Bali’s Cuisine

Food in Bali

Food options in Bali span a huge variety of cafes and restaurants that offer both Indonesian and international fare. Go to smaller local restaurants for cheaper, authentic Balinese food. Rice is a staple in typical Indonesian dishes like nasi goreng or fried rice and nasi campur, which is basically steamed rice accompanied by spicy vegetables, fish and meat with a side of sambal or chili paste.

Roving food carts called kaki lima also serve up a variety of delicious, inexpensive food. For instance, you can savour a bowl of piping hot bakso, a satisfying meatball broth with noodles, along the beaches of Kuta, Legianand Seminyak. Be sure to go easy on the spicy condiments, though. The Jimbaran area is a hit among seafood lovers, who take delight in sampling freshly-prepared catches while sitting on the beach.

Bali’s predominantly non-Muslim community makes it an anomaly in the region; that’s why pork dishes like Urutan (Balinese spicy pork sausage) and Babi Guling (spit-roasted suckling pig) are available at night markets and certain restaurants. Bebek betutu (bamboo-roasted stuffed duck) and lawar (an exotic mixed salad with spices) are just a couple of the other local delights you shouldn’t miss.

Bali Nightlife

Sanur and Nusa Dua are popular for nightlife in Bali. However, Kuta and Seminyak are where most of the fun Bali nightspots are located. Choose from a wide selection of entertainment options ranging from discos, open-air pubs to restaurant-bars with live music and clubs with DJ performances. You could also watch out for special nighttime events in Kuta and Seminyak, such as Body Painting Parties and Full Moon Parties.

Bali produces its own beers, ales, wines, liquers and spirits, which are cheaper than imported ones. Most restaurants charge a modest corkage fee if you bring in your own bottles.

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