11 Attractions in a Balinese Hot Spot
November 12, 2014
Local life is fused with international flavors along Bali's sizzling Seminyak backstreet of Batu Belig, with new shops, hotels and restaurants heating up the ’hood. By Holly McDonald. Photographed by Nikko Karki.
Published on Nov 12, 2014
1. Claim a canopied beach lounge at Mozaic Beach Club, then after sunset head upstairs for a tasting menu with matching wines. Jln. Pantai Batu Belig; mozaic-beachclub.com.
2. By day, shabby-chic Watercress offers scrumptious rustic breakfasts, Revolver coffee and veggie-heavy lunches; by night, the meatier dinners are served by flickering candlelight. Jln. Batu Belig 21a; watercressbali.com.
3. Distinct geometric patterns inspired by Bali's shifting light are printed on cottons and silks at Bare, created by Bali-based Australian designer Sarah Leslie. Toss on a bamboo bangle and coral ring to complete your tropical look. Jln. Batu Belig, next to Watercress; barehabit.com.
4. Beautiful hand-crafted recycled paper, greeting cards and notebooks fly off the shelves at Kado by Saraswati Papers. Jln. Batu Belig; +62 361 473 2117; saraswatipapers.com.
5. For a souvenir that will last longer than your suntan, stop by Kevala—the Sanskrit word means perfect and complete—where you'll find artisanmade ceramics that live up to their name. Jln. Batu Belig; kevalaceramics.com.
6. At Bathe, a sleek range of paraffin- and parabin-free bath and shower products shares shelf space with olfactory accoutrements like scented candles. Jln. Batu Belig 88; bathestore.com.
7. Coco and Ginger sells stylishly sweet clothes for girls designed by Australian Saffron Pugh-Blaby and stitched in Indonesia—think dreamy prints and flowy batik silks. Jln. Batu Belig 88; +62 361 402 0841; cocoandginger.com.
8. Feet far from beach-ready? Fear not: glitzy standalone manicure and pedicure salon Think Pink Nails will have them trimmed and in sandal-safe shape in no time. Jln. Batu Belig 108; +62 361 918 8116; thinkpinknails.com.
9. The greatest culinary hits of the Indonesian archipelago are served up hot at popular local joint Warung Cobek. Try Java's famed rawon (black beef soup), a padang nasi campur (mixed dishes with rice) or a classic nasi goreng. Jln. Batu Belig 81.
10. Wrought-iron beds, antique Javanese textiles and marble and copper bathroom fittings add to 16-room Brown Feather's charm. Jln. Batu Belig 100; +62 361 473 2165; brownfeather.com.
11. You'll find fare with a French feel and attention to detail in two-story, quirky Bow. Order fresh grilled sardines while overlooking the area's lovely, though fastvanishing, rice paddy. Jln. Batu Belig; +62 812 3918 6865; facebook.com/BowBali.
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