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Top Choice Museum in Denpasar

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 en…
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 …
Top Choice Balinese in Denpasar

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 whe…
Top Choice Indonesian in Denpasar

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 mix…
Top Choice Textiles in Denpasar

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 and songket clothes woven using traditional techniques. You can visit her gracious home …
Top Choice 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.
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…
Hindu Temple in Denpasar

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 (wh…
Park in Denpasar

Puputan Square

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