19 Jun

An Insider’s Guide to Bali

Dubai-based photographer Dakota gives us the lowdown

Written By Sarah Ben Romdane

Think of beautiful beaches, otherworldly landscapes and mouth-watering food. Now think of Bali – because it’s the island that has it all.  

 

18-year-old Dubai-based photographer Dakota Brady O’Sullivan moved to Bali in 2014 and attended an alternative learning school, as she was bullied a lot in Dubai. “ I have a very special relationship with Bali and my friends there, when I moved to Bali I got a lot more confident and felt a lot more secure in myself and I honestly think if I never went there I wouldn’t be who I am today. It’s 100 percent my favourite place in the world. If you want to trust a local, stay in Canngu”, she says.

 

It’s thanks to Bali—also known as The Island of the Gods—that the young photographer began embarking on her photographic career. Her work is mainly inspired by women, and focuses on the female body. “I think one of the most powerful things in photography is making someone feel beautiful and confident”. 

 

 

MILLE caught up with Brady O’Sullivan to find out the island’s best spots to eat, drink and chill.

 

What to do

 

Head to Uluwatu

 

 

Best beach around!

 

Echo Beach

 

 

Sunsets like nowhere else.

 

Spend a day in Ubud

 

 

The monkey forest is a must.

 

Rent a motorbike 

 

 

Just drive around for a day and you’ll find some amazing temples and rice fields. 

 

Where to eat

 

Betelnut Café, Canggu

 

 

Really good cheesecake and amazing vegan food! Try the Sapi Burger! 

 

@betelnutcafe

 

 

Kembali, Bumbak Dauh

 

 

Their waffles are amazing.

 

kembalibumbak.com

 

 

Babi Bagus, Kuta Utara

 

 

The best Babi Guling (suckling pig) in Bali! 

 

@babi.bagus

 

 

Milu by Nook, Canngu

 

 

Great food and super amazing location – great for IG pictures.

 

@milubynook

 

 

Pit-stop, Kuta Utara

 

The best 24 hour burger place in Bali.

 

pit-stop.com

 

 

Kynd Community, Seminyak

 

 

A plant-based café you must visit.

 

kyndcommunity.com

 

 

The Loft, Canngu

 

Best vegan food hands down.

 

the-loft-bali.com

 

 

Milk & Madu, Canngu

 

 

It burnt down earlier this year but it’s definitely one of my favourites, and will be open again later this year!

 

milkandmadu.com

 

 

Sage, Ubud

 

 

Best vegan buffalo wings ever.

 

@sagerestobali

 

 

Nook, Kerobokan, Bali

 

 

Nook is surrounded by rice patties and has a great mix of western and Indonesian food. A great breakfast spot. 

 

@nook_bali

 

Where to go out

 

La FaVilla 

 

 

One of my favourite clubs in Bali. They always have good music. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday are the best nights.

 

lafavelabali.com

 

 

Old Mans 

 

You must go to old mans on a Wednesday. It’s hip-hop night and is always super busy. 

 

oldmans.net

 

 

Pretty Poison 

 

 

Probably the coolest bar in Bali; it has a massive skate bowl in the middle of it.

 

prettypoisonbar.com

 

 

Warung

 

A “warung” is like a corner store but it always has music playing and people siting outside. You must experience a warung night it at least once.

 

 

Jenja 

 

 

Jenja is one if the fancier clubs in Bali but its super fun. Go on Wednesday before 11pm and get in for free!

 

clubjenja.com