8 Places to eat in Bali that defs don't involve dog and are pretty instagrammable to boot

Published July 21st, 2017

Bali is such a beautiful island and still the #1 destination Aussies like to relax and unwind in, with 1.248 million of us visiting Indonesia in 2016. Not only is the living easy when you’re sipping on Bintang but the people of Bali are some of the most friendly and welcoming in the world.

It’s unfortunate to hear of the recent exposure of Bali’s dog-meat trade being passed off as satay in some tourist areas so we thought why not give you a bang on guide for where to go for the best cafes and restaurants that Bali has to offer, and avoid poor little Fido.

Here is our pick of Bali’s best places to eat and drink:

Motel Mexicola

If you’re after some pretty great Mexican food and a place that goes off when the sun sets then Motel Mexicola is your jam. We’re talking dancing on tables every night and plenty of mezcal to fuel you as you set fire to the d floor.


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Nook Bali

One of Seminyak’s hidden gems is this beautifully decorated restaurant located smack bang in the middle of a lush rice paddy field. You feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of Seminyak while feasting on some seriously fresh and healthy (and good looking) food.


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Sea Circus

There’s no missing the colourful facade of this quirky restaurant, and believe it or not things are only going to get brighter as you step inside Sea Circus with its yellow chairs, rainbow walls and Hangover Happy Meals!


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Revolver Espresso

This laid back cool kid cafe offers up a boutique offering of fresh flavoursome coffee inside a chill industrial style setting. Started by a former professional surfer, Katie Allan has worked with Brent Mills to create a great menu with perennial favourites, smashed avo and house-made muesli with goji berry.

La Laguna and La Favela

These sister restaurants based in Canggu (Laguna) and Seminyak (Favela) were created by a Spanish owner with each bringing a similar brand of Spanish gypsy styling. You won’t find anything similar to the quirky jungle wonderland settings of each with some seriously great cocktails and seafood options.


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This Asian fusion restaurant is located smack bang in the middle of a beautiful rice paddy in the heart of the Ubud jungle. A beautiful setting to sink into a bean bag and enjoy a sunset cocktail or the selection of Japanese, Singaporean and Indonesian cuisine.


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Bringing the cafe/brunch culture of down under to Bali, Sisterfields is the place to see and be seen all while downing a healthy (and yum) detox juice, or a slightly more naughty Cold Presser, made up of vodka, orange liqueur, cold pressed apple, mint, spinach and lime.

Cafe Organic

Another trendy restaurant to see and be seen is Cafe Organic Bali, known for its healthy vegetarian and organic meals straight from their own garden. Plenty of spots to Instagram your organic acai smoothie bowl and green smoothie here.


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Sam Aldenton

Sam Aldenton is a travel writer, digital content creator (read: takes photos/videos with her iphone and sometimes a real camera) and former retail and youth trend forecaster. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she makes her home in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @samaaldenton.