It’s without a doubt that Bali has no shortage when it comes to Instagram worthy spots and get your gram game for the whole summer. Do it for the gram, right?
From the effortlessly beautiful white sand and blue water beaches, surreal sunsets that come with it down to the quaint cafe and not to mention gastronomic food of Bali and everything in between is the full package you will experience when you go to Bali.
As a blogger, I take time to research and make sure to maximize the short time I’ll be in this destination. So here I want to share to you all the top 9 places to see when you visit Bali and achieve that #VacationGoals for your feed. Cos let’s be real, photo or it didn’t happen *wink wink*
Top 10 places to see in Bali
1. nusa penida
For Nusa Penida, okay I’m not gonna lie to you, you’re gonna need at least one whole day to be able to make the most of this trip and if you’re only staying for a short time like we did - 5 days, then trust me and I mean TRUST ME, Nusa Penida will definitely be on for the books (no lies!)
But remember going back and forth will already take you about an hour (45 mins for the transit and about 15 minutes for the waiting part) So if you wanna make the most of the trip like I do then I would suggest for you to get a tour guide or package. Yes, it would cost a bit more but just think of the hassle you’re saving your ass from. Especially given that you are foreign in this country.
Getting a tour guide is definitely the best way to you since you’ll be able to hit all the right / picturesque places. Shameless plug here, I surely recommend our tour guide during this trip and friend Gusti. He has a unique way of showing Bali to you on a whole new level that you won’t forget! You could find him through Facebook by clicking here or Tripadvisor ‘cause you know, he’s legit like that.
Teleggang Rice Terraces - Monkey Sanctuary
Just like Nusa Penida, if you’re staying in the areas Kuta, Seminyak or Canggu then sacrificing another whole day for this location will take you at least half a day or even more depending on how slow/fast you are but personally I think you’ll be able to accomplish this in 8 hours and be back for the perfect sunset sesh in Canggu (where to spend your golden hour is next!). Anyways, Ubud is a less commercial spot but there are a ton of cultural activities to do. It’s another gem to definitely see in Bali plus movie “Eat Pray Love” starring Julia Roberts and yes, Gusti was amazing enough to drive past it and it was….. 15 seconds of amazing.
Teleggang Rice Terraces + love bali sign
luwak coffee plantation
3. La Plancha
La Plancha beach was our last stop for the trip and we're so glad we decided to witness our last golden hour here with the amazing people we met along the way. This beach strip is very well-known for its amazing sunset and the colorful umbrellas - and at night, you could fly a lantern that you could buy from the friendly vendors walking around the beach. It was so moving and such an experience that made us have a hard time leaving Bali.
They literally had to drag me to the airport.
4. Mad Pops
Probably the most Instagrammable ice cream salon you’ll see in Seminyak and by Instagrammable I literally mean “the one corner” don’t want to burst your bubble or anything but the place is really tiny. 4-5 people is already a riot. So, here’s the key, order - burst shots / get those angles - leave. It’s not the kind of ice cream shop where you can sit out till you finish your ice cream since you also have to be considerate of the other people who are there to just really wanna get what they came for. Can’t blame them for wanting ice cream with the kinda heat in Bali.
5. Motel Mexicola
Safe to say Motel Mexicola is one of the scene stealers from all the restaurants in Bali despite it being a known tourist destination. Motel Mexicola is known to be photogenic during the morning with less crowd - grub during lunch and enjoy the breeze with an open air - pregame and dine with friends which what me and my friends exactly did.
Price? Well fellas I’m not gonna lie to you it’s expensive or maybe because we ordered a lot - I don’t know I was tipsy but all I could remember was one Mojito cost about 500PHP a glass so paint a picture.
6.Boat Shed - The Sea Circus - Neon PalmS
The Sea Circus is a brunch spot, but unfortunately, we weren’t able to have the time to try out their food but their exterior is everyone’s favorite spot. You’ll literally see people just taking photos outside and it’s nice to know the staff is friendly about it. But will definitely give this restaurant a try when I get back to Bali and keep you guys posted.
Here are the perks of these three places, they’re all on one strip- only few steps away- and they all provide benches outside the store, why? For pictures! Bali is just all about colors, vibrancy and aesthetic. They truly know how to give us a treat!
Boat Shed STORE
The Sea Circus
7. Kynd Community
Probably one of my favorite restaurants during this whole trip. Their smoothie bowls were beyond my expectations not just aesthetically but the whole dynamic of the fruits, yogurt and granola all together is just BOMB and by bomb I mean fuegoooo. Yummy and healthy!
The waiting game for the famous “another day in paradise” pink wall might take some time since everyone just prefers to sit outside. Though the view is not quite the best (a street bunch of cars basically) but they did make up for the food and interior.
8. Cara Cara Inn
Cara Cara Inn is the place where we stayed for the first 3 - days of our trip and it was absolutely amazing and chill, though I'll have a separate blog post coming next. But just a little preview, Cara Cara Inn's aesthetic is totally up my alley - vibrant, fun-filled and hip boutique inn, cafe and bar located in the heart of Kuta. Which by the way is near the shopping and entertainment district.
The famous spots in Cara Cara Inn is the floaties by pool, hanging hammocks, pink slide, BBQ cook-outs, laundry ( great for picture taking ) and lastly the Cara Cara van.
9.kosta hostel + The Good Mantra Cafe
Kosta Hostel can be found in this quiet corner in Seminyak, to read more about it, click here.
10. The Lawn
Told you it was next! The Lawn is definitely the place to be when it comes to spending the best hour of the day - the golden hour. It’s a chill; laid back, good vibes and just the place to be in Canggu. No reservations needed but the place can get quite full especially the umbrella spot. We arrived there before sunset (that’s about 4pm ish), and we were 9th on the waiting list. Do you where I’m going with this? Nonetheless, waiting inside the restaurant was no burden, but personally if you wanna take good photos, under the umbrella is the place to be or the beach chairs by the shore.
Food is good as well, can get a bit pricey but with a view like that its soooo worth the cha ching!
And on top of that the Lawn has a second floor that gives you a better view of the sunset. Plus, a mini bar where you could get a couple of drinks – best combo ever.