Bali. Sea, sun, sand, waves. A hotspot for millions of travellers and people wanting to up their Instagram game. I’m only partly kidding about the second part.. but I definitely put Bali on my bucket list only after having seen countless Instagram posts of gorgeous girls in gorgeous bikinis at gorgeous locations eating gorgeous açaí bowls for what feels like the past five years. And I guess a part of me was like… I want that. The power of social media and influencers doing their thing, hey? Don’t lie, if you’re thinking of coming to Bali in the foreseeable future, I’m sure social media influenced your decision as well. 😉
I’ll be the first to admit that I love a good brunch. My friends have frequently referred to me as ‘Brunch Queen’ and questioned whether I actually studied abroad or just brunch café hopped the entire year, but I digress. Therefore, there was no way that I was not going to exhaust all my options when it came to going to Bali’s best (and extremely Instagrammable!!!) cafés. Having lived in Bali for around a month, I have accumulated quite a wealth of knowledge about which places are worth visiting and which you should pass on. Keep reading to find out my Ultimate Bali Foodie Guide!
PS. As a self-proclaimed avocado toast aficionado, I apologise for the lack of diversity in my food choices. If I see avocado toast on the menu, I just can’t resist. I know, how very millennial of me. I don’t even want to think about how many avocados I consumed during this trip. On the bright side, I’ve included a handy little ‘avocado toast rating’ which is on a scale of 1 (I should get paid to eat this) to 5 (I accept not being able to afford a house for this avocado toast).
(Photo by Déaghlan McMahon)
This is it. This is Instagram Heaven. I refuse to believe that you haven’t seen a photo of an influencer sitting below this exact ‘another day in paradise’ mural on your Instagram feed. If you want good quality plant-based food AND have it be ridiculously photogenic then this is the place for you. I can’t imagine that there’s many cafés that will gladly carve out fruit to spell out your name for an açaí bowl, you know what I mean?
As for people who don’t eat a plant-based diet, fear not because I don’t either and the food is honestly so good and doesn’t taste overly ‘healthy’ as can be the case in some vegan places. Déaghlan, pictured in glasses above, is such a big meat-eater and he doesn’t have a single bad thing to say about Kynd Community. In my opinion, the café’s whole ethos is amazing and it’s worth reading about here. I’m particularly happy about their efforts to curb plastic pollution by using metal straws instead of plastic ones (which they also sell at the café)!
Disadvantages? Queues are almost inevitable if you want to be sat under the mural. There’s limited capacity as it’s a relatively small café. If you don’t like people taking many photos at a café that you’re eating at, Kynd Community is not for you.
Our order: Leo Gourmet Toast (without asparagus), Paradise Pancakes, Berry Tropical Smoothie Bowl, Iced Coffees, Oreo Mylkshake
Avocado toast rating: 🥑🥑🥑🥑🥑 The balsamic reduction and the mushrooms really did it for me. Amazing.
Sea Circus Bali
This is another big brunch hotspot in Seminyak and rightfully so! The food is absolutely delicious. I felt particularly nauseous this particular morning as I was taking malaria tablets in preparation for Sri Lanka on an empty stomach (top tip: don’t do that), so I needed food to settle my stomach and I needed it QUICKLY. Even though something like an avo toast is simple to prepare, I expect cafés to be slow with getting the order prepared for ‘aesthetic’ reasons. Fully anticipating the waiting time to be long, I ordered a simple piece of toast on the side to get something in my body as quickly as possible. I made the waitress aware of the situation but the toast ended up coming after we had finished eating our meal, so that was a bit disappointing. Perhaps there was a bit of miscommunication involved but that’s where I take off some service points for Sea Circus Bali. Apart from that, I don’t have anything negative to say about the place!
This café is especially good for hangover food and it even features a ‘Hangover Happy Meal’, which includes your choice of coffee, orange juice, berocca shot and a Panadol! How cool is that!? It’s the little things that impress me.
Disadvantages? It’s a hotspot so it gets quite busy. Service could be slightly improved.
Our order: Posh Smashed Avo (without feta; add poached eggs), Pulled Pork Burrito, Orange Juice, Wheatgrass Shot
Avocado toast rating: 🥑🥑🥑 Not bad but not amazing. Out of principle, I hate having to pay extra for poached eggs as I consider it a staple of any avo toast. But that’s just me.
Mad Pops is such a good spot for vegan ice cream! Their ice creams are coconut based so this isn’t going to be for everyone as my friend strongly disliked the taste of mine. I, however, really liked it and found it super refreshing after a long day of walking around in the Bali heat!
One of the flavours that I opted for was Salted Caramel and it was delicious. I cannot remember the other flavour but I believe it had blueberry in it. Their flavours change every season though so I’m sure they’ll stock something that you like.
Disadvantages? Long queue. Super small ice cream shop with very limited space to move around. No seating.
Woobar at the W Bali – Seminyak
The W hotel chain is known for its luxury experience and its Woobar is no exception. If you go to Woobar from 16:00 onwards, it’s worth sticking around for their Sunset Session. If you get there between 16:00-18:00, you can order two-for-one of their signature cocktails and receive a complimentary pizza! On top of that, we chose the ‘Pick the Best’ deal where you get a pizza/burger, a cold or hot tapas selection and FREE FLOW (!) soft drinks. We took advantage of both of these deals and ended up getting way too much food. Again. But at least we were getting our money’s worth, right? After a long day at the beach, Woobar is the perfect place to wind down and watch the sun disappear into the ocean.
Disadvantages? Since it’s a luxury hotel, prices match accordingly. It’s always busy for sunset so it’s almost impossible to get a nice photo of the W sign with the sunset in the background without there being at least one person in your photo (see photo above).
Our order: The Veggie Burger, Roasted Pumpkin and Quinoa, Diet Coke, Cheddar Cheese Nachos, Lemongrass Ginger Collins,
The Loft Bali
The Loft Bali is a bit of a hidden treasure. I feel like it’s not one of the bigger cafés in Bali but it’s definitely becoming more popular now. I found it only because I research brunch spots like it’s nobody’s business. And by research.. I mean I go through influencers’ Instagram feeds until I find the inevitable Bali portion of their travels. In this case, it was Xenia’s photo (@xeniaoverdose on Instagram) that made me want to check this place out and I’m so happy that I did.
This is up there on my list of the best Bali cafés because it’s relatively quiet and not too busy, the food is delicious and the service is phenomenal. The portion size is large so I would advise against getting anything more than a main meal. Exhibit A: we thought we’d share an açaí bowl between two along with the avo toast and we were in a serious food coma by the end of it. I guess our eyes were bigger than our stomachs!
Disadvantages? As it’s located in Canggu, you’re able to get to the café via Go-Jek (an app comparable to Uber) however you’ll have to hail an overpriced cab on the way back as you won’t be able to order a Go-Jek to your destination. Just like Ubud, Canggu is a protected area where Go-Jek and Grab Taxis are prohibited to protect local drivers and their salaries. Unless you have a scooter, you’ll need to haggle with local drivers for a reasonable cab ride price. (Pssst… stay tuned for a Bali Travel Guide where I further explain what you need to know before travelling to Bali)
Our order: Avo on Toast (add poached eggs), Brazilian Açaí Bowl, Iced Latte, Fresh Coconut Water (not pictured but super delicious!)
Avocado toast rating: 🥑🥑🥑🥑🥑 Look at how generous they were with the avocado! The avo toast deserves a high rating just because of that. But also they weren’t stingy with the toast slices. I find it so annoying when cafés serve you only one slice of toast with an abundance of avocado!! The ratio is all wrong. Does anyone else agree with me?
The reason we went to Crate Cafe is because our other friend who was living in Canggu would not stop going on about this place. She went here almost on a daily basis! We had to see what all the fuss was about so we caved. This is by far the busiest café we visited in Bali. It was full of beautiful twenty-something year olds living their best Bali lives. Honestly, the clientele were probably what all of LA looks like (at least in my mind, haha!).
The food was good but it wasn’t ‘I would eat here daily’ good. I think because it was hyped up by my friend, it gave me very high, unrealistic expectations about the food. I realise I’m being overly critical here as it was still a very decent meal, though. My feelings towards avo toast are similar to those of pizza – even a ‘bad pizza’ is still a pretty darn good one. I would skip out on their hash browns though. I feel like my entire experience was slightly tainted because there was such a scramble for seats and it was sweltering. Everyone was d r i p p i n g in sweat.
Even though my review sounds negative, I assure you it’s very good food and worth a visit if you’re in Canggu!
Disadvantages? Very busy, with long waiting times and queues. Direct sunlight in some areas so it can get quite uncomfortable.
Our order: Veto (without feta or salmon; add hash brown), Hipstar Smoothie Bowl
Avocado toast rating: 🥑🥑🥑 Not bad but could be greatly improved if the avocado was evenly spread between the two slices of toast. Wow, that’s probably the pettiest sentence I’ve written in a while.
I wasn’t sure whether to include this under Canggu as its address is technically in Kuta, but we still experienced difficulties in ordering a Go-Jek to Cabina Bali so.. it’s in Canggu by my definition. I could not recommend this place enough. Not only is it incredibly spacious with beautiful shooting locations everywhere (if you’re into that type of thing), the food and the service is amazing. I suggest getting there for Happy Hour (17:00-20:00) as you get two cocktails/beer for the price of one! We didn’t know this and were so confused when two cocktails showed up instead of one but we weren’t complaining! 😉 Unfortunately, I cannot find the name of the cocktail that I ordered but show this photo to them and you’ll be minutes away from sipping on this (surprisingly strong!) cocktail.
There’s two floors in Cabina Bali which means you can go upstairs and get a really nice view of the pool that’s in the centre of the restaurant. We went there on Valentine’s Day hence all the rose petals in the pool. As mentioned previously, there’s so many great locations for photos that it’s, perhaps, unsurprising that there were people having photoshoots there. When I say photoshoots, I don’t mean the type that I have where I
ask force my friends to take photos of me with my cute brunch food.. I mean full blown Insta models in bikinis walking around the place, including inside the pool. I’m by no means throwing shade though – do your thing, girl!!! Get that photo!!!
Disadvantages? Same comment as for Crate Café regarding location. People having photoshoots at Cabina Bali (if that bothers you).
Our order: Classic Avo on Toast (no feta; add poached egg)
Avocado toast rating: 🥑🥑🥑🥑
Lazy Cats Cafe
My favourite café in Ubud! Such a nice vibe with the friendliest staff. The service is immaculate and the food is super tasty. I especially recommend ordering the iced lattes with coconut milk (trust me on this one!).
The café has a really chilled out atmosphere to it with really nice interior. In fact, it’s so nice that they apparently felt the need to print out their policy regarding photos and paste it on the walls. They ask customers to refrain from engaging in staged photoshoots so that other customers have an enjoyable café experience. I can only imagine how many people must have done that in order for them to receive enough complaints about it, resulting in having a clear policy on the matter! They do say that it’s possible to hire out the café for photoshoots of that nature though. That’s probably reserved for the big shot bloggers/YouTubers/Instagrammers/influencers. I was sneaky and got this shot of me with my food but I was stressing the entire time that I’d get told off, haha! Turns out their policy mustn’t be so strict as they even reposted me on their personal Instagram page so I think I’m off the hook… 😉
Disadvantages? If you’re intending on having a staged photoshoot here, this is not the place for you.
Our order: Avo Lover, Iced Lattes with Coconut Milk
Avocado toast rating: 🥑🥑🥑🥑
Mudra Cafe was recommended to me by a friend who lived nearby. Such a good spot to read a book in and unwind with a good cup of iced coffee! This is one of the cafés where you have to take your shoes off outside by the steps and it adds to the entire experience. They frequently decorate their steps with beautiful flowers spelling out lovely phrases, such as the “We ♡ U” as seen above. The staff are very attentive and extremely friendly. If you’re into Ayurveda, you’ll be pleased to know that Mudra Café is an Ayurvedic Island Café!
Disadvantages? When we went (January 2018), there was quite a bit of construction work outside but this might have changed now. Small café so limited capacity.
Our order: Dragon Bowl Z, Avogasm Toast (add poached egg)
Avocado toast rating: 🥑🥑🥑🥑🥑 Absolutely nothing bad to say about it. We all loved it.
What café/restaurant are you interested in going to from my list? Have you been to any of them before and what did you think? Let me know in the comment section below!