Before we booked our trip to Bali, we had read up on the Seminyak/Canggu area and decided that it probably wasn’t going to be for us. It seemed kind of rowdy according to the internet and that didn’t sound like something we would enjoy. Turns out, we fell in love with the area once we saw it for ourselves and were kicking ourselves a little bit to not have booked at least one night there. Instead, we hired a car on two different days to take us around the area and let us bar hop along the way. We shopped, drank, ate, relaxed and even jumped off a 30-foot platform during our time in Seminyak and the surrounding area. It’s safe to say if we go back to Bali we will DEFINITELY be booking some time here!
Some of our favorite spots included:
Old Man’s – this is a cool bar area with an even cooler bright blue mural outside. What kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t stop and snap a photo outside?!
Tile Shops – I am kicking myself for not purchasing any of the AMAZING tile we saw in and around Bali. Some of the most colorful tiles I have ever seen! I only wish that I would have taken some measurements prior. Oh well…reason enough to go back 😉
Mad Pops Bali – Let me be honest for a second – Dane is freaking awesome at tracking down places on Instagram he thinks I’m going to love and Mad Pops Bali is one of the spots he found prior to our trip. It’s a TINY little ice cream shop with a huge following on Instagram based solely on that neon sign you see below. The best part? It’s all made with coconut milk so all their products are vegan friendly. Holy wow – they are absolutely delicious too, albeit slightly pricey. But hey – vacation!
Mrs. Sippy – There are a ton of beach bars and pool clubs in Seminyak, so we were pretty open to whatever ones we thought might be cool. We initially tried out Potato Head and I’ll be honest – while it looked freaking awesome, it sucked from a consumer standpoint. It was a 2 hour wait for a seat on the ground and you had to elbow around for space. We were kind of bummed since that’s the day club everyone raves about, but then we stumbled upon Mrs. Sippy. I’m actually ECSTATIC we had such a poor experience at Potato Head, because we would have never discovered this hidden gem otherwise. It’s tucked back on a side road, but the inside is a minimalist design dream. Everything looks so clean, the water was sparkling and it wasn’t packed. We had great service, delicious drinks and some tasty bar food. The alcohol content doesn’t match the price of the drinks, but they were fun all the same. Order the frosé and margaritas if you go and don’t forget to jump off the high dive platform!
Kynd Community – this spot is my kind of heaven. Actually, that is pretty much how I feel about all of Seminyak, but Kynd Community holds a special place in my heart. We got there right as it opened (6AM) and got to meet the owner, chat about opening a small business in Bali and all things vegan and then…she whipped up a special treat just for me. It was a really magical place and I still have dreams about that frozen acai bowl with my name on it!
Dough Darlings – this wasn’t initially on our “must do” list, but we stumbled upon it after leaving Kynd Community and we have literally never met a doughnut we didn’t like. They were just starting to make the doughnuts for the day, so the smell wafting out of their shop was nothing short of delicious. The staff is super friendly and the doughnuts are DELICIOUS! Later in the day they serve doughnut hamburgers (!) and homemade ice cream.
Revolver Espresso – I knew this place would be cool from the moment we found it. Located down a narrow alley, the door is set-up like an old-time saloon with guys who stand outside to let you in. They all have on black “Revolver Espresso” shirts and 100% look the part. Inside, no detail has been spared! The menu (which is all famous shooters…including OJ) has any kind of coffee drink you can think of, as well as a few other treat items. Revolver brand coffee is actually available pretty widely across the island so once we discovered it, we always looked for it!
The Lawn – We actually found The Lawn on the day we did our temple visits and it’s located in Canggu. It was a good way to break up the day and a GREAT spot to cool down with some drinks. Located right on the beach, The Lawn has both beach access and a pool, so wherever you land on that spectrum, you’re all set. My favorite part was the astroturf lounge area with big poufs for sitting and relaxing under umbrellas. Dane and I had a few drinks (the grilled pineapple mai tai is EXCELLENT!) and some french fries for me and a pita sandwich type thing for him. I would have loved to stay longer, or go back, but we didn’t do either. Next time!
Ku De Ta – head here for sunset, but get a spot early! Spaces fill up, but it’s magical if you can squeeze in! It was standing room only when we arrived, but wow – such gorgeous views!
Potato Head Beach Club – I mentioned it above as a place I wouldn’t want to stay long, but it has some pretty great aesthetics. I would deal with security again just to take a peek, especially if you’re only cruising through town. It’s a famous spot in Seminyak for a lazy pool day or full on party!
Buy ALL THE TASSELS! Seminyak was where I saw the most tassel and pom-pom style keychains, necklaces and home accessories. I happen to really like those styles, so if I could go back, I would load up. They aren’t as prevalent in the other areas (that I saw), so thankfully I did snag a few!
Whew! I’m exhausted just re-living our time in Seminyak, but I would go back tomorrow if it meant more lazy pool days, delicious food + drinks and some shopping. Have you ever been? What did you think?