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La Favela

An alluring, mysterious entry lures you into full bohemian flair at La Favela, one of Bali's coolest and most original nightspots. Themed rooms lead you on a confounding tour from dimly lit speakeasy cocktail lounge…

Ginger Moon

Australian Dean Keddell is one of scores of young chefs lured to Bali to run restaurants. His creation is an appealing, airy space, with carved wood and palms. The menu features a 'Best of' listsrdg of favourites, serve…


Trendy Sisterfields does classic Aussie breakfasts such as smashed avocado, and more-inventive dishes such as truffled oyster mushrooms with duck eggs and crispy pig ears. There are also hipster faves like pulled-po…


Wander down a tiny gang and push through narrow wooden doors to reach this matchbox of a coffee bar that does an excellent selection of brews. There are just a few tables in the creatively retro room that's styled l…

Drifter Surf Shop

High-end surf fashion, surfboards, gear, cool books and brands such as Obey and Wegener. Started by two savvy surfer dudes, the shop stocks goods noted for their individuality and high quality. There's also a small …


The Middle East meets Asia at this glossy high-concept store with Bali-designed housewares and clothing. It has a small cafe with healthy breakfast and lunch choices plus good coffee and cold-pressed juices.

Seminyak Beach

A sunset lounger and an ice-cold Bintang on the beach at sunset is simply magical. A good stretch can be found near Pura Petitenget, and it tends to be less crowded than further south in Kuta.


Tenganan, the Aga village of east Bali, produces the intricate and beautiful rattan items sold here. Containers, bowls, purses and more (from 50,000Rp) display the very fine weaving.

Theatre Art Gallery

Specialises in vintage and reproduction wayang puppets used in traditional Balinese theatre. Just looking at the animated faces peering back at you is a delight.


Balinese-made textiles using global inspiration. This appealing shop displays hand-painted batik used in a range of exquisite casual wear by designer Coretta Hutson.

Bamboo Blonde

Shop for frilly, sporty or sexy frocks and formal wear at this cheery designer boutique (one of 11 island-wide). All goods are designed and made in Bali.


The legendary local designer of silk finery has a lavish shop in the heart of designer row. Look for batik-bearing, eye-popping orchid patterns.

Prisoners of St Petersburg

Some of Bali's hottest young designers are behind this eclectic and ever-evolving hip collection of women's wear and accessories.


The works of young designers based in Bali are showcased at this intriguing and glossy boutique.

Seminyak Village

Rice fields just a few years ago, this new air-con mall deserves a compliment for being discreetly placed back from the street. The selection of shops is refreshingly local, with some notable names such as Lily Jean…


If it wasn't so hot, you could be in Paris. Soft jazz classics play at this very appealing bistro run by noted Australian chef Simon Blaby that mixes a casual terrace, bar and a more formal dining area. The menu has…

Mama San

One of Seminyak's most popular restaurants, this stylish warehouse-sized space is split into levels, with photographs hanging from exposed brick walls. The menu has an emphasis on creative dishes from across Southea…

Red Carpet Champagne Bar

Choose from more than 200 types of champagne at this over-the-top glam bar on Seminyak’s couture strip. Waltz the red carpet and toss back a few namesake flutes while contemplating a raw oyster and displays of frill…

Fat Gajah

Fat Gajah is all about dumplings and noodles, prepared with mostly organic ingredients. They come fried or steamed with innovative fillings such as beef rendang, black-pepper crab, kimchi tuna or lemongrass lamb. Th…

La Lucciola

A sleek beachside restaurant with good views across a lovely lawn and sand to the surf from its 2nd-floor tables. The bar is popular with sunset-watchers, most of whom move on to dinner here. The menu is a creative …


'The dream bikini of all women' is the motto of this local brand that makes a big statement with its tiny wear. The swimwear is French-designed and made right in Bali. If you need something stylish for the beach, co…

Ryoshi Seminyak House of Jazz

The Seminyak branch of the Bali chain of Japanese restaurants has live jazz three nights a week on an intimate stage under a traditionally thatched roof. Expect some of the best local and visiting talent.

Kody & Ko

The polychromatic critters in the window set the tone for this vibrant shop of art and decorator items. There's a large attached gallery with regular exhibitions.

Bali Joe

One of several lively LGBT venues along this strip. Drag queens and go-go dancers rock the house nightly.

Uma & Leopold

Luxe clothes and little frilly things to put on before slipping off… Designed in Bali by a French couple.

Lily Jean

Selling mostly Bali-made items, this designer shop combines international allure with local motifs.

Pura Petitenget

This is an important temple and the scene of many ceremonies. It is one of a string of sea temples that stretches from Pura Luhur Ulu Watu on the Bukit Peninsula north to Pura Tanah Lot in western Bali. Petitenget l…

Kreol Kitchen

You won't find pralines here but you'll find modern Australian cuisine with ingredients sourced locally. It's a fusion of Asian and Western flavours with daily and seasonal specials. The Melbourne-style dim sum is a…

Ku De Ta

Ku De Ta teems with Bali’s beautiful people (including those whose status is purely aspirational). Scenesters perfect their ‘bored’ look over drinks during the day while gazing at the fine stretch of beach. Sunset b…

Motel Mexicola

Not your average taqueria, Motel Mexicola is an extravaganza that channels a tropical version of a nightclub. The huge space is decked out in kitschy neon and palm trees. Food is secondary to drinks: soft corn torti…


That little icon of Brussels is permanently peeing out front at this delicious Belgian bistro. Tear your eyes away from the fish swimming in the ceiling tank to peruse a selection of excellent steaks, all served wit…

Divine Earth

A sibling of the much-loved Earth Cafe, this organic vegetarian restaurant also does tasty vegan and raw food. It's perhaps better known for its Upstairs Lounge Cinema Club, where you can bring your food and drink t…

Corner House

With polished concrete floors, dangling light bulbs, distressed walls and vintage-style furniture, this cavernous cafe is almost a Seminyak cliche. A popular brunch spot, it does great coffee, big breakfasts, homema…

Rolling Fork

A gnocchi-sized little trattoria, Rolling Fork serves excellent Italian fare. Breakfast features gorgeous baked goods and excellent coffees. Lunch and dinner include authentic and tasty homemade pastas, salads, seaf…

Taco Beach Grill

As sprightly as a chilli-accented salsa, this open-fronted casual cafe is known for its babi guling tacos. Obviously merging Bali's iconic suckling pig with Mexican flavours is a good thing. Expect the usual south-o…

Anomali Coffee

A Jakarta-based chain, Anomali is a serious coffee drinker's standout. Single-origin beans are sourced from across the archipelago and roasted on-site. Take your pick of V-4 listsrdg0 drip coffee, Aeropress, siphon or espres…


This vast and always popular restaurant thrives in a part of Seminyak that's as thick as a good risotto with eateries. Choose a table overlooking the street action, out the back in one of the gardens or inside. Pond…

Champlung Bar

The most substantial of the beach bars along the beach walk south of Jl Camplung Tanduk, Champlung has its share of ubiquitous brightly coloured umbrellas and beanbags on the sand, plus a typical beach menu (pizzas,…

Wacko Burger

It's like you died and went to comfort-food heaven. The burgers here are beloved as are the onion rings, fries, shakes and more. There are all manner of toppings and condiments to choose from. The tables are in an o…

Paul Ropp

The main shop of one of Bali’s premier high-end fashion designers for men and women. Most goods are made in the hills above Denpasar. And what goods they are: rich silks and cottons, vivid to the point of gaudy, wit…

Earth Cafe & Market

The good vibes are organic at this vegetarian cafe and store. Choose from creative salads, sandwiches or wholegrain vegan and raw-food goodies. It's most famous for its six-course 'Planet Platter'. The beverage menu…


German designer Nico Genge has a line of intimate clothing, resort wear and swimwear that eschews glitz for a slightly more subtle look. Among his many Seminyak shops this one has both the full collection and an art…

Bintang Supermarket

Always busy, this large supermarket is the grocery favourite among expats, who appreciate its good prices and broad range of food, including good fruit and veg. It sells affordable sunscreen, bug spray and other sun…

Warung Taman Bambu

This classic warung may look simple from the street but the comfy tables are – like the many fresh and spicy dishes on offer – a cut above the norm. There's a small stand for babi guling (suckling pig) right next do…

Warung Ibu Made

The woks roar almost from dawn to dusk amid the constant hubbub on this busy corner of Jl Raya Seminyak, where several stalls cook food fresh under the shade of a huge banyan. Try refreshing with the juice of a youn…

Upstairs Lounge Cinema Club

State-of-the-art screenings of new, classic, art-house and unusual movies in a comfy and small cinema. Admission is free with any food purchase from the downstairs Divine Earth cafe.

Periplus Bookshop

A large outlet of the island-wide chain of lavishly fitted bookshops. In addition to design books numerous enough to have you fitting out even your garage with ‘Bali Style’, it stocks bestsellers, magazines and news…

Bali Bakery

The best feature of the Seminyak Sq open-air mall is this bakery with its shady tables and long menu of baked goods, salads, sandwiches and other fine fare. It's a good place to linger before heading back out to sho…

Lucy's Batik

Great for both men and women, Lucy's is a good spot to shop for the finest batik. Shirts, dresses, sarongs and bags are mostly handwoven or hand-painted. It also sells material by the metre.

Warung Aneka Rasa

Keeping things real in the heart of Seminyak's upmarket retail strip, this humble warung cooks up all the Indo classics in an inviting open-front cafe. It's a refuge from the buzz.


Popular with locals and expats (as opposed to tourists), Koh can be quiet but it does have events with world-class DJs when it jams. Entry is through a shipping container.


This is Bali-based designer Susanna Perini’s premier shop. Her line of elegant tropical wear for men and women combines cottons, silks and embroidery.

Kendra Gallery

This high-end gallery regularly has shows that are thoughtfully and creatively curated. It has regular special events too.

Samantha Robinson

The eponymous Sydney porcelain designer offers her full range of colourful and artful housewares at this small boutique.


Casual wear designed by Rahsun, an up-and-coming Balinese talent. Features edgy rock-and-roll and counterculture themes.

Cotton Line by St Isador

The workshops upstairs spew forth lovely bed linens, pillows and other items made of fabrics imported from across Asia.

Divine Diva

A simple shop filled with Bali-made breezy styles for larger figures. You can custom order from the on-site tailors.

Lulu Yasmine

Designer Luiza Chang gets inspiration for her elegant line of women's clothes from her worldwide travels.


Shoes and sandals, from formal to casual, at great prices. Replace the one you lost riding your scooter.


Facade meets merchandise: everything is designed with colonial flair at this appealing housewares shop.

White Peacock

Styled like a country cottage, this is the place for cute cushions, throw rugs, table linens and more.

Quarzia Boutique

Casual cotton clothes designed with colour and flair; worn with attitude and authority.

Bottoms Up

Nightly drag shows, go-go dancers and general frivolity.


Brit Norman Findlay tickles the ivories nightly at this cheerful piano bar, where he's been not-quite perfecting his enthusiastic playing for years and years. An enthusiastic cover band lures in gleeful crowds. Skip…

Café Moka

Enjoy French-style baked goods (fresh baguettes!) at this popular bakery and cafe. Many escape the heat and linger here for hours over little French treats. The bulletin board spills over with notices for villa rent…

Grocer & Grind

You might think you’re at a sleek Sydney cafe, but look around and you’re unmistakably in Bali. Classic sandwiches, homemade Aussie pies, salads and big breakfasts are popular at this south Bali chain.

Pura Masceti

An agricultural temple where farmers pray for relief from rat infestations, and savvy builders make offerings of forgiveness before planting yet another villa in the rice fields.

Café Seminyak

Right in front of the busy Bintang Supermarket, this cute and casual place has excellent smoothies and sandwiches made with freshly baked bread.