9 Casual cafes to Lunch in at Seminyak

There are so many new and amazing looking cafes popping up all over Seminyak that it’s often hard to keep up to date with what’s happening. A casual stroll down the Jalan  Kayu Aya, also known as Eat St, will reveal a new start up cafe or restaurant nearly every month. For the average tourist staying in Seminyak on holiday, you are really spoiled for choice. There are literally hundreds of awesome looking cafes ( some hidden up little side lanes)  that serve delicious & affordable meals, where you could spend a month here and still have not tried everything.

They are perfect for people watching, soaking up the addictive chaos that is the fabric of Seminyak and of course those fabulous meals, salads, cafe lattes, fresh juices, smoothies, pizzas, burgers etc etc. Most of them have a vert relaxed and casual vibe that’s ideal for quickly dropping in after some hours of shopping or sightseeing. Most don’t require reservations and they are all open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The owners of these new cafes have gone to great lengths to make them look extremely appealing. Most of them have cozy interiors and really have a good buzz about them, with tourist from all over the world, local expats living in Bali, coming here for a dose of really healthy and freshly prepared dishes.. There are even a lot of health food / vegan style cafes opening up to cater for those foodies that are really health conscious and like to remain that way on holiday.

Cruising around Seminyak after an exhausting morning of shopping, looking for a place for brunch or lunch is what everyone does. You will see what I mean once you start walking around the place after 10 am – it’s jammed packed and it continues the whole day and night.  It never ends! In some cases hard to get a table. The wait in most cases is well worth it.

Following are some great cafes in Seminyak with a really casual vibe that you will absolutely love.

Sisterfields: Jalan Cendada Seminyak – you would think you are in a cafe back home in Sydney or Melbourne. The interiors are ultra contemporary and the food is amazing. This one has got to be the first on your lunch time list. Its just off the main Ea St road near Seminyak Square – you cant miss it….look for the queues. Try the burgers with fries, they are absolutely delicious.

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Biku Restaurant: this has a really great cosy vibe, more like a high tea room  with a old world charm. The food is unbelievable good and all reasonably priced, which makes it a great place to take the kids if you happen to be i the area. For dinner you will have to book in advance. This is a really popular restaurant / cafe with a endless supply of tasty Western and amazing Indonesian dishes.

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Drifter Surf Shop & Cafe. You cannot get a more centrally located cafe in Seminyak. After you have finished buying those boardies or new a T shirt relax and have a bite to eat in their cafe. It’s got, as you would imagine a ‘surfie’ feel but this goes with the territory. After you have finished here take the kids over to Seminyak Village for an ice cream while you do more shopping at the huge array of boutiques and souvenir shops.

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Earth Cafe in Seminyak – Vegans, health conscious travelers are going to find this place a haven for great coffees, fruit juices, smoothies and organic vegetarian yummy dishes. Again, this is in the centre of the shopping area of Seminyak, so you will find this easily.

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The Junction Seminyak – do you want to be seen? Do you want to be part of the action, and part of the excitement and buzz, then this cafe is at the very heart of where everything is happening in Seminyak. If you were making a day of it in, this should be your halfway point for a brunch pit stop to refuel yourself for the next couple of hours of heavy shopping. Opposite Seminyak Square, this stands out and is not hard to find.

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Warung Bumi – This is a little gem for the adventurous type – for those that are wanting to try local dishes at local prices, you have to have lunch here. Its seriously cheap ( around Rp 30 000 or $3 per dish) and the food is absolutley fantastic. Don’t worry about this being a local warung, it’s really clean and because it’s so popular the food is fresh. I cannot recommend this place enough….it’s located right outside the Dues ex Machina shop so it is easy to find…go on try it out just for the experience.

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The Corner House – just on the edge of Jalan Kayu Aya, this new restaurant is a must. It’s got a very buzzy vibe that you would find in any cafe in a modern city. The food, the service, the location makes this place an ideal stop for a quick bite to eat or a long lunch or dinner with drinks. Either way it’s a great experience.

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Grocer + Grind Seminyak – ideally situated just off Eat St this uber cool cafe is a great place to watch the parade and craziness of Seminyak pass you by. Great for coffee, cakes, sandwiches, with an outdoor pizza oven you can also have a big meal here if you want.

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Monsieur Spoon – a tiny little cafe but packing a whole lot of absolutely delicious pastries, cakes and croissants as well as other goodies. The two french owners have made this place so popular that they have cafes in Canggu, Umalas and a new one opening soon in Ubud – how exciting! The great news is, that if you are staying in a villa close by they will home deliver – how decadent is that. Lazing by the pool and eating these wonderful treats. If you are simply walking around exploring Seminyak, this place is ideal for a sugar or coffee hit to keep you going for the rest of the afternoon.

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There are loads more cafes, restaurants and bars in the Seminyak, Petitenget and Oberoi areas. The fun part is just walking around and seeing what takes your fancy. The above should at least point you in the right direction.