Seminyak is the uber-trendy area for the expats of Bali located just north of Kuta. It’s so hip, it even has its own magazine called ‘The Yak’. If you want to be ‘seen’ sip on a cocktail as the sun goes down at Ku De Ta, Seminyak’s sunset bar. This up-market bar enjoys a beach front location, attracting Bali’s gliteratti as well as celebrities from around the world. Famous DJs often come to play here as the sun goes down and if you can afford a ticket, the high-season themed parties are legendary.
Whilst the beach in Seminyak isn’t the best on the island, there are plenty of luxury hotels with loungers offering a perfect view of the ocean. For those who love to shop, Seminyak has dozens of boutique clothing stores and jewellery shops offering one-of-a-kind items from expat designers living in Bali.
Oberoi, often called ‘eat street’ by expats, is lined with restaurants serving every kind of international food, including Greek, Japanese, Italian, American Diner and Moroccan.
Pick of the Best
Where to Eat
Tuck Shop- If you’re looking for a great breakfast the Tuck Shop is your place, serving smoothies, fresh juices, fruit and yoghurt, muesli, salads and sandwiches. This breakfast haunt has free Wi-Fi and an outside seating area so you can watch the world go by.
Cafe Zuchinni (Zuttion)- A small organic cafe with a clothing shop attached. You’ll notice it from its yellow and white striped canopy and its brightly coloured stools. Along with incredible breakfasts, the cafe has a salad bar so you can choose a selection of salads and you can quench your thirst with one of their healthy juices.
Grocer and Grind– Tucked away near Seminyak Square is the Grocer and Grind, a bistro and delicatessen selling gourmet produce. The Grocer and Grind is well air-conditioned which is extremely useful on a very humid day in Bali. Make sure you try their tuna nicoise salad.
Rumours- This italian restaurant is reasonably priced serving pizzas, pasta, steaks and salads. It’s also a great place for friends to hang out and have a drink or play a game of pool. The cocktails are pretty damn good and the caipirinhas and mojitos are pretty cheap.
Ultimo– A little more upscale than Rumours, Ultimo Italian is usually packed to the brim with tourists. At night guests can choose to dine in the intimate lounge area or out in the open air garden. Both Rumours and Ultimo are sister restaurants owned by the same people.
Kaizan- Kaizan is a Japanese restaurant with two sections to it- there is a restaurant serving full menu or a snack-style half serving light dishes at a cheaper price. If there’s one thing you should try from the menu its the gyoza- they’re enormous!
Khaima Restaurant- If you love Moroccan food, Khaima serves incredible tagines, cous cous and Mechoui. You can smoke a shisha pipe, drink mint tea and sit on cushions as you are entertained by mesmerising belly dancers.
Soho Diner- An American diner is the last thing you would expect to see in Bali, but it’s great for working and using their Wi-Fi. The air conditioned restaurant has diner-style booths for privacy and there are plug sockets everywhere. And the best thing about it is it’s open 24 hours so you can Skype late at night! Food served is burgers, platters, wedges and waffles.
Ku De Ta– Ku De Ta’s name is known all over the world and is famous for its sunset parties and Ibiza-cool vibe. Attracting famous DJs, jetsetters and celebrities, this bar is the chicest in Bali. The open-air bar looks more like a hotel resort than a bar.
Hu’u Bar– Sit in the garden of Eden at Hu’u bar and sip on one of their legendary Martinis. You’ll feel a mile away from the beach bum lifestyle when you step into this minimalist designer space with 14 metre lap-pool.