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Bali Arts Festival

This annual festival, based at Taman Wedhi Budaya arts centre, is an easy way to see a wide variety of traditional dance, music and crafts. The productions of the Ramayana and Mahabharata ballets are grand and...

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Men Gabrug

A favourite sweet treat for Balinese of all ages is jaje laklak – disks of rice flour cooked in an open-air cast-iron pan and redolent of coconut. One of the best places to get them is at this family-run outlet...

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Depot Cak Asmo

Join the government workers and students from the nearby university for superb dishes cooked to order in the bustling kitchen. Order the buttery and crispy cumi cumi (calamari) battered in telor asin (a heavenly...

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Jepun Bali

It's like your own private version of the Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali: Gusti Ayu Made Mardiani is locally famous for her endek (traditional sarong) and songket (silver- or gold-threaded cloth) clothes woven using...

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Bhineka Djaja

Home to Bali's Coffee Co, this storefront sells locally grown beans and makes a mean espresso, which you can enjoy at the two tiny tables while watching the bustle of Denpasar's old main drag.

Top ChoiceMonument in Denpasar

Bajra Sandhi Monument

The centrepiece to a popular park, this huge monument is as big as its name. Inside the vaguely Borobudur-like structure are dioramas tracing Bali’s history. Note that in the portrayal of the 1906 battle with the...

Museum in Denpasar

Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali

Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali

Think of this as the British Museum or the Smithsonian of Balinese culture. It's all here, but unlike those world-class institutions, you have to work at sorting it out – the museum could use a dose of curatorial...

Hindu Temple in Denpasar

Pura Jagatnatha

Pura Jagatnatha

The state temple, built in 1953, is dedicated to the supreme god, Sanghyang Widi. Part of its significance is its statement of monotheism. Although the Balinese recognise many gods, the belief in one supreme god...

Park in Denpasar

Puputan Square

This bit of urban open space commemorates the heroic but suicidal stand of the rajas of Badung against the invading Dutch in 1906. A monument depicts a Balinese family in heroic pose, brandishing the weapons that...

Cultural Centre in Denpasar

Taman Wedhi Budaya

This arts centre is a sprawling complex in the eastern part of Denpasar. Its lavish architecture houses an art gallery with an interesting collection. However, it's only worth dropping by if there's an event on....

Indonesian in Denpasar

Warung Lembongan

Silver folding chairs at long tables are shaded by a garish green awning out front. These are details you will quickly forget after you have the house speciality: chicken lightly fried yet delicately crispy like...

Temple in Denpasar

Pura Maospahit

Established in the 14th century, at the time the Majapahit arrived from Java, this temple was damaged in a 1917 earthquake and has been heavily restored since. The oldest structures are at the back of the temple,...

Indonesian in Denpasar

Pondok Kuring

The foods of the Sundanese people of west Java are the speciality here. Highly spiced vegetables, meat and seafood draw flavours from an array of herbs. Deceptively simple, the lalapan is excellent. This glossy...

Indonesian in Denpasar

Nasi Uduk Kebon Kacang

Open to the street, this spotless cafe serves up Javanese treats such as nasi uduk (sweetly scented coconut rice with fresh peanut sauce) and lalapan (a simple salad of fresh lemon basil leaves). Chicken dishes...

Textiles in Denpasar

Maju

Jammed into a string of fabric stores just east of Pasar Badung, this narrow shop stands out for its huge selection of genuine Balinese batik. The colours and patterns are bewildering, while the clearly marked...

Balinese in Denpasar

Bakso Supra Dinasty

One taste of the soup assembled to order out of the steaming vats at this small stall and you'll agree that the name (translated: Meatball Super Dynasty) is fully deserved. The broth is rich and the meatballs are...

Indonesian in Denpasar

Ayam Goreng Kalasan

The name here says it all: fried chicken (ayam goreng) named for a Javanese temple (Kalasan) in a region renowned for its fiery, crispy chicken. Note the hint of lemongrass imbued by a long marination before...

Indonesian in Denpasar

Warung Wardani

Don't be deceived by the small dining room at the entrance: there's another vastly larger one out the back. The top-notch nasi campur (rice with side dishes) draws in the masses for lunch daily.

Market in Denpasar

Pasar Badung

Busy in the mornings and evenings, Bali’s largest food market is a great place to browse and bargain, with food from all over the island, including fruits and spices.

Balinese in Denpasar

Warung Bundaran Renon

A slightly upscale babi guling (spit-roast pig) place with excellent plate lunches of same. It feels a bit like a suburban house and there's a shady patio.