I love Bali!
For a local Perth girl like me it's actually cheaper and closer to fly to Bali than it is to get to the other side of Australia and i'm not disappointed. I make the trip at least once a year and I’m long past the elephant rides and white water rafting tourist attractions. My trips now are all about the gastronomy and some of my favourite restaurants are located in Seminyak.
Every time I plan a trip to Bali I setout with the intention of trying somewhere new (I here Canngu is lovely) but I’m drawn back to Seminyak each time because of its amazing restaurants. Gone are the days of worrying about what and where to eat (that won’t give you a stomach ache) because Seminyak has restaurants to rival Perth’s best and you can experience fine dining at a fraction of the Aussie cost.
Seminyak is one of my favourite places to eat in Bali so I thought it was time to share some of my favourite spots.
BREAKFAST / LUNCH SPOTS
Australian inspired and owned, this gorgeous cafe features some delicious menu options. All beautifully presented and right near the main strip near Seminyak Square so you can go shopping after brunch to work off all that food.
My personal favourite is the Pancakes and red berries... it looks just as good as it tastes.
This is a regular breakfast spot for me and i visit every time I'm in Bali. This cafe is so bright and bubbly with it's over the top decor you can't help but feel happy. It also has a great range of fresh juices and some cheekily named cocktails (Yes cocktails for breakfast... it's called "Hair of the Dog" people) that are sure to put a smile on your dial no matter how hung over you are.
My favourite menu picks? The Dragon Bowl is my favourite when you want something refreshing or the Posh Smashed Avo if you need something more substantial in your stomach.
This one is for the coffee lovers, and you can trust how good it is when half the cafes in Bali stock their beans. This spot is hidden down an alley way off the main shopping strip in Seminyak but you'll recognise it's iconic saloon door entrance as soon as you see it. A great spot to start the day.
For the garden ganstas! Cafe organic features an entirely vegetarian and vegan menu but if you're a meat lover, don't let that put you off. The food is delicious and you can still get your protein fix from eggs and coconut bacon. I'm a personal fan of the smoothie bowls and fresh juices.
What's better than a charming cafe with delicious food? One you can shop in of course. The cafe combines food and homewares in the best possible way. From the moment I stepped into Kim Soo I fell in love. It's the kind of place that makes you want to go home and renovate your entire house. It's completely luxe and makes you feel like you're having breakfast in your dream home.
LUNCH / DINNER SPOTS
Just as the name suggests the corner house is located on the corner of Jalan Laksmana and has the feel of being at someones house.... Well a very rich someones house but a house none the less. I'll admit I was drawn more to this place because of it's beautiful decor but the food definitely holds up. The menu features both western and asian styles dishes (I stuck to the asian dishes and they were delish) and the best part... Happy Hour for cocktails!
If someone told me I could only choose one restaurant in Bali to eat at for the rest of my life I'm pretty sure this is the one I would choose. I actually came across it by accident walking through Bali one night looking for somewhere to eat... we ended up going back for three nights in a row.
The menu is asian inspired and designed to share, which is great for me because i like to try EVERYTHING! My favourite (among many) was the crispy salted pork which I washed down with a easy cocktail from their upstairs bar.
Definitely a must.
Ok so if I'm being really honest i don't really go to Motel Mexicola for the food. That's not to say it's bad or anything, the food is good but what you really go to Motel Mexicola for is the atmosphere. If you're up for a party this is the place to get the party started.... and finished.
There's a dance floor in the middle which gets a bit wild after 10pm and even the staff get involved. You'll be sure to have a fun night.
If you're gluten intolerant it's probably best to stop reading now. Livingstone Bakery also does beautiful food for lunch but when you see the cakes and bread section seductively laid out in the main enterance you won't be able to get past it. I have been known to take a few treats home with me to eat later and for those of you wondering I'm a lemon meringue tart girl.
You've probably seen Bikinis, "You Look Good in a Bikini" neon sign plastered all over instagram and travel blogs. Aside from it's insta worthy exteriour it's also the home to some serious fine dining. It's obviously not the cheapest feed in bali but the food is divine and incredibly theatrical (Think dry ice and edible gardens) so more than just food you get an experience. The restaurant is from the same group that owns Sisterfields and Bo$$ Man so you just know it's good.
With it's beach lagoon style decor, white sun lounges, pool floats and diving board it's an instagram lovers dream! It's a little more pricey than some of the other beach clubs if you want a private cabana (You're looking at about $300AUD minimum spend) but if you grab a couple of mates to split it between and stay the whole day you'll spend that in no time.
The service and food where amazing and I thoroughly recommend the cocktail pitchers which are both refreshing and delicious.
Located right on beach featuring private cabanas, an infinity pool and swim up bar... do you really need more in a beach club? Potato Head has a wonderful relaxed vibe and you can secure a private cabana for around $100 AUD minimum spend.
Possibly one of the most exciting places I've ever visited, there's nothing quite like La Favela. The decor is wild and eclectic mix of vintage nick knacks, cosy corners and tropical vibes... which I'm sure makes no sense unless you've been there (checkout the website pics to an idea).
I've never personally eaten in the restaurant but it's a great place to grab a drink earlier in the night and even better to come back from a boogie. The dance floor gets cranking after 12pm.
Part of the iconic W Hotel, Woo Bar is the perfect spot to watch the sunset right on the beach. This gorgeous open air lounge bar is surrounded by lanterns and it's truly a magical place to spend the evening with a cocktail and a couple of mates.