First Time in Legian - What to Do

Legian Beach Survival Guide

If it’s your first time in Legian, it can be a bit of a trial finding things to see and do other than the beach and nightlife around this reasonably small area. That’s why we’ve come up with this quick guide that gives you some ideas on places you can head to. It includes ideas for those who want to shop and explore, as well as the more common activities of dancing and drinking the night away in this popular bar and nightclub-filled hub.

Beyond Legian’s legendary bars, sand and surf, there’s much you can do. Set between laidback Kuta and upscale Seminyak, this area has a good mix of attractions, all within easy reach of each other. Away from the beach streets, leisurely walks along the main Jalan Legian route present you with rows of art shops and restaurants, while Kuta’s recreational and shopping highlights are just minutes away. Here’s a few ideas to help plan your first time in Legian.

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Legian at a Glance

Legian is mostly known as one of Bali’s main nightlife hubs, with loads of clubs and bars to choose from. Located between laidback Kuta and upmarket Seminyak, the small area combines the atmospheres of both. The result is the ideal mid-range destination, which is both less crowded than Kuta and less expensive than Seminyak. The white sand of Legian Beach itself is also among the star attractions.

  • Between Kuta and Seminyak, providing plenty of options
  • Bali’s nightlife hub, with a good mix of nightclubs and bars
  • Hotels available for a wide range of budgets
  • Less crowded than Kuta
  • Maze-like streets, with mostly one-way traffic
  • Venues are widely spaced and walking is often required
  • Not many cultural or sightseeing attractions

Things You Can Do in Legian Beach

Legian, like many Bali destinations, has a fantastic beach. Its lovely golden sand leads into a beautiful blue sea, with some pretty good surfing conditions. Inland, there are a few fun things to see and do around the town, both for families and thrill seekers. Admittedly, the list of attractions here is not as long as it is for other areas of Bali. However, we strongly recommend you check out these places during your first visit to Legian.

  • The Beach of Legian

    Where the north of Kuta Beach ends, Legian starts. Find out more about this 2-km continuation of dark crème-coloured Read More»

  • Learning to Surf in Bali

    Here’s all you need to know and how a typical day at surf school looks like with one of the island’s reputable Read More»

  • Dream Museum Zone (DMZ) Bali

    Dream Museum Zone Bali

    Dream Museum Zone (DMZ) Bali is a fun and interactive art gallery featuring a vast collection of three-dimensional, Read More»

Best places to Shop in Legian Beach

You’ll find rows of small shops offering a variety of art items and trinkets along Legian’s main street and its various connecting lanes. It's easy to find yourself popping into one shop after another – there's loads of variety here, from surf apparel to silversmiths and everything in between. Check out these best ideas to get you in the mood for some shopping in Legian.

  • Garlic Lane Shopping Street

    Have a great shopping walk and find everything from kitsch Balinese fridge magnets and woven bags to cheap sunglasses Read More»

  • Merta Nadi Art Market in Bali

    Merta Nadi Art Market in Bali

    Merta Nadi Art Market is a great stopover for handicrafts and souvenirs on your leisurely stroll through Legian’s Read More»

  • Jalan Legian in Bali

    Wander the high street of Legian that seemingly never sleeps. Explore its bountiful shopping scene with rows of Read More»

Best Places to Go at Night in Legian

The nightlife in Legian is famously lively, and there is certainly no shortage of choice when it comes to partying. The beach bars on Double Six Beach are definitely worth checking out. Then, Jalan Legian is the place to go to for some of the island’s best nightclubs. To help you narrow down the impressive selection to just the absolute must-see venues, we’ve picked out the three best places to party during your first time in Legian.

  • Sky Garden Rooftop Lounge

    Sky Garden Rooftop Lounge

    Sky Garden Rooftop Lounge is a Legian nightlife institution, with great skyline views, international DJs, drinks and Read More»

  • Bounty Discotheque

    Bounty Discotheque

    The Bounty Discotheque is Legian’s legendary and hottest nightlife spot that attracts a young crowd with its late night Read More»

  • 10 Best Casual Beach Bars in Bali

    Check out these best casual beach bars in Bali, with laidback ambiances where you can sink into colourful beanbags under Read More»

Great Restaurants We Like in Legian

Legian’s assortment of great restaurants and bars cater to almost every taste and budget. From five-star restaurants in the top beach resorts to burger joints with cold craft beers, Legian has it all. Here, we’ve singled out the some of our Legian favourites, including one noted for its outstanding cuisine, one offering fantastic views and one serving low-cost local fare.

  • Azul Beach Club in Bali

    Azul Beach Club in Bali

    Chill out with soothing tunes and cocktail in hand while enjoying sea breezes and sunsets at this tucked-away beach club Read More»

  • Kori Restaurant and Bar in Bali

    Step into cool tropical Balinese gardens and enjoy a large variety of Asian and international cuisine at this popular Read More»

  • The Kopi Pot in Bali

    The Kopi Pot in Bali

    Step into this cosy Balinese garden restaurant to escape the traffic and heat of Jalan Legian, where you can also enjoy Read More»

Hotels in Legian We Recommend to our Friends

There are plenty of four- and five-star hotels in Legian. They’re mostly elegant boutique resorts that provide a convenient base to explore both Kuta and Seminyak, with shopping, dining and nightlife spots only walking distance away. There are some low-cost options available, as well as a few mid-range places. We’ve picked out an option from each of these price ranges which we think is almost guaranteed to provide a pleasant stay for your first time in Legian.

Padma Resort Bali

Padma Resort Bali at Legian offers 65 deluxe and 22 lagoon-access rooms with views of the large lagoon pool, 146 deluxe and 64 Read More...

All Seasons Legian

All Seasons Resort Legian Bali is a hip three star hotel on Legians northern section of Jalan Padma, offering a collection of 113 Read More...

Tanaya Bed & Breakfast

Tanaya Bed and Breakfast (former The Bamboo Bed & Breakfast Bali) is a good budget hotel, situated in central Kuta, and is Read More...


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