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A BOYFRIENDS GUIDE TO BALI

De fleste som har vært på tur med sin bedre halvdel vet vel innerst inne at interesse områdene kan være svært ulike og at man ofte ender opp med å kun tilfredsstille en av to. Misforstå meg rett. Dette er kanskje en veldig stereotypisk guide ettersom et forhold kan være så mangt. Gutteting og jenteting er noe vi kanskje prøver å utrydde i 2017, til tross for at det er beskrivende ord, Med andre ord er jeg like gira på å leie en motorsykkel som Nico, synes kanskje det er enda bedre med en kald Corona enn det han gjør og sier aldri nei til en skikkelig god (veggie) burger. Dette er en Bali guide fra min kjæreste til din.

We all know that different areas of interest can be tricky traveling with your better half. One will most likely end up satisfying one out of two, don't get me wrong. This is probably a very stereotypical guide for us to be in 2017. We might not want things to be categorized and divided in girl and boy sections. A relationship can be so much more, when that's said I believe I appreciate a cold Corona as much as Nico does and I might be the first one to order a burger when I get a chance, and telling him that renting a motorbike over a car is a good idea. After all this is just a Bali guide from my boyfriend to yours.

Seminyak

Sushimi: Sushi can be pricey, especially if you are over 1,80 m and actually wanna get full, but not in Bali. Thats why we have Sushimi in Seminyak. The perfect place on Friday nights when they have happy hour and every plate is 20K (12kr/2$). This starts at 5.30 pm and is definitely our favorite Friday spot! You better be showing up early, you are not the only one who know about this.

Bossman: Indonesia food is great, but after my tenth meal of Mie Goreng (Indonesian noodle dish) I kinda feel like having a burger. Bossman in Seminyak is the perfect place for burger and fries!

Earth Cafe: If you are into healthy and clean eating you will most likely google your way to Earth Cafe. I'm not a smoothie man and would never go here if it wasn't for Mally, but when that's said it somehow became one of my favorite spots in Seminyak. Their Nori Maki Roll is very tasty as well as their veggie burger and buckwheat noodles!

Revolver: Looking for the best coffee in Seminyak and a "bad boy" kinda breakfast? Head to Revolver Espresso in Seminyak! The atmosphere is like walking into a old shabby but cool bar with dark lighting and macho interior. I can recommend their avocado toast!

La Favela: The only "club" Ive ever been to in Bali. You will find it in one of the main streets in Seminyak.

Drifter: A surf shop that used to have a cool cafe as well. They have penny boards, long boards, skate boards, surf boards, hats, t-shirts, bathing suits etc!

Sharp Edge: Beard is cool and everything, but in the sun you will want to get a little tanner in your face. If you are in Seminyak and want a clean shave I can recommend Sharp Edge, you will get a clean shave for 90K (50kr/5$). Professional, comfortable and practical.

Mexicola: One of our favorite Mexican restaurants in Seminyak, a cool place to start a night out with friends. Head here for dinner and drinks and before you even know you will be right in the middle of a party!

Mad Pops: This is a vegan ice cream shop in the main street of Seminyak right next to the square, in other words not my cup of tea. But I actually tried when Mally wanted one, and I have to recommend the coffee flavored ice cream, it was like having an ice coffee!

Canggu

Echo Beach: The perfect beach to surf and chill.

Sikkboy: One of the better and cheaper places to get a clean Shave for 70K in Canggu. The guys who run it are very friendly and cool.

Dirty Shanchez: Right by Echo beach there is another barber shop, where you can get a clean shave for 80K, very fast and professional.

Roti Canai: A cheap cafe with Indonesian street food not too far from the beach. I can recommend the Big Daddy Roti Wrap and the breakfast plate with egg, bacon, veggies and roti.

Custom bikes: I love motorbikes and honestly believe I'm born to ride a motorbike. If you are like me, you don't want to leave Bali without renting a customized motorbike here in Canggu. You will definitely get a better price if you rent for more than 3 days!

Old Mans: A beach bar and restaurant on Echo beach. Perfect spot to grab a beer after a surf and on the last Saturday every month they have a cool local market here at Old Mans.

The Lawn: Our favorite place in Canggu to grab a drink after a long day in the sun. The Lawn is a chill and laid-back beach club where you can lay in the sun by the pool during the day and go up on their terrace at sunset to have drink.

The Shady Shack: A cool vegetarian/vegan restaurant in Canggu, perfect place for breakfast or lunch. I can recommend their tempe burger, halloumi burger and their avocado toast. I would never find this myself, but I would definitely bring a group of friends back.

Avenue Fitness: A nice gym in Canggu. Not very cheap to be honest, like any other gym anywhere. About 500kr/60 $ for one month. But they have everything from classes to machines.

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Ubud

Taco Casa: The fast food kind of Mexican place in Bali, you can find Taco Casa on a few locations around the island! I can recommend the 8 layer burrito and the nachos grande regular. This is also one of the cheapest restaurants to drink Corona in Bali.

Tibumana waterfall: Waterfalls are must sees when in Bali, and you will find them in the jungle of Ubud. To avoid tourists I would recommend you to go to Tibumana waterfall in stead of Tegenunan waterfall, and go before sunrise so you can have a morning swim just by yourself.

Green Key: This cafe is owned by a Norwegian guy and its the perfect spot for a healthy lunch in the jungle! You should try to avocado toast with egg and the delicious poke bowl with tempe!

Ubud Market: You cant visit Ubud without taking a stroll through Ubud market. If you want to buy souvenirs or a straw basket for your girlfriend this is the place to visit!

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Other things to keep in mind:

- Download the Uber app, its definitely the cheapest way of transportation, but you need to know that its illegal in Bali. And even though the drivers want to work for Uber they will get in loads of trouble if you are making it obvious that you are taking an Uber.

- If you want to buy Snus i Bali, which you most likely would want to especially if you are from Norway. Look for a sign with Balisnus or check out their Facebook group.

- The police will most likely stop you if they see you driving a motorbike or scooter, just put 50k in your hand shake and continue driving. Yes, its corrupt but that's how it is and you wont be able to change it on your way holiday in Bali. Go with the flow, they only stop tourists.

- If you stay in Canggu or Seminyak you should go on a day trip to Uluwatu, its only an hour drive away, but with Bali traffic you will most likely want to spend the day. Check out Suluban Beach, Sunday Beach Club and Single Fin.

- If you have a girlfriend like me who pays way more attention to animals than you, then you will end up in situations like we always do, we end up taking care of street dogs and other animals on our trips. There are too many street dogs in Bali, if you see something - say something. Check out these centers to help the animals of Bali. Visit BARC & BAWA.

4 UNIQUE PLACES TO STAY IN BALI

Hide Out

Denne lille Airbnben av en naturperle ligger ca litt over en times kjøretur fra Ubud sentrum. Her kan du bo helt for deg selv midt blant jungel, risåkre og langs en elv som sildrer forbi hytteveggen. Dette idylliske stedet er for deg som elsker natur, fred og ro. Ja, nesten litt som luksus camping også kalt glamping.

//This unique little Airbnb is about an hour drive from the center of Ubud. A little bamboo cottage right in the middle of the jungle, surrounded by rice fields and alongside a trickling river. The most idyllic place to stay for nature lovers and those who are looking for a peaceful jungle book feeling. Almost like luxury camping, also called glamping.

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Jungle Room

Denne boheme oasen finner du midt i Canggu på Bali. Det kule, surfete og avslappede nabolaget fullt av barer, restauranter, markeder, surfe butikker og hippe mennesker. På Jungle Room bor du i små bungalows med treverk hentet fra eksotiske øyer og med en stor deilig himmelseng. Til frokost får glutenfrie og veganske pannekaker som du kan nyte ved bassengkanten.

//This bohemian tree house is called Jungle Room and you can find it in the middle of the surfy and laid back neighborhood of Canggu. This is where the cool kids are and this place is definitely Canggus oasis. The bungalows are made of wood found at different exotic islands and for breakfast you can enjoy gluten free and vegan pancakes by the pool. Sounds tempting right?

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The Shift Hotel

Dette hotellet ligger rett utenfor Ubud sentrum og er en stilig og eksotisk oase av et hotell med rooftop yoga, utendørs filmkvelder på storskjerm og vegansk restaurant på takterrassen med deilig frokost. Dette er stedet for deg som vil bo fresht, kult og alternativt i et rolig område rett utenfor Ubud.

//The Shift Hotel is a little oasis outside of the center of Ubud. A chic hotel with an eco ambience where they have rooftop yoga, outdoor movie nights and a vegan restaurant on the roof. This is a place for those who are looking for a nice, cool and alternative place to stay in the more peaceful area outside of Ubud.

Le Pirate Beach Club

Denne tropiske hytta finner du på øya Gili Trawangan utenfor Lombok. Du kan komme deg hit ved en totimers båttur fra Bali og det er så verdt det! Hvite sandstrender, turkist hav, endel mennesker men likevel kult! Le Pirate Beach er et hotell og en beach club, du har sikkert sett bilder av disse Instagram vennlige bungalowsene før? Og sånn kan du altså bo, på stranden!

//This tropical bungalow takes place on Gili Trawangan right outside of Lombok. You can get here by taking a two hour boat ride from Bali, totally worth it. White beaches, turquoise water and loads of people. Anyway super cool! Le Pirate Beach is a hotel and a beach club in one, you have probably seen these huts on Instagram haven't you? And this is where you can stay, right on the beach!

THE VEGAN & GLUTEN FREE GUIDE TO BALI

Jeg har allerede lagt ut flere anbefalinger når det kommer til mat og spisesteder på Bali. Men jeg tenkte det kanskje var på tide og lage en helt egen glutenfri og vegansk guide til de som bryr seg om det! For plantebasert og glutenfri mat er ikke det enkleste å finne, men på Bali er livet mye bedre! Hvis du har vanskeligheter med å bestemme deg for hvilke restauranter du vil prøve ut, så anbefaler jeg deg å sjekke bildene deres på Instagram!

I already have a few posts with recommendations for eating in Bali and also a big Bali guide. But I thought it was about time to make a little separate one with focus on the gluten free and vegan places and options they have, since Bali is heaven for people with "special needs". If you have difficulties deciding where to eat among all these delicious places, I recommend you to take a look at their Instagram profile!

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SEMINYAK

Manic Organic: Perfect for breakfast or lunch! They have a super yummy smoothie bowl with gluten free granola and a vegan Nasi Campur, which is definitely a must try when you are in Indonesia!

Shelter: Cosy breakfast spot on a little terrace in Seminyak overlooking the Seminyak neighborhood and

Shelter has plenty of gluten free and vegan options!

Nalu Bowls: Vegan smoothie bowls! Tasty but not the cheapest, a little bit hyped but at the same time a must try whilst in Bali. You will find Nalu Bowls underneath Shelter. Which means you can eat at Shelter and have a Nalu Bowl.

Earth Cafe: Everything on the menu is vegan & vegetarian with plenty of gluten free options. Burgers, noodles, nori maki, buckwheat pancakes, raw treats, smoothies, curries etc. One of my favs in Seminyak!

Cafe Organic: To be honest I kinda feel like Cafe Organic is a little hyped. I loved it at my frist visit, but it hasn't been that great since I got back. I might have been unlucky since they have quite an amount of customers all day everyday, and a very colourful plant based menu.

Mad Pops: Definitely the best vegan ice cream you will find in Bali. A tiny little shop in the busy shopping street of Seminyak. Their ice cream is coconut based and they have plenty of delicious flavours, such as coffee, caramel, rainbow, oreo (not GF), chocolate etc.

Gelato Secrets: Another great ice cream place where they also have both gelato and delicious vegan sorbet! I can recommend their coconut and the chocolate, especially together! Yum!

Nook: A few minutes outside Seminyak you will find this cosy place called Nook with a view overlooking the rice fields. Here they have a big colourful menu with delicious vegan and gluten free friendly food! Perfect for brunch!

CANGGU

Peloton Supershop: My absolute favorite vegan cafe in Canggu! Everything on the menu is vegan and they can also make everything gluten free! I can recommend the biker bowl, the meze plate, the gluten free avocado toast and their ice coffee with coconut milk!

Spicy Coconut: Another cafe in Canggu with a 100% vegan menu and almost everything on the menu can be made gluten free! I can recommend the chick pea burger, the avocado toast, the tacos (not GF) and also their dragon fruit smoothie bowl! Perfect start of the day!

Okay Bakery: Okas Bakery is a little bakery and cafe in Canggu where they have plenty of gluten free options (bread, cakes, pizza crust etc). And they can also make almost everything vegan! I can recommend their veggie burgers, the smoothie bowl, the fungi pizza, and the gluten free carrot cake. This is also the place if you want to buy a whole bread and bring it with you home! 32K, pretty cheap to be gluten free and its super good!

Cafe Vida: An organic breakfast and brunch restaurant in the heart of Canggu. They have plenty of gluten free and vegan options! They have coconut yogurt, smoothie bowls, salads, tacos etc.

Eden Cafe: A small family business in Canggu, where they serve nutritious food such as smoothies, salads, tacos, sandwiches, curries, smoothie bowls, wraps etc.

Rustica: One of the best gluten free pizzas in Bali! I always take the vegetarian pizza with gluten free crust and change the mozzarella with extra veggies such as onion, mushrooms and avocado! They also deliver for no extra cost! Thumbs up!

Barraca: Another yummy Italian place where they actually now serve vegan cheese as well! Here you can get gluten free pizza, pasta and gnocchi with vegan cheese! Such a delight for a plant based foodie!

Banana Flour: A 100 % gluten free bakery in Canggu, where they use banana flour instead of wheat flour! They have bread, cupcakes, pancakes, croissants and other pastries!

The Shady Shack: One of my favorite lunch spots in Canggu! Cosy and laid-back atmosphere, cute bohemian interior and a colourful and green menu with vegan/vegetarian food and plenty of gluten free options! I can recommend the tempe burger, the avocado toast and the fruit plate.

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UBUD

Taco Casa: Our favorite taco place in Ubud, right in the middle of the center. This must be the most busy restaurant in Ubud, never empty! They have delicious taco, nothing fancy, just what you want and need when you crave tacos. As a vegan and gluten free option I can recommend the Nachos Grande Regular (change the sour cream for refried beans and the cheese for extra guacamole).

Elephant Cafe: Delicious healthy food in sustainable manner, on the menu you can find anything from classic asian dishes - ramen, curries, noodles etc to smoothies, salads, pumpkin and ginger soup, granola and porridge.

Bali Buda: Bali Buda has healthy breakfasts: chia pudding yogurt, oatmeal etc. Raw and vegan spring rolls, gluten free muffin, quinoa, fresh fruits, roasted vegetables etc. Everything is vegan and gluten free friendly! Just ask!

Alchemy: Is a raw, vegan, organic cafe and bar where they serve anything from raw sushi, granola, raw cakes, cold pressed juices, smoothies, salads etc. Their sushi is great and so are their chocolate treats! Yum!

Clear Cafe: My go to place for Kombucha whilst in Ubud, because you can get a whole bottle (wine size) for just 50K, which is quite rare! Clear Cafe is all about eating clean and healthy and they have everything from tacos, smoothies, wraps and salads to Indonesian food and raw food!

Green Key: A new and fresh cafe in Ubud with focus on healthy eating. They have delicious poke bowls (both vegan and gluten free if you choose so), they also have breakfast food such as avocado toast and smoothie bowls and everything is focused on eating right to feel right!

OTHER PLACES

Bali Eco Deli: On the island Nusa Lembongan you can find Bali Eco Deli where you will find healthy food and drinks that can be made gluten free and vegan! Their coffee and the curry is delicious!

The Deck: On the island Nusa Lembongan with the best volcanic view of Bali you will find The Deck, a bar and restaurant by the beach with amazing drinks and a colourful food menu. They have everything from smoothie bowls, kombucha and salads to pizzas, gluten free bread and smoothies. Ask for the options if you are vegan and gluten free!

The Banyan tree: My favorite cafe on Gili Trawangan, its a vegetarian restaurant with plenty of vegan and gluten free options! I can recommend their roasted pumpkin soup and the goji berry bar!

Kayu cafe: Another vegan and gluten free friendly cafe on Gili T, here they have vegan ice cream, kombucha, salads, smoothie bowls, wraps etc!

Milk Espresso: A cafe, bar, store and spa in Kuta, on Lombok! Perfect spot for breakfast and brunch! Here they have smoothie bowls, sandwiches, burgers, pancakes, smoothies, milkshakes etc. Ask for the gluten free and vegan options!