Written by Kristyna Schonova
Co-written by Cisca Lim, Keith Tan
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.
What’s a holiday in Bali without enjoying some cocktails on a rooftop bar, and in a jacuzzi, no less?
Situated on the top floor of Daun Bali Seminyak hotel, Sky Tryst Bar offers a 270-degree view and an exclusive opportunity to watch the sunset in a bubbling jacuzzi!
Cocktails, beer or wine can be accompanied by tasty snacks and bites from the bar. If you’re dropping by for dinner, you can use the jacuzzi with a minimum purchase of Rp.100,000 (approximately USD 7.15).
That’s the way to chill on a Friday night!
2. Cocktails with a saltwater pool – Mrs Sippy Bali
How about chilling on dreamy daybeds by the island’s largest saltwater swimming pool? Head over to Mrs Sippy Bali – an open-air club that has the right cool vibe.
Cocktails and a refreshing dip in crystal clear water is the way to spend your lazy afternoon. After all, you’re on a vacation! If you are feeling peckish yet want to maintain your bikini bod, opt for a fresh and healthy salad bowl.
For those who are seeking some adrenaline rush, you can’t miss the triple-tier dive tower. Dare to jump from the tallest one?
When the sun goes down, the place turns into a wild venue hosting famous DJs. Get a glass of Sippy Tiki cocktail concocted from white rum, sparkling wine, fresh raspberry, passion fruit, lime, red bull and grapefruit. Time to party!
Dine at somewhere quirky!
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.
3. Dine in a living art gallery – Batik Restaurant
Ever wanted to learn about batik culture in a fun and interactive way? How about dining in a batik-filled restaurant that comes with mini batik tours?
Here, the interior is decorated with both historical and modern elements, with batik in every corner, designed to educate diners about the cultural heritage of batik and its uses.
And of course, tasting local cuisine is a form of appreciation of local culture, so how can you not come for lunch or dinner? Time to try something a little more exotic – Rawon Sapi ala Batik (black beef soup with turnip, lemongrass and ginger), under the lovely lanterns!
After your meal, take your time to admire the traditional art all around you. Upon request, the staff will take you on a mini tour to show you all the various steps of batik-making, from waxing to dyeing.
Notice the batik stairs that show the 23 Indonesian centres of batik production!
And if you’ve always thought batik is just an old traditional form of art, you’re wrong! You can incorporate the art of batik into modern art too, and of course modern dresses.
4. Old-school gamestation cafe – Bong Pipi Bali
Old is the new trendy! Do you remember the time before computers and smartphones when arcade machines and gamestations were the coolest thing in the world? (Now you know how old we are!)
You can rewind to that era (yes it’s a long-gone era we miss) at Bong Pipi Bali.
So if you’ll feeling a little nostalgic and missing the old times, spend the day gaming at old school gamestations, only that now you get to play modern Playstation games on it! Try to beat your friend’s highest score!
With the funky neon lights, it’s so easy to forget that it’s not the 80s’ or 90s’ anymore.
And when you get hungry from playing, you might actually recall that this is a cafe. Try the delicious pork tacos and fries or delightful pancakes. We wish we had such lovely snacks when gaming in the past!
5. Enjoy the simple life – Nook Bali
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.
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!
6. Live like a gypsy for a day – La Laguna
If your main aim for going to a cafe is to take pictures, you’ll definitely fall in love with La Laguna.
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.
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!
7. Have a chill party with your best mates – La Favela
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.
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!
8. A Slice of Old Chinatown in Bali – Moon Rabbit Dim Sum & Liquor Bar
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.
9. 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!
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.
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!
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.
10. 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!
11. 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.
12. Conquer your fear at the superheroes’ training ground – SuperHero Factory Bali