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Postcards from Bali

Bali has always been one of our all-time favorite vacation spots - the people, their generosity, the creativity, the rich culture and craftsmanship, the never-in-a-rush vibe (except during rush hour on a scooter). This is a place where we can stay for months at a time (and we really wish we could!) and a place anyone would be hard-pressed not to fall in love with. There are simply too many places that we love on this island, here are some of our most repeated and frequently-visited spots. Discover yours and let us know your favorites too!

Les Biches
A departure from the resort / beachwear focus of most of the boutiques (think modern Japanese avant-garde reminiscent of Yohji Yamamoto), Les Biches (means female deers) is a refreshing change where you can find a more edgy look that is also extremely wearable, but also make you stand out from the beach crowd.

Canaan
A one-stop shop for all your souvenir needs and picking up something interesting and beautiful from the local brands along the way. Everything here is carefully filtered and expertly edited – you won’t be able to find the goodies here anywhere else. We loved everything from the intoxicating sweet-smelling Balinese candles to the modern rattan bags. It’s also just a stone’s throw away from Potato Head and Katamama.

Nebula
A great place for brunch and breakfast and smoothies and everything in between. We love the chic monochrome interior, high ceiling, and the wonderful hospitality!

Jari Menari
At first, we were skeptical of any place that’s voted “best massage in Bali” but that went out the door as soon as our massage started. They are known for their all-male masseuse concept, but what makes this place truly amazing is the authentic Balinese method and technique of massaging your knots away that leaves you toned, calm, and rejuvenated. Leave your worries at the door and walk out with a sense of well-being and renewal. If you are pressed for time, the 45-minutes foot massage is a godsend. 

Souq
One of our favorite places for … well everything! There’s goodies from A-Z for the home and your closet. Be sure to stop by the cafe for the coffee and cakes – all handmade from their own kitchen. We recommend something savory such as the sausage rolls and chicken thyme pies. A great place to get some remote work done (we all work guys – even in Bali) or just to wile away the hours!

Dough Darlings
It’s not just donuts – it’s Dough Darlings! You never thought donuts can be this fresh and heavenly until you tried the ones here. We loved the caramel but why commit when you can have them all. The pop-up shop at the conveniently located Seminyak Village is a bonus … Darlings, you had us at hello.

Temu Coffee
Hidden behind one of the busy streets in Seminyak Square (watch your toes), this is the perfect place for a hideaway from the crowds. There is an uber cool stadium-like seating area on top of the see-through roof overlooking a courtyard. The iced cappuccino with ice cream here is to die for and worth coming back for everyday – which we certainly did!

Johnny Ramli
You can immediately tell how talented Johnny is when you walk through the doors. There’s something really exciting about Johnny’s designs – simple, classic shapes that are somehow made not ordinary. Whether it’s a play on texture or colors, it’s all communicated in a subtle, minimalist, edgy way. You would think you had walked into a boutique somewhere on the left bank in Paris known just through word of mouth. We loved this store so much we almost wanted to keep it to ourselves, but Johnny’s talents should be shared and enjoyed! We left feeling inspired …

 

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