Food & Drink


Best restaurants in Bali: a taste of Paradise

So you moved to a tropical island paradise away from the city life. You happily slipped your feet into a pair of Havaianas, tucked your makeup bag in the farthest corner of your wardrobe, and planned to enjoy wearing a torn t-shirt, eating street food and drinking Bintangs for the rest of eternity. But to your surprise, you started to miss all that glam and champagne much faster than you expected.

Luckily, Bali is the island of contrasts, and the posh part of island life is as equally developed as the budget one. So put on those high heels and red lipstick, dress up your date in a nice collared shirt and go dine in style!

Welcome to part one of our guide to the best restaurants in Seminyak.

Merah Putih – an elegant take on traditional Indonesian savours

Let’s start with hot tip number one: begin your evening with an aperitif at the bar. The menu’s selection of traditional and signature cocktails – created with the use of local fruits and spices by one of Bali’s most knowledgeable mixologist, Agung Ari – is accompanied by a broad range of fine wines and premium imported spirits, some of which are quite exclusive and won’t find in many bars around Bali.

The young coconut mojito and the pomelo gimlet are two perfect examples of how well-known and popular concoctions have been twisted to incorporate Indonesian flavours.

The tables and seats at the bar are positioned to keep you nested in its secluded atmosphere, to save spoiling the magnificent view witnessed as one enters the main dining area of the restaurant.

Merah Putih dining area
Merah Putih dining area

The design of this space deserves a special mention – it is undoubtedly one of a kind. The tall ceiling is supported by translucent columns and glass walls, which are not only visually spectacular, but also functional at the same time. The windows are made of UV-filtered glass, which keeps the space cool and lit with sunlight during the daytime, and the columns collect rain for the water-flow system, where it gets purified and recycled.

By implementing this system, Merah Putih doesn’t use ground water and saves power, keeping it sustainable. And if you happen to dine here during rainy season, you will appreciate the view of the rainwater running down the surface of the slightly lit columns.

The positioning of the tables and plants throughout the space gives a sense of intimacy – you feel like you are sitting away from the other guests even when the restaurant is full.

The name “Merah Putih” means “Red White” and refers to the colours of the Indonesian flag, which in turn hints to the cuisine specialty of this fine establishment. At the base of the menu is traditional Indonesian cuisine. You are expected to dine Asian style, with the dishes placed in the middle of the table and the guests sharing all the food that gets ordered.

Executive chef Kieran Morland has separated the menu at Merah Putih into sections, presenting an opportunity to discover two unique trends of Indonesian cuisine.

The ‘traditional’ section of the menu consists of the dishes that are prepared according to simple, authentic recipes, using the finest locally sourced produce.

Viewed from an alternative angle, ‘baru’ or ‘modern’ are culinary creations from a more modern era, challenged with the delicate tastes and aromas of local spice markets and food halls. Indonesian fusion, you may say.

Merah Putih’s 12-hour slow cooked babi guling and fresh grilled Jimbaran style ikan bakar are just a couple of the classic local dishes that are presented in a modern fashion without altering their original textures and flavours.

Padang beef shin bak pao
Padang beef shin bak pao

There are some other absolutely-must-try dishes on the menu; babi panggang (pork belly pancakes with kecap manis and pickled radish); beef shin bak pao (rendang beef bakpao with cucumber and sambal bajak); tahu isi terong (vegetable tofu fritters with eggplant and oyster mushroom); padang crispy boneless duck with rendang sauce; and Flores king prawns with mind blowing house made seaweed noodles.

These delicacies are just to name a few – the colourful list goes on.

Overall, Merah Putih will give you a true high-end dining experience whilst welcoming you to a “taste” of Indonesia.

Jalan Petitenget No.100x, Kerobokan, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone:+62 361 8465950
Operating hours: Noon – 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Sip – the discreet charm of the wine loving bourgeoisie

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The outside terrace of Sip

This tiny little gem on busy Jalan Seminyak will surprise and delight. When entering Sip, you find yourself in the atmosphere of a European bistrot; the space is small, romantic and intimate despite its street side location.

If we had to name the one best thing about this restaurant, the thing that really makes it stand out, our answer would be “attention to the detail”. And that extends to everything – the service, the menu, the wine list. Even the bathrooms feel like boudoirs – everything is top-notch quality.

The owner of the restaurant, Christian Vannequé, is an acclaimed sommelier and wine lover, so the wine list is extensive and showcases exquisite options for both bottles and by the glass sections. The prices range from $40 to $700 per bottle, catering to the varying budgets and tastes that walk through the door.

Even the bathrooms feel like boudoirs – everything is top-notch quality.

There are usually special deals on the “Wine of the Month” as well as the wine sampler – 4 different wines, a quarter of a glass each. The sampler gives you an opportunity to taste a few options before choosing your full glass or bottle. Every Tuesday you can join the so-called “Wine Sock” evening. What’s a “Wine Sock”, you say? Order your food, inform your waiter if it’s red, white or rosé you prefer, and advise your budget per bottle. Your wine, chosen for you by SIP, will be served hidden within a sock.

At the end of dinner you then have an opportunity to guess the grape variety of your wine. If you guess right, your first bottle is free.


But enough about the wine, let’s move onto the cuisine. Be prepared, reading the menu attentively might take a while.

The names of the dishes are complex and your brain might imagine those flavours on your taste buds, sending commands for salivation. French onion soup, Alyaskan crab ravioli, beef carpaccio that literally melts in your mouth, duck ‘a l’orange, the 7-hour lamb – these are but a few mouthwatering dishes on the menu.

SIP also offers dinner and lunch sets, as well as “Bouillon Sip” – a range of affordable starters, mains and desserts, which you can mix and match to your liking.

With such a variety of choices, you might never get bored with this restaurant. Your experience will always be fresh and fabulous. And you might want to keep it a secret too – like all the best things.

Jl.Raya Seminyak No.16A, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62361730810/732513
Operating hours: Sun 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, Mon – Sat 11 am – 10:30 pm

Metis – socialites, oysters, foie gras and a lotus pond

Metis is one of Bali’s most famous and exclusive restaurants.

From the minimalistic interior to the menu, this venue is all about luxury. It gathers under one roof a fine dining restaurant, a bar, a boutique gallery and a newly opened lounge.

metis gallery
Matis Gallery

Upon arrival, you will enter through the gallery filled with gorgeous antiques, exclusive handmade jewellery, textile pieces, art objects from all around Asia, and an array of Buddha statues. It’s true eye candy, so take your time to wander around the space, enjoying it like a museum experience.

The fine dining area sits more than 300, yet retains a laid back chic feel. It gets elegantly busy at night, with diners schmoozing over white cloth-covered tables and dim lighting.

The chef and co-owner of the restaurant, Nicolas ‘Doudou’ Tourneville, has created a menu with roots in French cuisine, finished with an Asian touch. Think entree of escargot, main of rabbit confit or 14-hour crispy Bershire pork belly and hot Grand Marnier soufflé for dessert.

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US Beffe Tenderloin

There is a special treat for all foie gras lovers out there – a separate menu dedicated to both hot and cold variations of this dish. We strongly recommend the Trilogy of Foie Gras (port wine, champagne and red wine foie gras) and Metis’ infamous pan-seared hot foie gras with port and raspberry reduction.

Metis is also known for its savouring oysters when the ‘treasure shells’ are in season. Your half or full (or few) dozen will be served to your table on a dome of ice, with lemon and perfect mignonette – classic French shallot vinaigrette.

Metis Bali has an exclusive collection of wines from around the world, as you would expect from the french restaurant of such class.

The private cellar, surrounded by wine bottles and pieces of art, is another Metis attraction. You can even book the cellar for private gatherings of up to 10 people – an experience on its own.

metis lotus pond
metis lotus pond

In May 2014 Metis opened its lounge, complete with trendy interior design, a powerful high quality sound system and gorgeous 180 degree views of rice paddies and a lotus pond – the perfect place for sunset aperitifs and tapas.

Dabble in 10 different martini variations, some classic cocktails with new twists (think Prawn Mary or Rubyrita), Spanish bites, Asian starters, some main menu interpretations and caviar. Yes, caviar.

Metis offers lunch and high tea menus, and every Friday it’s AperoChic sunset with DJs and cheap cocktails.

Metis is a relatively new restaurant on the block, with its doors only being open a few years. It gained rapid popularity thanks to the owners’ previous praising as the “ones behind Warisan”, a dining institution in Kerobokan.

Metis is a place for fine dining and wining, to see and be seen, to share a fun evening with friends or to have an intimate dinner for two. An absolute must visit.

Jalan Petitenget No.100x, Kerobokan, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone:+62 361 8465950
Operating hours: Noon – 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Mozaic Beachclub – relaxed seaside vibes and a treat to your tastebuds

The offspring of the famous Mozaic Restaurant in Ubud, Mozaic Beachclub is not only a gastronomy heaven – it’s a place to relax and chill away from the crowds, possibly all day long, shifting from breakfast to lunch, from sunset to dinner.

Currently in the process of changing its name (but not its philosophy) to Sea Salt, The Mozaic Beachclub offers relaxed ocean view dining in a contemporary environment. The ambience and food in this fine dining restaurant is completely different to the Beachclub Lounge, where the cuisine is much more simple and the service more relaxed.

Mozaic Dining room
The view from Mozaic dining room upstairs

The restaurant upstairs is an elegant space with exquisite ambiance. As you would expect from an eatery related to Mozaic Ubud, the main ace here is the food. A bit like the culinary philosophy of the original, Western dishes have been inspired by Indonesian flavours and the menu is designed to suit all tastes and appetites.

There is an affordable 6-course tasting menu for 495k IDR ++ or a more lavish 12-course for 1.2 mil IDR ++, which will take you through the highlights from the à la carte menu and beyond. For those who enjoy a variety of flavours and want to experience lots of treats there are ‘nibbles’, which are mini version of the main dishes starting from 15k IDR ++.

The à la carte has a good range of dishes with plenty of satisfying pescetarian and vegetarian options available. There are also some great sharing dishes like the bouillabaisse and 1.5kg cote de boeuf, as well as a new grill section for those who want that perfect steak.

 Each dish is not only delicious, but also served in an artful manner.

Beef rendang carpaccio with parmesan bubbles, crispy pork belly with slow cooked octopus with kaffir lime gel, a light cappuccino of king oyster mushroom soup scented with black truffles, chocolate and nutmeg cigar with brandy jelly – the dishes are varied and eclectic, rich in flavours yet light, and always promise to delight to the palate. There is also a separate caviar menu, for those feeling especially hedonistic.

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The Lounge area

The concept for the Beach Club Lounge is a place which suits all times of day; breakfast by the bar or on the benches, a mid-morning laze in the private gazebos, lunch and a sunbathe on the deck, an afternoon dip in the pool. Rinse and repeat.

The same goes for the food. There are light tapas, big dishes and an evening bistro menu. The lounge menu has a mix of day and evening options, and again the food is Western with Indonesian flavours. The tapas provide tasty bites such as sea bass cromesquis, mini wagyu burgers, salad of shashimi, and iberican acron fed pata negra ham.

There is also a 3-course bistro menu in the evening and larger dishes for those who want a hearty meal. The highlight on the bistro menu is the pork chop – an unbelievably juicy and gigantic pork chop cooked sous vide.

On the drink side, the bar list is long with good value wine options from all over the world and a wide variety of posh and luscious cocktails. Big enticers include the Mozaic Kalimansi, Jim & Jack (Jim Beam and Jack fruit based drink), Mozaic Bloody Mary (might be the best on the island) and Spice Breeze (Ketel One Vodka, lime, lemongrass, Thai basil, mint leaf & chilli).

Aside from cuisine and location, Mozaic Beachclub (or should we say Sea Salt) has unique music that vibes on a strong soul/funk/motown influence. For something really different, visit for brunch and enjoy a live jazz band playing a mix of modern contemporary and classics songs.

The venue is a perfect spot for those chasing sunsets in Bali. It’s only just outside central Seminyak, and is more chilled and unspoiled by crowds than Ku De Ta or Potato Head.

Address: Jl. Pantai Batu Belig, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia
Phone:+62 361 473 5796/ +6281999420349
Operating hours: 11:00 am – Midnight

Sarong and Mamasan – a chic approach to the best street food recipes

Sarong and Mamasan are the reflections of the Asian adventures of Chef Will Meyrick, aka The Street Food Chef, who is famous for his passion for Asian fusion cuisine.

Both Sarong and Mamasan are about Southeast Asian eating, inspired by street food recipes handed down through generations of families and often only found roadside. But they are all very different – from the regions the dishes are from to the way the food is styled and served.

Sarong was the first to open in 2008, and Meyrick still calls it his flagship and the stage setter for everything he has done since. It gained an instant popularity and was even named The World’s Hottest New Restaurant in 2009 by Conde Nast Traveler.

Sarong Restaurant and Lounge Bar is designed with a calm, elegant interior decor. Offering seating for 160, arranged under two traditionally high ceiling pavilions and decorated by dark mahogany wooden tables plush armchairs and artworks, as well as sheer, flowing golden curtains and chandeliers – a chic setting with Suzy Wong ambiance.

Sarong Interior
Sarong Interior

Sarong focuses broadly on Indian, Thai, Sri Lankan and Indonesian flavours. There are lots of curries done with freshly made coconut milk and herb leaves, to keep them light and easy to polish off, rather than heavy and oily. The signature dish here is a massaman curry with chicken, shallots, pumpkin, potato, peanuts and tamarind and a range of heart-warming soups and wok-frys.

Sarong’s signature dish is a crispy pork belly with Sichuan chilli, salt, tamarillo and tamarind sauce. Regular customers also praise the peking duck with open steam buns, slow-cooked Sri Lankan lamb curry, Peranakan black pepper stingray and black bean crusted barramundi. Sarong also has gluten free options and a vegetarian menu for those who walk on the healthy side.

Do not miss the delicious Asia-inspired cocktails at the bar, such as the Shanghai Donkey (mandarin vodka, fresh orange and lime juice mixed with homemade ginger beer), Ginger & Green Tea Mojito (ginger infused rum, mint, citrus syrup and green tea) and Chilli & Lime Margarita (tequila, honey pressed lemon, pineapple and chilli).

Sarong’s younger, easy-going and air-conditioned sister, Mama San focuses on China and Indochina, is slightly less priced, and serves from lunch till late.

With Mama San, Will Meyrick wanted to give people an opportunity to explore the stories and recipes of other Southeast Asian regions, in a more informal and relaxed manner.

Street food is also the name of the game at Mama San – authentic recipes, made with traditional techniques, but polished up by using the best quality ingredients and served in a fairly chic, fun room. Environment can make all the difference.

Not everyone wants to head down a back alley and sit on a plastic stool, taking a chance on what might come out of that big, bubbling pot, or sit on the side of a main road in a far-flung town in Sulawesi, trying every dish to determine what the real winners are. So the Street Food Chef has done that for you, and you get to try his favourites, whilst sipping on a killer margarita at Mama San.


The unique purpose built warehouse interior blends vintage and retro eras with tanned leather chesterfield sofas, mirror walls, oriental side lit screens and quirky one-off art pieces including a 10 x 4 metre retro wall mural created by textile designer Justine Missen.

A range of black and white pictures showcasing Will Meyrick’s food travels around Asia adorn one of the walls of the ground floor dining room and scatter cushions help to create a homely feel on both levels.

Respecting the Mama San tradition, the entire upper floor is open plan accessing the terrace bar, his/her toilets and a 1000 bottle wine retail room allowing consumers to buy wine by the bottle or case.

Mama San’s menu gravitates towards Vietnamese, Cambodian, Burmese and Chinese recipes, with some dashes of Indian and Balinese. The signature dish here is a massaman curry with chicken, shallots, pumpkin, potato, peanuts and tamarind. You should also try the heart-warming soups and sizzling wok-fries.

beef and bamboo dumplings
Beef and bamboo dumplings

The second floor of Mama San is a busy cocktail bar and lounge. The wine list here is one of the most extensive in Bali and the cocktails are creative and delicious. Try a Coconut Mojito, Moscow Mule or P.I.M.P.

Sarong and Mama San use fresh ingredients produced by the local farming, making sure there is a balance of “take and give” that involves the local community and supports sustainability.

Neither of these restaurants has (nor needs) any weekly or seasonal specials, apart from the dim sum lunch on Sundays at Mama San. But they host regular media dinners, tastings and small events to assist with explaining the origin of the flavours, the use of sometimes unusual or obscure regional ingredients, and the significance of the dishes within the communities and cultures they hail from.


Address: Jl. Petitenget No, 19 x. Kerobokan, Bali 80361, Indonesia.
Phone:+62 361 4737 809
Operating hours: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm


Address: Jl. Raya Kerobokan No. 135, Banjartaman, Kuta, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone:+62 361 730436
Operating hours: 12:00 – 3:00 pm, 6:30 pm – 1:00 am

So, there you go. You know where to turn your footsteps for Bali’s food best. When you feel like having that classy dressed up outing, sipping wine and enjoying gourmet dining. Fill up your Bali “to-do” list with our hints and recommendations and get your stomach ready for some serious gluttony and overeating.

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Bali’s top 10 most charming vegan and organic cafes

If you’re vegan or a lover of all things organic, Bali is your haven.

From vibrant gypsy style cafes serving luscious raw chocolates, to Bistros with imitation meat and  Lasagna that taste so real, even the most devoted meat-eaters, won’t spot the difference. Bali has become a paradise for those seeking ultimate health and a cleaner, healthier way of enjoying food. It boasts a large and extensive selection of  organic health foods and has something for everyone.

This is a comprehensive list of the top places in Bali to get your veggie fix or treat yourself, absolutely guilt free.

Zula Vegetarian Paradise -Seminyak

Price Range: 18,000-75,000 RP ($1.80- 7.50)

The sister of Down to Earth Cafe, this sweet little restaurant is a great intimate escape  from the crowded Seminyak scene.
An oasis for  vegans and vegetarian alike, the menu is bursting with various wholesome health food creations and,  like all good cafes it always  takes a while to pick what you want (because everything looks so good!)

As you enter the restaurant  a burst of  spice aromas engulf the nose. The earthy warm, washed tone of the walls, paired with the with the vibrant pillows and wooden chairs , feel like an instant invitation to relax and slow down your pace. You feel as though you’re entering the home of a longtime friend and about to share a  hot cooked meal together. Comfortable is the word that best describes this café,  it has great vibes and a  homey feel about it.

Zula puts a lot of effort  into the presentation of the food and those with an artistic eye and appreciation for attention to detail will be pleased. They serve  smoothies and cold juices in adorable gypsy style glass jars, beautifully rich in color and absolutely divine in taste.You can really taste the quality of the ingredients.

The marinated veggie burgers are a favorite amongst many. Hearty and satisfying,the homemade whole meal bread bun is both crunchy and thick and overflowing with delicious salad (wheat free available).They also come with a side of hot sweet potato fries. There is a choice of Chickpea or veggie Pattie.

Another classic on the menu  is  The Dragon Bowl. An assortment of freshly grated organic vegetables, pomelo (a citric fruit native to southeast Asia), Tempe, alfalfa sprouts and Avacado.Served on Buckwheat noodles, with Nori  and toasted sesame dressing. Along with the Sobu Salad, these are must tries.

You’ll  find cute little pepper shakers on the table filled with various seeds and aromatic spices which will enhance your meal and add massive flavor.

At the back of the restaurant, sits a vegan cake counter fridge with gorgeously crafted and gluten free delights. Try the tofu lemon cheese cake or the pie with succulent drizzling blueberry sauce, both are to die for.

If you enjoy a fine wine with your meal, there is a small collection of both red and white wines sold by the bottle, a great accompaniment to any of the delicious desserts. Or if a cold beer is more your thing, choose from a glass of Belgium’s famous Stella Artois or Hoegaarden even grab a long Neck of Indonesia’s very own Bintang.

Have you just finished a hard workout? Well don’t sweat it, Zula Vegetarian Paradise has you covered. Refuel with a “Potassium Magnesium” smoothie blend, a mix of banana, Fig and flax seed. Or perhaps a Energy booster “Lift on a difficult day” with sweet strawberry, soymilk and carob Molasses, It’s sure to get you up and running again in no time!

There is also a organic health food grocery store, with products spread throughout the restaurant. They sell everything From vegan  protein powders, to all natural peanut butters and animal cruelty free shampoos. They also stock homemade  muesli bars, organic raisins and lots of grains and mixed nuts. The variety here is impressive  and even  those who are gluten intolerant are catered for.

You will find Zula Vegetarian Paradise Restaurant on Jalan Camplung Tanduk, Seminyak.

Verdict: Even heavy meat eaters will adore this place, with it’s satisfying portion sizes and irresistible flavor kick. You’ll leave feeling satisfied and healthier than when you first strolled in.


Price Range: 45,000-95,000 ($4.50-$9.5)

A cute Raw vegan café for the Eco driven food enthusiast and avid vegan.It attracts the young and  hip and is a favorite among Ubud’s locals.

The food is of very high quality, clean and fresh. They offer vibrant health juices (try the “antioxidant blast ) and amazing raw chocolates and vegan desserts. The Live Pad Thai and the raw pizza are hits here and both absolutely loaded with healthy veg and salad. It should be noted though, that portions sizes are a little smaller than average (they make up for it in taste).

Very gregarious staff with happy faces, always ready to help. If you enjoy a friendly chat and uplifting vibes, this is your place! There are comfy bean bags to lounge on and the room although small, is very tranquil. Soma continues to offer amazing, down to earth hospitality and unique vegan cuisine, despite the heavy competition in the Ubud area. If you’re passing by, make sure to check them out. Verdict: Most certainty a joint that has mastered the vegan health movement and understands it’s customers down to an art. Drop in for some vegan health delights!

Yellow Flower Café

Price Range: From roughly 30,000 ($3)

The Yellow Flower Café makes you feel like you’ve entered another world. It’s like you’ve suddenly woken up and found yourself dining in a mystical and enchanting jungle.

An Indonesian alternative organic cafe for those bored with western food and keen to dig into Balinese culture. Although not all the meals are vegetarian, everything is organic and a whole lot of tender love goes into the  meals, and you can really taste it.

They have great juice and smoothies (try Papaya or Pineapple) and  tasty wheat free pancakes. And keeping up with the raw food trend in Ubud, they bake mouthwatering raw desserts. Get your hands dirty with some raw chocolates (listed as choc fruits on the menu), or calm down with a hot Latte.  They offer a bargain buffet on Sundays for 65,000.

Verdict: Nutritious, delicious and organic, need we say more? Pay them a visit.

Fresh Ingredients at Yellow Flower, Bali Fresh Ingredients at Yellow Flower Cafe

Green Ginger Noodle House

Price Range: 36,000-119,000RP ($3.60-$19)

Don’t be mislead by how small the place is because The green Ginger Noodle House is exceptionally good and perfectly styled.

Cozy and simple, they offer raw healthy soul food, lots of succulent fresh greens and vegetables and lots of variety in their menu.  Portions are big and satisfying. Popular for it’s well brewed hot chai, crunchy corn fritters and veg friendly tofu larb.

Service is great here and the staff are friendly. The atmosphere is eclectic and they have well decorated, vintage sheik designed seating in their cute courtyard. It is the ultimate place to enjoy some of their delicious mains and take in the beautiful view. Under the same ownership as  The Elephant in Ubud, The Green Ginger Noodle House is an absolute gem. Find them  located in the middle of Brawa , near Canggu club on 46 Jalan Pantai Berawa

Verdict: The only thing that you’ll be disappointed by, is that you taste it sooner!

Sari Organik 

Price Range: 60,000-80,000 ($6-8)

From Middle Eastern spicy Curries to fresh Indonesian Gago-Gado, this place has it all. Not 100% vegetarian but they have  many vegan and vegetarian dishes and it is all vegan.

Cushioned up amongst Ubud’s famously lush rice paddies, with a killer view and a fresh breeze as you eat. Although quite a hike to reach the restaurant (15-20 minutes through the fields), the journey is enchanting, soothing to the soul and highly therapeutic. All the food is grown right there in the fields next door on a model farm. They only serve the best, 100% Organic and sustainable produce.

The atmosphere is tranquil and very natural  and it puts you in a  peaceful dreamy state as you gaze out upon the scenery.

Tip: Come at Sunset! The restaurant is bright and open spaced  but simple.  True to Balinese style, you can choose to sit on the floor to eat your meal, propped up with some comfy cushions or on the cute little wooden chairs.The Food is wholesome, fresh and comforting, albeit slightly pricy if you’re watching how you spend. Favorites include: The wood oven pizza and Indian curry burrito. They also have great organic smoothies and Black and red rice available.

Second Location: Penestanan:Restaurant with connected  grocery store, featuring an array of organic produce all grown locally on their farm in Kintamani.

Verdict: Food may be slightly plain or tasteless to those not accustomed to organic wholefoods but it’s reassuring to know, it’s like this because there are no additives like MSG in the meals. it’s defiantly a health conscious person’s first choice though.

Earth Cafe

Price Range: 50,000-130,000 RP ($5-$13)

Under the same  ownership as Zula Vegetarian Paradise and Down To Earth, this  raw vegetarian restaurant is defiantly no exception in quality and boasts one of the largest health food grocery shops in Bali.

Shaped like a hut, this cute wooden paradise is a gem to  all health conscious eaters. They have a fridge stocked full with one hundred percent organic vegetables, a fantastic collection of health and holistic healing books for sale and cute yoga and gypsy style clothing adorn the walls. The restaurant is large and spacy. The tables are laden with comfy cushions and the sunshine shines brightly into the restaurant.  It has Amazing Ambience, Earth Café have certaintly done a great job creating atmosphere.

Their juices are fresh and vibrant, served in cute mason jars and leave you feeling uplifted and energized. You can select your own contents for the Salads  and the dressings are delicious. From falafal wraps to scrambled tofu with organic sweet potatoes to Seitan Schnitzels, when it comes to fine food, this Café doesn’t miss a beat. The Ginger beer is served with  edible straws made from sugar cane; The Raw desserts actually contribute to your health and to top it off, they have excellent coffee. You will find Earth Café next to  Guardian pharmacy on Jalan Lesmana, Oberoi, Seminyak.

Verdict: Always delivers in terms of taste and high quality vegetarian food. Can’t speak highly enough of this restaurant. Service sometimes a little slow but a great place to indulge in delicious gourmet food, completely and utterly guilt free.

Earth Cafe couches in Bali Earth Cafe via Eat Green Cake

Divine Earth

Price Range: 50,000 RP up ($5)

A new addition to Bali’s ever-growing vegan health food scene, Divine Earth serves 100% raw organic vegan and dehydrated fine cuisine. You can smell the freshness  as you walk in the door, this place is the dictionary definition of health.

Cold pressed juices and smoothies that will keep you coming back for more and your body thanking you, dining here is a  Truly divine experience. Feeling like something sweet? Try their vegan ice-cream or “cheese cakecake”. Favourite Main meals to dig into include the delicious pastas with Tempe “meatballs” and the Eggplant and Zucchini Moussaka stack with cashew cheese melt.

They have a sandwich and salad bar and serve thick soup to warm the soul in Bali’s dreary wet season. Appetizers include homemade almond bread with Garlic Pili Nut Butter or even Guacamole with veggie sticks. The variety is large and packs a huge taste punch. They offer free delivery in Seminyak area,. You can find them on Jalan Raya Basangkasa 1200A, Seminyak.

Verdict: Although pricy, perhaps a litle small and compact,Divine Earth offers something truly different. A cute little café to enjoy food in it’s most pure and healthy form, Raw and vegan! Give it a visit on your next trip through Seminyak!


Price Range: 85,000-130,000 RP ($8.50-$13)

A gorgeous bistro style café that is worth your visit! This double story health food hot spot, located right in the heart of Ubud is well know for its Classic Charm and hospitable service. Their menu is organic and they offer fresh flavorful whole food that keeps the crowds rolling in. The coffee is great and the pottery mugs that they serve it in, are a masterpiece on their own.

Kafe offers Yummy and healthy brekkies for the early risers including delicious pancakes. Must tries include blueberry served with a side of ice-cream and  buckwheat with pear and ginger.

The veggie burgers are made with love and come with a tasty Salsa in a adorable ceramic glazed bowl . The raw organic Cake and pastries are presented in a beautiful fridge cabinet, try the Raw keylime Pie, a heavenly tangy sensation, but be warned; one is never enough. Favorite mains on the menu  include: The vegetarian “Tuna steak”, The raw ravioli and any of their awesome salads or hot soups. All the food has unique combinations of flavors and great texture.

The Vibe in Kafe is very relaxed and new age. Humorous picture frames line the walls; “Unattended children will be given espresso and free kitten”. There’s a  clock with cute reminders such as “time to nap” at 4.30pm and the beautiful red feature wall will catch your eye. Kafe sells a large collection of postcards and a whole shelf full of books. Combine that with the home-style wooden chairs outside, (positioned so perfectly to catch the breeze), add a coffee or juice, and you’ve found yourself the perfect spot to dig into your favorite novel that you’ve been meaning to read for so long. Their catch phrase “Great Music, healthy foods, yummy desserts and true espresso” is a great overview of all this place has to offer.

Kafe’s Location is very easy to find. Just head on down to Jalan Hanoman 44B, one of the main roads in Ubud.

Verdict: The food tastes as good as It looks. if you want to eat well and enjoy the atmosphere of Ubud , all at the same time, Kafe is the place to do it.

The Elephant restaurant and Bar

Price Range: 50,000-110,000 ($5-$11)

A highly recommended vegetarian restaurant that consistently lives up to it’s good name. Tucked back off the main road ,looking above  the beautiful Campuhan Ridge river valley. It has magical green scenery and a view that will take your breathe away. Featuring a gorgeous serene little garden, this place is truly a glorious find.

Plenty of variety on the menu, with local healthy ingredients. Myriad juices, crunchy greens and hearty mains to satisfy even the biggest hunger. Portions sizes are also very generous at The Elephant. Favorites  on the menu  include The Potato Rosti. Pad Thai is also a winner here. With amazing raw vegan chocolate cake and banana caramel cake, if you’re a sweet lover, you will be spoilt for choice. Grab a  hot Chai Latte with Cashew milk or a frothed Café Macchiato  or even  a crepe with fruit salad. Whatever you choose, you won’t be disappointed.

Verdict: With Swinging seats to rest your tired legs up on and and vegetarian cuisine that will make you feel like you’ve been to heaven and back; this is the perfect spot to watch the sun go down and ponder life and how great it is!

Vego heaven at Elephant Restaurant via Award Travel Wisdom

The Seeds of Life

Price Range: Roughly 50,000-115,000 ($5-$15)

Very popular for it’s raw vegan desserts, this place is off the  charts for food innovation and attention to detail. The ambiance of this place makes it an awesome hangout spot to enjoy with friends or even a haven to enjoy  on your own (think Raw Tiramisu and your favorite book).

Favorites on the menu include: The pesto raw pizza with amazing fillings and taste ,the Sushi and the Better than Beef Lasagna. It’s crazy how much some of their meals taste and resemble real meat (great for non-veg friends tagging along) but you can be reassured in knowing  everything here is 100% vegetarian or vegan friendly. Finish your meal with some Banana crème pie or a slice of Lavender Ice cream Cake and  life will feel complete.

Seeds of Life also  have a Taoist Tonic bar serving  soothing Tonics and Elixirs to heal and cleanse the body.

Verdict:We love it for it’s uniqueness and creativity. A place of passion and love for food,  Vegans and vegetarians, you know where to go!

5 Most Romantic Dinners in Bali. Ps. I Love You  

Bali, Indonesia’s “Island of the Gods”, is a powerful testament to how truly awe-inspiring mother nature can be. Pristine beaches, crystal clear blue waters and a deep spiritual history, magnified through countless Hindu temples that have stood untouched for centuries, present an ideal getaway experience, unlike any other. Having undergone a significant transformation since its early backpacker days, areas such as Seminyak, Nusa Dua, Ubud and Uluwatu are now highly recognised as trendy, upmarket and romantic location, shifting the scene that Bali was once known for and drawing to the island, a different type of crowd altogether.

Amidst the dreamy landscape, the island’s novelty as being a paradise for lovers stems from a list of famous celebrity weddings that have taken place here over the years. Rolling Stones singer, Mick Jagger, chose to tie the knot to girlfriend Jerry Hall in a traditional Balinese ceremony. Their decision to leave behind the high-end luxuries of America, opting instead for simple white wedding outfits accompanied by a meaningful Hindu blessing, could have only come from the fact that both had earlier described Bali as “the most romantic place on the planet.”

It’s difficult to put a finger as to why Bali is a lover’s paradise. It could be the array of rainforests, waterfalls, volcanoes and cliff-side views that form the ideal backdrop for the perfect proposal, wedding venue or honeymoon trip. If you’re looking for a place to treat your better half to a night that’ll make them feel like a million bucks, here are five breathtakingly beautiful and scenic dining spots across the island that present the perfect ambience to renew your love bonds.

Most Romantic Dinners in Bali #1: Pesta Lobster Experience – At Ayana Resort, Jimbaran

Besides being a premium delicacy and a rich source of protein that most people won’t mind spending a fortune over as an occasional treat, lobster’s are known to be opulent aphrodisiacs. Enjoy them while overlooking a view of the famous Jimbaran Bay located on the southwestern coast of Bali. Voted as the most romantic dining venue in Bali, you and your significant other will get to savour a five-course dinner on a private jetty with your own personal chef for the night.

Kick back and relax in your cosy private dining area nestled in a quiet corner of the beach as musicians pamper you with soothing tunes from traditional bamboo xylophones. Your five-course meal comprises of only the freshest seafood available on the island, all cooked and presented by the restaurant’s master chefs. Enjoy Pesta Lobster, Kisik Seafood Platter, iced Tuna Sashimi, Prawn, Oyster and Mussel served with fresh lemon, lime and tabasco.

Feel the love as you watch the bright orange Balinese sunset in the distance and let its glorious beauty bring peace to your hearts. After dining in decadence, end your night with Tout Guanaja Chocolate Mousse, a rich cocoa dessert perfectly designed to provide you with an energy rush that’ll send your hearts racing.

More details about this romantic dinner experience, here.

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Pesta Lobster Experience, in Jimbaran

Most Romantic Dinners in Bali #2: Fall In Love Within Bali’s Cave Wonders – At Samabe Bali Suites

Indulge in a truly magical and unique dining experience down in Nusa Dua. For one night only, escape from the worries of everyday life to a world reserved for only you and your loved one while surrounding yourself with the spiritual energy that mother earth exudes.

Your secret cave hideaway comes with a four-course candlelight dinner along with a luxurious setting of twenty red roses and champagne. Choose to go by foot, or hop onto a private jeep that’ll drop you directly at your destination. Upon arrival, enjoy a warm welcome from your personal butler as he serves up a tantalising dinner comprising of aptly named dishes such as “Truly, Madly, Deeply” and Bouquet of Joy”, that taste wonderful and will definitely set you in the mood for love.

Nothing compares to embracing nature in all its glory than dining in one of these majestic limestone structures that have withstood the test of time. End your night by indulging in some stargazing or a quiet stroll along the beach. This loved-up dining experience is by far the most private one you’ll get to enjoy, before heading back to the hustle and bustle of city life.

More details about this romantic dinner experience, here.

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Cave Dining at Samabe, Nusa Dua

Most Romantic Dinners in Bali #3: Dine In The Heart of Nature, At Kamandalu Resort in Ubud

There is no denial as to why Ubud is considered one of Bali’s most romantic districts. Far removed from Kuta’s party scene, the spiritual hub of the island can be felt among the many temples that surround its villages. Besides being the cultural centre recognised for its local artwork and architectural glory, it is also home to many quaint and cosy restaurants, that provide the perfect escape to help you reflect and regain your strength.

There’s no greater way to fall deeper in love than to enjoy a spectacular dinner beneath the stars with a six-course meal and a traditional blessing. Here in the heart of Ubud, surrounded by valleys, medicinal plants and herbs, the evening sky and the soothing sound of nature, your personal chef will prepare four menus for you to choose from, taking into consideration, your religious and dietary concerns.

The highlight of your night comes right after your meal. You and your partner will be presented with two white doves, destined to be released. This act of love represents everlasting peace and kindness, that in doing so brings good will to your relationship and ensures that it remains nestled in a solid foundation for eternity.

More details about this romantic dinner experience, here.

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Overlooking the valley, at Kamandalu resort, Ubud

Most Romantic Dinners in Bali #4: Revel In Uluwatu’s Sunsets – At Anantara Uluwatu

Known as the surf of Bali, Uluwatu is known for its rocky formations that form the foundation of its many temples and beaches. If you’re looking to indulge here, The Anantara Resort, is the closest thing you’ll come to being in paradise. This luxury escape is brimming with romantic experiences that’ll leave you with unforgettable memories. Wind down for the evening with a clifftop dinner that boast a stunning view of the ocean.

Upon arrival, the resort will organise a warm welcome for you and your loved one with a spectacular walkway decorated with candles leading up to your dinner table. A traditional Balinese umbrella that symbolizes protection is set up above you while you dine. The gourmet menu comes with a selection of only the best cold-cuts, seafood, duck and delectable desserts. One can only imagine the view that awaits you from on top your private cocoon while the sound of the waves provide a gentle and loving calm.

The best takeaway from this experience is not just the hospitality and privacy the resort staff provide, but also the sheer beauty of Uluwatu’s natural glory that will definitely leave a long-standing impression within your hearts and minds.

More details about this romantic dinner experience, here.

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Bali’s most wanted sea-view, Anantara, in Uluwatu

Most Romantic Dinners in Bali #5 – Experience True Peace Among Luscious Greenery – At Ubud Hanging Gardens

Deep within Ubud’s dense forest stands an architectural wonder that holds the key to revealing a world of infinite beauty and tranquility. The Hanging Gardens Hotel is simply spectacular and owns one of the most photogenic and photographed pools in the world.

It is here, right next to its highly acclaimed infinity pool, where you’ll get to dine with your loved one. Attended to by only the best and highly skilled service staff in the whole of Bali, start your experience with a delicious Mango Mimosa Cocktail followed by a gourmet menu designed by a celebrity chef. Get ready to be blown away by the creative food presentations and high quality ingredients that await you with every dish.

Dine within a traditional Balinese tent surrounded by floating Frangipani candles and a dense forest. As you relax, take in the exotic views of an ancient Balinese temple that sits aloof on a cliff. Voted as the number one honeymoon destination and a 2016 nominee for the “Condé Nast Traveler World Luxury Restaurants Awards”, this incredibly unique dining experience will not disappoint.

More details about this romantic dinner experience, here.

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On a floating tent, at Hanging Gardens, Ubud

Best restaurants in Seminyak: a complete guide to fine dining

So you moved to a tropical island paradise away from the city life. You happily slipped your feet into a pair of Havaianas, tucked your makeup bag in the farthest corner of your wardrobe, and planned to enjoy wearing a torn t-shirt, eating street food and drinking Bintangs for the rest of eternity. But to your surprise, you started to miss all that glam and champagne much faster than you expected.

Luckily, Bali is the island of contrasts, and the posh part of island life is as well developed as the budget one. So put on those high heels and red lipstick, dress up your date in a nice collared shirt and go dine in style!

Welcome to part two of our guide to the best restaurants in Seminyak.

Teatro Gastroteque – a gastronomic experience for a special occasion

It is quite challenging to write about Teatro Gastroteque  it’s a case of the Chinese proverb “when hearing about it 100 times is not as good as seeing (or tasting) it once”.

A purely Indonesian venture, Teatro is headed by Chef Mandif M. Warokka who has an impressive collection of work experience under his belt, as well as several gold and silver awards from prestigious competitions through Indonesia and the Middle East.

This is a very small restaurant, sitting only 25 guests – making it all the more possible to enjoy the gastronomic theatre, where the open kitchen is the stage, the chef and cooks are the actors and the main star of the show is, of course, the cuisine.

The decor is modest but tasteful: dark wood, granite and velvet, red and dark grey tones and dim lighting with flickering candles. Teatro Gastroteque’s warm atmosphere allows diners to easily focus on the exquisite dining experience.

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An artful presentation of food in Teatro

Chef Mandif is very passionate about fine dining cuisine; in all of his dishes he is addressing your taste buds rather than your stomach, choosing a flavour adventure over the feeling of fullness.

The menu is an Asian-European fusion that some consider worthy of Michelin stars. Teatro’s signature experience is the degustation menu involving a minimum of 3 courses, which actually gets served up as 6 to 7 dishes including the aperitif. The other options are a substantial 5 or 7 course Discovery Menu and Chef’s Degustation Menu, which include up to 15 dishes.

The food is prepared with about 90% local produce and served beautifully in fancy plates made here on the island.

The menu changes regularly depending on the availability of ingredients  – Teatro always serves what is in season and at its best. Being a fine dining restaurant of such quality and passion, Teatro Gastroteque is heavily focused on wine pairing, so the wine selection is very broad here, showcasing both old and new world. They also have a variety of Martinis for the aperitif.

Tetro Gastroteque is a restaurant to dine at on very special occasions and heaven for adventurous foodies.

Get ready for an exquisite experience – your dinner might last up to 3 hours, leading to the feeling of gourmet satisfaction without the ghastly food coma.

Address: Jalan Kayu Aya, Blok C No. 1-2, Seminyak, Bali,80361, Indonesia.
Phone: +62361 8700078
Operating hours: Tue-Sun 6pm – 11pm.

Bambu – authentically Indonesian

Bambu is a new kid on Petitenget’s fine dining block, located right next to Hu’u Bar and opposite Salty Seagull. The way Bambu tells it, there is no main mastermind behind this lovely restaurant, it is a group accomplishment and they don’t believe in singling out any one individual – even the owners prefer to remain out of the spotlight.

 Bambu was created in homage to all things we love about Indonesia.

The idea was to create something respectful to the place that Bambu’s creators have chosen to call home for the last 20 years; an idea that has been executed without fault. The architecture, the textiles, the graciousness of the people, the superbly handcrafted materials, and of course, the varied cuisines all hailing from various islands within the archipelago.

The receptionists, all dressed in crisp white outfits, will greet you at the entrance and show you to your table. You will take a few steps across the koi pond, immediately finding yourself in a tranquil environment, very different from the busy world outside on the street. The design of the venue is reminiscent of a traditional joglo pavilion, with modern touches such as eggshell coloured floors and carved wooden screens.


Bambu’s menu was created based on extensive travel and research throughout various parts of Indonesia. Whilst the presentation of the food is more on the exquisite side, the recipes and history of each dish remains true to their roots. The owners like to think of the food here as ‘inspired village cuisine’ or ‘upscale warung’. If the cuisine is supposed to be spicy, it is SPICY – no ‘bule’ discounts here. If you can’t take sambal like a local, be sure to inform your waiter.

The team of staff are immensely knowledgeable on the origins of each dish on the menu, guiding diners through the selections if they need some help. We especially love their dessert menu boasting dishes like green pandan crepes wrapped around coconut and palm sugar and black rice pudding balls.

Bambu’s chefs are currently putting together some sharing menus that will be suitable for larger groups. At the moment, the table sizes are limited to a maximum of 8 people to ensure the best quality service and food for everyone.

Just like the food, the drinks here are also inspired by herbs, spices and tradition. Many of the classic elements found in the bumbu (spice pastes) are used to enhance the flavour of the cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages made in-house.

With rotating menu items to keep things fresh, this is one restaurant to keep coming back to again and again.

Address: Jl. Petitenget no. 198, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone number: +62 361 8469797
Operating hours: 6pm – Midnight.

Urchin Grill & Raw Bar – one for the seafood lovers.

Located in a boutique colonial hotel, this place is minimalistic, unpretentious and brilliant in its simplicity. Urchin Grill & Raw Bar is about seafood, gin and good times.

The centrepiece of the dining room is an open plan kitchen, where you can witness the freshest ingredients turning into a savoury dish that will please your senses. Culinary maestro chef Steven Skelly has an impressive twenty years of professional experience and is renowned for his great talents in the kitchen.

Open plan kitchen at Urchin
Open plan kitchen at Urchin

Surprisingly enough, Urchin’s customers have been raving about the bread. A small but important detail that so many restaurants fail to pay attention to, this meticulous point of difference sets the standard for the rest of the menu and the level of service.

The “raw” section of the menu does not consist of any superfood magic grass, as the word might suggest in Ubud. Rather, you can expect the likes of Tartar and Carpaccio or Sashimi and Urchin Maki – a gleefully fancy affair.

There are also various dishes to choose from involving grilled and roasted fish. For the incorrigible carnivores there is suckling pig, oxtail soup and of course, steak. All the classics for the meat aficionados.

Individual cones of tartar
Individual cones of tartar

Try a small morsel of everything by ordering a tasting menu, which you can also pair with beverages or wine. The specialty of Urchin’s bar is gin; there are nine different blends presented on the menu and almost as many gin-based cocktails. And to top it all off they make their own tonic water! This idea goes straight into the “attention to details” folder, filed neatly alongside the incredible bread.

Digestives are dotted near the desserts menu, right after tea and coffee. After all, strawberry and guava soufflé might taste better accompanied with a cognac rather than a cappuccino.

When it comes to the vibe, the owners themselves refer to it as fun dining rather than fine dining. No candlelit rooms, fancy views or chandeliers. Just top quality seafood cooked in various imaginative ways.

Address: Jl. Laksmana no. 22, Seminyak, Bali 80361 Indonesia
Phone number: +62 361 736 319/+62 361 732 413/+62 361 904 2000
Operating hours: 3pm – Midnight.

Sardine – from Bali with love

Fresh seafood, organic produce, open spaces, a beautiful view and good service. If we had to give you a brief description of what Sardine is all about, that would pretty much sum it up. Or perhaps in a more poetic way, “Cuisine Du Soleil”.

Sardine is hidden behind a stonewall adorned with rice farmer hats, right before Lio Square on one of the most traffic dense spots in Seminyak.

Entering through the gates and stepping through an unassuming partition feels like walking through a wormhole; the peaceful countryside style view is quite contradictory to the hustle and bustle that is left behind. What you find is a little oasis with a tasteful layout and carefully detailed décor. The entire restaurant, right down to the colour scheme, is designed for rest and relaxation.

The feature material, bamboo, has been used to create a unique and contemporary yet warm and inviting architecture with “Bali soul”. The corners of the premises are surrounded by thriving bamboo overlooking stunning rice fields and a large barong head honours the wall next to the entrance.

Stunning rice fields view infront of sardine
Stunning rice fields view infront of sardine

Sardine works mainly with local produce such as organic vegetables from Batu Riti gardens or fresh fish and seafood from the markets, avoiding imported produce as much as possible.

Although the menu is predominantly seafood, some meat and poultry dishes are also present. The dinner menu changes daily due to the availability of produce or what is in season and the lunch menu changes weekly.

The must tries of the house? Start with the Banyuwangi scallops on the half shell with Asian salsa, or the smoked sardines with Bedugul potato salad, crème fraiche, lemon and chives. For the main affair, devour the barramundi steamed in banana leaf with ginger, the grilled whole fish “Jimbaran style” with sambal matah or the pan seared diver scallops with mushroom ravioli and parsley-truffle emulsion. Whichever dessert you choose, consume it at the table next to the rice paddy – this will add an extra sweet taste to your experience.

Grilled Sardines
Grilled Sardines

A cozy bar offers a small selection of tasty dishes as well as a choice of exotic drinks like coconut martinis, raspberry mojitos, passion fruit daiquiris and bloody marys with a celery stalk and a king prawn.

Sardine is the perfect environment for cozy drinks or a romantic dinner as behind it all, there is a love story, which extends into a passionate and gastronomic affair with the Island of the Gods. Everything here really is made with love.

Address: Jl. Petitenget no. 21, Kerobokan, Bali 80361 Indonesia
Phone number: +628113978111 / +628113978333.
Operating hours: 11.30 am – 1 am.

So, there you go. You know where to turn your footsteps for Bali’s food best. When you feel like having that classy dressed up outing, sipping wine and enjoying gourmet dining. Fill up your Bali “to-do” list with our hints and recommendations and get your stomach ready for some serious gluttony and overeating.

You have been informed. You have been warned.

Still craving more culinary creations? Check out part one of our guide to the best fine dining restaurants in Seminyak.

Bali’s best bars and clubs by the beach

Sipping a drink by the beach as the sun sets is an essential Bali experience. Whether you’re after a 7 star beach club or somewhere more laid back where you can kick off your shoes and watch the clouds roll by, you won’t be short of places to choose from.

On any given evening along Bali’s endless coastlines, DJ’s are dropping ambient beats and Bintangs are being downed by the truckload. Colourful tasselled umbrellas, live entertainment and mesmerising kite displays bring the shoreline to life from about 4pm – 8pm, and both travellers scrapping by on a shoestring and those ready to blow their life savings will find a place to suit. Prime time sunset hangs are everyone’s for the taking.

In Bali, life is slow paced and the hot weather often demands avoiding the sun during the thick of the day. But just before sunset, as the sun recedes towards the horizon and the symphony of clouds stage a visual delight, being outdoors is pure perfection. The ocean breeze, multicoloured skies and view of the vast open sea lines grant a much needed recharge. Here is our list of the best places to enjoy this daily phenomenon while enjoying a cheeky beverage or two.

La Plancha

Funky crowd at la Plancha sunset, photo taken from

La Plancha is the mother of all beanbag bars, found on the beach in Legian, on the strip of beach between Jalan 66 and Jalan Dyanapura. Bursting with color and hip electro music, La Plancha is always full to the brim with a happy, holiday making crowd.

Come early before sunset to grab a bean bag and find yourself in the most comfortable position. Amongst drinks, indulge in Spanish tapas and international food at moderate prices.

A sunset beverage at La Plancha is a token Bali experience. Not one to miss.

Address: on the Mesari Beach, between JL Double Six and Jl Dhyanapura, Seminyak, Bali,
Phone Number:+ 62 878 614-16310

Old Man’s


Famous for its atmosphere, this so called institution on Batu Bolong Beach in Canggu is a favorite local hangout.

Unlike Seminyak and Uluwatu which mostly cater to tourists, Canggu has a more of a community feeling, brimming with expats who’ve decided to call the village home.

The laid back atmosphere, street art and substantial food options are really starting to draw in the crowds. Old Man’s is also a good place to take the kids as there is a bit of room to run around and the lack of pretentiousness makes it easy not to fret that the little ones are going to smash a glass or disturb other patrons.

There’s no table service, but standing up to order can be a bit of a social affair and a good opportunity to stretch your legs. Make your Old Man’s sunset viewing a Friday night affair to see live music and the venue in full swing.

Address: Jl. Batu Bolong Beach, Canggu
Phone Number: +62 361 84159

Cocoon Restaurant and Bar Club


Cocoon envelops you in its stylish, modern design, upbeat music and fresh cocktails, right off Jalan Double Six in Legian.

Boasting a pool, cabanas and a stylish restaurant that transforms into a posh bar by night with electro beats that can be heard off the street, right in the midst of Legian beach. Cocoon is all about party, party, party. If you are in the mood for pool side lounging with a cocktail in hand, this is the place you want to be.

To get ready for the evening party, come before sunset and enjoy two for one cocktails from 4 to 7 p.m. The food is exquisite, with an award winning menu dishing up international and fusion recipes.

Cocoon features good DJs hand picked from both the national and international music scene at least once a week, so check their online event schedule to pick a prime sunset viewing.

Address: Jl Double Six 66, Blue Ocean Boulevard, Seminyak
Phone Number:+62 361 731266



KuDeTa is fancy Bali at its best. A beach bar with day beds, perfect ambiance and exceptional five-star food, located on the beach in Legian next to the Oberoi Hotel, KuDeTa serves our favorite large breakfasts and hosts hip DJs from all over the world.

It is famous for themed parties during the high season, so check their schedule online and book tickets early – they will sell out. KuDeTa is also a great excuse to dress up to the nines and leave your flat shoes and tattered sarong at home for the night.

Address: Jalan Kayu Aya No. 9, Seminyak, Bali
Phone Number:+62 361 736969

La Lucciola


La Lucciola is an upscale, scenic, colonial style restaurant separated from the beach by a strip of soft grass and five large palm trees. Here, you can get refreshed by a fine selection of wines, Mediterranean salads, and the occasional spotting of famous movie stars (think Mr Big from Sex in the City). A fabulous view, great food and quality service – that’s an A+ from us.

Address: Jalan Kayu Aya, Petitenget Beach, Seminyak, Bali
Phone Number:+62 361 730838

Potato Head


A popular Indonesian restaurant brand from Jakarta sweeping hordes of hipsters off their feet with a large infinity pool, retro designed interior and hip music. Located on the beach in Legian, but a bit further to the north in the Petitenget area. From smoothies to cocktails, small bites to fully sized meals; Potato Head offers a modern touch on classic international dishes at moderate prices. The large day beds turn into fun, lazy hangouts for groups who stick around into the night.

A unique combination of the beach bar experience and modern metropolitan hangout. Potato Head has a relaxing atmosphere to be enjoyed with good friends or someone special. Book one day ahead to avoid standing in the line in high heels.

Address: Jalan Petitenget 51 B, Kerobokan
Phone Number:+62 361 4737979

W Retreat and Spa

W hotel bali

If you have an inkling and love of design, fine food and world class entertainment, check out this much loved venue of ours. W Retreat and Spa is a modern concept hotel with a beach restaurant, large pool area and Woo Bar. Beyond sunset, venture here for a brunch of fresh seafood consumed whilst kicking back on the colourful day beds around the terraced pool, entertained by Cafe del Mar tunes. This is considered to be the high side of Bali life.

Excellent service, loads of clubbing events and concerts performed by popular world entertainers, and a lush interior from ceiling to floor make this place an absolute must. Quality comes with a price, but at a venue like this, we really can’t complain. When the crowd overflows, things can get manic and loud, so book a table early if you don’t want to elbow your way through the masses.

Address: Jl. Petitenget, Kerobokan
Phone Number:+62 361 4738106



Despite the name sounding like a squatters neighborhood in Denmark, this beach club is a chic hangout at the surf spot of Pantai Keramas, north of Sanur.

A resort for surfers and surf admirers, the beach bar boasts great views from the pool and bar area. The comfy day beds are known to take the laziness to a new level. Komune heeds sustainability, and serves organically grown food from their own garden. It also spearheads beach clean ups and uses solar panels, putting it in a new league of luxury. If the rest of the hospitality industry in Bali was as conscious as our friends at Komune, the over development of the island wouldn’t pose such a threat to the environment.

The sea breeze and sound of huge waves add a natural rhythm to this beautiful isolated venue.

Address: Jalan Pantai Keramas, Keramas, Blahbatuh
Phone Number: +62 361 3018888

Karma Beach Club

Karma Beach Club is located on a fantastic spot on the beach beneath the cliffs of Ungasan in South Bali. Need we say more than location, location, location? It is one of the best pools to relax by in bali and the view of the sea from the cable car that brings you down from the top of the cliff to the beach is just stunning.

The impeccable service and delectable food cancel out the expensive pricing. Daybeds, DJ’s, a straw hut dining area, and the transparent blue ocean protected from the big waves with a reef, attract those seeking a luxurious beach getaway. Entry fee is 250.000, inclusive of food and drinks. The white sands, stunning view and chilled out music remind us all what living large feels like – if only for a day.

Address: Jalan Villa Kandara, Banjar Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan
Phone Number:+62 361 8482200

El Kabron

el kabron sunset

El Kabron is an award winning Spanish restaurant and beach club on the cliffs of Pecatu in South Bali, located between Bingin and Dreamland Beach.

Despite its kooky name, it offers earthly pleasures of sublime Spanish food; good wine; an infinity pool; and a view of the rolling waves while the sun drops behind the horizon; words cannot describe how amazing this experience is.

This hidden gem is a bit hard to find so make sure you go with somebody who knows the way to the location. Best for sunset, but it won’t harm you to spend the entire day there chilling by the pool.

Address: Jalan Pantai Cemongkak, Pecatu
Phone Number: +62 361 7803416

Uluwatu Surf Point

Uluwatu surf point, located right beside the Uluwatu Temple, is a focal point of surfing on the island of Bali and is supposedly the exact spot that made Bali a famous surf spot all over the world.

Surfers were the ones to discover Bali’s fantastic beaches in the 1960’s, then the tourists, culture lovers and the others hordes of travellers followed. So this is a historical spot that deserves attention. It takes 80 steps to reach this hidden gem, after taking the right turn on the road before entering the Uluwatu Temple.

It consists of many bars and restaurants perched on the rocks above the surf point that cater to the surfers and their fans. The vistas are breath taking, and it’s worth taking the trip all the way south, even though the places are low maintenance and the food is basic warung style Indonesian. Don’t let the local craft sellers spoil your relaxing time by being persistent. You really don’t need another woven bracelet.

Address: Jl. Raya Uluwatu, Kuta Selatan, Pecatu, Uluwatu
Phone Number: not available

Single Fin

single fin uluwatu

Single Fin is a great cliff beach bar and surf shop perfect for young people and for those who are young at heart. Located in Pecatu, South Bali, it’s famous for its Sunday live music and DJ sessions, and if you’re lucky, you could spot some night surfing.

Come early to take your place before sunset, as it can get crowded as the night progresses despite the multilevel areas and massive outdoor deck. The food is moderately priced, but you can’t put a price tag on such amazing views.

If you are not staying local, bring your own transport as it is hard to get a taxi. Take a firm grip on your bintang and watch the surfers do their acrobatic dance while the sun slowly sets behind the incoming waves, and the ocean breeze gently caresses your face. Ain’t life grand?!

Address: Jalan Labuan Sait Pantai Suluban, Uluwatu, Pecatu
Phone Number:+62 361 769941

Bingin Beach


Bingin beach is the best kept secret in Bali, and of late, the hottest spot to chill out during weekends.

There are many stairs to conquer to get there but it’s quieter than all the others beaches on the Uluwatu strip making it well worth the hike. It’s peaceful, and plenty of warungs along the white sand offer fresh seafood barbeques and freshly squeezed fruit.

An unspoiled tropical beach preserved from the maddening crowds, great to surf or just watch the sea. Swimming is recommended during low tides only. If you want to escape from life for a day and let the world turn, this is a perfect spot.

Address: Ten minute drive north from Uluwatu, Pecatu
Phone Number:not available


Trying the finest coffee and chocolate in Bali

If travelling to Bali wasn’t addictive enough, then sampling the island’s finest coffee and chocolate might just push you over the edge so that you never want to come home. With a wet climate and high altitude mountainous areas, Bali has the perfect climate for coffee and chocolate beans to grow.  Not only are the plantations cheaper and use less water than other fruit growing industries on the island, but they can also be grown sustainably and ethically. Plantation owners, working in tandem with the local way of life, support farmers while creating some of the world’s finest coffee and chocolate. From the most expensive in the world made from Asian cat droppings, to making your own hand-made chocolate, these plantations are an experience everyone will enjoy.

Pod Chocolate Factory

On the grounds of the Bali Elephant Camp, opposite Ubud and near the Sangeh Monkey forest, is the Pod Chocolate Factory and Café. This is one of the only places on earth where chocolate is made just down the road from where it is grown, allowing the farmers to be truly connected with the final product. The farmers, who have a deep affinity with the land, are supported by the business, which prides itself on creating a sustainable environment for everyone. Here you can see organic, single origin chocolate being processed from the bean into a bar and also into ice cream, which is definitely a must try!


At Pod, you can take a tour of the grounds to see how the beans are grown, then, as your taste buds start to tingle, thinking about smooth, rich chocolate, you enter the factory and learn how to make your own, with plenty of tastings along the way. Pod Chocolate can be bought all over Bali and is displayed in many hotels and resort gift shops. If you are unable to make it to the factory, the chocolate definitely makes a lovely gift as the rich volcanic soil and high altitude creates the perfect growing climate and a remarkable taste and texture. The dark chocolate and cocoa nibs are also high in antioxidants and can improve blood flow, reduce stress and act as a natural mood booster.

Find out more at
Jalan Tukad Ayung, Carangsari, Petang, Bali 80353, Indonesia
+62 361 8086667

Kopi Luwak

Right here in Bali, kopi luwak, the most expensive coffee in the world, is grown and processed. Kopi translates to coffee and the word luwak means Asian palm civet; a cat like animal that is native to South East Asia and Africa. Yes, we’re talking about “that coffee”, where the beans used have travelled through this creature’s intestine and have fermented in its digestive tract, staying intact the whole way through-all to improve the flavour! The civets only eat the freshest coffee berries, and the process removes much of the coffee’s bitterness, leaving a smooth rich blend behind. A cup of kopi luwak can sell for over $25 USD in western countries but in Bali can be bought for a mere $3-5.


However, there is a dark side to this process, as kopi luwak has become more famous, there is a greater demand on farmers to produce a greater quantity of the beans. This has lead to a spike in animal cruelty on the island – definitely a concern for ethical travellers. Many of the plantations are keeping the civets in cages and feeding them on a diet solely of coffee beans. This is obviously bad for the civet, as without a balanced diet their health deteriorates, which also leads to an inferior quality of the coffee bean. The civets are also nocturnal animals and many of them are being kept in cages in broad daylight without anywhere dark to rest. Before the kopi luwak demand was so high, all luwak coffee was collected from civets in the wild and there are still some traders who trade in ethical or free range luwak coffee. Although more expensive, it is definitely a worthy investment. Good names to look out for are: Animal Coffee, Exotic Coffee, Rafflesia Luwak and Doi Chaang.

Munduk Moding Coffee Plantation

Located in North Bali just near Bali’s central lakes, Munduk Moding Coffee Plantation Nature Resort and Spa is one of the most ethical coffee plantations in Bali. It is a great place to breathe in the mountain air and see how locals grow exquisite coffee. The plantation is committed to persevering that natural landscape and working sensitively with the land and local population in order to keep this vastly unexplored part of the island protected.

Munduk Moding plantation also boasts many fruit trees and rice paddies through which you are free to take a stroll. The beans are only picked when fully ripe and then processed in the traditional way. As you traverse the area you can see the beans being dried on the tennis court or out the front of the temples. Guests can also learn how to process their own coffee once the beans are dried and cleaned. Villagers and staff are involved in growing the coffee and are more than happy to chat about the flavour and aroma of the beans that the land in north Bali creates.


The plantation works with the local coffee farmers, pooling resources and creating the finest organic coffee. Organic coffee plantations use less water than other non-sustainable farms on the island and the shadowy trees mean that they attract a huge variety of birds and wild life.

While visiting this plantation, it is not uncommon to see singing bush larks, pink necked pigeons, red jungle fowl and spider hunters. The plantation also offers luwak coffee, but here the Asian palm civets are not caged and the beans are collected by hand, so the coffee is very limited. You can also handpick vegetables with the chefs and sample some of the organic, home grown local food. Munduk Moding is the perfect place to escape to for the day or a week. Coffee lovers will not be disappointed.

Find out more at
+62 362 7005321 or +62 81 138 10123


Small change treats: The top 5 Indonesian snacks

Got an attack of the munchies? Need something to accompany your beachside Bintang? Then you must try some of Indonesia’s favourite snacks, which are easily found everywhere in Bali. If you can, you must try them all, revel in the moment and then go for a 10km run. In other words, if you’re prescribing to a raw vegan diet then Indonesia’s favourite treats are your kryptonite. Otherwise, if you’re a no-holds barred, gotta try everything kinda person, then prepare the serviettes because it’s going to get messy.


The word “goreng” means to fry. By putting “an” on the end, it literally means “fried thing”, or what some might call, “blissful thing” or “heaven sent thing”. A fried thing is easily the most affordable and accessible snack in Bali. There are many different choices and not every gorengan stand will be the same, with each street-side chef having his or her own special recipe. By far, the king of all gorengan has to be pisang goreng (fried banana) but there are many others to pick from ranging from the sweet to the savoury. The average price is 500rp per piece, but don’t stop at just one – it’s never enough.

Deep Fried Banana via Spgsupergorengan
Deep Fried Banana via Spgsupergorengan


This night time snack is available in a sweet and a savoury version, both being equally devilish. This is probably the most unhealthy but oh-so-good-I-don’t-care-watch-me-eat-it-anyway out of the bunch. To describe the sweet version best would be a mix between a pancake and a crumpet. It is prepared with lashings of butter and a plethora of fillings that the buyer gets to choose. Be brave and order the uniquely Indonesian flavour – a mix of chocolate and cheese – if only to say you have tried it. The savoury martabak is made by stretching layers of pastry, filling them with egg, onion and minced meat, and then frying them to create a crisp yet gooey salty snack. It is usually accompanied by pickled cucumbers and a sweet vinaigrette. Fun fact: the savoury martabak is said to have been brought to Indonesia by Indian Muslims during the spread of Islam.

Snack time sensation, Martabak.


We should probably throw in at least one healthy option. And after all, Bali is a tropical island with a bounty of fruits to be tasted. The stock standard varieties like banana, pineapple and papaya are always available, but come here during certain months for the more rare and exotic beauties like Durian, Mangosteen and Rambutan. You can eat the fruit ala natural, blended into a refreshing juice or even mixed with ice, condensed milk and jelly for a dessert known as Es Campur (Mixed Ice). If you ask us, the best place to purchase juice and fruity treats is on Jalan Patimura off Legian street, Kuta.

Fruits of the tropics via DailyLife
Fruits of the tropics via DailyLife

Jagung Bakar

Found beachside, at tourist sights and every night time market in Indonesia, Jagung Bakar is chargrilled corn that can be either smothered in butter, sambal or condensed milk. Have it as you like it, but best eaten amongst friends and not on a first date. Chances are you will end up looking like a hot mess. But really, who cares? you’re on a holiday in the tropics!

Jagung Bakar via The Cooking Alien
Jagung Bakar via The Cooking Alien


A meatball soup that is easily recognisable from the ting-ting sound of the hawkers tapping a spoon against the porcelain bowl it comes served in. The dish is a mix of a sour broth, shredded cabbage, rice noodles and meatballs. The meatballs themselves are a mixed bag, but you can be certain that it’s most probably some form of chicken (unless specified). Whether it be at a local warung or sold roadside by hawkers, this local snack sends Indonesians wild. If you hear the infamous sound of the bakso bowl, just yell bakso 2 times to get the sellers attention. Prices range from 5000 to 15,000, depending on the contents of your bowl.

Basko goodness via Surga Kuliner
Basko goodness via Surga Kuliner

Tummy rumbling yet? There are over 6000 inhabited islands in Indonesia with regional dishes aplenty. You would have to be here for at least a year to try them all! The snacks are just the beginning, stay tuned for the next food instalment when we post the ultimate Indonesian menu sampler that will get you from breakfast to midnight with plenty of Indo tastebud tantalisers in between. Main photo via Guido Van Damme.