W Bali is well known for its luscious brunches and chic parties in a stunning setting, so why not enjoy a slice of W Bali Christmas style luxury during this festive season. There are plenty of family-friendly events as well as those you might want to get a babysitter for. Check out their fabulous line-up of incredible dining experiences and sophisticated parties to make the most of your Christmas and New Year in Bali.
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
Director of Cuisine Jack Yoss, will recreate the comforts of a home-cooked Christmas feast on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at FIRE restaurant. This stylish yet casual space will present traditional items with a twist featuring seafood, prime meat, and hot dishes from East & West.
Meanwhile STARFISH BLOO Chef, Ash Garvey will create a Pan-Asian array of cuisine for those who want to go non-traditional this year. Price starts from IDR 950,000++ per person.
Keep the mood festive the day after your W Bali Christmas with the Starfish Bloo Super Brunch Buffet. From 12-3.30pm a breathtaking spread of Pan-Asian cuisine will satisfy the most discerning foodies. This laid-back brunch will cost IDR 1.000.000++/adult (food only), IDR 500.000++/child (3–11 years old) and can be upgraded to the free-flow alcohol package for an additional IDR 900.000++/person.
New Year’s Eve
Then of course there is the chance to ring in the New Year in style at W Bali Seminyak. You’ll want to put on your best to mix with the trendy W crowd while you sip electrifying cocktails, nibble on delectable cuisine and enjoy a lineup of brilliant entertainment in the extraordinary W setting.
Start the evening with a mouthwatering buffet spread at FIRE or STARFISH BLOO (prices starts from IDR2,400,000++ per person) and head to W LOUNGE or WOOBAR where the entertainment lineup will electrify the night, featuring headliner ELI & FUR, female DJ duo hailing from London with debut track ‘You’re So High’. Extra beats by UK based producer SEVENDOORS and W Bali’s line up of resident DJs will ring in the night with energy against Seminyak’s mystical backdrop along with the signature fireworks show. Pre-sale entrance ticket to W Lounge & Woobar is IDR 1,000,000 per person.
New Year’s Day
And don’t worry about the day after, your New Year’s Day recovery is sorted. From chill stations, hot selections, exotic cuisine and obligatory comfort food, STARFISH BLOO will pick you right back up, with brunch going right through the day, at IDR650,000++ per person. The party does not stop here, as the festivities continue with a New Year’s Day Party at WOOBAR where you can recover from the night before with eclectic pool side beats from 12PM-10PM (Free entry)
Make memories with a W Bali Christmas
Luxurious yet family friendly, W Bali is the best of both worlds for families who want a little luxury without the stuffiness. Eat, drink and be merry with plenty of choices of venue, cuisine and extra special treats.
We get tons of questions about Bali coeliac and allergy safe restaurant options. It can be a serious worry with the language barrier and also the worry of not being close to the food and medical options you might be used to. It’s always a good idea to carry a card in Bahasa Indonesia that clearly states how dangerous you or your child’s allergy is. Attached at the bottom of this post is a downloadable card to print off!
This might be the last place you’d think would be serious about gluten free food, but it actually has an extensive GF menu and the staff are also well versed in other allergies. Whether you stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner, there is plenty on the menu from full breakfasts with GF bread to spring rolls and a great selection of soups.
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If you’re staying in central Kuta Poppies Restaurant is a must-do GF or not. Poppies opened way back in 1973 and has moved with the times, now serving GF Indonesian and International dishes as well options for allergies to peanuts, eggs and dairy. Satay sticks in Poppies’ lush garden is always a good idea.
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Dijon is a specialty shop, deli and cafe at the top of Sunset Rd. They serve and sell a number of gluten free and allergy-friendly products. Gluten free, wheat free and vegetarian items are highlighted on their menu and include plenty of salads, fish options and lovely GF cookies, cakes and other desserts. Yum!
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Mamasan is one of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in all of Bali, and for good reason! The food is incredible, the decor is gorgeous and the cocktails are stunning. Thankfully if you are GF or have other allergies there is no reason to miss out because their menu accommodates all dietary requirements.
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Sarong is the brainchild of the same chef/restauranteur as Mamasan so you can expect some of the best dining on the island as well as a full range of GF options. In fact the restaurant offers a whole gluten free menu including GF versions of some of their most popular dishes. One of my absolute faves is the crispy whole fish with kaffir lime ginger holy basil & chilli jam sauce.
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Named after the street it’s on, Petitenget Cafe has become a go-to spot for GF dining in Seminyak thanks to their delicious gluten free bread. Perfect for those who crave a full breakfast with toast, Petitenget Cafe won’t fail to satisfy. Also great for GF lunch sandwiches like their chicken club, which should keep any GF kids happy.
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Biku is a long-time favorite eatery in Seminyak, standing the test of time and competition with the millions of new restaurants and cafes that have arrived in the past few years. Known for their fantastic high-teas, they can make one totally gluten free or tailor them to specific dietary requirements! They also serve a GF carrot cake so good tons of people choose it over the non-GF version.
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Taco Beach Grill
If you love Mexican food but worry about the gluten in taco shells, tortillas etc. Taco Beach Grill will be your new favorite spot. Made in-house, the tortilla chips and taco shells are 100% GF and the staff are well versed on allergies to wheat and other dietary issues. They even have gluten free dessert options!
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This gorgeous beachfront Italian restaurant in Seminyak is a favorite for locals and holiday makers. For celiacs or those with allergies there is no better Italian eatery. They make a great GF bread basket and pretty much any pasta dish can be made with GF penne. They also offer gluten free toast with breakfast options, so it’s not just for dinner with a pretty sunset.
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Strictly vegetarian, and lots of vegan, allergen free and GF options, Zula is one of the best places to go if you have serious dietary issues. They understand straight away when you tell them you can’t have something and will let you know exactly what is suitable for you. And don’t you dare leave without trying some of their GF desserts! Zula also has a Sanur location and is part of the Down to Earth & Earth Cafe chain. You can stock up on snacks while you’re there too as all their cafes have shops attached.
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With basically the same menu as Zula, Earth Cafe is another great option for anyone with dietary requirements. Try out their amazing buckwheat pancakes, wholegrain nasi goreng, juices and salads.
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There are now 4 incredibly popular Monsieur Spoon locations and all serve up some of the best GF dessert options on the island. Unfortunately they don’t have GF bread, but the amazing apple crumble makes up for that. Trust me, even if you aren’t GF you need to try it!
Monsieur Spoon locations in Canggu, Seminyak, Umalas and Ubud
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There are lots of healthy choices at this Canggu hipster hangout especially for vegetarians and those with dietary restrictions. Gluten free bread can be hit or miss, but they have great salads, tempeh and tofu dishes and plenty of gluten and nut free dessert options too. You might have to wait for a table but service is incredibly fast.
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Crate Cafe is the hippest of the hipster joints in Canggu (and that’s saying something) so is often packed out. There’s good reason for it though, the food and coffee are great, including the GF bread. It tastes great and is the perfect accompaniment to a poached egg, a power smoothie and a latte before a surf session.
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The food, the decor, the staff, everything about Bungalow Living invites you to hang out, have a long lazy breakfast (or lunch or dinner) and just relax. There are tons of great GF, dairy free and allergy friendly options like flourless cakes, excellent GF sourdough and biscuits to suit any dietary requirements.
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This bright and chilled out cafe is great for vegetarians, vegans and those with paleo, gluten free or dairy free diets. They do a good GF bread, carrot cake and healthy slices as well as plenty of salads, and smoothie bowls to keep you going throughout the day.
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Freshly baked every morning, Oka’s Bakery’s GF bread, banana bread and cakes are some of the best we’ve tasted in Bali. This unassuming bakery serves up all kinds of creative breads made with potato, rice and other flours can be ordered to take home and you can even get fabulous gluten free cakes for special occasions.
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Pizza Club is a small pizza place often overshadowed by its famous neighbor Massimo’s. However, for those in need of a gluten free crust, this is the spot. The pizza chefs understand that the dough must be rolled on a clean surface with a clean knife, which shows they really know what they are doing. The crusts are crispy and delicious and pizzas can even be delivered to your hotel!
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Dusk Blue Cafe
Dusk Blue Cafe has a great menu that indicates vegetarian, nut free and gluten free options. The staff are well trained to deal with allergen questions and basically you don’t have to worry. Try their gluten free muesli or scrambled eggs with feta cheese and a delicious salad free from any nuts or their byproducts.
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Another gem by the chef/restauranteur of Sarong and Mamasan, Hujan Local has a full separate gluten free menu. Heritage Indonesian and Asian streetfood is given a modern twist and the flavors are incredible. A must if you’re staying in Ubud and want a spectacular meal.
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Down to Earth
From the creators of Earth Cafe and Zula, this cafe and market are an absolute must for those with allergies or intolerances. The menu is detailed and the staff understand every type of dietary requirement known to man. Don’t miss out on their raw chocolate desserts and energy balls. You can also order food from Down to Earth while you watch a movie at their connected movie theatre, Paradiso.
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Bali Buda has been around forever (the first one opened in Ubud in 1994). It’s a great place to pick up healthy snacks, or have a meal any time of day. Their GF and allergy friendly options are plenty and they also deliver to anywhere in Ubud. You can also order GF breads to be delivered or pick up from one of their shops in Ubud, Sanur, Kerobokan or Uluwatu.
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Perched over the Campuhan Ridge in Ubud, The Elephant not only has gorgeous views, it is also the perfect place to get a delicious allergy-friendly meal. They have plenty of GF options like rice paper rolls, delicious salads and GF pasta as well as nut and dairy free meals.
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New kid on the block in Nyuh Kuning, What About My Mother or WAMM is serving up amazing dishes made with only local ingredients and lots of love. GF cakes, breads, pancakes and more are freshly prepared and served in a gorgeous setting looking out on the village football field (Also a great spot for kids to run around).
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Swasti Eco Cottages – Beloved Cafe
The chilled out and very boho Swasti Eco Cottages’ Beloved Cafe is paradise for a laid-back allergy-friendly meal. A lot of produce comes from their own garden, which you can walk around and visit friendly goats and rabbits, and the rest is as local as possible. They do great juices, raw chocolate treats, soups and quinoa salads.
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Best known for its salad bar, Alchemy is a raw foodie’s hotspot. It’s 100% vegetarian, mostly local and has plenty to choose from when it comes to toppings in your salads. They also have a very wide range of fresh juices, tonics and desserts. If you need to grab GF or allergy-friendly snacks, this is also a good spot.
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Kue have a small selection of (delicious) GF cakes and muffins and also make GF bread to order. They only make a small selection of GF items each day so if you know you’re going to need something make sure to order in advance. Birthday, or cakes for other special occasions can also be made gluten free to order.
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Looking for beautiful surf spot with gorgeous healthy food? Kelly’s is your place. Amazing juices, smoothie bowls, salads and grill nights will be the best options for those who stick to a GF diet. The staff are also great with allergies and will cater to any dietary requirements as best they can.
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The Cashew Tree
Just up the hill from Kelly’s is The Cashew Tree, a lovely cafe with the same owners. A more comprehensive menu allows for all kinds of vegan, vegetarian, raw and gluten free options. They also have plenty of room for kids to roam and live music. Don’t miss!
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A note on Nusa Dua hotels: Although there aren’t really any specific GF or allergy-friendly options, all hotels in Nusa Dua will offer some options for dietary requirements. It’s always best to be clear when you check in if you have allergies or intolerances and ask if anything specific can be ordered in advance, i.e gluten free bread. Be especially careful at buffet breakfasts where foods can often get mixed, prepared or cooked together.
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You want to hang out, enjoy a cold beer and watch the sun slide into the Indian Ocean AND still keep an eye on the kids! In Bali there are tons of places to chill out and lounge that are perfect for young, old and anywhere in between. Here are some of our favorites Bali Beach Bars and some of yours too!
You can’t miss La Plancha because of its bright colored bean bags and umbrellas spreading out over the beach. Late afternoon and early evenings at La Plancha are perfect for families as the kids can run on the beach while parents chill on a beanbag. It can get a bit rowdier later at night, but by that time we’re all tucked up in bed snoring with the kiddos. Find this Bali beach bar at the end of Jl. Dhyana Pura in Seminyak.
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Ella n Dut Bar
Ella and Dut is a classic Bali beach bar; plastic chairs and Bintang umbrellas, and most importantly eskies of ice cold drinks for everyone. The vibe is very friendly and there are plenty of families with kids hanging out, so your kiddos might even make some new friends. Find Ella n Dut in front of Bali Mandira Hotel in Legian.
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Baby sister of La Plancha, La Laguna is a super-bohemian restaurant/ Bali beach bar in Canggu. It’s laid-back, funky and totally hipster but we still love it for the space and views. Grab a bean bag and let the kiddos run and roll on the grass while you enjoy the delicious cocktails and tapas-style eats.
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Komune Beach Club
My family has had many a chilled out evening at Komune Beach Club. The lovely grassy areas, beachfront views, campfire and night surfing are plenty to keep everyone entertained at this Bali beach bar. You can also spend the afternoon lounging by the pool on big comfy mattresses while the kids splash around. The kids menu is pretty good too!
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Another Kuta classic, Sam’s has cold beers, friendly banter and a great location in front of HQ Beach Club. Put your feet up on a beer crate and let the kiddies build sandcastles and paddle in the Kuta surf.
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Stop in at K Resto for sundowners and stay for dinner because the food is great! Most of the tables and stools are on the beach at this Bali Beach Bar so you can watch the kids play while you have some adult time. Pizzas and meat and fish straight from the grill are reasonably priced and beers are nice and cold! Find K Resto on Double Six Beach where the vibe is very family friendly until late at night.
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Boardwalk @ Bali Garden Beach Resort
Boardwalk is the beachfront hotel of the Bali Garden Beach Resort on the beach in Kuta. They have indoor and outdoor seating, a large grassy area for kids to run around on and also a swimming pool to watch the sunset from. Mediterranean Cuisine, International and Indonesian options, and fresh seafood are on the menu so parents and kids will get delicious food and reasonably priced drinks.
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Bali Beach Bars Allow You the Best of Both Worlds
You don’t have to feel nostalgic for your pre-kids holidays when you have these Bali beach bars to hang out at. The kids will be totally happy to play in the sand while you have some time sipping cold drinks and having a laugh with your friends and family.
No trip to Jimbaran is complete without a stop at Sundara restaurant at the Four Seasons. This restaurant/bar/beach club has become a social media sensation and one of the hottest spots for sundowners, brunch, romantic dinners and poolside selfies. It might not be immediately be an obvious family choice, but we went for a Sunday brunch with the kids (3 & 8 years old) in tow and found it incredibly welcoming.
Brunch starts at 11.30am, which is perfect when you’ve got kids like mine that are always starving a couple of hours after breakfast. We got a great table in the big open windows that look out to the swimming pool and beach. The staff brought activity books, which also have the kid’s menu in the back and crayons.
Sundara Restaurant offers brunch for Rp390,000++ per person, including a selection of appetizers and desserts, which are ‘free flow’ and you choose one main course per person. The choice was fantastic, from tempura salmon maki, grilled octopus, pork ribs, salads, steak and lots more. You also choose from 3 drinks packages; smooth, fun and bubbles (Rp120,000, 495,000 and 750,000 respectively). Smooth includes soft drinks and virgin cocktails, fun has a selection of cocktails and beer and bubbles of course is the champagne package, which also includes wines and house pour spirits.
We kept it low-key and family-friendly with the smooth package, but there was a table getting down with the bubbles and they were having a riot! Next time maybe…
The kids had a delicious spaghetti off the kids menu and also tried some of our dishes. My daughter is up for eating just about anything, but my son is the complete opposite so stuck to spaghetti and some chips.
None of us were really hungry for dessert but they were all so beautiful we had to try a few. The teeny portions are just enough for a taster after such a big brunch and they are also gorgeous to look at. We had red velvet cake, rum cheesecake and a couple of other amazing treats.
Lola perusing the dessert choices
Tasting a bit of everything at dessert time
By the time we were finished with our brunch, the sun was starting to come over the top of the restaurant and it did get a little toasty sitting in the window. Thankfully, relief from the heat is just a few steps away in the 57-metre infinity pool. It really is an impressive sight and feels almost like being in a wonderful blue-themed landscape painting with the expanse of pool, ocean and sky stretching all around. I can only imagine how fantastic it is to watch the sun set from this pool.
So, all in all our trip to Sundara was a huge success. The kids were really well taken care of and happy to colour, watch the fish in the ponds and swim in the pool. We didn’t feel like we were out of place with the kids and by the time we left there were other families having brunch as well. In the evening it might be a bit different with a younger, more cocktail-centric crowd coming in, but Sunday brunches are definitely a family-friendly time at Sundara.
Book a Table at Sundara Restaurant for a Family Treat!
Don’t forget to book before you go as they can get very full, and if you want a poolside cabana, make sure you specify that as well. It’s a great treat for the family and definitely worth splashing out.
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Sanur is a great family-friendly town with a relaxed vibe, and thankfully now, a ton of fabulous places to eat! From traditional Indonesian and Balinese meals, to world-class Italian and healthy clean-eating restaurants, there is something to eat for everyone! Here are our 10 favorite restaurants in Sanur:
#1 Maya’s Coffee & Smoothie Bar
Maya’s is a laid back cafe on the road to Sindhu Beach in Sanur. They are best known for their smoothies and excellent coffee, but are also great for breakfast and light lunches and dinners. Kids are totally welcome and well taken care of with a menu of pastas, sandwiches, pancakes, waffles, eggs any way and fabulous milkshake concoctions!
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#2 Sand Beach Club & Restaurant
Sand is, as it’s name suggests, right on the beach. There are inside tables and a bar, but the best ones really are the tables where the kiddos dig and build in the sand right next to you. I’m not sure if I’d call Sand a beach club, but it is a great place to hang out with the family as it has a good kids menu, big tables and showers and changing rooms.
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In the evening the barbecue gets fired up and you can dine on fresh fish and other seafood with the luxury of the cooling Sanur breezes. Pastas and salads are also great options and for picky little eaters the chefs are happy to adjust meals to their tastes.
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For those looking for clean eating goodness, Zula is the spot! Part of the Down to Earth chain, Zula offers organic vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and raw options for breakfast lunch and dinner. This may not sound so child-friendly, but there are some fabulous kids options that even my very suspicious-of-healthy-food son devours.
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Fresh juices, delicious baked goods, burritos, pita sandwiches and other goodies are just the ticket on a hot day when you don’t feel like anything heavy.
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#4 Soul in a Bowl
Soul in a Bowl is a trendy cafe at the southern end of Sanur serving up fantastic fresh food organic fare in a relaxed atmosphere. Breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner in this lovely spot will satisfy everyone including picky little eaters.
Photo Credits: Soul in a Bowl (Left) and Andri A. (Right)
From colorful smoothie bowls, burgers, sandwiches, salads and brunch plates, everything tastes vibrant and fresh. Portion sizes may not be huge, but the flavors certainly are! Soul in a Bowl will soon also have a beach location!
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#5 Warung Kecil
Kecil means small in Indonesian language, and Warung Kecil is just that. However, it punches way above its weight when it comes to taste! Offering a menu healthy Indonesian and Balinese favorites like nasi campur, curry, cap cay and other dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, this restaurant is a go-to spot for locals, ex-pats and tourists.
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They also serve excellent salads and sandwiches for the less adventurous kiddos, and the menu has some of the best prices you’ll find in town!
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This long-established Italian eatery in Sanur has been a fave for years with just about everyone. While other restaurants have come and gone, Massimo has stayed true to its traditional Italian style food and has kept the customers coming.
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The love and time that goes into their hand-made mozzarella, gelato, pasta and pizzas shows. The food is incredibly tasty, authentic and extremely family and group friendly.
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#7 The Porch
Serving up a hearty menu of comfort foods, The Porch is an excellent spot for picky eaters. You can’t go wrong with mac and cheese, toasted sandwiches and homemade pies, can you? The inside area is always nice and cool thanks to the air-con and the outside seating is shady. For the adults, the coffee is excellent and there is also fast wi-fi if you need to check your emails.
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#8 Warung Little Bird
If you’re looking for a great meal at an even more fantastic price, don’t walk by Warung Little Bird. You’ll find a menu of local dishes including faves like nasi campur, nasi goreng, mie goreng, satay and gado-gado as well as sandwiches, shakes, cake and coffee.
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The atmosphere is very relaxed at Warung Little Bird, which is great for families, and there is also live acoustic music every evening. A great hang-out spot and a definite go-to for great, cheap food in Sanur!
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If you want something other than Indonesian fare for a little change, or just love Mexican food, Jalapeno is a funky little restaurant you won’t want to miss. Colourful decor and plenty of less-spicy options are great for the kids. And for dessert…churros of course! Yum!
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#10 Genius Cafe
On the beach in front of the Mercure resort is the beautiful Genius Cafe and co-working space. This place is super kid-friendly and has incredible food. It’s not the cheapest restaurant in Sanur, but the portions are big. My kids shared a fish and chips and had leftovers. You can also watch the kids play on the beach and on Sundays there are often kids activities.
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Choosing 10 Great Restaurants in Sanur Bali was Tough!
Sanur has come on leaps and bounds when it comes to cuisine. There is every type of food you can think of and, because Sanur is such a laid-back town, everywhere is very child-friendly. We hope you enjoyed our top 10 restaurants in Sanur Bali!