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Written by Kristyna Schonova
Co-written by Jiayi Ng, Dawn Pillay
To all the cafe-hoppers out there: Do you know that Bali is not just good for surfing the waves, getting a tan and exploring old cultural places?
It’s also a haven for dessert lovers too!
In fact, some of these mouth-watering delicacies are not only tasty, but also gorgeous works of art that you just can’t help but post on Instagram.
Join us as we explore the best pastry hotspots in sunny Bali – guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth, and the budding photographer in you.
1. Unicorns are real (and edible) – Cloud Cakes
Nothing gets more magical than unicorns, and nothing gets prettier than unicorns at Cloud Cakes – a dessert and snack stall at Denpasar.
This unicorn-themed establishment has a unicorn in its logo, and works hard to live up to it – many of their pastries feature that elusive animal.
Not only do they have a unicorn cake (with a cone for a horn), there’s also a special drink that includes a paper unicorn peeking out from a cloud of candy floss.
That’s not all they have to offer though. Cloud Cakes also makes a series of pastel-coloured pastries, including rainbow cakes, donuts, and even shaved ice!
Just looking at the pictures alone are enough to give us a toothache – so we completely understand if you’re a manly man, and don’t appreciate beautiful horses with horns on their heads.
But can you resist the Grilled Cheese Sandwich that is grilled to perfection, and can you reject these golden brown fried oreos – that both have a unicorn printed on their packagings?
You can run, but you can’t hide from the unicorn at Cloud Cakes… and we don’t want to anyway.2. That Instagrammable cake!: Livingstone Cafe
Spacious and trendy with a nice ambience, Livingstone Cafe is the place to go on the last day of your holiday, when you simply want to give yourself a good treat!
This is also the ideal place to retreat and relax with a book in a quiet corner.
This quirky little place also has a funky dessert.
Admit it – an Instagram cake is just the very thing your Instagram page desperately needs.
This sweet treat is not just pleasurable to your eyes, but under the marzipan layer, delicious mouth-watering brownie awaits.
And here’s another extraordinary piece of cake.
No, this is not a jar of Nutella, but a Nutella cake! Where else in the world can you can devour the entire Nutella and not feel (too) guilty about it?
If you feel like trying out something crazier, Livingstone cafe has baked for you some funky-looking watermelon bread.
You can also order coffee with strawberry, orange or avocado flavour!
And guess what? A little Pikachu cupcake is waiting for you to catch it!
3. Divine milkshakes: Stickee Bali
Imagine all your favorite sweets in one glass. Cookies, ice-cream, choco stick, pretzel – that’s the Monster milkshake from Stickee Bali.
They come in three flavours – choco or vanilla or matcha, and all of them are to-die-for!
Each milkshake is truly a piece of art. It would be a sin not to take a picture before you devour it!
And if you are fan of social media, check out the instagram toast served with cup of milk.
In case you are craving for a savoury snack, you can try this funky creation – Indomie on a stick!
Photo via tiniihitakara
With signature desserts such as Sibangkaja Chocolate with a whimsical story of how the chef, Eddy Dhenin (Executive Pastry Chef) was inspired from his trip on the way to a chocolate factory – you know you’re definitely in for a treat.
Getting inspiration for desserts with the chef’s experiences traveling around the world, and his Michelin restaurant experiences, there are many exquisite dessert creations to try here.
How about the Miso pot de Cream – a combination of miso soup (his wife’s favourite dish), and the classic french dessert pot de cream? Sounds downright unique, does it not?
If you’re up for something a little less exotic, be sure to try the Valhorana Lava Cake, a chocolate cake with sour cherry compote, and served with vanilla ice cream.
Or if you are coming in groups, try their Dessert Sampler, where you can enjoy a myriad of seasonal tastes with your friends and families.
There are simply way too many delectable treats at Sundara Bali – so give your tastebuds a whirl, settle in at this beachfront restaurant, and have the sweetest time in Bali!
5. More than just Macarons – Lesica Bali
Whether it’s date night, or a dinner with the family, Lesica Bali has a smorgasbord of delights ready for you.
For dessert, you simply have to try their 18 flavours of sweet and savoury Macarons, 16 different Cupcakes, and 8 Mille Crepes! There’s even the Mousse cake, and sweet pizzas – bringing the pizza game to a whole other level. Of course, there are classic cakes like Tiramisu too.
Whether its desserts first, or food, you’ll be happy to know that both traditional delicacies such as Rujak, and comfort food like pastas are available.
For all day breakfast, dig into your choice of Red Velvet Pancake, or a Healthy Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl.
For lunch and dinner, consider the Pasta Garuk (Angel hair pasta with mushrooms and spicy prawns), Balinese Dory Fried Rice, Balinese Pizza, or Ayam Sayer Kriuk.
And after, wash it all down with your choice of TWG Tea, a coffee, or Su-Mi-Co (milk with mint and chocolate)
This bakery and restaurant not only serves delicacies and delicious food, they also have an outdoor seating area called Kartel, which offers live music every Wednesday and Saturday, and a street magician every Sunday. How’s that for entertainment on top of everything else!
6. Cutest cotton candy: Bowl kitchen
Remember going to funfairs with your parents when you were a child?
What was the only thing that you would always ask for?
Sticky, luscious, fluffy and puffy ball on a stick – a cotton candy!
Bowl Kitchen will remind you these good old days, with cotton candy on a whole new level!
With all colours of the rainbow, your cotton candy can be spun into minions, pandas, pigs or Pikachu.
Lick your fingers, smack your lips and make a selfie with this crazy candy!
7. Icy fruity Mexican popsicles: Paletas Wey
These unbeatable popsicles hail from Mexico and they are immensely tempting, especially during hot summer days.
They don’t contain any preservatives or food coloring, using only pure frozen fruit!
Try classical strawberry milk, dragonfruit (which is full of antioxidants), durian, the dulce de leche for sweet cravings, or the ultimate combination of avocado and chocolate.
As we are in a Mexican place, of course the Tequila flavour can’t be missed! Olé!
8. A healthier ‘ice-cream’: Frozen Yogi
During one of these hot and humid days, the best refreshment is a cool treat.
While wandering around Ubud or Seminyak, you may come across Bali’s first self-serve frozen yogurt joint!
The best thing about it? You are free to mix and match whatever you want! Pick a cup, make your own combination of frozen yogurt and topping, put it on a scale and pay by weight.
If you want to experiment, try the green tea or durian flavour. And if you prefer to stick to the classics, the basic plain yogurt is delicious on its own, just like chocolate or coconut.
Make it a healthy and guilt-free snack by adding fruit, granola and sunflower seeds.
If you can’t survive without your sweet treats, top it with Reese’s pieces, Oreos, brownies, marshmallows, gummy bears or even rum caramel sauce. The combinations are infinite!
9. Fruit art: Cafe Moonlight
Fruit has never looked so beautiful before.
At Cafe Moonlight, you can find smoothie bowls, fruit desserts in a glass and splendid pancake tower all made from fresh and healthy ingredients that will create a concert in your mouth!
Fruity treats are ideal for breakfast, as healthy snacks or refreshing desserts.
And don’t forget to check out the rooftop Japanese garden where you can get a beautiful view – watch the sunset while munching on your healthy fruity delight!
10. Get your freak on with a delectable Freakshake! – Revayah Coffee and Cake
Revayah Coffee and Cake takes the cake (quite literally), with its too-pretty-to-be-eaten desserts! A quick glance through their Instagram page will show you all the sweet treats you’ll want to get your hands on.
From the delightful range of cakes, to their amazingly indulgent freakshakes – it’ll almost be a sin to miss out on these.
For hardcore lovers of Nutella, dig into their Nutella Freakshake, adorned with a rainbow confection of more chocolate, pretzels, and marshmallows.
They’ve even upped the ante and released their new Green Tea menu with everything Matcha! Of course, freakshakes are available, along with matcha latte, affogato, millecrepe cakes and creme green tea.
But of course, if you’re just there for the coffee, and to swoon over the pretty desserts, we won’t stop you.
PS: Free WiFi is also available, so you can upload your pretty dessert shots on the spot!
11. Dessert luxury in a garden: Bali Hotel Pearl French Restaurant
Want to get away from the city to relax and fill your stomach with some Tumblr-worthy dessert? Bali Hotel Pearl is the place for you!
This boutique hotel opened its doors in 2007 – and so did its amazing French restaurant.
The restaurant lies in a serene garden, and boasts a dessert collection which, according to some customers, is to die for.
And its chocolate mousse, panna cotta and crème brûlée definitely taste as good as they look.
12. After dinner there’s – Will Goldfarb’s Room4Dessert
One step inside American chef Will Goldfarb’s establishment in southern Ubud, and you’ll realise that it’s so true – there’s always Room4Dessert (hur hur).
The talented pastry chef had once been a prominent figure in New York’s culinary scene, before shifting base to Bali in 2008 after a series of setbacks.
Since then, he has gone on to make a name for himself with the exotic desserts that he churns out in his restaurant.
By making clever use of local ingredients, such as rambutans, coconuts and palm sugar, Will incorporates a unique Balinese flavour into his pastries.
Are your taste buds and eyes strong enough to resist this?
13. Raw vegan desserts: Alchemy
If Emma’s wasn’t convincing enough for you, here’s the healthiest option out there – Alchemy, Bali’s first 100% raw vegan café, boasts a large selection of raw desserts.
These eye-pleasing confections are just as pleasing to your body. According to Alchemy, not a single sweet contain refined sugar, flour, dairy, wheat or chemical additives.
Some items included in the endless menu list include cheesecakes, pies, peanut butter cups, chocolate truffles, and many more.
And apparently, raw chocolate can help you slim down, regulate stress, and even nourish your brain. Need we say more?
14. The smurfs in a cone – Massimo Il Ristorante
If you believe that ice cream should not be a “stand-alone” treat, but the icing on the cake after a delicious feast of homemade Italian pasta and pizza, it’s time to rush to Massimo Il Ristorante in Sanur.
At Massimo, you’ll get surprising smurf flavored ice gelato (but no worries, Chef Massimo assures you that no smurfs are harmed in the process) or strawberry-laced gelato.
The only trouble you will have to go through is to pick your favorite flavor among numerous irresistible choices. All of them only contain real fruits and nuts, and no flavoring or additives are added. Thumbs up for so much quality in a cup.
Photo via: fajartrisna
Is that Grand Marnier there in the front? I have it.
Fruit Sensation, Mocca, Fruit Mix and Strawberry laced gelato, 4 of many more flavors
If you like your gelato while on the go, simply buy it from the front store and enjoy it while you stroll down Sanur’s alleys.
Being a true southern Italian and loving people, it is not rare to see fun Massimo stepping out of his kitchen to chit chat with customers.
If you are not up for a trip to Naples, Massimo’s gelato is close enough to “Bella Italia”.
Write up for Massimo Il Ristorante contributed by Silke Teubener
15. Live your medieval fairytale: Biku
If you love to fantasize about medieval royalty, you have to check out Biku’s extremely popular and beautiful pastries.
Actually, even the utensils are too pretty for words.
Biku’s well-known tea-time snacks – mini quiches, cupcakes, scones – come propped on dainty, tiered floral platters.
You can even have a tarot card reading session while enjoying the desserts.
Biku’s unique atmosphere (think tea lounge, restaurant, bookstore and antique store all rolled into one) has received nothing but raving reviews from its patrons.
Chances are, you’ll love it too.
16. Healthy sweets: Emma’s Dessert
Pretty and healthy?
Yes, that’s possible. At Emma’s Dessert, a homemade pastry shop in Bali, you can down as many cakes and sweets as you want, without having to suffer the guilt of a sinful diet.
The shop’s owner, Maria Ekawati, is a mother-of-three who loves to eat healthy.
So her cakes are completely free from preservatives – there’s nothing to stop you from wolfing them down!
Emma’s Dessert has steadily built a name for itself due to its delicious menu. If you find yourself in Bali, do drop by the shop for a taste of its special jar cakes.
The only downside is, the treats are so gorgeous it’s as though they’re only for decor – would you bear to take a bite out of these lovelies?
17. Local dessert queen: The Harvest Patissier & Chocolatier
The Harvest Patissier & Chocolatier is one of the biggest players in Indonesia’s confectionery scene, and it’s not hard to see why.
With over 20 store locations in Indonesia – and one in Kuta – this café has won customers over with their impeccable service and wide variety of mouth-watering treats.
We think these gorgeous pastries definitely belong on the dessert runway.
Have they triggered your dessert craving?
18. Le petit France: CarameL Patisserie and Café
If you’re a fan of French confectionery, you’ll love CarameL Patisserie and Café.
This tiny café specialises in cute little cakes and macarons, which probably won’t fill your stomach (not unless you stuff yourself) but will definitely be able to satisfy even the pickiest dessert guru.