June 15, 2016 Wander-lust

Bali’s best hangouts of 2016!

The first time I fell in love with the island of Bali must have been in 2013 when I lived here for my studies. Ever since, this magical place has found a little spot in my heart and will never leave! After my Aussie adventures and on my way back to Amsterdam I (obviously) couldn’t resist making a pit stop again on this spiritual island. Guess what!? I found so many new hotspots! Unfortunately they didn’t all fit in one blogpost since the list is long! But these are (just) a few of my favorites listed per area. These are Bali’s best hangouts of 2016!

CANGGU

Crate Café
Crate Coffee, Crate brekkie, Crate smoothies….Life’s crate! And it actually is when you fancy your brekkie right here. Crate is an absolute “hipster happening”. With an Australian owner it’s hard to go wrong with coffee and classic breakfast so hands up for Maree Suteja! Detail: I love how you guys put that cover on my scooter seat against the hot sun to protect me from burning my ass after! Your best bet after a surf? Calrrito brekkie burrito, no doubt!
64 Jalan Batu Bolong, Canggu 80361, Indonesië
insta: @cratecafe

Crate cafe Bali

Pretty Poison
Same owner as Crate..must be just as good, right?! You cannot miss out on this one during your Bali stay, trust me. After a day of surf, skate takes over. Secure a spot around the skate bowl to watch one of the skate competitions, get inked by the “in club” tattoo artist or dance the night away! Favo drink: Kombucha with Tequila. What I love: the equal mix of locals and foreigners, music & vibes…

Shortcut Canggu
Insta: @prettypoison___
www.prettypoisonbar.com

prettypoisonbar
Source: Pretty Poison Bar

Little Flinders
Lovely hangout, the sweetest staff and a healthy cuisine. The chef cooks with what’s in season and with local produce which is not only good for you but also for the environment! This is actually the case in most hotspots by the way… Go for the “Canggu Love” brekkie bowl!
Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.78
insta: @littleflinders

Little Flinders, Bali
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Milk & Madu
Another great joint in town! Milk & Madu is a must on your Bali To Do list. Healthy & delicious foodies plus the best coffee (Revolver) on the island (okay Crate’s blend comes pretty close) is served here in an amazing atmosphere. My all time favorite: smashed avocado on toast!
Jalan Pantai Berawa 52
insta: @milkandmadu
www.milkandmadu.com

milkandmadu Bali

@bali_cafes
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Avocado Café
Hidden away behind green leaves, you’ll find this cosy little healthy & happy place specialized in paleo and vegan! In collaboration with Motion Fitness Bali, Avocado café loves to share the importance of healthy nutrition. With fresh and organic produce every day you can enrich your body with lots of vitamins and minerals… Isn’t that what we want!?
BatuBolong, 69b, Canggu
Insta: @avocadoccafebali
www.motionfitnessbali.com

avocado cafe bali
Source Instagram @avocadocafebali

ULUWATU

Nalu Bowls
Besides Uluwatu, Nalu Bowls can be found in Canggu (Echo Beach), Ubud and Seminyak so there’s absolutely no way around this healthy smoothie bowl experience! I always take the “Mavericks” bowl, named after a big wave surf break on the American West Coast. It’s an Açai blend with granola, banana, strawberries and COCONUT flakes. I love to eat mine on the cliff overlooking the Uluwatu surf…Goodlife!
Jalan Mamo,  Uluwatu, attached to Single Fin
Insta: @nalubowls
www.nalubowls.com

@elljay12
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Drifter Surf Store
Believed to be “the soul of surfing” by founders Jake Mackenzie & Tim Russo…. Drifter doesn’t only offer you the coolest collection of surf boards and retail but also gives you a place to enjoy great espresso and read tons of books, hand selected. On the road from Uluwatu to Bingin it’s hard to miss this amazing old Javanese teak house that is transformed into a surfers paradise, inland!
Jl. Labuan Sait, Pecatu
Insta: @drifterbali
www.driftersurf.com

drifter bali
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Bukit Café
“Best food in the Bukit” as their wifi password reveals and they are damn right! Me and my friend Isabel (another Dutchie from Amsterdam) kept coming back here for mouthwatering foodies, colorful smoothies and quality time. Owned and operated by an Australian vs. Brazilian a.k.a. a party for your tastebuds! What we loved: the pink pitaya smoothie with dragonfruit and the zucchini fritters!
Jalan Labuan Sait
Insta: @bukit___cafe
www.bukitcafe.com

bukit__cafe Bali

 Bukit cafe Bali
Source: @bukit___cafe

SEMINYAK

Revolver
Right in the middle of Seminyak’s shopping walhalla, Revolver Boutique Coffee House provides you with one of the best coffee experiences you can have. The vintage, jazzy, mixed with wild west interior and the lovely people make you smile for miles. The coffee brand became pretty big on the island resulting in many hotspots brewing their coffees with Revolver coffee beans! For speedy take-aways step by “Baby Revolver” situated at Jl Petitenget 102. Love, love, love!
Jl kayu aya / Gang 51
Insta: @revolverespresso
www.revolverespresso.com

Revolver Coffee Bali
Source: @revolverespresso

Watercress
Where sun, surf and sea come together, where Byron Bay and Bali cross paths…. Open all day every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With the same owners as Milk & Madu, Watercress will never let you down! Enjoy the goodness of their (Revolver) coffee combined with their smashed chats & goats cheese! No better way to start your day.
Jl Batu Belig 21a, Kerobokan
Insta: @watercressbali
www.watercressbali.com

watercress bali
Source: @watercressbali

UBUD

Yoga Barn
Did you know that Bali is the island of spirituality!? Where better to go than Ubud? Wander around the Yoga Barn and explore a deeper meaning of life through meditation, holistic healers, Ayurvedic Rejuvenation, acupuncture and different styles of yoga! Calm down, connect your body, mind and soul while finding your inner peace. Namasté!
Jalan Raya Pengosekan
www.theyogabarn.com

Yoga Barn Bali
Source: @guna_kviese

Bali Buda (name will change to Bali Bunda soon)
I actually love the Bali Buda store/café situated in Sanur but the one in Ubud is just as lovely. A great supplier of wholesome, raw, vegan, honest and organic foodies, as well as skin care products that make you feel good inside and out. What I love: their organic sunscreens and the cassave flour pancakes!
Jl Jembawan 1
www.balibuda.com

balibuda Bali

NUSA LEMBONGAN

Villa Pasir
One day I took a little trip to Nusa Lembongan to explore the island and surf some waves. I never booked any accommodation up front (as usual) so upon arrival I started walking past all the cute home-stays on the beach. Villa Pasir was one of them and I immediately fell in love with this guest house designed and owned by a beautiful French lady living her dream!
Front Beach, Jungut Batu
Insta: @villa_pasir
www.villapasir.com

Villa Pasir Bali

Bed villa pasir
Amazing place to stay in Bali!

Bali Eco Deli
An added value to your stay in paradise! Bali Eco Deli is conscious about the environment and tries to reduce the use of plastic with their recycling program which makes me so happy! Plastic is a huge problem in Indonesia and Eco Deli gives a great example in the race to safe the planet and its natural beauty. Their produce is not only healthy and delicious but also fresh, locally grown and organic. For the girls: pastries are the main foodies on the menu and it doesn’t matter if you can’t choose, you can just take it all! Really!
Main road Nusa Lembongan
Insta: @baliecodeli
www.baliecodeli.net

Bali Eco Deli
I love everything about this place!

Blue corner bar
First of all go here for an amazing sunset! Secondly, order a couple of those super tasty taco’s with either beef, chicken, fish or veggies (they are small so take at least 3)! Besides the taco’s the menu offers all sorts of yummy Mexican food. What I love: fresh coconut with lime, comfy bean bags, fish taco’s!
At the end of front beach
Insta: @bluecornerbar
www.bluecornerdive.com

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15. Blue corner taco's
Source: @bluecornerbar 

Sun, surf, yoga, good food and good people is what Bali life is all about…I hope that you will enjoy these hotspots as much as I did but I also want to spread the word of being a conscious traveler. Respect the local culture, clean up your garbage and care for mother nature…it’s your privilege to be in Bali after all. Now go and enjoy your holidays! :)

Till next time…

-X- Mandy

*Mandy is one of our guest bloggers who has lived in Bali and Australia. She’s now back in Amsterdam getting ready for her next adventure.. Follow Mandy on Instagram!

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