Vegan Guide to Langkawi

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SEPTEMBER 2021: Due to COVID we have been unable to travel for more than 18 months, which means it's been impossible to update our vegan travel guides. Therefore we cannot be sure if the below inclusions are still open, so please contact them directly to check. For up to date information, check out the excellent HappyCow, which you can find via the link at the bottom of this vegan guide.

Published May 2016

Here’s our Vegan Guide to Langkawi to help you out when you visit 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. 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.

Kuah Town and The Jetty

Whilst exploring, we spotted a few ‘nasi kandar’ places where there was the usual fare of dal and rice to be found. We also a pizza restaurant called ‘Artisans Pizza’ which had some vegetarian options with soy meat which looked like they could be veganised. The night market on Lecongan Putra 3 was worth a visit with options like vegetable fried rice, spiced 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. There are a few vegan food options at The Jetty, 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’; the ubiquitous snack found in malls all over Malaysia, when ordring make sure to ask for no butter.

vegetarian restaurant in Langkawi
veg food in Kuah Town in Langkawi
vegan sweetcorn in Langkawi

Xin An Vegetarian Cafe

Opening Hours: Daily – 10.30am to 3pm and 6.30pm to 9pm

Xin An Vegetarian Cafe
33 Pusat Dagangan Kelana Mas

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 with 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 in Langkawi
Vegetable and tofu hotpot at Xin An Vegetarian Cafe in Langkawi
vegan fish in soy at Xin An Vegetarian Cafe in Langkawi

Langkawi Vegetarian Restaurant

Opening Hours: Saturday to Thursday– 8am to 2.30pm

Langkawi Vegetarian Restaurant
72 Jalan Pandak Mayah
7 Pusat Bandar

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 in Kuah Town
vegan buffet at Langkawi Vegetarian Restaurant in Kuah Town
vegan food at Langkawi Vegetarian Restaurant in Kuah Town

Vegan Friendly Luxury Hotels in Langkawi

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi

This stunning beachfront resort, situated in Tanjang Rhu, is an amazing luxury island escape for sure. Expect only the best in accommodation, first rate service and plenty of vegan food when you check in. Here’s our luxury vegan hotel review of Four Seasons Resort Langkawi.

nasi lemak with tofu rendang at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi
vegan pancakes at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi
vegan Arabic food called foul moudamas at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi

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 shopping malls, this luxury resort offers guests the best of both worlds. It also serves up a variety of vegan food at each of their dining venues Read all about it in our luxury vegan hotel review of Westin Langkawi Resort and Spa.

Dahl, rice and parata was available for breakfast at The Westin Langkawi
Water melon and avocado tower at The Westin Langkawi
salad plate with hummus and pitta bread at The Westin Langkawi

The Danna Langkawi

This breezy and bright hotel is located in Telaga Harbour on the west coast. The beach was pristine, the jungle backdrop was stunning and we were very well catered for with wonderful vegan food. Read our luxury vegan hotel review of The Danna Langkawi.

tasting plate of tofu with peanut sauce at The Danna Langkawi
selection of vegan curries at The Danna Langkawi
vegan pasta for lunch at The Danna Langkawi

Other Vegan Guides to Langkawi

See what Rebecca from Vegan Travel writes about her recent visit to Langkawi and check out the vegan and vegetarian restaurants listed on Happy Cow. We’ve also heard good things about The Fat Frog Langkawi which has good reviews and offers vegan options.

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  1. Sanjeev Kumar July 24, 2016 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Nice blog.
    There is another pure veg Buddhist Veg restaurant, Xin An Vegetarian Cafe., Kuah. You can read my review here.

    If you have not visited i suggest you to visit this at Kuala Lumpur. Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery Canteen
    My review here.

    • Vegan Food Quest July 25, 2016 at 6:38 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sanjeef!

      We will be back in KL later this year so will check out Dharma Monastery Canteen…

  2. Rough translation July 2, 2017 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    Words from the blackboard:
    (Malay) Please don’t waste the food
    (Chinese) Please cherish the food

    • Vegan Food Quest July 8, 2017 at 5:19 pm - Reply

      Thanks for that! It’s a very wise notice… such a nice restaurant. 😉

  3. warda July 19, 2019 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Try Indiana, Cafe& Dorm: beautiful vegan food!!! Located just a few minutes walk from Cenang beach

    • Vegan Food Quest July 20, 2019 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Thank you for this, we will check it out next time we are in Langkawi!

  4. shailesh jain December 18, 2019 at 4:15 am - Reply

    can anyone suggest pure veg restaurants only . No non veg

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