Pulau Weh is an island filled with a lot of natural beauty and beaches to explore. And in between all the adventure, there’s nothing better than a fresh coconut and delicious grilled fish or a house-made pizza or local delicacies to indulge on.
After having been to Pulau Weh a couple of times now, we have explored various places on the island and here are some of our favorite spots to eat in Pulau Weh / Sabang. Let’s dig in!
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Places to Eat in Pulau Weh
Best for Italian Food
Location | Long Beach
This might sound odd, but Hubby and I have had some of the best house-made pasta at Bixio Café in Pulau Weh. Bixio is a beachfront gem located at Long Beach in Pulau Weh, which is not far from the town of Iboih and Gapang beach. The café is run by husband and wife, Luca and Eva who have created a menu inspired by the Emilian region of Northeast Italy.
Speakeasy Restaurant at Casa Nemo Resort
Best for Pizza
Location: Samur Tiga
The Speakeasy Restaurant as the Casa Nemo Resort is located beachside at Samur Tiga. It sits on a terrace that overlooks beautiful turquoise blue waters so it’s a great spot for an afternoon coconut.
The highlight of the menu definitely is the pizza, which is thin crust and baked in a traditional pizza oven. It was delicious and our pick of the menu here at Casa Nemo. The local options are a bit average, but the pizza is recommended as it is definitely one of the better ones on the island.
On Saturday evenings from 8 until 11pm there’s a great local live band that play, which makes for a great atmosphere.
Best for Themed Dinners
Location | Samur Tiga
The main restaurant at Freddie’s Resort in Samur Tiga sits at the top of the resort, with amazing views over beach and water. In the main restaurant is where Freddie hosts his nightly themed dinners. It rotates each evening, so you can enjoy a different meal every night without getting bored! It is approximately IDR70,000 per person for dinner, and you’ll get to enjoy a starter, buffet-style main course, and dessert. The themed night dinners take place in the main restaurant. So if you are look for diversity in food whilst staying on Pulau Weh, then Freddie’s is a good option.
You can also make your way down to the beach side terrace of the resort where you’ll get to enjoy close up views of the beach. They have a food menu here which ranges from local and international dishes so there is enough variety. I suggest opting for local dishes here. If you are looking for an international food fare, then join one of Freddie’s themed dinners.
Tipsy Toby Café
Best for Delicious Coffee & Vegetarian Food
Location | Gapang Beach
Tipsy Toby Café is located at Gapang Beach at the Bubble Addict Dive Centre and Flying Elephant Yoga Studio. It’s a lovely beach shack style café serving great food and coffee.
The food menu is simple, with a lot of vegetarian options to choose from. From pizza to sandwiches to breakfast delights, the quality of the food was really good. I also enjoyed my buttered coffee (also known at bulletproof coffee) which was the much-needed boost after a morning filled with diving.
Babah Alue Restaurant
Best for BBQ Fish & Seafood
Location | Iboih
If you are after some fresh seafood such as grilled fish, then Babah Alue Restaurant is a great spot in Iboih. And for me the best way to enjoy is BBQ’d and then eaten with steamed rice, stir fried veggies, and the local dipping sauce. The restaurant is located at the beginning of Iboih village and is a simple restaurant just across from the beach.
Hawker Centre at Paradiso Beach
Best for Local Food & Satay Gurita
Location | Paradiso Beach
This spot is open in the evening onwards and is popular amongst locals and visitors alike. You’ll see the crowd building from sunset onwards who want to catch the golden colors of the sky. Satay gurita is the most popular stall here, which is the traditional Acehnese style octopus satay. Best to eat it with ketupat which is a packed rice inside a woven palm leaf pouch and lots of peanut sauce.
Best for Local Food
Location | Iboih
The restaurant at Pele’s Place is upon a terrace that overlooks the waters surrounding Iboih and Rupiah Island. In fact, the snorkelling in front of Pele’s Place is quite good as well. The local food fare here is the way to go, with a good selection of local Acehnese dishes and seafood dishes.
Local Dishes to try while on Pulau Weh
Some local dishes to try while you are in Weh Island includes:
Seafood is delicious in Pulau Weh, with many that has been locally caught from the shores off the island. There are several restaurants around the island which offer BBQ’d fish, and it is best eaten with white rice, fried morning glory vegetable and sambal (chilli sauce).
Satay gurita is basically octopus satay and it is a popular dish on Pulau Weh, with many locals making their way to the warong at sunset to enjoy this local dish. It’s usually served with house-made peanut sauce and ketupat which is a rice cake.
The Indonesian recipe for avocado smoothie is delicious, almost border line dessert. Fresh avocados are blended with some condensed milk and sometimes fresh milk. Chocolate syrup is then added to the glass and then the avocado blend is poured into the glass. It’s a popular drink to enjoy and you’ll see many locals enjoying it with their meal.
While ayam penyet is popular across Indonesia, it’s definitely something to try even when you are in Pulau Weh. Literally ayam penyet is deep fried chicken that has been marinated with local seasoning and served with steamed white rice, red or green chilli sauce, fried tempe (soya cake) and fried tofu.
No compensation was received for this review, this visit was independently paid for. All opinions remains my own and I only promote products/services that I love.