Any avid cafe hopper worth his or her salt will tell you Bali is the destination for your coffee and brunch fix in Southeast Asia. And having embarked on my first trip ever last month, I can see why!
Tucked away from the bustling Seminyak area, NOOK offers visitors a much needed slice of tranquility, with its laid back vibes, whitewashed interior, and sprawling views of a neighbouring rice paddy field and nary a high rise building in sight (a rare sight for a Singaporean).
Come before noon on a sunny day, and you’ll be treated to a gorgeous scene of light spilling into every corner of the cafe – a dream come true for photographers! We wasted no time taking OOTD and landscape shots for the ‘gram after placing our orders.
You can even shop for hand crafted goods at NOOK, though I gather they might be priced higher than other markets around Seminyak.
NOOK’s expansive menu consists of the usual suspects – breakfast items, coffee, tea and juice based concoctions for the typical cafe goer, and a selection of local dishes like nasi campur and babi guling for those craving something a little closer to home. Beer and wine are also available.
Coffee is decent, and my Latte (28,000 IDR single; 38 000 IDR double) was a great perk me up for a full day of sightseeing in Ubud!
NOOK’s Smashed Avocado on Crusty Bread (50,000 IDR; +14,000 IDR for two poached eggs) is a must try for avocado toast lovers, and a feast for the eyes. A simple breakfast dish arrived at our table looking like art on a plate; toast generously encrusted with smashed avocado, crushed feta cheese and sliced baby tomatoes, and a thoughtfully arranged side salad. If there was ever a dish that embodied that saying, “the eyes eat first”, this would be it.
Breakfast at NOOK was a relaxed affair, and it certainly marked a good start to our food hopping adventures for the rest of the trip. If you are seeking some respite from the more touristy areas in Bali, I highly recommend spending an hour or two at this haven – with a cuppa in hand!
Address:Jalan Umalas 1, Gg Nook Nr. 1, Denpasar, Bali
Opening hours: 8am – 11pm daily
Contact: +62 0361 8475 625