Seminyak, Bali: What to Do & Where To Eat
A beach town situated in South Bali, Seminyak sits north of Legian. It is more upmarket and offers luxury accommodation and high-end restaurants and bars. The atmosphere in Seminyak is more sophisticated than that of neighbouring Kuta and Legian, and the beach is quieter during the day. Seminyak is also known as the spa and upmarket shopping district of Bali.
Roads in and out of Seminyak:
There are two main roads into Seminyak from Kuta and Legian:
1) From Kuta and Legian, Jalan Legian runs parallel with the beach, and at its Western limit, becomes Jalan Seminyak. Avoid this road if you can as it gets very congested.
2) The eastern bypass is called Jalan Sunset. Although further in distance, this is the quicker road into Seminyak from Kuta and Legian.
Taxis: A prepaid taxi from the airport to Seminyak costs a fixed RP 60,000. Trips to and from Kuta cost around RP 30,000 and from Legian about Rp 15,000.
How To get Around:
The streets of Seminyak can get quite jammed so best way to get around is by walking or renting a motorcycle or bicycle.
To save you any confusion, the roads in Bali often have several alternate names. Below are a list of main road names, with their alternate names:
What To Do In Seminyak:
- Jalan Arjuna = Jalan Double Six, Jalan 66
- Jalan Raya Seminyak = Jalan Raya Basangkasa
- Jalan Dhyana Pura = Jalan Caplak Tanduk
- Jalan Laksmana = Jalan Oberoi, Jalan Kayu Aya
- Jalan Pantai Legian = Jalan Blue Ocean
- Jalan Mertanadi = Jalan Penjara
Seminyak Beach & Petitenget:
The continuous expanse of grey sand stretches to the south, becoming Legian Beach, and then Kuta Beach, with Seminyak being noticeably quieter than both. The sunsets on the beach are famous and quite spectacular.
Pura Petitenget is a pretty Balinese temple that is located at the beachside off J1 Petitenget, and is known for its colourful beachside ceremonies. This temple might not be as crowded as Tanah Lot or Uluwatu, nevertheless it's one of the important sea temples in Bali. The temple has been here since at least the 16th century and an important link in the series of west coast temples between Pura Uluwatu and Pura Tanah Lot.
Getting Out & About:
The bright lights, shopping centres and traffic jams of Kuta are just 15 minutes away to the south. The rural tranquility of Canggu is 25 minutes drive to the north. The temple of Tanah Lot, famed for its sunsets, is 40 minutes away by car. This sea temple is one of the most famous temples on Bali and also one of the busiest.
Further to the south lies Jimbaran, famous for its luxury hotels and beach front dinners, and the Uluwatu area, which boasts top beaches and cultural destinations, such as the Uluwatu temple.
To the east and the other side of the island, one will find sedate Sanur - one of Bali's oldest tourist destinations featuring a mix of tourist attractions.
Banyan Tree Bike Tours:
Bike Tour - Picks you up at your hotel and costs US$45 a person. You cycle through the most gorgeous scenery and countryside, quaint villages, paddy fields, etc. The ride is mostly downhill, and you are always accompanied by a support air-conditioned vehicle, where you can return to if you get too tired.
This company also offers a 2-hour hiking tour just before sunrise, which allows you to walk across the lava deposited by a volcanic eruption hundreds of years before in a mountainous terrain to a mountain summit in time to see a spectacular sunrise from what looks like the edge of the earth. A light breakfast is offered before heading down the mountain. This tour is US$65 per person.
White Water rafting is also on offer. Your rafting adventure starts at Telaga Waja River in east Bali’s lush valleys, below Mt Agung. US$65 per person. http://www.banyantreebiketours.com/
Seminyak is the high-end spa capital of Bali. Although spa experiences in seminyak priced higher than in other areas of Bali, they are still noticeably cheaper than anything you’d pay for in the West.
Glow Spa At Mandira, Jalan Padma 2 legian kuta bali (opposite Of hotel Padma legian), ☎ +62 361 751381. 10AM-8PM daily. Spa treatments based on the principles of restoring balance and harmony to mind and body. From US$16.
Amo Beauty & Spa, Jalan Petitenget 100x (opposite Bali Catering Company and Kayana), ☎ +62 361 2753338. 10AM-8PM daily. A spa run by former model Navia Nguyen that offers massages and various spa treatments. From US$18.
Amoaras Spa, Jl Laksmana 57, ☎ +62 361 731129. 9AM-10PM. Traditional Balinese massage and treatments in a well established spa. From US$25.
Glo, Kunti Plaza , Jl Kunti 119, ☎ +62 361 738689 (email@example.com). 10AM-7PM. A self styled hip spa offering many different treatments. Positions itself to appeal to younger clientele than many of Bali's spa establishments. From about Rp 100,000.
Jari Menari (Dancing Fingers), Jl Raya Seminyak, ☎ +62 361 736 740 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 10AM-9PM. Superb massage centre in Seminyak. The team who set up Jari Menari consult worldwide for other spas and massage houses. Also offer massage training classes. From Rp 275,000.
Prana Spa, Jl Kunti, ☎ +62 361 730840. 10AM-10PM. Attached to The Villas, this is one of Bali's very best spas. Themed on a Rajasthan Palace. Massages from Rp 100,000, treatments from Rp 250,000.
Spa Venus Bali, Jl Raya Seminyak, Gg Plawa No33F (10 minute walk from Bintang Supermarket), ☎ +62 361 731129. 10AM-10PM. On offer is a range of treatments from a simple Balinese traditional massage to a complete detox program including colonic cleansing and fasting, as well as far infra red sauna, deep healing treatments, allergy elimination, herbal medicine and more. From US$45.
Shopping: Shopping is excellent in Bali, and Seminyak is the centre for the more inventive and upmarket fashion boutiques. Here is a list of the more interesting clothing and accessory boutiques on Jalan Laksmana, Seminyak:
Bamboo Blonde, Jl Laksmana 61, ☎ +62 361 7805919. 10AM-9PM. Innovative women's wear and notably helpful staff.
Biasa, Jl Raya Seminyak 36, ☎ +62 361 730308. 10AM-9PM. This is the flagsghip store of this globally known Bali fashion brand. Lightweight womenswear using only natural fabrics. Very suitable to wear in Bali, and would not be out of place in St Tropez.
Body and Soul, Jl Raya Seminyak 11, Seminyak, Bali, ☎ +62 361 733564 (email@example.com). 10AM-9PM. This women's sportswear, beachwear and swimwear manufacturer has been a market leader in Bali for many years and is incredibly popular amongst the younger set visiting Bali. Their flagship store is on Jalan Raya Seminyak and they also have a outlet in Seminyak Square.
Mario Silver, Jl Raya Seminyak 19 (just south of Bintang Supermarket), ☎ +62 361 730977 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 10AM-9PM. The retail outlet of one of Bali's leading silver jewellry designers and manufacturers.
Wide range of high quality items which is frequently updated.
Milo's, Jl Laksmana 38, ☎ +62 361 735551. 10AM-9PM. Milo was perhaps the first innovative foreign fashion designer to really make Bali his home, and he has been selling his designs in all corners of the world for longer than even he would care to mention. This is his main outlet on the island.
Religion, Jl Laksmana 4A, ☎ +62 361 731916. 10AM-10PM. A well established and expansive designer fashion boutique. Carries the Religion, Buddhist Punk and House of the Gods ranges. Funky, eclectic and popular with a young rock-oriented clientele.
Sabbatha, Jl Raya Seminyak 97, ☎ +62 361 731756. 10AM-9PM. If bling is your thing, you will like it here. Those of a more tasteful disposition might not. Glitzy, kitschy bags and other accessories.
Shaman, Jl Raya Seminyak 127 (next to Cafe Seminyak). 9AM-10PM. A very funky store which is an outlet for the Shaman Electro brand. Young streetwear which is right out there.
Shopping For Art:
Kebbath Studio, Jl Laksmana 7, ☎ +62 361 736178. 10AM-8PM. The studio of Made Bendesa, one of Bali's leading young abstract artists. Fabulous dramatic canvases that grace many of Bali's leading luxury properties, as well as drawing the attention of overseas collectors.
Lukisan traditional & modern paintings, Jl Kunti 3. 10AM-6:30PM. Stocks traditional Balinese, Buddhist, abstract, modern and pop art paintings. It is all a bit production line, but this is a gallery with very reasonable prices.
One World Gallery, Jl Raya Basangkasa 1200B, ☎ +62 361 730498. 11AM-9PM. The retail gallery of well established artists and ceramic workers Philip Lakeman and Graham Oldroyd. Innovative, funky and sometimes quite exceptional pieces.
Richard Meyer Culture, Jl Petintenget 200x, ☎ +62 361 7445179. 10AM-8PM. An elegant gallery showcasing art, photography and sculpture from contemporary Balinese artists.
General Stores & Amenities:
Bintang Supermarket, Jl Raya Seminyak. 10AM-10PM daily. This is the grand old aunt of supermarkets in all of Bali. It is a bit faded and old-fashioned looking these days but remains popular, and is a very convenient one stop for those visitors looking for the supermarket-type items that they would find at home. Also has a hardware section upstairs.
Seminyak Square, Jl Laksmana (on the corner of Jl Laksmana and Jl Kayu Jati), ☎ +62 361 8601515. 10AM-10PM. Chic and modern shopping complex housing designer stores, eateries, and an excellent Periplus bookshop. Most unusually for Seminyak, there is a lot of public parking available here.
Where To Eat:
The clientele in Seminyak are more demanding than in other areas of Bali, so the standard of the restaurants in this area are quite high. Although prices are high by Bali standards, they still offer good value in comparison to the West.
Hallo Restaurants, Jl Nakula 4, Seminyak, ☎ +62 361 7800100 (email@example.com). This handy service will deliver food to you anywhere in the Seminyak area. Their menu includes several of the restaurants listed below - you simply order with them and they pass on the order to the restaurant, pick it up and deliver to you. Allow about 45 minutes for delivery. Particularly useful for those staying at one of Seminyak's myriad private villas, many of which carry a copy of their menu and ordering instructions. If not, you can pick one up at their office or simply check the website. For the terminally lazy, they will even deliver beer and cigarettes. Delivery charge Rp 12,000.
Although they have become harder to find in recent years, there are still some excellent budget options available in the area.
Baku Dapa, Jl Dhyana Pura. This great value warung is something of a legend in Seminyak. Located right on busy Jalan Dhyana Pura, it stays open very late and is popular with the partying crowd. Serves Manado style Indonesian food (a regional cuisine that is spicy) at very keen prices. Highly recommended to all visitors as a real taste of Indonesia.
Café Tahu (Tofu Cafe), Jl Petitenget 20. Popular with locals, this restaurant has raised seating around a central courtyard and offers up a menu of tofu, tofu and more tofu, cooked Indonesian style for about Rp 10,000 per dish. The tofu is all made on premises and you can even buy a pack to take home. Concessions to meat-eaters include satay and grilled chicken.
Kolega, Jl Petitenget, ☎ +62 852 37949778. About 11AM-3PM, sometimes open in the early evening also. This simple, unassuming Javanese warung is an absolute institution amongst locals and expats alike. When it first gained the attention of travel guides there was a collective groan, but it has remained remarkably free from attention of the tourist hoardes. Choose your rice (options of plain, yellow and sometimes red) and the dishes to go with it. The various beef, chicken and fish dishes are fabulous, and the vegetables always fresh and fiery. Go easy on the sambal until you understand your heat tolerance. It is hard to think of a better, more authentic introduction to Indonesian food anywhere in Bali. Packed every day, and especially so at lunch time. Eat very well for Rp 20,000.
Mano Beach Side Café, Seminyak Beach (opposite Pura Petitenget). 10AM-8PM. True to the name, this is a simple but stylish blue building by the beach, offering all sorts of drinks for around Rp 10,000 as well as sandwiches and pasta for around Rp 30,000 — not to mention cool breezes and great sunsets.
Warung Batavia, Jl Kunti Utara (turn north off Jl Sunset at the Jl Kunti lights and it is on the first bend you reach), ☎ +62 361 7316411. 11AM-7PM. After years on Jl Kerobokan this long-established warung which serves excellent Javanese food has opened at a location with better parking. Always busy, but lunchtimes especially. Choose your food at the counter and sit at the sociable, shared tables. Spend Rp 25,000 for a fantastic quality meal.
Warung Sobat, Jl Batu Belig (About half way down Batu Belig on the right hand side heading towards the beach), ☎ +62 361 738922. 11AM-9PM. Great value and ever popular Indonesian restaurant. Main dishes about Rp 20,000 to 30,000.
Bali Catering Co Cafe, Jl Petitenget, ☎ +62 361 8475115. 7AM-9PM daily. This is the cafe outlet of Bali's most gourmet catering company. Superb salads, pastries, home baked breads, all day breakfasts, top notch Italian coffee, and a quite remarkable range of teas. Also have great line in high quality frozen and fresh ready meals, both here and in their nearby shop. This is very handy if you are staying in one of Seminyak's private villas. Indoor seating area which is non-smoking, and being Seminyak, a large alfresco smoking area.
Biku, ☎ +62 361 8570888 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 9AM-9PM daily. Exactly what it says on the label, "a tea lounge, restaurant, antiques and bookstore". Quirky place with a lovely atmosphere. Great range of homemade deserts, salads and sandwiches, amongst more formal fare. The traditional English tea, complete with scones and cream, is a real hit. When you have finished eating have a browse through the antique gallery and the branch of Ubud's famous Ganesha Bookshop.
Cafe Jemme, Jl Petitenget 28, ☎ +62 361 732392. 11AM-10PM daily. Discrete, charming little restaurant set away from the road behind the Jemme jewelry store. Serves creative food with Asian accents at very reasonable prices for the area. The crispy duck is especially recommended, and leave space for a superb line in desserts.
Cafe Seminyak, Jl Raya Seminyak 17 (right in front of Bintang supermarket), ☎ +62 361 736967. 7AM-11PM. Established in 2000, this is where the local community meets. All day long, this very busy cafe serves breakfasts with French croissants, baguettes and chocolatines. Or you can have a big English breakfast with beans and sausage. The only downside here is that it is an outdoor cafe right beside a very busy and noisy road.
Grocer and Grind, Jl Kayu Jati 3x, ☎ +62 361 737321. 8AM-10PM. Very contemporary deli-style cafe serving superb sandwiches, salads and pastries, and possibly the best coffee in Seminyak. Free WiFi for customers.
Junction Cafe, Jl Laksmana (on the corner of Jl Laksmana and Jl Kayu Jati), ☎ +62 361 735610. 11AM-10PM. Excellent cafe serving the best baguettes imaginable and salads at lunchtime, and specialising in pasta in the evening. Free WiFi for customers. Belgian owned and run.
Le Tebu, Jl Petitenget 40X, ☎ +62 361 739948. The French-owned Le Tebu offers diners salads, sandwiches and a few token Indonesian items. Dishes start from Rp 30,000.
Made's Warung, Jl Raya Seminyak, ☎ +62 361 753039. 11AM-11PM. A Seminyak institution first established (in a different location) in 1969. Wonderful Indonesian food in a great location in a courtyard off of the main road in Seminyak. The western food is OK but nothing special; stay with the Indonesian dishes. Certainly not over-priced by Seminyak standards.
Queen's Tandoor, Jl Raya Seminyak 73, ☎ +62 361 732770 (email@example.com). The best Indian restaurant in Bali by a country mile. Consistently wins awards and it is easy to understand why. Most of the main dishes are around Rp 50,000. Superb tandoori chicken and fish, huge authentic biryanis and much, much more. Also have a delivery service which is very handy for those visitors staying in one of Seminyak's many private rental villas.
Rumours, Jl Laksmana, Seminyak, ☎ +62 361 738720. 6PM-11PM. Incredibly popular restaurant serving great value western food. You cannot book here and there is often a long queue for tables.
Sate Bali, Jl Laskmana 22A (opposite Samaya resort), ☎ +62 361 736734. 11AM-10PM. Low-key but tastefully done open-air eatery with well presented Balinese favorites like sate lilit (spiced meat on lemon grass sticks), plenty of pork dishes and fresh fish. Rp 50,000.
Ultimo, Jl Laksmana 104 X, ☎ +62 361 738720. 5PM-11PM daily. Italian food is the go at this popular Laksmana restaurant. Those who remember the poor food here from a few years back should not be put off as it is has improved enormously. Good pastas and steak, and reliable carpaccio are the highlights. Same ownership as Rumours, just a few doors up the street. Mains Rp 40,000-100,000.
Waroeng Bonita, Jl Petitenget 100X. A vast selection of western and Indonesian dishes, served up in a garden courtyard. Prices start from Rp 50,000.
'La Lucciola, (on the south side of the Petitenget temple car park). In a fabulous location right on Petitenget beach, La Lucciola serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Home of the Frangipani Bar, a popular choice for watching the legendary sunset here.
Metis, Jl Petitenget No6, ☎ +62 361 737888 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Opened in October 2009, this is Bali's most significant new restaurant for many years. After 10 years as Bali's top French restaurant, Warisan has closed and the management team from there have opened Metis which is intended to fill the same market niche. Only time will tell if they can create a formula which works as well as Warisan did, but the early omens are good. Located at the Kerobokan end of Jalan Petitenget with ample parking. About Rp 1,000,000 per head.
Sardine, Jl Petitenget 21 (northern end of Jl Petitenget, almost opposite Metis), ☎ +62 361 738202. closed Mondays. A recent and successful addition to Seminyak's chic dining scene. Specialise in fish and other seafood prepared with a Mediterranean ethic. Intimate restaurant with an innovative all bamboo design and clear views over the rice paddies. Mains Rp 100,000 to 150,0000.
Sarong, Jl Petitenget No19x, ☎ +62 361 737809 (email@example.com). A hugely successful addition to Seminyak's hip restaurant and bar scene. Original takes on Asian street and country food in a very chic 5 star setting. If you want to be 'in with the Seminyak in-crowd', then you have found the right place.
Little Green Cafe, Jl Mertanadi 11, Kerobokan (turn north from Jl Sunset into Jl Mertanadi, look for the cafe on your left side after about 300 metres), ☎ +62 361 2752125 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 9AM-5PM daily. This little cafe is a very welcome 2010 addition to the Seminyak eating scene. Is 100% vegetarian and uses almost exclusively organic ingredients, most of them locally sourced. A great line of homemade cakes, cookies, fruit bars and fresh juices, as well as salads, soups, veggie burgers and daily specials. A little off the beaten path, but well worth the effort to get there. Mains Rp 25,000-35,000.
Many of Bali's hippest nightspots are in Seminyak.
Double Six, Jl Double Six (on the beach just north of Jl Double Six). from 2AM until dawn. A Bali institution. Late-night dance club venue right on the beach. Regularly draws crowds numbered in the thousands and world name DJs. It also has a huge swimming-pool with a bungee jump. Rp 50,000 to 500,000 depending on the event.
Hu'u, ☎ +62 361 736443. The seminal Bali establishment of the funky Singaporean nightspot chain. The star attraction here is the lit central swimming pool, where the bold and the beautiful can jump in. The rest of the complex is chilled-out drinking and dining in the garden and pavilion. Draft beer is tolerable at Rp 20,000 a mug, but cocktails will set you back Rp 70,000+.
Ku dé Ta, Jl Oberoi (Laksmana) 9, ☎ +62 361 736969. Super-stylish bar-restaurant complex with two bars, restaurant seating indoors and beachside divans to laze on while the DJ spins an eclectic mix of music, new and old. Soft drinks from Rp 20,000, cocktails from Rp 70,000, including bizarre selections like the infamous black pepper and grilled pineapple martini (which, for the record, tastes like liquid pineapple candy with a sprinkle of grit). Gets packed at weekends.
Lita Gunardi & The Backyard Lounge, Kunti Arcade 2&3, Jl Kunti I, ☎ +62 361 738000. 11AM to 12PM. A lounge bar and restaurant attached to the Lita Gunardi boutique. A funky venue in a Jl Kunti location that is rapidly becoming very fashionable indeed. The bar serves good cocktails and the restaurant specialises in Italian food.
The Living Room, Jl Petitenget 2000x, Seminyak, ☎ +62 361 735735 (email@example.com). Just across the road from Hu'u and a similar bar which attracts a similarly hip clientele. Good cocktails and excellent DJ music. The restaurant is unreliable though.
Red Carpet Champagne Bar, Jl Laksmana 42c, ☎ +62 361 737889 (firstname.lastname@example.org). A fairly ritzy bar (unsurprisingly) specialising in Champagne. Not as expensive as you might imagine, but by no means a place for a cheap drink. Think Moet accompanied by a plate of oysters.
Syndicate Club Bali, Jl Blue Ocean (right on he beach, next door to 66), ☎ +62 361 756666. 10 PM to 4 AM. Late night dance bar with great ocean and beach views. This is leg number 2 of the de ja vu - Syndicate - Double Six circuit.
There are numerous gay bars on Jalan Dhyana Pura, the most popular of which is Mixwell.
Seminyak is the centre of Bali's party drug scene with offers of ecstasy and cocaine especially common. Avoid it at all costs.