Best Seminyak Restaurants – A Foodie’s Guide

Seminyak is Bali’s hip hot spot, and is home to many good restaurants, beautiful beaches and plenty of trendy boutiques. This is a city of relaxation and indulgence, in every sense of the word. Food is one of Seminyak’s main attractions, so follow our guide to finding the best brunch, lunch and dinner restaurants.

Seminyak is one of the main stop-off points for anyone exploring Bali, and is a firm favorite with all of the ex-pats who have set up camp (and businesses) there. The food in Seminyak is some of the best on the island, and there are plenty of opportunities to load up on smoothie bowls, seafood on the beach and Western spreads.

Brekkie and Brunch

Café Organic

This restaurant is a Bali-based chain that offers incredible brunch options, as well as plenty of dishes to carry you into the afternoon and evening. This is one of my top picks for any vegans and veggies out there – their menu is crammed with natural goodness! If you’re into sustainability and leading a conscious life, this is the place for you.

This little haven of plant-based goodness is based in the heart of Seminyak, and serves up amazing coffee, fresh juices and raw deserts if you fancy something sweet. This café has an Aussie vibe to it, which ties in perfectly with its comfy seating areas and friendly staff.

Cafe Organic, Bali, Indonesia
Cafe Organic, Bali, Indonesia. Photo by cafeorganicbali

Café Moonlight Bali

This has to be one of my favorite brunch place in Seminyak – a quirky little spot tucked just outside of Seminyak’s centre with a really chilled vibe. The WiFi here is super speedy, making it the perfect place to get lots of work done, or just update the ‘gram. If you’re as much of a caffeine-fiend as I am, you’ll definitely be satisfied here. Café Moonlight Bali is all about looking after your body and nourishing your soul – something I can get behind! Their menu is designed to be healthy, as well as delicious, so you can expect to find plenty of smoothies, fresh juices, hearty brekkies and sweet treats here.

Lunch

Sea Circus

This colorful restaurant is located in the centre of Seminyak and is a must-visit place for any foodies! Their menu is focused on ‘balance’, as they say themselves, so there are plenty of options ranging from super-healthy vegan meals to all-out indulgences. Go for tapas, tacos or opt for a liquid diet and enjoy the Margaritas.

Sea Circus, Bali, Indonesia
Sea Circus, Bali, Indonesia. Photo by seacircus

The décor here is amazing, so make sure you get photos of everything. I love Sea Circus for its fun side, as well as how seriously it takes good food. There’s a slight Aussie edge to this place (bit of a recurring theme in Seminyak!), and it’s a really welcoming and friendly place. Head here for funky cocktails and get ready to factor a nap into your afternoon plans.

Kultar restaurant

If you’re after local food, head to Kultar. It’s recommended that you book first in order to guarantee a seat – it really does get that busy! Don’t let that put you off, though, as it’s actually a super friendly, chilled place to relax and enjoy delicious Indonesian food. They also offer an all-day brekkie menu for anyone else who’s too lazy to get up early.

You’ll be eating amongst the rice paddies, and can take in all traditional decorations dotted around the place. I’d suggest trying some of the local dishes here, just to get a really authentic experience, but they do have other tasty options. Mie Goreng (fried noodles!) will always be one of my favorite Indonesian dishes, and makes a great bench-mark when trying a new food spot. The Rendang gets really good reviews, too, so order a few dishes and experience as much as possible.

Dinner

Motel Mexicola

So, as you may have guessed by the name, this place isn’t all that focused on local food! If you fancy a break from Nasi Goreng, feast on Mexican deliciousness instead. The vibe here is pretty whacky, which is what makes it such a great place to head to in the evenings. Everything here is fun, loud and quirky, so dress up and get ready for a night of pitchers, gauc and dancing in your seat.

They have delicious meat and seafood options, as well as tasty veggie options. If you’re after a quiet, intimate dinner, move along please! Motel Mexicola is all about celebration and enjoyment, so round up your friends and head down for a night of festivities.

Mojito at Motel Mexicola Bali, Indonesia
Mojito at Motel Mexicola Bali, Indonesia. Photo by motelmexicola

KILN Petitenget

Just off the main Seminyak beach, KILN Petitenget is a lovely restaurant to visit in the evenings. Their menu focuses on Mediterranean delights in a stunning setting. This is a lovely place to visit for a romantic dinner, or a relaxed get-together with close friends. It’s the ‘grown-up’ spot in town, so expect great service, an extensive wine menu and incredible food.

KILN on Petitenget, Bali, Indonesia
KILN on Petitenget, Bali, Indonesia. Photo by kilnbali

Lovingly-cooked skewers of tender meat, tasty falafel and spiced kebabs (the fancy kind, not the 3am kind!) make this place any foodie’s heaven. There are veggie options available, and a large evening menu with a range of sharing dishes for anyone who can’t make up their mind. Try and save room for their Banana Tarte Tatin.

Explore, Enjoy, Eat
Seminyak has so much to offer to a foodie that it’s impossible to fit it all into one guide. There truly is something for everyone in this lively city – whether you’re after tasty local dishes, vegan health-food spots or Aussie-owned burger chains! Follow your heart, and your nose, and make room for five meals a day. It’s the Bali way.

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Top 5 Ubud Temples to Visit in Bali

Spirituality is the main vibe in Bali, and Ubud, as the center of Bali, came with few of the best temples in Bali. Visiting temples in one of the things to do in Ubud besides the museums, spa, massages, and shopping.

The main religions here is Balinese Hinduism and its temple is known as pura. The term pura is originated from the Sansrkit word that means “walled city” or “palace” and has now evolved aptly to mean temple complex in the Balinese language.

Pura Taman Saraswati temple, Ubud

This temple is built 60 years ago and dedicated to the Goddess of Arts. It is well known for its lotus-filled pond, which is often called the “Lotus Open Pond Stage”. The gardens and pond can be visited during the day but only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. There is also a Cafe Lotus attached where you can slowly soaked in the serenity. This temple hosts a variety of traditional dances on different days and is touted to be one of the best in Bali.

How to get there:
Located in Ubud, this temple can be found at Jl. Kajeng.

Pura Taman Saraswati
Pura Taman Saraswati. Photo by Phil Whitehouse

Pura Dalem Taman Kaja, Ubud

Well-known for its kecak dance, it is touted to be the best place to enjoy this popular dance in Bali. You can find the shows on Mondays and Wednesdays. This temple is located beneath a huge banyan tree and the stairs leading up to it are lit by oil lamps. A truly magical experience going into the temple.

How to get there:
Located in Ubud, this temple can be found at Jl. Raya Ubud.

Forest Temple, Ubud, Indonesia
Forest Temple, Ubud, Indonesia. Photo by McKay Savage

Goa Gajah Temple

Goa Gajah temple is a temple dated back to the 10th century and is known as the Elephant cave. One of its main attractions is its carved entrance of menacing creatures and demons. Inside the cave, you will find statues of the Lord Ganesha (the God with the elephant head). Also within the site are an extensive bathing pools, which are not only excavated until the 1950s.

How to get there:
It takes only 10 minutes drive from Ubud city center.

Goa Gajah Temple, Ubud, Indonesia
Goa Gajah Temple, Ubud, Indonesia. Photo by Kohei

Pura Tirta Empul Temple

Also known as the water temple in Ubud, Pura Tirta Empul has its own sacred spring water with healing properties. This temple dates back to 926 AD and is well revered by the locals. Many will come and climb up to the temple for a bath and meditation in the long main pool. It is believed to bring good fortune and health. Base on a legend, this spring us created by the God Indra as an antidote to the poisonous spring of an evil demon King.

How to get there:
To get to Pura Tirta Empul would take 30 minutes drive from Ubud

Pura Tirta Empul, Ubud, Indonesia
Pura Tirta Empul, Ubud, Indonesia. Photo by Christ06

Pura Gunung Kawi Temple

This temple, known as the “valley of the Kings’ is located in the cliffs between rice fields at the south of Tampaksiring, Bali. The Pakerisan river flows through the ravine and flanking the river is the shrines and carved stones that are meant to commemorate the 11th-century kings and queens. Though technically not a temple, it is still revered as a holy place by the locals. This site is more of an actual tomb for the royalties that are cremated here base on Balinese customs.

How to get there:
This also takes 30 minutes drive north from Ubud

Gunung Kawi, Ubud, Indonesia
Gunung Kawi, Ubud, Indonesia. Photo by @yb_woodstock

As you can see, Ubud is a strong spiritual center of Bali with its variety of temples worth a visit. Along with the temples, you will also find shows and festivals that are bound to entertain. When I visited here, I have also chose Ubud as my central place to explore Bali, especially with so many good places to stay.


Where to stay in Ubud

Stay in Ubud for culture, nature, arts and markets. Ubud has plenty of places that tourists will enjoy staying at. There’s the Como Shambhala Estate *, which is a health retreat deep in the rainforest. There’s the Hanging Gardens Ubud *, which has a spectacular view and private pool villas. The Purist Villas & Spa * is another popular place to stay in Ubud, as it’s a stylish boutique villa complete with meal and spa facilities. A popular boutique hotel is Uma by COMO *, which is located on the hillside in Ubud.

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Best Beaches in Uluwatu, Bali

If you are looking for Uluwatu beach, then you are looking at this beautiful corner of southwest Bali, with some of the best beaches around. This area is well known for one of the best temples in Bali, Pura Luhur Uluwatu or Uluwatu Temple. This temple perched at the edge of the rock overlooking the sea, leaving a deep impression to those who visit it.

Besides visiting this majestic temple, there are actually a lot of places to discover in Uluwatu. One of the activities if of course checking out many beautiful beaches around here. Many of the spots are popular with the surfers, but some of the beaches are also great for swimming and just lying under the sun.

-> Jump to see Best Accommodations near Uluwatu beaches

Balangan Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Balangan Beach, Bali. Photo by Nate Robert

Balangan Beach

This beach top the list of best beaches in Bali for its secrecy. This small and quiet beach need to be accessed through local villages, where cattle graze the fields and local people go about their daily lives. The currents here are strong and the waves are high, therefore it is usually not recommended for swimming. But when the tide is low, it is a perfect beach for strolling, with waves lapping your feet as you enjoy the sun. One of the famous hotel in Bali is located at this beach, the RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA *

Geger Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Geger Beach, Bali. Photo by Annie Mole

Padang-Padang Beach

Located close to Uluwatu temple, this is a beautiful beach with big rock, overgrown plants and monkeys. To get here, you would need to pass a narrow passage and steep steps. Becuase of this, this beach is still somewhat of a hidden paradise. When the tide is high, it is good for swimming but beware of sharp corals and sea urchings. A luxurious villa that faces this beautiful secret beach is the Suarga Padang-Padang *. While an alternative affordable option would be the Pinkcoco Bali *

Lovina Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Sunset at Lovina Beach, Bali. Photo by Arian Zwegers

Nyang Nyang Beach

Yet another relatively unknown beach in Bali, Uluwatu seems to keep all of them. This beach also requires some effort to get to, with going uphill and downhill a winding street and through a small forest. As there is quite a slippery 550 steps down, it is not recommended for children. The effort is well worth it though when you find yourself on white sandy beach with crystal blue sea. There are not many tourists here usually and instead, you will find the locals harvesting seaweed. You may swim when the tide is low. Being such a secluded beach, it is not surprising to find that the only few places to stay around here, with top options are the luxurious Bulgari Resort Bali * with its own elevator down to the beach and the further afield Alila Villas Uluwatu *

Dream Beach at Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia

Dream Beach at Nusa Lembongan, Bali. Photo by Bart Speelman

Bingin Beach

Well known to the locals, this beach provides good waves for surfers while also provide an opportunity to swim. There are many local bars, warungs and cafes here along with the many homestays to choose from. Though not the most beautiful beach, it still provides a good enough sun and sea experience. There are also big slippery rocks around here when the tide is out, so be careful. A good luxurious option here would be Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort * while Sal Secret Spot is an excellent mid-range option that is walking distance from the beach.

As you can see, Uluwatu beach would mean a myriad of beaches dotted around Uluwatu area. These beaches listed here are definitely worth a visit if you are in Bali. They are out off the usual beaten tracks of Bali despite their beauty.


Best Accommodations in Uluwatu Area

If you wish to stay in Uluwatu area, you will be spoilt for choices. There are a number of very good reviews hotel, bed & breakfasts and homestays around here.

Gravity
For those looking for a charming retreat or an alternative to their honeymoon, this is touted as the best accommodation in Uluwatu area with its chic and charming design. The view from the poolside here is also to die for. Check out the latest prices at Booking.com *

Yoga Searcher Bali
Another popular hotel here is the with yoga retreats, organic spas and cooking classes. The hotel also features a calming pool and delicious organic foods. Check out the latest prices at Booking.com *

Pandawa Beach Homestay
For a budget option in Uluwatu area, this is definitely the place. Located only 5 minutes drive from the Pandawa beach, this place is best value for your money, with air-conditioned rooms and personal terraces for chilling out. Check out the latest prices at Booking.com *

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Top 10 Things To Do In Jimbaran

Jimbaran is one of the prettiest seaside spots in Bali and most of the area backs on to a gorgeous coastline that is made up of soft golden sand and dramatic craggy cliffs. To top it off, you will find quite a number of things to do here.

Most people who visit Bali come to Jimbaran to take in all the delights of the sea that this part of the island has to offer and the idyllic scenery coupled with a laid-back beach atmosphere is one of the main reasons to visit.

Here are our recommended top 10 things to do in Jimbaran.

Make the most of the beach

Jimbaran Beach is one of the nicest beaches in all of Bali and stretches for 4 kilometres along the picturesque coast. On a trip to Jimbaran Beach, you will find clean sands that are perfect if you want to spend the day sunbathing and you can easily rent a sun lounger and take in the views as you sip on a fresh coconut. The beach is also a little less frenetic than other spots like Kuta, so if you want a laid-back afternoon next to the water then this is a great pick.

Jimbaran Beach, Bali Indonesia
Jimbaran beach. Photo by Meindert van D

Tour Kedonganan Fish Market

Kedonganan Fish Market is one of the top attractions in Jimbaran which is famous for its fish. Back in the days of old this part of Bali would have been a little fishing village and although it has grown over the years you can still get back to its roots on a visit to the market. This is also actually the largest fish market on the island and if you come here you will be able to marvel at the array of seafood on display usually involving local delights like red snapper and amberjack.

Woman at the fish Market Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia
Woman at the Fish Market – Jimbaran. Photo by Annie Mole

Visit Jenggala Gallery

Jenggala Gallery is adjacent to Jenggala Keramik which is known for being one of the premium producers of beautiful ceramics in Indonesia. On a visit to the gallery you can view an array of ceramic artwork by both local and international artists and this is a wonderful place to visit if you want to know more about the cultural scene in Jimbaran. As well as checking out the gallery you can also have a go at making your own piece of art as there is an onsite workshop where you can throw your own pot as a souvenir.

Sip on a cocktail at Rock Bar

One of the most famous bars in Bali is Rock Bar in Jimbaran which has unrivalled views over the glittering ocean below. The bar sits atop a sweeping cliff and you can access it via a glass lift that is an experience in itself. Once you get to the top you can order one of their speciality cocktails and then enjoy some of the delicious bar snacks that have a Mediterranean flavour.

The Rock Bar Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia
The Rock Bar at AYANA Resort *, Jimbaran Bay is a truely unique experience and the perfect place to watch the sun go down. Photo by Simon Clancy

Pamper yourself at a spa

Bali is famous for its amazing spas and some of the best on the island are found in scenic Jimbaran. There are a huge number of high-end resorts in this part of Bali and even if you are not staying there you can still visit the spas and spend the day being pampered. There are also a number of stand-alone spas that have become famous in Jimbaran thanks to their amazing service such as Bamboo Spa and Opium Beauty.

Spa at Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia
Spa at Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia. Photo by Huey3800

Wander around Jimbaran Town

Many people visit Jimbaran for the seafood and just head straight for the beach, missing the town entirely. This is a shame as the centre of Jimbaran has a charming village feeling that makes it a great place to spend an afternoon. Far from the hectic pace found in places like Kuta or Seminyak, you can wander around the winding streets here and hunt for local souvenirs or stop off for a drink in a little traditional cafe.

View of Jimbaran from the sea Bali, Indonesia
View of Jimbaran from the sea. Photo by Mark Lehmkuhler

Enjoy the seafood

Many people come to Jimbaran just to try its famous seafood. The beach here is lined with restaurants and warungs that serve up some of the best fish and seafood on the island and you can choose whatever looks best from the catch of the day and pay by the weight. All the seafood here is grilled for a delicious smoky flavour and then served with rice and spicy sauce. You can also get a range of vegetable side dishes and then eat your meal on the beach with your feet in the sand.

Go fishing

When visitors come to Jimbaran they often sample the seafood without realising that they can actually get out on the water and go fishing themselves. Fishing trips abound in Jimbaran and you can fish for majestic specimens like amberjack and mahi-mahi. The best part of a fishing trip in Jimbaran is that you will get to feast on your catch at the end of the day.

Fishing Trip at Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia
Fishing trip at Jimbaran. Photo by Mark Lehmkuhler

Visit Pura Ulun Siwi

If you want to explore a bit of the local culture in Jimbaran then make your way to this beautiful little temple. Pura Ulun Siwi lies close to the famous Morning Market in Jimbaran and dates from the 18th century. The temple is made of black volcanic stone and locals flock here thanks to the holy waters of the temple. The sacred spring water is here is said to guard against pests, and farmers, in particular, use it to keep their crops safe.

Sunset at Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia
Sunset at Jimbaran bay. Photo by ValerioVeo

Visit Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple is not strictly in Jimbaran but it is one of the main attractions in the area. As such, if you are in Jimbaran it makes sense to make the trip to Pura Luhur Uluwatu which is one of the most famous attractions in Bali. Uluwatu Temple is one of the iconic Balinese sea temples that stands on a towering cliff giving you unrivalled views across the water. Much of the area is covered in pretty forest and you will find a number of cheeky monkeys here who love photo opportunities with visitors.

-> Read our Guide to Uluwatu Temple, Bali

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