An Insider’s Guide to Bali
Dubai-based photographer Dakota gives us the lowdown
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!
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!
Kembali, Bumbak Dauh
Their waffles are amazing.
Babi Bagus, Kuta Utara
The best Babi Guling (suckling pig) in Bali!
Milu by Nook, Canngu
Great food and super amazing location – great for IG pictures.
Pit-stop, Kuta Utara
The best 24 hour burger place in Bali.
Kynd Community, Seminyak
A plant-based café you must visit.
The Loft, Canngu
Best vegan food hands down.
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!
Best vegan buffalo wings ever.
Nook, Kerobokan, Bali
Nook is surrounded by rice patties and has a great mix of western and Indonesian food. A great breakfast spot.
Where to go out
One of my favourite clubs in Bali. They always have good music. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday are the best nights.
You must go to old mans on a Wednesday. It’s hip-hop night and is always super busy.
Probably the coolest bar in Bali; it has a massive skate bowl in the middle of it.
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 is one if the fancier clubs in Bali but its super fun. Go on Wednesday before 11pm and get in for free!