A shopping, dining and lifestyle destination. We share our favorite spots for your next visit to Bali
Whenever you’re travelling and you’re short on time, you really want to make the most of your visit. We all want to see what we can, experience all we can, and of course shop all we can and arrive home feeling we haven’t missed anything. With the abundance of offerings available in Bali, here is our shopping and dining itinerary to help you get started.
Narrowing down the area does help to get more done. From luxury resorts, fine dining and plenty of retail therapy in the greater Seminyak area, to the hipster and bohemian fare of Canggu and finally the cultural and spiritual magnet of Ubud; there’s more than enough to do to fill your days.
If you’re pressed for time, there’s a good chance you will descend on Seminyak. We’ve been coming here for many years and continue to be amazed by the diversity and originality of places to visit. To help you get started here is our take on how to make the most of your time in Seminyak. First breakfast.
Breakfast and the healthy island lifestyle
We like to start with a healthy breakfast so our favorite places to visit are healthy picks. Across from Seminyak Square is Sisterfields, a crowd puller with its great coffees, healthy fare and all-day breakfast. Choose from a coconut and Goji Berry Bircher Muesli or an Acai Berry Bowl to get your day started right, or their delicious Pulled Pork Charcoal Roll. That is if you can get a table. Another gem is Earth Café Bali on busy Jalan Kayu Aya. This joint keeps it healthy, organic, vegan and even raw. With produce sourced locally, this is the place to get a clean and green start to your day.
Located strategically between the shopping strips of Jalan Kayu Aya and Jalan Petitenget is La Luciola, known for its Mediterranean inspired dishes, beautiful unobstructed views of the Indian ocean and amazing service. It’s easy to spend more time here than you planned as you sip your cappuccino and enjoy the sea breeze while plan the rest of your day. Another place worth a visit is Sea Circus on Jalan Kaya Ayu. Unmissable with its brightly colored facade, this chill out den has plenty on the menu for those wanting to eat healthy and for those needing to get back on track after a heavy night out. Chia porridge, eggs and granolas are on the menu as well as hangover happy meals.
The best places for shopping
Without a doubt, one of Bali’s top attractions for tourists (as well as for those who live here) is getting lost in the abundant shopping available. The neighbourhood of Seminyak is known for its eclectic mix of designer boutiques, great restaurants, outlet stores and international brand outlets. The main attraction we find is the incredible diversity of fashion available made by locally based designers.
Inspired by the beauty of the island’s lush tropical environment and its bohemian beachy lifestyle, Bali has managed to unleash a certain creativity that has allowed it to emerge as a defacto fashion destination for chic, luxurious bohomian beach fashion. If you’re not sure what to wear or what clothes are on trend, the shops in this area will provide a healthy dose of inspiration. We try to narrow down some our favorite go-to boutiques and dining spots for a fabulous weekend of shopping.
Jalan Kayu Aya
Also known as Oberoi Street or Jalan Laksmana, is a wonderful place to get started with plenty of original boutiques to visit. Starting at one end and walking down all the way till you reach Ku De Ta, there are plenty of designer shops, classy restaurants and interesting characters here to while away a good number of hours.
Beginning at the intersection of Jalan Drupadi and across from hip coffee joint Corner House is Palma Australia. We love the collections here for the easy and comfortable outfits that work perfectly in Bali’s tropical weather allowing you to look beautiful and effortless whether on the beach, hanging out at a café’s or going for a fancy dinner. With light fabrics and colorful patterns, great accessories and friendly service, Palma Australia is a perfect start your stroll down this busy street. Next stop is Magali Pascal, this Bali staple fuses french style and elegance with flowing silhouettes and an imaginative use of lace and silks. The brand has seen a steady expansion of boutiques with 4 flagship stores in Bali and 1 in Sydney and a growing list of admirers in Europe.
Next up is Lulu Yasmine another store we love to visit for the international influences and sophistication that designer Luiza Chang brings to her boho-chic collections. Handmade, urbance and chic, Bali based Lulu Yasmine continues to make beautiful, feminine designs that remain relevant and on-trend for today’s modern woman. Further along is Gooseberry Intimates, a french inspired, Bali made lingerie brand whose strength lies in sticking to classy and sexy lacy designs in basic colors. Beautiful two pieces and bodysuits make this brand stand out from others and we love the comfortable, soft laces used that make it so easy to wear.
For a slightly different retail experience, we always pop into Kids-a Go Go to pick up some new outfits for our kids and stock up on presents. With lots of great outfits for boys, girls and little babies, the gorgeous pastel colors, cute accessoriers and good prices have made us come back over and agin. Drifter, more than just a surf-wear store, is all about the surf inspired lifestyle, from the original art, to the fashion, to the surf boards and accessories. Take a break and grab a coffee in their in-house café and dig into their book collection. Some time spent here and you subconsciously are immersed into the classic surf culture and lifestyle bubble that owners Jake Mackenzie and Tim Russo have so successfully crafted.
Jalan Petinteget is one of Seminyak’s best shopping streets offering a plethora of original on-trend boutiques nestled between restaurants, hip cafes, luxury villas and spas.
Upon entering Jalan Petitenget from Jalan Raya Kerobokan you will find luxury womenswear brand Cocomoku situated across from the famous Métis Restaurant. Inspired by Bali’s surroundings, nature and culture, Lee-Anna Keats has built a brand targeted at mature woman who love classy, easy to wear yet sophisticated clothing embellished with rich lace details, beading and patterns. Made in Bali, she stocks an extensive collection of accessories, bags and shoes to complete her vision of the tropical chic look.
Jemme Jewelry and Dining, as its name suggest delivers an inspired combination of plush gastronomic delight and exquisite contemporary and classic jewelry inspired by and made in Bali. Led by Brit Luke Stockley, this boutique stands out for its colorful collections of emeralds, gems and diamond jewelry hand-made by Bali’s famous artisans.
The men are not forgotten with Nico Perez ensuring the guys are well attired with modern beach, casual and street wear fit for the steamy tropical weather. Made to look and feel effortless with simple lines and linen fabrics, we like the comfort it brings while still feeling masculine, smart and ready to step onto a luxury yacht or sip a cocktail at a luxury resort. Further down is Uma and Leopold, one of 5 stores in Bali, is one we love for its luxurious and sensual designs that are flattering to the female silhouette; beautiful yet unpretentious. An uncompromising attitude towards fine craftmanship and quality makes this one of Bali’s best known and succesful brands.
Little Joe Woman is another favorite situated further along Jalan Petitenget. Bringing an edgy rock and roll vibe to Bali’s boho fashion scene, former supermodel and founder Gail Elliott easily mixes off-the-shoulder dresses with bold frocks, leather bags and a creative use of denims, silks and linens for looks that capture the tropical jet-set lifestyle.
Dining, Cocktails and Ocean Views
While enjoying the splendor of Seminyak’s shopping, the vibrant dining scene will not have gone unnoticed. World-class restaurants and inspired fusions have been drawing in the crowds for dinner year round. Here are some of our favorite places to visit.
Opened a few years ago on Jalan Petitenget is Barbacoa, this temple to roasted pork has never looked back since opening its doors. Barbacoa as its name suggests is dedicated to barbeque, specifically wood fired cooking methods inspired by Latin cuisines. Set in a large warehouse with high ceilings, rustic brick walls, leather vintage banquettes and dim lighting, you quickly be in the mood for a sumptuous feast. Our favorites are the pulled pork tacos and quesadillas, topped up with mains such as charcoal grilled octopus, and the whole grilled spring chicken, and washed down with a cold Bintang beer.
Potato Head further down the road next to the W Hotel is always a good bet for a cozy, romantic beachside dinner. Built as a coliseum with hundreds of colorful 18th century shutters cladding the exterior facade, your lunch or dinner could be one of several memorable experiences in this entertainment destination as you move to the beachfront bar, the infinity pool or the emerald lawn and continue lounging away your afternoon or evening sipping delicious cocktails.
Motel Mexicola is a well worth a visit for its fresh Mexican flavors and eclectic décor. Your dinner may be turned upside down when later in the evening the music is turned up, tequila bottles get opened and your dinner date becomes a table top latin dance party. A short walking distance from the bars on Jalan Petitenget and the Oberoi area, it’s a good place to start and get in the mood for an enjoyable evening out. Ku De Ta; a lifestyle and dining destination well worth visiting. The area’s first luxurious beach bar set the standard for plush, upscale beachfront dining and entertainment with summer parties, a new infinity pool and a diverse world-class menu. It continues to be a big draw for anyone visiting Seminyak.
While not a dining destination per se, after a day of shopping in the hot tropical sun Mrs Sippy’s 800 meter saltwater pool with floaties does come as a welcome respite. Newly opened, this pool party venue has daily happy hours, loungers, ping-pong tables and a DJ pumping out beats. A great place for family and friends, a good bar menu and abundant cocktail selection make it an easy place to have a well deserved break from your shopping escapades.
While these are some of our favorite places to visit in Seminyak, it goes without saying that there are dozens more original boutiques and restaurants to discover. Turn into little side streets, or hop into one of the dozens of new hipster café’s that populate the area and you will soon find that a weekend is too short and you’ll be planning your next trip. And don’t forget to get in touch. Let us know what you discover and share it with everyone!
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