Bali is home to the best coffee spots, restaurants and of course; warungs (local eateries). Whenever I’m in Bali, I try as many new cafes and restaurants as possible, but there are a few favorites that will forever have my heart (and appetite!), and Bali wouldn’t be Bali for me if I haven’t eaten at these places during my stay.
For breakfast, I love going to Crate Cafe in Canggu, where I always have their ‘Brekkie Plate’ (I always choose eggs sunny side up, toast, spinach, avocado and smoked salmon) with a ‘Long Black’ (black coffee) and most of the times one of their fresh juices. I love going to warung Bu Mi for lunch in Canggu, where they have the best nasi campur (rice, fried rice or noodles with your choice of meat, fish and vegetarian options). For soto ayam (chicken soup) and sate ayam (chicken skewers), I love warung Ocha in Seminyak. For dinner, I adore the Vietnamese fusion food at Bo & Bun in Seminyak and the exquisitely roast duck at Bebek Bengil in Ubud. And of course for late night cravings, I head out to the pasar malam (evening market) in Kuta.
They have the best sate kambing (goat meat skewers) and other amazing traditional delicacies such as soto ceker (chicken soup with chicken feet – not for the faint-hearted!) and babi guling (Balinese roast pork).
I love trying new things in Bali but have a soft spot for all of my favorites. Fellow Bali food lover Danique van Stralendorff has also been to Bali several times before and has a few soft spots of her own too. Danique has compiled a list of 10 Bali food spots you definitely want to try; a few favorites of her own and a few recommended by her Balinese friends!
“Bali is by far my favorite island because of the beautiful weather, its friendly people and of course the amazing food. During my three stays on the island, I searched for the best places to eat, tried new dishes and found some food spots that are now among my favorites, that I try to visit each time I’m in Bali.
There are so many nice places where you can eat delicious, local Balinese food. But on an island like Bali, where there are even more warungs and restaurants than you can count, it can be hard sometimes to find the best (and oftentimes hidden) places.
So, I asked all of my Balinese friends what their favorite places are to get a good portion of nasi campur, sate and gado gado. Together with the places I have been, I made my top 10 with favorite places where you will want to eat during your stay in Bali! From restaurants to warungs, I got you all covered.
Top 5 favorite warungs
“Don’t expect some high-quality restaurant, but: the food is REALLY delicious. You can pick whatever you’re craving for from the food display and you will experience one of the best local foods you’ll ever try. Everything is freshly made daily and also really popular with the local people!”
“This place is actually more like a restaurant and you can enjoy traditional Balinese dances during your dinner. Try their sate lilit (seafood skewers), my favorite dish at this place!”
Made’s Warung, Seminyak
“If you’re staying in Lovina, this is the place you don’t want to miss. They have a huge menu to choose from, with all kind of delicious local dishes. Hard to decide what you want to have for dinner? Pick the ‘rijsttafel’, where you get a taste of different dishes of the menu.”
Sweet Orange Warung
“In crowded Ubud, it’s nice sometimes to find yourself in a quieter place. Just behind the busy Jalan Monkey Forest you will find a small gab to the rice fields. Sweet Orange Warung is a really cute warung where you can stop by for a fresh smoothie, healthy salad or nasi goreng.”
Warung Mek Oman
“This place is actually not in Bali, but in Nusa Lembongang. A really small place that you will not find that easily, where they only serve a good portion of sate and where the staff doesn’t speak any English. So, you just have to point at the sate of your choice and everything will be fine. You definitely want to come back for this really tasty sate!”
Top 5 favorite restaurants
Bebek Tepi Sawah
“This restaurant has multiple locations on the island but the restaurant in Ubud is by far my favorite. Try their signature dish: Bebek (crispy duck): it’s the best crispy duck you will ever taste.”
Bebek Tepi Sawah, Ubud
“A nice hotspot in the center of Legian. With a mix of Indonesian and Western dishes, this is one of my favorite all day hotspots to go to for a breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night cocktails. If you love dessert, definitely try the popcorn choux bun.”
“Watching the sunset by the beach while eating a plate full of the best tempeh goreng. With its beautiful view, this is a really romantic place to have dinner. You also don’t have to stay at the hotel to be able to have dinner at the restaurant and you can rent a day bed if you’re ordering a drink.”
Taman Sari, Pemuteran
“For breakfast and lunch you’re at the right place at Casa Luna! With a lot of freshly made pastries, sandwiches and smoothie bowls, it’s one of my favorite places to have breakfast. Don’t have the time to stop by for lunch? You can also order their homemade pastries to take away.”
Casa Luna, Ubud (photography by Casa Luna)
“You won’t find this restaurant very easily because it has a bit of a hidden entrance. While stepping inside, you enter a quiet place with a relaxed vibe. What I really love about Poppies, is that you get the feeling that you’re having dinner in a ‘secret’ garden. Try their nasi campur; my all-time favorite dish when I’m back on the island.”
“While I’m getting in the mood for some Indonesian food by writing this blog, I hope I got you a little inspired to try this food spots during your stay in Bali!
Lots of love,
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