Jalan Kayu Aya or what is commonly referred to as Eat Street is the beating pulse of the tourist hub of Seminyak. Most of the action is location along this 2 km stretch which includes: fine dining restaurants, gyms, yoga studio, shops, local vendors and an array of local warungs where you can pop in for a very quick meal that will cost you less than $5 per person.
Eat Street is all about excitement, colour and buzz so following are some great places you should visit as you amble this fun road.
If you start at the very beginning of Eat Street you will be seeing well known restaurants like: Mamasan and the Cornerhouse. These are almost next door to each other so you can basically tick off two days of going out for lunch or dinner as these places are a must see for any foodie. Mamason is know for it’s modern Asian cuisine while the corner house is all about having a burger or healthy salad in a relaxed yet very hip environment. Both are Seminyak institutions and well worth a visit. Make sure you book well ahead; especially for dinner at Mamasan on the weekend.
Head north and you will pass a few really cool places to visit like:
Johnny Rockets which serves American Style hamburgers with a 1950’s Happy Days vibe – take the kids and have a great time in this family friendly place
Red Carpet Champagne Bar – this is really for the adults and has become one of the most popular hang out bars in Bali. Most people come here after watching the sunset for the champagne cocktails and of course the people watching
Seminyak Village – this is really the halfway mark on Eat Street and is the newest addition to the now blossoming Seminyak skyline but this is shopping on steroids. This is a brand new 2 level massive shopping centre that has loads of shops, restaurants, boutiques, a few bars and places where you can take the kids for an ice cream. It gets really packed at night where everyone comes for a look around and a spot of shopping. Be prepared to do some damage to your credit card as the temptation to buy a souvenir here will be huge.
Sisterfields & You Look Hot in a Bikini – yes the name is right! These are 2 restaurants side by side ( same owner) and are now the ‘in place’ along the Eat Street strip. Stopping here for lunch or dinner is a must and the food is fabulous. They are both easy to find, just look out for the queues and noise. These 2 places are packed the whole time.
Seminyak Aquare – right beside the village is the hugely popular Seminyak Square. It’s adorned with even more shops, book stores, children’s boutiques, fashion outlets, local markets, bars, a fish and chip restaurant, as well as surf shops. There’s loads more but for the sake of this article you just have to trust us when we say that you have to check it out.
Ku De Ta and Potato Head – these are the 2 biggest and best known day clubs, restaurants, bars, what ever you want to call it, but they are the most well known world wide for being the place to be seen. They are the jugganauts of entertainment in Bali. This should be a priority if your wanting to see a grand scale day club and just how popular it can be. There is one new addition to the day club family along Eat Street and it’s called Mrs Sippy. All 3 of these are considered the epi-centre of entertainment is Bali so do make sure you spend at least a couple of hours in each.
To be honest to list all the places along Eat Street would require pages so we have narrowed the list to a few stand out restaurants that in their own right are fabulous. Like most people your probably in Bali for only a week or so and getting through all of these would simply be impossible. Best thing to do is choose a few randomly and try your luck. Here goes:
Sardine – well known as a 5 star restaurants and hosts the uber cool and very hip people
Nostima Greek Grill
Biku – one of the best cafes in Bali – perfect for a chilled out dinner
The Holy Crab – bibs supplied for the crabs – great easy going vibe.
Pison Coffee – for one of the best lattes in Bali towards the Petitenget area of Eat St.
Livingstone – casual eatery serving great coffee, cakes, food and healthy salads.
Saigon Street – for the best Vietnamese Pho you will ever have.
Ling Lings – you will recognise this place by the huge neon sign – great Korean & Asian food
Kynd – organic health food from smoothies, salad bowls and great wraps.
So there you have a slice of Eat Street in a nutshell. Again, best to take your time while exploring this wonderful street in Seminyak. Don’t rush it as there’s always some little gem around the corner waiting to be discovered. If your wanting to stay here why not consider a holiday villa. It’s worthwhile taking a look a the Bali Villas Escapes website as they seem to have to most concentration of some really nice villas in the Seminyak area.