I’m a list girl, you can run the world on a good list, so naturally I’ve been working on a list of my favourite places to eat, drink and play in Sanur. Although there are a few guest appearances by non-Sanur venues as well.
I didn’t choose my places based on any reviews or what’s popular – these are my picks because I go to them all a lot and can happily recommend them all for different reasons. So here goes, in no particular order, my suggestions of places to visit when in Sanur, and a few scattered around Bali.
If you follow my instagram or facebook, you’ll know I don’t function without a coffee to start the day and a cocktail to end it. The perks of living in Bali is that I’m never stuck for choice on where to enjoy them both. Click on any of the names to head to their website or facebook pages for more info.
Grocer & Grind They have just launched a new menu and it’s delish. But I can never walk past this place without having a Bees Knees – in fact the staff now just ask if I would like anything else with my Bees Knees. I might be predictable but when it’s good, it’s good.
The Fire Station A go for a great selection of good wine at a reasonable price…which in Bali isn’t easy to find. Sit on the balcony or terrace for a bit of people watching too, both inside and outside of the bar and restaurant.
Soul in a Bowl Conveniently located at the end of my morning walk, a great coffee kick-start for the day and the staff are awesome – when someone remembers your name and how you like your coffee, it goes a long way.
Bamboo Located at the front of the Prama hotel on the beach, they do a great happy hour and with a view like this, the beer tastes even better.
Casablanca It’s called itself the most colourful bar in Sanur…possibly in Bali! Great music every night, good burgers and super cold beer. Pub quiz on a Tuesday night also a fave of mine.
Linga Longa The first bar I went into when I moved to Sanur and I still go at least once a week. Cold beer, the staff are awesome and the band is fantastic – there aren’t many songs they don’t know and it’s the kind of place you can get up and dance and even join in the singing (whether you can sing or not!)
Warung Krishna (no website or facebook for this one) Easily the best nasi campur in town. Approx 25k IDR for delicious traditional Balinese food, easy on the sambal if you aren’t good with heat – it packs a punch. Located on Jalan Kutat Lestari.
Warung Santai (no website or facebook for this one) You can choose what you want for your nasi campur or order direct from the menu. My pick – the corn fritters are obscenely good and the eggplant in chilli is divine. Located on Jalan Tandakan in Sanur.
Warung Parahyangan (no website or facebook for this one) Amazing local food at crazy prices. I have a friend who swears by the fried fish and my fave is the vegetable omelette…or the bean sprouts in chilli….or the water spinach…you get the point, it’s all good!
Warung Makan SMS Another local near my house, dine in or have delivery. Great fresh food AND they also do a cooking class out the back, showing you how to make all the best traditional Balinese dishes from scratch…and then you get to eat it all!
Warung Dapur Deli Only new to the Sanur scene, this warung is a must visit. Super fresh salads and sandwiches, home made lasagne, great coffee to go with tasty cakes…and stock up on your favourite snacks from their deli section. It’s cool and quite often my office so I might see you there!
Pondok Baruna ( no website or facebook) This is guest appearance by a warung located in Jungut Batu, Lembongan. Great local food at good prices. If you are a tofu fan, try the pepes tofu or the fish version pepes ikan – cooked in banana leaf and served with rice, sambal and Balinese vegetables.
You can’t please everyone all the time but these places with a mixed menu come pretty close in my opinion with something for everyone.
Lemongrass Another cameo appearance by a restaurant in Jungut Batu, Lembongan. A great diverse menu of local food, Italian, and western food, to suit all tastes. Run by a husband and wife team, who are there every night, the staff are super friendly and the cocktails nice and cold after a hot day exploring the island.
Warung Beach Breeze One of the first places I ever went in Sanur, good cheap fresh local and western food, the staff remember you and which beer you like, and on Monday, Thursday and Saturday they have friends playing live music…and all the staff join in. Great fun!
Three Monkeys Located right next to Casablanca (convenient I say), Three Monkeys offers a great mix of local food and western food but always with a nod to Balinese spices and cooking methods. Oh and you must must must try the espresso martinis!
Hai Bar & Grill Another Lembongan guest, Hai Bar & Grill is located on the beach in Mushroom Bay. Book a table to avoid disappointment as this place is packed every night. Sunset drinks followed by dinner is my fave when on the island and again a clever mixed menu of western favourites (the pizza is mandatory choice for me) with Indonesian favourites like soto ayam. And the staff are great fun and can’t do enough for you.
The Glass House I would travel a long way for the mango frosty and lemon meringue pie at this place! In fact my best friend just came for a visit from Australia and number one on her list was the lemon meringue pie because I’ve raved about it…and she now agrees! The very best!
Ginger Moon I occasionally rarely head out of Sanur and this is my pick in Seminyak. Great fusion menu of Indonesian spices and cooking methods with flavours from all over the world. Try the dumplings…all of them…several times…you won’t regret it.
Jimbaran Bay Fish restaurants (no website because there are just so many to choose from) One of my favourite things to do is to head to Jimbaran beach for a sunset beer, watch everyone playing and walking, then nightfall sees all the seafood restaurants bursting at the seams with people. Great mixed menu of grilled seafood, vegetables, salads, chips….and cold cold beer. And you must try fresh corn grilled on the beach by the local vendors, while watching the fire lanterns float away into the night.
Something the Balinese do very well is learn cooking styles from all over the world so you can try food from all over the world without leaving Bali.
Soya Great Japanese cuisine, authentic and fresh, great fun with a group of friends so you can try lots of dishes. Agedashi Tofu is a fave of mine and I have friends who can’t visit Sanur without having the Tuna Martini (not a drink by the way). The staff are friendly and always have a smile.
The Village I’ve spent time in Italy and for me, this is about as close as you get to authentic Italian food. Good wine as well and you can order take away as well which is handy for families if the little people are too tired to head out or leave the villa.
Taco Casa If you’ve ever seen my trips to Ubud, you know this is mandatory anytime I am in the area. Also located in Seminyak and Canggu, delicious Mexican food and great cocktails. My pick is always a margarita with a fiesta salad and extra jalapenos….suddenly hungry now!
Gateway of India A friend recently recommended this and she was right – tasty Indian food and a great atmosphere…almost felt like I was in India. We over-ordered for sure but it all looked so good…and because it tasted so good, we managed to eat it all!
Barb’s Sports Bar This is where I go when I need a fix of all things Aussie. Great Aussie pub food mixed with local dishes and curries, icy cold beer, sport on all the time so an easy choice during AFL season. And the owner Barb is a fabulous woman so make sure you say hi when enjoying a pie and beer!
Writing this I realised how lucky we are in Bali, so many choices for delicious food and drinks, and the personalities you meet are what makes you go back again and again. I am unashamedly biased about Sanur, it’s the right mix of small village with all the great bars and restaurants you want, whether on the beach or on the main street, or even in smaller local streets, there is always somewhere to go to enjoy your day and night.
If you have other places not on my list that you want to rave about or places you want me to try, make sure to drop me a line and let me know. I’m a foodie ( and slightly partial to a cocktail or two) so any and all recommendations welcome!