As much as Thailand is still my favourite beach destination, Bali is becoming my next top choice. It is touristy, but you can choose to hide away in a villa with a private pool that doesn’t break the bank; there are plenty of things, like climb Mt Batur or conquer the Hidden Canyon, to do if you’re after an adventure; the food is amazing – I drool thinking of the babi guling and you don’t have to head to Ibu Oka for delicious babi guling. Bali also has some of the nicest cafes and not only are they instagram-worthy, they do serve very decent food as well.
When I was researching the cafe scene in Bali for my last trip, I found so many unique places – pretty little places that won’t look out of place on the streets of Paris, wacky places with eclectic designs, or just places that open up to the beautiful scenery that Bali offers. Unfortunately, we only had time to visit 2 places while we were there, but I fell in love with the whimsical feel of the Sea Circus and I’m looking forward to eating the fish tacos there again!
Everything at the Sea Circus is designed to bring a smile to your face, from the brilliantly painted exterior to the brightly-coloured furniture and the prints on the wall. Even the washrooms are picture-perfect. The food doesn’t suck either. Ok, that probably wasn’t a fair statement because the food was pretty darn good and not only do they have calorie-laden options (like the creamiest, most delicious, incredibly sinful, iced coffee I’ve ever had) they have a variety of healthy dishes as well if you feel like you’ve indulged too much on your trip. They also have hangover cures too if you’ve imbibed too much ;p It is really a nice place to spend an hour or two, although it does get crowded, so be prepared to wait. But if you’re not willing to wait, there are plenty of places to go to in that area.
A 10-minute walk away brings to you to another cafe that appears on many cafe lists – the Motel Mexicola. After a heavy brunch at Sea Circus, we weren’t really able to eat anymore so we settled in for a drink out of the sun. I don’t know how authentic it actually is, considering I’ve never been to Mexico, but it’s the kind of place that you imagine a traditional Mexican place to be like – there’s even an altar dedicated to the day of the dead items with tons of melted candles to add that touch of authenticity. As cool as it looks in the day, I’d really want to have dinner there as the photos of Motel Mexicola at night makes it look like a whole lot of fun!
If you go to Bali, you’d definitely have to go cafe hopping, and with the variety available, you’ll find some place you like to hang out for a couple of hours out of the sun.