September 18, 2013 by Sharon Loh
“So, what’s for breakfast today?“
This question always happens to cross my mind first thing in the morning.
You know, morning has always been my favorite time of the day. It’s the time, the only time, when I can sit all alone, sipping my coffee while listening to the bird chirping, and thinking about everything – about life and future, mostly.
Morning is the time when I know there’s still another day. There’s still another chance. It gives me the time to think. It gives me hope. That’s why I love morning.
And being the part of it, breakfast has always been my favorite morning routines ever since. But for me, finding good breakfast is not as easy as finding good dinner. It’s a lil bit tricky, since not all restaurant serves breakfast, regardless the good one.
Speaking about breakfast, Fred & I did have our breakfast routines outside every weekend during our 2 months internship in Bali last summer. Of course we didn’t get to visit all breakfast spot since 2 months is obviously too short for that. And I know there must be a lot of restaurant out there which serves the even better breakfast than we found.
But here’s my top 6 favorite breakfast spot in Bali. It’s just a personal breakfast taste of mine. And I’d love to hear yours! Is yours on the list?
The Porch (5/5)
We stumbled across this place when we were searching for a cafe which serves breakfast in TripAdvisor. Quite obviously, it seems that everyone recommends The Porch. I couldn’t even found a bad comment about The Porch back then. So we decided to try our luck.
This place is quite small actually, and woody, and sweet. It got a veranda and a small outdoor area for those who prefer the outdoor seats, like us. And it also provide indoor seats with comfortable sofas and air-con. Lots of delicious Aussie meals is here! There are homemade pies, burgers, dory fish fillets, sandwiches, and many more.
And the coffee here is also surprisingly VERY GOOD! Some even say it’s the best you can find in Sanur. I had Flat White while Fred had Bali Coffee, a compliment from the breakfast menu set he ordered.
I have no idea why they tasted surprisingly… amazing. It’s like, we didn’t even expect it to be that good. I even thought the reviews I found in TripAdvisor were just a bluff. But then I was completely wrong.
Anyway, the cinnamon toast was not too crunchy but indeed it smells and tasted so good. They didn’t put too much cinnamon. And it fits me perfectly. The sandwich is very savory. The eggs were perfectly cooked. And the lady serving us was so kind and friendly. Pancakes were so fluffy! And I love the mapple syrup they gave us.
Jalan Danau Tamblingan 110, Sanur
Phone: +62 361 281 682
Jezza Recovery Breakfast 68
Cinnamon Toast 35
Porch Pancakes 40
Flat White 27
Cafe Moka (4.5/5)
Different from my other favorite’s breakfast spot which are quite popular among tourist, Cafe Moka is actually popular among both tourists and locals. Cafe Moka currently has around 5 branches in all over the island of gods. The most popular one is the one in Seminyak. But the one I visited to was in Uluwatu.
My favorite here? Croissant and baguettes! I mean, they are perfect.
The baguettes we had was actually a compliment of the English Breakfast set. But of course, you can buy it separately. It’s even worth a takeaway if you’re short of time!
Bacons were good. Sunny side up was okay. Bali coffee is too sour for me. I like my cafe latte better. But nothing can beat The Porch’s Flat White. Not yet.
The other thing we had is… Cinnamon Roll! To be honest, I love cinnamon. I like how it smells. But cinnamon roll is just not my favorite this time. Nothing special about it.
Anyway, if you’re planning to check out what the hype is all about, visit their Seminyak branch instead since the one in Uluwatu is not too comfy. The air-con doesn’t seem to work really well.
Bread Basket (4/5)
There’s always a place where you found yourself keep coming back to. Mine was Bread Basket. A small bakery in Sanur I found during my first week in Bali. The only reason I hooked into Bread Basket a lot was that it serves great breakfast! And it’s quite near from where I live. So.. that makes us best friend.
Once you enter the store, you’ll be welcomed with the comfy sofas, the bread counter, and the lovely staff. I mean it. They are indeed lovely, friendly, and nice to children (and adults). You’ll be greet with a cloudless “Good Morning!” or “Pagi!” and… I don’t know. It somehow boosts up my mood a lil bit.
nd here comes the best part. Yup, the foods! Fred’s favorite is and always will be Long Black Coffee and English Breakfast Set which consists of sunny side up eggs, saute mushrooms, tomatoes, bacon, sausages, and toasts.
While my favorite are their warm croissants, pretzels, and Flat White.
I once tried their whole grain bread but it tasted bad for me. And it got a coarse texture too. So… good bye whole grain bread. Anyway, they also sell homemade jams here.
We do personally love everything about Basket Bread! The foods, the place, the coffee (although I like The Porch’s Coffee better. The coffee they serve was stronger), the music (they play old love songs!), the people, everything!
This place is where we’ve been having our Saturday morning breakfast during our stay in Bali. And I feel bad that I can’t visit Bread Basket any longer since I’m coming home to Bandung next week. Till we meet again, Bread Basket! My heart belongs to your pretzel.
Go early on 8 or 9 am as they bake the breads early in the morning everyday and you’ll find fresh breads at the counter! Oh! And they’re not open for business on Sunday. We made our mistakes TWICE I can’t believe it, so please learn from our mistakes. If you decided to go for croissant or any other pastries, you can get your croissant microwaved.
Long Black 24
Flat White 24
Plain Croissant 8.5
English Breakfast Set 32
Jl Danau Tamblingan 51, Sanur, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Seniman Coffee Studio (4/5)
Different from any other coffee shop I’ve visited in Bali, Seniman Coffee Studio is located a lil bit out of town. In Ubud, to be exact.
If you’ve heard people talking about Ubud, it must be something about the spa, the yoga, the meditation, the art, the rice paddle, I don’t know… And people who are looking for inner peace, let’s say, will probably stay in Ubud for like 3 days or a week, just to get the feel of the place and relax a little bit and forget about all the works & problems they’ve been through.
But hey, I’m only 21 & I got no bill to pay, so.. I’m not going to meditate for 4 hours or get a massage for 2 hours because I’m as fit as a lion, so… what I did is just eat, chill out, relax, eat, hang out, eat, and take the picture.
We arrive early at 9 am that morning and decided to have our second breakfast that day. (We had porridge with boiled eggs earlier that morning). We look for a breakfast spot in Foursquare and we found this place named Seniman Coffee Studio which is quite interesting. So, here’s the sneak peak.
Rule #1. You’ve got to leave your shoes outside the coffee shop or you need to sit at the outdoor tables instead – the outdoor seats are quite comfortable, though.
The place itself was sooo clean, homey and well-designed. And as for the taste of the coffee itself (we pick Sumatra Gayo coffee), it was kinda different from what I usually had actually. (I usually had regular coffees or starbucks’ lattes & cappuccino). But we pretty much enjoy watching how the barista brew the coffee using this siphon coffee maker. I even recorded a video of it!
Anyway, there is also a showcase store below the cafe – where the cashier is located. And I personally loveee how they decorated that small room.
Psst… They say, Seniman Coffee Studio serves the best coffee in Ubud!
Jalan sriwedari, Ubud, Bali 80561, Indonesia
+62 361 972085
Deus Ex Machina (3/5)
Deus Ex Machina is somehow different from the other breakfast spot I mention. It’s kinda hard to describe what this place actually is. It’s kind of a store but it is much more than that, a restaurant, a cafe, an art gallery, a surfer paradise, I don’t know… but all of them makes such a perfect combination. Later I found out that Deux Ex Machina has some branches in Australia (their main store), America, Italy, and Bali, Indonesia – the one we visited. I also found out that there are actually 2 branches available in Bali. The one in Canggu which we visited, and one in Seminyak – a slightly smaller one.
We found Deus Ex Machina accidentally by following the path given on the back side of Deus’ sponsored card. It looks a lot like a postcard, don’t you think?
Deus cafe serves a wide range of Asian and Western meal, although we were only up for a cup of coffee. I mean two cups. The price for that great quality of coffee are very reasonable, around 20k Rupiah.
P.S : Check out my complete story about the interesting Deus Ex Machina here!
Deus Ex Machina, Bali
Jalan Batu Mejan 8, Canggu
Telephone : (0361) 368 3385
Website : id.deuscustoms.com
Luhtu Coffee Shop (2.5/5)
The other coffee shop we tried is Luhtu Coffee Shop. The coffee shop itself is located just beside Sindhu Beach in Sanur. It was like 30 minutes walk from our hotel.
After walking for about 30 minutes with our not-working GPS (that I thought we get lost), we finally found Luthu’s Coffee Shop! It has an indoor & outdoor seat. The outdoor was located on the beach. And it got a nice ocean view. But since the sun shone a little bit too strong that morning, we preferred the indoor one.
I have no idea why the cappuccino tastes soooo great. I mean it! It was like, one of the best cappuccino I’ve ever tasted! Thanks to TripAdvisor and the reviewers.
But yeah, the English Breakfast Set was not as good as the one we had in Bread Basket. Oh, and I had my first carrot cake here. It tastes great. But it’s just not suitable for my breakfast taste. But I’m sure it works best as a dessert!
Pantai Sindhu, Sanur, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Price (in thousand Rupiah)
Carrot Cake 25
Hot Cappuccino 23
English Breakfast Set (including coffee / tea) 50
That pretty much sums up my favorite breakfast spot in Bali I found so far. Hope I’ll have the chance to explore the rest pretty soon enough!