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An Awesome Day on Bali: Breakfast at Biku

April 23, 2012 at 11:53 AM | by | ()

BALI. For some, the word conjures up images of infinity pools, surfing beaches and tropical temples. For others, it's a nightmare of topless tourists and sweaty sightseeing. Well, we just got back ourselves and we, with the help of tips from friends and locals, did something in between...something that turned out to be awesome. Put on the SPF, hire a car* and join us this week as we reveal an An Awesome Day on Bali (Jaunted-style).

Our awesome day on Bali begins with breakfast at Biku, in North Seminyak/Kerobokan.

Step outside of one of the mega resorts in Seminyak and Kuta and you'll very quickly learn two things: the local breakfast is a billion times better than whatever the resort is giving you "complimentary," and it's kind of difficult to find the beautiful Balinese-style buildings of your dreams in a city where so much is recently built of concrete.

The answer to both is Biku a tea house/restaurant/bookshop that serves a killer brunch and "Asian high tea" in a colonial-style building with exposed beams and ceiling fans instead of AC.

Though you're tempted to go for the Bali coffee on the menu, instead order the Java Telaga Oolong...simply for the presentation ritual. On our first visit, we went for the Asian HIgh Tea set menu at 85,000 rupiah ($9.27) per person. It's not cheap, but it did give us goosebumps. Returning for breakfast another day, we spent much less on Nasi Goreng and fresh juices.

Biku is a recommendation from pretty much the only guide series we care to read anymore: LUXE Guides. Their pocket-size Bali guide is cheeky and insidery, but a little heavy on the shopping. Still, this gem stood out.

Our full "Awesome Day on Bali" series:
· Breakfast at Biku
· Late morning at the "Starbucks Temple"
· Noon drinks
· Seafood lunch on Jimbaran Bay
· Afternoon and evening surfer-spotting on Bingin Beach
· Sunset cliff-side

*Private car info: We recommend hiring a private car and driver if you plan on doing a full day of sightseeing and touring Bali. It's not particularly luxurious; it's something of the norm, since Bali is huge and the streets are not pedestrian-friendly. Any hotel should easily be able to arrange a car; we got ours through the Anantara Seminyak for $45/day. Similarly, if you're staying in the Seminyak area, your hotel may offer a free shuttle that can drop you off at Biku on Jalan Petitenget.

[Photos: Cynthia Drescher]

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