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Top 10 Best Bali Cafes

Bali has so many fabulous cafes; it’s just mind-blowing with sensational food, awesome cocktails, fab views & good-looking staff.

Want to make your friends jealous of your next Instagram post? These cafes will have them drooling with jealousy.

Updated on 28th April 2023

Are you growing tired of doing all those touristy things in Bali? Are you over visiting temples and all those tourist hot spots? Do you want to settle down in a fabulous cafe and soak up the great atmosphere that is Bali? Have you been ignoring your Instagram feed and feel it’s time to get proactive and let the world know what a fantastic holiday you’re having on the island of the gods?

Well, now you can. Bali has so many cool, fabulous, and some might say very hip cafes and restaurants popping up everywhere that we thought we would highlight a few that are simply mind-blowing. For whatever reason, the cafes in Bali have the right formula; see for yourself. Within seconds, you’ll post amazing pics of these cafes on your Instagram feed. See if you can resist the temptation. It’s going to be really hard. I bet you’ll have your phone out snapping away within seconds.

Neon Palms

Neon Palms is a cute cafe, tapas bar and shop located right above the famous Boat Shed shopping boutique on Oberoi Road in Seminyak. It’s an attractive little place with good-looking food, gorgeous murals and beautiful people. At Neon Palms, you can go shopping, wining and dining – all those things that we love about Seminyak under one roof. On the menu, you’ll find tacos and tapas as well as delicious cocktails. We love the Palms Spritz!

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Enjoy great food and a top vibe at Neon Palms in central Seminyak. Photo Credit: @ neonpalmsbali – Instagram


Visit Neon Palms | Address: Jl Kayu Aya No.22 | Contact: +62 813 5379 4644 | Open daily 8 am – 11 pm.

Shelter Cafe

Shelter Cafe is like a hidden little gem located right above Nalu Bowls in the centre of Seminyak. It’s a cool rooftop hang-out spot with indoor plants and an alang alang thatched roof. It’s a hip place with a tropical design. The food and coffee are great and so it’s always packed with people. Due to its big success, Shelter Cafe opened another location in Pererenan. It’s much bigger than the Seminyak location and there are frequent live music performances. The contemporary menu is inspired by Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine.

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Shelter Cafe in Seminyak is an iconic place that serves fabulous food in a super-chilled space. It’s in the heart of Seminyak and is the ideal place to stop, refuel and keep on shopping. Photo Credit: Instagram


Visit Shelter Cafe | Jl Drupadi 1 No.2b, Seminyak, Bali | Contact: +62 821 4706 4407 | Open daily 8 am – 4 pm.

Penny Lane

Penny Lane is a gorgeous tropical chic cafe and restaurant in Canggu. It’s one of the latest hot spots near Echo Beach and the buzzing Batu Bolong Road. When passing this place, you just can’t help but go in and have a look around. That’s right, this place will steal your heart! It’s vintage, charming and cool with antique lamps, indoor palms, laid-back music and delicious tapas and cocktails. A must-visit for anyone staying in Canggu!

Visit Penny Lane | Jl Munduk Catu, Canggu, Bali | Contact: +62 812 3705 2864 | Open daily from 8am.

La Brisa

La Brisa is the most Instagrammable beach club in Bali if you ask us! Sitting right on Echo Beach in Canggu, this place knows how to charm you out! This beautiful boho-chic beach club was built with reclaimed wood from traditional fishing boats. The decor is just stunning and the vibe is laid-back. La Brisa is not only an Instagram hot spot; it’s also a beach club that is sustainable and eco-friendly. There is a pool, there is the beach, there are breathtaking sunsets, and the food and drinks are of excellent quality.

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La Brisa at Echo Beach in Canggu is a must visit beach club. Everyone comes here for the views, food, music and chilled ambiance. Photo Credit: Instagram


Visit La Brisa | Jl Pantai Batu Mejan Gg. La Brisa, Echo Beach, Canggu | Contact: +62 811 394 6666 | Open daily 10am – 11pm.

Genius Cafe

Genius is located in Sanur – the lovely and charming beach town where you can go cycling along the coastline. While cycling, you will most probably Genius Cafe, sitting right on the beach with bean bags in the sand. The cafe is tucked in a stunning bamboo pavilion with a thatched roof. They have a no-plastic waste policy and the food is organic. A lovely place to sit and a great cafe to take some photos for your Insta-feed. Sundays at Genius are great for families!

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Genius Cafe in Sanur is super family-friendly and with a great beach location it’s a great place for those Instagram pics. Photo Credit: Instagram


Visit Genius Cafe | Address: Mertasari Beach, Sanur, Bali | Contact: +62 877 0047 7788 | Open daily 7 am – 10 pm.

Uma Garden

Hidden away in picturesque and peaceful Umalas, near Seminyak and Canggu, sits Uma Garden – a fire-based kitchen with a stunning design. The concept is shared dining in a magical garden setting. There are lots of cozy corners to sit together with friends and enjoy each other’s company. Uma Garden wants to bring people together with delicious food and good wine. It’s a definite Instagram hot spot where precious memories are born.

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For a great dining experience and wonderful photo opportunities head to Uma Garden. Photo Credit: Instagram


Visit Uma Garden Bali | Jl Umalas 1 No. 8, Kerobokan, Bali | Contact: +62 821 4736 9323 | Open daily from 6 pm to 12 am.

Cafe Bali

The little facade opens up to a real wow factor in the heart of your Seminyak holiday villa, which is probably very close to your Seminyak holiday villa. It has a real homely feel without being too kitsch or over the top. Whitewood meets an eclectic mix of furniture – this makes for a great Instagram pic. Imagine being in a place like this in the middle of Bali. It’s an odd feeling walking in here, but as soon as this settles, you will be snapping away.

Visit: Cafe Bali, Jalan Laksmana, Kayu Aya Seminyak. Ph +62 361 736484

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Take the whole family for a great meal at Cafe Bali. Photo Credit: @ cafebaliseminyak – Instagram

Potato Head Beach Club

If you haven’t heard about Potato Head, I’m here to tell you that this is one of the tourist hot spots in Bali. It’s a mega venue right on the beach and attracts tourists like moths to a flame. Expect queues, pricey drinks and meals, and to be confronted by the uber-cool, hip tourists. Worth it…YES!  It’s a must-see destination; missing out on this would be a real pity.

This place rocks and is right on the beach as well. You can spend the whole day here if you like and continue to party into the small hours of the morning. Make sure you bring your credit card and cash as this place is not cheap, but so worth it.

Visit Potato Head, Jl. Petitenget No.51B, Seminyak. Ph +62 361 4737979

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Enjoy the day by the beach at Potato Head in Seminyak. Photo Credit: @ invoyagewithveronica – Instagram


Want to feel like you are back home but in Bali? It’s kind of weird, isn’t it? This cafe will make you feel like you are launching or dining back in Sydney, Melb or Brissy. It’s got very contemporary overtones with a bright, airy feel and an amazing menu jam-packed with healthy salads, burgers, pizzas, juices and, of course, the must-have smashed avocado. It’s relatively new, but you must give it about 30 minutes to get a table each time we go there. It’s seriously popular for ex-pats and tourists staying in the Seminyak area.

Great smoothies, salads and burgers are just the beginning – well worth a visit and a selfie on Instagram.

Visit: Sisterfields, Jl. Kayu Cendana No.7, Seminyak. Ph +62 811-3860-507

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Sisterfields in Seminyak is one of the most popular cafes in Bali. Photo credit: @ sisterfields – Instagram

La Plancha 

You are going to be Instagramming till your fingers hurt. Right on the beach in Legian, you can chill out, watch the magical sunset and drink till the evening kicks in. Settle in, grab a Bintang, relax and let the whole vibe of Bali kick in….great for friends just hanging out and very reasonably priced as well.  Get in early, as you want a front-row seat on the beach!

It serves Spanish-style food, and they seem to have the formula right, by the number of people that pile onto the bean bags. It’s a bit hard to find, but ask any taxi driver, and they will be happy to take you there. If you are walking, follow the BBQ smell, you can’t miss it.

Visit: La Plancha, Jalan Mesari Beach, Seminyak. Ph +62 878-6141-6310

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Enjoy sunset cocktails & great Instagram pics at La Plancha. Photo Credit: @ laplanchabali – Instagram

Motel Mexicola

What do these people think of these themed restaurants? They must have an excellent imagination because this place in Bali looks really odd and out of place. I think you are going to need a few shots of Tequila for this one. It’s in Seminyak, so I guess it’s to be expected. All I can say is go on and enjoy yourself – the food, the drinks, and the decor make for a BIG NIGHT OUT – bring the Berocca!

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At night it lights up the whole area. It’s a place you somehow keep on coming back to time and time again.

Visit MotelMexicola, Jl. Kayu Jati No.9X, Kerobokan. Ph +62 361 736688

Single Fin Uluwatu

I cannot write too much about Single Fin except to say that if you go to Bali without dropping in for lunch and Bintang, then you are seriously missing out. If there is 1 place to visit in Bali, then this is it. If you are staying in Seminyak, grab a taxi, it should be around Rp300 000 or $30. Well worth the fare. If you are into partying, then go here Sunday night. It gets crowded with local surfers visiting from around the world who stay in the Bukit / Uluwatu area. You will need a full day here, so make sure you take this into account. NEVER and I repeat NEVER, miss the sunset here – it is world-famous. Instagram factor = 10 out of 10!!

Visit Single Fin, Uluwatu, Pantai Suluban, Jl. Labuansait, Pecatu. Ph +62 361 769941

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Enjoy amazing views over the ocean at Single Fin. Photo Credit: @ heyimlisa_ – Instagram

La Favela

It’s tucked away but well worth the find. Nestled between a local surf shop and another restaurant, you can only make out this place by a small neon sign. The place looks like an old historic building in the rain forests of Brazil that time forgot – antiques everywhere, including a clapped-out VW  – plants are everywhere, and they look to be taking over the place. Again, quite typical for a themed cafe/ restaurant in the Oberoi, Seminyak areas. What will they think of next? It’s on the list because it looks so out of place that it’s very Instagram-worthy.

Visit La Favela, Jalan Laksamana Oboroi No.177X, Seminyak. Ph +62 818-0210-0010

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Enjoy food, cocktails & fun times at La Favela in Seminyak. Photo Credit: @ husni.saleh – Instagram

Ku De Ta

Read Potato Head above, and you have Ku De Ta – not much to say, except that this is an institution in Bali, and basically everyone who comes to Bali has been there. Yes, it: ‘s pricey, and I mean pricey and only for the very cool, but for the Instagram factor, it also rates very high. Worth a visit for sunset cocktails and a few photos. Dinner is a treat but will be as expensive as Australian restaurants, if not more. It has a pool, so come with your mates, spend the day here, and berserk with your Instagram snaps.

Visit KU DE TA, Jl. Kayu Aya No.9, Seminyak. Ph +62 361 736969

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Enjoy fine food, cocktails & chilled music at KU DE TA in Seminyak. Photo Credit: @ kudetabali – Instagram

11. Panama Kitchen & Pool Canggu – closed temporarily

Looking for a pool away from your Bali holiday home pool? A place to have lunch, swim and chill out in the sunshine? Do check out Panama Kitchen and Pool on Jalan Pantai Berawa in Canggu. Colourful and cheerful with more than a notch of art deco bliss, Panama Kitchen and Pool draws inspiration from tropical designs and retro 60ties cultures. It’s a unique find in Canggu with some awesome Instagrammable sitting spots in da house. You’ll find comfort food on the menu, such as burgers, tacos, sandwiches, shakes and delicious frozen margaritas.

Visit Panama Kitchen & Pool, Jl. Pantai Berawa No.13. Ph +62 361 9064715

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Panama Kitchen and Food are definitely an Insta-worthy hangout. Photo Credit: @ sisilai14 – Instagram

Kynd Community Seminyak

One of the best cafes for food photography and hipster photoshoots, Kynd Community, is always busy; located on the Petitenget Strip in Seminyak, and it is a 100% plant-based cafe. The magic trick? Perhaps it’s the wall art, the marshmallow-sweet colours of the interior design, the attractive smoothie bowls, the latte art or the extremely yummy ‘Love Mugs’ that come in all flavours and colours… What’s going to be your favourite?

Visit Kynd Community, Jalan Petitenget No.12 Kerobokan Kelod, Seminyak. Ph +62 859-3112-0209

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Kynd Community in Seminyak is one of the most famous Instagrammed cafes. Photo Credit: @ kyndcommunity – Instagram

Sea Circus Seminyak

Even from the outside, this Seminyak Cafe attracts your attention with the coolest street art in bright colours. Instagrammers from all over the globe adore this place, which is a cocktail bar, coffee den and restaurant all at once. Great coffee, cocktails, waffles, pancakes, smoothie bowls, tapas yep, even the food is totally Insta-worthy! The location? Sea Circus sits on Jalan Kayu Aya near the beach, KU DE TA and Bali Boat Shed.

Visit Sea Circus, Jl. Kayu Aya No.22, Seminyak. Ph +62 361 738667

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In the heart of Seminyak, Sea Circus is a great cafe for food & amazing photos. Photo Credit: @ seacircus – Instagram


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About the author

Steven is a die-hard Bali island addict and committed surfie. When he's not writing or taking videos of the latest restaurants or cool places, he's at Echo Beach surfing or riding his scooter around Seminyak, Berawa or Canggu. Steve is part of the Bali Villa Escapes marketing team and has been living in and out of Bali for the last 15 years.