Aug 15 2011
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 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
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.
Grocer and Grind
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
Zucchini at Zuitton
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 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
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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