Oberoi or Petitenget? Double Six or Dhyana Pura? Where is Potato Head and what about La Plancha or KU DE TA? – still confused about where to book your villa in Seminyak? This article is written for you!
The fashionable beach town of Seminyak is located just up north from Bali’s international airport. The beach of Seminyak is just as wide and sandy as Kuta. Yet, it is a completely different world. Seminyak is cosmopolitan, chic, sophisticated, fashionable and home to many of Bali’s most celebrated beach clubs, restaurants, spas and designers boutiques. It is a shopping, wining and dining haven that somehow managed to keep the charm of a (stylish!) beach town. Seminyak is one of the most sought-after holiday destinations on the island of Bali. The town is gradually expanding towards neighbouring Kerobokan, Umalas and Batu Belig, spreading the fashion and her love for anything trendy. These days, Seminyak is quite a stretched out area. So, what is the best district to stay at?
1. Double Six District
One of the most iconic beaches on the entire island of Bali is Double Six Beach, characterized by all of the charming tropical beach bars with colourful bean bags and parasols stalled out on the beach every afternoon. This is the place where everyone goes for good vibes and sunset drinks. The music is chill, kids are playing on the beach, there are some street vendors but not too many and you are sipping your cocktail while the sun disappears behind the horizon, leaving the world in a soft orange glow. Double Six has an easy-going, laid-back, and relaxed vibe. You can go swim in the waves, try surfing, shop a little at local tourist shops and have some cheap Bintang beers on the beach. Restaurants are moderately-priced and there are also local warungs to score some real authentic Indonesian food at prices you won’t believe.
Places not to miss in Double Six:
- La Plancha – the most famous beach bars on Double Six. Why? They’ve got the best music and the best food!
- Cocoon Beach Club – if you are in need of a pool to be able to enjoy those sunset cocktails.
- SugarSand – Double Six latest beach club featuring a pool and daybeds to do some sunset gazing in style.
- Sacred Grounds – charming roadside cafe serving the famous Revolver Coffee.
- The House of Portraits – art studio of a local artist. Come have a look and enjoy a cup of single-origin, manual brew coffee/cappuccino.
- Plantation Grill @ Double Six Hotel – top-notch rooftop dining venue serving the best seafood and grilled meat.
- Warung Murah -if you want to try authentic local food at a local price, go to this warung and get yourself a plate of “nasi campur”.
- Ryoshi – Japanese cuisine, sushi & great live Jazz bands on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
- Warung Souvlaki – a traditional Greek little restaurant that is charming and cheap.
- Malos – German restaurant serving great steak.
- Marzano – great Italian Restaurant & ice cream.
- The Bintang Supermarket – fresh produce, souvenirs and everything you may be looking for.
- Lots of local souvenir shops selling handmade clothes, hammocks, bags etc.
- The Orchard Bar – traditional Irish Pub with kick-ass live bands.
- Ryoshi – the best live Jazz bands (until midnight).
- La Plancha (again) – they have some pretty cool beach parties on some evenings.
Dhyana Pura district
Dhyana Pura is often referred to as “Dhyana Pura Party Street“. This lively street that leads directly from Jl. Camplung Tanduk to Gado Gado Beach, is home to famous gay clubs with cabaret shows and drag queens that know how to party alright. Many villas are hidden away in the Drupadi gangs where there are plenty more coffee bars, spas and restaurants to explore, all the way until you hit the famous Oberoi Road in the Oberoi district of Seminyak.
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Places not to miss
- Chez Gado Gado – beachfront restaurant great for sunset drinks and dinner.
- Moonlite Kitchen and Bar – rooftop bar to enjoy excellent good and drinks to the view of Seminyak’s breathtaking sunset.
- Uma Kopi – tranquil garden cafe, lovely staff and good coffee.
- The Koop – organic coffee and cold brew. The Koop is not only a coffee cafe, but they are also a roastery. Yes, they roast the coffee beans themselves.
- Cafe Moka – located on Seminyak’s main road, this is quite a famous place to go for breakfast (and they serve Illy coffee).
- Shelter Cafe – breezy cafe above Nalu Bowls and the place to be to get your vegan latte (coffee with coconut milk/almond milk/cashew milk etc).
- Zula Vegetarian Paradise – plant-based food with Mediterranean influences.
- Nalu Bowls – the place to get one of those famous smoothie bowls. This is where you’ll get the original!
- Zibiru – this is a superb farm-to-table Italian restaurant with a garden and live jazz music.
- Made’s Warung – authentic Indonesian food & Balinese dance performances on Jl. Raya Seminyak (Jl. Basangkasa).
- Queen’s Tandoor – chic Indian Restaurant on Jl. Raya Seminyak.
- Taco Beach Grill – Tex Mex restaurant located on Jl. Kunti.
- Tasty Vegan – local vegan food that is tasty indeed. They give vegan cooking workshops, too.
- Divine Earth – raw food, yoga & alternative cinema on Jl. Raya Seminyak.
- Sushimi Bali – delicious Japanese sushi and sashimi restaurant on Jalan Dhyana Pura and it’s perfectly affordable, too.
- Frankenstein’s Laboratory – a restaurant with a unique concept, featuring vampires, zombies, mummies and more scary creatures to get the party going.
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- Bali Deli – western-style supermarket to do your grocery shopping.
- Magali Pascal – high-end designers clothing for women.
- Lots of local designers boutiques – very fun to explore.
- Bali Joe Bar – a famous gay club with cabaret, go-go dancers and beautiful drag queens.
- Santa Fé bar – a cool bar with friendly staff and regular live bands.
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The long lively street that runs from The Coffee Corner to KU DE TA Beach Club and La Lucciola on Seminyak Beach has got quite a few nicknames: Jalan Kayu Aya is the official name but in reality, it is better knows as “Oberoi Road” and “Eat Street” – a true icon and one of the most sought-after areas to stay in this fashionable beach town.
What not to miss in Oberoi
- KU DE TA – the first beach club in Seminyak, featuring a pool and mesmerizing sunsets
- La Lucciola – Italian haute-cuisine & sunset wine or cocktails on the beach. Located there where Oberoi hits Petitenget
- Breeze at Samaya – 5-star dining experience on a breezy sunset deck – amazing!
- Revolver Espresso – Seminyak’s most famous coffee house located on Oberoi Road.
- Corner House – a famous coffee hub serving Revolver coffee located right on the corner of Drupadi/Oberoi Road.
- Titik Temu – just across from Seminyak Square, great ambience, coffee and live music.
- Grocer & Grind – iconic breakfast place with excellent coffee.
- Sisterfield – Australian brunch and coffee.
- Monsieur Spoon – excellent French bakery open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They’ve got the best croissants on the island!
- Ultimo – delightful Italian food.
- Motel Mexicola – highly Instagrammable Mexican restaurant that turns into a party place after dinner.
- Ginger Moon – exquisite Asian fusion food to share.
- Sea Circus – another eye-catching venue for food and drinks, perfect to feed your hungry belly and your Instagram account at the same time.
- Earth Cafe – organic, vegan cafe and shop on Oberoi Road.
- Chandi – Indonesian and Asian cuisine prepared with fresh organic, locally-sourced produce and imported meat from New Zealand and Australia.
- Tiger Palm – the latest creation of Will Meyrick – the chef behind Sarong and Mamasan. Asian-fusion & relaxes vibes.
- Neon Palms – cute & delicious. Come here for tapas and wine.
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- Seminyak Square – contemporary shopping mall with designers boutiques and famous fashion stores.
- Seminyak Village – high-end shopping mall with exclusive boutique shops.
- The Flea Market – great local place to stroll around and get your souvenir shopping done.
- Magali Pascal – famous designers boutique.
- Uluwatu – beautiful Balinese lace clothing.
- Kids a Go Go – cute quality kids wear and accessories.
- Lily Jean – handmade fashion inspired by Bali and Brazil.
- Nico Nico – fashionable swim and beachwear.
- Indigo kids – found matching outfits for mommas and their little princesses.
- Bali Boat Shed – fun, colourful, tropical clothing for men and women.
- La Favela – Brazilian-inspired nightclub with beautiful decors and a buzzing dancefloor with R&B music till late at night.
- The Champagne Bar – has a large collection of champagnes and single malt whiskey. Great parties, too!
- Single Malt Whiskey Bar – above Meja Kitchen, featuring chic leather chairs, lots of whiskey (including 60 very rare ones), pool tables and an outdoor terrace.
- KU DE TA – beachfront parties!
- Motel Mexicola – tequila and dancing. Need I say more?
- Bodyworks – beautiful treatment rooms and experienced spa therapists. Pure bliss at this luxury spa in Oberoi.
- Therapy – a contemporary luxury spa, using high quality, cruelty-free spa products made by local suppliers – all natural.
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Petitenget is probably the most trending part of Seminyak with the most famous restaurants on the entire island of Bali. The Petitenget Strip is a long, famous shopping and dining street also known as “Eat Street 2.0“. This fashion road and dining street starts where Oberoi ends and leads all the way to Batu Belig, passing Petitenget Beach, Potato Head and many of Seminyak’s most sought-after dining venues. Petitenget is named after the centuries-old beach temple Pura Petitenget, a cultural landmark in the heart of modern-day shopping boutiques, beach clubs and restaurants.
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What not to miss in Petitenget
- Potato Head – another Seminyak icon featuring a sunset pool, great on-site restaurants, parties and events.
- The Woo Bar – sunset deck, international DJs, parties, dining to the view of the sunset sky.
- Mano – tropical-styled beach club with a pool, cactuses and “alang alang” thatched cabana rooftops.
- Monsieur Spoon (again!) – great coffee & the best croissants enjoyed to the view of rice paddies, located at the very end of Petitenget.
- Pison Coffee – industrial-inspired coffee house.
- Expat Roastery – the new kid on the block to get your daily caffeine shot.
- Baby Revolver Espresso – cute little sister of Revolver Espresso: great coffee and yummy breakfast.
- Coffee Cartel – boutique coffee hang-out with speciality roasts and lattes in all colours of the rainbow.
- Biku – tucked in an ancient Joglo house, Biku serves lovely high teas (with coffee if preferred). They have a kids’ high tea, too and a little playing nook.
- Metis – French haute-cuisine in a stunning garden restaurant with rice paddy views. They also do classy high teas in the garden.
- Bambu – Indonesian food with a modern twist.
- Jemme Jewellery & dining – chic and sophisticated dining venue with a jewellery showroom.
- Sardine – a high-end restaurant famous for the food and the views.
- Sarong – another award-winning restaurant in Petitenget serving Asian fusion food by Chef Will Meyrick.
- Merah-Putih – stunning restaurant for a traditional family-style Indonesian dining experience.
- Saigon Street – Vietnamese cuisine, innovative cocktails & quirky interiors.
- KILN – Mediterenean-inspired eating house with indoor and outdoor seating arrangements.
- KYND Community – hip cafe and restaurant, 100% plant-based.
- Cafe Organic – organic food and drinks in a gorgeous, super Instagrammable environment.
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- Lulu Yasmine – designers boutique to find chic tropical fashion wear for women.
- Magali Pascal – elegant dresses, lace, silk and more.
- Uma and Leopold – resort wear, handmade embroidery -every piece of clothing is unique and stunning.
- Jemme Jewellery – silver, gold, diamonds, you’ll find them here.
Party places / Nightlife
- SeaVuPlay – a nautical-themed bar where the party is on day and night, calling all sailors, mermaids and beach babes to come and have drinks and a whole lot of fun.
- Akademi Bar – serves the most innovative handcrafted cocktails.
- The Woo Bar – where the party goes on way beyond sunset.
- Potato Head – the most famous place for sunset drinks, dinner, parties and DJs.
- Mrs Sippy – this is not a place to go dancing at night as it closes in the evening but it is a great fun hang-out haven, home to Bali’s largest salt-water swimming pool and a 5-meter jumping platform.
Spas / Salons
- Rob Peetoom Salon and Spa – luxury day spa and hair salon in Petitenget. They’ve got rice paddy views, too(!).
- Sundari Day Spa – award-winning spa in Petitenget to experience Balinese spa traditions, healing treatments and beauty treatments.
- Bikram Yoga – hot yoga in the hottest part of Seminyak.
- Think Pink Nails – New-York-inspired beauty salon to get your manicures and pedicures done.
Want to stay somewhere more quiet in the outskirts of Seminyak? Somewhere close but not too close to the buzzing city centre? Try finding a villa in Umalas, Kerobokan or Batu Belig.
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