Did you know that Bali is a hipster paradise? From hipster cafés to hipster bars and hipster markets, Modern Bali has lots to offer for all you cool people.
An honest review of places that are too cool for most of you, because they are so hipster it hurts!
Just a short drive north of busy tourist towns Seminyak and Kuta, you have Canggu where laidback expats dwell. There is an eclectic, bohemian vibe in the air, and more and more tourists are catching a whiff of it, making it a secret no more. However, we reckon there’s still time before that happens and it is still the place to be. Most of the action can be found along Batu Bolong, where you will find cafes, bars and a surf club.
Samadi Sunday Market
Located at Mecure Resort, you wouldn’t think this place could be cool. However, this place doesn't just have touristy merchandise that you might find in Kuta, but it’s got what it takes to make it worth the visit. There’s fresh produce, apart from handcrafted jewellery and clothes – that’s what makes it dapper doesn't it! You will also find teepee tents for kids that you can bring home to create a whimsical experience.
Source: Samadi Bali
Address: Mecure Resort, JL Mertasari Sanur, Bali 80228
Opening Hours: Every last Sunday of the month, 9:00am to 2:00pm
Love Anchor Market
Located in hipster Canggu, this instagrammable place is made out of fairy lights, cheery vibes and lots of pop-up stores. You can find homeware to accessories and artwork, or cute stuff to keep your tots happy. Did we forget to mention the happy hour? From 6-7pm you get a buy one get one for all classic and signature cocktails. Good thing is, you don’t have to wait till Sunday.
Source: Love Anchor
Address: Jalan Batu Bolong
Opening Hours: 9:00am to 10:00pm daily
An iconic café in Bali, this is located in the next hippiest neighbourhood – Seminyak. Their coffee really packs a punch and the décor makes it cool enough to earn its reputation. One important ingredient to have in a hipster café – soy milk – and they have it, despite it being uncommon in many cafes in Bali.
Address: Jl Kayu Aya No 3 (Gang 51), Kuta Utara
Opening Hours: 7:00am to 11:00pm
High ceilings always work. In this case, it works perfectly with its natural wooden and stone walls that remind us of an old New York factory. Don’t expect a rundown one, as the chandeliers and antique lounges step up the style factor, adding a posh touch to your experience. The bistro’s cuisine, however, is bona fide French. This is one place to go to at any time of the day. They have a special menu for all four meals (including afternoon tea).
Address: Jalan Kayu Aya No 117, Seminyak
Opening Hours: 7:30am to 12:00am
Potato Head Beach Club
You think this is too commercial to be on the list? We disagree. Even though it’s so popular, it’s vibe is something we can never get enough of. One element that refreshes the place is the international line up of DJs that pop in. Have you even tried half of their signature cocktails yet? No? Time to go back there again.
Source: Potato Head
Address: Jl. Petitenget 51B, Seminyak
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 2:00am daily
Speakeasies are right up hipsters’ alleys. This one is located on top of IZE Hotel’s in-house restaurant, Meja Kitchen, and only accessible with an undiscerning staircase. The 1920s feel of this place will be rewarding enough when you actually ‘discover’ it. The extensive selection of fine whiskies ensures that their clientele has good tastes.
Source: Bar 68
Address: IZE Hotel, Seminyak, Jl. Kayu Ayu No. 68
Opening Hours: 6:00pm to 1:00am daily
Moksa Plant-based Cuisine & Permaculture Garden
Even if you aren’t vegan, it’s time to hang out at vegan restaurants if you want to be a hipster. Bali has no lack of such eateries and Moksa’s menu suggests that there are some pretty talented chefs behind it. It also has a permaculture garden, which makes it a must go.
Source: Moksa Ubud
Address: Puskesmas Ubud II, Gang Damai, Sayan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 9:00pm daily