. But just picture a big green fluffy donut. Mmmmm.
The restaurant is run by two sisters, one makes the baked food and the other makes the main meals. We had the most delicious tumeric chicken there, which isn’t on the menu (ask for ayam goreng kunyit). They also have other delicious food there too.
If need some more convincing about this place, just check out their reviews on Google!
Other notable mentions
Cost: 3-7MYR per plate
When: After 11:00am
There’s a few kings on Langkawi apparently! So, if you’re looking for something a little bit different and not spicy, check out Sushi King in Cenang Mall. We went when they were having a Bonanza, which was 3MYR per plate for all sushi. And the best part is it’s served sushi train style!
The staff there are really nice, and the setup is a cool experience. You can order hot or ice green tea with your meal for 1 MYR per glass with refills.
We also particularly liked the fact that when you press the button on your table to call a staff member over, they all yell, “Hai,” (or something like that). But of course, don’t just press it to make them say that. Your excuse can be that you want to order a specific sushi plate that isn’t on the train – they will make any of the listed dishes to order.
Aarmani Food Garden
Armani Food Garden has some nice Western breakfasts to choose from and is close to the backpacker area.
Any and all roadside stalls!
One of our favourite places was this little pop up stall in the morning at the food truck street. They actually made the best coffee and tea tarik that we’ve had on the island. The rice and curry is delicious, especially the coconut rice. They also have fried snacks and cake! What more could you want? Problem is, they weren’t there every day, so we can’t advise on their hours. All we can say is, stop and check out local roadside stalls when you see them – you never know what you could find!
And if you want THE BEST AND BIGGEST DONUTS, ride over to Donuts Terhhangat, where they sell the biggest fluffiest donuts we’ve ever eaten for 1 MYR each plain and 3.5 MYR for chocolate ones. They aren’t on Google Maps, so I’ve linked to the laundry next door. I’m not sure of their hours, but we’ve seen them in the afternoon.
There are so many great places to eat on this island, and so many lovely people serving delicious food. Honestly, if we could have a massive list, we’d probably add basically every place we’ve eaten at. We highly recommend you stop when you see something on the side of the road that looks good and just give it a try. The best food we found is often just a lucky chance when we stop at roadside stalls and give them a try.
Of course, beer is the cheapest when bought straight from the fridges in the duty free shopping centers. You can get a 500ml can for 3-5MYR and enjoy it on the beach. There’s also people selling beer on the beach if you prefer to use their seating, but obviously you will pay a little more for the service.
There are other night markets on the island, just search them out. Most tourists stay around Cenang Beach, so we think the Thursday night market is the closest one. But if you’ve got a scooter and you like night markets, you might want to check out others around the place.
Let us know if you’ve got any other places you think we should eat at while we’re on the island! And if you’re looking for things to do, check out my post on 10 things to do in Langkawi!
Until next time, peace and good times to you all ✌