Aug 15 2011

Free WiFi in Bali’s Seminyak

Published by at 5:19 pm under Phone & internet,Seminyak


Seminyak’s Jalan Laksmana, also known as Jalan Oberoi, is packed with places to eat — hence its third name, Eat Street. The strip, which also boasts an ever-increasing number of gleaming glass-fronted clothes boutiques, is a great spot to find a quiet corner to catch up on email or work online for a few hours in the mornings before the lunchtime rush. Here’s a list of a few of our favourites, both directly on Jalan Laksmana and its surrounds. All have powerpoints unless otherwise mentioned, but ask where you should sit if you do need one as often there are only a few.

Vienna Cafe

Would you like some sun to dapple your coffee?

Would you like some sun to dapple your coffee?

Vienna Cafe is tucked about 200 metres off Jalan Laksmana on Drupadi (on the right coming from Laksmana). This is an unexpected little retreat, with a garden, a few shabby chic tables and chairs both inside and out. Austrian specialities are their forte — and they do excellent coffee. Their hashbrowns with peppery rucola, yoghurt, cucumber and grilled tomato is one of our favourite Bali breakfasts. Some lovely whimsical touches and the homey feel — in fact, we think the cafe actually is someone’s backyard — make this a spot you’ll want to linger. Bonus: toys, tables and chairs for short people.
Jalan Drupadi, Seminyak

Cafe Bali

Did someone say work on a computer?

Did someone say work?

We’ve covered this place in detail before as it’s one of our favourite spots in the area to meet friends as well as to get stuff done on our laptops. The decor at this shabby chic place (yes, another) is just lovely, the staff won’t hassle you if you don’t want a second coffee but do need to finish what you’re doing, and the food is very well priced. Grab one of the larger back tables to sit by the exquisite little plunge pool. If you’re heading to Gili Trawangan, they have a sister cafe there, called Cafe Gili, of course.
Jalan Laksmana

Grocer and Grind

Traditional Indonesian fare at Grocer & Grind

Traditional Indonesian fare at Grocer & Grind. Ahem.

This is a spot to see and be seen, but if you can drag your attention away from the people spotting, the WiFi is good, as are the breakfasts, salads and sandwiches. The coffee is very competent too, and as the name suggests, there’s a grocery/deli attached. This is just around the corner from our Seminyak hotel pick — grab a menu from here on arrival and get food and drinks delivered to your room if you’re having a quiet day or night in. During high season Grocer & Grind fills fast and you may not get a spot with a powerpoint.
Jalan Kayu Jati 3x, Petitenget Beach
T: (0361) 730 481, 737 321
www.grocerandgrind.com/

Zucchini at Zuitton

WiFi hideaway

WiFi hideaway.

Pull up a stool here and enjoy the cute decor — think whitewashed rattan walls, granny-styleflowers-in-vase paintings — while sipping a smoothie and munching on a muffin. This little spot isn’t so comfy you’ll want to settle in for a whole morning, but it’s a good half-hour stop off if you’ve simply got to check in online. Great light and organic food and the attached clothes boutique is always worth a browse as well.
Jalan Laksmana, on left as heading down to Seminyak Square

Sea Circus

Slatted windows improve WiFi

Slatted windows improve WiFi.

Sea Circus is way around toward Petitenget, near La Lucciola’s — park at the temple if you’re driving. Though we love this gorgeously cute little spot for dinner, this is also one of our all-time favourite non-seaside breakfast spots in Bali. Order the poached eggs with a side of chilli jam, a pineapple/orange juice, and a latte, and you’re set for the next few hours. Coffees come with a typed quote for the day on the side and a frangipani.
22 Jalan Laksmana
T: (0361) 738 667
www.seacircus-bali.com/

Tuckshop/Cornerstore

Fight your way through the jungle, coffee and WiFi await.

Fight your way through the jungle, coffee and WiFi await.

As you’d expect, this little spot is on the corner of Laksmana and the end of Jalan Kerobokan. Breezy and bright, this is a spot for Mac-wielding fashionistas, as well as passing tourists who come back for the superb coffee and excellent light meals. Pick up some of their stylish clothes for men, women and children while you wait, and the homewares are snappy too.
Jalan Laksmana 10A
T: (0361)  732 115

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3 Responses to “Free WiFi in Bali’s Seminyak”

  1. Adam @ SitDownDiscoon 17 Aug 2011 at 1:48 am

    Good writeup. Some of these places remind me of double bay in Sydney… which is good in some ways (great food, coffee, fitout) and bad in others (other the top clientele). Sea Circus uses 5 Sense coffee and is bound to be one of the best coffees in Bali… I like Vienna Cafe because it’s not as frantic as some of the others on the main strip. Then of course I love Grocer & Grind because I get to listen to expats bitching about one another (and their “staff”). :)

  2. samanthaon 17 Aug 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Ah, Sea Circus is my number one vote for coffee in the area, I think, followed by Vienna Cafe. Cafe Bali’s coffee is not great I’ve found, but their eggs are cheap, they poach them well, and the atmosphere makes up for it somewhat!

  3. Michelle Matthewson 03 Mar 2012 at 8:50 am

    I’m a big fan of Sea Circus but they are shut til March 13, 2012 for renovations. After that they’ll have a dedicated coffee window at the front and a new gelati offering. So I’m trying Vienna Cafe today, discovered on your website. My food hasn’t arrived yet but I love it already. Spacious seating, lovely garden, peaceful.

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