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February 11, 2019

Eat Street: Your guide to the best day out

How to find Eat Street: Site of the best food, shops and clubs

At the heart of Seminyak lies Eat Street. This street is crammed with restaurants, bars and shops. It is a great place to start your exploration of the local food scene. Otherwise known as Kayu Aya (and sometimes, confusingly, as Jalan Laksmana), Eat Street runs about 2km from Cornerstone right up to Jalan Petitenget and Petitenget Temple, and then sweeps down towards Ku de Ta beach club. Take your time wandering down this buzzing street so you can take it all in. Enjoy the huge choice of places to take a break from the heat and bustle while you grab a coffee or get a bite to eat, whatever your tastes. Eat Street can take you from breakfast, through lunch, afternoon coffee, dinner and drinks and leave you still dancing till the early hours. (To find out the 25 best restaurants in Seminyak click here.)

Where to eat on Eat Street: your guide to the best food

1. Kynd: Plant based paradise

Hungry for breakfast? If you’re vegan, or if you just want some deliciously healthy food, don’t miss Kynd. This insta-friendly all-vegan café excels in smoothies, salad bowls and waffles. Breakfast is where Kynd really shines, so get here early to avoid the queues.

2. Revolver Espresso: Not just great coffee

Need to take a break from the crowds and sit down with a coffee? Try Revolver Espresso. This café, tucked away down a little alleyway just off Eat Street, has arguably the best coffee in town. The beans are sourced from around the world including partnerships with local farmers. The folks at Revolver take things even further and roast and blend the beans themselves in their own roastery. What’s more, they’ve taken things up a notch, opening in the evenings too for dinner and cocktails.

3. Warung Nia: Eat like the locals

If you want more of a local style experience, Eat Street has around a dozen warungs where you can try Balinese food at an excellent price. Our pick is Warung Nia, where we recommend you try their house speciality, pork ribs, or the satay. If you can’t choose, go for one of their platters which allows you try a range of different small dishes. And if you want to take things a step further, Warung Nia also runs regular cooking classes.

4. Sisterfields: The Insta hit

Head to Sisterfields near Seminyak Square for some of the most Insta-worthy food in Seminyak village. Iconic dishes include their polenta fries and pulled pork charcoal buns. One thing is sure, you’ll be spoilt for choice whether you visit for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Just be prepared for queues out the door – this place is popular.

5. Sea Circus

Bright and zingy from the second you walk in, Sea Circus is fun and relaxed, with a menu all about balance. Whether you want a healthy, light, nutritious lunch or whether you’re looking for a pile of carbs to curb your hangover, Sea Circus is the answer.  Sharing plates of small bites or tacos are a great option here, with delicious vegan options (try the pumpkin tacos whether you’re vegan or not), but you can also go for a smoothie bowl or maybe a Korean spiced crispy chicken burger washed down with a Sea Circus Bloody Mary?

6. Neon Palms

Sea Circus’s sister restaurant, Neon Palms, is right above the Bali Boat Shed boutique, so you can get your shopping fix and your lunch/dinner/cocktail fix all at once. Jungle themed interiors make this place an Insta-hit, and the menu ain’t bad either: think tapas style food and tacos, with a modern Australian twist. Try the Neon dumplings, or the halloumi and broccoli salad.

7. Chandi: Local food, elevated

Of course, you’re in Bali, you want to eat Balinese food. Look no further than Chandi. This isn’t a local warung, this is a high end twist on pan Asian dishes, including satay and rendang. Committed to quality ingredients, Chandi sources all its greens and spices from local farmers. And the attention to detail doesn’t stop there – with creative cocktails borrowing from Indonesian flavours, like the tamarind and turmeric margherita, you’ll see local tastes in a whole new light. If you really want to treat yourself, go for the 10 course tasting menu – you won’t regret it.

8. Ultimo: Old school Bali with Italian theme

Stalwart of the Seminyak scene, Ultimo is a legend among the locals thanks to its extensive, well priced menu of pastas and pizzas, its beautifully affordable wine list, its live background music and its huge frozen daiquiris. Great value, great fun and great service, whether you stay all night or just pop in for one last drink.

9. Motel Mexicola: The party starts here

If you’re in the mood to dance on the tables and do tequila shots, you’re in the mood for Motel Mexicola. Seminyak’s liveliest restaurant-slash-night-club is a retro delight of bright colours and 1960s styling. The delicious menu features fish tacos and Mexican sharing plates, but the fun doesn’t end when you stop eating. Pick up a margherita, head to the dance floor, and dance the night away.

10. Mejekawi at Ku De Ta: An evening of elegance

(The restaurant is temporarily closed.) Special occasion? Or maybe you’re just a keen foodie? Either way, the brilliant Mejekawi is a real treat. Located above popular beach club Ku De Ta and enjoying stunning views over Seminyak Beach, Mejekawi is a tasting kitchen serving a degustation menu of either 5 or 12 courses, with optional curated wine pairing. The emphasis here is on cutting edge, innovative cuisine with a constantly evolving menu. At the time of writing, dishes include the classic Indonesian oxtail soup sop buntut with a Japanese twist, and an elevated take on Hainanese chicken, with corn custard and chilli. (More on Ku De Ta here.)

Where to shop on Eat Street: Your guide to the best buys

Contrary to its name, Eat Street isn’t just about eating – it’s also great for shopping. Whether your’re looking for fashion, homewares, art or jewellery, this is the place to be.

Where Eat Street really shines is casual resort fashion. Try Uma and Leopold for summery, beachy fashion at a great price. The clothing and accessories here stand out from the rest thanks to original detailing like embroidery and beading. While you’re there, make sure to stop in at Sundays Resortwear, another of our favourites for bright coloured dresses, tops and kaftans. Its style really borrows from Camilla’s, but in cheaper fabrics so it’s much easier on the pocket. If it’s surf style you’re after, drop into Drifter Surf, which caters for both men and women. (More on shopping in Bali here.)

If you’re after a bargain, try the clothes market at Seminyak Square (although expect to pay a little more here than you would in Kuta).

After some accessories? Kapal Laut has a great range of inexpensive silver jewellery, while Flipper is your go-to shop for all your thong needs.

Maybe you’re more interested in homewares? Try Mercredi, up by Cornerhouse. Its vibrant colour palette is totally Bali, while its designs pay homage to Parisien style. Mercredi is great for linens, crockery, cushions and lamps. At the other end of Eat Street, there’s Kim Soo, who design their own unique pieces using a creative array of materials from wood to grass. You can pick up ceramics, rugs, chopping boards or even hats here – there’s a great range of products.

Where to party on Eat Street: Your guide to the best nightlife

Eat Street doesn’t stop at midnight – you can carry on partying till dawn. We’ve already told you about Motel Mexicola, but you need to also know about our other favourite night spot, La Favela. This quirky bar and restaurant has a vintage style all of its own, with antique furniture, old bikes, a Volkswagen and some pretty overgrown plants. This is where the beautiful people come to party. Try out one of their weekend parties – it’s the best fun in town.

If you want ocean-side glamour and world class DJs, give Ku de Ta a try. While DJs are a given every evening, keep an eye out for special events and parties if you want a real buzz. We particularly recommend trying their Day and White Parties, if you get the chance.

Where to stay near Eat Street: Your guide to the best villas

Now you know what Eat Street has to offer, you must be wondering where you can stay to so you can have a slice of the action.  We’ve got a great choice of villas scattered around the heart of Seminyak so all this is just a stone’s throw away.

If you prefer to be north of Eat Street, in the Petitenget area, have a look at Mayaloka 4bed villa. This has a raw, edgy style all of its own, with industrial design mixed with tropical planting. With a large pool, state of the art kitchen, and a huge living and dining area, make sure you don’t fall into the trap of never leaving your villa – there’s so much to do just a short walk away!

If luxury is what you’re after and money is no object, try the stunning Anam 10bed villa. Located right in the heart of Seminyak, two minutes from Eat Street, this villa is a gorgeous tranquil haven, with not one but two pools, a spa, a well kitted out gym, space for your yoga practice, a home cinema room and even a wine cellar.

If you’re travelling as a family and want to enjoy all that Seminyak has to offer, we’d recommend you try Tangram and Abakoi 6 bed villas. Each villa has its own pool, perfect for the kids to play in while the adults keep a weather eye on them as they top up their tan (and their cocktail glass). A huge living pavilion is ideal for everyone to get together for meals or just chilling, while the rooms are well configured for all types of family, with two family rooms (with bunk beds – one per villa) and one family room that’s interconnected to a twin bedroom.

For the best private pool villas in Seminyak, Bali click here.

For the best spas in Canggu and Seminyak, Bali click here.

For the 25 best restaurants in Seminyak click here.

Explore Eat Street: Your guide to the best day out here.

To find out the 10 best things to do in sophisticated Seminyak here.

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