Why Bali has the best cafes

There are so many cafes in Bali, that you might wonder, which are the must-go cafes in Bali?

Have no fear, because in this post, I will be sharing with you my top places that are worth visiting!

Coffee Cartel

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Have you seen pictures of coffee with cute designs on it? Well, Coffee Cartel is the place where you can get a cup of coffee with a customised design! Now this is why Coffee Cartel is on my list of must-go cafes in Bali!

Located in the heart of seminyak, Coffee Cartel also serves an amazing variety of food! You’ll have a wide option of all day breakfast and all day lunch! My personal fave? The double royal with cheese burger! The beef patty is so soft and juicy, it literally melts in your mouth! Yum!

Nothing is priced above 100k rupiah! You’ll get to enjoy a delicious meal that is not only insta-worthy but is wallet-friendly.

Don’t forget to check the side wall of the cafe! There’s a really pretty pink mural that you’ll definitely need a shot with.

Address: 08 Jalan Lebak Sari, Petitenget, Seminyak, 80361 

Opening hours: 7am – 6pm (daily)

Kynd Community

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Now a trip to Bali isn’t complete without visiting Kynd Community!

Omg if you haven’t heard about one of Bali’s must-go cafes, which rock have you been hiding in?

Kynd Community is one cafe that you cannot miss when you’re in Bali!

Like Coffee Cartel, Kynd Community is also located in Seminyak.

The plant-based cafe proofs that vegan food can not only look good and careful, but is just as tasty!

Lemme tell ya, I’ve tried many vegan cafes in different countries, and I’ve never left one feel satisfied or full. The food was expensive and it tasted awful!

Kynd Community has renewed my faith in vegan food! Hence, it’s on my list of must-go cafes in Bali!

Address: Jalan Raya Petitenget No12x, Bali

Opening hours: 6am – 5pm (breakfast & lunch), 6:30pm – 10pm (dinner)

 

Strawberry Fields

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How does a huge bowl of beer battered fries with bacon and melted cheese sound?

When I heard that Strawberry Fields offered their specialty loaded fries, I was drooling! I could not wait to get my hands on them!

There’s such a huge variety of food being offered. If you’re a health nut, you get vitality bowls, healthy smoothies, juices, etc.

However, if you’re like me, and want a decadent meal, you’re spoilt for choices! There’s their huge a** burgers that I didn’t know where to begin eating! The garlic prawns in truffle was absolutely foodgasm! And you have to try the monster shakes! I got The Cookie Monstershake and was hooked!

Plus points? The staff are really friendly there and this places oozes comfy vibes. Did I mention they have a pool table?

Strawberry Fields should definitely be on your list of must-go cafes in Bali!

Address: Jalan Batu Belig 77, Gang. Anisa, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 8036

Opening Hours: 8am – 11pm (daily)

 

Neon Palms

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When I first stepped into Neon Palms, I felt like I stepped into a safari with the African-themed murals.

Want a little retail therapy before or after your meal? Fear not! Neon Palms is located right about Bali Boat Shed Boutique!

I brought a friend to this lovely cafe for a meal and we were there a little too early. The cafe hadn’t opened yet. I managed to sneak in a little shopping before we headed upstairs for our breakfast.

This beautiful place is perfect for a cocktail and some tapas with a touch of tropical vibes!

Address: Cnr of Jalan Kayu Aya & Jalan Kayu Jati Seminyak, Bali

Opening Hours: 8am – midnight (daily)

Balibola

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Balibola is a flexitarian cafe that is known for is instagrammable back drop like “Balifornia Dreamin'” and colourful food!

What does flexitarian mean?

Well, by definition, it is a plant-based diet which occasionally includes meat. In Balibola’s case, they serve fish.

The name Balibola comes from the word “bola”, which means ball in both Spanish and Bahasa. Spain is where the idea of creating delicious savoury balls of wholesome vegetarian goodness was born.

Balibola’s dishes are inspired  by staple meals all around the world and are carerfully crafted to taste as authentic as can be – just meatless.

The pop of pastel colours, food and exterior, will definitely attract you back for more!

Address: Jalan Petitenget No8x, Seminyak Bali

Opening Hours: 8:30am – 10pm (daily)

Cafe Organic

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I’ve heard so much of Cafe Organic but I was only able to visit this cafe during my last trip.

Cafe Organic offers health conscious vegetarian meals with a passion for simple dishes using fresh, locally farmed produce.

Cafe Organic has three branches; Petitenget, Canggu and Umalas.

I am obsessed with the Bao Bun, which is pulled marinated jackfruit, coriander, cucumber chili, tamari hoi sin and coconut bacon. The hoi sin tasted so good, I wanted to order seconds!

The smoothie bowls and chia cups were just as tasty! You wouldn’t want to miss it!

Adresses: Jln. Petitenget 99x Seminyak Bali
Jln. Batu Bolong 58x Canggu Bali
Jln. Umalas 1 Kerobokan Bali

Opening Hours: 7am – 6pm (daily)

The Shady Shack Bali

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Finally venturing out of the cafes in Seminyak, we have one from Canggu that has made it to my list of must-go cafes in Bali!

Dear readers, rejoice if you’re a vegetarian cos Shady Shack is another vegetarian cafe in Bali!

Now, I went on an absolutely freakin’ hot day and was sweating like mad even before we got our table. But on a less hot day, you can sit outdoors, enjoy a cup of coffee…or coconut, and enjoy the view of the rice field just opposite!

I wonder why didn’t I visit this quaint cafe during my previous trip to Bali, when I actually stayed in Canggu.

We ordered the nachos for sharing, and good gracious, it was addictive! Partly due to Shady Shack’s house-made chilli sauce. It was so good, I actually asked the waiter if we could buy the sauce. Sadly, they don’t sell it.

I would have ordered more food if not for the fact that we arrived at Shady Shack with a half -full tummy! But I’m pretty sure the other dishes are just as good as the nachos!

Address: Jl. Tanah Barak No.57, Canggu, Bali

Operating Hours: 8:30am – 11pm (daily)

 

Cabina Bali

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My last must-go to cafe in Bali is Cabina Bali! Well, technically it’s not a cafe but if you’re in Bali, you definitely can’t miss the floating breakfast that it’s known for!

Cabina is designed in such a way where it reminds you of a tropical paradise, with all the lush palm trees, cactuses and wooden deck chairs.

We ordered the tropical floating brunch, which includes 2 drinks per person; a coffee or tea, and a mocktail. We were given a fruit platter, 2 mains and 2 sweet and sour dishes.

My personal favourite? Mac Daddy Croissant! Cos who doesn’t love a good Mac & Cheese?

Cabina Bali is the perfect place to spend the day! Enjoy a hearty brunch and get some Vitamic D by the pool!

Now this is what I call a vacation!

Address: Jalan Gang Daksina No 01,
Batu Belig, Kerobokan, Denpasar 8031 

Opening Hours: 8am – 7pm (daily)

 

I hope you guys enjoyed my list of must-go cafes! I do hope you have the chance to visit some of these cafes while in Bali! Also, if you have any other cafe recommendations, please share with me in the comments.

 

 

Xx,

Nic

 

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Stranger’s Reunion

If you guys haven’t heard of Stranger’s Reunion, then it’s time to get out of your shell!

Stranger’s Reunion is the home of the current World Siphon Coffee Champion, 3-time Singapore Barista Champion, 3-time Singapore Latte Art Champion and ASEAN Barista Champion 2013.

I can’t testify for their coffee since I don’t drink coffee, but I can testify for their food.

After a short hiatus, the cafe reopened last year. Bigger, better and more hipster!

The interior decor is modern, with a touch of rustic from some of the wooden tables and benches as well as the wall.

Stepping in, I felt very homely and welcomed, getting a relaxed vibe from the place itself.

I went there with my Boo and I wished we had more people with us, because I seriously wanted to order every dish in the menu. Every dish sounded so appetizing.

This isn’t my first time to the cafe, but it’s my first time trying their dinner menu. And it’s just as good as their day menu!

Shahrul and I ordered the Honey Mustard Sweet Potato Chips ($12.90), Buttermilk Waffles with vanilla bean ice cream and fresh fruits ($11.90), Aburi Mentaiko Spaghetti ($21.90) and Duck Confit ($23.90).

What’s there to complain about the food? The Honey Mustard Potato Chips was actually got delicious, even though I’m not a huge fan of honey mustard. The chips actually became quite addictive.

The Buttermilk Waffle was perfecto, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Together with the vanilla ice cream, it just melts in your mouth! The berries served together, added a tinge of sourness to the sweetness of the ice cream and waffle. Yum!

I’m speechless when it comes to the Aburi Mentaiko Spaghetti. I think this is by far my fave Mentaiko pasta ever! I love love love Mentaiko and I can just eat it everyday and be happy! The dish was perfectly seasoned, the pasta was perfectly cooked, and the scallops and prawns were fresh. Just writing about it is making me drool! I need to get my Mentaiko pasta craving fixed asap!

The Duck Confit did not disappoint as well! Crispy on the outside and tender o the inside. Together with the orange-infused sauce, it gives the added omph!

We walked out the cafe, full and contented.

Stranger’s Reunion has now become one of my top cafes to visit and I think I will be heading back there sooner rather than later 🙂

 

 

Xx,

Nic

Pacamara

Pacamara has always been one of my fave cafes since it opened a few years ago. What I like about this cafe is that their menu is ever-changing. For some cafes, when they change their menu, the food quality just isn’t as good as what it used to be. But at Pacamara, the list of food on the new menu, is not only pleasing to the eyes, the quality is just as good, or even better!

I still remembered when Pacamara first opened. At that time, I was still staying around the area, opposite the cafe in fact. I heard so many amazing reviews on the cafe and was really interested in trying out their red velvet pancakes. I brought my family there after my exams and my Mum got hooked!

A year later, I introduced this place to my Boo, and like my Mum, he really loved the place, even though he was hesitant to visit at first. Lemme tell ya, it’s not easy to get Shah to love a cafe. He’s not really a cafe person. As he always say, ‘I’m a roti prata, mee rebus kinda person.’ So for him to really like a cafe and the food, it’s a huge compliment.

So Pacamara has become over fave cafe to visit as a couple.

And I thought why not introduce this place to my paternal aunt, who like me, loves to try different types of food. The two of us, along with Tara, went there for dinner.

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Steak Frites 200g ($25), Rocket and Pear ($15), Chicken Breast ($17.50).

We ordered the Nutella Fudge and Lemon Tart as well to share.

Can I just say, FOOD COMA!

I wasn’t having a great day that day, but this meal lifted up my mood, and for awhile I wasn’t stressing over anything.

So if you’re in the Thompson area, do visit this cafe. It’s a good place to have a meal with family or friends. Awesome food, awesome ambience.

Can’t wait to head back to try their Day Menu. Been wanting to try their Creme Brulee French Toast and Matcha Pancake.

In the mean time, I’ll just be patient…..

 

 

Xx,

Nic

Wheeler’s Estate

A trip to Mandai led us to an impromptu stop at Seletar Aerospace for lunch.

It is not easy to get there, we kept getting lost as it was our first time going. But the place was so quiet (maybe because it’s a weekday lol) and so beautiful, out of the hustling and bustling of the city.

At Seletar Aerospace, you’ll be spoiled with choices over what to eat. There’s Wildseed cafe, Wheeler’s Estate, etc.

We went with Wheeler’s Estate. The food there is a little more pricey but the food was not too bad.

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Beef Short Rib, can be shared among 2-3 people ($59). My favourite dish. The meat was so soft and tender. With the BBQ sauce, it was perfecto.

Estate Corzetti ($20). The pasta lacked of seasoning. I had to ask for more garlic to make the pasta more tasteful.

Pull Apart Bread ($20). We got both the Bacon & Cheese and the Garlic & Cheese stick. The breads were my least favourite. I thought that there was not enough fillings inside and I couldn’t really taste the saltiness of the cheese and bacon. The garlic taste was also barely there.

But I really enjoyed the atmosphere, and the staff were really friendly.

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Xx,

Nic

Girls’ Evening

Haven’t seen this girls for more than a month and we finally got to meet on a day when everyone’s free!

We were supposed to have dinner at the Botanist, but it closed at 6pm that day. The funny thing was, our back up and the back up for our back up were also both closed! Goodness, Shanelle, Vivienne and I must have walked around for closed to an hour before we settled on Montana. And I’m so thankful we went to Montana cos the food is just mouthwatering!

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Food Coma!

My Mac Daddy Burger was da bomb! Omg it’s one of the best burgers I’ve ever eaten and I think I said this to my friends like 10 times when I was eating. But trust me, it’s worth it. Go and get yourself a Mac Daddy Burger! And the cakes! Oh wow! They were soft and moist, and that’s exactly how cakes should be! Sorry Shanelle, gotta disagree with the theory that cakes should be hard 😉 One cake is actually quite big, probably can be shared among your friends. And you need, I repeat, NEED to get the nutella cake. Not only is it pleasing to the eyes but unlike some places that sell beautiful but not tasty cakes, this one actually is good! It  reminds me of the cakes at My Sister Bakes. Yum!

Oh gosh, writing this post is just making me wanna head back to Montana.

I definitely will be heading back again for more! I think this is my new fav cafe. I can’t wait to introduce this place to Shah!

It was so nice to catch up with them and made me realise how much I miss disturbing Shanelle hahaha!

Now that we’ve all graduated from Pre-U, meeting up as often is difficult due to our schedules. Let’s hope we won’t have to postpone our next meet up 🙂

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xx,

Nic