Best Places for Breakfast in Langkawi
NOTE: Apologies but The Fat Frog has stopped serving breakfast until November.
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With Langkawi being a laid back island supporting a large tourism industry you would have thought the market would be there to encourage restaurants to provide breakfast opportunities on the island. Granted, few are going for the 7:30 grab-snack food and take away coffee that the hustle and bustle of a city calls for, but what says relaxed holiday like a late morning freshly squeezed tropical fruit juice and having someone else cook your breakfast, possibly accompanied by a Bloody Mary to fight off any incoming ill effects of putting away too many beachside beers the day before? In this article we take you through our recommendations for the Best Places for Breakfast in Langkawi.
For years Langkawi has provided little option over and above the nearest “mamak stall”, but this is hardly a relaxing breakfast environment, with the rattling metal chairs and staff shouting to the kitchens doing little to provide that holiday feeling as you eat artery-clogging meals that will make you feel lethargic for the rest of the day. Besides, if you’re in from the city for a couple of days’ respite this isn’t a change from the usual for most.
Having dealt with this frustration for years we wanted to be open from 10:30 with our breakfast menu and fresh cold juices available for a late breakfast as the sun warms up and the breeze starts running up the hill at The Fat Frog. Whilst the menu is not large it caters to all tastes, and we pride ourselves on our fairtrade organic coffee that receives rave reviews. First up, a cold and invigorating fresh, tropical Fruit Salad; stocked daily thanks to there being a fruit stall just down the road, this provides an opportunity to eat your nutrients first thing in the morning when your digestive system is clear and focused. A great choice for maintaining energy levels throughout the morning and managing blood sugar levels are our two simple-carb-free options; TFF’s Sausage Roll or the Fried Fortress. The former is a choice of Chicken or Beef Sausage, made on the island from high-quality, imported meat, wrapped in a seasoned omelette and stuffed with breakfast vegetables. The Fried Fortress is a guilt-free large fried breakfast for those recovering from a long previous day in Langkawi or getting a solid feed in ahead of a big day; everything is homemade, from the Rosti to the Baked Beans to the Veggie Glamorgan Sausages. For those who find they tackle the day best on a carbs base, we have a warm, rich porridge; slow release carbohydrates to keep you going until lunch, topped with banana slices & diced apples to provide a natural sweetness. And if you’re feeling naughty? A Pancake Tower with our own cinnamon, bananas & honey blend and a dollop of original maple sour cream.
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Finding breakfast on Pantai Cenang is still tricky for tourists if you don’t know where to go, with the only notable establishment the appropriately named Breakfast Bar where you can find cheap and simple breakfasts for those on a very tight budget and only looking for a basic morning meal. However, a short drive (don’t expect to pay more than Rm10 in a cab from anywhere on the Pantai Cenang strip & Rm15 from Pantai Tengah) towards the airport will take you to one great option we’d recommend – the Smiling Buffalo. Set in the homely boutique resort of Panji Panji this place provides exceptional value for money in a really laid back atmosphere, often with the brilliant concept of live acoustic music in the morning too. The food leans more towards the indulgent as opposed to healthy breakfast, but expect to be wowed by their variety of delicious pancakes.
For those with deep pockets Casa Del Mar offers a brilliant buffet spread, with a wide spread of healthy green juices and even bubbles on offer and you needn’t be a house guest to get involved! The setting is tranquil too, perfect for a relaxed morning. We at The Fat Frog source our baguettes from The Loaf, who have also recently set up a shop on Pantai Cenang and we recommend their bread & butter (as it were), with a great selection of baked goods. For those in Telaga Harbour their cafe here also happens to be your only morning option, with the setting well in line with the relaxed holiday environment you want to eat breakfast in when in Langkawi. It’s a shame more is not made of this as a breakfast location by the other waterfront establishments.
Saby’s café used to be run out of a mobile food truck on Pantai Kok that previously provided the best option in this area with very good coffee and a small menu of delicious breakfast meals for those looking for something sweet and satisfying. Now you’ll find them in the basement café of the Laguna Residences, halfway between Pantai Cenang & Telaga Harbour. We recommend it as a great spot to pop in for a take out coffee for your drive in either direction and a cheeky snack to be eaten in a picturesque setting when you get to your destination.
Enjoy your morning on the island and please do leave comments below with any recommendations you’d like to offer travellers or feedback on the above!