Seminyak & Batu Belig
Seminyak has become synonymous with upmarket Bali – it’s sipping sunset drinks while grooving to an international DJ, fine dining with top name chefs, fabulous shopping and spas that put the luxe back in luxury. The area has grown at a rate of knots; what really just began as an extension of Legian now encompasses Petitenget and the super-cool Batu Belig on the border with Berawa.
No matter where in Seminyak you are, the beach is nearby. So pack your surfboard. Or get some sand between your toes and take a stroll - turn left and you’re heading towards bustling Kuta or turn right and the less frenetic shores of Canggu await you. If you need to relax and unwind in tropical surroundings but still wouldn’t mind a funky café at your doorstep with a barista that makes the perfect macchiato, then Seminyak is for you.
shortage of fine dining in Bali - the only challenge will be to fit them
all in. Just remember to book ahead, especially in high season.
6 Jl. Petitenget – High end French cuisine in a sumptuous Balinese
setting. If you want to indulge without the price tag check out their
set menu lunch.
Sardine: 21 Jl. Petitenget – Upmarket seafood in
divine surroundings. Make sure you get there early to savour a drink
while watching the sun set over the perfectly manicured rice paddies.
19x Jl. Petitenget – Seriously delicious Asian fusion with an opulent
atmosphere. If you’re not up for the full Monty then cocktails in the
magical garden with bar food is just as sublime.
Mama San: 135
Jl. Raya Kerobokan– Sarong’s sassy little sister. It will be hard to
decide which one you like best. Mama San always feels buzzy, at lunch
and dinner, and the bar upstairs is a great place to start or end the
Merah Putih: 100x Jl. Petitenget – This new kid on the
block is an architectural delight and serves refined Indonesian food
with a modern twist.
Starfish Bloo at the W Hotel: Jl. Petitenget
- Lunch or dinner to the sound of the rolling waves is very nice any
day of the week but it’s probably the Sunday brunch that its most famous
for. Remember to check out the free flow package.
Pantai Batu Belig – You can visit the Michelin star version in Ubud or
check out the equally stunning fine dining restaurant on Batu Belig
beach.In the Middle
great atmosphere that doesn’t max out the card. We have only just
touched the sides and given you some of our favourites but there are
plenty of reasonably priced eateries, especially on Jalan Laksamana
(otherwise known as Eat Street).
La Lucciola: Jl. Petitenget – A
Bali institution. Breakfasts with a sea breeze, casual lunches and
romantic candle lit dinners. It’s a must.
Biku: 888 Jl.
Petitenget – Set in a traditional Javanese joglo this place is another
must. Morning and afternoon tea comes highly recommended - kids will
absolutely adore the children’s special. Try and get there when the card
reader is in residence.
Sea Circus: 22 Jl. Kayu Aya – A fun and
colourful venue any time of the day. Great coffee, good food and
fantastic cocktails in the evening.
Petitenget: 40x : Jl.
Petitenget – Bistro style food for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Perfect
for when you don’t feel like a nasi goreng.
Mantra: Jl. Petitenget - Gorgeous people in a relaxed setting. Perfect for a long lunch or late night cocktails.
Café Bali: Jl.
Laksmana – The food is a bit of a mixed bag but the décor in this
gorgeously renovated joglo makes it definitely worth a visit.
Mexicola: 9x Jalan Kayu Jati & Lacalaca: 1 Jl. Drupadi – Need a
Mexican fix? Tacos and margaritas? Both of these places are the real
deal and very popular.
Ultimo and Trattoria: Jl. Laksmana–There’s
a reason these places are packed out every night: they serve delicious
and authentic Italian food at reasonable prices.
41 Jl Batu Belig – Speaking of packed out! This famous rib joint - it’s
the spin off from the original Ubud warung - serves mouth-watering ribs
and absolutely lethal martinis and is heaving at all hours of the day
Watercress: 21a Jl Batu Belig – If you’re craving
fresh salads, juices and need a decent coffee then head to the recently
opened Watercress on Batu Belig.
There’s some great local food in the area worth trying and it won’t empty the piggy bank.
Murah – There are actually two Warung Murahs in Seminyak: one is close
to Lio Square at the top of Jalan Petitenget and the other is deep in
the heart of Jalan Laksamana (next to Café Bali). Both serve tasty
traditional Indonesian food.
Warung Kolega: 98A Jl. Petitenget –
This warung serves traditional Indonesian food and is super popular with
both Indonesians and westerners.
Warung Sulawesi: 200Y Jl.
Petitenget – You’re spoilt for choice at this warung set down a little
laneway off Petitenget. It serves a selection of food from Sulawesi so
expect a little spice.
Nab a day bed, sip a cocktail and watch a sunset! Happiness! Seminyak is home to some of Bali’s best known beach clubs and bars. A visit to Ku De Ta (where they do a fabulous family Sunday brunch with activities galore for the kids) , Potato Head or the bar a the W Hotel is an absolute must on a Bali holiday. Grab a daybed and watch a perfect Bali sunset. Visit one or try them all!
You’re on holidays: indulge yourself with a massage or spa treatment.
your luck and have a cheap massage near your villa - at around $10 USD
you can’t go wrong. Or make an appointment at one – or all! - of these
Prana: 118x Jl. Kunti – You’ll feel like a prince or
princess at this truly luxurious spa. Prices are a bit higher than most
but well worth it.
Bodyworks: 2 Jalan Kayu Jati - At this beautiful spa you can get anything from a haircut to a pedicure and manicure or a facial.
Menari Massage: 47 Jlya Basangkasa The all-male masseurs really know
their business. Try the four handed massage for something really
Glo: 119 Jl. Kunti Located just near Bali Deli, Glo do great waxing and mani/pedis.
is a shopper’s delight with everything from designer men’s and women’s
fashion, great kids clothes stores and beautiful homewares shops.
A high end fashion shop with air conditioning and price
tags means you don’t bargain but if you’re in a smaller shop then the
price may be negotiable.
In order not to get too overwhelmed the best way to tackle Seminyak shopping is to break it down by street.
Laksamana (otherwise known as Oberoi Street) is where you’ll find all
the high end fashion labels with all the big Bali names like Uma &
Leopold, Lulu Yasmine, Magali Pascale as well as some great little
designer boutiques. It’s a long street and starts (or finishes depending
on where you are staying) close to the Jalan Kerobokan end of Seminyak
and runs to Seminyak Square.
If you turn off at Seminyak Square
and head into Jalan Kayu Jati you’ll find a host of great boutiques and
art shops as well as Grocer and Grind where you can stop for coffee and
air conditioning. We know that shopping can be hard work.
around the corner is Jalan Kayu Ayu with the fabulous Boatshed on the
corner, which has a great range of Bali’s leading designers.
Seminyak (which is also known as Jalan Basangkasa) starts at Bintang
supermarket so that’s a good enough place to begin your shopping
adventure. Turning east will take you towards Legian where the prices
are cheaper and bargaining is more frequent – and frenetic! - but if you
turn west you’ll find stores a plenty and lots of cafes and eateries
where you can take some time out.
Jalan Kunti runs off Jalan Seminyak and is definitely worth the detour.
Petitenget is one of our favourite streets in Bali and boasts great
shops including Namu for clothes and accessories, Horn Emporium, Bathe
for beauty products and Carga for homewares. Don’t forget to pop into
the boutiques at Ku De Ta and Potato Head.
Jalan Batu Belig just
gets better and better for shopping. The street is a bit long and
treacherous to walk (there are no footpaths!) so hop on a scooter or
take the car and be prepared to stop and start. We love Coco &
Ginger’s new kidswear shop, BambooKu for bamboo linen and clothes,
Kevala Ceramics and Saraswati Papers for gorgeous stationery.