Most of the digital nomads cannot travel without their electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets and the notebooks. And one of the first thing they normally ask when they reached hotel or restaurant is the Wifi password. The smarter travel planner would have done their research by finding places with fast Wifi. I’m definitely belong to this group, are you too?
I’m definitely blessed by a few avid travellers in Bali that recommended me the following places to hang out for quick bites while enjoying their fast internet access. These are some of the best workable cafes, bars, restaurants or guesthouses in Bali, in random order.
1. Coffee &
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This is a small cafe on Jalan Monkey Forest in the heart of Ubud. If you walk down Jalan Monkey Forest from the main road near the tourist information office, you’ll find Coffee & about 200-300 meters away on your left hand side.
They have a small seating area downstairs, and a larger area upstairs. The upstairs seating is only a preferable and better place to work, if you looking for an open air area with less people. You could have a nice view of the street outside if you sit at the benches facing the front. The wifi speed (using speedtest.net) clocked as 2.12 Mbps download, and 0.53 Mbps upload. The food is slightly expensive though, with an Americano, frappuccino and a muffin came to around $10.2. Clear Cafe
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Clear Cafe is definitely a favourite restaurant in all of Bali. The food is outstanding (though a bit pricier than most restaurants, but well worth it), their wifi is fast and reliable, and they recently renovated to include a very comfortable and quiet upstairs area that is perfect for getting a few hours of work done. I highly recommend the Magestic Mushrooms and the Vanilla Bean Latte (with cashew milk). For mains, you pretty much can’t go wrong… try the Hint of India, or the Chicano Burrito.
3. Seniman Coffee Studio
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A recent discovery, Seniman Coffee Studio is an artisanal coffee shop. You can tell that they put a lot of time into their process/methods, and have very much perfected the art of coffee. Work tables are ideal, the wifi is very fast, and the food/coffee are fantastic (try the brie/cashew panini). The music is also really enjoyable here.
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Soma is small, and can get hot, but they have a great selection of vegetarian and vegan food and drinks (though also a bit pricier), and their wifi is pretty good. The sitting tables are not ideal (read: ergonomic) for working, so go early and grab the proper table, and spend a few hours working here. Try the Mochalicious drink.
5. Atman Kafe
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Atman Kafe is great if you can nab the right tables (they have a lot of sitting tables that are too low/uncomfortable for working, but great for eating/relaxing). Wifi has been reliable, and the food here is really good (though a tad pricey for the portions). Go for a drink and an appetizer.
6. Laughing Buddha
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Wifi is fast, tables are good for working. Drinks are a little pricey, though delicious, and the food is good as well. Lighting is a bit dim, and it can get pretty warm if you aren’t sitting near the entrance getting a breeze. This place gets fairly busy in the evenings, but it’s nice and quiet mid-day.
7. Cinta Grill Café
Cinta is definitely more of a bar/restaurant than a workspace, but during the day there aren’t a ton of people, and it’s easy to find a comfortable table. I have had some successful Skype video chats here, which is more than I can say for most of the other cafes! Pricey, although they do have a great Mojito happy hour between 4-7pm, and 10pm-12am: buy 1 get 1 free.
8. Juice Ja Cafe
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Fast wifi, great food and drink. Seating downstairs is much more ergonomic than upstairs.
9. Black Beach
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Fast wifi, comfortable seating, but the vibe/food here is… “alright.” Good for a productive day.