Co-written by Cisca Lim
Edited by Dawn Pillay and Jiayi Ng
We all know Seminyak is bursting to the brim with the cutest cafes and amazing shopping spots. But did you know? There is so much more to Seminyak.
Other than the usual Jalan Laksamana finds, you can find Bali’s first blow bar, and there’s even a particular cafe/bar/motorcycle haunt that serves up tattoos with their tacos.
There are also exciting fireshows (Nirvana Burger Bar) to be seen, a thrilling walk on the wobbly bridge (Batu Belig Beach) to be had, and our favourite – gypsy caravans to be explored!
Get up to date with the latest and the greatest at Seminyak, and read on for more.
With its vibrant red and old Chinese decor, stepping into this place feels like you’ve stumbled upon a part of urban Chinatown in its glorious vintage era.
The beautifully designed restaurant sets the mood just right with giant oriental lanterns, old-school rattan chair sets, low wooden tables, and murals featuring folklore goddesses on the wall.
Other than serving hot favourites from everyone’s favorite dimsum menu, such as pork steamed bun or prawn siu mai, other mainstream Chinese goodies are also up for grabs here, including pork belly, kung pao chicken, laksa and more.
The fun continues all the way to its liquor bar, where you can order a variety of alcoholic drinks and cocktails. With acoustic music and soothing DJ mixes crooning in the background, Moon Rabbit is far from your typical crowded and noisy restaurant.
Expect sophistication, the best of Chinese meals and an endless flow of unique drinks for a great meal in Petitenget, Seminyak.
2. Have a Hairy Good Time at Bali’s first Blow Bar – Blow Bar
Never mess with the power of a good hair blowout! Pair that with a glass of good alcohol, and you can conquer almost anything.
Blow Bar is a purpose-designed bar meets beauty salon on Oberoi Road. With a modern New York-Soho vibe, the first Blow Bar in Bali is ready to pamper those locks on your head while you down some drinks on the side.
Choose from various blowout styles, hair treatments, manicure, pedicure, waxing and make-up to brow and eyelash extensions. There’s even a special barber section for the guys – nope, no Sad Boyfriends on Blow Bar’s watch!
While dolling up, you’re encouraged to drink in style. Take your pick from champagnes by the bottle, a glass of wine, cocktails, fresh pressed juices, teas and coffees.
Although Blow Bar accepts walk-in guests and is more than capable to handle large groups, do consider booking an appointment by phone or reserving through their website to ensure a smooth experience. Bring your girlfriends (or boyfriends) along and say goodbye to frizzy Bali hair!
3. Bali’s very own fairytale church – Santo Mikael Church
The Santo Mikael Church is known for its gothic architecture, nicely juxtaposed against the painted colours of picturesque white and blue!
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What’s more, there is a beautifully crafted masterpiece of stained glass that can be traced back a century to it’s origins in England.
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Walk in and check out the beautifully quaint church settings with its long wooden pews. It almost looks like a scene out of a Disney fairytale!
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The church is always open for a quick tour or a pretty picture. And if you’re lucky, you may find yourself witnessing the festivities that happen when a wedding is scheduled for the day.
4. Homeware, Aesthetics & Eclectic Space All In One – Kim Soo
It’s all about #aestheticgoals when you’re at Kim Soo.
Launched as a homeware and design space, Kim Soo is more than just your regular retail store. With a mix of bohemian, ethnic, classic and contemporary styles combined, the owner transformed what was once an old Dutch Colonial building into a cozy space decorated with exotic treasures.
From sleek wooden kitchen utensils, effortless rafia fashion items and unique patterned textile to delicate accessories made of shells and clams – everything here is either handcrafted or a rare item sourced from all across Indonesia.
Kim Soo’s interior is painted in soothing earthy colours, while a turquoise pool waits out back to complete your fabulous visit with a splash. Naturally, this place makes the perfect hangout spot, and the owners know that – so Cafe Kim Soo was born!
Rest assured that the food here is every bit as mouthwatering as the style. Enjoy a simple French Toast, homemade cakes or a pancake drizzled with maple syrup, as well as aromatic coffee and tea brews. You’ll feel right at home inside the achingly stylish Kim Soo.
5. Conquer your fear at the superheroes’ training ground – SuperHero Factory Bali
Psst… do you know? Apparently, our favourite superheroes – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and many more – all do their superpower training in Bali.*
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SuperHero Factory Bali just opened in 2015, and before you go thinking that this is just another gym, it’s not. It’s a fun gym with plenty of facilities for both adults and kids alike!
If you’re afraid of heights, crush that fear by doing some entry-level parkour and attempt the Leap of Faith – a 5-metre high jump into a soft sponge bath.
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SuperHero Factory also has tons of fun and engaging group activities, that help with overcoming mental blocks and exploring personal limits and comfort zones.
(So much so, that they’ve partnered with many retreat companies in Bali to create extraordinary mind and movement workshops for groups to experience!)
Got a kid who’s scared of the monsters under his bed? Bring him to Superhero Factory, and go through the GloMo – a glowing obstacle course in a pitch dark room. We reckon the dark won’t hold much power over him after that!
Keep fit, get brave, and have tons of fun with the inflatable obstacles (AirBlox) – as well as a jungle gym of bars, and many crash mats and movable padded vaulting boxes?
Better yet, it’s also completely safe – professional coaches and supervisors are always on hand to help all SuperHeroes out!
(This feature is sponsored by Kuta Bali Dentist, in case you need a tooth fix, do check them out too!)
6. Go on an Indiana Jones-esque adventure – Totem Room Escape Bali
Why play Indiana Jones video games at home when you can actually be the guy in real life?
Step into your adventurer boots at Totem Room Escape, the first and largest room escape game in Indonesia. Here, you and your friends (minimum 2 persons) will be locked in a room and experience a thrilling adventure, as you race against the clock to solve puzzles and find a way out!
This is not just some role-playing game, okay. This is serious business.
Or at least they make you feel like it is – the (jail)room is decorated in all sorts of lifelike ways.
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From the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh to the high-tech vault in Mission Impossible – it’s indeed Mission Impossible to differentiate between reality and fiction! You can also wear costumes to immerse yourself fully into the game.
Doesn’t it sound exciting? This is no doubt the best way to test your intelligence – without Google and faced with a ticking clock, can you make it out alive?
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Tip: Given the limited amount of space, you’ll want to make a reservation in advance by phone or the website.
7. Dine at an exotic place – La Laguna, Nook, La Favela
When it comes to places to eat, Seminyak is the warehouse of unique themed cafes and restaurants. But when you have too many choices, it can sometimes get overwhelming.
Which is why we’re sharing three of our favourite unique cafes/restaurants in Seminyak. These three establishments have managed to set themselves apart from many others by offering one-of-a-kind atmospheres. They have set up camp in our hearts, and we think they’ll do the same for you.
7-a. Live like a gypsy for a day – La Laguna
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If your main aim for going to a cafe is to take pictures, you’ll definitely fall in love with La Laguna.
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Positioned right on the beach, the cafe is decorated with many colourful gypsy caravans, where you can strike your favourite pose and immediately get an insta-worthy picture.
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If pictures aren’t your thing, lounge on the comfy seats with a glass of La Laguna Breeze Cocktail, and try to spot a peacock or two!
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7-b. Enjoy the simple life – Nook Bali
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Or, if you just want to get in touch with the real world and have a relaxing time, head down to Nook Bali. This simple, rustic cafe is located between rice fields, and will offer you the precious experience of dining while surrounded by gorgeous views of greenery.
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Better yet, the food is incredibly affordable – try out traditional Balinese food such as Nasi Mix, or Western dishes like Quinoa and Kale Breakfast Bowl!
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7-c. Have a chill party with your best mates – La Favela
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Are wild parties more appealing to you? Don’t miss out on La Favela, a tropical-themed restaurant by day, and festive bar by night.
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With its unique themes that change daily and wide variety of food and drinks, La Favela is a great place to hang out and have fun with your mates. The intoxicating party atmosphere here is sure to get you grooving away before the night is over!
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8. Take Instagram-worthy pictures at the forest entrance of W Hotel
Scenic views and beaches aside, this is a definite go-to place for an Instagram-worthy picture to liven up your photo grid!
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The picturesque bamboo forest entrance, right outside the W Retreat & Spa is a view so beautiful, that it quickly became one of our favourite shots in Bali of all time!
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Tall leafy bamboo on either sides of the path droop to create a natural arch framing the path outside W Retreat & Spa – creating a wonderfully whimsical background perfect for photo-taking.
9. Have an exotic pampering session – Prana Spa
Being one of the largest and best spas in Bali, Prana has all you’ll ever need for the ultimate relaxation – from heated stone massages for one, or even lavish hen parties.
Boasting exotic surroundings oozing exquisite luxury, Prana combines the best of Indian and Moroccan architecture and design.
Tented ceilings or finely detailed hand painted canvases may be the first thing you see as you step into your room. Treatment rooms are done up so you feel like you’re entering a whole new world as you luxuriate in the spa experience.
If you’re not sure which treatment to choose, how about the highly recommended Simple Bliss Ayurvedic Treatment. Using custom blended essential oils, this full body massage will ensure you get pampered from the top of your head, to the bottom of your feet.
There are many other treatments to choose from with spectacular names such as Mystique of Bali, and Divine Unity. So you can be sure to find something absolutely perfect for your needs!
10. Be entertained with amazing fireshows – Nirvana Burger Bar
Serving amazing burgers and a wide variety of drinks to enjoy over live music, Nirvana Burger Bar is the place to be for quality nightlife entertainment.
What is one thing that sets this place apart from the other bars? Their amazing fireshow displays!
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Available every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sit back and get cosy as the performers wow you with their fiery show – that ends with a big bang as fire sparks fly behind the performers!
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And it that’s not enough, magicians perform their tricks every Monday and Wednesday too. Let Nirvana Burger Bar spark the magic in your holiday!
A particular gem in Jalan Laksamana (food street), is Deus Ex Machina. More than a typical restaurant, DXM packs a punch with its wicked offerings.
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Both a motorcycle shop, cafe and bar, Deus Ex Machina is recognised as a local legend – for its food, along with the customized bikes they build.
Something for those with a penchant for tattoos, we’ve found that Tuesdays are taco and tattoos Tuesday! This means, on Tuesdays, you can order tacos that come with a side of free tattoos (for those who’ve always wanted one, or simply want more!)
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Apart from free tattoos, for the grease monkeys who love bikes and the riding culture, DXM is the place to be.
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12. Take a walk along Seminyak’s iconic Beach – Seminyak Beach
Peaceful and quiet, Seminyak Beach is where you may catch a breather from all the excitement of Seminyak.
A casual stroll along the iconic beach stretch of Seminyak will reveal many wondrous things, especially on a late Sunday afternoon. Watch as locals come out to enjoy the day with a host of activities, from kite flying to beach soccer! Or even Instagram a turtle on the beach if you are lucky!
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And if that’s not enough to whet your appetite for some of that beach life – other activities available at Seminyak Beach also include surfing, and horseback riding on the sandy shore.
13. Hungry go where? Food hunting at Jalan Laksamana
The notably famous Eat Street, also known as Jalan Laksamana is the one place you should go to for all the best food in Bali.
Along delightful Jalan Laksamana, there is a particular cafe specially for food-loving romantics, and the occasional wedding ceremonies!
Enter The Corner House – serving up delicious coffee and quiches in a quaint building decorated with vintage decor and jars of fresh wildflowers!
Best for brunches, The Corner House also provides a great setting for your favourite type of instagram shots – a combination of great decor, and both prettily-plated and delicious food.
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For those who are a fan of European ambience, you would definitely want to check out The Bistrot too!
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With its bare brick walls and black basalt stone flooring, coupled with cushy sofas and an abundance of vintage furniture, doesn’t it inject a warm, homey feeling to the industrial setting?
Bistrot is original, quirky, delicious, and whimsical – charming by day and glamorous by night.
14. Cheers to fine wine and dine – Vin + Seminyak
Enter Vin + Seminyak’s towering bamboo enclave and step into the world of premier wines. Forgot the vineyards of Tuscany, and embrace all the expertly curated labels available here.
With specially curated wines from all over the world with prices suitable for every budget, it’s little wonder why this stunningly well-decorated restaurant is such a huge hit in the nightlife scene.
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Apart from wines, there are also signature cocktails you should definitely try like the Marmalade Martini (sparkling wine, gin, blood orange and orange marmalade), and Jinn Geisha (gin, umeshu, lychee juice, mint and ginger).
To top it off, one has to both drink, and eat to be merry – fill your belly with the cosmopolitan cuisine available. And if you’re not quite sure what to pair your wine with, don’t fret. There are wine pairing specials for you to choose from, so you’ll never go wrong!
Want to know what other unique bars there are around Bali, click here for more!
15. Shop rustic antiques and eclectic homewares – Warisan Furniture
Looking to shop in Bali? Instead of the usual clothes and tacky souvenirs, try something a little different!
If you’ve ever watched Youtuber Mr Kate, and admire her eclectic interior decorating style, well… This is the place for you.
There’s a ton of different traditional Balinese furniture, homewares and antiques simply waiting for your discovery. Get some wooden ethnic bowls, or even mix it up with different metal sculptures.
You’ll come back from Bali feeling totally different and refreshed, with your home looking a little different too! Not to mention, these purchases will surely be great conversation pieces for when you have guests over.
But if you get tired of looking at furniture, you can always do some girly shopping – we’ve got tons of recommendations! Read more here -> A girl’s guide to best places to shop in Bali
16. Fine-dining at one of Seminyak’s finest – Ku De Ta Bali
Bask in the sunset at one of our favourite hangouts, Ku De Ta Bali. With a wide array of fine-dining options, we definitely recommend that you spoil yourselves here.
Apart from specially crafted cocktails and the wonderfully scenic backdrop, make sure to also try the chef recommended Roast Barramundi Fillet!
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Ku De Ta Bali truly gives you fine-dining at one of Seminyak’s finest, with an amazing selection of intricately prepared food and drinks – to be accompanied with the loveliest view of the sparkling ocean.
Get your well-earned holiday started at Ku De Ta Bali!
17. Have a beach photoshoot at the hottest club scene – Potato Head Beach Club
Vibe your way down to one of Seminyak’s hottest clubs on the scene, Potato Head Beach Club!
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Chill out by the unique oval pool to the tunes of internationally renowned DJs, along with moonshine drinks, and their signature bistro-styled bites.
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Dress to impress in your favourite crochet bikinis and cover-ups for the ladies, or your go-to patterned tees (alternatively, rock hard abs would do fine as well 😉 ) and boardshorts for the guys, and get that ultimate winning shot of your Seminyak holiday.