Eat like a local

Jl. Ngurah Rai-Gianyar, Gianyar, Bali – Indonesia

Exciting Gianyar Night Market

Who wants to try typical Balinese food? The most famous traditional market in eastern Bali! Gianyar night market (Pasar Senggol Gianyar is what locals call this night scene) would have to be the place! Located about 30 minutes from central Ubud. 

Experience the true aspect of local life and enjoy a cheap and very tasty meal prepared in front of you, this is the place to go. The night markets have food stall after food stall lined up along the walkway that runs alongside the road. Try some traditional favourites or pick something completely new! Also  these markets have everything from clothing, homewares, and toys to the fantastic food stalls serving all types of local food and it’s so much cheaper than your usual touristy markets!

Plenty of venders who will provide a huge plate of meat for very little money! You will see the locals eating with their hands rather than utensils. It’s very cool to feel like you’re part of the day to day life of the locals, seeing how they live, bargaining like they do, and eating what they eat. You see more locals than tourists at this market, which is great! It’s best to get there early, around 5.30pm, because the food is freshest at that time. Then fill your belly full of Bali’s favourites such as Babi Guling (Roast Suckling Pig), Bakso (Meatball Soup), Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice), Chicken and Lamb Satay, and many more!

Just so you know

Gianyar Night Market is open every day, but it gets particularly crowded on weekends. Start around 3pm until 11pm. Bring enough cash since that’s how the transactions are done here.This market is for locals and not set up for tourists so set your expectations accordingly. Knowing a little bit about the food and the names does help, as tourists are rarely here. So be prepared to be an attraction as a foreign tourist. This place is authentic for now, enjoy the calm before the tourist storm.

 

Once you master the art of bargaining, you can really pick up some great deals.


Bargaining is fun!

Besides being well known for beaches and sunshine, Bali is also a paradise of shopping centers. For those who go on vacation in Bali, it is important to spare some of the budget for shopping or to buy some souvenirs from your holiday. So don’t forget to bargain the price that fits your pocket.

It might be strange and uncomfortable for some tourists, but bargaining is part of the shopping culture in Bali.

It’s doubtful you will ever insult someone by offering a price too low. So follow these simple preparations and you’ll be haggling like a pro!

Preparation

  1. You can haggle at other local shops
  2. You can’t just walk in there and go wild, you’ve got to understand, respect, practice and finesse the art of haggling.
  3. The first price quoted is usually the “tourist price” and it is generally two times more than what the vendor is actually willing to accept.
  4. Set a price in your mind before you start. But the first thing you need to do is have a benchmark market price. You do this by asking at around 3 different (not beside each other) shops, without any intention to buy. You’re just setting the usual ‘ask.’
  5. Even though negotiations can get heated at times, just remember to always keep your cool and never, ever be rude. Their hardball tactics are just how they do business, so keep that in the back of your mind.
  6. Laughing and smiling is always good. It’s not supposed to be a life and death battle but more an exchange to reach a satisfying price you are both happy with
  7. Remember this: the more items you buy, the better deal you will get!  – Just ask..If I buy 6 (for example) what is the price then?
  8. Make a small drama by saying that you just want to buy at the price you bid, if it can’t be done, you would move to the other outlet. If you are lucky, the seller will ask you to stay and give the price as you wanted.
  9. Just one other thing – if you really like it and then you find the same item later somewhere else for less, it doesn’t really matter!
  10. If you get fair prices, remember the shop and return again should you require more goods. They will be friendly when they see you back again, opening prices will generally be much lower for repeat customers.
  11. Besides coming early, you can also come in the last hours before the market closes. Usually at the last minute before closing their shop, the sellers usually would say yes to every bargainer.

Tips

If you get down to 80,000 Rupiah and you’re happy to pay it, just pay it. It’s around one dollar more than your target, so, what do you really care!? But, if it feels like you’re getting ripped off and they’re asking you for 150,000 IDR and you really don’t want to pay that much because the shoes aren’t worth it, then don’t pay it. Just say thanks!

Also, don’t forget to bring your own shopping bag to avoid using up a lot of plastic bags!

So are you ready to bargain? Happy haggling!

Eating should be about a healthy balance. Everything in moderation. Simply listen to your body with what it needs. Eat right and cheat right 🙂

Finding delicious, wholesome vegan food is not always easy when you’re eating out at a restaurant, but it’s totally possible! There are plenty of great places for vegans to eat in Canggu,

if you’re passionate about healthy eating as well as vegan cooking, 

1# BEACH GARDEN-IN THE RAW

Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No 103 Canggu

Head to Beach Garden if you are anywhere near Canggu!

Beach Garden specialize in Vegetarian, Vegan and “real” organic food, when everyone else claims to sell organic vegetables Beach Garden does it for real! A really chill vibe and beautiful place. The atmosphere is amazing. Lots of vegan options available. All very fresh, yummy and really reasonable prices. Such a good place for healthy oriented people!

2# THE SHADY SHACK

Jl.Tanah Barak No 57

The Shady Shack in Canggu serves some of the best vegan food in Bali. Huge variety of vegan options! The quality of ingredients and combinations are put together so creatively. The place itself is very cute, and dimly lit which creates a nice atmosphere.  This place is rightfully so very popular and getting seats might be an issue at peak times. A healthy outside starts from the inside so be the best version of yourself and nourish your body with nutritious and delicious food 🙂

3# PELOTON SUPERSHOP

Jl.Pantai Berawa No 46

This little place is really great for vegans. One stop into Peloton Supershop will have you coming back for more… leaving the old saying “vegans only eat salad” in the dirt, you’ll find it hard to choose from their mouth-watering menu. Heaps of savoury and sweet healthy options to enjoy!

They have an incredible menu with a great balance between healthier stuff (salads, soups, smoothies), and comfort food (lasagne, burgers etc) although everything tastes fresh and amazing! Also they have menus for the kids which have really good and healthy options, the menu is super creative.

 

4# MATCHA CAFE

Jl. Pantai Berawa No.99

Such a cute little cafe in Canggu where the food is healthy, delicious and picturesque.  Everything has a matcha theme to it. Their menu is designed by a holistic and nutritionist chef known worldwide. There’s a very nice vibe in this cafe and plenty of vegan options to choose. Fluffy vegan matcha pancakes with self-made vegan nutella and caramelized bananas are so good!

 

5# PLANT CARTEL

Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No 38a Canggu

What do you think of having a full on vegan meal fast food style? A nice vegan fast food place, perfect to grab a burger!

All-day menu including burgers, loaded fries, tacos, hotdogs, subs and desserts plus sundaes and shakes. They use fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs, along with nuts, beans and grains to make everything on their menu. Real good, Fast food

6# NALU BOWLS

Jl. Batu Mejan No 88 Canggu

Nalu Bowls have a few spots around the island and are so worth stopping by to grab one! Great for vegans and people with dietary requirements. Great place, with lovely smoothie bowls and amazing interior. Extensive range of fresh fruit and produce, meals are authentically presented. If you haven’t been there, go! Paradise for the health conscious food lover.

7# GIVE CAFE

Jl. Padang Linjong No 85 Canggu

Vegan Indonesian buffet for an affordable price with authentic local flavours. Their menu features delicious traditional Indonesian cuisine with a plant-based twist.

A few good spots for pics if you’re an instagrammer!

The most important thing is their non-profit making concept of caring for the planet, people with disabilities and animals. So by eating here you’re already helping them. How cool is that!

Do a good deed & dine with them

8# NUDE

Jl. Raya Pantai Berawa No 33 Canggu

Gorgeous white wooden hut cafe.  You should definitely give Nude a try. There’s ample seating both outside and in an A/C cooled space indoors, all of which is really comfy. The seating area is really cute and filled with greenery.

Nude is focused on healthy, vibrant food and definitely doesn’t disappoint!

The portions are generous and the food is super tasty, catered to the health conscious diner. They do the best brekkie and have a good mix of healthy and tasty food!

YOGI’S PLAYGROUND IN BALI

 

A lot of great ideas can come to your mind while relaxing with yoga. Bali has a rich history of yoga and the Balinese culture is known for its appreciation of combining spiritual life with nature. So attention all yogis! If you’re looking for a respite from your hectic life, look no further… Here’s the list for you 🙂

UBUD YOGA HOUSE

It is such a beautiful place in the middle of nature with the sound of the river on the rocks and can’t think of a better place to be doing yoga. They have classes for all types – beginners, advanced and meditation classes. They make the classes enjoyable, relaxing yet challenging and fun. Great yoga teachers give a more personal and friendly touch. The scenery is also amazing and adds up to the top vibes and energy. Hidden diamond in the middle of the rice fields, yoga practices with the sounds of birds and the river that runs next to it. A blessed sanctuary with a fantastic energy!

Jl. Subak Sokwayah, Ubud, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571

+62(0)821-4418-1058

ubudyogahouse@gmail.com

 

THE YOGA BARN

Yoga Barn is a very tranquil place hidden away from the main road. Amidst a serene and lush setting, it’s the ideal health and wellness centre. They have a wide variety of classes available and different schedules. Classes range from different types of yoga (vinyasa, aero, gentle, yin, beginner, etc.) and also include different meditation classes. There is something for everyone from beginners to advanced. They also have special workshops and teacher trainings available for those looking for more in depth study. There is a healing spa, yoga shop, as well as a cafe and juice bar available on site. Plus accommodation is available on the property for those whose only intention visiting Ubud is to go to Yoga Barn.

 

Jl. Hanoman, Pengosekan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
+62(0)361 971236

info@theyogabarn.com                                                                

MORNING LIGHT YOGA

 

Owned by Uluwatu Surf Villas. Beautiful place to practice yoga, with the sound of the birds and the ocean in the background, the beautiful tropical forest around you with butterflies and birds flying through… It’s magical! The view out to the ocean while practicing yoga really helps to draw energy into the space.  What could be better looking over the perfect ocean and practicing with the sounds of nature surrounding you from all angles. The classes are suitable for males and females, beginners up to advanced. Just give yourself the time to enjoy this amazing yoga spot! 

 Uluwatu Surf Villas, Jl. Pantai Suluban, Pecatu, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364

+62 (0)817 555 421

info@uluwatusurfvillas.com

 

THE CHILLHOUSE 

Everything you wish for your vacation, you’ll find it in The Chillhouse! Chillhouse attracts predominantly single people and couples who have an interest in yoga. The whole place is set in an open plan layout next to a quiet street amongst a few traditional looking houses. The yoga is amazing, it’s safe to say you will definitely feel rejuvenated after your time here. Eat – Yoga – Surf – Sleep! All you need in one space at The Chillhouse

 

Jl. Kubu Manyar No.22, Canggu, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361

+62(0)361 8445463

holiday@thechillhouse.com

 

COMO SHAMBHALA

A beautiful location with sights and sounds of the surrounding jungle. The spa building is gorgeous, with a yoga deck on the roof and a private jungle garden and outdoor shower for each treatment room. Take advantage of the classes, especially the hatha and flow yoga, both taught at a rooftop pavilion with spectacular views across the mountains and rice paddies. A wonderful place to rejuvenate yourself and put yourself on a better track with your health. Como Shambhala focuses on well being, so the array of treatments on offer is outstanding and you may get support from a really expert team of nutritionists, yoga teachers, and also an ayurvedic doctor.

 

Banjar Begawan, Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Gianyar, Bali 80571

+62(0)361 978888

csestate@comohotels.com

 

POWER OF NOW OASIS

Just walking into the big bamboo building on the beach is a breath of fresh air. It is magical to do yoga with a sea view, sea breeze and watching the squirrels and birds in the trees.  Great instruction in a quiet beachfront location. A totally unpretentious place for anyone and everyone to practice, or even try yoga for the first time. They all have different approaches and specialties so you can experience a wide variety of types of yoga (Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Karma and more yoga for you to get a taste of them all). The Power of Now Oasis has a great variety of classes every day to cater for everyone. This place has different teachers for varying tastes. They also have plenty of equipment, props etc. & encourage everyone to just work at their own pace & not to worry about what others are doing.

 

Jl. Retro Beach, Sanur Kauh, Kec. Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80224

+62(0) 878-6153-4535

info@powerofnowoasis.com

 

THE PRACTICE

It’s a half open studio made from bamboo and wood.  The shala is beautiful, set upstairs overlooking lush jungle surroundings and constructed from bamboo, teak and concrete, it exudes warmth and wisdom of the natural environment. The instructors are incredibly knowledgeable and have so much unique knowledge of the rest of the yoga world.  Doing yoga at The Practice is an opportunity to get to know your deeper self and to get in touch with what really matters, beyond the mind and ego. The chillout area with tasty tea, bean bags and gardens really adds to the overall experience. They also have many great programs, free presentations, workshops, and Kirtans as well. 

 

Jl. Batu Bolong #94A, Badung, Bali, Indonesia

+62(0)812 3670 2160

admin@thepracticebali.com