10 Places For Shopping in Langkawi & Souvenirs to Buy
The duty free island of Langkawi is a treasure chest for the shopaholics and there is much more to shopping than just scoring a good deal on duty free liquor. There are shopping malls in Langkawi brimming with trendy clothes, souvenir shops and speciality shops offering cheap booze and cheap accessories.
There is an endless list of items one can shop for in Langkawi, including gifts, souvenirs, handicrafts, liquor, tobacco, chocolates, perfumes, clothes, cameras, electronics, household items etc. Those who enjoy bargain-hunting or are skilled at bargaining can enjoy the night markest in Langkawi at different locations and score their desired items.
10 Best Places for Shopping in Langkawi
1. Jetty Point Complex
Situated right at the entrance of Kuah Jetty, Jetty Point complex is a two-storey shopping mall, easy to spot and easily accessible from Kuah Town center. The complex is a must-travel for all those visitors travelling to Langkawi via boat or ferry. This shopping mall in Langkawi has in store everything from blotches to perfumes to accessories to liquor and tobacco. Their speciality shops selling coklat (chocolate), eyewear, jewellery, watches and souvenirs are a must-visit.
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM Address: 15, Kompleks Perniagaan Kelibang, Kuah Contact: +604 966 7560 or +604 969 9500
2. Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall
Being one of the largest malls in Langkawi, it is infamous and true to its popularity. With an overwhelming number of brand outlets, food courts and restaurants, the mall makes a perfect package for shopping in Langkawi. The Billion Duty Free Supermarket contributes a tonne to the popularity of the mall, because it is considered an ideal place to get the groceries by the locals. Apart from food outlets and brand outlets, there are money changers and an information counter for tourists in Kuah. The mall keeps the shoppers covered with options in every thing: electronics, apparels, cosmetics, sporting, leather products perfumes, accessories, confectionaries, liquor and cigarettes.
Hailed as one of the best confectionary shops in Kuah, the store also offers a good collection of kitchenware, apparels, bags and luggage at duty-free prices. One can shop for all these things here and complete their shopping with chocolates from brands such as Hershey’s, Cadbury’s, Ritter Sports, and Toblerone, all of which are sold at lower prices.
Those leaving for or heading to Langkawi can buy some souvenirs from the airport and the best place to do so is the Atma Alam Batik village, which is a 5 minutes drive away from the airport. This small village is a must-visit for those looking to pick up some handcrafted souvenirs, apparels, cushion covers, handbags and purses. They make them with cotton or silk printed batik and promote the art of batik in Langkawi and showcase it's creative spirit. The village has been designed by a Batik artist and oil painter, Roshadah Yusof.
A visit to the art center is complete after exploring the showroom, the workshop, the art and Batik gallery and the display of handicrafts worked out by the local artists. It is also a good place to visit with kids because the centre holds art classes, which the students can join and try their hands at creating beautiful art pieces with Batik prints.
Opening Hours: Daily 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM Contact: +604 955 2615 or +604 955 1227
5. Cenang Mall
Counted among the best shopping malls in Langkawi and designed quite apty for the shopaholics who have a strict affordability range, the Cenang Mall located in Pantai Cenang holds many duty-free outlets. The mall has two storeys housing apparel shops, pharmacy, supermarket and various popular restaurants. Even around Cenang Mall, there are countless souvenir shops and duty-free outlets frequented by a lot of tourists. However, Cenang Mall packages all of that and gives a comfortable experience to the shoppers, especially during scorching afternoons and sunny days.
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
6. Coco Valley
Another well-known place for duty-free shopping in Langkawi, Coco Valley houses major chocolate brands like Hershey's, Rittersport and Toblerone. One can purchase them at some fraction of their original prices here. Apart from the scrumptious assortment of cocoa products, there is also a great selection of wine, whiskies and champagnes equally tempting. Coco Valley stocks up most of the major chocolate brands in the world and this is why chocolate lovers must surely visit the store.
A massive duty-free shopping centre, Teow Soon Huat is located along the Padang Matsirat area, housing over 60 outlets. The best selling items include household goods, confectionaries, apparel, luggage and bags, groceries and imported tobacco and liquor. Visitors can treat themselves to an overwhelming discount of up to 70% every day off the retail prices.
One can hunt liquors, wines, beers and cigars from brands from all across the world on the ground floor. Chocolate lovers can indulge in a tempting exploration of international brands of chocolates offered at about 30-60% lower than their retail prices.
Indeed a shopping paradise, the duty-free complex located in Pantai Cenang is where visitors can shop for the cheapest chocolates, liquor, tobacco and perfumes. Cosmetics, gift and souvenir items, watches as well as branded sunglasses, luggage and bags, all of these can be found at lower prices here. The place is renowned for a fine collection of beers, whiskies, wines and spirits. There is a smaller Zon Shopping Paradise outlet in Langkawi's Oriental Village and many other branches elsewhere.
It is noteworthy that those who make a purchase worth RM200 in a single receipt can apply for the Zon community card and enjoy an array of benefits on all of its outlets. The card gives a 10% extra discount on select items. Given the well organized collection of duty-free goods and good prices, the complex remains crowd-packed especially during holidays and weekends.
There is more to shopping at street markets of Langkawi and what a better way to experience it than Temoyong Night Market which is one of the popular street markets of the island. One can fill their shopping bags with local delicacies, clothes, souvenirs, junk jewellery, trinkets, handbags, paintings and Knick-knacks here at very reasonable prices. One of the best takeaways from Temoyong Night Market are the wooden statue of Langkawi Eagle and handmade kuihs for friends and family.
Many of the items sold in night markets such as these are imitation products. Also, note that a lot of haggling is practised here, so one must try to get items at the best possible price.
Opening Hours: Thursday: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
10. Cuban Attitude
Being the only cigar store in Langkawi and that too duty free, it is the go-to shop for cigar lovers. A luxury collection of cigarettes and tobacco products from brands like Davidoff, Dona Flor, Habanos and Luis Martinez, the collection is overwhelming for those making a choice.
Hailed as the first concept store in the island selling cigars, they have a small cigar smoking room too where one can enjoy their cigars and take their time to search through the stores and pick their cigars. Apart from authentic Cuban cigars, there are a lot of flavored ones available too.
Opening Hours: 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM Address: 14, Jalan Pandak Mayah 6, Pusat Bandar Kuah Contact: +(604) 969 8283; Email: [email protected]
Souvenirs to Buy in Langkawi
Chocolate shopping is quite a thing in Langkawi as the local area is rich in cocoa production. As per the locals, Beryl's and Vochelle are the recommended ones. Beryl's is a popular tropical fruit flavoured chocolate while Vochelle is a chocolate worth gifting to friends and families. Other than that, one can try out the big names: Ferrero, Hershey's, Rittersport, Jianda Fun, Pepero etc. Do buy chocolates from the Coco Valley, which is quite a signature buy from Langkawi.
2. Dry Fruits
Langkawi is a tropical fruit paradise and one can shop ample dry fruits here. The popular dry fruits among the locals are durian and mangosteen. There are dried jackfruit, dried bananas, dried guavas and dried coconuts too, all of which are worth trying. Also, white coffee at Jetty Point Complex is considered to be very unique and tasty.
One can find a lot of usual as well as luxury perfume shops in Langkawi. The price of duty free perfume is around 20-40% cheaper than the MRP of perfumes in malls and this includes big brands like Lancome, Armani, Ralph Lauren, CK etc.
Langkawi is a heaven for those interested in artwork and handicrafts because every nook and corner brims with shops selling exquisite artwork crafted by local artisans. The Craft Complex and Atma Alam Batik Art Village are the popular names. Faizy Crystal and Langkawi Crystals are glass blowing houses that create glass items and crystals.
Must buy : 1. Local handicrafts from Teow Soon Huat, which has over 60 outlets selling all kinds of items
2. Malaysia Batik clothing as well little pouches, purses and pillowcases from Atma Alam Batik village
3. Songket, a traditional fabric with an ornamental gold decoration from local markets
4. Pewter and wood carvings, as well as pearls, brass jewellery and bamboo work at Atma Alam Batik Village
There are an overwhelming amount of jewellery shops in Langkawi but knowing the right stores can fetch one a discount of 25-30%, and that too with designs unique to the island, that are not to be found anywhere else. Do buy the junk jewellery from Temoyong Night Market.
Tips for Shopping at Langkawi
One of the misconceptions about shopping in Langkawi is that all shops are duty-free but that's not true. There are only some designated stores that sell duty-free products. Fortunately enough, there are still a lot of them, which gives shoppers a lot of options.
Before going on a duty-free shopping spree in Langkawi, it is imperative that one must know the duty-free rules. To shop duty-free in Langkawi, a person must have completed a minimum stay of 48 hours in Langkawi.
Duty free does not blatantly means cheap price. Infact, some shops in Langkawi with a duty-free status attempt at selling products at a higher than usual price.
One can buy as many duty free products as they want to in Langkawi but might not be able to carry all of them back to their home country. That strictly depends on the custom restrictions at the home country.
Tourists can bring almost all dutiable items to the island, without having to pay for customs duty or sale tax on them.
Any trip is incomplete without exploring the culture and tradition of the place, which is best reflected in the kind of items unique to that place. Shopping in Langkawi should be planned in such a way that one carries back not only things from the place, but also a piece of Langkawi along with them.