If you’re visiting Bali, Indonesia for the first time, these are the places you should visit for food. This is a blog to tell you where to hunt for food in Bali!
Most people plan their first trip to Bali for the sun and beaches but I would definitely go back for the amazing food. Known for its surf worthy beaches, spiritual retreats and endless outdoor activities, Bali is also a foodie heaven if you know where to look.
If food tops the list as your number one reason for travel, you’ll be glad to know that Bali is the ultimate food paradise! What’s even better is that you don’t have to break the bank to fill your bellies. From traditional Balinese restaurants to cool cafe joints and not forgetting authentic street food, the island has all your food cravings covered.
Bali is home to the biggest Hindu population in Indonesia and you’d be surprised to know that the Balinese love their pork very much. If you hate wasting food, you don’t have to worry about a single part of the pig being wasted!
Babi Guling is a combination of crispy pork skin, pork blood sausage, pork roll, and fried pork meat and has a reputation for being Bali’s national dish. Ibu Oka (recommended restaurant) serves up some of the island’s best babi guling with well-seasoned pork skin fried to perfection and the juicy meat literally melting in your mouth.
Price: IDR 70,000 (~ SGD 6.60)
PS: The Babi Guling was so good that even Obama dined here on his family vacation to Bali!
Recommended Babi Guling in Bali:
Warung Babi Guling (certain outlets close earlier): Jalan Suweta Gianyar, Ubud, (Daily 11:00-19:00) | Tel: +62 361 976 345
Branches: Jalan Raya Mas Peliatan, Ubud | Jalan Tegal Sari No. 2, Ubud
Warung Babi Guling Pak Malen: Jalan Sunset Road No. 5 Seminyak, Kuta (Daily 10:00-21:00) | Tel: +62 361 7452968
Situated in one of the hippest spots in Bali, The Bistrot is an award winning English themed restaurant, donned with many beautiful sofas that are perfect for a session of afternoon tea.
Sticky Pork Ribs (RP 160,000; SGD $14.75) is a fan favourite here. The soft tender meat slides off the bones and the sweet sauce complements well with it.
The Bistrot also serves a wide range of drinks. The red wine sangria (RP 180,000; SGD $16.60) is a good choice for sharing and it comes in other flavours such as Orange Liquor and Honey Syrup too.
Price: RP 35,000 – RP 210,000 (SGD $3.25 – SGD $19.35)
Opening Hours: 7:30 am – 12:00am
Address: Jalan Kayu Aya No.117, Seminyak, Kuta, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
If you want to enjoy a cup of authentic Balinese coffee, head over to Seniman Coffee! You know you can be guaranteed good quality in a cup when they don’t just sell coffee, they also export, roast, design and process their beans in house! Balinese coffee tends to be slightly on the bitter side and if that’s not to your liking, order a latte and the milk will do its job to neutralize any hint of bitterness.
The best way to enjoy coffee is with local Balinese snacks! The coffee here is served with cashew chocolate and their local soft peanut cookie that just melts in your mouth. This bittersweet combination is sure to delight your taste buds.
P.S. You can even pick up a skill or two at their coffee workshops.
A lover of all things coffee, the owner of Seniman believes that coffee goes well with everything. Experience the best of both worlds in their their espresso martini series and you’ll be convinced that he’s right. The mix was a neat concoction of kahlua, vodka and the Seniman house blend.
Price: Espresso Martini Mix: IDR 90,000 (~SGD 8.50)
Address: St. Sriwedari No 5, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 80581
Opening hours: Daily, 5am to midnight
Balinese deep fried duck or smoked duck are two variations of many traditional duck dishes. One consists of duck that has been seasoned and then steamed or boiled before being deep-fried (bebek goreng). The other has the duck wrapped and marinated with local seasonings and then smoked for 24 hours (bebek betutu).
Expect the meat to be lean, flaking off the bone and incredibly tasty. All usually served with rice, sambals and local vegetable sides.
Long established Bebek Bengil, or ‘dirty duck’ in English, is an established restaurant really does serve up some mean duck. Their portions are large and prices on the higher side but very reasonable in comparison to where the locals might dine. Their crispy duck is so crisp that although some may consider it borderline dry, if you enjoy your skin extra crispy to the point where small bones are crunchy treats you’ll love how Bebek Bengil does it.
Recommended Bebek restaurants in Bali:
Bebek Bengil Dirty Duck Diner: Jalan Hanoman, Padangtegal, Ubud, Gianyar, 80571 (Daily 10:00-23:00) | Tel: +62 361 975489
Bebek Tepi Sawah Restaurant: Jl. Raya Goa Gajah, Ubud, 80571 (Daily 10:00-22:00) | Tel: +62 361 975656
Chilling on a day bed at Potato Head whilst sipping on a cocktail or taking a dip in the infinity pool to cool off is a great way to spend an evening.
*Pro-tip: Try to be early if you want to get a day bed as it gets crowded closer to sunset.
If you’re not looking for a splash, you can also check out their indoor dining area.
Host to Ultra Bali 2017, Potato Head Beach Club is also known for hosting various electronic music events, so this is a place for you if are into sick EDM beats.
Price: Prices vary depending on the restaurant you eat at but it costs about RP 130,000 (SGD $12.45) for a cocktail and also RP 130,000 (SGD $12.45) for a pizza.
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 2:00am
Address: Jalan Petitenget No.51B, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
There are many cafes in Bali but we think Sisterfields is the best place to get all your breakfast food cravings satisfied! There’s a reason why this cafe is always packed – good food and great vibes. You can never go wrong with a classic Bacon and Eggs Benedict for breakfast! The sight of their silky smooth hollandaise sauce dripping from perfectly poached eggs and savoury crisp bacon is enough to get your mouth watering.
If you’re looking for a hearty breakfast, their Salmon Poke Bowl are a fun alternative to rice bowls as it comes with easy to eat rice balls, sashimi salmon cubes, and edamame! Don’t be taken aback if you’re not a fan of spicy food – the spiciness in this dish is just enough to tickle your taste buds and makes the dish more appetizing than it already is.
For those with a sweet tooth, the Chocolate Brioche French Toast will be your go-to item on the menu. Served with salted caramel, banana and yoghurt sorbet, there is no better way to enjoy french toast.
Price: RP 30,000 – RP 140,000 (SGD $2.90 – SGD $13.40)
Opening Hours: 7:00am – 10:00pm
Address: Jalan Kayu Cendana No. 7, Seminyak, Kuta, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, you’ll be sure to love the pancakes here at The Fat Turtle! Everyone deserves to treat themselves to a good dessert and so do you. Dig into the fluffiest pancakes you’ll find in Bali – their signature red velvet pancakes! These were so good that we gobbled down every last bit of three stacks of warm, soft pancakes that came with a single scoop of ice cream.
Klook-Tip: For last minute souvenir shopping, save the turtles and do-away with plastic straws by purchasing reusable bamboo straws and a bamboo cutlery set here!
Red Velvet Pancakes: IDR 55,000 (~SGD 5.20)
Address: Jl. Petitenget No.886A, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Opening Hours: Daily, 8am to 6pm
Having been around for more than 40 years, Murni’s Warung has been a fan favourite of tourists. Serving up local Balinese cuisine, this restaurant is surrounded by lush greenery and overlooks a river.
The chilli at this restaurant was extremely tasty. It was so good that we couldn’t stop eating and we eventually ended up eating chilli with our leftover white rice when we were done with all the other ingredients.
*Pro-tip: Do visit this place in the day time because you will be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding the restaurant!
Price: RP 9,000 – RP 99,000 (SGD $0.85 – SGD $9.15)
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 11:00pm
Address: Jl. Raya Campuan, Ubud, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571