Gili Trawangan Restaurants & Cafes
Below is a list of some of our favourite restaurants, cafes and cheap eats on Gili Trawangan. This list is by no means exhaustive – just a few recommendations to get you started. We have no association with any of these establishments.
Fine & Mid-Range Dining & Cocktails
The Santi Lounge at Pondok Santi Estate opened to the public to our delight in 2017. It’s one of our most favourite places for lunch, dinner and cocktails. The Estate is to the south of the island on the beachfront and their stunning bar, pool and restaurant sit amidst expansive manicured lawns and swaying palms. Eat or drink in their relaxed bar area or in the newly built restaurant behind the pool.
If you're up for some fine dining, Kokomo, located on the beach toward the south of the island is currently one of the island's premier fine dining establishments. Prices are a little more than most on the island, but still much less than you may expect to pay at home. They also offer a sophisticated bar with tapas menu and one of the best wine lists on the island. Dinner upstairs on the deck in the evening overlooking the ocean is highly recommended and it would be best to book.
Pearl of Trawangan, on the beach just before Kokomo, also serves up some delicious offerings in a beautiful setting. Upstairs you’ll enjoy views across to Gili Meno and Gili Air, and prices are mid-range.
Beachside Seafood BBQ
Scallywags in the 'Sentral' area of Gili Trawangan (about 5 minutes walk from Amalika Villa) have a great seafood BBQ each evening, serving up an array of fresh fish, shellfish and prime meats with a healthy salad bar in a casual setting.
Cheap eats at the art market
The Art Market located at the pier (locally known as Pesar Seni) comes alive from about 6pm until late each night, with local vendors serving up local style seafood and satay at cheap prices.
Most people start with a plate of nasi (rice) and then pick and choose from a wide variety of delicious local vegetable and meat side dishes. This is a great option for vegetarians as well, as there is a wide selection of tasty and interesting meat-free dishes. You can also choose from a range of satay skewers or freshly caught seafood and it will then be barbequed over hot coals.
A number of other tasty local dishes are available at the Art Market, including Gado Gado (steamed vegetables in peanut sauce), Soto Ayam (chicken soup) or Bakso (meatball soup with vegetables). Don't forget to ask for a spoonful of Sambal (a freshly made chili sauce) – every store has its own unique recipe and some are more fiery than others! Kiki Novi, located at the entrance furthest from the pier is our first choice. Ask our staff to show you where it’s located.
Great fish & Chips
Just around the corner from Amalika you'll find Snapper Corner – we recommend their fish and chips (beer battered snapper with big chunky hand-cut chips). They will also home deliver for a small surcharge, or ask our staff to pick up for you.
Pizzeria Regina is the island’s first choice for pizza and now have two locations. Ask our staff for directions. Trattoria has also opened on Gili T, located next to Scallywags on the beach.
Santi Lounge offers a number of delicious pastas, as does Kokomo. You'll also find an extensive range of pastas at Trattoria.
DELICIOUS HEALTHY Breakfast or lunch
Kayu Café has become a favourite on Gili Trawangan. It’s located on the beach between the Art Market and the Harbour. Serving up super healthy and delicious food, it offers air-conditioned comfort inside and a terrace upstairs with ocean views. They have great coffee, yummy food and healthy snacks – not to be missed. We love the fabulous breakfasts and their falafel wrap or halloumi salad are our all-time lunch favourites.
La Dolce Vita is another favourite for excellent coffee. They are a small establishment only a few metres from the beach on the road on the north side of the Art Market. They have a limited menu, but what they do, they do well.
Pituq is one of island’s favourite places for raw and vegan food. It has limited seating, so try to go outside of ‘peak’ times to avoid disappointment.
Other island favourites are The Banyon Tree, Casa Vintage (two locations) and The Yoga Place Garden Cafe.
You'd be hard pressed to find a warung (local eatery) or restaurant on Gili Trawangan that does not offer a number of vegetarian dishes. The local population eats an array of delicious local vegetables so the choice is abundant. The Art Market (at night) offers local specialty vegetarian dishes, while Kayu Café close by also serves delicious vegetarian options for breakfast and lunch.