Visiting Langkawi and eating a predominantly whole food, plant based diet? It can be tricky to find vegan food in Malaysia as most traditional Malay food will contain some form of meat. Often even when something appears vegetarian it will contain shrimp or anchovies in the sambal that provides the punch of flavour. After a lot of Google searches for the best spots to eat vegan food while dining out in Langkawi, here’s a guide to eating plant based on Malaysia’s tropical west coast island:
100% plant based and the first of its kind in Langkawi, Kolma is what plant based dreams are made of. Their limited menu has all the firm favourites, from smoothie bowls and matcha lattes to Asian bowls with tempeh and edamame beans as well as Mexican bowls. Their raw vegan desserts and seed snack bars are also amazing. Beyond the food, the owner Julia has fitted out the interior like an absolute dream. I usually cringe when seeing a squatter toilet but their gorgeous WC is something worth marvelling at. They also have shelves dotted with inspired books and a thrift store out the back, with mostly men’s clothing. They’ve also gone to every effort to support local artisans, all the ceramicware at the cafe is handcrafted by a local ceramic artist, Ilham. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see more images of their beautiful interior.
Ever since visiting Bali, Chris and I have had this thing that we can judge a place based on its signage - the Fat Frog was no exception. While whizzing past one night on the way back from Cenang Beach, I saw the sign for The Fat Frog and noticed it was located on 99east Golf Course and immediately made a note of it on my phone. Stepping into the outdoor restaurant, I had the feeling of home. It was so nice to be in a space that just ticked all the right boxes, lovely ambience, al fresco dining, great service, amazing wine and vegan/vegetarian friendly. At least half their menu is veg friendly and needless to say, we made a pact to return for sundowners and a game of boules on their lawn very soon.
Situated on the main road near Cenang Beach, Red Tomato has a nice variety of salads and vegetable based pasta options. I really enjoyed the rocket, avo and sundried tomato salad accompanied with prosecco. What’s more, the owner is happy to accommodate vegans, offering me vegan parmesan. If you’re having trouble communicating with the waiters due to the language barrier, I always find that quietly walking away from the table to speak to the owner or manager is beneficial in getting your order right for your dietary requirements without causing a fuss.
Although it’s advertised as a steak restaurant and respectfully, some vegans may not wish to support such an establishment, I was impressed with the vegetarian options available at Tide restaurant. On the upper scale of the price range, with meals from RM75.00 upwards, the quality, view and service is absolutely worth it. I recommend getting their around 6:30pm to enjoy the sunset over the bay.
A vegetarian restaurant in Kuah town, we enjoyed working from Meilor Cafe for a few hours and having lunch. The interior features a quirky mix of Asian decor offset against white walls. It’s a more local spot so prices are in the RM18 range. I enjoyed my meal here but wouldn’t suggest driving all the way to Kuah town to eat here if you’re only in Langkawi for a short time.
Not a restaurant but a good spot for supplies - we stocked up on all our dry supplies from this little organic store in Kuah. They stock a range of organic goods and had everything I needed from plant protein, to raw nut butter, organic rolled oats, unsweetened almond milk, nutritional yeast and cacao powder. The owner is super helpful and contactable via FB messenger if you want to check their supplies ahead of time. Langkawi is located in Malaysia’s Kedah province where they have weekends on Fridays and Saturdays so be aware that they are closed on Fridays.
If you're staying long term and need to get groceries I found Teow Soon Huat to be the best for vegan friendly, low waste supplies. They stocked tempeh, tofu, vegan sambal and frozen edamame beans. Many people recommended that we shop at Billion Supermarket as the fresh produce was better but I couldn’t tell the difference and I loved that at TSH I could find cherry tomatoes in bulk. Every supermarket I’ve ever been to in the world has always had them in plastic punnets. This is a great spot to shop for vegan supplies and low waste fresh produce.
At atotheme, we’re always trying to learn and grow, if you think we’ve missed any notable vegan friendly cafes and restaurants in Langkawi, drop us a message so we can add them to our next update of this list.