Hope you all enjoyed reading Part I of my Bali Lookbook as much as I enjoyed writing it 🙂 (link to Part I). In this post I will take you away from the lush green rice fields of Ubud to Seminyak, a beach destination in Bali. Bustling with tourists and surfers from all around the world, this place has everything you need – a lot of sun and beaches, shopping centres, and quirky restaurants and pubs. If you are interested in water sports, you might want to visit Nusa Dua. My itinerary consisted mainly of restaurants and pubs, most of them located in and around Seminyak. Proximity to other places I wanted to visit like Canggu, Kuta, Sanur and Jimbaran, made Seminyak an easy pick.
A quick look at my most favourite outfit from my stay here, before I start raving about the eateries I loved 😀
About the look : Black is a colour I always wear, irrespective of what season it is. I embrace black happily even during summer as you can see 😀 I found this pretty sundress in Express, and immediately knew I just had to buy it. I wore my starfish sandals from Nine West, which were also in black and white. My black tote from Forever 21 is always my travel companion. I usually carry just one handbag when I travel so that I have enough luggage space to buy more 😉 I keep the accessories minimal when it’s hot and humid.
Now to my favourite part…(warning: this post is picture-heavy, I wanted to show you every bit of it 😀 )
I kickstarted my stay in Seminyak with a lip-smacking lunch from Potato Head. One look at the structure, and you are left gaping at it till the security politely asks you to move along to make way for the people waiting behind you 😀 Don’t believe me? See for yourself.
When you see it from outside, you would think it’s a closed structure. But no, as soon as you enter, another surprise awaits you.
It opens right onto the beach. You could have drinks by the pool too.
The best thing about the eateries in Seminyak is that you will never leave disappointed. The food is as good as the ambience. Do not forget to try their signature burgers and crab sliders (to-die-for) while you are here, and of course the Kookaburra cocktail.
Breeze, The Samaya
Looking for a quiet candle-light dinner in Seminyak? Head straight to Breeze at The Samaya.
Dinner by the beach anyone?
Everyone has a favourite right? This has to be mine. I would love to go back to Seminyak just for another meal at La Favela. Trust me, this place is like a magical land, and has a Brazilian touch to it. To me it looked like a scene out of the fairy tale movies I grew up watching. The interiors and ambience would make you fall in love with this place instantly. Three other restaurants I loved (La Plancha, La Laguna and La Sicilia), are owned and designed by the same person, and you will soon see how lovely they all are.
This place transforms into a happening bar at night, definitely one of best here.
La Plancha to me stands for an evening out with friends – drinks, good food and gossip! Look at the dancing beach waves and enjoy the gentle breeze. The lanterns, the colours and the music add to the beauty.
Located in Canggu, 10 minutes away from Seminyak, this place is my second favourite. Gypsy caravans and colourful decor, wood furnishings and a beautiful view of the beach, this place will leave you speechless. If you are lucky, you will get to see peacocks roaming around.
Just look at that colourful plate!
I randomly walked into this place, not knowing it was one of the sister restaurants of La Favela and La Laguna. The place looks amazing, especially at night with thousands of lit candles. The service was spot on and the food – don’t get me started. I requested the restaurant manager Eliza (the owner’s friend who was helping him set up the restaurant) to recommend the drinks, starters and main course, and she knew exactly what I would like after a few questions 🙂 Just look at the place and the food! No trip to Seminyak would be complete if you haven’t visited these sister restaurants.
That’s Eliza 🙂
The best club in Seminyak. The architecture is similar to that of a cathedral, neon lasers and candy coloured mosaic glass light up the interiors. Grind to the DJ’s music and drink in the view around you. I have heard the club has trapeze artists performing often (look at the ceiling), but I am not sure as I had to leave way before the party started.
Never thought a quick breakfast before catching my flight would become the best breakfast of the trip. This restaurant is attached to Mirror Lounge, so I thought of trying it before packing up and leaving Seminyak. With the glass walls, star shaped string lights and colourful interiors, I thought this place was really pretty. That was until the food arrived. Would you believe me if I told you I had tears of joy when I tasted the food? 😀 Good food and good ambience, what more can one ask for?
Another noteworthy mention is Chandi, a restaurant that’s always full, at any time of the day. This wasn’t on my initial itinerary, but I just had to stop and see why the place was overflowing with people every time I passed it. The reason – amazing food and wine. Sadly, I do not have any pictures from here.
Two restaurants I couldn’t try due to time constraints are listed below. Do try them and let me know if you liked them 🙂
- Ayana Rock Bar: Located at the edge of the cliff, you would be sitting right above the waves. You will have to reserve a table beforehand as this place is always crowded. I couldn’t visit this restaurant as it was closed due to strong and nasty waves that week. Do add it to your list!
- Ku De Ta: Another place that tourists love. Food, ambience and a great sunset view are only a few reasons why you will fall in love with this place.
Char Char, Frankenstein’s Laboratory, Cosmic Diner, The Pirates Bay and Warung d’Sawah are just a few of the many amazing eateries in Seminyak.
And yes, in between all the restaurant hopping, I did manage to see a few places in and around Seminyak 😀 I visited the Uluwatu temple and got to watch the Kecak dance performance during sunset. Kecak dance is a form of Balinese dance and drama – a depiction of Ramayana. Set against the backdrop of the temple, with the evening sky in all its glory and the waves sparkling below, this performance is a complete entertainer (wait for Hanuman to make his appearance, you will know what I am talking about).
I did some water sports and activities in Nusa Dua; a bit of snorkelling and a swim with the turtles.
Make Bali your next destination. I came back with a lot of memories and of course, a few extra pounds 😛 Do let me know your comments and feedback. And, have a great weekend!