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 favourite 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
Cafe Oragnic is a Bali-based chain restaurant 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.
This has to be one of my favorite brunch places 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.
Sea Circus is a 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.
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 (a 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.
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 favourite Indonesian dishes and makes a great benchmark when trying a new food spot. The Rendang gets really good reviews, too, so order a few dishes and experience as much as possible.
So, as you may have guessed by the name, Motel Mexicola 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, guac 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.
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.
Lovingly-cooked skewers of tender meat, tasty falafel and spiced kebabs (the fancy kind, not the 3 am 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.
Where to stay in Seminyak *
Stay at The Legian Bali for a well located beachfront villa with modern and high class style. Or go for minimalist Balinese villas overlooking the Indian ocean at Alila. A famous hotel here is The Oberoi especially with the honeymooners and luxury seekers. Not to forget is also the Resort Courtyard by Marriott Bali with its own private terraces.
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