Breakfast bliss in Bali

Start your tropical mornings off right with our guide to the best of Bali's cafés.

by Darcie Czajkowski

With the recent surge of healthy, delicious, and organic cafés to choose from, the discerning breakfaster (or bruncher) has an abundance of options. Many of Bali’s trendy and expat-loving establishments are using fresh and locally-sourced ingredients, and they don’t stop there. Patrons are enticed with bright, open-air spaces, unique and eclectic décor, and friendly and helpful waitstaff. To help you navigate the breakfast scene in Bali, primarily in the towns of Seminyak, Uluwatu, and Ubud, here are eight restaurants and cafés that will enhance your gastronomic experience.

For omnivores and coffee connoisseurs
Ubud and Seminyak

Watercress Café lives by the slogan “always fresh, plentiful and abundant goodness for all.” Top dish recommendations include the smashed chats (a type of potato) and goat cheese, the Watercress omelet or benedict, and the Spanish chorizo and baked eggs. They also have vegetarian and gluten-free options, which are helpfully marked on the menu. Also, they self-confessed coffee snobs and work closely with barista, Katie Allen, from Revolver Coffee, an extremely popular coffee destination in Bali. Their latte mugs were imported from Australia, their house blend coffee is 100% Arabica from Colombia, Guatemala, and Papua, and their milk comes from Australian cows living in Java. Talk about taking the coffee experience to the next level! Breakfast is served all day starting at 7:30 a.m.

A fusion of cuisines and colors

Kafe is a see-and-be-seen café. If you go to Ubud, you will hear at least one person talking about dining here. I frequented this spot several times a week while living in Ubud, couldn't get enough! On the list of must-try dishes, the banana pancakes ranks high. With indoor and outdoor seating, as well as an open-air area upstairs where many expats and long-term travelers station themselves to work, this place is a great way to mix and mingle with other travelers while enjoying an unforgettable meal.

Café Organic
Get green with the 'Garden Gangtas'

Literally everything on the menu at Café Organic Bali is tempting to try. They describe themselves as “garden gangstas because they don’t follow the rules.”  Everything on their menu is vegetarian, with several vegan, gluten-free, and raw options as well, and they believe they can convert any meat-lover into a part-time vegetarian. Health is their priority, but that doesn’t mean a lack of flavor. Their menu is packed with brightly-colored and creative smoothies, fresh juices, as well as heartier fare such as the breakfast burrito, omelet, and pancakes.

Café Organic
The Elephant
Come for breakfast, stay for the views

The Elephant serves “earth-friendly food" in view of some spectacular vistas. All of their offerings are vegetarian and can be made vegan or gluten-free upon request. With an eclectic, open-air setting, the Elephant is a must in Ubud. From sweet to savory, the Elephant knows how to do breakfast right. And you can’t beat the view of the stunning Tjampuhan (also Campuhan) Ridge, visible from the dining area.

The Elephant
Pancakes are a must at this Australian café

Sisterfields is a bustling café with Australian influence. The indoor space is bright and airy with a minimalist vibe; there’s also a wonderful outdoor dining area. Favorite dishes include the blueberry and ricotta pancakes and the brioche French toast. They serve coffee and cocktails as well. The café opens at 7 a.m. and serves breakfast all day.

Nalu Bowls
'Smoothie bowls' heaped high with goodness
Seminyak, Ubud, and Uluwatu

Nalu Bowls is a can’t-miss destination. In Hawaiian, nalu means wave. They use local ingredients and top their smoothie bowls with homemade granola and banana. While each and every bowl is an unbeatable combination of delicious and refreshing, be sure to try the Uluwatu Bowl, which is made with dragonfruit. At the location in Uluwatu at Single Fin, you will find stunning ocean views.

Nalu Bowls
Seniman Coffee Studio
Simple food paired with the best coffee around

Seniman, which means “artist” in Bahasa, sources some of the best coffee beans in Indonesia, which they roast in house. Their coffee beverages are truly works of art. This is a fantastic place to relax with friends and is also popular among expats and long-term travelers who seek a casual, mellow environment to work on their computers. The food is simple but flavorful.

Seniman Coffee Studio
The Spicy Coconut
A vegan favorite

For a vegan option that won’t disappoint, try the Spicy Coconut. They source their fruits and vegetables daily. This spot is known for their juices, smoothies, and smoothie bowls. A great non-fruit option is the Smashed Avo, which is of course smashed avocado atop spinach bread with tomato salsa and chili flakes. Gluten-free options are available and are so marked on the menu. Breakfast is served all day, starting at 8 a.m., excluding Sundays when they are closed.

Breakfast in Bali is a memorable experience, from the dynamic culture, to the scrumptious food, to the unique coffee, to the fresh and local ingredients. While there are myriad fantastic options to delight most every foodie, use this list as your guide and you can’t go wrong.

The Spicy Coconut
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