Warungs in Bali
Many Western people may not be familiar with the term warung. A warung is a local style restaurant, a place for eating which usually sells only traditional Indonesian food for a cheap price in comparison to a western restaurant selling Indonesian foods. Warungs can vary in there standard from basic warungs where you sit on the floor to luxury warungs with beautiful gardens and gazebos to sit.
Gerobak's are the other traditional place where many Indonesian people will purchase prepared food on a daily basis. A gerobak is what Western people often call a food kart. These are the portable karts that are brought to the selling location daily to sell the traditional food.
The style of food you will find in these locations is often very different to what you will experience in any Western restaurant. The food is spicier, more flavoured, and prepared from traditional ingredients.
This is the real Indonesian food however we wish to warn not all Western peoples stomach is suited to this food and while we have suggested local places we eat on a regular basis that are clean and we have never been ill from please understand we live in Bali and may have a different tolerance to the food.
Local Balinese Warung's and Gerobak's
Most of the traditional warungs and gerobaks you will find in the roads (Jalan) just behind Jalan Seminyak / Jalan Legian as the cost for rent is much less than closer to the beach. Our list does not cover all areas yet but we shall add to it over time to become complete. There are still several warung's and gerobak's in the main streets we have listed also. Our list is divided into local markets which have many options of warungs and gerobaks and private warungs and gerobaks.
Food Markets in Bali - Pasar Makan di Bali
Located on Jalan Nakula approximately 300 meters from the 4 way intersection of Jalan Legian, Jalan Arjuna (Double Six) just after the bridge on the right hand side. You can not miss this market at night as it is always busy. Here you will find many varietys of Indonesian food. There are perhaps 20 food sellers here mostly warungs and it is frequented by both Western and Indonesian people.
Pasar Taman Sari Kerobokan
Located just past the tourist area of Jalan Laksmana continue to Jalan Kerobokan and turn right at the corner of Leo Square onto Jalan Tangkuban Perahu. The location operates as a market for local meats and vegetable during the day and at night transforms. This location is also always busy at night and has a fruit market just before it. You have a choice of many kinds of traditional food and again will see both Western and Local people here. This location is a little different to Pasar Nakula as most of the sellers have gerobaks rather than warungs.
Pasar Sindhu Sanur
Located on the Mc Donald side of Sanur on Jalan Danau Tamblingan the market here operates as a local food market in the morning selling meat and vegetables and other products before transforming at night into a night food market. At night you will find many gerobaks similar to Pasar Taman Sari Kerobokan however in this location there is often more selection.
Located in Denpasar just past the shopping centre Ramyana this market is similar to Pasar Sindhu Sanur open for local produce in the morning and then opening as a night food seller market in the night. Here you will find mostly gerobaks and a small number of warungs. As the location is further into Denpasar it has mostly an Indonesian populous that frequents here.
Pasar Kunti 2 (Pasar Kunti Dua)
Located in the Southern end of Sanur this is one of the only local areas of beach left in Sanur. This is not a Pasar however there is a large variety of local food on offer served at the local warungs that line the beach. There is a number of restaurants also along this beachfront location however the style makes it into our list as the number of warungs is many and there is several of the restaurants serving semin authentic Indonesian food.
Private Warungs & Gerobaks
Many of the locations we list here do not have complete names or addresses. We shall work to update these very soon and also add to the list as there are so many great warungs and gerobaks in Bali. If you know of one you would like to add to our list please ask us to add it! "CONTACT US"
Bakso Pantai Legian
Located in front of Bakso Kumala Pantai Hotel on Legian beach this is a greobak that is always very busy every afternoon with local western and Indonesian people. Bakso is a traditional dish of meatballs either beef or chicken served in a soup form with a small amount of vegetables, herb and spice for flavour, with bakwan crackers which are a version of deep fried crackers. This is an Indonesian dish eaten usually several times a week as a usual food. If you like spicy get with sambal or if not tidak sambal.
Nasi Padang Pantai Legian
Also located in front of the Kumala Pantai Hotel on Legian Beach this gerobak sells Nasi Padang a Sumatran Cuisine famous throughout Indonesia. A unique style where you select from many dishes including beef rending, spicy chicken, curry chicken, tempe, vegetable, egg, grilled fish, and several more options. Both of the above are great to enjoy a beer and real Indonesian as the sun goes down on another day in Bali.
Maybe our favourite place in Seminyak for real Balinese Nasi Campur, mixed nasi at a great price and great taste! Located right next to Bintang Supermarket also so very close to enjoy real Balinese food! Just after Café Seminyak out the front of Bintang Supermarket when heading to Seminyak you turn left into Gang Keraton. After the first white villa on the left you find this small warung. Nasi Campur is a mix of Rice, vegetable, chicken, tempe, tahu, bean, bean sprouts, noodle, fish cake cooked in banana leaf and you can even try the beef soup. Delicious and it is so good the owner works in our villas so if you would like please contact us and as for a in Villa prepared Balinese dinner!
Nasi Padang Sari Bundo - Sanur
If you wish to try this famous Sumatran food then although we recommend above at Legian Beach Nasi Padang Sari Bundo in Sanur is famous and the taste is amazing. Located in Just after the corner of Jalan Danau Poso and Jalan Tritanadi. Any taxi driver will know this location and the joy is all Nasi Padang is open 24 hours so it is open and waiting for you to enjoy.
Located on Jalan Padma Utara No. 79 this is one of the few places in this area that still serves semi authentic Indonesian food. While the spice level is toned down to a western taste you can still get Indonesian style food for a good price that is made quite well. They have adapted for the western taste but still kept the basics the same so worth a try.
Nasi Campur - Opposite Villa Jodie Jalan Laksmana / Oberoi
Jalan Laksmana otherwise called eat street is full of boutiques and high end restaurants however this little place is full every day of the locals working in the area and some Western people also. Primarily offering a great big selection of Nasi Campur with chicken, satay, beef rending, vegetable, tempe, tahu, egg, and soooo much more they also have a menu and do up a great all round selection of Indonesian food. Sorry we have not listed the name but easy to find and well worth it as a local place in this main tourist street!
Located on Jalan Plawa this is a popular place for Western and Locals. With a nice traditional setting in a bamboo structure it gives an impressive look. The food specialises in Nasi Campur with selections similar to above on offer though perhaps this one is a little more again to the Western taste but a great way to experience Indonesian food all the same.