Regular live bands add to what is already a really good vibe, making this a place that is very easy to feel right at home in. There is both lazy seating right on the beach alongwith some above-the-sand seating in a wooden two floor building that backs on the beach boardwalk. Especially friendly staff, good prices and an ideal people-watching position make this a super spot as the sun really... Read our full review of Crystal Palace.
Potato Head Beach Club is one of the best sunset spots in Bali’s busy Seminyak, offering a sublime beachfront setting, comprehensive array of cocktails, a large swimming pool with a swim-up bar and several great options for dining into the... Read our full review of Potato Head Beach Club.
Ever-popular Ku De Ta is probably one of the most recommended places on the island — “Dahhhhling, you must go for sunset cocktails!” — and it’s true, you probably should at least once. It’s a stunningly situated restaurant and bar overlooking a decidedly enticing stretch of beach and at sunset, in the right light, it’s close to... Read our full review of Ku De Ta.
Open any inflight mag and the Bali beach bars that get name-dropped are inevitably the glossies like KuDeTa, Cocoon, Rock Bar, Potato Head, Tao Rooftop Bar and so on, but there’s one problem, none of these are actually on the... Read our full review of Seminyak and Legian beach bars.
The breezy restaurant located on the street across from the beach boasts an inviting pool with day beds and deck chairs outside, while the two-floor restaurant is all smooth concretes, curves, natural materials and gleaming mirrors under twirling fans. The Western menu lives up to the flash expectations the decor creates. Sundays are family days, with an excellent brunch menu and craft activities... Read our full review of Cocoon Beach Club.
Italians do all the important things in life well – shoes, bags and food. Most people enjoy Italian food, but it can sometimes be too heavy for a tropical climate. Bali institution La Lucciola, located a stone’s throw from Petitenget temple on one side, and the thundering Indian ocean on the other, manages to put a fresh spin on classic Italian, adding a contemporary and sometimes fusion take... Read our full review of La Lucciola.
If you’re shopping in Seminyak and need to stop off for a quick lunch or dinner and you’re in the mood for some cheap Indonesian food, you have a few options to choose from.... Read our full review of Where’s a good place for cheap Indonesian food in Seminyak?.
Whether you’re roughing it at a Bali guesthouse and you want to treat yourself or you’re splurging in a villa but you want to hit the pavement, brunch in Seminyak is a good idea. Breakfasts run the full gamut here, from cheap and cheerful through to sophisticated and pricey. Here are a few of our... Read our full review of Seminyak breakfasts.
Bali’s Seminyak is becoming more popular than ever for quick traveller getaways, whether coming from Australia for a week-long eat and shop trip or from Singapore for a weekend break from the city. We’ve covered some of Seminyak’s cheap restaurants, but here are some of our faves for when you want to enjoy a bit of a splurge. It’s of course by no means an exhaustive list, but these are... Read our full review of Seminyak's best restaurants.
Watercress Cafe on Bali’s Jalan Batu Belig is the latest lovely addition to the island’s burgeoning healthy cafe scene. Set in an airy tiled building with beautiful shabby chic design touches, it makes a great pitstop for breakfast, lunch or coffee and for the wonderful quality and friendly service, prices are... Read our full review of Watercress Cafe.
While Jalan Double Six is a continuation of Jl Arjuna, many refer to the whole stretch as Double Six. It's clustered with everything from very late-running dodgy bars to tshirt shops and cafes. Watch out for holes in the pavement!
It's a favourite hang-out for the local expat crowd and some of the characters that pass through can be downright pretentious, but if you can ignore that, this is a marvellous spot for lunch. You approach the counter and select your colour of rice: white, yellow or red and then proceed to point out the dishes you'd like added to your plate from the selection behind the glass window. There are... Read our full review of Warung Melati.
I kicked off a series on cheap Indonesian food in Seminyak a while back and am continuing with a little post on Warung Murah, which translates, literally, as cheap roadside restaurant. Located on busy Jalan Laksmana/Oberoi/Eat Street, it’s actually better than roadside, being a proper three-walled restaurant, but the food mentality here is the same: fast and fresh, as it says right here on the... Read our full review of Warung Murah.
There’s a new kid on Bali’s Mexican block, and she’s a beauty. Well located on Jalan Drupadi just around the corner from Eat Street, Lacalaca offers a short but beautiful Mexican menu in pretty but not silly surrounds. Come here for the quesadilla, stay for the bloody yummo habaneros... Read our full review of Lacalaca.
The brochure saying, “Soul food cooked with passion,” and the bright ribbons dangling in the wind at the entrance to Seminyak’s Kreol Kitchen drew us in to this quirky, lovely spot. Entering the cafe, we were met by an enormous blackboard presenting an enticing menu, which at first glance was a tad overwhelming. Australian owner Annick soon came to our rescue and made a few suggestions... Read our full review of Kreol Kitchen.
Affectionately known as "Eat Street" Laksmana is packed with excellent restaurants and cafes. It goes through a few name changes, with Kayu Aya and Oberoi often used interchangeably, but say Laksmana and your cabbie will know where you are headed.
Was it worth it? I'd go as far as to say this was one of the best burgers I've ever had — certainly not the biggest by any stretch of the imagination, but size really isn't everything. With a couple of drinks and a burger you'll be left with scant change from US$50, but as a splurge, for some really good Western food, this is well worth a look-in. There's also an extensive winelist to boot and... Read our full review of Wah Wah Gourmet Burger Winebar.
With its dream-coloured glass louvre windows sitting pretty on Jalan Oberoi Sea Circus looks scrumptious from the outside alone. Inside, the white interior with vibrant turquoise accents and touches such as flowers in old bicarb of soda cans lends a carefree, beachfront feel, though the spot is off the beach and doesn’t have any ocean... Read our full review of Sea Circus.
This is not refined dining by any stretch of the imagination, but the food is wholesome, good quality and cooked to appeal to all but the fussiest of eaters. Little extras such as free bread and limoncello round off a lovely... Read our full review of Trattoria.
The bread is good quality, the produce fresh and the dishes just hit the spot after eating one too many nasi gorengs. Sit in air-con comfort or suffer the Balinese heat and humidity but be seen. The WiFi is fast and free. A great spot for an early morning breakfast — lunchtimes can be slightly suburban in atmosphere. One low point here is we've had repeated problems with the staff... Read our full review of Grocer and Grind.
If you’re doing a spot of shopping along the Eat Street stretch of Seminyak and the heat is driving you nuts, urbane coffee house Anomali makes for a good rest and recharge-with-caffeine stop along the way around to Jalan Basangkasa (as Jalan Legian eventually becomes known as it heads... Read our full review of Anomali Coffee.
The Bistrot has only just opened its gleaming glass doors and is a seductive, stylish addition to the busy scene on Bali’s Jalan Laksmana, or Eat Street, in... Read our full review of The Bistrot.
If you’re in the mood for a perfect coffee in Bali, Revolver Boutique Coffee House, just off Jalan Laksmana, is where you need to head. Along with coffee, this urban-style cafe — yes hipster, even — serves up smoothies, delicious breakfasts and light... Read our full review of Revolver Boutique Coffee House.
Sisterfields is a great breezy breakfast, lunch and coffee option located in the little Seminyak street cutting between Laksmana and Grocer and... Read our full review of Sisterfields.
A great range of drinks as well as the free WiFi make this a good catch-up-on-email spot, but the food is too good to skip. Their cashew-topped papaya-salad is superb as a light lunch, and they have a range of good-for-you sweets too. The attached shop has a broad range of health foods and potions. Its sister restaurant is vegan... Read our full review of Earth Cafe.
Pull up a chair or lounge and soak up the atmosphere — the indoor tables are right in the middle of the vintage clothes, bags, shoes, jewellery and other paraphernalia, so you'll be hardpressed to leave without snapping up something that takes your attention. (There's not much vintage in Bali — this is one of the better places to head for a browse.) Outdoors is a little noisy, right alongside... Read our full review of Press Ban Cafe.
The small space has just a few tables, but manages to be welcoming and cute without being cutesy, thanks to replica floral oil paintings on the whitewashed rattan walls, for instance. It's not the sort of place to linger, but it's definitely worth a look in, particularly for brekkies and refueling stops. The attached clothes boutique is also worthy of a... Read our full review of Cafe Zucchini/Zuttion.
If I ever had a little wooden seaside cottage, I’d be asking Cafe Bali who did their decorating and getting their number. I love this place: it’s cute but not sickly sweet, a breezy blend of sophisticated and serene right bang in the middle of the disaster-construction zone that is Jalan Laksmana in... Read our full review of Cafe Bali.
It won’t win any awards for its decor, atmosphere, or location, but if you’re heading past Simpang Siur from the airport and onto Sunset Road and need a caffeine boost, Caswell’s is the place to make a quick... Read our full review of Caswell’s.
UPDATE, June 2014: Gusto’s has moved to Jalan Mertanadi (the “jail road”), a few hundred metres up from Sunset Rd. There’s more space for parking and inside the ice creamery, with tables and chairs either out in the garden or inside in air-con. Still just as worthy of a... Read our full review of Gusto Gelato & Caffe.
The Little Green Cafe is a favourite healthy spot of ours in Bali’s Seminyak area, serving up scrumptious salads and light vegan and vegetarian fare in a sunny and shaded... Read our full review of The Little Green Cafe.
Jalan Petitenget makes a circuitous loop from Laksmana, eventually joining Batu Belig. You'll find some of Seminyak's fanciest restaurants here, grasping onto the last of the area's ricefield views.
2015-opened Saigon Street offers a modern-take on Vietnamese food in bustling, mint-green surrounds. The feel is more modern Australian with modish, colourful nods to Saigon than authentic Vietnam -- Australian chef Geoff Lindsay of Dandelion fame is behind the menu, Alex Zabotto-Bentley the design -- and the result is fresh, fun and delicious. Be sure to book in advance for a table and get there... Read our full review of Saigon Street.
Run by the former crew behind Warisan (which itself has been refurbished and is open for business again), Metis offers modern, light takes on French dishes, superbly executed. If you're after oysters or fois gras, this is the spot to head. It's not cheap, but the food really is exceptional. The bar itself juts out into the paddy, and is a touch Mad Men-esque. Bali's beautiful Euro set starts... Read our full review of Metis.
The location doesn't have too much going for it but the sumptuous decor — think sweeping curtains, ornate mirrors, dark woods and flickering candles — makes a beach view completely unnecessary. The Southeast/South Asian menu is streetfood inspired, and any meal should begin with a few of their to die for betel leaf starters. Staff can be a bit... Read our full review of Sarong.
Managed by the Bali Catering Company — the same gang behind Metis — the attention to detail on the food front really shows. Free WiFi is offered. Sit outside and brave the heat, or duck inside to where it's air-con but can get a little noisy. Plenty of top-notch takeaway food is available to take back to your villa or home.... Read our full review of Gourmet Cafe.
From the people behind Seminyak’s Bo and Bun comes funky, bright Lantern, serving a range of pan-Southeast Asian classics, such as pho, laksa, masaman and pad Thai. They do a good job, too, particularly with their Vietnamese dishes — the pho is excellent, while the banh mi and chicken salad isn’t bad... Read our full review of Lantern Bali.
Nothing is quite as humiliating as having another expat express incredulity about you not having visited a particular restaurant or sight. And so it was, chastised by another, that I sought out Warung Sulawesi (yes, worse — it’s very close to our base in... Read our full review of Warung Sulawesi.
We usually try to wait for a joint to have been open for a little while before checking it out, but with bright, bold Motel Mexicola in Seminyak, Bali, we just had to stop... Read our full review of Motel Mexicola.
Petitenget, named for the nearby temple and street, is an elegant, 1930s-feel restaurant serving creatively scrumptious meals and proving that you don’t need to be on the beach in Bali to be prominent on the island’s culinary... Read our full review of Petitenget.
Beautiful Biku has practically become a Bali institution for those seeking a relaxing retreat where you can sip on the best teas on the island. The food menu is top-notch as well and affordable — this is the sort of place you can go with a group and not panic about how much your portion of the bill is going to come to at the end of the... Read our full review of Biku.
It’s not often you return to a restaurant in Bali to find it’s truly doing better than it was before; too often you have a lovely night out, return six months later and find that the fickle clientele has moved on, seduced by something shinier and trendier that has opened down the road. So it was a pleasant surprise to find that the lovely Sardine, on my first visit in more than a year, has... Read our full review of Sardine.
This is just a continuation of Jalan Legian and forms the main north south road through Seminyak. Heavily trafficked, this is more of a shopping strip than eating, but there are a few reasonable options to choose from.
I’ve been on the hunt for Bali’s best babi guling for some time now, so when I heard about the babi guling tacos and burritos at Taco Beach (thanks for the tip, Hati Solutions), I figured trying them would really be an essential part of the overall mission,... Read our full review of Taco Beach.
Normally, this means that one of the styles is favoured over the other and you either get jazzed up and ordinary tasting Indonesian food or downscale Western food. Here, both styles are done well with the local food in a typical display case and the Western food being served as would be the case in a normal café. The free WiFi can be enjoyed while eating a sandwich or nasi goreng in very... Read our full review of Warung Ocha.
In Seminyak, Ryoshi is in a large building with Japanese styling and offers a large selection of sushi, sashimi and noodles to the discerning crowds. Sushi in Bali doesn't get too much better than it is here and the prices are pretty good to match. Upstairs often hosts live entertainment and tends to have a louder, more boisterous atmosphere than the downstairs... Read our full review of Ryoshi.
Habitual is a small little day-time cafe tucked away in Bali’s Umalas, an area that’s starting to thrive when it comes to cute little food joints. Open for breakfast and lunch, it’s a pleasant pitstop — and if you love burgers, it’s worthy of a diversion if you’re staying in nearby... Read our full review of Habitual.
Nook is a cute little warung that opened up a few months ago in Umalas, just north of Seminyak, serving excellent Indonesian food as well as a few Western options, in basic but stylishly simple surrounds. Overlooking a patch of paddy that can’t last for much longer as the developers move in, it’s a pretty spot within easy striking distance of busier... Read our full review of Nook Bali.