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Bali is a fantastic place for all travellers, young and old alike. I've been travelling to this fantastic tropical oasis for the past 30 years and I've seen a lot of changes in that time. I'd like to introduce you to a few of my favourite places, places that you might not necessarily see on the main streets and provide a bit of "local" knowledge for you. It is my hope and wishes that you will find Bali to be one of your favourite places too. Everyone's got a Bali story, here is mine... This 3 day itinerary will show you a couple of different areas and some interesting dining experiences. Enjoy!

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  • Friends
  • Couples
  • Foodie

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17 Places

Day 1

Fat Yogi Cottages

Hotels

The Grind Cafe, Bali

Restaurants

The Victory Bar & Restaurant

Restaurants

Legian Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Ground Zero Monument

Monuments & Statues

Skygarden

Bars & Clubs, Dance Clubs & Discos, Other Food & Drink

Un's Restaurant

Restaurants

Day 2

Kuta Square

Neighbourhoods

Dulang Kafe

Restaurants

Discovery Shopping Mall

Shopping Malls

Waterbom Bali

Water Parks

Frankensteins Laboratory

Restaurants

Day 3

Nusa Dua Beach

Beaches

Kayuputi

Restaurants

Padang Padang Beach

Beaches

Uluwatu Temple

Sacred & Religious Sites

Brazilian Aussie BBQ

Restaurants

    Day 1
  • Fat Yogi Cottages
    Hotels
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    Rick M Says:

    Having stayed at this delightul little hotel I can certainly recommend it. The staff are friendly and the hotel is will situated in the heart of Poppies 1 in Kuta. It's not expensive and rooms are average only, however the price includes breakfast. There's good sized fridges, the air con is generally pretty good and pool and surrounds are pleasant. Situated about 1 minute from Kuta Townhouses and a short distance to both Legian Road and the beach.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Close to Bemo Corner, Legian Road and the Kuta beach. Poppies 1 also exhibits many of the "old school" Bali shops and restaurants although that is rapidly changing with many older establishments being "upgraded" to match customer expectations.
    • The recommendations for day 1 of the guide are all within approximately 1 kilometer of the Fat Yogi Cottages. This also applies to most hotels in the Poppies 1 & 2 area including Kuta Townhouse.
    • You could easily fit in a walk from Fat Yogis down to the beach (around 500 metres) and the BeachWalk shopping mall that's also worth a visit.
    • There's 2 or 3 ATMs within 50m of Fat Yogi's if you don't want to risk the money changers.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #139 of 257 Hotels in Kuta
    • Great place to stay on budget 16/10/2017
    • Amazing value resort 01/09/2017
    • Fat Yogi Cottages
    Address:
    Gang Poppies 1
    Kuta 80361
    Indonesia
  • The Grind Cafe, Bali
    Restaurants
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    Rick M Says:

    Just 100 metres up (towards Legian Street) from Fat Yogi cottages is this delightful trendy coffee shop. Has a limited menu, however what it has is very good and suitable for a morning coffee break or light snack. Delightful baguette rolls and wonderful waffles abound! Belgian waffles with honey, icecream and banana! Be warned, "Once on the lips, twice on the hips". I bet you'll go back....

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • This is a quite small coffee shop, there's a few chairs out front in al fresco style, and a few more inside, but you may need to pick your time as it quickly fills up. Also, great for a late night coffee and waffle after dinner. Great ambience at night with quirky lighting and signage.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Lovely little place to relax and refresh 12/07/2015
    • Meh 21/06/2015
    • The Grind Cafe, Bali
    Address:
    Jl. Poppies Lane 1
    Kuta
    Indonesia
    Other:
  • The Victory Bar & Restaurant
    Restaurants (Bar, Pub, Indonesian, Asian)
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    Rick M Says:

    The Victory caters for families and couples alike. Recent upgrades to this restaurant/bar are in the Olde Worlde English style and worth a look even if you don't want a meal. There's a bar and seating overlooking Poppies 1 where you can watch the world go by. Food? Yes, an extensive menu including European, seafood and local fare. Quality & price? Food is generally of a high standard, and the price is reasonable given the standard of the property. Staff are also very helpful.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • The bar and seating area is a great place for a pre-dinner drink. There's usually a 2 or 3 piece band that plays in the evening.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #156 of 982 restaurants in Kuta
    • Happening place , friendly ppl 13/10/2018
    • "FUN had by ALL" 13/09/2018
    • The Victory Bar & Restaurant
    Address:
    Jl. Poppies no. 88
    Kuta 80361
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 4752677
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 01:00
    Other:
  • Legian Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Rick M Says:

    Exiting from Poppies 1 lane onto Legian Street you can go left and window shop to your heart's content. Up about a kilometre on your right is the Ground Zero Monument, which is worth visiting to pay your respects to those that passed away in the Bali bombings. It's not morbid or anything so don't be hesitant. It's also ok to take photos as you will see many tourists doing.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Legian Street is great during the day, however it's a different place at night and you will need to watch traffic and intoxicated people as it gets later in the night as it's the major Kuta area bar and club district.
    • Personally, I would not be out on Legian Street after midnight. Whether that be the bar/club area or the many alleyways that enter Legian Street. I also wouldn't do that back in my hometown either, so please think about your safety if you intend being out late at night or the early morning. Don't take your passport with you or excess cash as people have been known to be relieved of their belongings in dark alleyways.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 7 things to do in Legian
    • Very busy street in the night 18/11/2018
    • Plenty of bars/ restaurants 15/11/2018
    • Legian Street
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 09:00
  • Ground Zero Monument
    Monuments & Statues
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    Rick M Says:

    Situated on the east side of Legian Street, adjacent to the Poppies 2 exit is the Ground Zero Monument to those who lost their lives in the Bali bombings. This is a wonderful monument and is sacred ground to Aussies, Europeans and Balinese alike.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Watch the traffic as this area has a number of side roads and it's usually busy.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 54 things to do in Kuta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Respect for the victims. 19/11/2018
    • Time To Reflect 15/11/2018
    • Ground Zero Monument
    Address:
    Legian Street
    Kuta
    Indonesia
  • Skygarden
    Bars & Clubs, Dance Clubs & Discos, Other Food & Drink
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    Rick M Says:

    The Skygarden is one of the major multi level bar/club/restaurant establishments in the Kuta area and is situated opposite the Poppies 2 exit onto Legian Street. It is also only 30 metres from the Ground Zero Monument. The Skygarden has a fantastic evening BBQ, with free beer from 5-6pm for those who purchase the BBQ meal. It's gone up a little bit, but at less than $6 AUD for an excellent meal, you just can't go wrong. Each night is themed (Sunday is Roast Night) however the BBQ is also on and you can choose what you have from the buffet style servery.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Couples
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Get there early as there is usually a big queue. Or, if you're late and miss the free beer you might be better off waiting for the first group of diners to leave. Be warned - it gets very busy.
    • The Skygarden operates on around 5 or 6 levels and there are lots of stairs. This may not be suitable for people with mobility issues.
    • This place really comes alive after dark and there are lots of bars within the complex and a great domed disco/club area.
    • Children attend the BBQ at Skygarden, but would not be allowed to attend any of the club or bar areas.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 32 Nightlife in Kuta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great buffet for the price and atmosphere 13/11/2018
    • Mind Boggling 07/11/2018
    • Skygarden
    Address:
    61JI. Legian
    Kuta
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 755423
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    16:50 - 03:00
    Other:
  • Un's Restaurant
    Restaurants (Italian, European, Asian, Indonesian)
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    Rick M Says:

    Located in a small alleyway off Poppies 1 and just before getting to Legian Street is Un's Restaurant. It's an Alladin's cave of sorts and doesn't look much from the alleyway, but on arrival it opens out to a beautiful (although not huge) interior. They have a great European menu as well as an extensive menu covering many cuisines. Great frozen Margarita's and they also give you a free Margarita on arrival. It's not overly expensive, but do expect to pay a little more than you would usually as the quality is excellent. The staff are also very attentive and helpful.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Scout the place out in the daylight as it's a bit hard to see at night. The alley is quite short and leads from Poppies1 to just near Bemo Corner.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 982 restaurants in Kuta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely food 20/11/2018
    • Awesome 18/11/2018
    • Un's Restaurant
    Address:
    Jl. Pantai, Un's Lane
    behind Made's Warung Kuta
    Kuta 80361
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 752607
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    17:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Kuta Square
    Neighbourhoods
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    Rick M Says:

    On day 2 you may wish to traverse South Kuta and Jalan Kartika Plaza including Kuta Square. From the beach and Bemo Corner Kuta Square is only a few hundred metre walk. Kuta Square is really a short avenue with shops and restaurants on both sides. Predominantly fashion and surf shops and fast food restaurants. At the southern end there's the entrance to the Matahari Shopping centre that has fixed price goods. Plenty of perfumes, mens, womens and children's clothing and footware and tourist knick knacks. No bartering here, which appeals to many tourists. Prices are also very reasonable and generally less than you'd pay at home. There is a Gloria Jean's coffee lounge with an airconditioned upstairs area tucked around the southern end (near back entrance to Matahari) as well.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Matahari shopping centre also has a reasonably sized supermarket on the ground floor. The store has recently received a facelift and stocks everything the tourist could want at better than mini market prices.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 54 things to do in Kuta
    • Good Place to Buy Stuffs! 20/11/2018
    • great shopping 12/11/2018
    • Kuta Square
    Address:
    Jl. Bakung Sari no. 1
    Kuta 80361
    Indonesia
  • Dulang Kafe
    Restaurants (Italian, American, Australian, Cafe, Asian, Indonesian)
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    Rick M Says:

    This Kafe is situated right in the middle of Kuta Square, you just can't miss it. Call in for a juice, coffee or light snack. They do a pretty good breakfast although there are better places. If you plan to spend a bit of time in Kuta Square then maybe stay for lunch or go just around the corner to Gloria Jean's coffee shop.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Great place for people watching whilst you dine al fresco.
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 982 restaurants in Kuta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Family Dinner 19/11/2018
    • Busy Restaurant - Great Food 14/11/2018
    • Dulang Kafe
    Address:
    Jl. Bakung Sari
    Kuta Square, Blok C/20-22
    Kuta 80361
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 753389
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 22:30
    Other:
  • Discovery Shopping Mall
    Shopping Malls
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    Rick M Says:

    Discovery Shopping Mall is only a short walk from Kuta Square south on Jalan Kartika Plaza, say 300 metres. Worth a look with 4 floors of shops very similar to the malls we have in Australia. There's a few snack food places, but not many restaurants unless you want fast food. Black Canyon Coffee is very good and the Centro Department Store is also worth a look as there's plenty of goods for sale. Centro also has an excellent range of souvenirs all at fixed prices. Better than Matahari in my opinion and the Discovery Mall itself is worth a look. You would spend a couple of hours here quite easily and there's a couple of coffee lounge/ restaurants on the beachfront end of the centre that provide excellent views over the water.

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Plenty of taxis available, but the walk from Kuta Square or Kuta area is worth it as there's many restaurants and hotels on Jalan Kartika Plaza to see.
    • There's many Optometrist shops in Discovery Mall and great prices if you need glasses. I've found Optik Tunggal to be very helpful, but there's many others in the centre mostly on the ground floor.
    • There's a number of ATMs in the mall if you need cash for that necessary purchase! They are tucked around the corner on the southern side of the mall on the ground floor.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 54 things to do in Kuta
    • Shopping spree 16/11/2018
    • Tourist trap.. literally 16/11/2018
    • Discovery Shopping Mall
    Address:
    Jalan Kartika Plaza
    Kuta 80361
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 769572
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Waterbom Bali
    Water Parks
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    Rick M Says:

    If you have children that need entertaining then get down to Waterbom Park, don't take the name too literally but do bring your family for a great fun day. Plenty of water slides and rides, there's a "lazy river" for the older (or younger) folks and plenty to eat and drink available. The facilities are excellent here and although it's not cheap you will have a great day.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • There are often discount vouchers available, but do your sums for your family as you can often get just as good a price at the ticket kiosk.
    • There are also offers available for a second visit that provide good value. Think about whether you're likely to want to go a couple of times as these deals will reduce your overall cost per visit. They take credit cards too.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 54 things to do in Kuta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Day in Bali 20/11/2018
    • Family day 19/11/2018
    • Waterbom Bali
    Address:
    Jl. Kartika Plaza
    Kuta 80361
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 755676
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$0
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Frankensteins Laboratory
    Restaurants (Bar, Asian, Indonesian, International)
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    Rick M Says:

    For a bit of fun after your day at Kuta Square you might wish to travel up to Seminyak for a meal and show at Frankensteins Laboratory. My wife and I went with some friends and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in this horror themed restaurant. The show is free and the standard is quite high. Food is quite good, although there are many better places to eat in my opinion. The show is the highlight and the drinks served in syringes or drip bags are an excellent novelty and are reasonably priced. Certainly worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Bookings are essential here as you will likely not get a seat without one.
    • Frankensteins Laboratory also has a facebook page that you might want to check out for what's on from day to day.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #104 of 509 restaurants in Seminyak
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent night out 18/11/2018
    • Freaky Fun! 11/11/2018
    • Frankensteins Laboratory
    Address:
    Jl. Dhyana Pura no. 6
    Seminyak 80361
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 731622
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$19
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    17:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Nusa Dua Beach
    Beaches
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    Rick M Says:

    Before heading out to your sumptious Kayuputi Restaurant brunch why not go to the beach at Nusa Dua? You'll need to be at the St Regis Hotel Kayuputi restaurant at around 10:45, so allow enough time to get from Kuta to the Nusa Dua beach area. The taxi from Kuta will take 20-30 minutes depending on traffic and will cost you around 100,000rp ($10 AUD).

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • Get the Taxi driver to take you over the new toll bridge noting that you may need to offer to pay the toll as taxi drivers avoid the bridge to avoid the toll! The view across the water from the bridge is spectacular.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 15 things to do in Nusa Dua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bali 2018 20/11/2018
    • nice 20/11/2018
    • Nusa Dua Beach
    Address:
    Semenanjung Nusa Dua
    Nusa Dua 80517
    Indonesia
  • Kayuputi
    Restaurants (Seafood, European, International, Fusion)
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    Rick M Says:

    Are you a foodie looking for the ultimate fine dining experience? If so, then this hotel and restaurant is what you're looking for. They do an amazing Sunday Brunch (read the Tripadvisor reviews) with an hour of complimentary French Champagne and cocktails and hors douvres. What follows is a 3 hour gastronomic experience that words just can't convey. There's a huge choice of foods that are brought to your table in addition to the a la carte menu that you can order from. The foie gras and caviar are to die for! My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our day being pampered by the St Regis Hotel staff and will be back again!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Bookings are essential, and this can be done online via the St Regis Hotel Bali secure booking site.
    • The St Regis Bali also does a Sunday Brunch at their Boneka restaurant which is cheaper although the menu is more limited than the Kayuputi menu. Booking is the same as per the above.
    • The Sunday Brunch(s) commence at 11:00am sharp for the complimentary drinks (1 Hour) and the meal property commences at 12:00pm with a 3:00pm finish.
    • Allow 20-30 minutes to get from Kuta by taxi.
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 222 restaurants in Nusa Dua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Best Champagne Brunch I Ever Had 14/11/2018
    • Divine! 14/11/2018
    • Kayuputi
    Address:
    Nusa Dua Lot S6
    The St. Regis Bali Resort - Kawasan Pariwisata
    Nusa Dua 80363
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 8478111
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$220
    Other:
  • Padang Padang Beach
    Beaches
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    Rick M Says:

    After your sumptious lunch at the Kayuputi Sunday Brunch why not take a taxi or driver and head down to Padang Beach and the Uluwatu beach and temple? Well worth a look and you can get there fairly directly now from Nusa Dua area. Take your cozzie and take a dip if you want. The beach does get fairly packed and there is limited food/drink options here, but it's worth a look.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • There are many steps to go down before getting to the beach and these are not for the faint hearted or elderly. Definitely not mobility friendly and not suitable for wheelchairs as a result.
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 11 things to do in Pecatu
    • Great Beach 20/11/2018
    • Disappointing 20/11/2018
    • Padang Padang Beach
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 22:00
  • Uluwatu Temple
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Rick M Says:

    Not far from Padang Padang is the Uluwatu Temple. The temple boasts fantastic views over the water and Uluwatu surfing area. A bit of a walk from the main office area of around 400 metres or so.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Watch out for the monkeys as they are mischevious and will pinch your hats and glasses if you don't watch them. You can usually bribe them to give them back with a bottle of water or a banana however.
    • After (or before) the Temple check out the Uluwatu surfing beach. You can sit up on the cliffs at the many restaurants and watch the surfers doing their thing. A day at Padang Padang, Uluwatu beach and the temple will take up at least a few hours, but if it's your first time I'd certainly recommend that you do it.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 11 things to do in Pecatu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful place but full of tourists 20/11/2018
    • Fire dance was ridiculously over crowded. 17/11/2018
    • Uluwatu Temple
    Address:
    Jl. Raya Uluwatu
    Southern part of Bali
    Pecatu 80361
    Indonesia
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 18:00
  • Brazilian Aussie BBQ
    Restaurants (Brazilian, Barbecue, Australian)
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    Rick M Says:

    When you're back from visiting Padang Padang and Uluwatu you're just a short walk from Fat Yogi's to the Kuta Townhouses where the Brazillian Aussie BBQ is situated. Only a couple of minutes walk, this restaurant which is actually part of the Kuta Townhouse buildings is really novel and great value for money. It's gone up a bit and last time I was there it was about $15 AUD for adults. There's a salad bar and the food concept is rather novel with waiters bringing meats around on really long metal skewers. There's a card system - green means "bring it on" and red signals that your ready to throw the white surrender flag up the flagpole. The quality of the food and surroundings is excellent. Great for families and couples alike.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • It's usually pretty busy and you might need to enquire if a booking is required.
    • The restaurant has a small bus that takes people back to their hotel and will also pick you up. Enquire at the Kuta Townhouses for times/destinations etc.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #52 of 982 restaurants in Kuta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Authentic barbecue 16/11/2018
    • When you need your meat fix 15/11/2018
    • Brazilian Aussie BBQ
    Address:
    Jl. Poppies Lane 1
    Agung Art Market
    Kuta 80361
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 761464
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    16:30 - 22:30
    Other:
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