If you are heading to Bali for the first time I have to warn you that is is a foodies paradise.  There is so much to choose from so here’s my Bali foodie guide to help make your decisions a little easier.

Bali was so much more than I’ve hoped for, but if I had to choose one word to describe it best in my heart, I think I would go for an adventure. Surfing the mad waves, climbing and hiking, chasing waterfalls, swinging over the jungle, cliff jumping, “scootering” around narrow streets – only a few of the most interesting activities. Attention adrenaline junkies, you will love this island

After all the adventure you need to eat. I am going to point you towards some of the best places I tried on my Balinese holiday, from traditional to Mexican and Japanese. Bali has it all!


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The View La Joya


Bali Foodie Guide


Bebek Teba Sari Restaurant Ubud

This place is mandatory for a full Indonesian experience and it was actually recommended by our local friend, Made. Nasi Goreng, Mie Goreng, Bebek Garing or Pisang Goreng – No clue what am I talking about? Then you should definitely go to Bebek Teba Sari and find out more about the traditional Indonesian food which is truly yummy.

As a plus, you get to eat your lunch with rice terraces views and if you are lucky enough to get one of the floating huts, you will be able to feed the fish directly from your table.

Tip: Try Bebek Garing – their traditional crispy duck and Pisang Goreng – the most renowned Balinese dessert.


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The View at La Joya Biu Biu II

This is the perfect place for lunch or dinner with a view. Situated on a cliff in Jimbaran, the restaurant is the ultimate location for sunset lovers. It offers Indonesian and Mediterranean cuisine in a fancy setting overlooking the Indian Ocean. What more could you wish for?

Tip: For fish lovers, I recommend trying the tuna steak. Do not forget about the yummy appetizers and desserts!


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The View appetizers


La Plancha Beach & Bar in Seminyak

Seminyak is well known on the island for the beautiful sunsets it offers, so when I first saw this amazing colourful beach club, I knew we must pay it a visit. We enjoyed some cold Coronas and fresh seafood with front row tickets to one of the most amazing sunsets we have ever seen.

Pretty hard to make a reservation since this is not possible online, but if you arrive there one hour before sunset, you won’t have any problems in finding a good table.

Tip: Meat lovers should not worry. You can also find yummy alternatives such as burgers, chicken wings or pork ribs!


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Corona at La Plancha


Sushi at Terasi Ubud

Firstly, I must admit I am a sushi addict so I have tried as much as I could all around the world. But Balinese sushi was simply amazing and made my holiday even better. Fresh fish and seafood probably made the trick and convinced me to return to this place three times in my two weeks escape in Bali and I bet you will too.

Tip: Good selection of fresh juices and I must mention the low prices compared to Europe which was such good news for me!


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Sushi at Terasi


Motel Mexicola in Seminyak

As you can already guess, this is the place to enjoy some delicious Mexican food in a lovely atmosphere. Anyone who does a little research about Bali knows that Motel Mexicola is mandatory to visit. I suggest coming for dinner and enjoy a late night out with your loved one or your friends since the party will get started around 10 pm.

This is one of the coolest restaurants I have been to lately. Do not expect luxury, but be prepared for good Mexican food and the time of your life.

Be sure to try their amazing tacos!


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Motel Mexicola Bali


These are my top Bali foodie guide picks for your Balinese experience, but I also have one extra tip: do not leave Bali without indulging in their amazing fruit platters and fresh juices in the morning: pineapple, watermelon, dragon fruit, melon, mango, papaya and many others which taste incredible.


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I am blonde and I am around the world every time my day job as a criminal lawyer allows me. I have a huge list of all the places I want to visit and the things I want to experience when I will be lucky enough to get there. You can find me on Instagram and my blog.


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  1. All the food that you mention sounds amazing. Being a vegetarian, my memory of Bali food is raw food & vegan restaurant. I also liked their local Coffee that leaves a texture on your tongue.

    Lovely images.

  2. I wish I had come across these recommendations BEFORE I went to Bali. Nevertheless, I did end up having some great food in Seminyak and even in Ubud, found this place recommended by a local which had super views and fantastic food. Thanks for these suggestions anyway, I will pass them on to some friends planning a trip this year.

  3. So many great places to eat! I’m not sure what sounds better the views or the actual dishes themselves. The island vibe just naturally makes me gravitate toward the fresh fruit and fruit juices. I was surprised to see tacos make the list and definitely wouldn’t be able to resist a visit to Motel Mexicola!

  4. Oh my gosh, you’re making me hungry! I was supposed to be in Bali last month (but had emergency surgery instead) and one of the things I was most looking forward to on this return visit was the food! I actually ate at Bebek Teba Sari Restaurant Ubud the last time I was in Bali and had it on the list for this time. Their good is absolutely astounding! Thanks for sharing some great restaurants for my next visit!

  5. I haven’t made it to Bali and I love the suggestions. The calamari with shrimp looks delicious. And who couldn’t resist the corona. Great guide for the foodie in all of us

  6. Amazing food presentation. I too enjoyed the sea food scene in Bali during my recent visit there.
    Loved the location in the cliff of Jimbaran. I tend to eat more when the views are good. Ha.. ha… 🙂

    • A great view is always worth spending extra time to make the most of. I am sure that restaurants with great views probably make more money because we all tend to sit there that much longer 🙂

  7. I love trying local food when I travel, that duck looks delicious!! I am a sucker for sushi though too, it is great that the prices are cheaper than here though, it often is an expensive treat in Europe so it’s good to know I can stuff my face and not feel guilty!!

    • Bali, like much of Asia, is excellent value when you are travelling from Europe or the States. The local food is particularly good value especially when you are on a budget.

  8. All of these look like great suggestions and the dishes you have included in the post are so tempting too. Food is such an integral part of the travel experience and Indonesian food certainly looks delicious. Seafood is always the best close to the sea!

  9. I really shouldn’t have read this before getting dinner. That food looks delicious, especially all the seafood. I’m also a huge fan of Mexican, but my absolute favorite food is sushi. I guarantee I would eat at Terasi more than three times during my visit to Bali, which I hope to get to by the end of this year.

  10. Bali is one place that I can travel to just for food. I loved the food so much out there. and there’s so much variety. While i did stay in all the areas you mentioned but unfortunately didn’t try most of the restuarants mentioned by you. Time to go back!


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