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FOOD GUIDE TO BALI

I am a big foodies and a huge part of traveling for me is eating local food. Also, I love trying new things, so I’m always on the hunt for the best food in every new country. In Bali the local food is provided in the restaurants called “Warung”. Classics are Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice) and Mie Goreng (Fried Noodles), which really taste delicious. However, after some time you’ll probably get tired of eating the same food all over again. That’s why my recommendations mostly are restaurants that are not actually local. You can basically find good Warungs in every place in Bali, if you keep your eyes open and eventually look on Tripadvisor or Google. So I thought I’d share some of the more western restaurants with you. These are places where you can go to if you want to eat something a little bit different.

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My favorite cafés and restaurants – Bali Food

Since there’s a huge amount of options I picked out some of our favorites! Here are my favorite food options and places in Bali. Enjoy!

The Loft, Canggu

I’ve been to this restaurant so many times during our stay in Canggu. They have the best sourdough bread, açaí bowls and smoothies. If you like good, healthy, hipster food, this one is for you!

open: 6 a.m to 10 p.m
adress: Pantai Batu Bolong St No.50A, Canggu, North Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361
🌱 vegan & vegetarian options

Warung Gauri, Ubud

I found this little Warung in Ubud and I came back for dinner almost every day. While you eat you can enjoy the sunset view over the rice fields. Also, they have amazing vegan and vegetarian options.

open: 9 a.m to 10 p.m
adress: Jl. Bisma No.25, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
🌱 vegan & vegetarian options

Da Romeo, Canggu

If you are sick of all the Nasi Goreng, this Italian restaurant is perfect for you. A little bit more on the pricey side for Bali, but 1000% worth it. You can get literally every Italian specialty. From Pasta, Pizza, Antipasti, Soups to the yummiest deserts, they have everything you could have ever wanted.

open: 4 p.m to 12 p.m
adress: Jl. Pantai Berawa No.29, Tibubeneng, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
🌱 vegan & vegetarian options

Kenza, Kuta (Lombok)

Just like the Loft in Canggu, they have very good açaí bowls and healthy food. Plus, the interior of the cafe is very picturesque and has a relaxing vibe. You could just chill there or even get some work done.

open: 7.30 a.m to 5 p.m 
adress: Jl. Raya Kuta No.5B, Kuta Lombok, Pujut, Kuta lombok, Nusa Tenggara Bar. 83573
🌱 vegan & vegetarian options

Tropicana Café & Churros, Seminyak

Since I love dessert, I was looking for a good café to get sweets. And omg guys….these churros are just next level. I’ve been there way too many times haha.

open: 7.30 a.m to 10 p.m
adress:  Jl. Umalas I No.54, Kerobokan Kelod, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
🌱 vegan & vegetarian options

How to avoid Bali Belly

Besides all this amazing food, I got Bali Belly at the beginning of our trip. This is is a very common illness for European travelers to get in Bali. Some people say it is because of the bad tap water quality there, but nobody really knows where it comes from. However, if you pay attention, you can easily get away without having this gastrointestinal problem. So, here are some tips on how to avoid it or how to get rid of it. Since, it can make your trip less enjoyable if it lasts a very long time.

  • Don’t eat street food or in Warungs, if you haven’t read the reviews online. Just go there on a recommendation from other travelers or if the reviews are good. Some local restaurants have very bad hygienic standards, which can cause Bali Belly if you eat their food.
  • Never drink the tap water in Bali! It is full of dirt and bacteria, that you don’t want to get in your digestive system.
  • Try to not get water in your mouth during showering/washing your face and always brush your teeth with water from your water bottles. Ideally, you keep the contact with tap water in Bali to a minimum.
  • Don’t bathe in the waterfalls. The rivers in Bali are full of garbage, that tourists and locals throw in there.

If you already have it, this is what helped me to get rid off it and makes you feel better:

  • Drink as much as you can! This helps to get the bad bacteria out of your body.
  • Try to not eat the first 1-2 days and then try to eat light food. If you keep eating and eventually put more “bad” bacteria in your body it might get even worse.
  • Electrolytes! They help you to feel better and get hydrated in a short amount of time. Ideally, you have brought some with you. If not coconut water has a lot of electrolytes.
  • Take toilet paper anywhere. 😀 Just in case, you’ll never know. At least, I was doing that.
  • Take a rest from traveling and sleep as much as you can. I know you want to explore as much as you can, but trust me getting some rest helps your recovery a lot.

Some of these tips might seem a little bit harsh or common sense. However, you want to make sure to be well prepared to not let this destroy your beautiful trip. Let’s hope for the best!

Btw if you haven’t seen it yet, here is our blog post for the perfect Bali itinerary.

See you,

Sophia

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