In Bali, the villages all have nightly food markets where locals go when the sun goes down. In Seminyak and beyond, locals head out with their family and friends to Eat Street, and on this Bali food tour, we’re joining them at all their favourite spots!
Your food journey starts in the middle of the rice fields, on our office deck where your guide will offer a rundown for the night ahead. We’ll then depart and wind through the back streets of Bali, riding in a fully restored 1980 VW Kombi limo, with music playing and conversation flowing.
Our first stop will be a local roadside warung (café) famous for its babi guling (rotisserie-cooked suckling pig). Your guide will order for you a shared dish for two people and explain all that appears on the plate before you — which will have maybe five or six different elements. Don’t forget to buy some pork crackling!
From there, it’s back into the VW Kombi and we’ll head to the largest local Eat Street in Bali, tucked just behind Seminyak’s major tourist area and easy to get to — but oh-so local! We’ll start at the top of the street, where your expert guide will escort you through the numerous small warungs and stalls, picking out things for us to eat as we go.
The street here is jam-packed with motorbikes and cars, and the later it gets, the busier it becomes; we go a little early to make sure we can get into the places we want. Of course, your guide is also an expert on local food, and will explain to you the food and traditions of what is on offer.
On arrival, your guide will explain all the places that are available for eating here — far too many for one night! The good news, though, is we always share dishes on a night like this, so you’ll have lots of room to try it all.
We’ll walk from here down a dark street to the local taxi drivers’ favourite soup kitchen, a very simple cement-block building that is home to the yummiest soto ayam (chicken noodle soup) in the area. This is one of Indonesia’s most famous national dishes.
Walking back to the main street, you’ll learn about all the different culinary influences on offer: Javanese, Sumatran, Sulawesi, Malaysian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Thai/Indonesian fusion. You’ll learn about traditions like ikan bakar (barbecued fish typically enjoyed with beer and a side of music!).
If you like spice (or think you do), then we can stop at a small place specialising in Japanese fusion, where there’s a chili challenge that goes up five levels to “inferno” with the world’s hottest chilies!
Or, if you need an energy boost, how about an energy-filled dessert, Indonesian-style! You’ll see “Joss Milk” sold all over the country, which is an Indonesian energy powder you mix with milk. Believe it or not, it goes amazingly well with our favourite desert, which we’re going to grab at a small warung. This place is famous for its dessert made from a crumpet-style batter cooked in an earthenware pot over hot coals. Choose from the top 10 list or design your own; our favourite is chocolate, banana, and cheese and it only costs about USD 1! Or, maybe we’ll get some dessert at a Korean ice creamery that has some of the best ice cream you’ll find in Bali.
The prices are cheap all long Eat Street, so if you decide you want to buy some more treats, you can pick up some extras for about USD 0.50 to 2. (How much can you try in one night?!)
Your guide (now your best foodie friend on Bali) will assist you with finding a taxi for your trip back to your hotel (or to the next stop for your night out). And now that you have the keys to Bali’s local Eat Street, you can come back on your own to try even more local dishes.
Want to see where the local food you’re eating is grown? Book our Total Bali Food Tour and have this tour combined with our rice terrace trek.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, bottle of water on arrival, food samples as per itinerary (one soto ayam per person, shared babi guling dish, dessert), transfer from meeting point to Eat Street.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Men should avoid wearing singlets/tank-tops.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 10 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: Other languages such as French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese Korean can be catered for on request, at extra cost, if the tour is booked as private or with a minimum of 5 travellers in a group.
Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 12 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour. Please note that the food on this tour will be a very local experience with no “kids’ meals” available.