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Co-written by Dawn Pillay, Cisca Lim
Tired of all the surfing, snorkelling and touristy resorts in Bali?
Are you craving for your own quiet little corner where you can watch the world go by?
That’s entire possible.
Don’t be surprised – Bali has its own share of unique cafes that offer amazing views and cosy corners where you can read, have an afternoon tea or simply people-watch. Here’s 22 hidden gems you may not know about:
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1. Relax in a modern greenhouse – Orchid Tea Lounge in RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by AYANA
We’ve seen cafes of all shapes and sizes in Bali, but a cafe in a greenhouse? Are you going to be munching at flower petals all day?
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No, you won’t – although you’ll be surrounded with gorgeous potted orchids as you enjoy some tea and pastries in RIMBA’s Orchid Tea Lounge.
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This dainty greenhouse provides a cooling and refreshing space for you to lay back and chat over brunch, also features sweeping glass walls outlined with elegant black borders.
Looking out towards the hotel’s outdoor event space, The Lawn, you’ll get to enjoy garden views far and wide.
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Recline in one of the recycled sailboat wood chairs and let your tired eyes get some healing. Then, indulge in a world-class selection of teas (green, black, flavoured, herbal, and oolong) from traditional tea maker Dilmah are available.
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If you’re not a tea enthusiast, you can still have your pick from a menu filled with gourmet coffee and fresh pressed juices.
And how could you miss out on the yummy puffs and pastries that are just as tasty as they look? From colourful fruit tartlets to traditional kue, you’ll never run out of options.
If you like cake and you like cute, Creamy Comfort is the place for you.
Situated in a white building with a whimsical wooden hut extension in front, stepping into this little cafe in Seminyak feels a little like stepping into Narnia-esque world. Minus the life-threatening situations.
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What you’ll find here is a dreamy, child-like world reminiscent of your childhood, complete with bunny ear chairs and colourful cushions.
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But who are we kidding, we’re here for the cake! Creamy Comfort started off as an online shop with its signature Black Russian Pie, and even now, this creamy concoction is still one item you won’t want to miss.
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Each of the desserts served up in this cafe are works of art in their own right, packed beautifully into glass jars, cups and even a martini glass. From fruity smoothies to savoury mousses and even a smores pie (!!!), everything here is bound to be a sweet treat for your tastebuds, and your eyes as well.
3. 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!
4. Get buzzed and get a buzz(cut) – Shearlock
Hello, and welcome to a new episode of Men in Wonderland.
Don’t worry, there aren’t any annoying caterpillars and creepy cat grins here. Instead, what you’ll find is a classy traditional barbershop, cafe and menswear store.
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Shearlock is a collaborative space in Seminyak, where different collaborators come together to create a whole new experience for you.
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Too lazy to shave? Sit back in a comfortable chair in the traditional barbershop and enjoy an effortless shave the good old way. Then, power up your looks at the Shop, where you can take your pick through shelves of limited-edition men’s fashion that are locally made!
We’re not forgetting the main point – which is your stomach – of course. Step into a minimalistic cafe with industrial walls and wooden stools, and enjoy a chill time with your friends (and your snazzy new look).
You’ll also get to enjoy the drool-inducing breakfast menu, consisting of fun and healthy dishes like Nutella Pancakes, Toast Banana Bread and Bombay Omelette.
Whether it’s the food, atmosphere, or the new you, they’re all the bomb here at Shearlock. Psst, there’s even a unique hidden bar located on the second floor – looks like you’ll have to come back at night!
5. Get your afternoon tea (and sweet treats) here – Angelita Patisserie
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I don’t know why we haven’t talked nearly enough about Angelita Patisserie, but this delicate French café (or tea salon/patisserie) really hits the spot with its sweet treats, and even sweeter décor.
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Pastel colours and whimsical French furnishing go together to create the perfect place to duck in for a spot of afternoon tea (or coffee, if you insist).
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Thee menu comprises all day breakfast, entrees, mains and of course afternoon tea sets. Get seated in those comfortable cushioned chairs and tuck in!
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Great for ladies to brunch at, and a romantic spot of lovers to nosh at, Angelita Patisserie makes a great escape if you’re getting just a little bored of Bali’s regular sights and cafés.
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We stumbled on this cafe by chance, while we were browsing in a clothes boutique and smelled the fragrant smell of coffee.
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Needless to say, we followed our noses to the backdoor of the boutique, and that’s where we found it – Revolver Espresso.
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A chic space with a hint of the slightly eccentric with a mishmash of unexpectedly cool signs and pillows, and the signature table filled with currency from all over the world – we loved it so much!
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Feeling a little like home away from home, the staff were like family – super attentive and best of all, passionate about coffee.
“How strong do you want your coffee?”
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Unsurprisingly, Revolver Espresso is already pretty well known for their delectable coffee.
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Sourcing only the best beans from the best farmers in the world, and then roasting and blending in Bali to deliver it fresh to us – Revolver Espresso’s coffee tastes like that one day in Bali, full of adventure and delicious surprises.
PS: They also offer food here!
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7. More than just a french bistro with delectable desserts! – Kebun Bistro
Also known as Garden Bistro, Kebun Bistro is a delightful little French bistro situated in Ubud. Serving Mediterranean food, diners often pop in for brunch, dinner, drinks and even some late night nibbles.
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With its quaint French décor, dining at Kebun Bistro often feels like you’ve transported into yet another mysterious rabbit hole (or one of Ubud’s many surprising finds).
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The extensive menu offers bites from escargot and yummy Arancini Balls, to Tapas and Moroccan Lamb Shank. Depending on what you’re craving for, check the menus on the website for lunch, brunch, dinner and dessert to see what else is available before heading down!
With delectable desserts like Tarte au Citron Meringue, homemade sorbet and so much more, you know you’re in for the sweetest time at Kebun Bistro.
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8. Grab a cuppa and choose from quirky baked delights – Living Stone Bakery
“Where people can commune daily over fresh baked goods, a cup of good coffee, and a warm homey breakfast.”
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Another incredibly photogenic café with delicious food and quirky baked goodies (Even Jessica Yamada from ElleJess.com loves the watermelon bread!) – a trip to Living Stone is bound to make your day.
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With many lovely spots around the lofty 2-storey building (beautiful spots both inside and out!) – settle in with a coffee, a good book, your choice of baked goodie, and you’re all set for the day.
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Whether you’re here to read, or here for brunch with friends, Living Stone’s picturesque setup is great for those chill days where there’s nothing to do but sit back and relax.
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PS: Try their fruit coffees when you’re here! Strawberry coffee, orange coffee, and even an avocado coffee. They sound simply delicious.
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If you are bored, head to the newly opened BURO Bali retail concept store at level 2, where you can see an array of products, from clothing, accessories to homeware!
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9. Not a circus on the sea, but an equally whimsical café – Sea Circus
“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
This seems to be the theme at Sea Circus with its surprising juxtaposition of characteristics. From its name, to the décor (even in the bathrooms!) Sea Circus is a really interesting café to wander into on any afternoon.
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And despite its whimsical name, it’s not actually a circus on the sea, but a restaurant/cocktail bar/coffee den.
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What you can expect to find here? “Proper coffee, epic breakfast, kicking cocktails, yummy tapas, stylish décor, mega playlists, pumping parties.” There’s even a great wine list for the wine lovers!
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There’s even a ‘market corner’ where you may pick up the cutest, dreamiest prints to decorate your home with. (Personally, I’m definitely going to pick up the “I’m off to join the circus” print the next time I’m there! ♥.♥)
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There’s much in store for you at Sea Circus, and if you think photos taken at the Sea Circus in the day are instagram-worthy – wait till it’s dark out and the place gets really magical.
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10. The Rustic and Romantic Gypsy Life – La Laguna
Almost completely off the radar, La Laguna will definitely make the journey worth your while.
With a rustic and charming bridge as its main signature decor, La Laguna feels like something out of a whimsical story book, complete with wooden tree and an enchanting carriage.
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Get lost in this delightful restaurant, along with its wonder of wildlife in the form of a small petting zoo where peacocks, geese and ducks roam free along the sandy beach.
As young as it is new, La Laguna serves culinary options like an old pro. Enjoy savory light bites like croquettas to main courses accompanied with potent Long island tea and other exotic drinks.
La Laguna is sure to delight the gypsy nomad in you.
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11. Romancing with Nature – Nook Bali
Serving in warung-meets-restaurant style, Nook’s interior opens up to a breathtaking 360º panoramic view of lush paddy fields decorated with sheer white curtains and relaxed plush seats.
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Tucked away just north of Seminyak, this little hidden haven offers the all-in romantic experience: Chill vibes, great service, tranquil ambiance – and not to mention, excellent food.
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Nook adapts both local and western cuisines in their own style so deliciously well that a fair recommendation includes both variations such as: Nasi Campur Veggie/Special, the sweet local curry dish, to its big portion of pasta and hamburgers.
With its surprisingly affordable pricing, you simply have to order from Nook’s dessert selection to satisfy your cravings and put a sweet end to your meal.
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12. Of nature and vintage: La Favela
This little hidden gem is not easy to find, but it’s definitely worth the effort.
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Snuggled between a surf shop and a restaurant, its presence is only announced on a simple neon signage. The place resembles an abandoned colonial building at the edge of a Brazilian rainforest, with antique typewriters, old bikes, and even a vintage volkswagen strewn across the dark wood interiors. Plants also appear to be growing everywhere as mother nature takes over.
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“La Favela is the ghetto – it means “community”, so here you can find different ambience, different concepts between all the people. But everything is made with love,” says the owner Luigi Ferrara (the same guy who owns La Plancha, which is also a rooftop bar, together with his brother Gonzalo).
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13. Afternoon tea in paddy fields: Pomegranate
Bali is so much more than beaches and parties.
Who says it can’t also be a place where you can find inner peace? Imagine wind-blown paddy fields with a cup of tea – that’s what you can see from Pomegranate, a cafe started in 2012 by a pair of Japanese brothers.
It offers a 360-degree view of lush paddy fields in Ubud that stretches all the way to the Campuan River.
If you come in the mornings, you can also see the majestic Mount Agung in the Northeast and Mount Batukaru in the Northwest.
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In the evenings, you’ll be greeted by fireflies and the glimmering lights of village houses in the distance.
Remember to bring flashlights though, because there are no streetlights in the area.
14. La Petite Parisienne: The Bistrot
This is actually a Parisian eatery and bar, with an ambience that reminds us of a New York loft – all done by a Moroccan-Belgian couple staying in Bali.
You wouldn’t guess what’s inside from its humble wooden signboard at the door.
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?
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And the impressive chandeliers definitely contribute to its glamour.
Don’t forget to check out the upstairs bar – said to be a space Hemmingway himself would be proud of.
Bistrot is original, quirky, delicious, and whimsical – charming by day and glamorous by night.
15. Go all Mexican: Motel Mexicola
Stepping into this hip new establishment in Seminyak feels like walking into a Quentin Tarantino movie set.
Decked out with melted candles, crucifixes, cacti and coloured tiled table tops, you’d almost think you were in Mexico.
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What’s more, Australian owner Adrian Reed has been putting in extra attention to recreate the 1960s Acapulco ambience with various quirky decorative items, ranging from random pictures of Mexican wrestlers to the Mexican Dia de Muertos (day of the dead) holiday artifacts.
It’s kitschy laid back fun during the day, and crazy psychedelic cool during the night.