Lonely Planet Experiences: Local Eat Street Small Group Food Tour
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Bali’s street food is fresh, fast, cheap, and a great way to crack into the local scene. Join this Bali tour to go behind the tourist areas to where the locals eat: on local ‘Eat Street!’ We’ll stop at a secret warung that only operates at night in a car park with the freshest food, wok to plate as they say, a roadside café specialising in Bali’s most famous dish, and finish it up with every Indonesian’s favourite dessert cooked on open coals. Hungry yet?!
per adult from
2 hours 30 minutes
What's included :
- Local English-speaking guide
- Bottle of water on arrival
- Meals as per itinerary (1 soto ayam per person, shared babi guling dish, 1 dessert)
- VW Kombi transfer from meeting point to local markets and local Eat Street
What's excluded :
- Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips/gratuities for your guide.
- 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 local ‘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.
We’ll visit a food market where your guide will take you in and out of the small alley ways highlighting some of the foods you will taste later on Eat Street. 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! 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.
Unusually for a food tour, we’ll start in the car park! By day this is an assuming place for locals to park their cars but by night, it’s the hippest food spot in town! And it happens to be home to the yummiest soto ayam (chicken noodle soup) in the area. This is one of Indonesia’s most famous national dishes. Walking along the main street, you’ll learn about all the different culinary influences on offer: Javanese, Sumatran, Sulawesi, Japanese and Thai/Indonesian fusion. You’ll learn about traditions like ikan and ayam bakar (barbecued fish and chicken 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.
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$1-2. (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.
Departure Point :Bali Urban Adventures, Jl. Raya Kedampang, Kerobokan Kelod, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Departure Time :6:45 PM
Return Detail :Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour: This tour directly employs 2 to 5 locals which helps to empower the local community.
- All food prepared at the venues you visit is grown and bought locally. The vendors at the food market are all locals and there is no tourism here except for Urban Adventures.
- By introducing different local dishes, in particular Babi Guling which is traditionally only served at ceremonies, this tour is a way for you to learn more about local culture and traditional ceremonies.
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
- Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Men should avoid wearing singlets/tank-tops.
- We will do our best to accommodate any dietary requirements. If you have any allergies or other food requests, please let us know at the time of booking. Please also remind your guide at the beginning of your tour.
- 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.
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
- All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.