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Eat and meet

Sanur beach

Sanur has a pleasant boardwalk that runs its entire length. Much of it backs onto cafes and restaurants and these are some of the better ones.

  • Made Weti's
    4 stars

    Great Balinese nasi campur

    Just off Sanur beach, Jalan Ayu Segara (on left as leaving beach)

    Made Weti’s is a great local Sanur warung that’s been serving up a Balinese version of Indonesia’s famed nasi campur, or mixed dishes with steamed white rice, for around 25 years. Ibu Weti knows her stuff. ... read more

  • Pantai Indah Seafood
    4 stars

    Our favourite shack

    Beachfront, just north of Hyatt

    Bali is famous for its glitzy bars with menus awash in martinis and umbrella-festooned drinks, but one of our favourite local spots is Pantai Indah Seafood (we just call it “the shack”). It’s little more than a few planks of wood and long roughly-hewn tables right on the sands of Sanur ... read more

  • Bonsai Cafe
    4 stars

    Beachside layabout

    Sanur Beach

    Bonsai is one of the best spots on the beach for free WiFi, and it's one of the few that stays open into the early hours of the morning as well. ... read more

  • Warung Mak Beng
    4 stars

    The Ibu Oka of fish

    Just off the beach on Jalan Hang Tuah

    Warung Mak Beng in Bali’s Sanur is a one-dish restaurant that draws in the hungry locals, domestic visitors and occasional traveller by the table-ful. For 28,000 rupiah, you’ll get a fried, meaty piece of ikan laut goreng — in this case snapper steak — with a wonderful smoked sambal and ... read more

  • Cafe Treo
    3.5 stars

    Popular and easy to see why

    Mertasari Beach
    T: (0361) 921 8588

    This spot down at the Mertasari end of Sanur beach is popular with local expats and it's easy to see why. ... read more

  • Tratoria Cafe
    3.5 stars

    Pizzas and Japanese

    Beachfront (outside Griya Santrian)

    The spelling of the name of the café might be questionable, but the pizzas and Japanese food available here are spot on. ... read more

Sanur off the beach

While Sanur Beach is lined with tourist orientated eateries, there are also plenty of good spots off the beach along and around Jalan Danau Tamblingan.

  • Warung Little Bird
    4 stars

    A cute little traveller joint

    Jalan Danau Tamblingan 34
    T: (0815) 5819 5445

    This cute little cafe and restaurant is set at the northern end of Danau Tamblingan in Sanur and creates a simple yet welcoming beach shack atmosphere. ... read more

  • Massimo
    4 stars

    Cheap and cheerful Italian

    Jalan Danau Tamblingan 228
    T: (0361) 288 942

    Massimo is a bit of a Sanur institution, serving up (and also delivering) easily the best pizzas in town. ... read more

  • La Tartine
    4 stars

    Eclectic spot

    Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai 209
    T: (0361) 286 542

    La Tartine is set in a pretty white joglo decked out with exquisite eclectic taste, set in a rather odd location on the bypass. ... read more

  • Porch
    4 stars

    Best coffee in Sanur

    Jalan Danau Tamblingan 110
    T: (0361) 281 682

    Australian-run Porch wins our vote for the best coffee in Sanur, though the nearby Smorgas runs a very close second. ... read more

  • Manik Organik
    4 stars

    Vegetarian and organic standout

    Jalan Danau Tamblingan 85
    T: (0361) 855 3380

    Manik Organik has undergone a recent overhaul and now offers a wider menu, with an emphasis on vegetarian and organic meals. ... read more

  • Cafe Batujimbar
    4 stars

    Consistently popular

    Danau Tamblingan No. 75A
    T: (0361) 287 374

    Cafe Batujimbar is one of Sanur's most consistently popular restaurants, serving up great coffee and excellent meals from breakfast through dinner. ... read more

  • Arena Pub and Restaurant
    4 stars

    Popular expat hangout

    Bypass Ngurah Rai 115
    T: (0361) 287 255

    Arena is owned by the Santrian group, who are also responsible for a sprinkling of hotels mostly in the Sanur area. ... read more

  • Maya's Coffee and Smoothie Bar
    4 stars

    Great coffee and smoothies, free WiFi

    Jalan Pantai Sindhu

    This tiny little shop serves a huge range of creative and healthy smoothies, coffee and an assortment of tasty sandwiches. ... read more

  • Gardenia Cafe
    4 stars

    Blissful garden setting, free WiFi

    Jalan Mertasari

    The garden setting and good coffee are reason enough to visit Gardenia Café, but there is much more than that on offer. ... read more

  • Cafe Moka
    3.5 stars

    It’s a difficult pursuit, finding a flaky, fresh croissant in Bali. It makes sense: croissants are not exactly indigenous cuisine and the foreign influence in Indonesia, where there’s any at all, is Dutch, not French. Yet some of us, usually with futile results, persist in trying… ... read more

  • Coffee on the bypass in Sanur
    3.5 stars

    Bali’s Ngurah Rai bypass — stretching from Nusa Dua past the airport, skirting Kuta, Sanur and then, well, we’re not quite sure where it officially ends — can feel like a bit of a wasteland at times (you know, when it’s not slicing through mangroves). If you are using it to get from say ... read more

  • Japanese food in Sanur
    3.5 stars

    Japanese cuisine is fairly easy to find in Bali, and Sanur on the southeast coast has a good selection of places, from the newish and sleek-lined on the beach through to a few old standards where the emphasis is on comfort. ... read more

  • Ice Cream in Sanur
    3.5 stars

    Technically, even though it’s always pretty hot in Bali, it’s summer time now — so you have an even better excuse to indulge in a scoop of ice cream or three while you’re here. Yes it’s not hardy travel, this eating ice cream business, I’ll grant you that. Still, ice cream. Ice. Cream. ... read more

  • Eating at Sanur night market
    3.5 stars

    Sanur’s night market recently underwent a refurbishment of sorts, and the outcome is a much more spacious and even organised affair. But the same old warungs in the food section continue to plate their specialties from around the Indonesian archipelago. ... read more

  • Putih Pino
    3.5 stars

    A cute little hideaway

    Jalan Karang Sari, about 20 metres from Jalan Danau Tamblingan, south of the Hyatt
    T: (0361) 287 889

    This little spot with just a handful of tables is tucked away on a sidestree near the Hyatt, so take note if you're staying there as it's a world away from a five-star hotel, in all the right ways. ... read more

  • Kopi Bali
    3.5 stars

    Popular coffee stop

    Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai 405
    T: (0361) 270 990

    Kopi Bali is located in the middle of nowhere — well, on the bypass road near nothing of note, anyway — and is always quite busy. ... read more

  • Smorga's
    3.5 stars

    A breezy bistro with free WiFi

    Corner Jalan Danau Tamblingan and Jalan Pantai Karang
    T: (0361) 289 361

    Recently refurbished Smorga's is set at the intersection of Danau Temblingan and Jalan Pantai Karang (which runs down to the beach) and has quite a breezy bistro vibe to it. ... read more

  • Warung Pak Kodi and Bu Nyemplo
    3 stars

    Real deal lawar

    Gang Harum No. 10, off Jalan Sekuta, Sanur, Bali
    T: (0361) 289 230

    Pak Kodi’s is an out-of-the-way, old-style neighbourhood warung serving up nasi campur babi guling made on site, with lawar on the side — and it’s the lawar in particular that this place is locally famed for. Lawar is a Balinese salad typically served for ceremonies; it’s made of minced ... read more

  • Gateway of India
    3 stars

    Serving all the Indian usuals

    Jalan Danau Tamblingan

    Indian food is expensive just about everywhere in the world except India and this place is no exception. The predominantly meat-based dishes follow the usual format with vindaloos featuring alongside kormas. ... read more

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