South Bali

· Fashion, Food, Travel

We start our trip in Bali with the less savage part of the island, the loudest and most filled with tourists : ready?

When I say it like that I’m not sure you’ll want to read the whole thing, but I couldn’t not talk about this part of the island, especially since we spent the first 6 days of our trip there. We didn’t wander very far from our hotel, but here are a couple tips that might inspire you for your visits.

 

Pura Tanah Lot

My itinerary isn’t very wild, since our vacation program was mostly “lounger+pool+book+massages”. I however couldn’t miss the Tanah Lot temple, one of the most photographed on the island.

Tanah Lot temple and  its escort of tourists

We chose to go on a late morning, even though the sunset seems like a good romantic option .

We thought the morning visit would be more efficient, as our itinerary for the day involved lunch at Canggu and heading back to our hotel at Legian Beach in the evening. In any case, it seems like the place gets pretty crowded at sunset … which kind of downgrades the romantic side.

Canang Sari (or daily hindouist offerings)

 Batu Balong temple, next to Tanah Lot

The hindouist temple lives up to its popularity, because once you get past the numerous souvenir shops, the view is well worth the detour.

 

Canggu

The city is overloaded with australian surfers / hipsters, and is often compared to Brooklyn, which can give you a good feeling of what the place is like.

I really enjoyed the boutiques and small restaurants/healthy cafés – such cute decoration! It’s kind of an Instagram paradise.

We then walked along the beach and headed for drinks to Echo Beach : an ideal place to watch surfers ride the waves and admire the sunset. That’s where the real romantic spot is!

 

My yummy addresses

Even if my impressions are lukewarm regarding the touristic options in this part of Bali, something I can’t not approve of is the number and quality of the healthy food options.

The vegan/veggie option is omnipresent here. And it’s not boring or frugal either, the portions are rather astonishingly generous and delicious.

 

NALU BOWLS (Jl. Drupadi 1 No.2A, SEMINYAK)

You can find this brand in a number of places in Bali, but the possibility of having your açai bowl on the first floor, in a cosy café called “The Shelter” makes it a perfect cocooning experience.

Vegetal environment is favorable to a tasty and relaxed moment.

 

POKĒ POKĒ (Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.58, CANGGU)

Aloha Bali bowl (Ponzu tuna, Tempeh, crusty Wonton , salad, coconut flakes…)

 

This place serves the hawaïan bowls with raw fish, all kinds of grains and salad : the famous pokebowls! I could eat those all day long (same with the açai bowls too!).

 

SEA CIRCUS BALI (

The place is as pretty as it is yummy. Special attention has been lavished on decorating the entrance (where indonesians and tourists stand in line to get THE photo : which I did as well, of course!) and all the way to the bathroom (I’ll let you find that out by yourself if you ever go).

Shrimp tacos and Kombucha

 

SARDINE (Jl. Petitenget No.21, Kerobokan, near SEMINYAK )

I didn’t take any pictures of the food, it was too dark, but if you want to enjoy a quiet dinner with food a bit more “evolved” (and more expensive of course) than the habitual salad or pokebowl, this place is for you.

The fish is perfectly cooked, and the restaurant overlooks a paddy field : a real tranquility bubble in the midst of the buzzing Seminyak.

 

NOOK (Jl. Umalas 1 Gang Nook No. 1, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan)

Located right next to Sardine, there is also a view on a paddy field, with a more relaxed atmosphere and a delicious Nasi Campur option (my favorite indonesian dish).

 

THE PIRING DAUN (Tibubeneng, North Kuta)

This is where I had my first Nasi Campur, and it was a revelation. This mix of rice and a variety of small spicy dishes is a blessing. A special shoutout goes out to tempeh (fermented soy paste) – it was my favorite snack during the whole trip (where can I find it in France?).

 

ECHO BEACH CLUB (Jalan Pura Batu Mejan, CANGGU)

I’ll only mention the address for the view, since the menu isn’t specially noteworthy. Our drinks there were one of the most relaxing/chill/contemplation/enjoyable moments of our stay.

 

What I wanted to try

I had listed the following addresses, that seemed promising : I didn’t get to try them out but it may give you a wider array of choices. Let me know if they were good!

BETELNUT CAFE (Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.60, CANGGU): Huge salades and healthy food

RUKO CAFE (Jl. Pantai Berawa No.99, Tibubeneng) Açai bowls and pancakes

WARUNG RONGGEN (Jl. Nakula No.88Y, SEMINYAK): Traditional indonesian dishes

HOME MATE (Jl Petitenget No.1a, SEMINYAK): “kakigori” japanese shaved ice and cakes

(English translation by Marine)


My Outfit

1/ Boater hat Topshop
Top Mademoiselle R
Jeans Close
Mules Balsamik
Bag Mademoiselle R

2/ Straw Hat Brixton
Jumpsuit R Studio
Tee shirt ASOS
Sandals Ancient Greek Sandals (2013)

3/ Dress Close
Sandals Les Tropéziennes
Basket R Edition

17 Comments

  1. Reply

    Pauline

    Très belles photos qui respirent la sérénité malgré l’afflux de touristes.
    (J’achète mon tempeh à la Biocoop du Panthéon (Paris 5) mais j’imagine qu’il y en a dans toutes les Bioccop)

    • Reply

      Tokyobanhbao

      ahhh ! J’étais allée à La vie claire et ils n’avaient rien ! il faut que je fouille ailleurs : mercii !

  2. Reply

    Fougerouse

    J’adore vos articles Je serai à Ubud dans une semaine et j’ai peur que d’ici la vous n’ayez pas publié de post avec quelques exemples de bonnes adresses Si c’est le cas, pourrais-je avoir juste le nom de quelques unes en réponse de commentaire ? Merci pour mon estomac

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      Tokyobanhbao

      ah oui en fin de semaine je vais commencer Ubud si tout va bien ! En attendant, The Elephant à Ubud était vraiment sympa et bon (healthy food) et j’ai bien aimé le Café Wayan (servant des plats tradi dans un décor exotique = le fameux nasi campur y était très bon ;-))

  3. Reply

    Nina

    On trouve du tempeh dans tous tous les magasins bio. Enfin, peut-être pas tous, mais à Paris je pense que tu n’auras aucun souci pour mettre la main dessus. C’est malheureusement assez chez pour la quantité qu’il y a mais c’est tellement bon!!! Pourtant je n’ai pas trop aimé la première fois que j’y ai gouté, mais maintenant j’adore ça 😉

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      Tokyobanhbao

      Oui je vais chercher dans les biocoop car à La vie claire ils n’en avaient pas ! J’aime le côté un peu plus fort que le tofu et les graines de soja qui me font penser à de la cacahuète !

  4. Reply

    Lila

    Salut Tokiobanhbao je voulais juste savoir ou tu a acheter ton vernis rouge qu’on voit ds la 7 éme photo ? Merci =)

    • Reply

      Tokyobanhbao

      Alors c’est le vernis red apple 43 color show de Maybelline NY mais la photo change un peu la couleur : en vrai il est un peu plus foncé (comme une pomme d’amour)

  5. Reply

    Anne

    Le sud avec tous les touristes australiens ne m’a pas laissé le meilleur souvenir de l’île!

    • Reply

      Tokyobanhbao

      ah je suis de ton avis ! Quel stress à Seminyak et kuta haha ! mais ces autres endroits montrés ici étaient tout de même agréables…

  6. Reply

    Elodie

    Toutes ces adresses gourmandes donnent l’eau à la bouche! Merci de partager tout ca. Nous allons essayer d’en tester quelques unes 🙂

    • Reply

      Tokyobanhbao

      Tu me diras si j’ai été de bon conseil ! ^^ bon séjour gastronomique alors !

  7. Reply

    Mon Journal Doré

    Tes photos sont très belles bien que certaines sont un peu trop contrastées (problème d’appareil ou de montage?). J’aimerais bien découvrir Bali mais ce n’est pas non plus une de mes destinations les plus attendues^^ encore plus après avoir lu ton article^^

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      Tokyobanhbao

      Merci ! ah ? c’est bizarre ? de quelles photos trop contrastées parles-tu ?

  8. Reply

    Christina

    I love all your photos and drawings~also you’re very pretty! However, no matter how much I want to love your writings, I can’t understand French…what a shame.

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