We love a good list at The Voice of Sanur, so naturally we had to create a list of our favourite places to eat and drink and play in Sanur.
We didn’t choose these places based on any reviews or what’s popular – these are our picks because we go to them a lot and can happily recommend them all for different reasons. So here goes, in no particular order, our suggestions of places to visit when in Sanur.
COFFEE AND COCKTAILS
One of the perks of living in Bali, is that you’re never stuck for choice about where to enjoy coffee or cocktails.
FireFly The newest, and very welcome, addition to the nightlife in Sanur. What comes out at night? The fireflies, and like its namesake, this restaurant and bar opens, and stays open, a little later than the others, and is becoming famous for its innovative menu and decadent cocktails.
Trattoria You would expect an Italian restaurant to do good coffee, and this one does great coffee. And delicious food as well!
Fresh Café Sanur A new addition to the beachfront, this café has a blackboard boasting the best coffee in Bali, and judging by their happy visitors and reviews, the blackboard must be right!
The Fire Station A go-to for a great selection of good wine at a reasonable price…which in Bali isn’t easy to find. Sit on the balcony or terrace for a bit of people watching too, both inside and outside the bar and restaurant.
Soul in a Bowl and Soul on the Beach Conveniently located at the end of my morning walk, a great coffee kick-start for the day and the staff are awesome – when someone remembers your name and how you like your coffee, it goes a long way.
Tree Bar Located beachfront at the Maya hotel, the Tree Bar has a fabulous happy hour where all drinks are half-price, and one of the most extensive cocktail lists I’ve ever seen.
Casablanca It calls itself the most colourful bar in Sanur…and possibly in Bali! Great music every night, good burgers and super cold beer. Pub quiz on a Tuesday night also a fave of mine – (unbiased shout out for my team) go the Angry Pirates!
Linga Longa The first bar I went into when I moved to Sanur and I still go at least once a week. Cold beer, awesome staff and the band is fantastic – there aren’t many songs they don’t know and it’s the kind of place you can get up and dance and even join in the singing - whether you can sing or not!
LOCAL FOOD OR PLACES
Warung Krishna Easily the best nasi campur in town. Around 25k IDR for delicious traditional Balinese food, go easy on the sambal if you aren’t good with heat – it packs a punch.
Warung Santai and Warung Kecil You can choose what you want for your nasi campur or order directly from the menu. My pick – the corn fritters are obscenely good and the eggplant in chilli is divine.
Warung Parahyangan Amazing local food at crazy prices. I have a friend who swears by the fried fish and my fave is the vegetable omelette…or the bean sprouts in chilli….or the water spinach…you get the point, it’s all good!
Warung Makan SMS Another local near my house, dine in or home delivered. Great fresh food AND they also do a cooking class out the back, showing you how to make all the best traditional Balinese dishes from scratch…and then you get to eat it all!
Warung Dapur Deli This warung is a must visit. Super fresh salads and sandwiches, home made lasagne, great coffee to go with tasty cakes, and you can stock up on your favourite snacks from their deli section. It’s cool and quite often an office for many expats and travellers.
You can’t please everyone all the time but these places with a mixed menu come pretty close in my opinion, with something for everyone.
Warung Beach Breeze One of the first places I ever went in Sanur. Good, cheap, fresh local and western food, the staff remember you and the beer you like, and on Monday, Thursday and Saturday they have friends playing live music, and all the staff join in. Great fun! Warung Coconut Tree and Warung Little Bird are also owned by the same people and strategically placed at opposite ends of Jln Danau Tamblingan.
Three Monkeys Located right next to Casablanca (convenient I say), Three Monkeys offers a great mix of local food and western food but always with a nod to Balinese spices and cooking methods. Oh and you must, must, must, try the espresso martinis!
La Playa has a beautiful spot right on the beach and I personally feel there is nothing better than good food, cold beer and your toes in the sand. The menu is big and also caters for kids, with a mixture of western style dishes and traditional Indonesian cuisine.
Dusk Blue has a menu to suit all tastebuds, using the freshest ingredients and delicious recipes. Try the sardines and asparagus. And the coffee. With a chilled coconut. So good.
Beach House Sanur is located right on the beach and has a huge menu, including a great menu for the kids. A mix of Indonesian classics plus good hearty pub food, delicious pasta, a fabulous Happy Hour and our favourite espresso martinis.
Something the Balinese do very well is learn cooking styles from all over the world, so you can try international cuisine without leaving Bali.
Soya Great Japanese cuisine, authentic and fresh, great fun with a group of friends so you can try lots of dishes. Agedashi tofu is a fave of mine and I have friends who can’t visit Sanur without having the tuna martini (not a drink by the way). The staff are friendly and always have a smile.
The Village I’ve spent time in Italy and for me, this is about as close as you can get to authentic Italian food, outside of Italy. Good wine as well and you can order take away which is handy for families if the little people are too tired to head out or leave the villa.
Jalapeno Great Mexican food, fresh and tasty. I like sitting outside and watching the world go by, with at least one or maybe two of their famous margaritas - classic or frozen, both delicious.
Little India A friend recommended this and she was right – tasty Indian food and a great atmosphere with super friendly staff. We over-ordered for sure but it all looked so good…and because it tasted so good, we managed to eat it all!
Barb’s Sports Bar This is where I go when I need a fix of all things Aussie. Great Aussie pub food mixed with local dishes and curries, icy cold beer, sport on all the time, making it an easy choice during AFL season. And the owner Barb is a fabulous woman, so make sure you say hi when enjoying a pie and beer!
DD’s Thai Restaurant Authentic Thai food and super friendly staff set in a colourful garden with funky décor and lighting. You should book to avoid disappointment because this place gets packed.
Bella Italia A small Italian restaurant down the end of Jalan Cemara, they make their pasta fresh every day. The pizzas are flown in from Italy, ok they aren’t really but they taste authentic, and they even have my favourite limoncello for after dinner.
Writing this we realised how lucky we are in Sanur, with so many choices for delicious food and drinks, and the personalities you meet are what makes you go back again and again. I am unashamedly biased about Sanur. It’s the right mix of small village but with great bars and restaurants, and whether on the beach, the main street, or even tucked down smaller local streets, there is always somewhere to go to enjoy your day and night.
If you have other places not on my list that you want to rave about or places you want me to try, make sure to drop me a line and let me know. I’m a foodie (and slightly partial to a cocktail or two) so any and all recommendations welcome!