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  • Murni’s Warung in Bali

    Rare Antiques and Exotic Cuisine in Ubud


    One of Ubud’s legendary restaurants is Murni’s, serving great local coffee and traditional cuisine, plus an iconic boutique that displays rare antiques, collectibles and exotic gifts from all over Bali and Indonesia. As one of Ubud’s unofficial landmarks, Murni’s and its eponymous owner and host have warmly welcomed Ubud visitors (and the likes of Richard Gere and Richard Branson) to the ‘warung’ and shop since 1974. You’ll easily find it at the eastern end of the Campuhan River Bridge in Ubud, opposite Bridges Bali restaurant and only a minute’s stroll from the Blanco Renaissance Museum.

    The bridge at Campuhan is roughly a five-minute drive from the main Ubud hub and the Puri Saren royal palace. If you’re staying at one of the hotels in Campuhan, it provides one of the most enjoyable walks in the Ubud outskirts, under flowering creepers and overlooking the rushing river below. Your eventual stopover at Murni’s adds to the experience, as you discover exotic flavours through its restaurant menu and the impressive collection of antiques in its Warung Shop. Built into the side of the valley, Murni offers multiple levels with a cosy setting and fantastic scenery.

  • First stop is Murni’s Shop at ground level, a traditional hut-like structure with wide glass windows that reveal a trove of wooden figures and old textiles inside. Art lovers and collectors will love this space, as they travel back in time to the royal Javanese and Balinese rajadom era through ‘wayang’ shadow puppets, old Balinese gamelan sets, and Hindu Balinese ritual objects such as a priest’s silver praying bell and traditional wooden masks of all sorts. You’ll also find a wide assortment of rare batiks and textiles as scarves and sarongs in exotic motifs, from Java’s Pekalongan and Rembang to fabrics from other regions in Indonesia.

    As an avid collector, Wayan Murni has gathered rare items from her travels around the world and when she looks around her home and finds too many things, they end up in this shop. This passion has without doubt made her an expert in Asian antiques and textiles, and in 2007 and 2009 she exhibited part of her collections at prestigious shows in San Francisco and LA, and was invited to give a lecture on Balinese textiles to the Textile Arts Council at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The rare treasures in her collection make excellent gifts, but there are some that are too large to take home in your luggage. That is why Murni’s also offers worldwide shipping services.

    After some time at the shop, proceed to the open-air levels of the restaurant, with comfy rattan furniture and large wooden benches for casual meals and friendly gatherings. Its menu offers an eclectic mix of local cuisine, but there’s also an extensive selection of international dishes as well. For those who wish to try some Balinese flavours, must-tries include the ‘bebek betutu’, Bali’s traditional slow-smoked juicy duck that comes served with fragrant turmeric rice and the traditional Balinese ‘urap’ fresh salad mix. With young coconut with lime juice beside your plate, you have a memorable tropical meal in Bali’s uplands. For some lounging and cocktails with a view, there’s a lounge bar on the second level.

    Murni's Warung

    • Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 08:00 - 22:00
    • Location: Campuhan Bridge, Jalan Campuhan, Ubud
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 972 146
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