Bali is an incredible country. One mention of it conjures up a gallery of incredible images – stunning sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, lush tropical jungles and terraced rice fields.
The word itself is the definition of exotic and has long been associated with a place that can re-energize the body and mind, fire up the spirit and feed the soul. And while Bali was once simply about the incredible people, the warm smiles, the beaches, the bars and the historic temples, these days it is so much more.
The modern Bali has become a culinary mecca in its own right with a huge variety of cuisines to offer and a sundry of options from world-class, super fresh street food to fine dining and haute cuisine. It is has quickly emerged as one of the best food destinations in the world. Millions of people are following their noses and catching flights to Bali to find out what all the fuss is about.
But before you get carried away by thoughts of hopping on a scooter in search of food, you need to take safety into consideration first. You’ll need travel insurance and 1Cover’s Bali guide points out that it is compulsory to wear a helmet while riding a motorbike or scooter in Bali.
To sample all the delicacies this mystical island has to offer, here are four best Bali restaurants that will leave you hungry for more. Enjoy!
Without doubt the very best Mexican restaurant on the island with vibrant, fun and very much retro styled interiors. There is a party vibe, with plenty of neon and lavish wall murals that really transport you to Mexico.
Head chef Steven Skelly knows his stuff, and understands what makes stop-in-your-tracks Mexican food. The Tostadas are divine, the Quesadillas are melt-in-your-mouth, and the flavours of everything you eat are fresh and fun.
And once you have eaten your way through the menu, you can head to the fantastic bar, which offers a wonderful selection of tequilas, margaritas and cocktails, then hit the dance floor and dance the night away.
Address: Motel Mexicola,
Jl Kayu Jati No. 9x,
Petitenget, Seminyak, Bali.
Tel: 62 361 736688.
Open 11am –1am daily.
If you are looking for Pan-Asian cuisine done really, really well in Bali, then look no further. This is a super trendy restaurant with a menu that will leave the mouth-watering and the stomach rumbling in anticipation of what is to come. The Tom Yum Soup is excellent, while the Roasted Peking Duck just makes you want to order another one.
All of the produce is sourced locally, and the quality is extraordinarily good. Make no mistakes, this may be a stunning looking restaurant, but the food is even better.
Address: Mama San,
Jl Raya Kerobokan No. 135,
Banjartaman, Seminyak, Bali.
Tel: +62 813 3942 3033.
Open 12pm –11pm daily.
From the moment this super cool cafe opened its doors, it has been a runaway success story. Why? Well, the service is superb, the food is always fresh and ridiculously tasty, and the decor makes it a place that people flock to, so that they can photograph it and post their cool pics on Instagram.
It is not unusual to find queues snaking out of the door for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and that level of popularity says far more about this fantastic place than we can in a few hundred words.
Address: Sisterfields Cafe,
Jl Kayu Cendana No. 7,
Tel: +62 811 3860 507.
Open 7am –10pm daily.
The Shady Shack
It’s not always easy to find plant-based food abroad, but Bali is known for its abundance of delicious vegan and vegetarian eateries – including The Shady Shack. It’s one of the most popular cafes in Canggu, thanks to its range of delicious healthy food.
The Shady Shack takes inspiration from cuisines found all over the world, with Jack-fruit tacos, Cauliflower nasi goreng and Nori bowls to satisfy your hunger pangs. Don’t forget to try the colorful smoothies or a slice of their homemade cake.
The entire menu is vegetarian, but will be spoil vegans (and non-vegans!) for choice too.
Address: JI Tanah Barak No. 57,
Canggu, Kec. Kuta Utara,
Kabupaten Badung, Bali
Tel: +62 819 1639 5087
Open 7:30am-10pm daily
If you love to eat but watching your weight, then remember vacation calories are not counted!
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