Once we decided we definitely wouldn’t be able to stay any longer in Australia, we had to decide where in Indonesia we wanted to go. We’d spent a few days in Bali on our way to Flores, and loved it, so we decided to go back and really spend some time there.
We heard good things about Sanur, so we decided to spend a few days there. I wasn’t crazy about the beaches in Sanur, but it was way nicer than being in the hustle and bustle of Kuta or Legian, and it was a very relaxing few days.
We ended up finding a room to rent on AirBnB from the friendliest group of Bulgarians you’d ever care to meet. They lived in an amazing house with a swimming pool right in the center, which is basically where we stayed the entire time we were there.
We did manage to venture out into Sanur every day though, and found some awesome places to visit. Our hosts also took us to some really fun places, so I wanted to share them here.
Casablanca– Every Friday night at Casablanca they have a “free pour” for an hour, starting at 7 p.m. It is free draft beer for everyone, as many as you can drink, starting at 7, and ending either at 8, or when someone breaks one of the rules. During the free pour, nobody is allowed to be on their phone, leave the restaurant, go to the bathroom, etc, and there are a bunch of funny rules. Everyone is super careful not to break any of the rules because nobody wants to be the reason that a bar full of people are no longer getting free beer, although we were told that it almost never lasts the full hour.
Barb’s Sport– This was one of our first stops when we arrived in Sanur, we were both a little sad to have had to leave Australia, so we hung out with all the Australians and watched football with the Aussies. They have really good food, and their iced coffee is pretty much legendary. Weeks later when we were staying on the other side of Bali, we had to make a trip near Sanur and were seriously considering stopping in Sanur just to go back to Barb’s to get another one.
Night Market- If you are in Sanur, be sure to stop in a the Night Market for supper. There are lots of delicious little morsels for sale, but the best thing to get is at the very back corner of the market, where a little fish restaurant is set up. You choose your cut from the cooler filled with all different kinds of freshly caught seafood, and they grill it for you right there. A fillet of Mahi-Mahi with rice and onions will set you back USD $3, $6 if you want a one liter Bintang to wash it down.
They also have an amazing smoothie stand where you can get fresh juice with every single fruit in the world for only $1 USD. I spent a LOT of time at the smoothie stand.