One thing I knew for sure before my departure to Bali was that I was going to absolutely love the food. I had saved a bunch of amazing Insta-worthy healthy restaurants and food places on Instagram and could not wait to eat my way through Avocado toasts and smoothie bowls. In the end, however, I loved the local Warungs way more than the Western cafés and opted for Nasi Goreng rather than Avocado Toast most of the time. Of course, I couldn’t help but try a few hyped up places as well, though.
Eating out in Bali is really affordable and yet, incredibly good. For around 3€ you can get an amazing meal in one of the Warungs (=small family-owned business – restaurant or café – typically offering Indonesian food). Heads up: Expect to pay a bit more in Western restaurants. A cappuccino and smoothie bowl or avocado on toast usually cost me around 7-10€. The dishes are really big in most cases and loaded with healthy, fresh and sometimes even organic produce.
My Bali Food Guide
As I mostly stayed in Ubud, Canggu and around Uluwatu, I will give you a little rundown of all the places I went to in these areas that I think are worth checking out.
Eating Out in Ubud
In Ubud, I mostly had breakfast at my hotel and only ate lunch and/or dinner outside. For brunch, I went to Watercress Café once and my occasional Acaí Bowl fix I got at Acai Queen (the brownie bowl is to die for!). My favourite place for dinner was Clear Café but I also adored the restaurant at The Yoga Barn. The best view over the rainforest and volcano you can get at Yellow Flower Café – they also serve amazing smoothie bowls, though.
Foodie Paradise in Canggu
A great place for breakfast in Canggu is Dreamsea. I stayed there during the first few days in Canggu and absolutely adored their smoothie bowls and banana pancakes. You can go there even if you’re not a guest at the camp as they have their restaurant open for anyone. My favourite café in Canggu was hands-down Crate Café / Lifescrate. Their dishes were so good and such great value for what you paid. If you’re vegan The Shady Shack is your place to be. They offer really good vegan dinner and supposedly also amazing breakfast. For work and brunch, Betelnut Café is great. Another favourite of mine was the protein bowl at The Loft and the fresh young coconut at Seaweed, where I usually went to watch the sunset in the evenings.
When it comes to Indonesian cuisine I loved Warung Varuna for Nasi Campur and Warung Sika. For dinner, I can recommend Dandelion. We went there with a group of eight and had the funniest dinner with amazing food and the best waiters.
If you’re up for a night out in Canggu, go to Pretty Poison. It’s such a cool concept and you can sit there watching the skaters all night with a Bintang in your hand or dance at the club to cool hip hop beats. Black Cat Minimart was also recommended to us. Just go there and check that place out. I won’t spoil the surprise but can tell you that you won’t expect Black Cat to be what it really is. Another great spot for partying is Old Man’s down at Batu Bolong beach. They have DJs there all the time and it’s a great vibe. If you’re up for fancy dinner and beach clubbing, La Brisa might be your favourite.
Some recommendations for Uluwatu
As I stayed at Rapture Surfcamp Bali in the first week and had breakfast and dinner included in my package, I did not venture out too much for food at first. A couple of times we did rent scooters and explored the area and that’s when I found some really cool places, such as Drifter for lunch and shopping or Guapa Mexican for dinner. When it comes to partying Single Fin Beach Club is the place to be. At Uluwatu Sunset Point you can watch the surfers have fun in the water while the sunsets over the cliffs. It truly is a magical place and probably one of my favourites in Bali.