If you are holidaying in Bali and have food-obsessed or hungry children, have no fear! Little Steps Asia has explored a wide range of restaurants serving their international favorites and some local delights. The team has painstakingly eaten, sipped, laughed, and relaxed in cafés and restaurants across the island to give you the scoop on where to dine with your babies, toddlers, and kids in Seminyak, Ubud, Kuta, and beyond. Enjoy this child-friendly guide to delicious eating experiences on God’s Island.
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Paed Thai is perfect for casual dining with friends or a romantic dinner with your special someone. The restaurant's interior design is casual yet elegant, with the main attraction being the mural at the stairs. The mural is an excellent backdrop for those who love to take Instagram-worthy photos.
The restaurant's signature dishes are a must-try, including bone marrow, fresh oysters with Thai lemon dressing, pad Thai goong, garoupa steam fish, and Bua Loi, a classic Thai dessert served with banana caramelized. These dishes offer an explosion of flavors that will leave you craving more.
Paed Thai also offers a selection of signature cocktails, including the Whiskey Thai Tea, made with whiskey, Thai tea, foamee, and condensed milk. The Paed Thai Tom Yum, made with vodka, red chili, galangai tea, lemon juice, and lemongrass syrup, is another must-try cocktail.
Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali and is located amidst the cool mountains, rice paddies, jungle scapes, and rivers. It forms the traditional country home of the Balinese royal family. The flourishing arts scene boasts breathtaking paintings, woodcarvings, and textiles. Ubud is home to the annual food festival where you can watch cooking demonstrations or participate in workshops and masterclasses.
Naughty Nuri’s was founded in the 90s on a love story. Founders Brian and IsnuriSuryatmi (Nuri) opened a small warung serving refreshing drinks and some simple dishes. They progressed to having a daily BBQ specializing in delicious pork ribs, which became so popular that the restaurant attracted Julia Roberts, the author of her famous Eat, Pray Love film, Elizabeth Gilbert, and renowned fashion designer Donna Karan. It’s thought that famed chef Anthony Bourdain described the signature martinis as the best he’d had outside New York. Nuri continues to serve the original recipe. Must try’s are the Naughty Nuri's signature BBQ pork spareribs and twisted martinis in this fun-vibed restaurant. Kids will love the Umpa Lumpa shakes and a large serving of mac n' cheese! They also have a branch in Seminyak.
Pizza Bagus has served delicious Italian cuisine in Ubud for over a quarter of a century. They started off small as a delivery service, but their reputation soon preceded them, and they’ve grown according to demand. Many generations of children and their families have dined in Pizza Bagus and enjoyed the various specialties of pizza, pasta, salads, Indonesian favorites, and desserts, including the long-revered traditional Italian gelato. They also have a yummy deli that serves some of the finest Italian cheeses, freshly baked bread, and meaty traditions such as soppressa, mortadella, prosciutto crudo, prosciutto cotto. Don't forget the wine! Dine-in or takeaway.
Pizza Bagus, Jl. Raya Pengosekan, MAS, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, +62 361 978520, www.pizzabagus.com
Casa Luna is another legendary eatery in Ubud that prides itself on the relaxed tropical atmosphere, authentic Balinese cuisine, the attentive service from Ketut Suardana and Australian-born Janet DeNeefe and their teams. Their Balinese-inspired Paella is legendary, and their lime tart is known to be the best on the island. There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options on the menu, and the ingredients are hand-picked from their garden. The menu is constantly changing, there are daily specials, and they love to celebrate special occasions. Casa Luna hosts their eponymous jazz night every Friday and Saturday evening with some of the island's best musicians. Kids will love the sugar-powered Donut Sundays. There is also a cooking school if you and the kids want to learn how to cook some tasty Balinese food.
Neighbourhood Food is adjacent to Berawa Beach and encourages long lazy breakfasts, yummy lunches, laid-back afternoon sojourns, and weekend brunches. Their dishes are made from locally sourced produce. They support community artisans and makers who believe that caring for the ingredients is their pillar for great tasting, fresh and simple food. Enjoy homemade crumpets or mango panna cotta for breakfast, market-fresh fish, and homegrown greens for lunch, try one of their super-nutritious brunch specials and enjoy sharing their light bites for dinner. They've got some cheeky Neighbourhood cocktails and a comprehensive menu of local and imported low intervention wines. Kids will love the grilled mac ‘n’ cheese toastie or the fish tacos.
Alma Tapas Bar is a fun, entertaining, and social neighborhood restaurant where people enjoy each other's company and sharing food. Their menu is bursting with light bites suitable for kids like pork sliders, mini hamburgers with Manchego cheese, crispy chicken wings, and drumettes with rosemary honey glaze, or indulge in some of the world's finest imported cheese with their yummy mixed cheese board. Have a lazy grazy afternoon eating delicious tapas and maybe sipping on your favorite mocktails or cocktails before heading to the beach to walk off those couldn't-resist calories.
Another gorgeous neighborhood restaurant, this time it serves up authentic evening-only Italian cuisine. TripAdvisor reviewers have recognized the small restaurant as being the best in Bali. It's casual, and the flavors are fresh. The chefs make daily homemade pasta and impossibly crispy pizza, which are crying out to be shared. The restaurant is a little eccentric and intentionally mismatched, but the impeccably friendly service more than makes up for it. Parents will love the spaghetti puttanesca paired with a full-bodied red, while the kids enjoy calzone, an oven-baked pizza. The restaurant has some fun, cozy corners for you all to enjoy, with domed seats and paintings depicting pugs dressed in military attire.
Seminyak is full of chic shops, restaurants, boutique hotels, upscale villas, chilled ocean-vibed venues, and a fun beach town. The neighborhood is perfect for exploring the local culture and narrow bustling streets and colorful markets. There is something for everyone in Seminyak, from authentic Indonesian food, Asian specialty restaurants, and an array of international cuisine.
Made’s Warung has developed from a tiny roadside stall selling Indonesian-style food way back in the 1960s. Made, was the eldest daughter of the family, would return from school and sell the first travelers, tourists, hippies, surfers, her simple homecooked food. Today’s restaurant is fashioned on the world-famed Raffles Bar in Singapore and continues to serve old-time favorites. The menu is a blend of Indonesian and international cuisine. The best part about dining here is that it's really friendly. There are nightly traditional Balinese dancers or a local guitarist. It's fun, traditional and the kids will love seeing the dancers while tucking into their favorite pizza.
Biku is a mele of personalities; it's a restaurant, tea lounge, homewares store, and a book shop all rolled into one. The kitchens are open throughout the day serving everything from breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant specializes in high tea service with a comprehensive listing of loose teas from China, India, and Indonesia. The teas are hand-selected by tea master Tjok Gde Kerthyasa. The book shop sells all sorts of fun games that you can purchase and play with the kids; there are also coloring books to keep them occupied. Biku also has regular tarot reading afternoons, which can be interesting if you find yourself at a crossroads. The High Tea Society said of Biku, “Biku offers a blend of old-world grace and contemporary Bali design. The presentation and courteous service will make you feel like royalty. The freshly made scones and sandwiches rival the best top hotel high tea experiences."
The Sea Circus emanates fun. The restaurant is colorful with gorgeous murals of circus animals on the walls, breathtaking artwork by local designers and artists, exposed sink pipes and pastel yellow and turquoise walls make for a cacophony of delight for the kids (and secretly adults). The restaurant isn't a circus, nor is it on the sea. The menu has the freshest picks from their veggie garden, and their best dishes are from the land or the sea. Sea Circus is famed for its fresh fish tacos, roasted sirloin steaks, acai bowls, and homemade gelato. They even have a coffee-inspired den for the island's best coffee. For over-indulgent parents, the all-knowing staff serves up the best brunch to cure a poorly head and keep the kids entertained for you. The comprehensive menu has dishes for sharing so that you can try a little bit of a lot.
KU DE TA is a gorgeous beach club on the shores of the Indian Ocean. A place where time seems to stand still. The beach club is perfect for families who want to indulge in a combination of sundrenched days, delicious food, play, and soulful soundtracks from dawn to bedtime. The kids can make sandcastles on the beach, swim in one of the pools, or have a paddle in the sea before curling up on a shaded and comfy daybed for an afternoon nap. You'll all enjoy building your own burgers from a wealth of delicious ingredients, and there is a kid's menu featuring all-time favorites like fish and chips and meatballs with spaghetti and grated parmesan. The Japanese sushi tray will be a winner if your kids have adventurous appetites.
Not only is Potato Head a trendy beach club, but it provides a center for the island's creatives and regularly hosts cultural conventions, film screenings, and hosts world-famous DJs. It's the first restaurant to be declared climate neutral by the United Nations. You and the kids will enjoy the zero-waste food offerings, including sustainable seafood, Indonesian delights, and bar snacks that are served straight to your lazy-day sunbeds. Comfortable day beds are positioned around the infinity bar, and there's a swim-up pool. Little ones can splash around in the pool, and there's a large grassy lawn where the kids can run off their energy steam while you sip your craft cocktails.
Nusa Dua, when translated, means 'two islands,' which refers to the two small raised islands found just off the coast of the pretty peninsula. Nusa Dua is the capital of the Bali Province and the prestigious enclave that’s attracted luxury hotels, heavenly spas, the greenest golf courses, and world-class convention centers. The crystal-clear shallow waters and the pearly-white soft sandy beaches make Nusa Dua the ideal destination for family holidays. In a nutshell, it's a sparkling paradise for international travelers.
Although only open on Sundays, Prego, the kid-tastic brunch, offers the island's most extensive buffet spread of authentic Italian fare. You'll have complimentary access to the temperature-controlled swimming pool, the fabulously fun kids corner, and monthly themed activities and entertainment for children. The chefs in the open kitchen are constantly delivering piping hot cuisine to the buffet, including freshly baked bread, oven-fired pizza, homemade pasta topped with your favorite sauces, and freshly grated parmesan. Make sure to leave room for delicious desserts and freshly brewed gourmet coffee.
Prego, The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua, Btdc, Jl. Nusa Dua, Bali, +62 361 771906, www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/dpswi-the-westin-resort-nusa-dua-bali/dining
Little-known Batu Belig is a gem that’s nestled right between Seminyak, Canggu, and Berawa. It's very much a bypassed enclave that has its own vibe and a rustic, peaceful charm. Its beach seems to go on forever.
Watercress Café is undoubtedly the home of great food. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The café is minimalist rustic with a hint of tropical design, lots of fun, and communal seating to encourage conversation. The chefs possess a conscious attitude to food. They love locally produced and farmed food, superfoods, and homegrown products like their fair-trade cold press coconut oil, small-batch homemade nut butters and jams alongside must-have Indonesian travel guides, bamboo straws, and handcrafted home decor. The kids will love the ham 'n' cheese crepes, monkey business milkshakes, and soft-boiled eggs with the obligatory buttery toasted soldiers.
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