Bali Travel Guide
You can't go wrong with Canteen's extensive breakfast and lunch menu. The inside is outfitted with retro surf memorabilia.
THE place for Instagram-worthy smoothie bowls and beach shack decor.
A graffitied concrete cafe serving brekkie until 3pm. Everything is under 50k IDR, from multicolored smoothies to egg & toast creations to Crate's own coffee brew.
Craving Italian? This quirky restaurant with rice field views has your pasta and pizza covered.
Traditional Balinese food in a beautiful setting. Bonus: they have several adorable rabbits living in the garden patio.
A trendy hotspot for vegetarian and vegan foodies. (Don't miss out on their carrot cake!)
DEUS TEMPLE OF ENTHUSIASM
You'll find more than just custom bikes and boards here. Stop by for live music every Sunday night, or if you're more adventurous, check out Tacos & Tattuesdays: buy 2 tacos and get a free tattoo! (Just be sure to arrive well before the 6 o'clock sign up to secure one of the 16 lucky spots.)
Imagine an Australian's take on Venice Beach skaters and you'll get Pretty Poison: an old villa converted into a concrete hangout complete with skateboarders in a drained swimming pool. Only a place this cool can get crowds to brave the Shortcut through rice fields at night.
Popular with the surfing crowd and a stone's throw from Batu Bolong Beach, Old Man's is infamous for its happy hour and Wednesday and Sunday nights. The bar regularly brings in DJs and artists to perform.
FINN'S BEACH CLUB
The perfect place for a Canggu staycation for the day. Enjoy a drink in the pool at sunset and watch the surfers.
Canggu is a popular destination for yoga teacher training courses so it offers some of the best classes for visitors. Check out Serenity, The Practice, and Samadi (which also offers free yoga and a movie every Wednesday to the public and a Sunday market.)
THE place to watch surfers catch their final wave or grab a sunset drink and snacks. Located directly on the beach, it's a hotspot for locals and tourists.
When: every Sunday @ Samadi Yoga & Meditation
What you'll find: fresh fruits, vegetables, and heath foods
When: last Sunday of every month @ Old Man's
What you'll find: clothes, jewelry, gifts and organic food stalls from local favorites like Bali Buddha
LOVE ANCHOR BAZAAR
When: every Saturday @ Love Anchor
What you'll find: clothes, jewelry, local crafts
Easily put: brunch spread on white marble tables. It's Australian, it's cute.
Tucked away in an alley, Revolver is the cutest coffee spot in Seminyak. The interior is a funky, neon sign-clad saloon.
A healthy rooftop cafe hidden above the bustle of the streets. Great all-day breakfast and smoothies.
A little oasis that will transport you back to 1960's Mexico. The restaurant turns into a dance hall at night and regularly has themed events.
If you're not in the mood for Mexico, head down to the la favelas of Rio. Overflowing with plants and Brazilian trinkets, La Favela is great for dinner or late night dancing.
A quirky, bohemian spot to watch the sunset and grab dinner, La Laguna is between Seminyak and Canggu. Lay on pillows on the grass or explore the gypsy wagon carts.
Up the hill from downtown Ubud, Alchemy has a delicious vegan cafe and fun health store to peruse. You can also get a series of treatments done at their holistic clinic on site.
Enter Clear Cafe through a circular Hobbit door out of Lord of the Rings. There's also a fireman's pole you can slide down from the second floor. Architecture aside, Clear Cafe has an extensive healthy menu that makes it an Ubud favorite.
Not into vegan or gluten free eats? Then Locavore, voted Asia's Top 50 restaurants, is not to be missed- a desgustaion experience crafted with local produce and ingredients. If you can't secure a reservation or are pressed for time, head across the street to Locavore To Go for deli fare and burgers.
Atman has healthy desserts down to an art form. The cafe has two locations in Ubud as well as frequent yoga events.
This is Anthony Bourdain's favorite restaurant in Bali for a reason. Traditional suckling pig -babi guling - is the main event. But get here early, because when it's gone for the day, it's gone.
Indonesian for "hut," Kubu is a bamboo restaurant with some tables in separate private pods overlooking the river.
The Yoga Barn is valhalla for yogis. It literally has everything: yoga classes, training courses, holistic health, retreats, guest houses and a cafe
Several families of adorable monkeys live in the Sacred Monkey Sanctuary in southern Ubud. Do follow the forest rules as the monkeys are wild animals and won't hesitate to steal your phone, food or shiny objects.
BATUR SUNRISE HIKE
You'll need to wake up around 3AM to get to the summit in time for the sunrise. Most guides will provide lights for the dark hike and coffee when you reach the top.
The prettiest blue water and white sand beaches are in Bingin. Most of the accommodation is right on the beach and Uluwaut is only a short scooter ride away. Be sure to say hi to Bima the Bingin Beach dog. He's kind of an internet celebrity.
Skip the crowded and touristy party island of Gili T for relaxing beaches and pastel views on Gili Air. Air is Bahasa Indonesian for "water" and it truly lives up to its name. Cars and motorbikes aren't allowed on the island so be sure to rent a bicycle and take an afternoon ride around.
A FEW TIPS...
1. GET A SIM CARD
While wifi is easy to find in popular tourist spots, it's nice to have a local sim especially for traveling around
2. BE CAREFUL ATMS
Some ATMS can be sketchy, so always make sure to stick to the ones at a resort or from a real bank. If the machine seems weird, just don't risk it.
3. USE SCOOTER COMMON SENSE
Wear a helmet (safety first) and police frequently stop foreigners without one. If this happens, make sure you have some cash on you to smooth things over. Also, download offline maps to ensure you never get lost.
4. DOWNLOAD GO-JEK APP
You can book everything on this app from on-demand massages, food delivery, and transportation that's usually more reliable than Uber.