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Bali Denpasar

The journey to acquiring a new skill is always something to look forward to. It gets even better when you get to learn from the very best—local experts! Take a break from the usual sightseeing and souvenir shopping to truly dig deeper into Balinese culture. We’ve listed down some of the most interesting cooking and crafting classes around the island, so go ahead and sign up for a session or two! In no time, you’ll either be cooking like a pro in your own kitchen or making a personalized gift with your own hands!

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Iboe Soelastri’s Cooking Class

Bali Denpasar, Indonesia • Recommendation • a year ago

Veteran chef Iboe Soelastri only whips up Balinese and Javanese fare the old-fashioned way—and she’s intent on passing her secrets onto you. Grind herbs on stone; stir fry rice in a wok; and, grill poultry on charcoal! A full day here involves a trip to the famous Badung Market, familiarizing yourself with local ingredients, and studying age-old techniques. Iboe believes that doing everything by hand makes the best flavors and textures; forget the fancy food equipment, and pick up a mortar and pestle instead.


Hotel Tugu Bali, Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu Beach, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Pantai Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia

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Sanur Jewellery Studio

Bali Denpasar, Indonesia • Recommendation • a year ago

Fashion your very own sterling silver earrings, rings, pendants, and other baubles at Sanur Jewellery Studio! Your creativity will flourish as you take half- or full-day workshops, exploring the intricacies of silversmithing. English-speaking instructors are always ready to lend a helping hand; they’ll even show you how to incorporate modern designs while practicing traditional methods. Come as a couple, a family, or a pack of friends—they welcome all groups and ages!


Jalan Kanda Number 15B, Sanur, Kota Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

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Casa Luna Cooking School

Bali Denpasar, Indonesia • Recommendation • a year ago

At Casa Luna Cooking School, you discover something new every day with their varied schedules—from cooking classes with market tours to making several dishes that feature one special ingredient. Here, sessions are mostly demo-focused, but you may still insist on doing the work yourself for a more immersive experience. Drop by on a Saturday to explore the world of exotic spices and their healing properties. Lucky ones might even catch Casa Luna’s brilliant founder, Janet de Neefe in action!


Honeymoon Guest House, Jalan Bisma, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

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Ubud Botany Interactive

Bali Denpasar, Indonesia • Recommendation • a year ago

Take full advantage of Bali’s botanicals for some all-natural body care at Ubud Botany Interactive! They offer a variety of activities that highlight native plants and crops, putting emphasis on their benefits and significance to Balinese culture. Avail the three-hour Combined Tour, which entails walking around the rice fields and crafting your very own shampoo, sunscreen, body scrub, and healing scrub. The best part? You get to take all of your concoctions home!


Jalan Kajeng Number 32A, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

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Warung Eny

Bali Denpasar, Indonesia • Recommendation • a year ago

Like how a famous saying goes: bake your cake and eat it too! Warung Eny lets you hit two birds with one stone—learn how to make a full warung (small roadside restaurant) spread and feast on a delectable meal! The joint is owned and operated by a humble Balinese family who’ll happily share their expertise with excited foodies and curious travelers. Whether it’s blending your own sambal (chili pepper paste) mixture or properly wrapping fish in banana leaves for steaming, you’ll definitely feel the charm that comes with home-style cooking. Elevate your experience even more by manning the outside barbecue! You’ll probably smell like smoke and satay (grilled skewers) after, but it’ll all be worth it.


Jalan Petitenget Number 97, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia

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Sari Api Ceramic Studio

Bali Denpasar, Indonesia • Recommendation • a year ago

Master the art of pottery at Sari Api Ceramics Studio! Get your hands dirty as you mold, glaze, and fire one-of-a-kind ceramic pieces to perfection. They have something for everyone here, including beginners, seasoned ceramicists, and even kids! Take note, however, that your masterpieces will need at least three weeks to dry completely. Simply ask Sari Api to ship your work wherever you are in the world, so you get to show off your amazing creation to everyone!


Jalan Suweta, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

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Green Kitchen Bali

Bali Denpasar, Indonesia • Recommendation • a year ago

Situated at the laidback Sidemen village, Green Kitchen Bali gives you a peek into the life in the countryside. Surround yourself with lush greenery as you prepare traditional Balinese cuisine in an open-air kitchen. Since there’s no electricity here, you’ll be cooking everything over a natural firewood stove. Rice paddy trekking and vegetable picking are also part of the itinerary; you even get to harvest ingredients straight from their organic garden!


Tangkup, Sidemen, Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia

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L’Atelier Perfume and Creations

Bali Denpasar, Indonesia • Recommendation • a year ago

Design your signature fragrance at L’Atelier Perfume and Creations! Start by answering a questionnaire, which will help determine the perfect scent that fits your personality. Mix and match over 40 different oils and essences until you find The One! Once you’re done, have them bottled up. Don’t worry about running out—L’Atelier keeps all bespoke formulas on their database, making reordering online easy-peasy!


The Ritz-Carlton Bali, Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan Lot III Sawangan, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia

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