What can you do in a day and a half in Bali? How to make the most of your trip? Where are the coolest places to go; what’s the nicest food to eat; and where to take awesome Instagram pictures? Well, we teamed up with Urban Icon to take the challenge and show you how to explore Bali in thirty six hours. Of course this list is always in beta. If time allows, we will come up with a fresh list from time to time.
First things first, get your car rental & driver ready, because this is going to be a very packed trip, going from one end to the other end of the city at times. And yes, you wouldn’t want to be visiting these cool places soaked in sweat. Gotta stay fresh for Instagenic photos, right?
Because being a foodie doesn’t mean being a careless glutton. If I could sum up Nalu Bowls in one line, that would be it. Delicious vitamins-and-nutrients-packed bowl of fruit and granolas mix to kick-off the day in a good mood, at IDR 50 – 80K. That’s a steal!
Address: Jl. Drupadi No.1, Kuta, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 812-3660-9776
Opening Hours: Daily 7.30AM – 6PM
Whale & Co
After a good-for-your-body-and-soul kind of brunch, the last thing you want to do is spoil your guilt-free day with the typical tourist-go-to suckling pig resto. You know what, why don’t we skip that altogether and crank it up a notch with something better at dinner. In the meantime, enjoy a good cup of coffee, take small bites, let your body recharge a bit after the long flight at this cute small coffee shop at Seminyak. Away from the crowd, it is a great place to read, edit your Nalu Bowls photos, and enjoy being deep in conversation with your travel mates.
Address: Jl. Nakula, Gang Kresna, Unit 3, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 878-6156-0977
Opening Hours: Daily 8AM – 7PM
MoVida at Katamama
As the clock ticks faster approaching sunset, get your caffeine-injected-ass moving towards one of the newest establishment in the island. Hosted at the soon to be opened Katamama Hotel (in the same property as Potato Head), very few has been to MoVida. Yes, we try hard to make you the early-bird hipster. A status you’d want to secure among your circle of friends.
What’s good here? Everything. Too early to judge? Maybe, but I know I can vouch for the food I tasted that night. Under the helm of Chef Frank Camorra, you can be assured that the food here is equally authentic and blissful for your taste bud. The highlight of the night for me was their Cecina. Air dried beef from one of the best tasted Jamon I’ve ever had, paired with truffle foam and poached organic egg. A burst of flavor in the mouth that makes you go wow and voluntarily close your eyes simply because you want to savor that moment and keep it in your memory.
The next best thing to do after this? Some drinks at their bar & a good loooong sleep.
Address: Jl. Petitenget No.51, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 302 9940
Opening Hours: Daily 6PM – 12AM
Wakey wakey! It’s your second day and also your last day. A lot of things to cross of the list in the remaining 12 hours. We paid a visit to the newly opened Urban Icon store at Mal Bali Galleria and had a look at some of the items we couldn’t find elsewhere. Fell in love so much with these two vintage-designed Fossil watches that it took me a good 20 minutes to decide which one I want to have next. Speaking of Fossil, I got asked quite a lot on the bag I’ve been using for a while. You guys can check it out directly at their website.
Address: Mal Bali Galeria Unit 1A-22
I forget to tell you that I purposefully skipped breakfast because I wanted to prepare my belly for Indonesia’s Best Restaurant. Yes, Locavore in Ubud has recently been awarded No. 49 in Asia’s Best 50 Restaurants and also picked as the nation’s best. I was lucky that I visited them right before they won it, otherwise reservations would have gone off the roof and I’d have no chance of trying their food.
I’ll spare the details about Locavore for another blogpost, but this much I can tell you right now: I haven’t had such a memorable meal in a long while. They are definitely in my all-time Top Ten, and I have the ranks of Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner in there.
Address: Jalan Dewisita No. 10, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 977733
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday
Lunch: 11AM – 3PM
Dinner: 6PM – 11PM
Named as one of the best pastry cafe in Bali, Monsieur Spoon is a must visit. Even a simple croissant is very well crafted to perfection here. They still tasted that good even when I was still full from the 10-11 courses I had at Locavore. If you had a bigger belly space than I did, you could try some of their other specialties too.
Address: Jalan Kayu Cendana no. 2 Oberoi, BAli, Bali 86100, Indonesia
Opening Hours: Daily 6.30AM – 9PM
Buro Concept Store
With house beans from Common Grounds roastery, Kees Spirit Espresso Machine behind the bar, and a passionate barista orchestrating the whole thing, coffee rarely goes wrong here. I always take the time to visit whenever I have the opportunity to drop by in Bali. Nothing feels better than a friendly cup of coffee, conversations, and a good vibe. A perfect close to end the trip.
Address: Jl. Petitenget No.15, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
You could easily fit 1-2 more spots in this list. But not being as ambitious as most people, I’m more inclined to sit a bit longer and take time to enjoy the experience instead of doing the more typical order-photo-eat-and-go trips. After all it’s the small moments that matter, and I hope you get to make as many moments as I did in 36 hours with your travel mates.