UPDATED: October 2017
Langkawi is Malaysia’s biggest island and one of the most popular tourist destinations in this fabulous country, we love Malaysia, it’s one of our favourite places to travel as vegans because of the rich culture and all the the amazing Malaysian vegan food.
Here’s our Vegan Guide to Langkawi to help you out when you visit.
The first thing to mention is unless you are planning to stay in a luxury resort that has perfected looking after vegans, your options in some parts of the island might be a little limited.
Happy Cow only lists 2 vegan restaurants on the island and they are both in Kuah (we’ve reviewed them both below) but there are a number of tourist restaurants in the resort area Pantai Cenang that can cater for vegan guests.
Whilst exploring we spotted a few ‘nasi kandar’ places where there was the usual fare of dal and rice to be found, also a pizza restaurant called ‘Artisans Pizza’ which had some vegetarian options with soy meat which looked like they could be veganised, we also visited the night market on Lecongan Putra 3 and found vegetable fried rice, chick peas and lots of mango and durian sticky rice sellers.
There is a vegan restaurant near ‘Asia Hotel’ but it only opens on the 1st and 15th day of the lunar calendar, sadly it was closed when we were there.
NEW ENTRY: Xin An Vegetarian Cafe
Very friendly owners greeted us upon arrival and made us feel welcome, explaining the menu and recommending certain dishes. The husband and wife team not only cook tasty and affordable vegan food they also offer a tour guide and travel agent service! We didn’t require their help but would ceratinly use them to book onward boats, taxis and tours in the future…
The hotpot we ordered was packed with vegetables and tofu which were not only tasty but very filling, we also selected a ‘fish’ in soy with ginger which was delicious, normally we avoid mock fish dishes as they are a little too fish like for us but this was really good. The rich soy gravy and the sweet and crispy fried ginger worked really well woth the mock fish, our lunch was served with white rice and ice lemon tea.
It was good to see this was open in the evenings too as these type of restarants usually close at lunch time.
Xin An Vegetarian Cafe
33 Pusat Dagangan Kelana Mas,
Opening Hours: Daily – 10.30am to 3pm and 6.30pm to 9pm
Langkawi Vegetarian Restaurant
Langkawi Vegetarian Restaurant a self service restaurant where everything is vegan, you help yourself, eat, help yourself some more and then go and wash up your own dishes.
Then you pay by donation, so you just leave what you like and all the money goes to charity, you are also welcome to take your own lunch box and help yourself to takeout (there were lots of locals doing this).
It’s clean, friendly and the food was decent.
Langkawi Vegetarian Restaurant
72 Jalan Pandak Mayah,
7 Pusat Bandar,
Opening Hours: Saturday to Thursday– 8am to 2.30pm
There are a few vegan food options in the jetty food court at one of the stalls advertising arabic food and there is a branch of Starbucks who do have soya milk but little else, we did however find the good old ‘cup of corn’ which is a ubiquitous snack found in malls all over Malaysia, just make sure to ask for no butter.
NEW ENTRY: Four Seasons Resort Langkawi
This stunning beachfront resort, situated in Tanjang Rhu, is a luxury island escape for sure, expect only the best in accomodation, supreme service and plenty of vegan food when you check in, here is our luxury vegan hotel review of Four Seasons Resort Langkawi.
NEW ENTRY: The Westin Langkawi Resort and Spa
Situated on a private beach right next to Kuah Town and therefore perfect for those who want to visit the duty free shoppiong malls, this luxury resort offers guests the best of both worlds, it also serves up a variety of vegan food at each of the F&B outlets which you can read about here in our luxury vegan hotel review of The Westin Langkawi Resort and Spa.
The Danna Langkawi
Read our luxury vegan hotel review of The Danna Langkawi which is located in Telaga Harbour on the west coast where the beach was pristine, the jungle backdrop was stunning and we were very well catered for with wonderful vegan food.
NEW ENTRY: Other Vegan Guides to Langkawi
Rebecca from Vegan Travel writes about her recent visit to Langkawi.
Vegan and vegetarian restaurants listed on Happy Cow.
Not a guide but The Fat Frog Langkawi has good reviews and offers vegan options.
So there you have it, our short Vegan Guide to Langkawi, the island isn’t exactly a vegan paradise but there are certainly some amazing luxury resorts and hotels where you’ll be very well catered for!
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