Eat, Drink and Play in Labuan Bajo
We take our research very seriously at The Voice of Flores, and pride ourselves on the hours we have spent eating and drinking to bring you this article – a foodie map to Labuan Bajo. However, with Flores growing daily, the list will never be complete so please let us know about any new spots or old faves that we simply must go check out, all in the name of research of course!
Delicious food without rules, and a whole lotta fun! The menu here is playful, bringing ideas and recipes together to create inventive and more importantly, truly tasty food. They serve Japanese, fusion, and rustic organic food from 7am to 11pm, with a menu that has something for everyone, including our vegan and vegetarian friends. Plus, Happy Banana has an extensive wine list, mind-blowing cocktails and power packed juices for those looking for a healthy option.
You can find them on FB and IG @happybananakomodo
High on the 5th floor of the Beta Bajo Hotel, you will find Bistronomy, a restaurant whose elegance is matched by its incredible food and panoramic views. Get comfortable at the bar and watch the ocean drink up the sun, while the talented chefs prepare the finest sushi and Japanese grill. They have one of the best-stocked bars, and a Japanese inspired dessert list to end your night on a high note.
Look out for Bistronomy on FB and IG @bistronomykomodo
The Fish Markets
Labuan Bajo is famous for its fish markets, stocked daily by the local fishermen with their freshly caught fish and seafood pulled straight from the clean waters of Flores. It’s hard to choose a favourite stall, so you really need to try them all. Unless you are a chilli and sambal seasoned expert, take it easy – the tiny chillies pack a punch but add a fabulous flavour to any seafood you choose.
Just head down to the port in Labuan Bajo, you can’t miss the bustling fish markets.
One of the first restaurants in Labuan Bajo, Mediterraneo has been serving good quality Italian food to locals and tourists for years. With a great reputation for traditional flavours mixed with new styles, this restaurant is a MUST visit when in Labuan Bajo.
Find them on FB @mediterraneo.co.id and IG @mediterraneoflores
Café in Hit
Say it as one word and you’ll work out exactly what they specialise in, caffeine! Good strong coffee with talented baristas bringing you a great coffee every time. Plus, they sell their expertly roasted coffee beans in bags to take home, so for those times when the shop isn’t open, you always have a cup of coffee in hand.
Open from 6am to 10pm and on FB and IG @cafe.in.hit
Famous for its spectacular sunset bar, La Cecile is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has several different areas for dining. We recommend getting there a little earlier than sunset, because the best spots at the ledge bar overlooking the bay and view to the islands tend to go quickly. A favourite for us is the club sandwich, and one of our writers swears by the bubur ayam for breakfast.
Check them out on FB @lacecilekomodo and IG @lacecilehotel
Made in Italy
A sophisticated restaurant, offering a little something extra for those special nights out. The inspired Italian menu reflects the seasons, with organic produce, sourced locally, and delivered daily to the restaurant. Featuring fresh takes on traditional pasta and pizza, make sure you reserve a table as they book out quickly.
They have also opened a floating restaurant aboard a traditional Flores boat, so you must check this out when in Labuan Bajo.
You can find Marco and his talented team on FB @miiflores or @miiboat and IG @madeinitalyflores and @miitheboat
Bajo Bakery is an icon in Labuan Bajo, with its delicious selection of cakes and sweet treats plus fabulous service and a view to rival any other in Labuan Bajo. They share the building with Bajo Taco, so you choose which level to sit on, or if you really can’t leave your house or hotel, they offer home delivery!
Follow them for daily bakery inspiration and specials on FB @bajobakery and IG @bajo_bakery
Tacos and tequila, a proven recipe for good times! A bright and colourful space shared with Bajo Bakery, this restaurant has a tasty Tex Mex menu with a beer and cocktail list to suit each dish. During December it’s also Margarita Monday, buy 2 and get 1 for free, and it always has Taco Tuesday going with 3 tacos for the price of 2.
Check them out on FB and IG @bajotaco
New to the restaurant and bar scene, Ahoy Bar boasts one of the most extensive beer lists in Flores. With incredible sunset views and home-style Indian food, say ‘ahoy’ to your new favourite hangout. Closed Mondays, but open 7am to 11pm every other day.
Visit the bar and then follow them on FB @AHOYBAR and IG @ahoybar
Looking for a bar with banging music that stays open late? Paradise Bar is the answer for all you night owls who love to shake a tail feather. Perched overlooking the port, the sublime sunset views of the islands give way to live music, dancing and seriously good Long Island iced teas. But don’t take our word for it, check it out the next time you are in Labuan Bajo.
La Cucina Komodo
One word, book. It’s a small and beautifully decorated Italian restaurant that has people lining up at the door to get a table. So get in early and avoid disappointment. From experience, you can’t go wrong with any of the pizzas, and the pasta will put you into a delicious food coma with home-style cooking using the freshest of ingredients.
Check them out on FB and IG @lacucinakomodo
Atlantis Beach Club
I ‘discovered’ this gem by mistake when I got caught up in the ocean views and forgot to take my turn off on the road. But what a fabulous mistake to make. The beach club is gorgeous with an old boat dining and bar area, as well as several other dining areas along the expansive beach property. In keeping with the beachside location, there is a fun nautical theme, and a sparkling pool and bar flowing out over the ocean. I started with a fresh juice but was easily convinced to swap to an icy cold beer, followed by a luscious lunch.
With beach club parties a regular thing, make sure you follow them on FB and IG @atlantisbeachclub
Remember, just like Flores, this list is ever growing! So if you would like us to feature your restaurant, café or bar, or have visited a top spot we need to go check out, please drop us a line!