Health food cafes in Seminyak worth visiting
A trip to Bali always holds the promise of eclectic magic and cultural infusion. Some of the best villas in Bali are known not only for their glassy house views of the pool but instead for their proximity to… food.
That’s right, luxury accommodation in Bali is really about being well rested for your next trip to the local cafe. Seminyak in particular has become much of an oasis for those on the organic food pilgrimage.
So whether it’s the ancient grains, the superfood smoothies or the healthy re-creations of old favourites that gets your metabolism going, Seminyak is sure to provide the goods. The places listed here are the most sought after and are worth a motorbike ride from even the most private villas of Seminyak and the far-reaching beaches of Bali.
Jalan Kayu Cendana No. 7
Sisterfields is the obvious place to start a list of healthy restaurants in Seminyak. This Australian-owned cafe has made a name for itself among food bloggers and travel sites and attracts both international tourists as well as those that are established, locals. The comforting Australian menu and rave reviews mean that it is often packed with jolly customers, so you may need to bring your patience and park your car down the street in Seminyak Square.
So why all the hype? While they cater to the health-conscious crowd, the drink menu offers anything from cucumber juice and wheatgrass shots, to salted caramel milkshakes and Lychee martinis. Many of the cocktails feature on-site cold-pressed juices and the bloody marys include house-made BBQ sauce and a bacon biscuit. Or perhaps you’ll settle in for the afternoon with an Earl Grey infused Gin dazzled up with spiced ginger and honey syrup. The list goes on.
Sisterfields Cafe, Seminyak.
If the drinks intrigue you, just wait for the food. The Australian inspired menu may come with Australian style prices, but thousands of reviews claim that it’s worth it. For instance, a seemingly humble Acai bowl at Sisterfields comes with goji berry granola and coffee honey. What’s coffee, honey? We don’t know but it sounds delicious! The pancakes come with almond matcha granola and the smashed avo boasts semi-dried tomatoes, puffed capers and lime sea salt. Nothing on the menu is short of delightful.
For lunch, you may find yourself enjoying burnt pineapple marinated pork shoulder tacos or the more wholesome sounding maple roasted pumpkin and quinoa salad. The great part about this menu is that all items are offered all day, every day, from 7 am to 10 pm. Not to mention, the modern leafy decor is almost as fabulous as the Instagram-worthy dishes. We definitely put this on the must-visit list. Peruse the whole menu here.
Shelter Cafe and Nalu Bowls
Jalan Drupadi 1 No. 2B and 2A
The tropical rooftop of Shelter Cafe and it’s the newest addition Nalu Bowls below have snuggled right into the Seminyak healthy food scene and seem to be staying for while. While it may look like an underwhelming coffee car from the roadside, you’ll find all the action when you enter the bamboo deck and even more when you open the menu. The menu here caters specifically to the health-conscious yoga-going traveller including almond milk “rawnola” and rainbow chia seed pudding.
Aside from the food, tourists love the abundance of comfy couches where they can enjoy the free wifi and international power points. One of the unique and particularly pleasant touches is the unlimited filtered water available, a welcome respite from the required bottled water buying at most establishments. While they seem to be known for their gluten-free, raw and vegan options, you can certainly bring diverse groups for those who prefer a good ol’ burger or a B.L.T.
We recommend heading in for a quiet breakfast before the busy lunch crowds roll in after surfing and yoga sessions. Check out the details here.
Nalu Bowls and Shelter Cafe, Seminyak.
Jalan Petitenget 97
Now, this wouldn’t be a proper list of places to eat while you’re staying in Bali Villas without some actual Balinese food right? Although the Western foodie palate has become accustomed to certain menus and popular cafe flavours, this little warung has charmed taste buds far and wide. Other than the delicious, organic, locally-sourced menu, this place is special because it’s the only Balinese owned restaurant on this popular strip. You might find yourself crammed in between peeling paint walls in a cloud of smoke from the outdoor grill feeling less than glamorous but, you came to this place for the true local’s experience, not for the Sydney hipster vibe.
All dishes are created from extremely fresh fruit and vegetables picked up from the market on the same day. The poultry, fish, squid and pork are carefully selected each morning and then grilled traditionally over dried coconut husks. They don’t use MSG, they just use quality ingredients. Most customers tend to become regulars, this could be you someday. Get the hours and location over here.
Warung Eny, Seminyak.
Jalan Kayu Aya No.99
Earth Cafe is the quintessential picture of a health-conscious restaurant in Seminyak. It’s got the name, it’s got the snazzy food styling, it’s got the organic product section, and most importantly, it’s got the vegan-friendly menu. They also tote their compliance with Western food handling standards. The emphasis isn’t on one particular genre of cuisine but rather on the organic, no MSG, non-GMO values. Founded in 2002 by nutritionist Liat Solomon, Earth Cafe is on a mission to transform toxic diets and lifestyles into nourishing ones, or at least provide a stepping stone for the sceptics. The “Earth Market” within the cafe stocks over 1000 earthy products for eating, wearing, and slathering all over your skin.
The food here tends to come in rainbow ensembles of sweet and savoury bowls. You can go for the blended frozen fruit with super food and homemade granola toppings, or chow down on soba noodles with tempeh, fresh veggies, and toasted sesame dressing. But it doesn’t stop there. Beyond bowls, you can choose from healthy pizzas and tacos, or nutritious daikon, shiitake, miso soup. The menu goes on and on through various platters and sandwich soup platters and it’s virtually impossible not to find something you’re into. Similar to other busy Seminyak hot-spots, you might need to be a little patient with the service and set your watch to beach time.
Check out Earth Cafe’s ethos and history here.
Earth Cafe and Market, Seminyak.
This is only a snapshot of the gastronomic adventures to be had during your stay in Seminyak, but perhaps it will get you started next time you’re staying in a villa in Bali and the belly is grumbling.