A few weeks ago, I had the chance to head to Bali for a rather spontaneous week-long trip.
It was my second time visiting Bali, but my first time staying in Seminyak and I discovered so many new great places. Below is a few of my favourite places to eat, stay and shop. Hope to go back soon!
The Colony Hotel booked via The Luxe Nomad
The Colony became an instant favourite, it's on Jalan Laksmana, close to the beach and right next door to one of my favourite Cafes, Sea Circus. The location was lovely, still very close to everything but also quiet and relaxing. The highlight for me was the pool which was literally at our doorstep. I took a dip in the morning before breakfast (served poolside) before heading out for a day of shopping and cafe-hopping.
Hotel Ize booked via The Luxe Nomad
Located in central Seminyak close to all the shops, bars and cafes is Hotel Ize. Very modern in style with a tonal blue and grey colour palette offering generous rooms and a stunning rooftop pool. We were lucky to stay here on a beautiful clear day making the views from the roof-bar quite stunning. It is under cover though, so a rainy day drink would also be quite nice! Most room deals include access to their breakfast buffet - sit outside to take in that Seminyak buzz.
Located tight near The Colony Hotel, this little gem is a favourite for breakfast and lunch. The neon sign and brightly coloured interior make it a fun Bali experience, while the food is similar to what you would expect from your local Aussie cafe. They offer a mix of traditional fare (eggs or avocado on toast) with a few healthy sweeter options which I love. Pictured above is the quinoa, chia and coconut porridge with pistachio and goji, alongside the ricotta pancakes with banana. They do good coffee, amazing fresh juices & smoothies and a great selection of tacos and quesadillas for lunch.
A newcomer to the Seminyak cafe scene, this Aussie-owned cafe serves up great coffee, perfect acai bowls and a mean lunch burger. The decor is what you would expect from a trendy Sydney cafe - a marble bar table that runs along the front and inside of the restaurant, a courtyard with wooden tables and wire chairs, leather booths inside for dining comfort and a selection of potted plants and magazines alongside large glass paneled doors.
My favourite dinner in Seminyak - MAMA San offers a contemporary take on traditional Asian street food. The curry and dumplings were both enough to make me want to come back again. Apart from the food, it's also the vintage colonial-style interiors that make this restaurant a must-visit. Located in a two story converted warehouse, traditional dining is offered on the ground floor (be sure to make a booking in advance) or for those looking to just have a drink (or like us, didn't book) you can be seated upstairs and have food served to you at cosy low tables. Note - smoking is allowed at the upstairs bar area so if you are looking to eat there, try to get in early.
Magali Pascal offer the perfect mixture of feminine and bohemian designs for a tropical getaway. I picked up two of their dresses last time I was Seminyak and did the same again this time. Most of the fabrications are light weight cotton, silk or lovely delicate lace that I still wear throughout our summer.
Just a few doors down from Magali Pascal, From offers a selection of beautiful soft cotton t-shirts, sweaters and dresses. I went straight for the crew neck cut tee in grey and white, the cotton scarves and the Turkish towels made in collaboration with Corner House.
Located on Jalan Kayu Aya, Home Store offers printed bags, pillows and clothing in bright Bali-style colours. The kidswear is adorable too! Home also back on to the vintage-style cafe, Revolver Espresso, another great one for coffee.
We popped into this little store on our way home from dinner one evening. A lace/crochet panelled top in the window caught my eye and ended up being the perfect travel companion for Lembongan. I love that had an entire rack of just white pieces in different styles and fabrications.
1-4. The Colony Hotel, 5 & 6. Magali Pascal store, 7. Breakfast at Sea Circus, 8-11. Hotel Ize. All photos by me,