Bali has fast become a top culinary destination and food odyssey in Asia. The food scene keeps on growing day by day to offer some of the most bustling venues in the continent. The island has numerous award winning chefs, which have contributed to its food culture. From refined gastronomic restaurants, to local culinary experiences, Bali is a foodies’ paradise.
Bali is known as a paradisiac destination. It is often called island of gods or the island of love. Bali is a place for inspiration, with its artistic scenery, temples, yoga retreats, beautiful beaches and landscapes. Also, it is a wonderful destination for everyone, including foodies, luxury travellers, adventurers and backpackers. Not only you will fall in love with Bali, but you would not want to leave. The number of activities to do in the island is endless and hereunder is my top 10!
The Elephant is a 100% vegetarian restaurant and an institution in Ubud. If you are a meat eater like myself, don’t be put off because you will love its “earth friendly food”. Located on a hill overlooking the Campuhan Ridge Walk, it is the perfect destination to lunch while watching stunning rice field views.
La Plancha became my HQ in Seminyak for sunset watching while sipping a glass of wine and chilling on a colourful bean bag. Very popular among locals and tourists, it is the most happening place in town starting 5pm!
Spice is the latest venue from celebrity chef Chris Salans, who is also the owner behind the reputable gastronomic restaurant Mozaic. Opened in 2015, Spice is a gastro bar with all-day dining options. It offers a culinary experience to foodies in search of a gourmet meal at affordable rates.
Owned by Chilean born chef, Cristian Encina, Pica offers South American food, with a good representation of Peruvian and Argentinian favourites.
Lacalita Bar Y Cocina is a Mexican restaurant & bar, which is located on the main street of Canggu, close by the beach. Sister of Seminyak’s Lacalaca Cantina Mexicana, Lacalita guarantees the true latino experience with its amazing cocktails and exotic food.
Cafe Organic is probably the most popular cafe in Bali. If you go on Instagram and look for Bali related accounts, you will quickly realize that Cafe Organic often pops up in people’s feeds. Bloggers, millennials and other fans do all head out to this famous cafe to shoot and picture their organic moments. Needless to say that I also had to be part of the game.
Bali is known to be the Island of Gods but I also think that it is the island of a million flavours. The local cuisine is rich and diverse, with some Chinese and Indian influences. I really love eating local when travelling abroad. But in Bali I also wanted to discover the secrets of Balinese food. This is the reason why I decided to take part in a cooking class at one of the most reputable schools in the island, Casa Luna.
I visited Watercress Cafe twice during my stay in Ubud and really enjoyed both times. Being a pioneer of the healthy cafe culture in Bali, Watercress will not make you feel guilty when eating its abundant flavoursome dishes or sipping its fresh juices.