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Coffee in Denpasar

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.
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Warung Satria

On a quiet street; try the seafood satay served with a shallot sambal. Otherwise, choose from the immaculate displays, but don't wait too long after lunch or it will all be gone. There is a second location near the …
Top Choice Monument 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 Du…
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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 ene…
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Pasar Badung

Bali’s largest food market is busy in the mornings and evenings; it’s a great place to browse and bargain. You’ll find produce and food from all over the island. Allow yourself to get lost here and revel in the rang…
Top Choice Performing Arts in Denpasar

Bali Arts Festival

This annual festival, based at the 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 …
Indonesian in Denpasar

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 mix…
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Setia Darma House of Masks & Puppets

This is one of the best museums in the Ubud area, home to more than 7000 ceremonial masks and puppets from Bali, Indonesia, Asia and beyond. All are beautifully displayed in a series of renovated historic buildings.…
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Café Teduh

A little oasis hidden down a tiny lane, with hanging orchids, trees, flowers and ponds with fountains. Try ayam dabu-dabu (grilled chicken with chilli paste, tomatoes, shallots, lemongrass and spices) or nasi bakar …
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Taman Tirta Gangga

Amlapura's water-loving rajah, after completing his lost masterpiece at Ujung, had another go at building the water palace of his dreams in 1948. He succeeded at Taman Tirta Gangga, which has a stunning crescent of …