Are you in Denpasar, but you cannot wait to get out? Change your mind! Because there are interesting places you can go to in the heart of Bali. It is less touristy than other places you know. So, all you have to do is pack some local knowledge and you are ready to go on a fun adventure, plus everything is cheaper here!
Take a look at Jebak, Jejak Bali Kuliner, for instance. This spot is no less cozy than those restaurants along the touristic beaches. But you can get good local and international food for half the price. Sounds like a good deal to me. From Indonesian, Chinese, to Italian food, all of them are available for your eating pleasure!
Easy access, easy parking, lots of space for hungry diners!
Jebak is located on one of Denpasar’s main roads. You can access this road if you are heading to Ubud from the airport. So, this place can be a perfect food pit stop even if you are just traveling through.
The road is Jalan Teuku Umar. Jebak is right next to POP! Hotel by Harris, across from a restaurant called Rumahan. This is a fast lane; therefore, you might want to slow down so you won’t miss it. Although, it should be easy to find with big “Jebak” signs in front and on top, which both are visible from afar.
The place is open every day from 10:00 am to midnight. And during special nights like weekends, they have live music or karaoke. Normally, this place is not crowded, so no prior booking is needed. But just in case, if you want to come here as a large group, you can call them to reserve a spot.
Is midnight too early to call it a day? Staying out late can be tricky in Denpasar since most stores close around 10:00 pm here, as most locals believe it is not good to hang around outside their houses after it gets dark. However, you can walk up north to a big intersection called Simpang Enam to find other places. There’s a sports bar, The Barrel, just 10 minutes away which is open until 2:00 am. There’s also a Dunkin Donuts, 15 minutes away, which is open 24 hours a day and has free Wi-Fi.
Make some space in your tummy because you're going to order some more!
Are you craving a refreshing drink, healthy juice, or coffee? Or warm comfort food like noodles, nasi campur, or pizza? They have it all. And the best part is that they won’t burn a hole in your wallet even on your hungriest days.
Food and beverages here are sold starting from 5,000 IDR (approximately 0.3 USD). One filling plate of nasi campur starts from only 15,000 IDR (approximately 1 USD). How about the food quality? I wouldn’t recommend the place if wasn’t any good.
Jebak is a food court. So, they have many food vendors you can choose from. The first thing you should do is to choose where you are going to sit and remember the table’s number. Then you can walk around and see what each food vendor has to offer. Order the food, give them your table’s number, take your bills, and go to cashier counters in the center to order some drinks and pay your bills. After that, just wait at your table and everything will be delivered to you.
What to do after your body is fueled up?
Denpasar has a lot to offer: from museums, temples, to market, just get your GPS device ready!
Less than one kilometer away (approximately 0.6 miles), there is a market called Erlangga, where you can find clothes, handicrafts, paintings, snacks, and everything you need to bring home a little bit of Bali with you. This is where I usually go to before a hometown visit. And don’t blame me for leaving with at least two big shopping bags. It’s not my fault that they sell everything so cheaply!
There are other places you can go to get cheaper things, such as a traditional market. But if you are not familiar with local trading, you will end up paying more than you should anyway. Erlangga offers you the cheapest price of similar markets without having to bargain. And it is open from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm unlike traditional markets, which are usually closed after 5:00 pm.
Before your hands are full with shopping bags, make some time to visit other places in Denpasar first. For a quick look at Balinese history, go to Bajra Sandhi Monument in the center of Puputan, in the Renon area. A tour around this monument costs 25,000 IDR (approximately 1.75 USD) for one adult. Tourist prices may apply.
In this area, there’s a running track, a picnic park, and a 3D museum called I AM BALI. Unlike Bajra Sandhi, this 3D museum offers modern, contemporary 3D arts. The entrance is located near Bajra Sandhi Monument. You can ask people wearing a “I AM BALI” t-shirt, if you have problems finding it. One entrance ticket for a domestic tourist is 100,000 IDR (approximately 7 USD) and for international tourist at 120,000 IDR (approximately 8.4 USD).
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Visit one of the biggest temples in Denpasar
One of the biggest temples in Denpasar, Pura Taman Ayun is definitely a place you should visit while you are in Denpasar. Although this place is further up north compared to other places mentioned previously around Jebak, it is worth the trip!
You can ead more about Pura Taman Ayun here: Pura Taman Ayun: Balinese Heritage In A Royal Temple.
Make sure you fuel yourself up with affordable, good food!
Jebak, Jejak Bali Kuliner, is easy to find since it is located in the center of Denpasar. The place offers many kinds of dishes to spare you some time deciding where to go to eat. If you have no idea which cuisine or which dish to choose, just ask the waiters and waitresses for their recommendation. Each booth has at least one ready to help you!
Here is a fun fact about this place. “Jebak” literally means “trap” in Indonesian. Figuratively, this place will trap you with all the cheap, good food you wouldn’t want to leave before you’re satisfied!
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