One of the most well known of Bali’s beaches, Seminyak Beach is the ideal place to get away from it all. You can hire umbrellas and sun loungers here, and chill out on the sunny and super fine sands. The beach is lined with cosy beach clubs where you can sit, cocktail in hand, and gaze out over the Indian Ocean. There’s lots of little shops in the area, and you can even book yourself a beachfront massage.
Best for beach parties is Kuta Beach, which is lively in the day and even more lively after sundown. During the daytimes, the local surf school attracts young travellers looking to ride the waves. And at night, the sands become a hotspot for local musicians who turn the beach into one big party. You’ll find traditional Indonesian food offered beachside, and international fare like juicy steaks just over the road.
Lying halfway between Seminyak Beach and Kuta Beach is Legian Beach. This is a watersports hotspot, especially for keen surfers and bodyboarders. You can hire all your equipment right here on the beach, so there’s no need to pack your own gear. Entrance to the water is shallow here, so the whole family can get involved in the fun. And when it’s time to relax, the nearby juice bars offer up cool refreshments.
Balinese cuisine brings together Indonesian, Chinese, and Indian flavours into one gastronomical delight. Rice plays a huge role in Balinese cuisine, and is often steamed and served alongside spiced meats, vegetables, and exotic fruits. Warming spices like black pepper, cumin, clove, and nutmeg are often used.
While there are lots of tasty dishes to try, one of the most popular is betutu, which is chicken or duck cooked in the iconic Balinese spice blend. Another option is lawar, which is a minced meat dish of fresh veggies and coconut. And for something different, savoury porridge called bubur mengguh is one to try.
There’s a big street food scene in Bali. Pedagang are mobile stalls, often bicycles, that serve up quick bites that are easy to eat. You’ll also find lots of warungs along the roadside and along the beaches. These family-run huts specialise in traditional fare like deep fried snapper and spiced pork crackling.
One of the most potent drinks in Bali is Arrack. Distilled from sugarcane, Arrack is similar to a dark rum, with deep and rich flavours. Or for a drink with a difference, brem is a sweet and fruity fermented drink made from sticky rice. And for cocktails, Bali Moon fruit-flavoured liqueurs offer a taste of summer.
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