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Feb 02, 2022
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The Foodie’s Guide To Bali

One of my favorite things about Bali is its incredibly delicious food and trendy bars. And because there’s way too many incredible places to name, I’ve split this list into two parts - keep an eye out for my part 2 mag coming soon. Several of these places came as recommendations from my Aussie friends who’ve been traveling to Bali on holiday for YEARS, so you know they’re good. Apart from their recommendations, all of our other finds have come from simply racing through Bali on a motorbike and stumbling into some really neat spots. So without further ado, let’s get into our absolute favorite spots to eat and drink - I promise these won’t disappoint.

Peloton Supershop

Berawa

First on our list is our MOST favorite breakfast and lunch spot: Peloton Supershop. If we could eat here every day, we probably would! Located in the Berawa neighborhood between Seminyak and Canggu, Peloton is a breezy, casual cafe that serves up the most delicious vegan, plant-based plates that I’ve ever tasted. This is a must-stop if you’re in Bali – trust me.

What to order:

A few of our favorites include the Blue Island Bowl, Avo Good Day, Breakaway Burrito and Pantani Porridge. They also have some delicious Ayurvedic drinks and teas! But honestly, everything here is awesome and definitely won’t disappoint.

Give Cafe

Canggu

Okay, so I don’t have just one favorite restaurant in Bali, I have two at the very top of my list. If you’re looking to get a taste of traditional Balinese food with a plant-based twist, this tiny little cafe is IT. I’m not joking when I say that Ryan and I can’t get enough of Give. This vegan-friendly spot is the sister cafe to the IG-famous Kynd Community (which we’ll share about shortly) with just as many photo-worthy spots and a truly laid-back, local vibe. As if this special place couldn’t get any better, they actually donate 100% of their proceeds to local charities - after purchasing your meal, you’ll receive a wooden coin that you can drop in the bucket of your choice to support charities focused on the environment, human welfare, or wildlife protection.

What to order:

Their vegan Mie Goreng (Southeast Asian noodle stir fry) is hands down incredible, and is basically the dish that kept us coming back (brb, currently drooling just thinking about it…). Apart from that, we love their Cheekan Satay, Pink Latte, Peach and Star Fruit Iced Tea, and their tasty baked goods and cookies (…okay, the sweets were really only for me).

The Lawn

Canggu

I highly recommend making a reservation at The Lawn for a sunset dinner – it gets packed – but it’s definitely worthwhile. Strong, flavorful drinks, ocean views, live music, an on-site pool and an upper deck with a swing – what more can you ask for?! Located right on Old Man’s beach, The Lawn is another must-go when you’re in Canggu.

What to order:

You can’t visit The Lawn without grabbing one of their craft cocktails! We love the Chilli Sour and Coconut Mojito, and you can’t go wrong with their food either; try the Lemongrass Chicken & Turmeric Skewers or the Gado Gado Zucchini Noodles – and thank us later.

Kynd Community

Seminyak

As mentioned previously, Kynd Community is the IG-famous, pink-and-white sister cafe of Give. Tucked amidst the hustle and bustle of Seminyak, this place is arguably the most trendy food spot you can hit up. Another plant-based favorite, Kynd showcases flavors certain to please every palette, and no aesthetic detail goes unnoticed at this eye-pleasing spot. The food is just as good as it is at Give, with a bit more extensive of a menu - including drinks, “peace-zza”, ramen and even their own adorable vegan ice creamery next door.

What to order:

We came here during brunch, however the cafe is open until the later evening hours if you’re looking for a more savory meal. I absolutely loved the Paradise Pancakes and couldn’t pass up getting the Berry Tropical smoothie bowl.

La Laguna

Berawa

Literally a gypsy wonderland. The owners of La Laguna thought into every magical detail possible when putting this laid-back haven together. Think hanging lanterns, fortune teller carriages, colorful cushions… the whole nines. We really loved coming here for a sunset dinner and enjoying the relaxing vibes and ocean views. They have a few different areas to sit, so if you’re looking for something specific, be sure to call ahead for a reservation, as it can sometimes get a bit busy around sunset.

What to order:

You truly can’t go wrong with anything here. I love their Mediterranean Dips appetizer, as well as their Calamari. And don’t forget to grab a drink before sunset so sip in those gorgeous rays of color, right from your table.

La Favela

Seminyak

Another insanely decorated place from the same owners as the aforementioned La Laguna, La Favela quite literally feels like you’re walking into an old-school Brazilian favela, with no detail left unnoticed. We love coming here for dinner just as much as we love exploring the restaurant and upper deck with a drink in hand. For some reason, this place always makes me feel like I’m on the set of Narcos, but in the best way possible.

What to order:

Ryan and I love the Mexico Meets Asia tacos and the Granny’s Oven grilled chicken, and for drinks I enjoyed a Favela Breeze while Ryan got the Boom Boom. What is this, you ask? It was a sort of shot that they banged on the table and it exploded – it was a whole thing, but definitely entertaining!

Aya Street

Seminyak

**Since writing this post, Aya Street has permanently closed. However, I am keeping this special place on my list to memorialize it and hope that one day it re-opens so you can enjoy its amazingness***

I LOVE Aya Street. The ambiance, the drinks, the food, all of the IG-ready photo ops – were nothing short of creative. The overall ambiance of the space is almost like playful, street-art-vibes meets trendy Peruvian cuisine, and it just works. I think my favorite part of Aya was definitely their fun and creative drinks!

What to order:

To eat, I got the Classic Ceviche and Ryan got the Chicken Skewers – both were SO delicious – and we ordered the Chocolate Sphere for dessert, which melted down with a pour-over of hot chocolate syrup. Yum. For drinks, we ordered the Duck Lips (complete with a rubber ducky floating on top), Booty Call, Thyme ‘O Clock and bubbling Espresso Ayatini. Each cocktail had its own “theatrics” which added a special something to each drink experience.

Kismet

Ubud

This is definitely my favorite restaurant in Ubud! Situated down a quiet little street, the restaurant is dark but comfortable, and serves both drinks and food with amazing spices. We came here for a quiet, intimate dinner, but I believe they also serve breakfast and lunch food if you’re in the area! The cuisine ranges from Asian-inspired options to classic Italian, French and even American options – all with a classy, thoughtful touch.

What to order:

To drink, I ordered the Mango Rujah, which was SO spicy. Omg. I was definitely sweating – but it was tasty! Ryan got a Margarita (per usual) – and they offer tons of awesome flavors, including Hibiscus, Passionfruit, and Coconut. For dinner, we split the Garlic Chili Edamame and Bali Pad Thai – both of which were absolutely delicious!

Rock Bar

Uluwatu

I highly recommend coming to Rock Bar for sunset dinner! I realize I’ve recommended a lot of sunset dinners at this point… but honestly, this place is quite literally built into the rocks, right over the ocean. Located at the Ayana Resort, you’ll take a small elevator down to the restaurant only to be greeted with stunning views and amazing service. The food was also delicious (and boujie), as were the drinks.

What to order:

Their Goong Sarong is so yummy! It’s basically prawns wrapped in crispy noodles – sounds weird but they are so so good, especially dipped in chili sauce. I’m pretty sure we ordered two rounds of these…possibly more. We also love the Summer Rolls, which are nice and refreshing after a long day in the sun. To drink, we love the Rock My World and Taragon Margarita. Mmmm.

Let me know if you visit Bali and try any of these spots! I promise you they are SO worth your while. For more foodie recommendations, keep an eye out for part 2 of this list ;)

Until next time,

xx K.

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