As promised, I recapped our overall experience in Bali, then did a post on shopping tips, and now I present you our recommendations for food and drinks on the beautiful island. I could have rice and noodles everyday so Bali was basically a magical wonderland of eats for me.
We are value hunters so the majority of our recommendations are well-priced, but we did splurge a couple nights. Below are our faves from South Kuta, Ubud, and Canggu and I throw in my favorite snacks from the trip.
Where to eat in South Kuta
- Warung Mak Jo – modern, clean warung on a main street with a great bang for your buck. Get their noodles and Balinese coffee!
- Hong Xing (Nusa Dua) – wonderful Chinese-Balinese fusion restaurant right on the beach in Nusa Dua behind the Bali Collection Mall
- Bawang Merah Jimbaran Bay Restaurant – what a perfect way to end the night: watching and listening to the Indian Ocean’s waves coming onto shore while having fresh seafood. While it was our most pricey meal of the trip (1 fish and 2 beers for ~$25 USD), it’s still cheaper than what you would pay in America and very worthwhile.
- BreakTime Bali (Nusa Dua) – quaint roadside cafe with cheap noodles and wonderful juices
Where to go for a drink in South Kuta: Ayana Resort’s Rock Bar is one of a kind. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean, it is the best place to watch the sunset. Get there early to avoid waiting and just get drinks and an appetizer if you don’t want to spend too much.
Where to Eat in Ubud (the town where every place has Happy Hour)
- BreadLife – on-the-go or searching for the cheapest eats? BreadLife and their Chinese buns is your answer.
- Pringga’s Grill – Happy Hour is buy 1 get 1 free cocktails. Great for Balinese and Italian options (we actually got pizza here)
- Get gelato when you’re in Ubud!
Where to Drink in Ubud
- Kebun Bistro – you’ll almost forget you’re in Asia when you step onto this French cafe’s patio. Classy place serving up 2 for 1 sangrias in the afternoon!
Where to Get Coffee and Tea in Ubud
The Bali Pulina plantation outside the town offers a wonderful tasting of their finest teas and coffees after partaking in a tour. Sip while looking out at the luscious, green Bali countryside from their towering tree house.
Where to Eat in Canggu
- The Loe – hands down the BEST meal we had during our trip, which is surprising seeing as we were the only ones in the restaurant for the whole duration of our dinner. The food was incredibly tasty and they offer very unique menu items. Go here on your stay!
- Echo Beach Club – another great choice right on the beach. This place has an extensive drink and food menu and all the food is cooked fresh on the beach in front of you!
Snacks you have to try in Bali
If you love seawood like I do then you must try these snacks:
Special shout out to our Airbnb stay at Ubud Ku Guest House in Ubud, which provided the best breakfasts straight to our room every morning: