Home to chic hotels, boutique shops and trendy eateries, Seminyak is Bali’s most upmarket and happening destination. Offering an abundance of healthy and delicious eateries, not to mention some top-notch coffee, you really do need to plan your days all around the food. Here’s our pick on where to eat in the hood with our foodie’s guide to Seminyak.
A foodie’s guide to Seminyak, Bali:
Nalu Bowls Shelter
Smoothie bowls are synonymous with Bali and the best place in Seminyak for them is Nalu Bowls Shelter. Inspired by Hawaii and its tropical surf culture, the menu at Nalu Bowls is based around nourishing tropical ingredients all sourced on the island. Housed in the cutest little shack, the Seminyak outpost is just one of their four locations around Bali. There are only about six bowls on the menu, each named after famous surf spots around the world. One of the most popular is the Uluwatu bowl – a blended mix of dragonfruit, banana, papaya, raspberry and apple juice, topped with strawberries, mango, coconut flakes and honey.
Location: JL Drupadi 2A, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Launched by Sydney expat, Katie Allen in 2011, Revolver Espresso completely revolutionised the coffee scene in Bali. Geared towards serving Australian style coffee, this small 30-seat café and roastery is the best place to grab a flat white on the island. Knowing very well that great coffee needs to be accompanied by great food, Revolver have launched a menu that every foodie will be satisfied with.
Location: Gang 51, JL Kayu Aya, Seminyak, Bali 80361
With its polished floors, marble counters and all-day brunch menu, the fit-out a Sisterfields would feel right at home in Melbourne. It’s no surprise, given that Melbourne native Adam McAsey is behind it. Come to Sisterfields to experience Australia’s iconic café culture right in the heart of bustling Seminyak. It’s also the only café in Bali dedicated solely to modern Australian cuisine. The menu is crafted around healthy, fresh produce and bold flavours. It’s one of the most popular foodie destinations in Seminyak so get in early to nab a table.
Location: JL Kayu Cendana 7, Seminyak, Bali 80361
You’ve probably seen the colourful facade of Sea Circus pop up on your Instagram feed now and then. It’s not surprising considering its one of the hippest venues in town. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sea Circus serves up healthy yet satisfying fare (think smoothie bowls, tacos, rice paper rolls and poké). Be sure to book in advance or be prepared to wait – this place is no secret.
Location: JL Kayu Aya 22, Seminyak, Bali 80361
A new venture from team behind Bondi’s famous Icebergs, Motel Mexicola is a Mexican cantina that packs a punch, both with its menu and bold, quirky design. This is the best place to come for Mexican fare in Seminyak. Ingredients are almost entirely sourced locally and the food is fresh and authentic. The menu is packed with mouth-watering totopos, ceviche, tacos and quesadillas. Don’t forget to wash it all down with a tequila or two!
Location: JL Kayujati 9X, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Even if the food wasn’t as good as it was, you’d come to Mamasan for the interior alone. Reminiscent of colonial Shanghai in the 1920s, the retro fit-out features oversized leather chesterfield sofas and marble mah-jong tables. The menu is modern Pan Asian, inspired by the street food of Indochina and Southeast Asia. Upstairs you’ll find a trendy cocktail lounge and there’s also a cooking school on site too.
Location: JL Raya Kerobokan 135, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Overlooking one of the prettiest stretches of the beach, La Lucciola is a much-loved Seminyak institution. With its open-air dining area and its twinkling fairy lights and lanterns, the setting couldn’t be more romantic if it tried. The fare is Mediterranean with an Asian influence. You won’t get a table if you don’t book so be sure to plan in advance. Come early and sip a cocktail at the bar during golden hour while you wait for your table – it’s magical.
Location: Pantai Petitenget, JL Kayu Aya, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Breeze at The Samaya
For a romantic, beachfront dinner, book a table at The Samaya’s al-fresco Breeze restaurant. The tables are lined up to directly overlook the water so there’s no competition for the best seat at sunset. The menu is seasonal and the culinary emphasis is to showcase the best of Bali’s flavours. Expect friendly and attentive service and a truly memorable dining experience.
Location: JL Laksamana, Seminyak Beach, Bali 80361
Another café you don’t want to miss in town is Expat Roasters. The space is small but the coffee is some of the best in Seminyak. The interior is every minimalist’s dream and its mix of concrete and vibrant, green, botanical patterns is stylish enough for any coffee snob (which, let’s be honest, there’s a lot of us nowadays)!
Location: JL Petitenget, no 1a., Seminyak, Bali 80361
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