Those with a sweet tooth will find a rich variety of to-die-for desserts, pastries and all things sweet in Bali, now available at the great collection of specialty restaurants and patisseries. There are more spots to enjoy a scoop of refreshingly fruity gelato, and some establishments feature meticulously-crafted dishes and works of art so pretty that eating them feels like a crime.
Bali’s highlands produce cocoa, so it was only a matter of time before the island became a haven for chocoholics, with several emerging enterprises producing great homemade chocolate items. Add a bit of sweetness to your visit to Bali with these best dessert spots.
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Bali foodies will recognise Chef Will Goldfarb of Ku De Ta Bali fame, and can now enjoy the pastry chef’s all-out dessert venture up in Ubud at his aptly-named Room4Dessert. Once known for his fresh fruit-based desserts, like the delightful ‘Pandanbert’ fusion of aromatic pandan and salak ‘snake fruit’, Chef Will upped the ante by opening this dessert spot on Jalan Raya Sanggingan, right next door to the legendary Naughty Nuri’s. Here he presents his array of fine handmade desserts, with a selection of classic cocktails and rotating fine wines. His signature tasting menu is a must-try, offering you a sample of all nine desserts available - each a work of art! An added plus point is the genial chef, who goes around greeting his patrons while not crafting orders in the open kitchen.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 24:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 553 259 8
Gusto Gelato is one of the go-tos and must-tries in northern Seminyak if you're in for a great selectoin of gelato flavours. The main gelato showcase is manned by at least 10 staff who are always busy throughout the day, serving gelato in tubs of various sizes to accommodate single to quadruple scoops (which you can choose different flavours), as well as by cone. There's also a selection of coffees and small bites. Favourites include basic chocolate, vanilla, coffee and croccante, to refreshing tropical fruity blends such as mango, lemon, passion fruit and avocado.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: Jalan Bumbak 130, Banjar Anyar Kelod, Kerobokan
- Tel: +62 (0)361 743 385 3
This specialty pastry and chocolate shop is hard to miss on Kuta’s Sunset Road, and features ultra-chic interiors with cake displays filled with quality baked and frozen delights. The décor is also a treat for the eyes, with various pieces of artwork positioned around its airy dining hall. Opposite the cake displays is The Harvest’s bakery and coffee station, offering choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The desserts are sublime, comprising sinful servings such as chocolate melt, mango tiramisu, coffee brulee, pralinette crepes, vanilla panacotta and fudge brownie. To wash them down, there are hot and cold coffees and teas, as well as frozen delights such as faluda, frozen green tea, coffee and Oreos, caramel cappuccino and mochaccino. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00
- Location: Jalan Sunset Road No.815, Kuta
- Tel: +62 (0)361 849 648 8
Pod answers to the need of making good use of the quality cocoa grown in Bali’s central highlands. It manufactures high quality homemade organic chocolate from locally-grown cocoa pods, while carrying the noble mission of supporting local cocoa farmers as well. It is one of the places where you can enjoy heavenly chocolate without sinful feelings. The boutique chocolate factory is located up in the cocoa-producing highlands of Petang, and it has a café onsite where you can sample the rich chocolate bars, as well as sea salted caramel and gourmet ice creams. If you want to have an insightful visit, then go on a cocoa tour, which has lots of tasting opportunities along the way. If you can’t make the trip, Pod also has a boutique on Sunset Road in Kuta, featuring all the delightful goodies. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00
- Location: Jalan Sunset Road 89, Kav.3, Kuta
- Tel: +62 (0)361 849 622 8
As one of the legendary tea lounges in Seminyak’s Petitenget area that is famous for its afternoon teas, Biku is the place to go if you want high-quality home-baked scones with delightful jams and creams. There are also homemade pies, wonderfully moist carrot cakes, and refreshing sorbets and ice creams. Its joglo teak house structure and ample cosy corners are irresistible on a hot and sunny day out in Seminyak, and its extensive selection of teas make it a great spot for an afternoon chat with good company. Try the pavlova, smothered in whipped cream, with mango, strawberries and passion fruit, then doused in a strawberry coulis. Or try something truly exotic with the date scones with mango jam, Middle Eastern orange cake with rose tea syrup, and the Biku favourite of salak compote with cinnamon and star anise. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 23:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Petitenget No. 888, Petitenget, Kerobokan
- Tel: +62 (0)361 857 0888
This boutique French pastry and bakery shop is right across the road from the Deus Ex Machina in Canggu, and offers all sorts of French breads and croissants, together with a cake display showcasing colourful macaroons and unique French cakes and desserts such as Galette des Rois or ‘King Cake’, Kouign-amann puff pastry, and tarts and lemon meringues of all sizes. Basically, it’s the place to go in Bali for lovers of French pastry. There are now two other stores presenting the fresh and sweet delights, one in Seminyak and another in Umalas. A dining area complements the bakery, with a casual and laidback atmosphere, and it’s also a great place to bring the young ones, especially if they’re budding pastry chefs as Monsieur Spoon offers baking classes and tours for kids. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 06:30 – 21:00
- Location: Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong 55, Canggu
- Tel: +62 (0)878 628 088 59
This small cake shop and café is easy to find along Sanur’s end of Ngurah Rai bypass. Step inside and you will be welcomed to a large variety of homemade delights, with cakes, cookies, pies, brownies, muffins and cupcakes, all displayed in glass showcases. You can opt for a small slice, starting from only IDR 25,000 per serving. Traditional American desserts to try include the round spicy carrot cake with walnuts or a brown cake with grated carrots. All of the sweet morsels at Ruth’s are made with fresh creams, butter, berries and other fruits, brown and white sugars, baking flour, natural spices and cold-pressed oils. The cheesecakes here are worth trying, being rich in cream and cheese fillings and bursting with fruity flavour, with options of blueberry, strawberry or raspberry.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 21:30
- Location: Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai 88A, Sanur
- Tel: +62 (0)361 288 124
Art and gelato lovers can come down to Gaya Fusion on Jalan Raya Sayan in Ubud for a sweet treat. Gaya Gelato serves up a remarkably unique variety of flavours of creamy delights. Go for the free samplers, so you can opt to taste them all before you order a real scoop. Gluten-free cones are a highlight here, and the handmade gelato is produced with the best raw materials available in the market - milk and cream, organic fresh eggs, white-cane sugar, cocoa, raw chocolate, Italian hazelnuts, pistachios and great local Balinese fruits. Flavours include vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and aromatic coffee. The Gaya’s gelato is low in fat and the colouring is all natural, which is pretty reassuring if you plan to sample every flavour!
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 23:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Sayan, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 979252
Another great place for wonderful Italian gelato is Gelato Secrets, with shops available in Sanur, Seminyak and Ubud. The Sanur flagship outlet is on Jalan Danau Tamblingan, in front of the Hardy’s Supermarket; well positioned to provide a cool treat for those venturing around Sanur’s quiet roads on foot. They use fresh fruits, herbs, chocolate and spices to produce a premium Italian gelato with a range of great flavours. There’s chocolate and vanilla, and a range of unique combinations such as rose petal, dragon fruit and salted caramel. Besides being available by the scoop and served in crunchy homemade waffle cones, gelato lovers will also be treated to a selection of gelato mini cakes, lollipops and sorbets in exotic flavours such as lime, mango, passion fruit, coconut and an ever-so-refreshing coco pandan.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:30
- Location: Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur
- Tel: +62 (0)361 271 580
Caramel Patiserie & CafeUbud
Caramel is a heavenly desserts and cake spot up in Ubud, presenting high quality items and pastry creations by Indonesian pastry chef duo Jessica Lestariana and Hermawan Tanjung. Caramel also has great coffee. Delights include rum raisin affogato with artisanal espresso, at only IDR 45,000. Indonesian French press coffees, Vietnamese drip with caramel milk, and a selection of fresh fruit juices are among the drink list items. The petite shop features two levels with most of the cake displays on the first. Delightful macaroons, meringues and strawberry tartlets, and triple chocolate cakes with dark jelly and shiny icing are simply too hard to resist. A must-try is the Chocolate Dome, comprising mousse, salted caramel with a biscuit base and ganache covering.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00
- Location: Jalan Hanoman 4B, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 970 847