Seminyak is a city with a vibrancy and zest in anything ranging from beautiful beaches, art galleries, designer shops, clubs and everything in between. It is located in the south of Bali. In the city’s south lies Legian and Kuta while Kerobokan borders the north. Despite being home to scores of expats from around the world, Seminyak is not as intense or as busy as its neighbor Kuta.
Being in Bali, one might think that surfing is the only thing to do around here. Well, the stereotype is false as Seminyak is teeming with brand new dynamic places which attract people from everywhere. You can learn how to cook a Balinese dish, visit an art gallery or simply relax in a spa. There are gazillion things to do here but to make things easy for you, we’ve compiled a whole list. Here are the top 10 best things to do in Seminyak.
1. Learn to cook a Balinese Dish
Learning to cook a Balinese dish can be a whole new experience to a beginner. Dubbed as one of the most complex cuisines in the world, debunk its secret and learn the ways of the Balinese chef as he teaches you the art of making a Balinese dish at The Amala in Seminyak. You can cook a variety of dishes such as Tum Ikan, Dadar Gulung, Sate Lilit Ayam and much more. A vegetarian menu is also available for you to learn how to make. Classes are held daily from Monday to Sunday and are split into either a morning or an afternoon class.
The Amala, Balinese Cooking Class
Address: Jl. Kunti I, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, 80361 Bali, Indonesia
Website: Balinese Cooking Class
2. Learn to surf at Seminyak Beach
Since Seminyak is in Bali after all, it is rather apt for you to grab a board and learn how to surf yourself. There are many surf schools located in Seminyak and the beach is not as dirty or busy as compared to Kuta. An awesome surf school to go to is the Bali Green Surf School. The surf school provides a chill and fun environment with lessons for people of all ages.
The lessons are almost personalized with just 1 instructor per 2 to 3 students. The instructors are highly experienced and will assure that you have a wonderful time. No matter what level you’re at, the school ensures that you’ll go home with a big smile and a good lesson or two.
Bali Green Surf School
Address: Jalan Drupadi II No.9, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, 80361 Bali, Indonesia
Website: Bali Green Surf School
3. Snap away at the Gallery Trick Art 3D Museum
One of the newest tourist attraction in town, the Museum Trick Art 3D is the first trick eye museum in Bali. It has over 60 different 3D images with different types of themes such as pictures of animals, places and famous figures. The murals here are almost life-like and will amount up to several hours of non-stop fun for couples and families alike. Snap away photos of optical illusions as you appear to be eaten by a dinosaur or rowing away in a small boat. A visit to the museum is a must if you’d like to be wow-ed by these masterpieces.
Gallery Trick Art 3D Museum
Address: Jl. Nakula No.33X, Legian, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, 80361 Bali, Indonesia
4. Visit the Purpa Fine Art Gallery, Seminyak
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Opened in 2014, the Purpa Fine Art Gallery is owned by Ari Purpa. She is the daughter of one of Bali’s most prominent art curators, Nyoman Purpa, who has been running his own gallery since the 70s in Ubud. Ari Purpa’s art gallery follows her father’s footsteps in showcasing the beautiful talents of local and international artists who resides in Bali. The beautiful blend of contemporary art from various artists draws many art lovers and collectors from around the globe. You can step into the gallery yourself and be mesmerized and awed by the different array of creativity that surrounds you.
Purpa Fine Art Gallery, Seminyak
Address: Jl. Mertanadi No.22B, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, 80361 Bali, Indonesia
Website: Purpa Fine Art Gallery, Seminyak
5. Survive the Totem Room Escape, Bali
The Totem Room Escape is the first and biggest reality escape room in Indonesia. It first opens its doors in Jakarta and can now be found in Bali conveniently located in Seminyak. Unleash your inner Lara Croft and race against time as you try to use the elements around you to solve a series of puzzles to escape the room. There are 5 different kinds of rooms to chose from with each posing their own unique difficulty and challenges. It is the ideal place to get your heart racing and your mind running in a bid to escape whatever scenario you’ve been put in with your team.
Totem Room Escape, Bali
Address: No., Jl. Kayu Aya No.18C, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Website: Totem Room Escape, Bali
6. Visit the Nyaman Gallery
Another beautiful art gallery that you can visit is the Nyaman Gallery. In the local Indonesian language, the word ‘nyaman’ can either mean cozy, peaceful or comfortable. True to its word, this gallery entices the elements of peacefulness and coziness by emulating a spacious environment where everyone can step in and admire the many different types of artworks. The gallery features local up and rising artists as well as international ones and prides itself with the idea of blending the east and the west.
Address: Jalan Raya Basangkasa No.88, Seminyak, Kuta, Seminyak, Badung, Kabupaten Badung, 80361 Bali, Indonesia
Website: Nyaman Gallery
7. Pamper yourself at the spa
Now, what’s a holiday without a good old spa retreat? Right in the heart of Seminyak, the JazB Beauty Space has it all. It’s spa products ranges from numerous different kinds of massage therapy, a full on Manicure and Pedicure, a hair salon, facial and many more products which will leave you refreshed, happy and energized. A trip to the spa is a must to rejuvenate your senses and heal under the tender loving care of the spa professionals within.
JazB Beauty Space
Address: Jln. Kayu Aya, 2nd floor Unit A, Seminyak Square, Seminyak 80361 Bali, Indonesia
Website: JAZB Beauty Space
8. Hike up Mount Agung
Located just about 2 hours out of Seminyak, Mount Agung is the highest mountain in Bali and the 5th largest volcano in the whole of Indonesia. Towering at around 3,033 meters (9951 feet) high above the clouds, you can sometimes see Mount Rinjani in the distance in the island of Lombok. If you’re up for an adrenaline rush, you can go on a sunset trek up to the peak of Mount Agung.
The climb itself though is not for the faint-hearted and you need to be at least physically fit to attempt the climb. This is quite important since the climb can be very challenging - especially nearing the top with its almost 45-degree angle path. You can find more information about the climb in the website below.
Address: Mount Agung, Jungutan, Bebandem, Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Website: Mount Agung Climb
9. Go on a food tour
Now, if you’re too lazy to cook or simply want to eat it all, a food tour is rather suitable to fill up your rumbling tummy. Our choice is by the Bali Food Safari. The tour will bring you to 3 different venues with each having their own unique blend of Balinese food set to tickle your taste buds. The tour will take about 3 to 4 hours to complete.
They will provide you a personal guide as well as a driver to bring you around the places. The tours will bring you around Seminyak as well as places nearby such as Legian and Kuta. You can book a slot through the website below.
Bali Food Safari
Website: Bali Food Summary, Seminyak
10. Dine in or party at La Favela
Missing this place is like missing that cool hipster place at the back alley of your city. In the day, La Favela is a lush and quirky restaurant which unleashes the inner boho gypsy in you. It is one of the coolest hangouts in Bali with a myriad colorful lighting amidst an artistic bohemian atmosphere that envelopes you during your meal here.
At night, it turns into a lively push of heat pumping music with loads of people dancing on their feet. The atmosphere instantly changes into one of the most exciting and cozy party arena. The whole place resembles a private house party reserved only for lucky enough to discover this place.
Address: Jalan Laksamana Oboroi No.177X, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, 80561 Bali, Indonesia
Website: La Favela
Discover the secrets of Seminyak
With a plethora of things to do ranging from 3D art installations, art galleries, party places and so much more, Seminyak has so much to offer for the curious traveler. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, book your flights and head over to Seminyak, Bali to witness a culture unlike any other.
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