River Moon Guidebook

Anna

River Moon Guidebook

Food scene
First came Lacalaca in Seminyak, then came Lacalita in Canggu, and then, the technicoloured team behind Bali’s best Mexican joints set up shop in Ubud with Lacasita Fonda Mexicana. Step aside patchouli, alfalfa sprouts and kombucha – chillis, enchiladas and Laca’s legendary Jalapeño Margaritas comin’ through! That’s right Mexi-holics, Lacasita is spicing up Ubud’s food scene with its fresh, modern and muy picante contemporary cuisine. With a menu inspired by the boss’s recent trips to Mexico, Lacasita is where you’ll find the newest creations out of all of the Lacas – think ginger tiger’s milk ceviche, sweet potato tacos and three types of mole – plus plenty of vegan and vegetarian options, because it is Ubud, after all… Lacasita Fonda Mexicana, Jl Sri Wedari No. 4, Ubud, p. +62 822 4784 7216, e. info@lacalacabali.com; Open daily 12pm – 11.30pm.
Lacasita Fonda Mexicana
First came Lacalaca in Seminyak, then came Lacalita in Canggu, and then, the technicoloured team behind Bali’s best Mexican joints set up shop in Ubud with Lacasita Fonda Mexicana. Step aside patchouli, alfalfa sprouts and kombucha – chillis, enchiladas and Laca’s legendary Jalapeño Margaritas comin’ through! That’s right Mexi-holics, Lacasita is spicing up Ubud’s food scene with its fresh, modern and muy picante contemporary cuisine. With a menu inspired by the boss’s recent trips to Mexico, Lacasita is where you’ll find the newest creations out of all of the Lacas – think ginger tiger’s milk ceviche, sweet potato tacos and three types of mole – plus plenty of vegan and vegetarian options, because it is Ubud, after all… Lacasita Fonda Mexicana, Jl Sri Wedari No. 4, Ubud, p. +62 822 4784 7216, e. info@lacalacabali.com; Open daily 12pm – 11.30pm.
With its boho-chic vibes, Balinese character and awesome Mediterranean cuisine, Hippie Fish is where it’s at for uber-fresh seafood, organic ingredients and delish staples from The Med done right. Dished up in a laid-back and loungey atmosphere, you’ll want to try the pan-fried snapper with burnt corn and salsa verde, or the Fregola that’s like an Italian Paella with its lashings of seafood, garlic and basil. And with a vibe that’s alive with great conversation and live music every Thursday, Friday and Sunday, you’ll want to settle in for long and leisurely evenings with friends and fam here. It’s where you’ll find one of Ubud’s largest wine cellars (the cosy bar is awash with wood, brick and rattan) and you’ll want to come back again and again for the regular roster of food tastings and art expositions. Hippie Fish, Jl Raya Ubud No.14, Ubud, p. +62 812 4641 8938, e. hippiefishbali@gmail.com; Open daily 10am – 11pm.
Hippie Fish Ubud
No.14 Jalan Raya Ubud
With its boho-chic vibes, Balinese character and awesome Mediterranean cuisine, Hippie Fish is where it’s at for uber-fresh seafood, organic ingredients and delish staples from The Med done right. Dished up in a laid-back and loungey atmosphere, you’ll want to try the pan-fried snapper with burnt corn and salsa verde, or the Fregola that’s like an Italian Paella with its lashings of seafood, garlic and basil. And with a vibe that’s alive with great conversation and live music every Thursday, Friday and Sunday, you’ll want to settle in for long and leisurely evenings with friends and fam here. It’s where you’ll find one of Ubud’s largest wine cellars (the cosy bar is awash with wood, brick and rattan) and you’ll want to come back again and again for the regular roster of food tastings and art expositions. Hippie Fish, Jl Raya Ubud No.14, Ubud, p. +62 812 4641 8938, e. hippiefishbali@gmail.com; Open daily 10am – 11pm.
Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique has won so many awards, we can’t even begin to list them all. It’s a legendary dining destination in the world of gastronomy, flocked by foodies from around the globe (so you’ll want to make a booking!). That says quite a lot about Chef Chris Salans’ ever-changing high cuisine, which showcases European cooking techniques, fine imported ingredients and top-shelf local produce, sourced from the sea and farms across Bali. Try the Javanese Baby Lamb with smoked eggplant, Kenari nuts, cardamom and fresh curry leaf, and the Canadian Blue Lobster Tail with confit baby potato in a fresh clam juice-garden herb broth. All of this is then wrapped up in an elegant setting with impeccable standards of service. And psst – Mozaic also offers a dine-at-home experience for when you fancy dinner with a private chef! Mozaic Restaurant, Jl Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, p. +62 361 975 768, e. info@mozaic-bali.com. Open daily for reservations from 12pm – 2pm and 6pm – 9.45pm.
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Mozaic
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Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique has won so many awards, we can’t even begin to list them all. It’s a legendary dining destination in the world of gastronomy, flocked by foodies from around the globe (so you’ll want to make a booking!). That says quite a lot about Chef Chris Salans’ ever-changing high cuisine, which showcases European cooking techniques, fine imported ingredients and top-shelf local produce, sourced from the sea and farms across Bali. Try the Javanese Baby Lamb with smoked eggplant, Kenari nuts, cardamom and fresh curry leaf, and the Canadian Blue Lobster Tail with confit baby potato in a fresh clam juice-garden herb broth. All of this is then wrapped up in an elegant setting with impeccable standards of service. And psst – Mozaic also offers a dine-at-home experience for when you fancy dinner with a private chef! Mozaic Restaurant, Jl Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, p. +62 361 975 768, e. info@mozaic-bali.com. Open daily for reservations from 12pm – 2pm and 6pm – 9.45pm.
This Ubud gem is just ten minutes from the town centre, away from the hustle and bustle with panoramic views of the surrounding forest that borders the dramatic Sayan valley. Expect casual fine dining here with a fantastic fusion of Latin-Japanese cuisine. We’re talking tuna croquettes with wasabi mash, foie gras Nigiri sushi and tempeh tempura tacos. YUM. And FYI, the breezy bar teetering on the edge of the gorge is exceptional for a stunning sunset. The Sayan House, Jl Raya Sayan No. 70, Sayan, Ubud, p. +62 361 4792592, e. info@thesayanhouse.com; Open daily 12pm – 10pm.
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The Sayan House
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This Ubud gem is just ten minutes from the town centre, away from the hustle and bustle with panoramic views of the surrounding forest that borders the dramatic Sayan valley. Expect casual fine dining here with a fantastic fusion of Latin-Japanese cuisine. We’re talking tuna croquettes with wasabi mash, foie gras Nigiri sushi and tempeh tempura tacos. YUM. And FYI, the breezy bar teetering on the edge of the gorge is exceptional for a stunning sunset. The Sayan House, Jl Raya Sayan No. 70, Sayan, Ubud, p. +62 361 4792592, e. info@thesayanhouse.com; Open daily 12pm – 10pm.
If you’re lucky enough to get a booking at this über-popular Ubud favourite (def book a table long before you actually arrive in Bali) you’ll know what all the fuss is about. As the name suggests, Locavore uses only sustainably sourced ingredients from around the island – even the plates and furniture are made locally. Go a la carte or try the famed, seven-course degustation feast for a true taste of Chef-Owners Eelke Plasmeijer and Ray Adriansyah’s culinary genius. In case you didn’t know, these guys made history at the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards by single-handedly representing Indonesia and becoming the only restaurant (ever) to skyrocket up the list by a whopping 27 places. Once you’re done losing your mind over their insanely good food, pop up the road to their spin-off cocktail bar The Night Rooster for a nightcap tipple or two. Locavore, Jl Dewi Sita, Ubud, p. +62 361 977 733; Open for lunch Tues – Sat 12pm – 2.30pm and dinner Mon – Sat 6.30pm – 10pm.
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Restaurant Locavore
No.10 Jl. Dewisita
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If you’re lucky enough to get a booking at this über-popular Ubud favourite (def book a table long before you actually arrive in Bali) you’ll know what all the fuss is about. As the name suggests, Locavore uses only sustainably sourced ingredients from around the island – even the plates and furniture are made locally. Go a la carte or try the famed, seven-course degustation feast for a true taste of Chef-Owners Eelke Plasmeijer and Ray Adriansyah’s culinary genius. In case you didn’t know, these guys made history at the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards by single-handedly representing Indonesia and becoming the only restaurant (ever) to skyrocket up the list by a whopping 27 places. Once you’re done losing your mind over their insanely good food, pop up the road to their spin-off cocktail bar The Night Rooster for a nightcap tipple or two. Locavore, Jl Dewi Sita, Ubud, p. +62 361 977 733; Open for lunch Tues – Sat 12pm – 2.30pm and dinner Mon – Sat 6.30pm – 10pm.
Powered by plants, Zest Ubud is one of our fave brunch restaurants in Bali’s hippie heart. Yes it’s vegan, but you won’t find boring bowls of alfalfa sprouts or soggy tofu here. Instead, expect meaty hunks of grilled jackfruit with caramelised corn and curry ‘mayo’, chunky kebabs stuffed full of fire-roasted eggplant, and hearty sides like smashed cassava fritters, taro root fries and sticky spiced carrots. And don’t even get us started on the desserts…. A Banana Muffin in a Glass? You betcha. It’s all a little bit naughty, but oh-so very nice – in more ways than one. Zest Ubud, Jl Raya Penestanan Kelod No.8, Ubud, p. +62 823 4006 5048, e. hello@zestubud.com; Open daily 8am – 10pm.
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Zest Ubud
No.8 Jalan Penestanan Kelod
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Powered by plants, Zest Ubud is one of our fave brunch restaurants in Bali’s hippie heart. Yes it’s vegan, but you won’t find boring bowls of alfalfa sprouts or soggy tofu here. Instead, expect meaty hunks of grilled jackfruit with caramelised corn and curry ‘mayo’, chunky kebabs stuffed full of fire-roasted eggplant, and hearty sides like smashed cassava fritters, taro root fries and sticky spiced carrots. And don’t even get us started on the desserts…. A Banana Muffin in a Glass? You betcha. It’s all a little bit naughty, but oh-so very nice – in more ways than one. Zest Ubud, Jl Raya Penestanan Kelod No.8, Ubud, p. +62 823 4006 5048, e. hello@zestubud.com; Open daily 8am – 10pm.
This Ubud underdog may well be small in size, but it’s made one helluva big wave on the Ubud food scene. Dishing up all-day bites done right, the Pan Asian menu goes from pandan hot cakes for brekkie, to pork belly steamed buns, soft shell crab stir fries and Beef Rendang for lunch and dinner. And while the food here excels all expectations, the cocktails have been causing a big stir too. The Smoked Negroni would fit right in at a New York speakeasy; the Salted Caramel Espresso Martini is up there with Bali’s very best cocktails; and the Your Majes-Tea is served up in a teapot for both taste and Instagram kudos. Cheers to that! Ibu Susu Bar & Kitchen, Jl Monkey Forest, Padang Tegal Kelod, Ubud, p. +62 361 9084861, e. info@ibususu.com; Open daily 12pm – 12am.
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IBU SUSU Bar & Kitchen
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This Ubud underdog may well be small in size, but it’s made one helluva big wave on the Ubud food scene. Dishing up all-day bites done right, the Pan Asian menu goes from pandan hot cakes for brekkie, to pork belly steamed buns, soft shell crab stir fries and Beef Rendang for lunch and dinner. And while the food here excels all expectations, the cocktails have been causing a big stir too. The Smoked Negroni would fit right in at a New York speakeasy; the Salted Caramel Espresso Martini is up there with Bali’s very best cocktails; and the Your Majes-Tea is served up in a teapot for both taste and Instagram kudos. Cheers to that! Ibu Susu Bar & Kitchen, Jl Monkey Forest, Padang Tegal Kelod, Ubud, p. +62 361 9084861, e. info@ibususu.com; Open daily 12pm – 12am.
Three really is the magic number for Bali’s most treasured vegetarian restaurant group. First came Green Ginger Noodle House in Canggu, then The Elephant in Ubud (see below), and finally, the OGs of this conscious empire opened Dumbo – a modern wood-fired Italian food concept that’s just as green, clean and organic as its predecessors. On the same driveway as The Elephant, Dumbo is all about good, honest food that’s as earth friendly as possible – without compromising on flavour of course. Try the tempura zucchini flowers with ricotta, lemon, mint and green chilli mayo, the polenta with braised beetroot cheeks, and whatever you do, don’t miss the thin and crispy wood-fired pizzas (they come from a show-stopping design-driven oven). If that wasn’t tempting enough, 1% of all profits are donated to protect orangutans in Indonesia, so you’ve a good excuse to stuff yourself silly. Dumbo, Jl Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, p. +62 812 3838 9993, e. bookings@dumbobali.com; Open daily 12pm – 3pm & 5pm – 10pm.
Dumbo
Three really is the magic number for Bali’s most treasured vegetarian restaurant group. First came Green Ginger Noodle House in Canggu, then The Elephant in Ubud (see below), and finally, the OGs of this conscious empire opened Dumbo – a modern wood-fired Italian food concept that’s just as green, clean and organic as its predecessors. On the same driveway as The Elephant, Dumbo is all about good, honest food that’s as earth friendly as possible – without compromising on flavour of course. Try the tempura zucchini flowers with ricotta, lemon, mint and green chilli mayo, the polenta with braised beetroot cheeks, and whatever you do, don’t miss the thin and crispy wood-fired pizzas (they come from a show-stopping design-driven oven). If that wasn’t tempting enough, 1% of all profits are donated to protect orangutans in Indonesia, so you’ve a good excuse to stuff yourself silly. Dumbo, Jl Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, p. +62 812 3838 9993, e. bookings@dumbobali.com; Open daily 12pm – 3pm & 5pm – 10pm.
First opened in Canggu as Bali’s first ever hand-roll bar, TYGR has brought all of our fave staples to this Ubud address – next-level nori rolls and modernised Japanese plates included. Everything is made fresh (there’s no questionable sushi train here) with hand rolls made-to-order and rolled right in front of your eyes with still-warm rice, shatteringly crisp nori, and oh-so fresh fillings. It goes without saying, a Sake or ice-cold Sapporo tops it all off… TYGR Ubud, Jl Penestanan Kelod No.8, Ubud, p. +62 813 3916 3894, e. info@tygrsushi.com; Open daily 11am – 10pm.
Tygr sushi
No.8 Jalan Penestanan Kelod
First opened in Canggu as Bali’s first ever hand-roll bar, TYGR has brought all of our fave staples to this Ubud address – next-level nori rolls and modernised Japanese plates included. Everything is made fresh (there’s no questionable sushi train here) with hand rolls made-to-order and rolled right in front of your eyes with still-warm rice, shatteringly crisp nori, and oh-so fresh fillings. It goes without saying, a Sake or ice-cold Sapporo tops it all off… TYGR Ubud, Jl Penestanan Kelod No.8, Ubud, p. +62 813 3916 3894, e. info@tygrsushi.com; Open daily 11am – 10pm.
Freshly prepared with love and passion, the food at Moksa is all about freshness and flavour. The fact that it’s also plant-based and super healthy is a happy bonus – so fill your boots with vegan treats (hellooo pulled jackfruit tacos) and settle in for a delish casual dining experience that’s super good for you, all the while overlooking Moksa’a very own permaculture garden. Oh and FYI, the raw coconut chocolate panna cotta here is literally to die for… Moksa, Jl Puskesmas Ubud II Kutuh, Gg Damai, Sayan, Ubud, p. +62 813 3977 4787, e. info@moksaubud.com; Open daily 9am – 10pm.
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Moksa Ubud
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Freshly prepared with love and passion, the food at Moksa is all about freshness and flavour. The fact that it’s also plant-based and super healthy is a happy bonus – so fill your boots with vegan treats (hellooo pulled jackfruit tacos) and settle in for a delish casual dining experience that’s super good for you, all the while overlooking Moksa’a very own permaculture garden. Oh and FYI, the raw coconut chocolate panna cotta here is literally to die for… Moksa, Jl Puskesmas Ubud II Kutuh, Gg Damai, Sayan, Ubud, p. +62 813 3977 4787, e. info@moksaubud.com; Open daily 9am – 10pm.
Chris Salans, the man behind the iconic Mozaic Bali, has gone and done it again with SPICE. This all-day gastrobar has become a go-to fave in Ubud, thanks to its casual good food in a vibrant atmosphere. Blending Indonesian ingredients and flavours with bistro-style Western bites, everything here has the top-notch Salans touch, this time served up in a chilled environment. Perch at the bar and watch the kitchen team whip up a culinary storm, or sit on the communal tables and watch the world go by though the glass windows. Top tip: by nightfall, the bar is humming thanks to the collection of locally-inspired cocktails. SPICE by Chris Salans, Jl Raya Ubud No 23, Ubud, p. +62 361 479 2420; Open daily 12pm – 10pm.
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Spice By Chris Salans, Ubud
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Chris Salans, the man behind the iconic Mozaic Bali, has gone and done it again with SPICE. This all-day gastrobar has become a go-to fave in Ubud, thanks to its casual good food in a vibrant atmosphere. Blending Indonesian ingredients and flavours with bistro-style Western bites, everything here has the top-notch Salans touch, this time served up in a chilled environment. Perch at the bar and watch the kitchen team whip up a culinary storm, or sit on the communal tables and watch the world go by though the glass windows. Top tip: by nightfall, the bar is humming thanks to the collection of locally-inspired cocktails. SPICE by Chris Salans, Jl Raya Ubud No 23, Ubud, p. +62 361 479 2420; Open daily 12pm – 10pm.
Say yes to Sayuri; a wholesome vegan raw food café with good vibrations a plenty. It really doesn’t get much healthier – everything on the menu is wheat-free, animal & dairy-free, gluten-free & soy-free. And they don’t just serve it either, the good people at Sayuri lead by example, so if you fancy learning how to knock out delicious raw food treats for yourself, get down to one of the special classes that teach better living through healing food. Sayuri, Jl Sukma No. 2, Ubud, p. +62 361 908 0385, e. info@balirawchef.com; Open daily 7am – 10pm.
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Sayuri Healing Food
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Say yes to Sayuri; a wholesome vegan raw food café with good vibrations a plenty. It really doesn’t get much healthier – everything on the menu is wheat-free, animal & dairy-free, gluten-free & soy-free. And they don’t just serve it either, the good people at Sayuri lead by example, so if you fancy learning how to knock out delicious raw food treats for yourself, get down to one of the special classes that teach better living through healing food. Sayuri, Jl Sukma No. 2, Ubud, p. +62 361 908 0385, e. info@balirawchef.com; Open daily 7am – 10pm.
With its relaxed tropical atmosphere and Bali-chic mix of traditional furniture and fabrics, Casa Luna is an Ubud landmark that’s been serving authentic Balinese food and modern, nourishing dishes for more than 25 years. Brought to us by respected Bali icon, Janet De Neefe, Casa Luna is legendary, much like their Balinese-style Paella and scrumptious lime tart that’s been named the best on the island more than once. Vegan and vegetarian options play a significant role on the menu, and organic ingredients are hand-picked from the Casa Luna garden. And psst – check out the regular Casa Luna cooking classes if you want to learn all of the scrummy secrets. Casa Luna, Jl Raya Ubud, p. +62 361 977 409, e; Open daily 8am – 11pm.
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Casa Luna Restaurant
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With its relaxed tropical atmosphere and Bali-chic mix of traditional furniture and fabrics, Casa Luna is an Ubud landmark that’s been serving authentic Balinese food and modern, nourishing dishes for more than 25 years. Brought to us by respected Bali icon, Janet De Neefe, Casa Luna is legendary, much like their Balinese-style Paella and scrumptious lime tart that’s been named the best on the island more than once. Vegan and vegetarian options play a significant role on the menu, and organic ingredients are hand-picked from the Casa Luna garden. And psst – check out the regular Casa Luna cooking classes if you want to learn all of the scrummy secrets. Casa Luna, Jl Raya Ubud, p. +62 361 977 409, e; Open daily 8am – 11pm.
A trendy social club and Asian-fusion restaurant, Current Social Club & Kitchen in Ubud is home to a trendy cocktail space and an epic menu of East meets West. Described as “a place for Ubud to get down with its casual-sexy self”, Current is where you can hang out, socialise and meet up over share plates, unique cocktails and cool events. Think breakfast bowls and bao buns with house-cured bacon, alongside low-key movie nights, special guest DJs and gin & tonic happy hours. What’s more, the menu is all about using local and organic ingredients to put a twist on Western and Asian classics – try the Kintamani-coffee-braised pork ribs to see what we mean. Current Social Club & Kitchen, Jl Nyuh Bojog, Mas, Ubud, p. +62 361 971377, e. hello@letsgetcurrent.com; Open daily 7.30am – 11pm.
Current - Social Club & Kitchen
A trendy social club and Asian-fusion restaurant, Current Social Club & Kitchen in Ubud is home to a trendy cocktail space and an epic menu of East meets West. Described as “a place for Ubud to get down with its casual-sexy self”, Current is where you can hang out, socialise and meet up over share plates, unique cocktails and cool events. Think breakfast bowls and bao buns with house-cured bacon, alongside low-key movie nights, special guest DJs and gin & tonic happy hours. What’s more, the menu is all about using local and organic ingredients to put a twist on Western and Asian classics – try the Kintamani-coffee-braised pork ribs to see what we mean. Current Social Club & Kitchen, Jl Nyuh Bojog, Mas, Ubud, p. +62 361 971377, e. hello@letsgetcurrent.com; Open daily 7.30am – 11pm.
Slow food emporium and all-round beam of sunshiny goodness, The Elephant mixes healthy fare with fab views across Insta-hotspot Tjampuan Ridge. Ethical, vegetarian and mos def awesome, the dishes here are all made with love and presented beautifully, especially when paired with a healthy juice or happy frappe. Try the Pad Thai, the curries, and the Polenta Fries, and if you fancy a retox, the cocktail list is not to be missed either… The Elephant, Jl Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, p. +62 85 100 161 907, e. the.elephant.office@gmail.com; Open daily 8am – 9.30pm.
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The Elephant
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Slow food emporium and all-round beam of sunshiny goodness, The Elephant mixes healthy fare with fab views across Insta-hotspot Tjampuan Ridge. Ethical, vegetarian and mos def awesome, the dishes here are all made with love and presented beautifully, especially when paired with a healthy juice or happy frappe. Try the Pad Thai, the curries, and the Polenta Fries, and if you fancy a retox, the cocktail list is not to be missed either… The Elephant, Jl Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, p. +62 85 100 161 907, e. the.elephant.office@gmail.com; Open daily 8am – 9.30pm.
With its breathtaking view of the Tjampuhan ridge and soaring Mount Agung volcano, and its gorgeous hand-carved columns, terrazzo floors and teak furniture, the sights at Indus Restaurant could almost distract you from the impeccable Asian-inspired dishes – almost. After over 20 years of perfecting the art of local cuisine with a fusion of other Asian touches (Indus is from the same culinary mastermind that bought us Casa Luna), Indus knows exactly how to whip up a rich and creamy jackfruit rendang, or a smoking spread of chicken satay dripping in a velvety peanut sauce. Spread over two levels, Indus is one of Ubud’s most breathtaking restaurants, and a long-time favourite with the expats. Top tip: Arrive at twilight for a sunset-soaked cocktail, and come by on a Friday for a fish feast that serves up wok-fried, grilled, braised, curried or steamed fish in banana leaves. Yum! Indus Restaurant, Jl Raya Sanggingan No. 88X, Kedewatan, Ubud, e. indus@casalunabali.com; Open daily 9am – 11pm.
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Indus Restaurant
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With its breathtaking view of the Tjampuhan ridge and soaring Mount Agung volcano, and its gorgeous hand-carved columns, terrazzo floors and teak furniture, the sights at Indus Restaurant could almost distract you from the impeccable Asian-inspired dishes – almost. After over 20 years of perfecting the art of local cuisine with a fusion of other Asian touches (Indus is from the same culinary mastermind that bought us Casa Luna), Indus knows exactly how to whip up a rich and creamy jackfruit rendang, or a smoking spread of chicken satay dripping in a velvety peanut sauce. Spread over two levels, Indus is one of Ubud’s most breathtaking restaurants, and a long-time favourite with the expats. Top tip: Arrive at twilight for a sunset-soaked cocktail, and come by on a Friday for a fish feast that serves up wok-fried, grilled, braised, curried or steamed fish in banana leaves. Yum! Indus Restaurant, Jl Raya Sanggingan No. 88X, Kedewatan, Ubud, e. indus@casalunabali.com; Open daily 9am – 11pm.
“Where worlds meet” is bridges’ motto – a saying you’ll immediately understand the moment you step through the jungle-hugged doors of this Ubud icon. bridges sits at the end of the two Campuhan Bridges, nestled in the valley overlooking the River Wos. Yet beyond the surroundings, bridges also brings together two culinary worlds: the very best of Indonesian flavours alongside European cooking techniques. With seven different levels for dining, you can kick back on the terrace and watch the world go by above you, or look down to the valley of untouched nature below. Whichever you choose, be sure to pair it with one of their many imported wines and cheeses. bridges Bali, Jl Raya Campuhan, Ubud, p.+62 361 970 095, e. reservation@bridgesbali.com; Open daily 11am – 11.30pm.
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bridges Bali Restaurant Ubud
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“Where worlds meet” is bridges’ motto – a saying you’ll immediately understand the moment you step through the jungle-hugged doors of this Ubud icon. bridges sits at the end of the two Campuhan Bridges, nestled in the valley overlooking the River Wos. Yet beyond the surroundings, bridges also brings together two culinary worlds: the very best of Indonesian flavours alongside European cooking techniques. With seven different levels for dining, you can kick back on the terrace and watch the world go by above you, or look down to the valley of untouched nature below. Whichever you choose, be sure to pair it with one of their many imported wines and cheeses. bridges Bali, Jl Raya Campuhan, Ubud, p.+62 361 970 095, e. reservation@bridgesbali.com; Open daily 11am – 11.30pm.
With its eye-catching interiors and mix of Indonesian and Western seasonal ‘earth-to-table’ cuisine, Copper Kitchen’s rooftop dining is the talk of the town. Expect authentic local flavours and some of the freshest locally sourced ingredients from their very own farm, and keep an eye out for Copper Kitchen’s special culinary events, featuring wine-paired tasting menus and collaborations with other talented chefs. Copper Kitchen, Jl Bisma, Ubud, p. +62 361 479 2888, e. rm@bisma-eight.com; Open daily 7am – 11pm.
Copper Kitchen & Bar
With its eye-catching interiors and mix of Indonesian and Western seasonal ‘earth-to-table’ cuisine, Copper Kitchen’s rooftop dining is the talk of the town. Expect authentic local flavours and some of the freshest locally sourced ingredients from their very own farm, and keep an eye out for Copper Kitchen’s special culinary events, featuring wine-paired tasting menus and collaborations with other talented chefs. Copper Kitchen, Jl Bisma, Ubud, p. +62 361 479 2888, e. rm@bisma-eight.com; Open daily 7am – 11pm.
Get to the very heart and soul of Indonesian cooking at Manisan, where the food and décor hark back to a golden age of ancient kingdoms and spice routes. Soak up the al fresco ambiance surrounded by rice fields, and immerse yourself in the heritage of Bali while gorging on delicacies like sate ayam or beef rendang that have made Indonesia so famous. Try the Sate Sapi Pontianak – delicious beef satay marinated with sweet soya, coriander, candlenut and pineapple before being cooked to perfection over a charcoal grill. Manisan, Jl Hanoman, Ubud, p. +62 361 846 8933 / +62 361 846 8925, e. experience@manisanbali.com; Open daily 8am – 10pm
Manisan Restaurant
Get to the very heart and soul of Indonesian cooking at Manisan, where the food and décor hark back to a golden age of ancient kingdoms and spice routes. Soak up the al fresco ambiance surrounded by rice fields, and immerse yourself in the heritage of Bali while gorging on delicacies like sate ayam or beef rendang that have made Indonesia so famous. Try the Sate Sapi Pontianak – delicious beef satay marinated with sweet soya, coriander, candlenut and pineapple before being cooked to perfection over a charcoal grill. Manisan, Jl Hanoman, Ubud, p. +62 361 846 8933 / +62 361 846 8925, e. experience@manisanbali.com; Open daily 8am – 10pm
Superb Mexican cuisine with a twist; everything on the menu at La Pacha Mama is either totally veggie or pescetarian, with all the traditional meat ingredients replaced with plant-based produce and hella-fresh seafood. Think drunken mushrooms and carrot tostadas to start, or shrimp tacos and slow-cooked jackfruit burritos for the mains. A smattering of desserts and a very grown up drinks list adds to the flavour of this Ubud staple. La Pacha Mama, Jl Raya Penestana Kelod 1, Ubud, p. +62 361 90 80 225, e. info@la-pacha-mama.com; Open daily 4pm – 11pm.
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La Pacha Mama Ubud
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Superb Mexican cuisine with a twist; everything on the menu at La Pacha Mama is either totally veggie or pescetarian, with all the traditional meat ingredients replaced with plant-based produce and hella-fresh seafood. Think drunken mushrooms and carrot tostadas to start, or shrimp tacos and slow-cooked jackfruit burritos for the mains. A smattering of desserts and a very grown up drinks list adds to the flavour of this Ubud staple. La Pacha Mama, Jl Raya Penestana Kelod 1, Ubud, p. +62 361 90 80 225, e. info@la-pacha-mama.com; Open daily 4pm – 11pm.
Just up from the famous Monkey Forest, Kismet Restaurant & Lounge is tucked away amongst the quaint and narrow streets of downtown Ubud, dishing up vegetarian and vegan deliciousness in the form of halloumi burgers, tempe bowls, polenta lasagne and plenty of small tapas-style plates to share. Kismet Restaurant & Lounge, Jl South Goutama No.27X, Ubud, p. +62 361 908 0702; Open daily 9am – 12am.
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Kismet Restaurant and Lounge
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Just up from the famous Monkey Forest, Kismet Restaurant & Lounge is tucked away amongst the quaint and narrow streets of downtown Ubud, dishing up vegetarian and vegan deliciousness in the form of halloumi burgers, tempe bowls, polenta lasagne and plenty of small tapas-style plates to share. Kismet Restaurant & Lounge, Jl South Goutama No.27X, Ubud, p. +62 361 908 0702; Open daily 9am – 12am.
If you’ve ever been to Gili Trawangan, you’ll already be familiar with the Pesona name. But instead of a stunning beach resort, this time, Pesona Lounge is Ubud’s newest and most vibrant Indian restaurant, laced in luxury, local heritage and modern Indian indulgences. Expect to see all of your fave Indian staples here, like tikka masala, tandoori chicken, pork vindaloo and rogan josh – most of which feature vegetarian variations too, from the mushroom masala to the jackfruit biryani. All of this is then served up alongside bespoke cocktails, mocktails, and exotic shisha… Pesona Lounge, Jl Goutama Sel. No.25A, Ubud, p. +62 811 3802 572. Open daily, midday – midnight.
Pesona Lounge Ubud
No.25A Jalan Goutama Selatan
If you’ve ever been to Gili Trawangan, you’ll already be familiar with the Pesona name. But instead of a stunning beach resort, this time, Pesona Lounge is Ubud’s newest and most vibrant Indian restaurant, laced in luxury, local heritage and modern Indian indulgences. Expect to see all of your fave Indian staples here, like tikka masala, tandoori chicken, pork vindaloo and rogan josh – most of which feature vegetarian variations too, from the mushroom masala to the jackfruit biryani. All of this is then served up alongside bespoke cocktails, mocktails, and exotic shisha… Pesona Lounge, Jl Goutama Sel. No.25A, Ubud, p. +62 811 3802 572. Open daily, midday – midnight.
We can hardly keep up with the ever-growing collection of world-class ventures from celeb Indonesian chef Mandif Warokka (the man behind Teatro Gastroteque in Seminyak & BLANCO Par Mandif in Ubud), but Yatta Izakaya is the latest showstopper from this culinary mastermind, and this time, he’s introducing fine Japanese food to the Ubud ‘hood. Dished up Izakaya style (AKA in a casual and social atmo) every dish at Yatta (all 200 of them!) is designed to tell the stories of Japanese culture, rituals, memories and people. You’ll have to try it to know exactly what we mean, but just be sure to graze your way through the sushi and sashimi, the create-your-own tempura, and the selection of smokey Yakitori… Yatta Izakaya, Jl Monkey Forest, Pertiwi Resort & Spa Ubud, p. +62 361 978 189, e. info@yattaizakayaubud.com. Open daily, 11am – 11pm.
Yatta Izakaya Ubud
We can hardly keep up with the ever-growing collection of world-class ventures from celeb Indonesian chef Mandif Warokka (the man behind Teatro Gastroteque in Seminyak & BLANCO Par Mandif in Ubud), but Yatta Izakaya is the latest showstopper from this culinary mastermind, and this time, he’s introducing fine Japanese food to the Ubud ‘hood. Dished up Izakaya style (AKA in a casual and social atmo) every dish at Yatta (all 200 of them!) is designed to tell the stories of Japanese culture, rituals, memories and people. You’ll have to try it to know exactly what we mean, but just be sure to graze your way through the sushi and sashimi, the create-your-own tempura, and the selection of smokey Yakitori… Yatta Izakaya, Jl Monkey Forest, Pertiwi Resort & Spa Ubud, p. +62 361 978 189, e. info@yattaizakayaubud.com. Open daily, 11am – 11pm.
Cool Cafes
By very popular demand, everyone’s fave Canggu cafe found a second home in the heart of Ubud. Bringing those amazing all-day breakfasts, sumptuous lunches and delectable dinners to the Ubud ‘hood, Milk & Madu Ubud means you can get your hungry mitts on those skillet shakshuka eggs and mammoth burgers in two island locations – not to mention those wood-fired pizzas that are all-you-can-eat on a Sunday. And just like its sister spot, the vibes here are tropical, cool and cosy with just enough industrial-chic decor to make you #interiorcrush. It’s everything we love about Milk & Madu Canggu, right at home in Bali’s cultural hub. Milk & Madu Ubud, Jl Sweta No 3, Ubud, p. +62 812 3673 6733, e. hello@milkandmadu.com; Open daily 7.30am – 10pm.
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Milk & Madu Ubud
3 Jl. Suweta
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By very popular demand, everyone’s fave Canggu cafe found a second home in the heart of Ubud. Bringing those amazing all-day breakfasts, sumptuous lunches and delectable dinners to the Ubud ‘hood, Milk & Madu Ubud means you can get your hungry mitts on those skillet shakshuka eggs and mammoth burgers in two island locations – not to mention those wood-fired pizzas that are all-you-can-eat on a Sunday. And just like its sister spot, the vibes here are tropical, cool and cosy with just enough industrial-chic decor to make you #interiorcrush. It’s everything we love about Milk & Madu Canggu, right at home in Bali’s cultural hub. Milk & Madu Ubud, Jl Sweta No 3, Ubud, p. +62 812 3673 6733, e. hello@milkandmadu.com; Open daily 7.30am – 10pm.
Vegan sorcery and raw chocolate wizardry are our fave things about this gorgeously stylish Ubud cafe, where love, authenticity, health and gratitude are the core values. Think raw food goodness (enormous superfood salads and all-day smoothie bowls) matched with sweet treats like their decadent banoffee pie or sugar-free ice cream Bounty bars – all served up with a cuppa single origin or chilled kombucha. Magical. Alchemy, Jl Penestanan Kelod No.75, Sayan, Ubud, p. +62 361 971 981, e. marketing@alchemybali.com; Open daily 7am – 9pm.
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Alchemy
No.75 Jalan Penestanan Kelod
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Vegan sorcery and raw chocolate wizardry are our fave things about this gorgeously stylish Ubud cafe, where love, authenticity, health and gratitude are the core values. Think raw food goodness (enormous superfood salads and all-day smoothie bowls) matched with sweet treats like their decadent banoffee pie or sugar-free ice cream Bounty bars – all served up with a cuppa single origin or chilled kombucha. Magical. Alchemy, Jl Penestanan Kelod No.75, Sayan, Ubud, p. +62 361 971 981, e. marketing@alchemybali.com; Open daily 7am – 9pm.
Epic coffee, cold-pressed juices, rustic breakfasts, scrumptious salads, homemade cakes, and so.much.more. Watercess Ubud is another South Bali export that made its home in Ubud, bringing everything we love about the flagship Seminyak address to the Monkey Forest strip. In true Watercress style, they nail just about everything. Our faves? The veggie burger, the smoked salmon with cream cheese bagel, and some of the most finger lickin’ ribs around. A minimalist tropical design with communal seating finishes this place off – oh, and did we mention there’s a wine bar upstairs? Watercress Ubud, Jl Monkey Forest, Ubud, p. +62 361 976 127; Open daily 7.30am – 10.30pm.
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Watercress Cafe Ubud
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Epic coffee, cold-pressed juices, rustic breakfasts, scrumptious salads, homemade cakes, and so.much.more. Watercess Ubud is another South Bali export that made its home in Ubud, bringing everything we love about the flagship Seminyak address to the Monkey Forest strip. In true Watercress style, they nail just about everything. Our faves? The veggie burger, the smoked salmon with cream cheese bagel, and some of the most finger lickin’ ribs around. A minimalist tropical design with communal seating finishes this place off – oh, and did we mention there’s a wine bar upstairs? Watercress Ubud, Jl Monkey Forest, Ubud, p. +62 361 976 127; Open daily 7.30am – 10.30pm.
Born in The Bukit and now a go-to in Ubud, Suka Espresso is where brunch fanatics flock to feast on the neat and utterly delicious menu of Australian-style cafe staples (the avocado smash here is arguably the best around – need we say more?) whilst coffee lovers come for the fact that they source their beans in small batches from Indonesia and South America for the perfect cuppa joe. Yup, this is a must-try tropical stop-off for your daily coffee & brunch fix. Suka Espresso, Jl Raya Pengosekan Ubud No.108, Ubud, p. +62 812 4652 7605, e. daily@sukaespresso.com; Open daily 7.30am – 10pm.
Suka Espresso [Ubud]
No.108 Jalan Raya Pengosekan Ubud
Born in The Bukit and now a go-to in Ubud, Suka Espresso is where brunch fanatics flock to feast on the neat and utterly delicious menu of Australian-style cafe staples (the avocado smash here is arguably the best around – need we say more?) whilst coffee lovers come for the fact that they source their beans in small batches from Indonesia and South America for the perfect cuppa joe. Yup, this is a must-try tropical stop-off for your daily coffee & brunch fix. Suka Espresso, Jl Raya Pengosekan Ubud No.108, Ubud, p. +62 812 4652 7605, e. daily@sukaespresso.com; Open daily 7.30am – 10pm.
Hidden away just past the Blanco Museum a few minutes out of downtown Ubud, Yellow Flower Cafe is a beyond-cute little pocket of calm that feels like you’re sat in somebody’s tropical living room. Low-slung bamboo sofas or cross-legged on the cushions, it’s the perfect spot to snack on tasty, healthy Indonesian food and western grinds. While you might not hear this cafe on the lips of every island visitor, it’s the locals and in-the-know expats that have Yellow Flower on speed-dial. Yellow Flower Café, Penestanan Steps, Jl Sanggingan, Ubud, p. +62 812 3889 9695; Open daily 7.45am – 9pm.
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Yellow Flower Café
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Hidden away just past the Blanco Museum a few minutes out of downtown Ubud, Yellow Flower Cafe is a beyond-cute little pocket of calm that feels like you’re sat in somebody’s tropical living room. Low-slung bamboo sofas or cross-legged on the cushions, it’s the perfect spot to snack on tasty, healthy Indonesian food and western grinds. While you might not hear this cafe on the lips of every island visitor, it’s the locals and in-the-know expats that have Yellow Flower on speed-dial. Yellow Flower Café, Penestanan Steps, Jl Sanggingan, Ubud, p. +62 812 3889 9695; Open daily 7.45am – 9pm.
meals just off of Jalan Hanoman in downtown Ubud. Flaunting both veggie and vegan options as well as a few meaty appearances, the gorgeous menu here has been carefully nurtured and developed in line with the owner’s ethos of a healthy, environmentally-conscious lifestyle. Delish and good for you, double win! KAFE, Jl Hanoman No. 44 B, Padang Tegal, Ubud, p. +62 811 179 3455, e. kafe@balispirit.com; Open daily 7am – 11pm.
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KAFE
No.44B Jl. Hanoman
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meals just off of Jalan Hanoman in downtown Ubud. Flaunting both veggie and vegan options as well as a few meaty appearances, the gorgeous menu here has been carefully nurtured and developed in line with the owner’s ethos of a healthy, environmentally-conscious lifestyle. Delish and good for you, double win! KAFE, Jl Hanoman No. 44 B, Padang Tegal, Ubud, p. +62 811 179 3455, e. kafe@balispirit.com; Open daily 7am – 11pm.
Your one-stop-shop for healthy, holistic nourishment, Clear Café offers a ‘clean food for clear minds’ philosophy matched with homey furnishings and a quirky soundtrack for the music fans. Check out the refreshing list of tonics and elixirs before diving into the super-delish international vegetarian and pescetarian menu. Clear Café, Jl Hanoman No.8, Ubud, p. +62 878 6219 7585; Open daily 8am – 11pm.
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Clear Cafe
No. 8 Jl. Hanoman
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Your one-stop-shop for healthy, holistic nourishment, Clear Café offers a ‘clean food for clear minds’ philosophy matched with homey furnishings and a quirky soundtrack for the music fans. Check out the refreshing list of tonics and elixirs before diving into the super-delish international vegetarian and pescetarian menu. Clear Café, Jl Hanoman No.8, Ubud, p. +62 878 6219 7585; Open daily 8am – 11pm.
An Ayurvedic café concept for conscious foodies (try and say that five times fast), Mudra brings enlightened lunches and vegan treats to Bali’s cultural capital. The small batch coffee is outstanding, as are the selection of healthy leaf and kombucha teas – perfectly paired with indulgent dragon bowls, buttery roti canai, or fresh Poke Poke to name just a few. Oh, and don’t miss the fresh mochi and kaya churros – all served up in a laid back, cosy interior with feel-good knick-knacks and awesome artwork aplenty. Mudra, Jl Goutama Sel. No.22, Ubud, p. +62 85 738 950 883; Open Tues – Sun, 8.30am – 9.30pm.
Mudra Cafe
An Ayurvedic café concept for conscious foodies (try and say that five times fast), Mudra brings enlightened lunches and vegan treats to Bali’s cultural capital. The small batch coffee is outstanding, as are the selection of healthy leaf and kombucha teas – perfectly paired with indulgent dragon bowls, buttery roti canai, or fresh Poke Poke to name just a few. Oh, and don’t miss the fresh mochi and kaya churros – all served up in a laid back, cosy interior with feel-good knick-knacks and awesome artwork aplenty. Mudra, Jl Goutama Sel. No.22, Ubud, p. +62 85 738 950 883; Open Tues – Sun, 8.30am – 9.30pm.
Great food, awesome atmosphere and a pool to chill in after chowing down – Ubudian Cafe knows how to get our attention! Nestled quietly on the road south of town, we heart this adorable little café for its healthy fare and super duper smoothie bowls – breakfast has never been so colourful! Digital nomads, you’ll want to bring your lappy and lap-up the chilled vibes that are perfect for distraction-free networking. Ubudian Café Bali, Jl Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, p. +62 812 3756 9849; Open daily 7am – 11pm
Ubudian Cafe Bali
Great food, awesome atmosphere and a pool to chill in after chowing down – Ubudian Cafe knows how to get our attention! Nestled quietly on the road south of town, we heart this adorable little café for its healthy fare and super duper smoothie bowls – breakfast has never been so colourful! Digital nomads, you’ll want to bring your lappy and lap-up the chilled vibes that are perfect for distraction-free networking. Ubudian Café Bali, Jl Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, p. +62 812 3756 9849; Open daily 7am – 11pm
Combining fun, flavour, vibrancy and integrity through Raw Living Foods, Yoga and Holographic Kinetics, Seeds of Life is so much more than just a café. Drop by to sample their outstanding fare (raw, vegan and veggie, natch) and stick around to soak up their holistic approach to life. From Taoist tonics and Ashtanga Yoga to raw food classes and artisan Chinese teas, you can give your body and soul the once-over here. The Seeds of Life, Jl Gootama No.2, Ubud, p. +62 361 970 650; Open daily 8am – 10pm.
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The Seeds of Life
No.2 Jalan Gautama
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Combining fun, flavour, vibrancy and integrity through Raw Living Foods, Yoga and Holographic Kinetics, Seeds of Life is so much more than just a café. Drop by to sample their outstanding fare (raw, vegan and veggie, natch) and stick around to soak up their holistic approach to life. From Taoist tonics and Ashtanga Yoga to raw food classes and artisan Chinese teas, you can give your body and soul the once-over here. The Seeds of Life, Jl Gootama No.2, Ubud, p. +62 361 970 650; Open daily 8am – 10pm.
Less of a ‘wild party’ kinda place and more of a ‘sit back in a cushiony armchair with a fabulous cocktail’ kind of place, Lazy Cats is an Ubud bar that’s designed for soaking up the good times and mingling with great friends – all in industrial-bohemian interiors dotted with art, plants and vintage furniture. Its outstanding drinks list features all the classics and more, from mojitos and piña coladas, to the Drunken Cat or Tipsy Tiger, the latter of which is shaken with tequila gold, cointreau and watermelon. Top tip: arrive early to watch the evening sun filter hazily through the skylights, changing to a blanket of deep blue as the nighttime vibes come alive. Lazy Cats, Jl. Raya Ubud No.23, Ubud, p. +62 813 3882 2589; Open daily 8am – 10pm.
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Lazy Cats Cafe
23 Jl. Raya Ubud
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Less of a ‘wild party’ kinda place and more of a ‘sit back in a cushiony armchair with a fabulous cocktail’ kind of place, Lazy Cats is an Ubud bar that’s designed for soaking up the good times and mingling with great friends – all in industrial-bohemian interiors dotted with art, plants and vintage furniture. Its outstanding drinks list features all the classics and more, from mojitos and piña coladas, to the Drunken Cat or Tipsy Tiger, the latter of which is shaken with tequila gold, cointreau and watermelon. Top tip: arrive early to watch the evening sun filter hazily through the skylights, changing to a blanket of deep blue as the nighttime vibes come alive. Lazy Cats, Jl. Raya Ubud No.23, Ubud, p. +62 813 3882 2589; Open daily 8am – 10pm.
Fine Dinning
For something totally different (yet undeniably awesome) head to Room4Dessert for uber cool sweets and drinks in an outlandish late-night venue, helmed by famed New Yorker Will Goldfarb. Indoors, embrace gluttony with a degustation menu of desserts and cocktails, or head out back to the terrace garden to revel in a Spanish tapas-style concept, stuffed full of tasty morsels like Iberico ham and braised beef shanks. Room4Dessert, Jl Sanggingan, Ubud, p. +62 81 236 662 806; Open Tues – Sun, 5pm – 11pm.
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Room 4 Dessert
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For something totally different (yet undeniably awesome) head to Room4Dessert for uber cool sweets and drinks in an outlandish late-night venue, helmed by famed New Yorker Will Goldfarb. Indoors, embrace gluttony with a degustation menu of desserts and cocktails, or head out back to the terrace garden to revel in a Spanish tapas-style concept, stuffed full of tasty morsels like Iberico ham and braised beef shanks. Room4Dessert, Jl Sanggingan, Ubud, p. +62 81 236 662 806; Open Tues – Sun, 5pm – 11pm.
Widely recognised as the best fine diner in Bali, Kubu at Mandapa – a Ritz Carlton Reserve, is truly divine. Cooled by a tropical Bali breeze and the soothing sounds of the Ayung River below, this signature bamboo restaurant is cocooned by both nature and sheer decadence. Under the expert and creative direction of award-winning chefs, Kubu serves up fine Mediterranean-European cuisine, prepared with the region’s fresh premium produce. Try the chef’s six- to eight-course degustation menu, and you might want to bring a hot date, because this place is just dreamy. Kubu at Mandapa, a Ritz Carlton Reserve, Jl Kedewatan, Banjar Kedewatan, Ubud, p. +62 361 479 2777; Open daily 6.30pm – 11pm.
Kubu at Mandapa
Banjar Jl. Raya Kedewatan
Widely recognised as the best fine diner in Bali, Kubu at Mandapa – a Ritz Carlton Reserve, is truly divine. Cooled by a tropical Bali breeze and the soothing sounds of the Ayung River below, this signature bamboo restaurant is cocooned by both nature and sheer decadence. Under the expert and creative direction of award-winning chefs, Kubu serves up fine Mediterranean-European cuisine, prepared with the region’s fresh premium produce. Try the chef’s six- to eight-course degustation menu, and you might want to bring a hot date, because this place is just dreamy. Kubu at Mandapa, a Ritz Carlton Reserve, Jl Kedewatan, Banjar Kedewatan, Ubud, p. +62 361 479 2777; Open daily 6.30pm – 11pm.
The newest fine dining restaurant on Ubud’s food scene, Apéritif is is all about top-quality produce, exquisitely presented in an eight-course degustation-only menu of sublime and eclectic global cuisine. Think lightly cured Parrot Fish rolled in seaweed powder, served with leche de tigre, hijiki seaweed, red chilli, dill and kaffir lime oil. Or curried Papuan Crab with kohlrabi, salmon roe and citrus. The drinks program is equally as impressive, spearheaded by award-winning bartender Ran Van Ongevalle, and inspired by the Roaring Twenties with a tropical Bali twist for good measure. This is one fine dining experience not to miss. Apéritif, Jl Lanyahan, Banjar Nagi, Ubud, p. +62 361 9082777, e. res@aperitif.com; Open Wed – Mon 4pm – 1am.
Apéritif Restaurant & Bar
Br Jalan Lanyahan
The newest fine dining restaurant on Ubud’s food scene, Apéritif is is all about top-quality produce, exquisitely presented in an eight-course degustation-only menu of sublime and eclectic global cuisine. Think lightly cured Parrot Fish rolled in seaweed powder, served with leche de tigre, hijiki seaweed, red chilli, dill and kaffir lime oil. Or curried Papuan Crab with kohlrabi, salmon roe and citrus. The drinks program is equally as impressive, spearheaded by award-winning bartender Ran Van Ongevalle, and inspired by the Roaring Twenties with a tropical Bali twist for good measure. This is one fine dining experience not to miss. Apéritif, Jl Lanyahan, Banjar Nagi, Ubud, p. +62 361 9082777, e. res@aperitif.com; Open Wed – Mon 4pm – 1am.
Any Bali-based, self-respecting foodie will know of BLANCO Par Mandif – the once ten-seat-only restaurant that serves ultra-fine dining Indonesian cuisine in a totally refined setting. Well, following so much foodie hype, celeb chef and restaurateur Mandif Warokka (the same owner as Teatro in Seminyak) expanded this intimate, award-winning resto to seat 28 lucky guests. You’ll want to reserve one of these hot seats, because Mandif has his sights set on Michelin stars, and we don’t doubt him for a second. Working with local farmers, the food is fresh and produced locally, and whilst the degustation menu takes centre-stage, lets not forget the drinks. We love the mini-cocktail counter at the chef’s tasting table, which shakes and stirs classic cocktails right in front of your eyes – how very 007! BLANCO Par Mandif, Komplek Museum Blanco, Jl Raya Tjampuhan, Ubud, p. +62 361 479 2284, e. info@blancoparmandif.com. Open daily from 6pm.
BLANCO par Mandif
Any Bali-based, self-respecting foodie will know of BLANCO Par Mandif – the once ten-seat-only restaurant that serves ultra-fine dining Indonesian cuisine in a totally refined setting. Well, following so much foodie hype, celeb chef and restaurateur Mandif Warokka (the same owner as Teatro in Seminyak) expanded this intimate, award-winning resto to seat 28 lucky guests. You’ll want to reserve one of these hot seats, because Mandif has his sights set on Michelin stars, and we don’t doubt him for a second. Working with local farmers, the food is fresh and produced locally, and whilst the degustation menu takes centre-stage, lets not forget the drinks. We love the mini-cocktail counter at the chef’s tasting table, which shakes and stirs classic cocktails right in front of your eyes – how very 007! BLANCO Par Mandif, Komplek Museum Blanco, Jl Raya Tjampuhan, Ubud, p. +62 361 479 2284, e. info@blancoparmandif.com. Open daily from 6pm.
Hujan Locale is another culinary winner from Bali’s celeb Street Food Chef, Will Meyrick. The man behind Sarong and Mama San is credited yet again for putting his spin on Asia’s street food favourites at another award-winning restaurant – this time at his Ubud baby. The double storey restaurant features a vast menu with some of Will’s signature tastes and flavours, bridging the cultural divide of Asian fine dining and casual home cooked food. With various curries and stir fries on offer, the only problem is having to choose between them… Hujan Locale, Jl Sri Wedari No. 5, Ubud, p. +62 361 849 3092; Open daily from 11am – 3pm and 5.30pm – 11pm.
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Hujan Locale
No. 5 Jl. Sri Wedari
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Hujan Locale is another culinary winner from Bali’s celeb Street Food Chef, Will Meyrick. The man behind Sarong and Mama San is credited yet again for putting his spin on Asia’s street food favourites at another award-winning restaurant – this time at his Ubud baby. The double storey restaurant features a vast menu with some of Will’s signature tastes and flavours, bridging the cultural divide of Asian fine dining and casual home cooked food. With various curries and stir fries on offer, the only problem is having to choose between them… Hujan Locale, Jl Sri Wedari No. 5, Ubud, p. +62 361 849 3092; Open daily from 11am – 3pm and 5.30pm – 11pm.
If you’re looking for an Italian-inspired splurge, look no further than Uma Cucina. Tasty Italian delicacies are done right here, locally-sourced and served fresh with a focus on modern, light cuisine that shows the utmost respect for local nuances. The brick oven and charcoal grill gives a distinctive smokiness to their fired-up dishes (hello rustic Italian flavas) while their seasonal vegetables, ocean-fresh seafood and slow-cooked meats are colourful, easygoing and perfect for sharing. Swing by on a Sunday to catch their legendary Sunday brunch. Uma Cucina, Uma by COMO, Jl Raya Sanggingan, Banjar Lungsiakan, Kedewatan, Ubud, p. +62 361 972 448, e. dining.uma.ubud@comohotels.com; Open daily 12pm – 11pm.
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Uma cucina
21 Jl. Raya Sanggingan
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If you’re looking for an Italian-inspired splurge, look no further than Uma Cucina. Tasty Italian delicacies are done right here, locally-sourced and served fresh with a focus on modern, light cuisine that shows the utmost respect for local nuances. The brick oven and charcoal grill gives a distinctive smokiness to their fired-up dishes (hello rustic Italian flavas) while their seasonal vegetables, ocean-fresh seafood and slow-cooked meats are colourful, easygoing and perfect for sharing. Swing by on a Sunday to catch their legendary Sunday brunch. Uma Cucina, Uma by COMO, Jl Raya Sanggingan, Banjar Lungsiakan, Kedewatan, Ubud, p. +62 361 972 448, e. dining.uma.ubud@comohotels.com; Open daily 12pm – 11pm.
Situated in a high Balinese-style thatched roof house on a ridge overlooking the luscious “Valley of the Kings”, CasCades promises one helluva wonderful dining experience. Owned and managed by Aussies, CasCades sources the finest produce from around the globe including Australian Wagyu beef, Canadian lobster and French foie gras. The food is sublime and the tropical views are second to none, and there’s even live Grand Piano performances in the evenings. CasCades at Viceroy Bali, Jl Lanyahan, Banjar Nagi, Ubud, p. +62 361 972 111 e. res@cascadesbali.com; Open daily 12pm – 9pm.
Cascades Restaurant
Situated in a high Balinese-style thatched roof house on a ridge overlooking the luscious “Valley of the Kings”, CasCades promises one helluva wonderful dining experience. Owned and managed by Aussies, CasCades sources the finest produce from around the globe including Australian Wagyu beef, Canadian lobster and French foie gras. The food is sublime and the tropical views are second to none, and there’s even live Grand Piano performances in the evenings. CasCades at Viceroy Bali, Jl Lanyahan, Banjar Nagi, Ubud, p. +62 361 972 111 e. res@cascadesbali.com; Open daily 12pm – 9pm.
Priding itself on its Slow Food accreditation, Alila Ubud’s Plantation Restaurant is a sight to be seen and a wholesome host of delicious, nutritious food to be tasted. The culinary team here passionately prepares authentic Balinese cuisine and farm-to-table seasonal tasting menus inspired by fresh ingredients, all of which have been sourced locally or harvested from the organic garden. And, in line with the Slow Food philosophy, each dish is sustainable, environmentally conscious and good for you too, so you can feast guilt-free on pan-seared scallops, slow-roast chicken, cured duck breast and Balinese satay, all the while soaking up the jungle views from the open-air restaurant, with its central bar, towering coconut pillars and traditional alang-alang roof. Swoon! Plantation Restaurant at Alila Ubud, Desa Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Ubud, p. +62 361 975 963, e. ubud@alilahotels.com; Open daily from 7.30am – 10pm.
Plantation Restaurant
Priding itself on its Slow Food accreditation, Alila Ubud’s Plantation Restaurant is a sight to be seen and a wholesome host of delicious, nutritious food to be tasted. The culinary team here passionately prepares authentic Balinese cuisine and farm-to-table seasonal tasting menus inspired by fresh ingredients, all of which have been sourced locally or harvested from the organic garden. And, in line with the Slow Food philosophy, each dish is sustainable, environmentally conscious and good for you too, so you can feast guilt-free on pan-seared scallops, slow-roast chicken, cured duck breast and Balinese satay, all the while soaking up the jungle views from the open-air restaurant, with its central bar, towering coconut pillars and traditional alang-alang roof. Swoon! Plantation Restaurant at Alila Ubud, Desa Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Ubud, p. +62 361 975 963, e. ubud@alilahotels.com; Open daily from 7.30am – 10pm.
It’s double the deliciousness at Desa Visesa, because this superstar address is home to not one but two culinary concepts – from no other than Indonesian celeb chef, Mandif Warokka. Half Pescetarian fine dining, and half Indonesian home cooking, Lumbung Restaurant & Padi Fine Dining are something very special. Direct your dinner plans to Lumbung Restaurant for incredible Indonesian cuisine that fancies up comfort food staples, or go uber-gourmet at Padi Fine Dining, where premium fish and seafood is transformed into light and lavish gastronomical delights. At Lumbung Restaurant, opt for the Wagyu beef satay and Balinese duck, whilst at Padi Fine Dining, go for the Chef’s degustation menu that features Blue Swimmer Crab and velvety sea urchin. Lumbung Restaurant & Padi Fine Dining at Desa Visesa Ubud, Jl Suweta, Banjar Bentuyung Sakti, Ubud, p.+62 361 2091788, e. info@lumbungpadiubud.com; Opening hours: Lumbung Restaurant daily from 11am – 11pm | Padi Fine Dining Tues – Sun 6pm – 11pm.
Lumbung Restaurant
It’s double the deliciousness at Desa Visesa, because this superstar address is home to not one but two culinary concepts – from no other than Indonesian celeb chef, Mandif Warokka. Half Pescetarian fine dining, and half Indonesian home cooking, Lumbung Restaurant & Padi Fine Dining are something very special. Direct your dinner plans to Lumbung Restaurant for incredible Indonesian cuisine that fancies up comfort food staples, or go uber-gourmet at Padi Fine Dining, where premium fish and seafood is transformed into light and lavish gastronomical delights. At Lumbung Restaurant, opt for the Wagyu beef satay and Balinese duck, whilst at Padi Fine Dining, go for the Chef’s degustation menu that features Blue Swimmer Crab and velvety sea urchin. Lumbung Restaurant & Padi Fine Dining at Desa Visesa Ubud, Jl Suweta, Banjar Bentuyung Sakti, Ubud, p.+62 361 2091788, e. info@lumbungpadiubud.com; Opening hours: Lumbung Restaurant daily from 11am – 11pm | Padi Fine Dining Tues – Sun 6pm – 11pm.
The signature restaurant at Capella Ubud (a stunning, glamping-style retreat in the heart of the rainforest) Api Jiwa is a theatrical Asian street food restaurant in an al-fresco jungle setting. Named after the Sanskrit word for ‘fire to the soul’, the main drawcard here is Api Jiwa’s interactive Robatayaki grill, dishing up contemporary bites that follow a neck-to-tail, farm-to-table cooking philosophy. Skewered and grilled with five-star precision (thanks to the expertise of Aussie chef Matt McCool), high quality cuts of Australian meat, seafood, fish and offal are flavoured by native spices and organic, seasonal vegetables from the camp’s kitchen garden and surrounding farms. There are no menus here, only an ever-changing ‘Omakase Stye’ culinary experience where each dish is tailored to a group of just 16 lucky diners. Api Jiwa at Capella Ubud, Jl Raya Dalem, Banjar Triwangsa, Desa Keliki, Tegallalang, Ubud, p. +62 361 2091 888, e. info.ubud@capellahotels.com; Open daily.
Api Jiwa at Capella Ubud
The signature restaurant at Capella Ubud (a stunning, glamping-style retreat in the heart of the rainforest) Api Jiwa is a theatrical Asian street food restaurant in an al-fresco jungle setting. Named after the Sanskrit word for ‘fire to the soul’, the main drawcard here is Api Jiwa’s interactive Robatayaki grill, dishing up contemporary bites that follow a neck-to-tail, farm-to-table cooking philosophy. Skewered and grilled with five-star precision (thanks to the expertise of Aussie chef Matt McCool), high quality cuts of Australian meat, seafood, fish and offal are flavoured by native spices and organic, seasonal vegetables from the camp’s kitchen garden and surrounding farms. There are no menus here, only an ever-changing ‘Omakase Stye’ culinary experience where each dish is tailored to a group of just 16 lucky diners. Api Jiwa at Capella Ubud, Jl Raya Dalem, Banjar Triwangsa, Desa Keliki, Tegallalang, Ubud, p. +62 361 2091 888, e. info.ubud@capellahotels.com; Open daily.
Local Loves
If you want to eat the best pork crackling EVER, then head to Ibu Oka Warung. This little shanty restaurant opposite Ubud Palace is an Ubud institution that draws both locals and food lovers from around the world, all because of their succulent roasted suckling pig, known locally as babi guling. The pigs themselves arrive by motorbike and are served up in big chunks in a rattan bowl with rice, fried intestines, spicy vegetables and Ibu Oka’s secret sauce. If you haven’t feasted at Ibu Oka, have you even visited Ubud? Ibu Oka Warung, Jl Tegal Sari No.2, Ubud, p. +62 361 976 345; Open daily 11am – 6pm.
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If you want to eat the best pork crackling EVER, then head to Ibu Oka Warung. This little shanty restaurant opposite Ubud Palace is an Ubud institution that draws both locals and food lovers from around the world, all because of their succulent roasted suckling pig, known locally as babi guling. The pigs themselves arrive by motorbike and are served up in big chunks in a rattan bowl with rice, fried intestines, spicy vegetables and Ibu Oka’s secret sauce. If you haven’t feasted at Ibu Oka, have you even visited Ubud? Ibu Oka Warung, Jl Tegal Sari No.2, Ubud, p. +62 361 976 345; Open daily 11am – 6pm.
At Bebek Bengil (AKA the Dirty Duck Diner) word has got around that their signature dish, Bebek Betutu, is arguably the best on the island. The whole menu here is almost entirely dedicated to duck – crispy fried duck, duck in chilli sauce, duck fried rice, and of course, smoked duck. If you’re planning a visit, be sure to order the Bebek Betutu a day before so you’re not disappointed with a sell out. Dine indoors in the main restaurant building, or kick back in one of the traditional bamboo pondoks (raised huts with a long table and cushions) looking out over the rice fields. Bebek Bengil Jl Hanoman, Padangtegal, Ubud, p. +62 361 975 489; Open daily 10am – 10.30pm.
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At Bebek Bengil (AKA the Dirty Duck Diner) word has got around that their signature dish, Bebek Betutu, is arguably the best on the island. The whole menu here is almost entirely dedicated to duck – crispy fried duck, duck in chilli sauce, duck fried rice, and of course, smoked duck. If you’re planning a visit, be sure to order the Bebek Betutu a day before so you’re not disappointed with a sell out. Dine indoors in the main restaurant building, or kick back in one of the traditional bamboo pondoks (raised huts with a long table and cushions) looking out over the rice fields. Bebek Bengil Jl Hanoman, Padangtegal, Ubud, p. +62 361 975 489; Open daily 10am – 10.30pm.
Killer martinis and pork ribs are the done thing at Naughty Nuri’s Warung in Ubud – the original location for this world-renowned resto (there’s Naughty Nuri’s Seminyak too). The famous ribs and twisted martinis here helped put Ubud on the international food map way back when, and it’s easy to see why. Their secret BBQ sauce is lathered on the ribs before being grilled to perfection – you’ll smell Naughty Nuri’s before you even see it, drawn in by the smouldering BBQ that’s sweet, savoury and oh-so sticky! You can’t reserve a table, so make sure you get here in good time, and be prepared to share a table with a fellow martini-mate. Naughty Nuri’s Warung, Jl Raya Sanggingan, p. +62 361 977 547, e. nuri@naughty-nuris.com; Open daily 10am – 10pm.
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Naughty Nuri's Ubud
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Killer martinis and pork ribs are the done thing at Naughty Nuri’s Warung in Ubud – the original location for this world-renowned resto (there’s Naughty Nuri’s Seminyak too). The famous ribs and twisted martinis here helped put Ubud on the international food map way back when, and it’s easy to see why. Their secret BBQ sauce is lathered on the ribs before being grilled to perfection – you’ll smell Naughty Nuri’s before you even see it, drawn in by the smouldering BBQ that’s sweet, savoury and oh-so sticky! You can’t reserve a table, so make sure you get here in good time, and be prepared to share a table with a fellow martini-mate. Naughty Nuri’s Warung, Jl Raya Sanggingan, p. +62 361 977 547, e. nuri@naughty-nuris.com; Open daily 10am – 10pm.
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No.29 Jalan Suweta
Probably Bali’s most iconic local dish, babi guling (also known as suckling pig) is one nose-to-tail delicacy that you have to try. It’s usually served with rice, pork sausage, sayur urap (a vegetable salad in coconut chilli dressing), huge cuts of spice-rubbed, spit-roasted meat and the crispiest, crunchiest and most scrumptiously flavoured skin – all of which has been cooked to tender-perfection from hours upon hours of slow-roasting. YUM. Try: Warung Ibu Oka (Jl Tegal Sari No.2, Ubud), Babi Guling Candra (Jl Teuku Umar, Denpasar) or Warung Babi Guling Pak Malen (Jl Sunset Road No. 5, Seminyak)
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Probably Bali’s most iconic local dish, babi guling (also known as suckling pig) is one nose-to-tail delicacy that you have to try. It’s usually served with rice, pork sausage, sayur urap (a vegetable salad in coconut chilli dressing), huge cuts of spice-rubbed, spit-roasted meat and the crispiest, crunchiest and most scrumptiously flavoured skin – all of which has been cooked to tender-perfection from hours upon hours of slow-roasting. YUM. Try: Warung Ibu Oka (Jl Tegal Sari No.2, Ubud), Babi Guling Candra (Jl Teuku Umar, Denpasar) or Warung Babi Guling Pak Malen (Jl Sunset Road No. 5, Seminyak)
Neighborhoods
Ubud is known as Bali’s cultural heart, and up here in this lush inland area, the hills are alive with the sounds of meditation, yoga and… a bustling town centre. While downtown Ubud today may resemble Seminyak’s hippest strips, Bali’s artistic beating heart is still a very special place once you get away from the busy central streets. Ubud has become world-famous for good reason, not only because of Julia Roberts’ “Eat Pray Love” encounter, but rather for its postcard-perfect vistas of rice paddies, palm trees and luscious green vegetation, along with its range of cultural and soulful activities that revolve around nature, wellness, adventure and the sacred Agung River. Ubud hotels: Ubud’s accommodation scene has something for everyone and every budget. You can luxe out at five-star, designer address such as the famous Ubud Hanging Gardens (with that famous infinity pool) or the award-winning Four Seasons at Sayan (design drool) with its jungle-hugged restaurants and world-class spa. Or, for a fraction of the price, you can enjoy some of Ubud’s favourite digs with rice field views, like Ubud’s famous eco-stay, Bambu Indah. Check out our guide to Ubud’s best hotels and resorts here. Ubud itinerary: Top 5 things to do in Ubud. 1. Eat out at Ubud’s best restaurants, from the award-winning fine-diners, to the hippie-fied vegan and vegetarian cafes. 2. Stretch and exhale at Yoga Barn (or any of the awesome yoga studios around). 3. Get cultured. Sign up to a Balinese cooking class, see a traditional healer, watch a ceremonial dance, or visit Ubud’s many Hindu temples, including the healing water temple, Tirta Empul. 4. Explore nature. Visit the Tegallalang rice paddies, go white-water rafting on the Ayung River, hunt for hidden waterfalls, or wake up early for a sunrise trek up Bali’s Mount Batur volcano. 5. Go wild with Ubud’s wildlife. Meet naughty primates at the infamous Ubud Monkey Forest, or go wild at Bali Zoo and eat brekkie with orangutans!
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Ubud is known as Bali’s cultural heart, and up here in this lush inland area, the hills are alive with the sounds of meditation, yoga and… a bustling town centre. While downtown Ubud today may resemble Seminyak’s hippest strips, Bali’s artistic beating heart is still a very special place once you get away from the busy central streets. Ubud has become world-famous for good reason, not only because of Julia Roberts’ “Eat Pray Love” encounter, but rather for its postcard-perfect vistas of rice paddies, palm trees and luscious green vegetation, along with its range of cultural and soulful activities that revolve around nature, wellness, adventure and the sacred Agung River. Ubud hotels: Ubud’s accommodation scene has something for everyone and every budget. You can luxe out at five-star, designer address such as the famous Ubud Hanging Gardens (with that famous infinity pool) or the award-winning Four Seasons at Sayan (design drool) with its jungle-hugged restaurants and world-class spa. Or, for a fraction of the price, you can enjoy some of Ubud’s favourite digs with rice field views, like Ubud’s famous eco-stay, Bambu Indah. Check out our guide to Ubud’s best hotels and resorts here. Ubud itinerary: Top 5 things to do in Ubud. 1. Eat out at Ubud’s best restaurants, from the award-winning fine-diners, to the hippie-fied vegan and vegetarian cafes. 2. Stretch and exhale at Yoga Barn (or any of the awesome yoga studios around). 3. Get cultured. Sign up to a Balinese cooking class, see a traditional healer, watch a ceremonial dance, or visit Ubud’s many Hindu temples, including the healing water temple, Tirta Empul. 4. Explore nature. Visit the Tegallalang rice paddies, go white-water rafting on the Ayung River, hunt for hidden waterfalls, or wake up early for a sunrise trek up Bali’s Mount Batur volcano. 5. Go wild with Ubud’s wildlife. Meet naughty primates at the infamous Ubud Monkey Forest, or go wild at Bali Zoo and eat brekkie with orangutans!
Though Sanur is Bali’s quiet coastal village, this charming neighbourhood on the east coast has finally outgrown its ‘sleepy’ reputation. Spilling with lovely little cafes, fantastic restaurants, lush hotels and plenty of spas for your ooh-and-aahs, there’s lots to see and do in Sanur for anyone looking for a slower pace of life compared to Seminyak or Canggu. If you ask us, Sanur is one of Bali’s best kept secrets. Its sleepy rep has kept the crowds away from its charming streets. Chirping birds can still be heard from flowering tropical foliage, and Sanur’s salty sea air has room to cascade through lush tropical landscapes and traditional resorts that have preserved Bali’s true beauty. Check out our Ultimate Sanur Guide here. Sanur hotels: A mix of private villas and beachfront resorts, Sanur is home to fabulous hotels that feel like home – the kind of hotels that travellers come back to year after year, and where the staff still remember their names. One of those resorts is Hyatt Regency Bali, with its flowering gardens, fabulous restaurants and world-class wellness destination. There’s also the affordable and family-friendly Artotel, and the fabulous Fairmont. Sanur itinerary: Top 5 things to do in Sanur. 1. Take a walk along the famed beachfront promenade and meander past resorts, beachfront cafes, wooden fishing boats under repair and elegant old villas built decades ago by wealthy expats who fell under Bali’s spell. 2. Sign up to a scuba diving course. Sanur is home to Bali’s largest collection of professional scuba schools, so there’s no better place to earn your certificate and dive into the deep! 3. Meet Nemo beneath Sanur’s gentle waves with the Bali Seawalker. Simply pop on your astronaut-like helmet and breathe as normal – no prior diving or swimming skills needed! 4. Get pampered at a beachfront spa. At The Nest, your tootsies can be treated while touching the sand (it’s super affordable too!) 5. Island-hop to nearby Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida. Sanur is the gateway to this trifecta of paradise islands – all just a hop, skip and a short 40 minute boat-ride away.
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Though Sanur is Bali’s quiet coastal village, this charming neighbourhood on the east coast has finally outgrown its ‘sleepy’ reputation. Spilling with lovely little cafes, fantastic restaurants, lush hotels and plenty of spas for your ooh-and-aahs, there’s lots to see and do in Sanur for anyone looking for a slower pace of life compared to Seminyak or Canggu. If you ask us, Sanur is one of Bali’s best kept secrets. Its sleepy rep has kept the crowds away from its charming streets. Chirping birds can still be heard from flowering tropical foliage, and Sanur’s salty sea air has room to cascade through lush tropical landscapes and traditional resorts that have preserved Bali’s true beauty. Check out our Ultimate Sanur Guide here. Sanur hotels: A mix of private villas and beachfront resorts, Sanur is home to fabulous hotels that feel like home – the kind of hotels that travellers come back to year after year, and where the staff still remember their names. One of those resorts is Hyatt Regency Bali, with its flowering gardens, fabulous restaurants and world-class wellness destination. There’s also the affordable and family-friendly Artotel, and the fabulous Fairmont. Sanur itinerary: Top 5 things to do in Sanur. 1. Take a walk along the famed beachfront promenade and meander past resorts, beachfront cafes, wooden fishing boats under repair and elegant old villas built decades ago by wealthy expats who fell under Bali’s spell. 2. Sign up to a scuba diving course. Sanur is home to Bali’s largest collection of professional scuba schools, so there’s no better place to earn your certificate and dive into the deep! 3. Meet Nemo beneath Sanur’s gentle waves with the Bali Seawalker. Simply pop on your astronaut-like helmet and breathe as normal – no prior diving or swimming skills needed! 4. Get pampered at a beachfront spa. At The Nest, your tootsies can be treated while touching the sand (it’s super affordable too!) 5. Island-hop to nearby Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida. Sanur is the gateway to this trifecta of paradise islands – all just a hop, skip and a short 40 minute boat-ride away.
The cool kid on the Bali block is Canggu – the once-sleepy surf town just north of Seminyak. With endless rice paddies in every direction, you still get that feeling of “real Bali” here, but venture onto the buzzing Batu Bolong or Berawa strips and you’ll find hip cafes, incredible restaurants, world-famous beach clubs and a cool community of hipsters, surfers and digital nomad expats. Pronounced ‘Chang-goo’, this trendy little neighbourhood runs from the famous black sand beaches of Berawa, right up to Pererenan and Seseh, but it’s best-known for the famous Echo Beach surf spot and Batu Bolong’s buzzing beach scene. Merging the best of old and new Bali, expect an emerging drinking, dining, shopping and spa scene fringed by picturesque rice paddies that are still actively farmed daily. Canggu hotels: A refreshing change to the urban sprawl of Seminyak and a world away from the luxury enclave of Nusa Dua, Canggu’s hotel & resort scene is both boho and beautiful. From bohemian abodes like the Eco Gypsy Houses, to swanky pads hidden beneath swaying coconut palms (hellooo The Slow) the options are as endless as the Indian Ocean’s horizon. Check out our guide to Canggu’s best hotels and resorts here. Canggu itinerary: Top 5 things to do in Canggu. 1. Eat at a hipster cafe. From the ever-famous Crate Cafe that kickstarted Canggu’s cool cafe scene, to the lush and breezy vibes at The Shady Shack (our fave vegetarian cafe), you’ll want to tick off alllll of Canggu’s best cafes. 2. Shop for boho knick-knacks. While Canggu is famous for its fabulous fashion boutiques, Canggu is also home to incredible homewares stores, like Bungalow Living and The Jungle Trader. 3. Bliss out with a Canggu-style spa sesh. From charcoal hair treatments and 24 carat gold facials, to massages with a Pimms cocktail – you name it, Canggu’s best spas do it. 4. Hit the waves and learn to surf. Bali is one of the best surf destinations in the world, and Canggu is home to countless waves for both beginners and pros. Learn to surf in the white-wash out the front of Old Mans, or go pro in Berawa or Echo Beach. 5. Head out for a day of family fun with the kiddies. Splish and splosh at Splash Water Park, take them horse riding at Bali Equestrian Centre, or learn how to make jewellery.
Canggu
The cool kid on the Bali block is Canggu – the once-sleepy surf town just north of Seminyak. With endless rice paddies in every direction, you still get that feeling of “real Bali” here, but venture onto the buzzing Batu Bolong or Berawa strips and you’ll find hip cafes, incredible restaurants, world-famous beach clubs and a cool community of hipsters, surfers and digital nomad expats. Pronounced ‘Chang-goo’, this trendy little neighbourhood runs from the famous black sand beaches of Berawa, right up to Pererenan and Seseh, but it’s best-known for the famous Echo Beach surf spot and Batu Bolong’s buzzing beach scene. Merging the best of old and new Bali, expect an emerging drinking, dining, shopping and spa scene fringed by picturesque rice paddies that are still actively farmed daily. Canggu hotels: A refreshing change to the urban sprawl of Seminyak and a world away from the luxury enclave of Nusa Dua, Canggu’s hotel & resort scene is both boho and beautiful. From bohemian abodes like the Eco Gypsy Houses, to swanky pads hidden beneath swaying coconut palms (hellooo The Slow) the options are as endless as the Indian Ocean’s horizon. Check out our guide to Canggu’s best hotels and resorts here. Canggu itinerary: Top 5 things to do in Canggu. 1. Eat at a hipster cafe. From the ever-famous Crate Cafe that kickstarted Canggu’s cool cafe scene, to the lush and breezy vibes at The Shady Shack (our fave vegetarian cafe), you’ll want to tick off alllll of Canggu’s best cafes. 2. Shop for boho knick-knacks. While Canggu is famous for its fabulous fashion boutiques, Canggu is also home to incredible homewares stores, like Bungalow Living and The Jungle Trader. 3. Bliss out with a Canggu-style spa sesh. From charcoal hair treatments and 24 carat gold facials, to massages with a Pimms cocktail – you name it, Canggu’s best spas do it. 4. Hit the waves and learn to surf. Bali is one of the best surf destinations in the world, and Canggu is home to countless waves for both beginners and pros. Learn to surf in the white-wash out the front of Old Mans, or go pro in Berawa or Echo Beach. 5. Head out for a day of family fun with the kiddies. Splish and splosh at Splash Water Park, take them horse riding at Bali Equestrian Centre, or learn how to make jewellery.
With its calm, crystal-clear waters, Jimbaran Bay is one of Bali’s best and safest beaches – with spectacular sunset spots to boot. Its beachfront postcode just south of the airport makes it a favourite amongst families and couples, with its slower pace and the freshest of fresh seafood barbecues right on the beachfront every evening. Throw in beginner waves for surfing and all things beach-related with a family-friendly vibe, and you’ve got the lot. Jimbaran hotels: Jimbaran is home to some big, beautiful resorts such as the Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay (where you can spend the day at Sundara Beach Club), AYANA Resort & Spa (home to the uber-famous Rock Bar) as well as many gorgeous villas, like The Longhouse. Jimbaran itinerary: Top 5 things to do in Jimbaran. 1. Feast on fresh-from-the-net seafood at Jimbaran’s famous beachfront barbecues. As soon as the sun begins to set, Jimbaran Bay comes alive with beach restaurants grilling up the day’s catch. Graze on lobster, prawns, mahi-mahi and snapper as you watch the fishing boats come in – all with the sand beneath your feet and fire dancers all around. 2. Drink designer cocktails. Laze the day away at Sundara Beach Club, then raise a glass at the iconic Rock Bar at AYANA for sunset. 3. Get a taste of Michelin-starred cuisine at Cuca. This avant-garde eatery is one of Bali’s very best restaurants. 4. Design your very own ceramic centrepiece at Jenggala Ceramics – it’s kid-friendly, too! 5. Learn to surf Jimbaran’s gentle waves, or make the most of this calm bay with a stand-up paddle board session at sunset.
Jimbaran
With its calm, crystal-clear waters, Jimbaran Bay is one of Bali’s best and safest beaches – with spectacular sunset spots to boot. Its beachfront postcode just south of the airport makes it a favourite amongst families and couples, with its slower pace and the freshest of fresh seafood barbecues right on the beachfront every evening. Throw in beginner waves for surfing and all things beach-related with a family-friendly vibe, and you’ve got the lot. Jimbaran hotels: Jimbaran is home to some big, beautiful resorts such as the Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay (where you can spend the day at Sundara Beach Club), AYANA Resort & Spa (home to the uber-famous Rock Bar) as well as many gorgeous villas, like The Longhouse. Jimbaran itinerary: Top 5 things to do in Jimbaran. 1. Feast on fresh-from-the-net seafood at Jimbaran’s famous beachfront barbecues. As soon as the sun begins to set, Jimbaran Bay comes alive with beach restaurants grilling up the day’s catch. Graze on lobster, prawns, mahi-mahi and snapper as you watch the fishing boats come in – all with the sand beneath your feet and fire dancers all around. 2. Drink designer cocktails. Laze the day away at Sundara Beach Club, then raise a glass at the iconic Rock Bar at AYANA for sunset. 3. Get a taste of Michelin-starred cuisine at Cuca. This avant-garde eatery is one of Bali’s very best restaurants. 4. Design your very own ceramic centrepiece at Jenggala Ceramics – it’s kid-friendly, too! 5. Learn to surf Jimbaran’s gentle waves, or make the most of this calm bay with a stand-up paddle board session at sunset.
Ubud is a town located amongst lush green rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar regency, and is one of Bali’s major arts and culture centres. A day trip to Ubud can keep you busy with so much to see and do! For the art lovers you can watch the Barong and Keris Dance performance by traditional Balinese dancers, visit Ubud Celuk Village to watch the skilled workers make silver and gold jewelley, and see traditional art being painted in Batuan village. For the adventurers, take a bath in the stunning Tegenungan Waterfall, or stop for some lunch in gorgeous greenery at the Tegalalang Rice Terrace. And for the animal lovers, visit the Monkey Forest and say hello to lots of monkeys [just be careful of your belongings!]. With so much to do it will be hard to fit it all in to just one day! Bali Golden Tours, Jalan Cekomaria Gang Taman IV No.1 Denpasar, p. +62 (0)851 0096 6391.
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Ubud is a town located amongst lush green rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar regency, and is one of Bali’s major arts and culture centres. A day trip to Ubud can keep you busy with so much to see and do! For the art lovers you can watch the Barong and Keris Dance performance by traditional Balinese dancers, visit Ubud Celuk Village to watch the skilled workers make silver and gold jewelley, and see traditional art being painted in Batuan village. For the adventurers, take a bath in the stunning Tegenungan Waterfall, or stop for some lunch in gorgeous greenery at the Tegalalang Rice Terrace. And for the animal lovers, visit the Monkey Forest and say hello to lots of monkeys [just be careful of your belongings!]. With so much to do it will be hard to fit it all in to just one day! Bali Golden Tours, Jalan Cekomaria Gang Taman IV No.1 Denpasar, p. +62 (0)851 0096 6391.
Kintamani is one of the most scenic and interesting areas of Bali, and well worth a visit. Get out of the hustle and bustle of the busy beach towns, and feast your eyes on Lake Batur and Mount Batur. For the active people out there, how about an all day cycling tour around Lake Batur? Starting with breakfast overlooking the active volcano [now that’s not something you do everyday!] in Kedisan Village, you will hop on your bikes and cycle pass the black lava fields [left over from when Batur Volcano erupted in 1963 eek!], Buahan Village, Abang Village and Ulun Danu, a traditional temple by the lake. The tour offers stunning scenery and a beautiful view of the lake. However you want to take in the stunning sights of Kintamni, it is worth doing. Kintamani Tours, Sekardadi Village, Kintamani, p. +62 (0)366 513 78.
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Kintamani is one of the most scenic and interesting areas of Bali, and well worth a visit. Get out of the hustle and bustle of the busy beach towns, and feast your eyes on Lake Batur and Mount Batur. For the active people out there, how about an all day cycling tour around Lake Batur? Starting with breakfast overlooking the active volcano [now that’s not something you do everyday!] in Kedisan Village, you will hop on your bikes and cycle pass the black lava fields [left over from when Batur Volcano erupted in 1963 eek!], Buahan Village, Abang Village and Ulun Danu, a traditional temple by the lake. The tour offers stunning scenery and a beautiful view of the lake. However you want to take in the stunning sights of Kintamni, it is worth doing. Kintamani Tours, Sekardadi Village, Kintamani, p. +62 (0)366 513 78.
Have you got the need for speed? Spend the morning chasing friends in the jungle on off-road cars or quad bikes! Discover authentic Bali by speed as you drive through lush green rice fields, cross the epic jungle, and drive through Balinese kampongs [villages]. Bali Quad’s tour start from the Payangan area, which is a rural area in the central part of Bali [approximately an hour’s drive from Sanur]. And if that wasn’t enough excitment to keep you going, spend the afternoon inside an inflatable and head off on a tubing adventure in a hidden canyon! Who needs a theme park when you have the same effect but in real nature. Half way down the descent of the river, you will also get the chance to stop for a electrifying ride on the Flying Fox zip line! Feel the wind in your hair whilst you zoom along the 328 feet of cable over the river! We can’t think of a better way to see the stunning unspoiled, authentic version of Bali. Bali Quad, Jalan Wirasatya VI, No. 7X, Suwung Kangin, p. +62(0)361 720 766.
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Have you got the need for speed? Spend the morning chasing friends in the jungle on off-road cars or quad bikes! Discover authentic Bali by speed as you drive through lush green rice fields, cross the epic jungle, and drive through Balinese kampongs [villages]. Bali Quad’s tour start from the Payangan area, which is a rural area in the central part of Bali [approximately an hour’s drive from Sanur]. And if that wasn’t enough excitment to keep you going, spend the afternoon inside an inflatable and head off on a tubing adventure in a hidden canyon! Who needs a theme park when you have the same effect but in real nature. Half way down the descent of the river, you will also get the chance to stop for a electrifying ride on the Flying Fox zip line! Feel the wind in your hair whilst you zoom along the 328 feet of cable over the river! We can’t think of a better way to see the stunning unspoiled, authentic version of Bali. Bali Quad, Jalan Wirasatya VI, No. 7X, Suwung Kangin, p. +62(0)361 720 766.
Lovina beach is one of Bali’s most spectacular beaches, and what’s more – it is perfect for watching dolphins in their natural habitat! The calming sea water is the perfect place to spot the hundreds of dolphins that can be seen in the morning time around 1 km offshore. You will head out on a traditional outrigger boat to get as close as possible to these beautiful creatures. There are lots of restaurants and bars on the beach, perfect for a few afternoon beers in the sunshine! Or if you prefer, check out the swimming with dolphins program in Sanur – here you have the chance to get in a special pen in the ocean and pet, hug, tickle and kiss dolphins! Bali Golden Tours, Jalan Cekomaria Gang Taman IV No.1 Denpasar, p. +62 (0)851 0096 6391 or Bali Dolphins, Jalan Gunung Tangkuban Perahu, Gg. Padang Satria, Banjar Padang Sumbu Kaja, Denpasar, p. +62 (0)361 735 916.
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Lovina beach is one of Bali’s most spectacular beaches, and what’s more – it is perfect for watching dolphins in their natural habitat! The calming sea water is the perfect place to spot the hundreds of dolphins that can be seen in the morning time around 1 km offshore. You will head out on a traditional outrigger boat to get as close as possible to these beautiful creatures. There are lots of restaurants and bars on the beach, perfect for a few afternoon beers in the sunshine! Or if you prefer, check out the swimming with dolphins program in Sanur – here you have the chance to get in a special pen in the ocean and pet, hug, tickle and kiss dolphins! Bali Golden Tours, Jalan Cekomaria Gang Taman IV No.1 Denpasar, p. +62 (0)851 0096 6391 or Bali Dolphins, Jalan Gunung Tangkuban Perahu, Gg. Padang Satria, Banjar Padang Sumbu Kaja, Denpasar, p. +62 (0)361 735 916.
City/town information
Nusa Dua is a resort-hub on Bali’s south-east coast, home to some of the biggest and most impressive hotels on the island. People love Nusa Dua for its resort-living benefits, which includes next-level kids clubs, stunning white sand beaches, gourmet brunches and a never-ending lineup of water sport activities. And with its calm waters, paved streets and the manicured ITDC resort complex, it’s great for both families and first-timers to Bali, with restaurants, attractions and spas right on your doorstep. Check out our Ultimate Nusa Dua Guide here. Nusa Dua hotels: Most of Nusa Dua’s resorts are more like mini neighbourhoods, with their impressive grounds and designer villas that stretch on for hours. The higher-end hotels – such as The Mulia, Sofitel and The Apurva Kempinski – offer everything you could ever imagine in utmost luxury, like endless infinity pools, private beaches and personal butlers…the works. Meanwhile, the family-friendly destinations are decked out with world-class kids clubs and plenty of fun in the sun to keep kids of all ages occupied. Nusa Dua itinerary: Top 5 things to do in Nusa Dua. 1. Explore Nusa Dua’s stunning white-sand beaches, like Pandawa, Mengiat or Geger Beach that all stretch for miles in either direction. 2. Get wet with some wild water sports. In Nusa Dua, you can go jet-skiing, snorkelling, SUPing, parasailing and even sea-walking – whatever floats your boat! 3. Feast on a gourmet brunch or at a five-star restaurant. Nusa Dua is home to some of Bali’s very best restaurants, including Kayuputi at The St Regis, and a collection of award-winning Sunday brunches. Foodies, you’ll want to come hungry! 4. Get a hole-in-one at Bali National Golf Club – one of the island’s only international-standard 18-hole golf courses. 5. Pamper and preen at a luxury spa or hair salon. With an endless collection of five-star spas hidden away inside Nusa Dua’s top resorts, the opportunities to bliss out by the beach are endless.
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Nusa Dua is a resort-hub on Bali’s south-east coast, home to some of the biggest and most impressive hotels on the island. People love Nusa Dua for its resort-living benefits, which includes next-level kids clubs, stunning white sand beaches, gourmet brunches and a never-ending lineup of water sport activities. And with its calm waters, paved streets and the manicured ITDC resort complex, it’s great for both families and first-timers to Bali, with restaurants, attractions and spas right on your doorstep. Check out our Ultimate Nusa Dua Guide here. Nusa Dua hotels: Most of Nusa Dua’s resorts are more like mini neighbourhoods, with their impressive grounds and designer villas that stretch on for hours. The higher-end hotels – such as The Mulia, Sofitel and The Apurva Kempinski – offer everything you could ever imagine in utmost luxury, like endless infinity pools, private beaches and personal butlers…the works. Meanwhile, the family-friendly destinations are decked out with world-class kids clubs and plenty of fun in the sun to keep kids of all ages occupied. Nusa Dua itinerary: Top 5 things to do in Nusa Dua. 1. Explore Nusa Dua’s stunning white-sand beaches, like Pandawa, Mengiat or Geger Beach that all stretch for miles in either direction. 2. Get wet with some wild water sports. In Nusa Dua, you can go jet-skiing, snorkelling, SUPing, parasailing and even sea-walking – whatever floats your boat! 3. Feast on a gourmet brunch or at a five-star restaurant. Nusa Dua is home to some of Bali’s very best restaurants, including Kayuputi at The St Regis, and a collection of award-winning Sunday brunches. Foodies, you’ll want to come hungry! 4. Get a hole-in-one at Bali National Golf Club – one of the island’s only international-standard 18-hole golf courses. 5. Pamper and preen at a luxury spa or hair salon. With an endless collection of five-star spas hidden away inside Nusa Dua’s top resorts, the opportunities to bliss out by the beach are endless.
It’s busy, it’s social, and it’s certainly value-for-money – Kuta was Bali’s first neighbourhood to be hit by tourism, and so, it’s the least traditional of them all. But don’t wipe it off your radar just yet. If you’re looking for a budget holiday, or you’re bringing the kids and need plenty of activities to keep them occupied, then Kuta might just be right for you (it’s home to Bali’s famous Waterbom water park and the bustling Beachwalk Shopping Mall). And if you want to escape the hustle and bustle but remain within walking distance of the cheap eats, spas and markets? Just outside of Kuta is up-and-coming Legian, with its lineup of cafes, restaurants, shops and emerging brunch scene. Legian charges slightly higher prices compared to Kuta, with a good mix of private villas, boutique hotels, character-filled beach bars and some fancier restaurants for good measure. Kuta hotels: Over the years, Kuta has seen incredible development, with some fancy neighbours moving in to help jazz-up this once-tired ‘hood. You can stay at the five-star Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort for a prime beachfront address at brilliant prices (it’s great for families) or take things up a notch at The Anvaya Beach Resort with its designer digs right on the sands. Or, go old-school with a family-friendly stay at Hard Rock Hotel. Kuta itinerary: 1. Shop up a storm at Beachwalk. This incredible al-fresco mall comes with beach views, an open-air rooftop, plus fabulous stores from near and far, including Topshop, Zara, Victoria’s Secret and H&M, as well as a cinema, food court and regular entertainment. 2. Slip and slide at Waterbom – Asia’s number one water park that boasts the biggest collection of slides for water babies of all ages! 3. Learn to surf at Kuta Beach. Still one of the most popular breaks on the island, these rolling waves are best for learners, with plenty of instructors on hand to share your first-wave smiles with! 4. Catapult into the sky on the 5GX Reverse Bungy and reach dizzying heights at a whopping speed of 200 km/hour! Adrenaline junkies, this one’s for you… 5. Have a boozy night out on Kuta’s wildest strip. Kuta is infamous for its raucous nightlife, with super-clubs like Sky Garden and Bounty leading the charge. Note: shirtless, drunk Australians are the norm here!
Kuta
It’s busy, it’s social, and it’s certainly value-for-money – Kuta was Bali’s first neighbourhood to be hit by tourism, and so, it’s the least traditional of them all. But don’t wipe it off your radar just yet. If you’re looking for a budget holiday, or you’re bringing the kids and need plenty of activities to keep them occupied, then Kuta might just be right for you (it’s home to Bali’s famous Waterbom water park and the bustling Beachwalk Shopping Mall). And if you want to escape the hustle and bustle but remain within walking distance of the cheap eats, spas and markets? Just outside of Kuta is up-and-coming Legian, with its lineup of cafes, restaurants, shops and emerging brunch scene. Legian charges slightly higher prices compared to Kuta, with a good mix of private villas, boutique hotels, character-filled beach bars and some fancier restaurants for good measure. Kuta hotels: Over the years, Kuta has seen incredible development, with some fancy neighbours moving in to help jazz-up this once-tired ‘hood. You can stay at the five-star Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort for a prime beachfront address at brilliant prices (it’s great for families) or take things up a notch at The Anvaya Beach Resort with its designer digs right on the sands. Or, go old-school with a family-friendly stay at Hard Rock Hotel. Kuta itinerary: 1. Shop up a storm at Beachwalk. This incredible al-fresco mall comes with beach views, an open-air rooftop, plus fabulous stores from near and far, including Topshop, Zara, Victoria’s Secret and H&M, as well as a cinema, food court and regular entertainment. 2. Slip and slide at Waterbom – Asia’s number one water park that boasts the biggest collection of slides for water babies of all ages! 3. Learn to surf at Kuta Beach. Still one of the most popular breaks on the island, these rolling waves are best for learners, with plenty of instructors on hand to share your first-wave smiles with! 4. Catapult into the sky on the 5GX Reverse Bungy and reach dizzying heights at a whopping speed of 200 km/hour! Adrenaline junkies, this one’s for you… 5. Have a boozy night out on Kuta’s wildest strip. Kuta is infamous for its raucous nightlife, with super-clubs like Sky Garden and Bounty leading the charge. Note: shirtless, drunk Australians are the norm here!