Pantai Cenang is perhaps one of the most recognized names in terms of tourist attractions in Langkawi Island. It is where most of the actions are for anyone coming to Langkawi Island for a vacation. In Pantai Cenang, there are places to visit, shopping areas and most importantly, the white and sandy beaches that create the perfect mood for the vacationer.
Pantai Cenang Food Guide
Pantai Cenang has its charm and of course, you cannot compare it with other renowned eating destinations nationwide such as Penang Island and Petaling Street. But when you’re in Pantai Cenang, you’ll be spoilt for choice as rows of good restaurants await you.
It is highly recommended for you to try delicacies available in the hawker stalls lined along the main road before progressing to the noisy kopitiams to blend in with the local folks. One should not stop there as there are other elegant and sophisticated restaurants serving world-class Western and Japanese cuisines. Most of the restaurants here also serve liquors, wines and alcoholic drinks after sunset.
One of the must-visit restaurants in your list is the chic Backofen Restaurant as it serves an extensive range of East-meets-West fare. Remember to order the signature bratwurst and the grilled lamb on your first visit to the restaurant. Don’t worry for the food served in this German Restaurant is reasonably-priced.
The best place to get excellent Asian and Western cuisines is Beach Garden Resort Beer Garden located within the resort. Though, be prepared when you pay a visit to the restaurant as the foods are pricey.
Some of the must-try cuisines include strudel, beef salad, croquette potatoes and fillet steaks. Do not be fooled by the small tropical beach-like hut of Breakfast Bar because this place offers delicious and reasonably-priced local delights such as nasi lemak and roti canai. You can also order scrambled eggs and baguettes on certain days.
If you’re traveling on a budget yet craving for scrumptious local and Western fare, head over to Champor Champor Restaurant & Bar because you can taste home-cooked food such as juicy tofu satay and fresh coconut-crusted calamari.
This restaurant is unique because it has a spa at the back catered to patrons who would like to experience spa treatment before having their dinner. Your visit to Langkawi is not complete without trying fresh seafood. Orkid Ria Seafood Restaurant located along rows of jam-packed restaurants and souvenir stalls is where you should be.
This is quite a popular seafood eatery thus, get there early to find a table. Although this is one of the most expensive seafood restaurants along Pantai Cenang, patrons still flock to Orkid Ria due to its wide array of menu selections such as deep fried squid, garlic kailan and black pepper tiger prawns.
While you may find it hard to locate Red Tomato Splash Beach Cafe since the entrance is pretty much shaded by trees, it is definitely worth a visit because the foods such as pizza, toasted sandwiches and bruschetta are delicious.
Great food with panoramic view
Looking for a place where you can enjoy great food and overlook panoramic view of Langkawi at the same time? Then Jimmy’s Cafe (also known as Padi Cuisine & Cafe) is your must-visit eatery.
The cafe serves assorted of menu selections such as chicken tikka kebab, lobster thermidor, fish & chips as well as succulent lamb butter masala. Best of all, the restaurant overlook rice fields inside the Laman Padi. When you come to Malaysia, you certainly have to try spicy Indian cuisines.
Little India Cuisine Restaurant located at the end of the beach serves wide variety of northern Indian and vegetarian fare. Another crowded and popular restaurant on the island, Nam offers local delights and Thai cuisines.
Some of the signature delights available here are rock lobster tails, Indian-style samosas, macadamia, butterscotch pudding, steamed apple and many more. However, the foods are quite pricey but once you try it, you will never regret it.
For those who are looking for more upscale restaurant, Putumayo is the perfect place for you to try fish prepared in Nyonya style. Set in a beautiful open-air courtyard, you’ll enjoy warm breezes while dining in the restaurant. After visiting Putumayo, head over to Rose Tea restaurant which is located nearby the vicinity.
This small restaurant serves plenty of local delights and spicy Thai cuisines. Relax and unwind with cold beers while waiting for the food to be served. Set under rugged wooden timber beams, Spice Market located within Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort offers standard Asian and international fare and one should get over to this restaurant in the evening as you can try the all-you-can-eat nightly buffet which serves an abundance of choice.
One can dine on contemporary Italian cuisines at T.Jay’s Italian Bistro & Pizzeria as patrons can try tasty freshly-made pizzas with a variety of toppings. Penne Tres Fromaggio, Mascarpone Pizza and Quattro Stagioni Pizza are highly recommended as those are hot sellers in the bistro.
You can find the finest of Malaysian cuisines under one roof at Tomato Nasi Kandar around the clock as it opens 24 hours a day. Patrons can order superb local fare at affordable prices.
Finally, for tantalizing Chinese seafood at reasonable prices, head down the road from Laman Padi to Yang Dynasty Seafood Restaurant. Ignore the atmosphere here and focus on the wide selections of seafood such as dry chilli chicken, sea cucumbers, abalone and sizzling beancurd.
Pantai Cenang Shopping Guide
Pantai Cenang is a must-visit area to grab some good bargain products found in the shops and stalls lined along the beach road. Shoppers can basically get a variety of souvenirs ranging from handicrafts to beads as well as fashion accessories from the stalls.
Remember to bargain and haggle for the best price for whatever you buy.
Besides the stalls stretched along the beach road, shopaholics can also pay a visit to night markets somewhere nearby Temoyong on Thursdays or the famous duty-free shopping complex in Underwater World Langkawi.
Temoyong night market is the best place to get some authentic Malay delicacies as well as fashion apparels from the stalls. Just visit Kampung Temoyong every Thursdays from 5 pm onwards. Meanwhile, for those who are looking for first-tier and second-tier goods at lowest prices, the shopping complex adjacent to Underwater World is your place to stock up designer labels, jewelries, watches, cosmetics and leather items.
Looking for a variety of knick knacks? Head down to Aishah bt Husin located right next to Langkah Tuah Enterprise. Shoppers can purchase beautiful batik prints at the shops here open daily from 10 pm until 12 midnight.
Art lovers should pay a visit to Amitabha Primitive Art situated along Jalan Pantai Cenang in Mukim Kedawang which is somewhere nearby the attraction Laman Padi. This air-conditioned store offers beautiful printing dresses at affordable prices and unique hand-stitched pillow cases.
Dubbed as chocolate-lover’s paradise, Coco Valley has a wide assortment of chocolates. You’ll definitely be spoilt for choice. Since Langkawi is a duty-free island, you can get bars of chocolates at the lowest prices. Believe it or not, a bar of Cadbury chocolate costs less than RM10.
Another store selling knick knacks, Exodus Zone has wide variety of handmade slippers and other exotic handicrafts at reasonable prices. On another note, shoppers can get different handicrafts and souvenirs under one roof at Lang Gemuk Enterprise as the store sells beautiful batik prints, key chains and magnets.
The best place to get quality Malay-style batik shirts and traditional Malay medicine is none other than Langkah Tuah Enterprise. One can easily spot the store from afar since a budget motel is located right above it.
Another must visit store with similar concept to Lang Gemuk Enterprise – Total Shoppe offers plenty of handicrafts and souvenirs including swimsuit specially for those who forgot to bring their decent two-piece on a trip to the enchanting Langkawi.
Pantai Cenang Accommodation
Leisure travelers can enjoy panoramic ocean and sunset views when you choose to stay at hotels located along Pantai Cenang. You’ll be mesmerized with the white sandy beach and swaying coconut trees stretched along 2 kilometres with a variety of first-class accommodations such as Bon Ton Resort, Case Del Mar, Langkawi Boutique Resort, Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa Langkawi, Nadias Inn Comfort, Sandy Beach Hotel and Temple Tree Resort.
Bon Ton Resort is dubbed as one of the island’s most unique, distinctive and elegant resorts with eight personally designed antique Malay villas in this ideal boutique hotel. Rated as ‘Best 101 hotels in the World’ by 2009 Tatler Travel Guide, Bon Ton Resort is equipped with thoughtful amenities and attentive service to ensure guests have a wonderful experience throughout their stay here.
Nam Restaurant in the hotel serves an exotic fusion of local and western cuisines with a wide array of menu for lunch and dinner. It is often regarded as one of the best dining outlets on the island.
Temple Tree Resort is an extension of the stylish Bon Ton Resort. Designed with different elements from Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultures, the resort offers 8 spacious villas complete with designer amenities. Guests can choose to rent the whole villa or individual hotel rooms.
Casa Del Mar is another unique and posh boutique accommodation on Langkawi island with 34 tastefully furnished guestrooms overlooking panoramic seaview.
Langkawi Boutique Resort is also located along Pantai Cenang. Ideally located 30 minutes drive from Kuah town, guests staying here can travel on foot to the major tourist attraction, Underwater World Langkawi since it is only five minutes walk from the hotel.
All the 108 guestrooms are generous in size and fully equipped with basic amenities such as air-conditioning, coffee and tea maker and mini fridge for your comfort and convenience.
Inspired by Malaysian traditional village, Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa welcomes you to experience a world of ethnic charm amidst the relaxing atmosphere surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens.
Located along the two kilometers stretch of white sandy beach and swaying coconut trees, guests can choose to stay in single or double-storey wooden chalets designed with distinctive roof tiles and trusses.
The spacious verandahs allow guests to enjoy panoramic seaview anytime of the day. And satisfy your cravings for local delicacies by dining at the restaurants here serving exotic Malay traditional dishes, authentic Chinese, Western fares and barbeque delights by the beachfront allowing one to enjoy cool breeze in the evenings.
Pantai Cenang Nightlife Guide
While tourists can enjoy a drink or two and wait for the dancing to begin after midnight, Langkawi island really isn’t the best place for pounding techno electronica and house music. Nevertheless, you’ll still enjoy the night scene with talented performances by house band.
Tourists who have come to Langkawi said that Pantai Cenang is the most happening stretch compared to other idyllic beaches. Overlooking the beautiful Andaman Sea, tourists are recommended to enjoy a glass of brew while you watch the panoramic sunset.
If you happen to be around Pantai Cenang, here are some highly recommended pubs and bistros such as Cenang Beach Bar, Beach Garden Resort Bistro & Beer Garden, Chin Chin Lounge & Bar, Debbie’s Irish Bar, La Sal Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, Little Mexican Restaurant & Cafe, Oasis Pub & Restaurant, Little Lylia’s Chill Out Bar, Palo-Palo and The Sunset Deck.
Cenang Beach Bar is a good place to start your day as it opens around lunchtime. After a stroll down the beach, get a duty-free booze at the bar which is ideally located on the beach.
This the best place to get cold beers or cocktails while you watch the sunset. Meanwhile, for those who are looking for a more sophisticated and elegant bistro, dive straight to Beach Garden Resort Bistro & Beer Garden located on the northern end of the beach. Offering you standard selection of liquors, the drinks here are relatively cheap.
Foreigners can experience a different atmosphere by heading down to Chin Chin Lounge & Bar as this funky Asian bar offers wines, liquors and cocktails at reasonable prices. This Chinese-style lounge is cosy and comfy perfect for a group of friends to hang out and simply enjoy the local scene.
The bar is usually crowded before dinner time as patrons from Nam Restaurant tend to grab a drink or two while waiting for a table at the restaurant.
Debbie’s Irish Bar is located opposite Malibest Resort along the idyllic beach. This indoor bar is designed with a big green shamrock hanging over the entrance to welcome visitors. Definitely a great place for some cold beers. Craving for fruity drink or some other delicious cocktails? Then La Sal Restaurant & Cocktail Bar is the perfect hang-out place.
With delicious themed cocktails on certain days, patrons can enjoy more than 100 wines while dining the Mediterranean cuisines here. Little Mexican Restaurant & Cafe serves mouth-watery food such as beef burrito, chicken quesadilla, tuna tacos as well as a wide selection of beverages at reasonable prices.
Oasis Pub & Restaurant is well-known as one of the most established businesses on this enchanted paradise. Ask for Singapore sling or Blue Langkawi from the friendly bartenders here. Located right next to Charlie’s Motel, patrons can relax while enjoying jazz music in the house.
Little Lylia’s Chill Out Bar is unique and famous for jam sessions. One can easily spot the bar by locating Rafi’s and Nasi Kandar Tomato as this cosy reggae bar is located right between these eateries. The bar’s signature drinks are Langkawi Sunset (combination of red wine and mango juice) and Wild Night Out (combination of vodka, tequila and cranberry juice).
Palo-Palo is a fun and exciting beach hangout furnished with postcards, handicrafts and national flags left behind by previous patrons. Located along the beach nearby to Samila Beach Hotel, you can order a beer and enjoy the sunset. However, do not expect a wide selection of liquors as this nipah-roofed hangout serves only beer.
But then again, patrons are allowed to bring your own alcohol. Finally, a must-not miss nightspot is The Sunset Deck. Located nearby the enthralling Bon Ton Resort, there is an assortment selection of wines, beverages, cocktails and liquors together with tapas menu. The drinks here are relatively more expensive compared to other Langkawi nightspots due to its upscale ambience.
Pantai Cenang Accommodation
Pantai Cenang Activity Guide
Pantai Tengah or also known as Middle Beach offers mostly water activities and spa treatments. Some local operators organize day tours to nearby islands or mangrove excursions to keep the tourists entertain.
Even though there are less attractions in Pantai Tengah compared to other idyllic beaches and Kuah town, tourists can always spend time to enjoy the beautiful sunset from the beach.
To enjoy thrilling water sports such as canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, water skiing and jet skiing, inquire Awana Porto Malai Tours. Remember to find out the rates before signing up for the activities.
Right opposite Pantai Tengah, there is a rocky outcrop known as Pulau Rebak Kecil perfect for piscatorial enthusiasts for fishing. Just take a 10-minute boat ride from Awana Porto Malai to get to the island.
Fancy for a day-cruise or dinner cruise with your loved ones? Contact Tropical Charters to find out rates to whisk you and your partner to a secluded beach for a romantic candle light dinner. Enjoy delicious food facing the beautiful ocean.
Spa treatments are also available in Pantai Tengah as there are several outlets such as Furusato Spa, Ishan Spa, Yuan Spa and Langkawi Classic Spa offering traditional massage treatments and body wraps. Furusato Spa located at the corner leading into Pantai Tengah offers something different such as traditional boreh massage and seaweed facial relaxation treatment.
Do not be fooled by Ishan Spa‘s outmoded décor because the massages make up for its charm. Located on top of the hill, the signature treatments include bamboo massage and herbal body scrub and wrap.
Motorists can spot Yuan Spa from a distance because it is housed in one of the most beautiful buildings along Pantai Tengah stretch. Body scrub and wrap is one of the must-try body exfoliation that helps soften your skin.
The Spa services such as hair treatments, herbal baths and body scrubs at Langkawi Classic Spa provide a unique pampering and rejuvenation experience.