Both a world of trendy and comfort — perhaps it's the tastefully designed coffee shops or eateries marked by locally sourced ingredients, either way it's truly wonderful. Meet Seminyak, Bali.
The traffic can be considered chaotic by most people's standards, however the up-market experiences easily make up for it. Every corner is carefully considered, and it seems as though you could take an Instagram-worthy photo with every turn. A fascinating focus on local goods and regional food, Seminyak brings forth the best of southern Bali.
I found myself retreating to the hotel pool during the afternoon heat, and was thankful to have chosen a hotel with a space worth hanging out at (something I would encourage when choosing to stay in Seminyak.) The mornings were spent exploring town, popping into boutiques and grabbing coffee or food at different cafes. When we felt like a change of scenery, a drive up the coast or even a walk along the beach did just fine.
The Where and What Guide to Hip Seminyak
What to Know Before Visiting Seminyak
- Be sure to pre-arrange an airport transfer to skip the chaos.
- It takes an average of 45 minutes from the airport.
- Taxis are easy to grab in town, and must negotiate a rate (or by meter for long distance) and are cash only.
- Almost everyone accepts credit card but cash is needed for taxis and small restaurants.
- Pick a hotel you want to hang out at, you'll want somewhere to retreat to.
- Most cafes offer good WiFi.
Where to Stay in Seminayk
- Katamama Hotel: Opened earlier in 2016, this boutique hotel is located centrally and offers a quiet retreat in the heart of the city. Its all-suite rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated with local pieces and natural tones. It was by far our favorite hotel while in Bali. Read the full review here.
Where to Eat in Seminyak
- Mama San: Our favorite restaurant, we ate here two nights in a row. One of the hottest restaurants right now, it's pan-asian menu blends multiple Southeast Asian countries into one beautiful experience (reservations needed, and smart-casual dress code enforced.)
- Petitenget Cafe: Where farm to fork exists beautifully, definitely order the snow crab rolls!
- Nook: Situated in the rice fields, this cafe has local dishes and fresh acai bowls.
- Kaum: Inside Potato Head, this was our first meal in Bali (we also ate here twice). The views are stunning and the Indonesian dishes have incredible flavor.
- Sardine: Set along the rice paddies, this upscale restaurant is a classic.
- The Shady Shack: Local produce and bright plates for breakfast or lunch.
- Cafe Organic: Come here for an acai or pitaya bowl!
- Revolver Coffee: This is the trendiest coffee shop in town, and has an incredible space. Be sure to check out their Baby Revolver location too.
- Anomali Coffee: Another great option for caffeine.
- Biku Tea House: Both a place for proper tea, or lunch.
- Corner House: A tasteful industrial space with gourmet food and coffee.
- Sea Circus: A funky space with bright colors and a Mexican-inspired menu.
- Sisterfields Cafe: A favorite brunch spot.
- Favela: Come here for a cocktail!
- Bambu: Upscale Indonesian fare, where reservations are definitely needed.
What to Do in Seminyak
- Stop by Kim Soo Home and pick up the most beautiful textiles and decorations.
- Sunset is a must, and from the beach is incredible.
- See the bamboo entrance of the W Hotel, it is truly remarkable!
- Tanah Lot is a great afternoon trip, be prepared for a bit of tourists and traffic to get there. Sunset is stunning from here as well.
- Spa day at Spring Spa, with any of their massages or scrubs.
- Jiwa Bikram Yoga is a great studio if you want a bikram class.
- Shop at Uma and Leopold, Gooseberry Intimates, Jetset Gypsy, Lulu Yasmine, or Frockk Boutique.