Foodie's guide to the perfect day in Bali

Amazing cafes have sprung up everywhere on the Indonesian island of Bali. Isabel Leong spends a day in the company of acai bowls, tacos and cold beers.

Romantic dinner setting.
  • Isabel Leong
  • September 2018

Amazing cafes have sprung up everywhere on the Indonesian island of Bali. Isabel Leong spends a day in the company of acai bowls, tacos and cold beers.

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Breakfast burritos.
Breakfast burritos taste like no other at Australian cafe Sisterfields in Seminyak.

9am Supercharge Your Breakfast

Sisterfields opens in new window, with its all-day dining and stylish indoor and outdoor spaces, offers everything you would expect in a classic Australian café. You’ll have a difficult time choosing between salads, yoghurts, smoothie bowls, pancakes and even a hearty breakfast burrito.
Where: Jl Cendana No. 7, Seminyak.

Woman reading book.
The Shade Shack is perfect for an afternoon's reading over a coconut cappuccino.

12pm Relax In The Shade

Relatively low-key from the outside, The Shade Shack transforms into a cosy backyard garden once you step inside. Wide chairs with plush cushions make this the perfect spot for an afternoon’s reading. Enjoy healthy vegan food in the whitewashed wood surrounds. Don’t leave without ordering a coconut cappuccino and an acai bowl. The sight of the full colour spectrum in a bowl of nutritious goodness is an instant mood booster.
Where: Jl Tanah Barak No. 57, Canggu.

Berry smoothie bowl.
Nalu Bowls was Bali’s first smoothie bowl shack and it’s hard to resist its acai bowls.

4pm Rainbow Fruits

Inspired by Hawaiian surf culture (nalu is Hawaiian for wave), Nalu Bowls opens in new window was Bali’s first smoothie bowl shack and it’s hard to resist its acai bowls. Mavericks, its signature bowl, is topped with a mountain of nutritious goodness: granola, bananas, strawberries, coconut flakes and honey. The granola and shredded coconut certainly add crunch to the dish. Nalu Bowls also has outlets in Uluwatu, Canggu and Berawa, as well as in Jakarta.
Where: Jl Drupadi 1 No. 2A, Seminyak.

Indonesia Bali water temple.
Single Fin’s balcony is the perfect place to watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean.

5pm Catch The Sunset

On the clifftop overlooking the legendary surf break at Uluwatu, Single Fin opens in new window’s balcony is the perfect place to watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean. Founded by former pro surfer Made Kasim, Single Fin is a prime spot to hang out after a long afternoon riding the waves. The vibe is totally laid-back as you chill with a cold Bintang beer in hand while listening to international DJs and live acts.
Where: Pantai Suluban, Jl Labuan Sait, Uluwatu.

Woman holding a cocktail while looking at the sunset.
Having a cocktail at sunset in Bali has to be on the bucket list.

7pm Tacos For Dinner

It’s hard to resist Motel Mexicola opens in new window, which jolts your senses from the moment you walk past the fairy lights at its entrance and into the neon brightness of the restaurant. It’s impossible not to be infected by the energy here with the staff bopping to the music, which is never anything but upbeat. The tacos and quesadillas are not to be missed, while the cocktails promise to tingle your senses – especially the refreshing Tropicosa Cooler, a cocktail mix of bourbon, dark beer, passionfruit, falernum (spiced syrup) and lime.
Where: Jl Kayu Jati No. 9X, Seminyak.