Tuesday, 2 August 2016

The ultimate food guide to Seminyak, Bali

When you first think about Bali, you basically think of paradise beaches, with the crystal blue waters and the white sand beaches, right? I mean, whilst it is true that you can find that in Jimbaran Bay, other areas are a little disappointing and honestly, Bali has left me a tad underwhelmed. 

Something that didn't leave me underwhelmed though was the food because oh boy, it was good. We had some particularly unfavourable, and locally unexpected weather whilst in Seminyak therefore really, what else is there to do but eat when it's raining? 

(That's a rhetorical question which neither me or my waistline would like to hear any answers too, thank you.)

Here are a few of my favourite places we visited whilst in Seminyak - enjoy and get hungry!

The Coffee Library

Located in the heart of Seminyak, The Coffee Library is effortlessly cool and the perfect place to lunch with friends. With delicious salads (I know, who am I?) and mouth watering fruit juices, it really is a great little cafe to spend a lunch or three - and the prices are pretty fab too!

Jalan Kayu Aya No 50,
Kabupaten Badug,


As one of the most popular places for coffee in Seminyak, you definitely need to be heading here for your caffeine fix. Whilst I would highly recommend the smashed avocado and eggs (so insta basic), the service leaves a lot to be desired so maybe choose to visit here when you have time to sit back and relax.

JL. Kayu Aya No3
Kuta Utara, 
Kabupaten Badung,

The Fat Turtle

One of my favourite places we had lunch at, The Fat Turtle is a quaint little place, offering all day breakfasts with a twist and to die for coffee. I chose the poached eggs on toast with pulled pork and lime hollandaise sauce and holy moly, it was good. If you're looking for a cute but affordable place to eat, this is your best bet.

Jl Petitenget No 886A,
Kuta Utara,
Kabupaten Badung,


Tucked away from the main street, you wouldn't be blamed for walking past this place without noticing its existence. With books stacked along the walls, the option to chill out on sofas and comfy armchairs or at a table and plug sockets a plenty, this is ideal for those of you wanting to work on your laptop over a (gorgeous) coffee.

Jl Petitenget No. 8A, 
Kuta Utara, 
Kabupaten Badung, 

Motel Mexicola

This place! THIS PLACE. Not only do they do a mean old taco which will be sure to be met with pure satisfaction from your tummy and an interesting tomato juice and tequila shot which...perhaps will be met with a little more resistance, this place is basically where its at if you're hella up for a late night wailing away to some classic tuuuuunes. And even if you're not, you're guaranteed to hear this place from about 3 miles away!

Jl. Kayu Jati No 9, 
Kabupaten Badung, 

Potato Head Beach Club

One of the most popular beach bars in Bali, a day spent at Potato Head Beach Club is a day well spent. If you're wanting a a sun bed, you need to get there for 9-9:30am and if you succeed, you'll be set up for a day of pure heaven with waiter service making you feel like royalty. There's even a bar within the pool itself and if that doesn't sound like paradise then I don't know what does, I truly don't. Not a place if you're on a very tight budget, but worth saving up for without a doubt.

Jl. Pentitenget No. 51B,
Kabupaten Badung,

Grocer and Grind

Whether you want to grab a quick drink or snack, have lunch or set up shop for the day with work on your laptop, Grocer and Grind is the place to go. Every meal is prepared to order, ensuring it consists of, and tastes of, only the freshest ingredients. Not super cheap but in no way will it break the bank. Has also been voted one of the best cafes in Bali - pretty good going, right...

Can be found all over the island!

Merah Putih

Merah Putih is fancy with a capital F and whilst it might make your bank balance weep a teeny tiny bit, the food, service and interior environment is difficult to fault in any way. The staff were also really fabulous about my friend's nut allergy and put her completely at ease straight away - always a good sign in any restaurant.

Jalan Petitenget No. 100x
Kuta Utara, 

Kim Soo Cafe

This little beauty has been merely opened a week and it's already got things down to an absolute T. With stunning clean white interiors, home to one of the best coffees we tried in Bali, with really reasonable prices, it's definitely not one to be missed (it also has fabulous air conditioning FYI).

Jl Kayu Aya 21,

Ginger Moon

With a relaxed atmosphere, Ginger Moon is the place to go if you want quality food in a casual setting. Serving Asian and Chinese food with a funky twist, you'll be sure to find something on their menu which you've simply never heard of before, and of course the fun begins when you order it!

Jl. Kayu Aya No 7, 
Kabupaten Badung, 

If you find yourself in...



Watercress is an upmarket, open air cafe, with a huuge breakfast menu served all the live long day. Whilst I wasn't a fan of Ubud itself, I was a big fan of this place, in particular the baked chorizo eggs.

Jl Monkey Forest, 

If you find yourself in...

Jimbaran Bay

Lia Cafe

Jimbaran Bay is my favourite place in Bali - it really is exactly what you think of when you imagine the 'paradise island'. Whilst some areas have lost their local touch, Jimbaran has managed to retain it for now, and all the better it is for it too. Along Jimbaran beach, you'll find a long line of local seafood restaurants and Lia cafe really is the best place to be for sunset.  We ordered a seafood platter which included lobster, crab, clams and prawns along with the soup to start with, vegatables and rice to go with the fish, watermelon to finish and even two Bintang beers - all for £15pp! A fab price really to think you practically pick which lobster, crab etc that you would like and there it arrives, on your plate.

Jalan Pemelisan Agung,
Kuta Selatan,
Kabupaten Badung

Okay yep, sat in Perth writing this, extremely hungry... Where are the Tim Tams?

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