The Best Restaurants and Places to Eat in Indonesia
June 27, 2022
June 27, 2022
Indonesia has an incredible amount of diversity in its cuisine, but few people know that. There are a lot of great Indonesia restaurants to try out if you’re visiting Indonesia, and they’re all listed here with the best recommendations from locals to help you find what you’re looking for. Indulge yourself at one of these restaurants and feel like you’ve been transported to the country no matter where you’re located!
The quiet beach resort of Seminyak has a healthy mix of hotels, restaurants, and bars. There is no food theme for Seminyak, so you can taste your way around Bali sampling international cuisines from Italian pizza to Japanese sushi. The area is full of trendy fashion boutiques, jewelry stores, art galleries, and souvenir shops. The main road running through Seminyak is lined with more than 200 cafes for diners who want a quick bite between shopping trips.
To experience a taste of old Bali, take a trip down south. Where trendy Seminyak once was, there is now Canggu. One main road bisects a beautiful hilly area full of small restaurants, bars, shops and cafes. Stop by for some delicious food or for an afternoon relaxing at beachside bars with happy hours that go on forever. Bring your swimwear as many restaurants have their own private swimming pools surrounded by palm trees! A great place to start exploring is The Social Canglu (1 Jl Kayu Jati, Tandjung Sari) which serves up delicious local food accompanied by live music every night between 6pm-10pm.
The beaches in Nusa Dua are mostly desert during weekdays, so it’s a great place for some beachfront chilling. You can easily spend a couple of hours at Black Sand Beach, do some paddling or try your hand at fishing. Take advantage of seaside sunset views over cocktails at VIN Beach Club, which offers dining and drinks with an ocean view. If you are looking for something more private, head down to Alila Manggis resort’s Blue Lagoon Villa on Gili Meno island — a 40-minute boat ride from Nusa Dua. There is nothing but sunsets, soft white sand and turquoise water as far as your eyes can see here — definitely one of my favourite places on earth!
If you want to eat some of Bali’s best food, Ubud is where you’ll find it. From cheap street eats (where meals are usually under $1) to delicious gourmet restaurants, Ubud offers a wide range of fantastic restaurants for any budget. This area is also well known for its farmers markets. While visiting, take a look at Tegalalang rice terraces during sunrise or just visit Puri Lukisan Museum as one of your stops when exploring historic sites around Ubud. Not only does Bali have plenty of great food but it has breathtaking scenery that will leave you wanting more every day. It’s no wonder why so many people say they had an experience in paradise when visiting!
Within Bandung, great food can be found at Lentera Timur, a Chinese restaurant. You may try Tahu tek yang special (fried tofu with meat filling) or bakwan kepiting (crab meat dumpling). At Chibik Coffee, enjoy a drink as you read a book from their reading library collection. Kopi Jabrik is famous for their signature jagung bakar sambal matah (grill corn with peanut sauce), tempe goreng pisang (deep fry bananas with tempura), and cah kangkung (vegetarian sausage). They also have set menus that come with fresh brewed coffee.
Warung Koening Abadi. This little gem located near Prambanan Temple has some of our favorite cuisine that we’ve found throughout Indonesia. Located right next to one of Yogyakarta’s oldest temples, Warung Koening Abadi is a great option for those looking for a casual lunch or dinner.