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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

    Pantai Indah is located in a relatively quiet stretch of Sanur beach at the front of a large vacant block dotted with banana palms and grazing cows. It's a patch of old Bali really, with a few cobbled together wooden tables and chairs directly on the sand luring expats seeking a quiet, cheap beer ... 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. Their secret weapon is their large bonsai garden out the back — tell the kids there are fairies living among the trees and they may be entertained for a ... 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. The humble kitchen turns out unexpected dishes such as vegetarian Californian rolls, avocado salad and very decent margaritas, all at very good prices. The decor is nothing special, and the ... 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. A small menu of thin-based pizzas and Japanese food allows staff to focus on getting these dishes right and ensures freshness of produce. A few desserts are also on offer ... 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. Food is simple traveller standards with a mix of Indonesian and international dishes on offer, but the quality is good and prices very reasonable. ... 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. The menu is wide-ranging and very well priced, featuring antipasti, soups, pastas, vegetables, fish and meat dishes and good desserts — the ice cream booth out front has a million and one ... 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. It's sort of like Biku in Seminyak, but with quite a different menu. Attached to the hotel Puri Tempo Doeloe, the restaurant still never seems to get too busy, though this ... 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. Their custom-blend caramel-y brew hits the spot perfectly, as do their great breakfasts (the Recovery, a bacon and egg sandwich with barbecue or tomato sauce, is excellent for a, ... 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. This is the spot to head if you have any sort of allergies, as they'll pay attention to what you say you can or can't eat — or if you just like no-fuss, delicious food. Sit ... 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. Sit in the fan-cooled wooden interior or outside under one of the signature red umbrellas. Meals are pricey for Sanur — particular their sandwiches ... 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. It's a favourite hang for expatriates and local Indonesians alike, serving up a solid range of pub fare, though across a range of national cuisines, at very reasonable prices ... 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. This is a tiny place with just a handful of tables and a bench for overflow — get in early! The free WiFi complements the modern feel of the shop and it's worth stopping ... 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. Located in the far south of Sanur, this clearly Western-run eatery serves a range of delicious desserts such as a towering lemon meringue pie (made from an old recipe from ... 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. Be warned though that the coffee is not so good and the set breakfast arrangement annoying — head ... 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. It's a popular spot for Indonesian guides to drop off Japanese couples they are showing around, as well as local Indonesians and Westerners. As you'd hope their name ... 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. Enjoy free WiFi and a good Scandinavian-influenced menu and excellent coffee, though their rosella ice tea is a great ... 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. Set on a bend of Danau Tamblingan, the setting at Gateway of India is a little on the dull ... read more

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