By Janet Nicol/Instagrams by Janet Nicol and Mirjam De Ruiter.
In the heart of Seminyak, bordering on Kerobokan, lies a two-kilometer long and winding street called Jalan Petitenget (petty-teng-it). As central Seminyak shows clear signs of having passed its heyday, this street is a welcome alternative to the traffic jams and mediocrity of Jalan Seminyak. With a much more neighbourhood feel, expats seek out many of the gems along this street to keep their bodies limber, their coffee and nutrition needs filled and their closets full of funky clothes.
Starting at Jalan Kerobokan and weaving its way toward the beach, Jalan Petitenget ends at the V junction with Jalan Laksmana. Get off your scooter or out of your car at one end and take an afternoon to walk the new sidewalks of this rapidly expanding street. Here are our tips for where to shop, eat and move; as well as the price range of some goodies you might want to stock up on.
Home Mate: Jl. Petitenget #1A
Sweet little boutique and café with a groovy collection of gifts and jewellery from around OUR globe. Shop first, then indulge in one of the many sweet or savory desserts.
Cheapest: Umbrella toothpicks, Rp 20,000/Most expensive: Totem bowl, Rp 3.5 million
Tribali: Jl Petitenget #12
Gorgeous small consignment shop full of eclectic jewellery.
Cheapest: Bracelets, Rp 125,000/Most expensive: Earrings, Rp 1.4 million
Carga: Jl Petitenget #886
An artistic selection of housewares for every corner of the home.
Cheapest: Candle holders, Rp 45,000/Most expensive: Round tables, Rp 12 million
The Prisoners of Saint Petersburg: Jl Laksamana, Petitenget
Owned by an Australian with a flare for Mexican artifacts. You’ll find a decent selection of floral dresses and young designer items.
Cheapest: Finger thimble, Rp 45,000/Most expensive: Leather bag, Rp 1.2 million
The Living Room Market: Jl Petitenget #2000x
Head over to this flea market – and former restaurant – if you want to pay half price for items sold elsewhere on the same street. Prices vary. Bargain!
Mantra: Jl Petitenget #77x
Cheapest: Shake Bean, Rp 25,000/Most expensive: Char Grilled Australian tenderloin steak, Rp 200,000
Biku: Jl Petitenget #888
Shop, eat or have your tarot card read in this elegant and spaciously designed café. Enjoy high tea with a dash of milk flown in each day from Australian cows currently residing in Java.
Cheapest: Cupcakes, Rp 15,000/Most expensive: Lamb chops, Rp 130,000
Parlour: Jl Petitenget #15XX
Elegant, delicious, and divine. This bar, lounge and bistro offers some of southern Bali’s best gourmet food.
Cheapest: Potato wedges, Rp 34,000/Most expensive: Solomilo Iberico, Rp 424,000
Described as a fusion of various art forms – including bricolage, (French for ‘tinkering’) – this concept store has it all. With multiple restaurants, shops, pools, bars and a huge lawn on the beach including four full-time DJs to serenade you night or day. With a capacity for 4,000, this club caters to a diverse audience, especially middle and upper class Jakartans. Prices vary.
The Drop: Jl Petitenget #888x
Great decor and awesome food – including bagels (the Kicking Viking) and sublime eggs. The Drop also hosts a monthly garage sale with some of the island’s funkiest finds. Owned by a young Russian couple; the wife is the infamous founder of the much-loved Canggu Chronicles blog.
Cheapest: Macchiato, Rp 24,000/Most expensive: Smoked Salmon Benedict, Rp 60,000
Revolver Café (baby): Jl Petitenget #102x
Tiny and quaint! Find a spot at one of the three tables inside and linger over arguably one of Bali’s best coffees.
Cheapest: Espresso/macchiato, Rp 20,000/Most expensive: Ice coffee (with ice cream), Rp 30,000
Connected to Hotel Neo, this modern café is a comfortable place for large groups to share a large table, use wifi and plan their day.
Cheapest: Bakmi goreng, Rp 24,000/Most expensive: Sirloin steak, Rp 173,000
Spa and Body
Amo Life: Jl Petitenget #100x
Choose from a vast selection of makeup to beautify every part of your face, or indulge in a full range of spa services.
Cheapest: 1 hour relaxing massage, Rp 220,000/Most expensive: Red Carpet Ready (Pamper package), Rp 1.25 million
Jiwa Yoga: Jl Petitenget #72
Seminyak’s Bikram yoga studio offers an average of four classes a day. After you sweat, browse their great clothing shop for a small but decent selection of yoga clothes and mats.
Cheapest: Single class, Rp 187,000/Most Expensive: 3 months unlimited, Rp 4.5 million
Motion Fitness: Jl Petitenget (opposite L Hotel)
The place to go for results-driven fitness, with a wide range of group and private classes such as Cardio Pilates and Brazil Boon to get you moving. They also offer a comprehensive menu to complement the desired fitness results.
Cheapest: Drop in class, Rp 100,000/Most expensive: Fit and Slim Xtreme package, Rp 30 million
Ivory Resort: Jl. Petitenget #35
www.ivoryseminyak.com/+62 361 8475470
Beautiful lobby and hotel, but the real perk is the spa-one of the finest in Seminyak.
Cheapest: Standard room, USD $130/Most expensive: Deluxe room, USD $500
Fave Hotel: Jl. Raya Petitenget #7
You can’t do much better than this. A chain hotel that is cheap, functional and well located, with the beach only a short stroll away.
Cheapest: Standard room, Rp 289,000/Most expensive: Spacious suite, Rp 698,000
The Alea Hotels: Jl. Petitenget #78
Ideal for families or couples, this hotel is located near rice paddies and has a spa specializing in anti-aging.
Cheapest: Superior Twin room with pool view, USD $45/Most expensive: Superior twin double with pool access, USD $55
A member of the global hotel chain, Bali’s own W taps into local Hindu mythology. Beautifully laid out and majestic as always, this hotel provides a glorious sense of peace, tranquility and utopia set amongst the galleries, boutiques and restaurants.by