There is a huge variety of places to eat in Sanur. You will find everything from Mexican to Thai, from Indonesian to western at many Sanur restaurants. There is a little something for all taste buds in this part of Bali. During our stay in Bali, we had the chance to eat at some of the best restaurants in Sanur.
- Best restaurants in Sanur – Taqisa Mexican Restaurant
- Nori Bali – Sushi and Asian Kitchen in Sanur
- Sanur Night Market
- La Playa Cafe – Sanur Beach Restaurant
- Food to try in Indonesia
- Sanur Beer Garden
- Cafe Akaya – The best Breakfast in Sanur
Sanur is on the east side of Bali, around a 30-minute drive from the Kuta Beach area. It may as well be on another island. We found that Sanur has a more village-type vibe, maybe a more relaxed area of Bali. It was definitely a lot less hectic than Kuta.
When you are staying in Sanur Bali you have two different options for places to eat in Sanur. You can choose to eat on the main road or just off it or eat at one of the amazing Sanur beach restaurants. Let us start off our recommendations for Sanur Restaurants on the main road which is Jl. Danau Tamblingan.
Best restaurants in Sanur – Taqisa Mexican Restaurant
One of the newer Sanur Restaurants on the scene and very popular. We walked past this place every night and it was always packed with people. They serve what I would call Mexican fusion food.
You will find bowls, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more. It is a build-a-meal restaurant where you pick your base and then pick a choice of ingredients. A major bonus of eating at the Sanur Restaurant is it has air conditioning. Expect to pay around 80,000 IDR for a main meal.
For great ice cream head to Italo Gelato for some of the best Italian ice cream, we have had anywhere. Try the caramel bananaAddress in Sanur: Jl. Danau Tamblingan No.178, Sanur,
Nori Bali – Sushi and Asian Kitchen in Sanur
Nori Sushi and Asian kitchen is a restaurant located in Sanur specializing in Japanese cuisine. While the Area has many Japanese restaurants Nori stands out due to its popularity shown by the line of people waiting to get in, it’s best to make a reservation here.
Nori’s food stands out as well, with large serves and a menu for anyone. We got four mains; a Japanese Kare Udon, Miso Ramen with charsieu pork, Chicken Cashew Nuts, and Chicken Katsu Curry; all of which were delicious.
But what really stands out is the large array of sushi Nori makes, with over 30 types of sushi (including sashimi and nigiri) there is truly something for anyone. we tried the Mango roll which had shrimp tempura, cucumber, and snow crab and was topped with mango, it was delicious, and probably the star of the night as we ordered a second serving to finish dinner with. The food combined with the atmosphere and friendly staff makes Nori an amazing restaurant for any type of diner.
Looking for the best coffee in Sanur Jungle Coffee is the place to go. Your only problem may be getting a seat at this popular Sanur coffee spot, You will find a range of popular coffees and ice coffees that suit all tastes.Address in Sanur: Jl. Danau Tamblingan, Sanur
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Sanur Night Market
The Sanur night Market is located at the northern end of Jl. Danau Tamblingan road. It is a small night market by Asian standards, especially if you are comparing it to the night market in Thailand. It officially starts at 6 pm but does not really get going to 7 pm.
The night market is one of the best places to eat Indonesian food in Sanur. You will find well over a dozen food carts selling every possible variety of Ayam (chicken) dishes, rice dishes, and even some Babi Guling (suckling pig). Make sure you try a traditional Indonesian dessert such as Pisang rai. The night market in Sanur can be quite an experience
The beach at Sanur has a brick path that leads right along the waterfront. You will find 5-star resorts, market stalls, beach clubs, warungs and small stalls selling food. Some of the areas are shaded with big palm trees while other areas are exposed to the direct sun. The water is crystal clear and the sand yellow. It is an amazing area to walk, drink and eat.
La Playa Cafe – Sanur Beach Restaurant
Looking for the best restaurants in Sanur beach? La Playa sits right on the edge of the beach overlooking the fishing boats, kids playing, and waves breaking on the reef. We loved this place. For us it was one of the best Sanur bars we visited as the atmosphere was relaxed, there was plenty of shade, the staff was super friendly and the prices were good.
The menu consisted of a mix of Indonesian and western, You could get a meal of Ayam Sate for 50,000IDR or a cheeseburger for 65,000IDR. You could get pizza, pasta, steaks, rice, noodles or even a full roasted pig for 10 if you pre-order it. The La Playa Sanur Beach Restaurant has some of the coldest beers we had in Bali.
Food to try in Indonesia
Probably the most well-known dish in all of Indonesia. Nasi Goreng means Fried Rice in Indonesia. There are many types of Nasi Goreng, some of the most popular include shredded chicken, sausage, or fish. Besides the topping, Indonesian Fried Rice comes with a fried egg on top.
Satay, or sate in Indonesian and Malaysia, is a Southeast Asian dish of seasoned, skewered, and grilled meat with a sauce. You will find it served in some of Bali’s best restaurants and roadside stalls. It is hugely popular because of its cheap prices and has become a national dish.
Rendang is a popular spicy meat dish. It can be made from either beef or lamb. Rendang is made of a combination of chili and coconut milk to produce a spicy creamy taste. We were able to find Rendang on the menu in many local Warungs in Bali.
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Sanur Beer Garden
One of the newer establishments in Sunar is a beer garden. The Sanur Beer Garden serves a range of locally made beers such as Stout and European-style wheat beer just to name a few. The Menu has a range of burgers, pizza, chicken, and steaks at a good price. This is a great place to kick back and relax in Bali. It’s the only beer garden I have even seen that has a pool, which makes it very family-friendly in Sanur. The Beer Graden in Sanur opens at lunchtime with food available all day.
Jl. Danau Poso No.98-38, Sanur, Denpasar Selatan, Kota Denpasar, Bali
Cafe Akaya – The best Breakfast in Sanur
If you are looking for a good healthy option to start the day head to Cafe Akaya. It has to be one of the best cafes in Sanur. Serving everything from Acai bowls to Eggs benedict you can find something for everyone. The decor is nice and bright and the cafe is air-conditioned.
Prices start at 65,000 IRD for an Acai bowl and 45,000 IRR for a large iced latte.
Just a tip. Iced coffee is an iced long black. If you want an iced coffee with milk it is an iced latte. Also, the coffee is barista made and is lovely.
Top tips for eating at the best restaurants in Sanur Bali
- Most of the places we ate at had Government approved ice
- Anywhere between 16 and 21% was added onto the bill at the end to cover government tax and service charges
- We didn’t always tip but we rounded up most of our bills to the nearest whole amount.
- If the service was great we decided on an amount but nothing over 50,000
- Many tables right on the beachfront are popular on Friday and Saturday nights. Ask your hotel if they can book a table for you.
- Wine is available at many Sanur cafes and beach bars but it is expensive per glass
- Many Sanur cafes on the beach have a happy hour starting early in the day
Where to stay in Sanur
Sanur has accommodations for all types of budgets and all types of travellers from singles, couples, and families. You will find homestays, villas, hotels, and 5-star resorts. We choose to stay at Jati Homestay and Villas, which we highly recommend.
Rating an 8.8 from 489 reviews and starting at $65US per night for a two-bedroom villa. Hotel Jati has a location score of 9.2. There is also a pool on-site, free Wi-Fi, toiletries, family rooms, free breakfast, and an onsite restaurant.
Apartments are quite popular for people wanting a more homely experience with access to cooking and washing facilities. Search for apartments in Saner below.
How to get to Bali
In 2018, the airport served 23,779,178 passengers and is capable of handling the biggest aircraft up to the A380. Kuta is located just 2.5 kilometres from the airport.
Sanur is 15 kilometres away and will take you 30-45 minutes depending on traffic.
We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to visit Bali and stay in Sanur. There are so many things to do in Bali and staying in Sanur is a perfect place that will have you entertained for your family’s whole stay in Bali. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Indonesia click through to our Indonesia Destination Guide page for more brilliant inspiration.