The Ultimate Bali Guide
Between the pitaya bowls with BALI BABY spelt out in mango letters, the stunning pink wall and the most decadent smoothie jars decorated with vegan treats, it is no surprise this is one of the most insta-famous cafes in Bali. Aside from getting a good gram, they dish up some of the best clean-eating food in town.
A cute, quirky coffee shop, as well as a beautiful clothing and homewares store. We stumbled upon countless places in Bali that have combined cafes with little boutiques which I absolutely love (although with a store this good it can quickly turn into a very expensive coffee!)
Agreat place to kick back, relax and soak up the summer vibes with a passionfruit margarita in hand. There is an entrance fee of $15 which includes a drink and a beach chair which you can enjoy for as long as you like. Make sure you get a cocktail from the famous Mrs Sippy pool bar, too. It’s the largest salt water pool on the island might I add.
If you’re looking to experience the famous Bali night life, Motel Mexico is your place. It is quite relaxed in the day but by about 10pm it has well and truly turned into a club. The music is great, the cocktails are delicious and if you like Mexican, you will be in awe of the food.
We stayed at Villa Mimi on our first Bali trip and absolutely adored it. It has a stunning 15 metre swimming pool with a beautiful Balinese bale at one end. The furnishings are quite modern which perfectly accompanies its tropical, beach-chic style. As well, Villa Mimi has overnight security staff so you feel very safe.
Not a ‘must’ per say but if you get a chance, pop into an Indomaret supermarket (they’re everywhere) to stock up on some Balinese goodies. We are obsessed with the ‘Chok Chok’ Organic Balinese chocolate range. My pick is the 82% dark with almonds, coconut vanilla and almond butter. You can find them at lots of healthy cafes and day spas but they’re half the price at Indomaret.
Peloton is hands down the best vegan cafe I’ve ever been to. My order is the “Powerhouse Bowl” with pumpkin, tempeh, roasted cashews, hummus, wild rice and all kinds of veg. We swap the balsamic dressing for their famous citrus sauce and of course, add a side of avo.
This is perhaps my new favourite cafe in Bali. Here you’ll enjoy seriously amazing vegetarian food in a lush garden oasis. We had quite the spread… Asian tempeh salad bowl, go-green bowl with tamari roasted almonds and a creamy tahini sauce, a to-die-for vegan lasagne and sides of sweet potato, smashed avo and roasted garlic potatoes with aioli. Can’t fault anything about this place!
If you’re feeling like something sweet try their ‘cacao dream’ smoothie bowl. Tastes like chocolate ice cream, only healthy.
Crate Cafe is located in a large, trendy warehouse. It’s stylish interiors include polaroid feature walls, rustic tables, crate chairs (hence the name), a communal white board style menu and its very own crate clothing store. If you’re a smoothie bowl (/pb) fan, the ‘why so cereal’ bowl with peanut butter, cacao and frozen bananas is a must. Their smashed avocado on thickly sliced rye bread is also amazing.
One Eyed Jack is a modern Japanese restaurant, very popular amongst both locals and tourists. I’m sure all the food is amazing, but we actually went specifically for dessert… I’m not usually a big dessert person (unless it’s the healthy kind) but my weakness is dark chocolate fondant. We were in awe! Fondants take a little longer to prepare because they are made fresh to order but it is well worth the wait.
Situated right on Canggu Beach, The Lawn would have to be one of my all time favourite Bali destinations. It is a great place to spend the afternoon… you can lounge on cushion chairs, sip on cocktails, swim in the pool and just soak up the atmosphere. It is also a prime spot for sunset drinks, whether you’re on the lawn or their newly refurbished rooftop bar.
As well as having great drinks (Pomelo Margaritas), they have the best selection of small plates to nibble on. The tempeh rice paper rolls with peanut dipping sauce and spicy fish tacos are both incred.
They often have parties on Friday nights so keep an eye out for what’s on! If you’re in the mood for a dance you can kick on to Old Man’s, just down the road form The Lawn.
This is a pool bar unlike any other. It’s quirky decor, fun music and outlook onto Echo Beach makes it one of the most popular cocktail bars in Bali. Another ideal location for sunset drinks!
Villa Hart is located in the heart of Canggu, only minutes from some of the best cafes, restaurants, markets, and day spas in Bali. The flawlessly styled villa has a breathtaking outlook onto rice fields. Its prime location paired with its interiors and stunning view crowned it my favourite villa of the trip. Big call, I know.
If you’re in the mood to be pampered, make sure you factor in some time to visit Spring Spa. They have a few locations, but the Canggu Spa was our pick.
We were treated to a hair revival treatment and blow dry which included a shoulder, neck and foot massage. The hair treatment left our hair feeling silky smooth!
- Getting taxis in Bali is very cheap – a ride across town is about $4 (although the price will depend on your negotiating skills!). Make sure you set a price before getting in or better yet request for the meter to be used.
- If you feel comfortable I would suggest renting a motor bike. They can be dangerous so be wary but they are by far the most common / most convenient way of getting around, especially at night when it can be difficult to find a taxi.
I hope these suggestions will be useful in planning the ultimate Bali escape!