Best Desserts Bali: The Sweetest Local Treats And Where To Find Them

There are some amazing desserts you can try in Bali and some truly sweet dessert restaurants and cafes too!

Our guide will ensure that you can eat the perfect dessert to keep your sweet tooth happy on your holiday on the island. We’ve even got some great vegan options for plant-based eaters!

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Bubur – Black Rice Pudding (Coconut Milk, Palm Sugar And Black Rice)

Bubur which can also be called Bubur Injin or sometimes, Bubur Ketan Hitamis is a sort of sweet black rice pudding.

They use black gelatinous rice as the base and then drown it in coconut milk and palm sugar. Then they serve it with some fresh grated coconut.

Pisang Goreng – Fried Bananas

Pisang Goren is also sometimes called Godoh Biu. It’s a deep-fried, battered banana.

You will find it tastes sweet and pleasant thanks to the caramelization of the bananas (they use small ones for extra sugar).

It’s best eaten hot (or it can end up oily and unpleasant) and it’s often served with a side of caramel sauce for extra yumminess.

Dodol – Balinese Toffee (Rice Flour Mixed With Palm Sugar)

This toffee-like candy is a popular snack for the Balinese people and it’s sold just above everywhere on the island.

They make it by melting palm sugar and then stirring in some rice flour, sometimes, they’ll add bits of fruit to influence the flavour too.

Then it’s wrapped up in dried corn skin and sold in bunches that look like bags of toffee.

Kue Kukus – (Sweet Sticky Rice And Coconut)

If you’ve ever tried Thai sticky rice, you know what to expect here.

The rice is cooked in sweet coconut milk and then they add a little black sugar. It’s the ultimate treat for a sweet tooth.

Dadar Gulung – Balinese Pancakes

This sweet Indonesian pancake is made of rice flour coloured green using pandan and then stuffed with grated coconut and palm sugar.

Tropical Fruit

You can’t go wrong with fresh fruit for delicious desserts in Bali and it’s a guilt-free indulgence compared to carrot cake or waffles.

There are several “must-try” options including the world-famous durian, snake fruit and other exotic fruits that can only be found in Bali.

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St. Tropez @ FINNS Beach Club: Classic Treats

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If you love decadent chocolate desserts or a hint of lemon and something zesty, they’ve got you covered at St. Tropez.

We’d aim to hit the delicious dessert menu just after sunset, and see the light fade over a strawberry mojito or other tasty cocktail first.

Where Is It? Jl. Pantai Berawa No.99, Canggu, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361

Room4Dessert: Fine Dining Desserts

This incredible dessert restaurant was created for people who want to go out for a refined cocktail and enjoy some sweet treats rather than savoury bites.

New York’s Will Goldfarb has created a place where dessert connoisseurs can bliss out.

Where Is It? Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Kedewatan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia

Alchemy: Best Vegan Ice Cream

If you want raw vegan desserts then Alchemy is the best place on the island for it.

Not only is their vegan ice cream incredible but their cheesecakes (no dairy of course), truffles, etc. are too!

Where Is It? Jl. Penestanan Kelod No.75, Sayan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Dough Darlings: Awesome Doughnuts

The combination of real fruits, European-style butter, local cane sugar and whole milk is what makes the doughnuts of Dough Darlings really stand out.

They have over 20 flavours of doughnuts available each day in their stores.

Where Is It? Samasta Lifestyle Village, Jl. Wanagiri, Jimbaran, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia

Gusto Gelato: Homemade Ice Cream

Chef Regis and his team of artisan gelato makers are always seeking to create the next gelato taste sensation.

More than 70% of the ingredients in this excellent gelato parlour are sourced locally.

Where Is It? Jl. Mertanadi No.46B, Kerobokan Kelod, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Kanvaz Patisserie by Vincent Nigita: A Dessert Bar To Rule Them All

From the man who brought you the Nigita Dessert Bar comes Kanvaz Patisserie the latest and most refined dessert bar on the island.

Vincent Nigita trained alongside some of the world’s greatest chefs and his pastries are to die for.

Where Is It? Jl. Petitenget No.188, Kerobokan Kelod, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Biku: Stylish Desserts

Biku doesn’t just make great-tasting desserts, it makes desserts that are spectacularly beautiful.

If Chanel made cakes, they’d look like the cakes at Biku,

Where Is It? Jl. Taman Ganesha Gg. Bina No.888, Kerobokan Kelod, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Revayah Coffee: Coffee & Cake For The Gram

The food at Reyavah is almost too pretty to eat and there’s no doubt that their ice cream and milkshake offerings will grace even the most perfectly curated Instagram feed.

Try the Nutella Freakshake if you can stand the calories it brings, it’s incredible!

Where Is It? Jl. Gatot Subroto Tim. No.99, Penatih, Kec. Denpasar Tim., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80237, Indonesia

Caramel Patisserie & Cafe: Magical Macarons

If you love macarons and cakes that bubble over with cuteness, you’re going to love this cafe.

You will probably need two or three to satisfy your hunger, mind you, but that just adds to the fun in our opinion.

Where Is It? Jl. Hanoman No.4 B, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Bowl Kitchen: Cotton Candy Artisans

Cotton candy doesn’t sound like a beautiful exciting dessert, but in the hands of the masters of Bowl Kitchen, it is.

They take cotton candy to the next level and it makes for amazing snaps as well as tasting awesome.

Where Is It? Jl. Gatot Subroto Barat No.88, Dangin Puri Kaja, Kec. Denpasar Utara, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80234, Indonesia

Livingstone Cafe: Cakes You Won’t Believe

If you want the ultimate cake for your Instagram, you can’t go wrong with Livingstone Cafe.

Think Polaroid Cameras and jars of Nutella lovingly rendered in cake form. They’re amazing and they taste as good as they look!

Where Is It? Petitenget St No.88X, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Badung Regency, Bali 80361, Indonesia

FAQs

What Is The Most Popular Dessert In Bali?

There are no official figures on popular desserts in Bali but we think we’ve seen fried bananas (pisang goreng) more often than anything else.

Does Bali Have Ice Cream?

Yes! In fact, not only can you find ice cream here in Bali but you can find delicious gelato too. Popular places to visit for these snacks include Al Bacio Gelato Canggu and Mad Pops.

We also serve some amazing gelato at FINNS, the best beach club in the world.

There’s nothing quite like lying on a daybed at FINNS watching the tide roll over the beach, with the sun beating down and enjoying a sweet cup of gelato. Why not join us and find out for yourself?

Final Thoughts On Desserts To Try When You Visit Bali

There are plenty of delicious desserts in Bali to keep your sweet tooth happy. From local treats such as fresh fruit and tasty snacks doused in fresh grated coconut to elegant offerings from premium places like Nigita Dessert Bar, you just can’t go wrong.

We recommend getting out to try a few dessert places in order to keep your taste buds happy here.