Photo: Early morning at Candi Dasa.

Eat and meet

Candi Dasa

Most restaurants and cafes are located along the main road of Candi Dasa. While there are a large number of eateries, many serve identical menus. The best bet is to pop into a place with at least a few other diners inside.

Jalan Raya Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 41 368

But this isn't a bad thing when considering the free WiFi, stylish restaurant fit out, ambient music and generally chilled out atmosphere. The refined menu includes steaks, fresh seafood and an assortment of French specialities. There is also a bar area to pass some time away and the whole establishment oozes class (by Candi Dasa standards).... Read our full review of Vincent's.

Le48 Restaurant
Looks over the pond, Jalan Raya Candi Dasa

First impressions are a little misleading as although the prices here are above average for Candi Dasa, they are nowhere near the most expensive. Dishes include a fancy take on lasagna, pasta and sate plus a range of other simpler dishes — the appetisers are good and staff courteous, though the single glove is a bit over the top. This restaurant is part of the diabolically named Le48 Zen &... Read our full review of Le48 Restaurant.

Cafe Wayan
Jalan Raya Candi Dasa

Customers will be enthusiastically shown the blackboard upon entering and Australians should prepare themselves for the serious onslaught of a Balinese Australian twang! The Indonesian options on the menu appear to be too expensive, but the steaks and schnitzels are a similar price to other spots in the... Read our full review of Cafe Wayan.

Warung Srijati
Jalan Raya Candi Dasa

The prices here are very reasonable and you will always find at least a few other visitors eating here ensuring that the food is turning over. The furniture is also a little more upmarket than your standard warung and sports solid wood table and chairs. Also open for breakfast. Bicycles are also available for rent... Read our full review of Warung Srijati.

Seafront warungs
Waterside, Jalan Raya Candi Dasa

These vendors are selling traditional Indonesian fare such as bakso ayam/babi, nasi campur, sate and soto ayam. This collection of warungs, established mid-2010, essentially replaces street vendors one would normally see plying their trade up and down the main road of a town. Prices start at 10,000 rupiah for a nasi campur and because the prices aren't fixed for tourists, you will have to... Read our full review of Seafront warungs.

The Hot Dog Shop
Jalan Raya Candi Dasa

Ingredients are sourced from around the island. The standard hamburger comes with a homemade patty, fresh beetroot, lettuce, tomato and sauce of your choice. Extras can be added for a small price to make up a burger fit for a king. Also on offer are chicken burgers and a spectacular mahi-mahi burger — also 25,000 rupiah. Here you will more than likely meet the very friendly Aussie husband of... Read our full review of The Hot Dog Shop.

Candi Bakery
Jalan Raya Candi Dasa

The majority of cakes and pastries are German in nature, so are listed in German: if you don't speak the language, you'll just have to take a punt. Despite this, if you need a cake and coffee fix or some brot, there is no better place to go than the Candi Bakery where you can relax in the air-con surrounds and perhaps learn a thing or two about German baked goods.... Read our full review of Candi Bakery.

Ayu Restaurant and Bakery
Jalan Raya Candi Dasa

As with most other restaurants along this stretch of the main road through Candi Dasa, it is located right on the main road meaning it can be quite noisy. You'll get all the typical fare served up here with a smile, but there is really little to distinguish it from the nearby Cafe... Read our full review of Ayu Restaurant and Bakery.

Janger Bar and Restaurant
Jalan Raya Candi Dasa

They also serve fish, soups and burgers, but the main reason to visit is to use the free and quite reliable WiFi while you have your meal (or single, cheap drink). The dark wood furniture lifts the mood above some of the other similar restaurants in town. Head to the rear of the restaurant to dodge the worst of the traffic... Read our full review of Janger Bar and Restaurant.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Candi Dasa? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Indonesia.

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