Hidden Langkawi is not so hidden anymore. The popularity of this sunset hangout in Langkawi is catching up to Yellow Beach Café in Pantai Cenang.
But what are you missing out on if you only have time to visit one of these beach cafes? And how does Hidden Langkawi stand out from other beach cafes?
Find out from our personal experience visiting Hidden Langkawi on a weekday evening.
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About Hidden Langkawi Restaurant
Walking distance from PARKROYAL Langkawi Resort, Hidden Langkawi is a relatively new (4 years old at the time of writing) trendy beachfront restaurant and bar on Pantai Tengah (Tengah Beach).
And while they serve alcohol here, we did not see pork on the menu.
They’re very active on Facebook and Instagram so be sure to have a quick look to see what events they have on before you go.
But regardless, they have daily fire performances from 8pm. The shows can end anywhere between 8:15pm to 8:30pm. And these are highly entertaining. The skilled crew includes an experienced fire performer from Thailand.
Because of these daring performances and the chic beach setting with club music, Hidden Langkawi tends to attract a younger crowd.
Note: In comparison, Yellow Beach Café has more mellow music (the live band belts out classics from the 80s)
Ease Of Parking At Hidden Langkawi
Since Hidden Langkawi is at Pantai Tengah (which is not as crowded as Pantai Cenang), finding parking is not as difficult.
On a weekday before 6pm, there is ample parking across from the entrance of Hidden Langkawi.
Ambiance At Hidden Langkawi
Hidden Langkawi looks the part of a beach bar. It is incredibly photogenic with a clear and consistent theme.
There are neon signs, tiffany blue accents (including a spiral staircase), wooden floorboards or sand (for the outdoor seating), palm trees, string lights, spotlights, etc.
For both indoor and outdoor seating, there is a mix of different chairs and tables. Stairs from the patio lead down to a photo spot set up by Hidden Langkawi for guests.
Seating mainly depends on natural breeze for cooling. There are no fans or air-conditioning at Hidden Langkawi. So, if there is no breeze blowing through, it can feel hot.
Note: Expect mosquitoes
On another note, there is a DJ (mainly to amp up the crowd for the fire performances) and club mixes playing at Hidden Langkawi.
PS: There is no dance floor at Hidden Langkawi
Hidden Langkawi often has a crowd in the evening. And thus, we do not recommend coming here if you are looking for a place to watch the sunset in peace and quiet.
Service At Hidden Langkawi
Staff are very upfront about how long the food will take to come. They may come back and report delays on food serving times too.
We came at 5:30pm and were told that it’d be an hour before we get our food (drinks come way earlier). Which turned out to be true.
They have about 3 staff manning the outdoor area and they are attentive despite a full house. One of the busy waiters still found time to help us take a group photo.
In general, we have no complaints on the service at Hidden Langkawi.
Note: Sitting upstairs can mean less attention from the staff as they don’t patrol upstairs as often as the ground floor
Food At Hidden Langkawi Restaurant
Hidden Langkawi serves western cuisine including pizza, fish and chips, and tacos.
Of drinks, there is a wide variety which includes non-alcoholic and alcoholic options (draught or bottled beer, house pours, champagne, wine, cocktails).
Fruit juice is available too. Note that they use coconut drinks to fill empty coconuts when they run out. Milkshakes are not worth ordering here. They are bland and not rich.
We got two pizzas (Hawaiian and the house special – smoked duck with mango). Both of these are tasty with sufficient char and toppings, but the latter is our favorite of the two flavors.
Note: These are not thin-crust pizzas.
Other than pizza, we went for one order of fish and chips and a seafood platter to share. These were also good but not extraordinary. We like that they did not use plain mayonnaise.
Mushroom soup and sweet potato fries are some of their signature menu items too although we did not get a chance to try these.
It is not cheap to dine at Hidden Langkawi.
Pizza costs around RM40, a plate of fries around RM20, and a bucket of bottled beer costs around RM70.
Cocktails are priced between RM25 to RM30. While fruit juice costs RM15. Desserts like Italian gelato start at RM16 for a single scoop.
Reserving a table can cost RM500 (non-refundable) too.
But entrance, parking, and the fire performance are free (tips are expected after the show).
We will add that food portions are generous here and we were able to share 4 mains among 7 of us comfortably.
- Address: 2461, Jalan Pantai Tengah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
- Location: Google Maps
- Opening Hours: 12pm–12am
Pricing is still reasonable given the fashionable environment, lively atmosphere, daily fire performances, and quality of the food.
We highly recommend Hidden Langkawi for a memorable and authentic beach bar experience. Especially if you’re looking for an alternative to the crowded Cenang beach. As Tengah beach is significantly calmer.
That said, if you really dislike loud music or crowds, you may want to choose another beach bar to watch the sunset instead. Or try one of these Langkawi cafes instead.