20 awesome, zen, fresh places to eat in Bali

Jul 31 2018, 6:22 pm

You’re about to whisk yourself off to Southeast Asia and your taste buds are raring to get in on that Southeast Asian cuisine, but where to start?

If you’re wondering where to eat in Bali, wonder no more – we’ve got you covered.

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Traditional Balinese food is an explosion of flavours with Chinese and Indian influences and usually features rice as a staple with fresh vegetables, meat and seafood. There are plenty of restaurants for local cuisine throughout Bali, and many tourists love to join a cooking class where they can try their hand at creating the local dishes.

Outside of the traditional eats, Bali has become such a melting pot of various cultures that there is no end to the options for international flavours throughout the island. No matter what you are craving, you can likely find it in Bali!

Here are a few of our favourite spots to grab some grub.

Chill & hip(ster) cafe: Crate

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Crate is everything we love about Canggu. It’s chill, healthy, boho, trendy, and has a serene ambiance thanks to the surrounding rice fields. With Insta-worthy smoothie bowls, perfectly brewed coffee, and a variety of veggie options, Crate is the spot for attracting digital nomads, surfer dudes, and anyone else looking to soak up the laid-back vibes that make this area so special.

Address: Jalan Canggu Padang Linjong, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung
Neighbourhood: Canggu
Phone: +62-812-3894-3040
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Seafood by the sea: Jimbaran beach

 

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Is there anything better than wiggling your toes in the sand as you devour a plate of freshly grilled local seafood? Head down to the white sand beach of Pantai Muaya and take your pick out of dozens of beachfront cafes and restaurants offering freshly caught marine life for your pickin’. Many of the restaurants let you select your preferred creatures by weight and the chef will cook it up right there and deliver it to your table. Add a sunset view, live mariachi band serenading your table, and a bottle of Bintang and you’ve got yourself a perfect evening.

Address: Jalan Pemelisan Agung, Jimbaran, Kuta Selatan, South Kuta
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Yoga fuel: The Garden Kafe & Juice Bar

With Ubud being the most zen place on Earth, getting your namasté on at Yoga Barn is basically a right of passage for all diehard yogis. While you’re there, pop into the Garden Kafe for a bite. You’ll be glad you did. We first came here for yoga, and then eventually just started coming back without yoga. The food is that good. We recommend every single thing on the menu, because it is all fresh and tasty.

Address: Jl. Pengosekan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
Neighbourhood: Ubud
Phone: +62-822-3774-6180
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Plant-based goodness: Earth Cafe

Bali is the perfect place to recharge your batteries, cleanse your system, and reconnect with yourself. All of this starts with clean food. Earth Cafe is healthy, organic, and 100% plant-based – the perfect spot to re-energize after your yoga class, bike ride through the rice fields, or meditation on the poolside patio of your villa. Or, okay fine, also the perfect place to cancel out the toxins after a night of partying at La Favela.

Address: Jl. Kayu Aya 99 / Jl. Goutama Selatan
Neighbourhood: Seminyak / Ubud
Phone: +62-0-851-0304-4645 / +62-0-361-976546
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BBQ bonanza: Naughty Nuri’s

While Bali is a lush land of organic eats and healthy living, sometimes you just need a tender, succulent, finger-licking-good BBQ, amiright?! Known for their mouth-watering ribs and oh-so-sippable martinis, Naughty Nuri’s is a guilty pleasure of everyone who knows about it. Grab your bros, or your BBQ-loving ladies, and dive right in.

Address: Jl. Mertanadi No.62, Kerobokan
Neighbourhood: Seminyak
Phone: +62-361-9347391
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Beachfront lounging: The Lawn

Located on the shores of Canggu, this place has got the seaside ambiance, eats and drinks down to a T. Comfy seating on a faux grass floor, palm trees, boho umbrellas, twinkle lights, a pool to dip your toes in and waves crashing on the beach – this is your go-to spot to kick back and share some seafood appies, local delicacies, or pork roast pizza while watching the sunset.

Address: Jl. Pura Dalem, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung
Neighbourhood: Canggu
Phone: +62-361-3351055
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Casual fine dining: Chez Gado Gado

With Gado Gado translating as a tasty local salad dish with vegetables, protein and peanut sauce, this beachfront restaurant is sure to deliver a top quality dining experience in terms of both food and ambience.

Address: Jl. Camplung Tanduk No.99, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung
Neighbourhood: Seminyak
Phone: +62-361-736966
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Surfer’s paradise: Single Fin

This open-air, multi-level patio bar set on the cliffs of Uluwatu is a paradise for anyone who loves to, or loves to watch, surf. Grab a seat by the patio’s edge to watch the waves rolling in on Suluban Beach beach below while enjoying a hearty meal, tasty cocktail, and laid-back vibes. Not to mention this bar hosts the best Sunday Fundays in Bali.

Address: Pantai Suluban, Jl. Labuan Sait, Pecatu, Uluwatu, Kuta Selatan, Pecatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung
Neighbourhood: Uluwatu
Phone: +62-361-769941
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Fine jungle dining: Bridges

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With seven levels overlooking the peaceful Wos river, this award-winning restaurant is the perfect spot to come enjoy a delicious meal in an upscale, serene ambiance. Bridges is jungle dining at its finest.

Address: Jl. Raya Campuhan, Sayan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
Neighbourhood: Ubud
Phone: +62-361-970095
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Asian fine dining: Sarong

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Boasting the best flavours of Southeast Asia, this prestigious establishment is thoughtfully designed, with a menu and service to match. Sarong is a great spot for a romantic dinner or to treat the family.

Address: Jalan Petitenget 19XX, Kuta Utara, Badung
Neighbourhood: Seminyak
Phone: +62-812-3634-3386
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Coworking space / best shake in town: Machinery Cafe

 

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We have to give a shout out to Machinery Cafe for one specific menu item: its banana milkshake gave us SO MUCH LIFE. We’re sure the rest of the menu is just as amazing, so please try everything else and report back. If you have work to do, this is a great spot to pull out your laptop and get sh*t done… and did we mention the banana milkshake?

Address: No., Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.35, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung
Neighbourhood: Canggu
Phone: +62-817-0780-080
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Fresh & delicious: WAMM

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Trust us when we say this place is a must for zen vibes and drool-worthy food. With a view of the local soccer field, WAMM (standing for What About My Mother) is a great place to come for brunch or lunch before venturing into Monkey Forest. Ranging from smoothies, pancakes, bowls, sandwiches, and more, each dish is healthy, made with love, and so-freaking-delish.

Address: Jl. Nyuh Bulan, Nyuh Kuning MAS, Ubud, MAS, Ubud, MAS, Ubud, Gianyar
Neighbourhood: 
Ubud
Phone: 
+62-812-3696-2663
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Healthy pitstop: Living Well

 

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This one isn’t the most central, but the food was so good we have to include it. Living Well is a great spot to stop for lunch on your way to the beaches of Uluwatu. We recommend the smoothies, quesadilla, zucchini pasta, rainbow chicken noodles, and literally everything else on the menu. That narrows it down for you, right?

Address: Jl. Raya Uluwatu No.9-7, Ungasan, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung
Neighbourhood: Uluwatu
Phone: +62-812-3601-9111
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Beachfront bar & grill: Mr. Bob

 

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Located just beside the main gate of Nusa Dua, this family-friendly restaurant serves up some great local Indonesian dishes, but its true claim to fame is its slide-off-the-bone shortribs. Mr. Bob, you da man.

Address: Matahari Terbit Bali Resort, Jl. Pratama, Tj. Benoa, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung
Neighbourhood: Nusa Dua
Phone: +62-812-3805-2366
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Gypsy’s lair: La Laguna

 

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Did we just step into a real-life Bohemian gypsy fairytale? La Laguna is more than just a multi-cuisine restaurant and bar, it’s an entire property transformed into an enchanted world. Make sure to grab a drink from the vintage wagon bar, and satisfy your taste buds with the Spanish/Mediterranean inspired menu. They also offer outdoor movie nights, Sunday markets, live music and themed parties. Check, check, check.

Address: Jalan Pantai Kayu Putih, Berawa, Canggu, Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung
Neighbourhood: Canguu
Phone: +62-819-9901-5777
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Tree house hideaway: Shelter Café

 

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This breezy tree house cafe is a hot spot for digital nomads and healthy eaters alike. Hidden atop the busy streets of Seminyak, Shelter Café serves nutritious nibbles, smoothie bowls, vegan fare and raw desserts. These aesthetically pleasing, colourful dishes are packed with fresh local ingredients and are bound to kick-start your day (not to mention your Insta feed). Make sure to grab a cup of their authentic blend and ‘design your own breakfast,’ which is guaranteed to leave your stomach happy and healthy.

Address: #2 Jl. Drupadi 1
Neighbourhood: Seminyak
Phone: +62-813-3770-6471
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Seaside hangout: Mano Beach House

 

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Live the island life here at Mano Beach House, right on peaceful Petitenget Beach. Serving up Balinese favourites and international cuisine, this resto-lounge has a very chill atmosphere. The chefs serve up rustic plated dishes full of fresh ingredients, so you can eat good and feel good. From the Seafood Nasi Goreng to Spinach Ricotta Ravioli, each dish is crafted full of flavourful spices. With fresh squeezed juices and amenities like lounge bean bags and a pool, you’d be silly not to stay all day. Plus, you don’t want to miss their Sunset Anthems!

Address: Jl. Pantai Pura Petitenget
Neighbourhood: Seminyak
Phone: +62-361-473-0874
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Surfers’ retreat: Bukit Café

 

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Resting off the hilly roads of Uluwatu, just a few minutes off the beach, is Bukit Café. This open-air breezy café infuses Balinese ingredients with Western inspiration. Surfers and expats love this rustic eatery for its seasonal specials and à la carte menu. With vibrant fruit plates, creamy avocado toast and hearty salads, these generous portions will leave you satisfied and coming back for more!

Address: Labuan Sait, Jl. Labuansait, Pecatu, Pecatu, Bali, Kabupaten Badung
Neighbourhood: Uluwatu
Phone: +62-813-3749-8745
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Pizza parlour: Luigi’s Hot Pizza

 

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This artisan pizza parlour is the spot for thin crust rustic zahhhh. Simple and quality ingredients make Luigi’s Hot Pizza a V popular place. Whether you’re craving a classic pie with creamy Fior Di Latte cheese or topped with stringy Stracciatella, something off the menu is guaranteed to satisfy your cravings. And if you are extra hungry, or have a few friends wanting to share, you can even tackle Luigi’s pizza by the metre. Nights here can get quite rowdy as the sun sets and the music gets loud, so you can go ahead and dance off all the pizza you just ate! What a time to be alive.

Address: Jl. Batu Mejan, Canguu
Neighbourhood: Canggu
Phone: +62-811-394-4450
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Avocado everything: The Avocado Factory

 

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Everything on The Avocado Factory’s menu has… brace yourselves… AVOCADOS. We’re talkin’ smoothies, bowls, salads, toast, dips, and even dessert! Avocados are such a diverse ingredient, why not put it in everything? This recently opened Canggu restaurant has a chic and clean atmosphere located right beside a lush green rice paddy. With such a fun concept you’ll have to come and try it for yourself because, as their saying goes, “life’s too short to eat boring food.”

Address: Jl. Batu Mejan, Canggu
Neighbourhood: Canggu
Phone: +62-821-1466-4296
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