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Is Bali The Food Capital of Indonesia?

 
 
 
 

The Island of Paradise: indeed the word ‘paradise’ does not only encompass the extensive range of jaw-dropping beaches, majestic mountains and verdant valleys that you’ll find on the island. Bali is also Indonesia’s very own paradise of food.

People from different nationalities and countries make their way to Bali regularly. With that being said, Bali is itself made up of diverse cultures and backgrounds. This not only affects local culture, the art scene, and lifestyle, this diversity inadvertently influences the culinary scene as well. And aren’t we happy for it! We can now find almost every delicious type of cuisine from around the world on one little island.

When you’re talking about Bali’s food scene, ‘unique’ comes to mind. Although mainstream food can be found, it certainly shouldn’t be sought for when in Bali, because the island is filled with some of the most uncommon dishes and restaurants you’ll ever come across.

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Mr Wayan Restaurant – serving authentic Balinese food

Local cuisine gives the island it’s own culinary identity, with the likes of babi guling (suckling pig), ayam betutu (herb chicken delicacy) and satay lilit (fish mince skewer) being local favourites. They give visitors something to look forward to, as food has long been the window to cultures!

Of course, there is also other Indonesian food found throughout Bali, giving visitors a taste of the whole archipelago. 

However, things get really interesting when restaurants and chefs get creative. Ubud has become a hub for European-style dishes using local Balinese ingredients. Examples include Mozaic Restaurant in Ubud, helmed by Chef Chris Salans; Locavore, on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list; or the newly opened Aperitif at the Viceroy Bali.

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A delicately presented Fish Ceviche – Aperitif Ubud

Then there are those bringing Asian food up to a fine dining level, such as Sarong, by Will Meyrick. Also using fresh, local produce, Will Meyrick’s many restaurants bring Indonesian and South East Asian dishes to an elevated experience. These are but a small sample of the truly remarkable  restaurants now upliftinglocally-sourced produce and Asian inspired flavours.

Beyond the sophisticated dinners, Bali has developed in other ways. The island’s food scene has also grown to accommodate the newest dietary trends or lifestyles from around the world. Nowhere else in Indonesia will you find somewhere with options for vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free, flexitarians, plant-based diets, the list goes on!

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Fresh, fun and vegetarian breakfast at Balibola

For vegetarians/vegans especially, the days of simple salads for a plant-based diet are long-gone as creative restaurants fashion faux meats from soy and mushroom, creating dining experiences you won’t believe are meat-free. Examples include Alchemy in Ubud, Peloton in Canggu, Kynd, Coffee Cartel and Balibola in Seminyak — vegetarian spots whom go above and beyond a bowl of leafy greens when it comes to breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Then, beyond the food, Bali herself adds to the experience, providing breathtaking views that restaurants offer their diners. Mountain views, beach views even forest views… Bali has the lot. From the gorgeous cliffs of Karma Kandara or Ju-Ma-Na, to the green valley vistas of Ayung Terrace at Four Seasons Sayan , it really is the whole package. 

Ayung Terrace Four Seasons Resort Food in Bali

Last and certainly not least is Bali’s food and hospitality industry’s response to waste; restaurants and hotels are now making sure to reduce or completely remove plastic from their establishments and some are also committed to reducing food waste . Whilst not adding to the dining experience itself, this has become an increasingly crucial factor in consumer’s choices.

But…

Yes, there is always a but. Some may argue that whilst Bali’s modern food options have grown substantially in both quantity and quality, to either match or overtake its capital city rival, Jakarta’s rich and eclectic street food scene will never be beaten. As the nation’s capital, Jakarta benefits from an amalgamation of all the country’s cultures, bringing with them food from their region. It is an experience in itself, without a doubt. 

So with Bali’s wide range of places to eat, be it breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner – – be it a fine dining establishment, a vegetarian café or a tasty babi guling warung (we haven’t even mentioned the coffee shops!), does it make this paradise island also a paradise for foodies? Does the locally-sourced produce and eco-friendly practices give the island extra points? Not to mention Bali started the first official food festival in the country: Ubud Food Festival .

Is this all enough to crown Bali as the food capital of Indonesia? Well, we can’t decide for you. The only way you’ll know for sure is getting out there and eating… a lot!

Deal Alert: US to Bali Flights on Sale From $473 Round-trip

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.

Boasting the bluest water imaginable, beautiful flora, diverse wildlife and untouched beaches, it’s no wonder Bali is a destination on many traveler’s bucket lists. Another allure of the Indonesian island is its remoteness. But because Bali is so remote, flights are typically hard to find and outrageously expensive. However, that’s not the case at the moment with fares starting at just $473 round-trip.

Denpasar (DPS) is the main gateway to Bali. Though Denpasar sees more than 23 million passengers annually, you cannot fly direct from the United States. Typically, flights will involve anywhere from one to three stops and cost you $850 to $1000. However, we’re seeing fares at almost half that rate throughout the months of April and May, with multiple Chinese airlines offering flights from select major US cities at a steep discount.

To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.

Airlines: China Southern Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Xiamen Airlines
Routes: LAX/SFO/JFK to DPS
Cost: $473+ round-trip (w/ taxes and fees)
Travel Dates: April – May 2019

Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier CardChase Sapphire Reserve CardAmerican Express® Gold CardCiti Prestige Card (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

San Francisco (SFO) to Denpasar, Bali (DPS) for $473 round-trip on China Southern:

Additional dates with cheap fares from San Francisco (SFO):

Los Angeles (LAX) to Denpasar, Bali (DPS) for $490 round-trip on Xiamen Airlines:

Additional dates for cheap fares from Los Angeles (LAX):

New York (JFK) to Denpasar (DPS) for $573 round-trip on China Southern Airlines

Additional dates for cheap fares from New York (JFK):

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve CardAmerican Express® Gold CardCiti Premier CardCiti Prestige Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card(2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

Have a Great Time at Bali Theme Parks

Many people who holiday at Bali enjoy the theme parks just as much as all the other aspects of this amazing island. After tearing yourself away from the lovely pool at your Seminyak Villait is time to seek the fun and games at some of the best theme parks in the world. There are many different kinds and one of the most popular is Waterbom Park. Bali Villas & Vacation Rentals offers the most luxurious villas all over Bali.

Here’s why.

Water Bom Park has an amazing number of slides and rides and they are graded from easy and mellow to scary and dare we say it?– terrifying, especially if you’ve never been on a water slide before. That means there are rides to suit any age group from the younger kids to the older ones. There are 17 different rides so you will have lots of fun. Bali villas for sale at best prices are available.

Lazy river slide is one for couples or singles to meander down on tubes while admiring all the beautiful gardens. Nothing scary about that! There are also dining and leisure facilities to make your visit perfect. The entry fee doesn’t cover all the options. Thrill seekers will be glad to know that in
Bali Villas for rent Seminyak, Canggu all International safety standards are met.

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