7 Best Cafes in Bali

7 Best Cafes in Bali

There are so many amazing cafes in Bali, but I just picked the best of the best cafes in Bali for YOU!! Exploring cafe is one of my favorite things to do when I visit new country, and Bali is no exception. Food photography is one of the biggest trends in the country and more and more “Insta-Worthy” dishes are being created lately.  The atmosphere is so cute and the food is always so fresh.  Here are the 7 best cafes you can’t miss in Bali!!


 Cabina Bali

Best Cafes Bali

Cabina Bali is a great place to chill with your family and friends. Atmosphere, music, food, service, and everything was just perfect. There were varieties of food and drinks, so it took us a while to decide the menu. I finally chose avocado toast for my lunch, and it was delicious! The veggies were fresh, and the bread was crunchy. We also loved their colorful and very photogenic atmosphere. If you want to experience floating brunch, it’s available from 9AM to 12 PM ONLY!

Cabina Bali

Jalan Gang Daksina No 01, Batu Belig, Kerobokan, Denpasar 8031

Open 9AM ~ 9PM everyday


 La Laguna Bali

Best Cafes Bali
Best Cafes Bali

If you are looking for fairytale atmosphere, you need to visit here. The minute you walk in it feels like you’ve stepped onto a movie set for some mystical magical movie. The restaurant had gypsy inspired decor which looked amazing, and we loved it.  We didn’t eat there so I cannot comment on the food but my coffee was tasty! The restaurant area looked busy and you can watch the chefs cooking.

La Laguna Bali

Jalan Pantai Kayu Putih, Berawa, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara

Open 9AM ~ 12AM everyday


Cafe Organic

Best Cafes Bali

This place is well known for vegetarian food and the cute atmosphere. We ordered smoothie bowls, and they were delish! The fruit decorations were so cute, and they made us smile. The price was reasonable and the quantity was generous. Their breakfast menu also seemed attractive! There were too many things on the menu that we wanted to try. I saw many reviews saying that they had horrible services there, but I thought their service was friendly and helpful. One of the servers took lots of photos for us even though we didn’t even ask!  It is a lovely place to sit and relax away from the busy Seminyak streets.

Cafe Organic

Jl. Petitenget No.99 X, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali

Open 7AM ~ 10PM everyday


Folie Bali

Best Cafes Bali
Best Cafes Bali
Best Cafes Bali

Okay, so I believe this is the most Instagram worthy cafes in Bali! Folie serves modern French cuisine in a clean and relaxed yet tasteful setting.  There are both indoor and outdoor seats, and the décor and furniture are beautifully appointed.  We sat in the outdoor area, and it was very quiet and relaxing (we visited around 9am).  Food and drinks were prepared perfectly and the staff were both attentive and friendly.  Everything was delicious but my favorite was croissant!!  It was the BEST brunch I had in Bali.  Plus there are so many cute spots you can’t miss for taking photos!! 🙂

Folie Bali

Jl. Subak Sari 30A, Canggu, Bali

Open: Monday: 8 AM – 6 PM Tuesday – Saturday: 8 AM – 10 PM Sunday: 8 AM – 9 PM


El Mexicano

Best Cafes Bali
Best Cafes Bali
Best Cafes Bali

After exploring Monkey Forest in Ubud, we came here for dinner. We loved the cute colorful atmosphere, and they serve fresh Mexican dishes.  Our margarita was average in my opinion, but the food was delicious. We ordered tacos, and their portion was generous! The staff were also very friendly and helpful. If you are going to Monkey Forest, give it a try! There are happy hours between 3pm and 7pm, just FYI 🙂

El Mexicano

Jl. Monkey Forest No.15, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali

Open: 11AM ~ 11PM everyday


Folk Pool & Gardens

Best Cafes Bali
Best Cafes Bali

Folk Pool is located in very central location of Ubud, and dining by the pool was just a great experience. You could swim, read a book, listen to the DJ, and just generally chill out.  It was not crowded when we went there so we were seated at the bed, but I recommend you to make a reservation because it gets super crowded there. The smoothie bowl wasn’t my favorite but food overall was tasty! Staff was friendly and helpful too.

Folk Pool & Gardens

Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali

Open 9AM ~ 10PM everyday


Kynd Community

Best Cafes Bali
Best Cafes Bali

Probably one of the hottest photogenic cafes in Bali so our expectation was high, but it didn’t disappoint us!  The place was quite busy when we visited, but we managed to grab a table outside.  I was hungry so I had avocado toast and smoothie bowl, and both were fresh and delish! I don’t say that was the best bowl I had in Bali, but it was probably the cutest bowl 🙂 If you want Instagram-worthy shots, grab outside seats!

Kynd Community

Jl. Petitenget No.12X, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali

Open 6AM ~ 5PM everyday

Thoughts for the best cafes in Bali?

I hope this lists help you to find your kind of best cafes in Bali! In my opinion, there are tons of amazing cafes, especially in Seminyak area. If you have other recommendations, comment below and let me know! And for those who have a plan to go to Bali soon, ENJOY the fresh food and coffee!! 😉


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Nusa Penida Full Day Guide

Nusa Penida Full Day Guide

Most of you may have seen this beautiful place on Social Media, but Nusa Penida really is a paradise and you can’t miss here if you visit Bali!!! Nusa Penida will give you an experience and a chance to feel the purest nature.  There are crystal clear oceans, white sandy beaches, and many other beautiful and romantic places to see.  But first, do you know how to get there?

 

How to Get There

Opt1. Using Tour

If you are staying in Bali, but still want to spend a day experiencing how amazing Nusa Penida is, you can take a day trip on a speedboat to Penida and tour around the sights for the day with a guide before returning back to Bali in the evening. We used Bali Mahesa Tour, and it didn’t disappoint us. They charge around 75 USD per person.

1 Day Tour includes:
– Transportation from your hotel (Kuta, Seminyak, Legian, and Jimbaran) to the Sanur harbor and back
– Fast Boat Roundtrip Tickets
– Tour around Nusa Penida Island (car charter with driver)
– Mineral Water and Lunch

If you want a stress free & productive trip, using a tour is the way to do it!!

Opt2. Public Boat

If you want to visit without taking a tour, the easiest and cheapest way to access from Bali is by getting to the Sanur beach and using a traditional public boat called ‘jukung’. Jukung will cost you a maximum of around IDR. 40,000 and it will take around 90 minutes to reach Nusa Penida. You can also take a Speed Boat which is a lot faster (50 minutes) but more expensive.

There is plenty more information at Nusa Penida Travel Info .

 

Things to Do

  1.  Kelingking Beach

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Thanks to Instagram, Kelingking Beach is becoming one of the most iconic spots in Indonesia. If you are visiting Nusa Penida, this place is a must!!  If you want to avoid lots of tourists, I recommend you to visit in the morning. We went there around 10am, and we didn’t encounter many tourists.  If you want, you can go down to the beach and relax for 1 or 2 hours. The water is crystal clear, and there are abundant manta ray!! It is important to mention that the path is really steep and you should definitely pack some sneakers.

 

  2.  Broken Beach

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It was such a breathtaking view of the ocean and the cliffs…  I mean look at the magical blue color!!  It was quite mesmerizing watching the waves crashing into the rocks.  As you can see the strength of the waves have carved their way through the rocks forming a beautiful arch from a long time ago.  The view from accross the way is the best view.  Just remember, this place is not for swimming, but you can take great photos for sure.  Also, be mindful when you get close to the edge, as there are no safety ropes (Yikes!).

 

  3.  Angel’s Billabong

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Right next to Broken Beach, there’s an infinity pool called Angel’s Billabong.  Due to the terrible roads on the island, coming here could be a little bit tricky.  However, we were definitely fascinated by its natural beauty.  Make sure you have your swimsuit on when you visit this place.  The water is so inviting and practically begs you to take a dip (I mean…who wouldn’t?!).  Going down to this natural pool is a bit of a challenge, but it’s definitely worth it for the pictures.  Just be mindful of the wind and the waves!  Also, this place could get super crowded so come early if possible 🙂

 

  4.  Local Food

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Honestly I didn’t have lots of expectations for food since Nusa Penida is such a remote area, but boy I was wrong!  We had a quick lunch at Warung NG, and the food was fresh and delicious.  I mean look at this succulent mango!  It was absolutely delicious 🙂 Also the people working there were super friendly and welcoming.

You can also check out the restaurants below for alternative options!

 

  5.  Crystal Bay Beach

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This place is not so fancy in comparison to other sites, but I recommend taking some time to enjoy the still moderately remote and peaceful Crystal Bay. Especially since the beach was so clean and the water clear as glass, and it is a perfect place for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling!  We didn’t swim much this time, but it was very relaxing to simply lay on the beach.  Maybe you can enjoy a beer or coconut juice as well. However you plan to spend your time, this is the place to do it! 🙂

 

 

I hope these pictures are helpful when planning a trip to beautiful Nusa Penida. XoXo

 

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Nusa Penida

7 Best Places to Eat in Tokyo

7 Best Places to Eat in Tokyo

Tokyo, the world’s most populous metropolis, is also known as the world’s most exciting dining destinations. There are more than 150,000 restaurants in Tokyo, and you will probably wonder where is the best places to eat in Tokyo… But don’t worry! Even if you feel lost in the massive city, I picked the best accessible places to eat in Tokyo. There is so much more to eat than just sushi and ramen. 🙂


Reissure

best places to eat in Tokyo

If you come to this place, you must try their 3D latte art!  You need to pay extra for the 3D latte art (I had a cup of cappuccino (650yen) + 3D latte art (additional 500yen)), but it is definitely worth it.  If you want customized latte art, be prepared to show a picture to the server.  They will make your latte, based on the picture you have!  You can also have lunch there as well! Their food was good but the portion was a bit small.

Note:

  • They accept CASH ONLY!
  • They don’t take reservations.
  • Each person must order 1 drink.
  • Cost: ¥1,000 – ¥2,000

Address:

3-25-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo


Luke’s Lobster

best places to eat in Tokyo
best places to eat in Tokyo
best places to eat in Tokyo
best places to eat in Tokyo

It was cold and snowing when I went to Luke’s Lobster, but their lobster rolls made my day better!  Although it was not very crowded when I visited, my friend told me that you have to be in line for more than an hour sometimes…  It is a bit overpriced in my opinion, but the amount of lobster meat is generous.  The bun itself is pretty delicious with a warm, crispy outer layer.

Note:

  • Buy it over the counter.
  • There are a few seats outside, but most seem to stand and eat as quick meal.
  • If you are there at popular times, be prepared to wait in line.
  • Cost: ¥950 – ¥2,000

Address:

6-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo


SahSya

best places to eat in Tokyo
best places to eat in Tokyo
best places to eat in Tokyo
best places to eat in Tokyo

Although this place is not really known by tourists, this place is popular for Japanese people.  If you want to escape from Tokyo’s craziness and relax, this place might be a good choice for your lunch spot, and the atmosphere might remind you of Kyoto.  Their interior is also amazing with 2 long commuter table facing a small Zen garden.  I had ¥2,800 course lunch, and that includes appetizers, 2 main dishes, and dessert.

Note:

  • The lunch time is between 11:30am – 2:00pm.
  • Besides the lunch course, they have 2 courses; 5,000yen or 8,000yen.
  • They accept reservations and credit cards
  • Cost: ¥2,800 – ¥8,000

Address:

Oak Omotesando 2F, 3-6-1 Kitaaoyama, Minato, Tokyo


Eddy’s Ice Cream

best places to eat in Tokyo

Eddy’s Ice Cream, located in Harajuku is the cutest ice cream I ever found in my life!  The shop is all decorated in pink color, so everywhere is literally a photo spot!  No matter what spot you choose to take your photos, it will look amazing in Eddy’s Ice Cream.  The ice cream is also creamy and delicious. There are two flavors; vanilla and strawberry. I had vanilla, and it was so milky! For your ice cream, you can choose between vanilla, strawberry, or mix, and you can put any toppings you want!

Note:

  • The shop gets super crowded in the afternoon, so I recommend you to visit for the morning or just before closing time, especially if you want to take some photos.
  • They accept CASH ONLY.
  • Cost: ¥900 – ¥1,400

Address:

4-26-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo


CRAFTALE

best places to eat in Tokyo
best places to eat in Tokyo
best places to eat in Tokyo
best places to eat in Tokyo
best places to eat in Tokyo
best places to eat in Tokyo

There are about 234 Michelin Stars restaurants in Tokyo, and Craftale is one of them. However, what differentiates this restaurant is their creativity and cost performance.  Each dish was presented with the beauty of the plating or the surprising combinations of flavors.  Every plate was phenomenal, but my absolute favorite was the steak! They cooked the beef perfectly. Also the atmosphere is very relaxing and comfortable… you can even see beautiful cherry blossoms from the window in spring. I definitely recommend here for the best places to eat in Tokyo 🙂

Note:

  • They’re closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • They serve lunch only in the weekends.
  • Reservation is recommended.
  • They take credit cards.
  • Cost: lunch ¥7,000; dinner ¥10,000

Address:

1-16-11 2F, Aobadai,Meguro, Tokyo


Aoyama Flower Market Tea House

best places to eat in Tokyo
best places to eat in Tokyo

If you’re planning on having afternoon tea in Tokyo, this is the place!  The atmosphere is amazing, and the food is also fresh and delicious.  The interior is nicely decorated with seasonal flowers as if you’re sitting in a beautiful garden.  We ate warm salad, and it was amazing! It perfectly matched with beautiful floral theme.  I am usually a coffee person, but I highly recommended if you love flowers.

Note:

  • You may have to be in line for 20 – 90mins, depending on how crowded it is.
  • Lunch is served between 11:00AM and 3:00pm.
  • They do not serve coffee.
  • They take credit cards.
  • Cost: ¥2,000 yen – ¥3,000yen

Address:

5-1-2 Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo


Shinjuku Omoide Yokochō

best places to eat in Tokyo
best places to eat in Tokyo
best places to eat in Tokyo

Omoide Yokocho is a short alley full of amazing food and drinks. It’s one of the best places to eat and drink in Tokyo.  The street gives you a glimpse of old Tokyo culture that’s a bit raw and off the tourist track.  The restaurants serve mostly yakitoris and other grilled items along with local beers and drinks.  I definitely recommend you stop in and grab some Yakitori at one of the restaurants there.  The food is excellent and the ambiance is also not to be missed.  We ordered a couple of Yakitoris and beers.  All yakitoris are freshly grilled right in front of you, and they are one of the BEST yakitoris I ever had!  Even if you don’t plan to eat here, check it out for the aesthetics.  It is very photogenic 🙂

Note:

  • Most of the restaurants accept CASH ONLY.
  • It will be hard to find this place, but if you follow a map or directions from staff in the train station, you’ll get there.
  • For photo opportunities, I recommend you visit in the morning.
  • Cost: ¥2,000 – ¥4,000

Address:

Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Have you been to any of the places I mentioned? If you have any other suggestions, let me know on the comments below! I’m always looking for best places to eat in Tokyo. You can never get bored of Tokyo, and that’s why I love that city.

If you are planning to go to Tokyo soon, make sure to check out my Tokyo Ultimate Guide as well. I hope you will enjoy it! Safe travels xx


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Winter Wonderland in Japan

Winter Wonderland in Japan

If you want to experience amazing winter scenery, you need to visit Takayama, Gifu.  Takayama is a city in Japan’s mountainous Gifu Prefecture.  It is about 5 hours away from Tokyo and 4 hours away from Osaka, but It is worth a visit!  There are two places you must go while you are around the area.

 

 Sanmachi Street

The first place is called Sanmachi Street.  The street reminds me of Gion, Kyoto but I like Sanmachi Street more because many shops had been running its business for hundred of years, and it makes you feel you were back in their older times.  Plus it is less crowded than Kyoto.  The village is well preserved, and the buildings here are like the ones you see in old Japanese dynasty movies.  It’s like heaven for people who are big history buffs or simply love to take pictures.   While admiring the old wooden architecture and historical streets, you will encounter lots of nice restaurants, which serve grilled Hida beef, ramen, sushi, ice cream, and many more!!  There are many gift shops for souvenirs as well.  It is a beautiful street to stroll while you eat delicious local foods.

Tips and Recommendations
– most of the shops close before 5:00 pm and some restaurants are closed on Tuesdays.
– try the street foods, such as mitarashi-dango (made of warm soft grilled mochi ball covered in a sweet soy sauce), Hida beef sushi, and rice crackers.
– go to one of the sake breweries; with about 1 USD, you’ll get to taste different kinds of sake.

 

”Teyaki Sembei Dou”

Address: 85 Kamisannomachi Takayama Gifu

Open from 9am to 5pm

 


“Sangawaya”

Address: 43 Kamisannomachi Takayama Gifu

Open from 9am to 5:30pm

 

 Shirakawa-go

The second place is called Shirakawa-gō. Shirakawa-go is a beautiful historic villages in snowy winter, and it is actually one of the UNESCO world heritage sites! They are famous for their traditional farmhouses, and some of them are more than 250 years old. It is about 50 mins trip from Takayama, and I highly recommend you to take a bus. The place is out of a fairytale, and every photo you take will be a piece of art. There are many souvenir shops with wide varieties of products, and you must try some of the local foods like Hida beef skewers.

Tips and Recommendations

– dress warm and take care of your steps during the snowy day.
– if you are willing to take photo on the observation point, you need to wait in line for 2 hours to get the ticket (500Yen/person).
– don’t miss their local food like Hida beef skewers and sake called, “amazake” a sweet fermented rice.

 

What do you think? If you want to know more about this place, let me know!! I’m happy to answer any questions you have.

Hope this inspired you to visit soon 🙂

 

XOXO,

♥♥Yoki♥♥

 

Kyoto Guide: Explore Gion

Kyoto Guide: Explore Gion

Kyoto is my absolute favorite city to explore in Japan.  There are about 800 shrines and 1,700 temples in Kyoto.  It is impossible to explore every single spot, so I pic
ked the best way to fully enjoy Kyoto for you!  There are 2 things you have to do if you are planning to go to Kyoto.  The first thing is to visit Gion.  Gion is one of the most famous and traditional districts in Kyoto.  Gion attracts tourists with its high concentration of traditional wooden buildings, and there are variety of restaurants, teahouses, and bars.  It is not uncommon to see geisha hurrying to their appointments in the evening as well.   The easiest way to go to Gion is to take a bus from Kyoto Station.  Take Kyoto City Bus service 100 from bus stop D1, or Kyoto City Bus service 206 from bus stop D2.  It will take 20 minutes to get there, and the price will be 230yen per person.

The second thing is to rent a Kimono.  There are several places you can rent a kimono in Gion which I listed below.  You will be dressed by professional stylists, and each shop has plenty of kimono to choose from for both men and women.  Full set rental + kimono dressing usually starts from 3,000yen, and the hair styling starts from an additional 500yen.

So now you are ready to go explore Gion, and here are 8 spots you don’t want to miss while you are there.

 

  1.  Kennin-ji (建仁寺)

Kennin-ji is famous for its simple and refined zen garden, and it is one of the oldest temples in Japan.  What I like the most about Kennin-ji is that there are usually less people, compared to other sights, so it is always very quiet and peaceful.  You can easily transport yourself to a time where you could imagine that life was just simple and beautiful.  Kennin-ji is also famous for its artworks.  My favorite artwork is the Twin Dragon, painted on the ceiling by Koizume Junsaku.

 

  2.  Tea and Sake Tasuki

You can walk to the cafe “Tasuki” which is located about 10 minutes away from Kennin-ji.

Tasuki is a Japanese-style retail, cafe, and sake bar.  I stumbled upon its lovely bridge and you can see the gentle Shirakawa river from the window.  Their shaved ice is to die for, but we had Japanese sweets with matcha (1,400yen) this time.  What makes this cafe unique is their tableware and atmosphere.  You can even see cherry blossoms from the window in the spring.

 

 

 

  3.  Tatsumi Daimyōjin

If you are looking for less crowded photo spots, this is the place for you!  This shrine is small yet beautiful in its simplicity.  It is located near Tasuki, so you can come after enjoying a cup of tea.  It is an amazing place to visit in cherry blossom season, but otherwise the willow trees and the street lights still make going for a regular evening walk here pretty magical.  The surrounding area is absolutely beautiful as well.  Right across Tatsumi Daimyojin, you will encounter a street filled with traditional Japanese wooden houses.

 

  4.  Yasaka-no-to Pagoda

Walking the streets between Yasaka Shrine and Kiyomizu-Dera, you will encounter this beautiful pagoda called “Yasaka-no-to”.  It is a popular photo spot, so you may want to visit early in the morning if you wish to fully enjoy the view!  It is a great photo opportunity to capture beautiful traditional Japanese vibes.

 

5.  Yasaka Kōshin-dō

Right next to Yasaka-no-to Pagoda, there is a tiny temple called Yasaka Koshin-do.  If you are around the area, it’s worth a stop!  The visitors often write their wish on a colorful ball called “kukurizaru” and hang them at the site.   It is one of the most colorful and photogenic temples in Kyoto, and it is a popular spot for young Japanese girls.

 

  6.  Jeremy & Jemimah

About 5 minutes walk from Yasaka Koshin-do, there is a cotton candy shop called Jeremy & Jemimah.  Their flavor is very unique and Japanese, such as matcha, cherry blossom, and yuzu (Japanese citron).  The cotton candy is huge (I mean… bigger than my face!), but extremely fluffy.  Once you bite into it, it just melts away in your mouth leaving a pleasant taste of the flavor.  It was something you wouldn’t have in any other place!

 

  7.  Kōdai-ji

Right across the main shopping areas of Gion, Kodai-ji is located. It is not very touristy, yet the temple has such a peaceful garden with a little bamboo grove which is reminiscent of Arashiyama.  Also, there is a little museum, which has paintings of Buddha Nirvana (Nehan-zu) at Rishodo hall.  Normally, last entry to the temple is 5:00 pm. However, during special periods the temple and its environment are illuminated at nighttime and the temple reopens from sunset to 9:30 pm.  In spring the cherry blossoms are illuminated, while in autumn the trees planted around the pond of the temple are illuminated.  It is highly recommended to experience the night view!

 

  8.  Ninenzaka Street

Ninenzaka is the street which makes you feel like as if you are back in ancient Japan.  It is nice to just stroll around and have a feel of the place, but there are also plenty of restaurants and tea houses to refresh yourself as you explore.  The Starbucks in Ninenzaka is one of them, and I absolutely recommend you to visit if you are around the area.  It is world’s first tatami-style Starbucks, and the atmosphere is just beautiful.

 

I hope you will visit Kyoto soon, and if you do make sure to explore Gion wearing a kimono!! <3

 

XOXO,

❤︎❤︎Yoki❤︎❤︎

 

 

Fun things to do in South Florida

Fun things to do in South Florida

My ultimate guide for you to find fun things to do in South Florida.

Southern Florida is the perfect destination for you to ralax and escape from the cold climate. Besides relaxing at the beach, there are many fun things to do in South Florida. South Florida is a home to the incredible natures and natural habitat, and there are many state parks and national parks. There area many fun things to do no matter what ages and interests you have. Here are some things I’d recommend doing, along with places to eat and stay.


Things to Do

Wynwood Walls

The walls and doors are soaked with bright, eclectic street art and graffiti. This is not just simple graffiti, but an outdoor art museum to be enjoyed for free. It is just 20 minutes away from South Beach. Whether you love Graffiti or not, I guarantee that you will be impressed and inspired upon visiting – the raw talent exhibited here is impressive and refreshing. This place also offers plenty of restaurants, shops, stores, and even night clubs. It’s a perfect place to have fun in South Florida! If you want to check out more contemporary arts, there is a museum called Pérez Art Museum Miami, 10 minutes away from Wynwood Walls. The admission is $16 for adults and $12 for youths.

Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida

Wynwood Walls

2520 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127


Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is located South West of Miami, and it is well known for the largest subtropical ecosystem in the United States. It is also famous for a bunch of wild alligators. It was my first time to ever see wild alligators, so I was very excited. If you visit Everglades, I strongly recommend you take airboat guided tours. The scenery was astonishing, and our guide was very knowledgeable about the wildlife and plants. We learned so much about Everglades ecosystem and habitats which are connected by wetlands and water bodies.We saw 2 alligators and even 3 wild raccoons! Some of the boat take you close to alligators, while others focus more on explaining the natural beauty of the environment. No matter what you want to see, you will have an experience of a lifetime. The ride was smooth but exhilarating.

Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida

Captain Jack’s Airboat Tours

905 Dupont St, Everglades City, FL 34139

(239) 695-4675


John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is located in Key Largo. It is the first undersea park in the United States, and most visors enjoy the beautiful coral reefs and their marine life. There are many unique activities to do, such as glass-bottom boat trip, snorkeling tours, scuba diving, kayaks, and a small beach to relax. It is recommended to do glass-bottom boat trip.

Fun things to do in South Florida

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Biscayne National Park

Biscayne National Park is the largest marine park in the US national park, which is protecting the northernmost Key West, mangrove shorelines, and living coral reefs. At Biscayne National Park, you will encounter diverse and colorful aquatic life, including sea turtles, sharks, jellyfish, and more than 500 species of fish. You can snorkel and watch wildlife, but you can also simply relax ash the beach. During November and April, you have a chance to even a manatee. It is definitely a fun place to explore in South Florida.

Fun things to do in South Florida

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What to Eat

Mignonette

I introduced Wynwood Walls earlier for their vibrant murals, but there’s also a great seafood restaurant nearby.  The name is Mignonette Miami. Reservations are suggested as this place is busy. It had high reviews on Yelp, so our expectations were high, but it didn’t disappoint us!

For appetizers,  I recommend trying a sampler plate of the oysters, so you can get tastes of the different selections from West coast to East coast. Each oyster was fresh and excellent. We also tried their clam chowder and Lobster Deviled Eggs, and my highlight was definitely the chowder! It was probably the best chowder I ever had. For entrees, each one of us got the lobster roll and it was absolutely delicious. Their portion of lobster was very generous, and the crusty bread was delightful. For dessert, I strongly recommend you try their bread pudding! It was a butterscotch bread pudding with cayenne whipped cream, and the flavors were to die for.

Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida

Mignonette Miami

210 NE 18th St, Miami, FL 33132

(305) 374-4635


A La Folie Café

A La Folie Cafe – This place was such a gem! I loved everything about it – I felt like I was in Paris. The interior was lovely and comfortable (there was even a cute kitty!), and their crape was phenomenal. I had a crape called NORMANDE – caramelized apples with a Calvados cream sauce. It was not too sweet and the flavor was absolutely delightful. Their cappuccino was perfectly presented as well.

Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida

A La Folie Café

516 Espanola Way Miami Beach, FL 33139

(786) 485-1393


Where to Stay

North Miami is a popular place to stay in Miami, but it is usually very crowded, loud, and expensive. If you are looking for hotels to relax in front of a beautiful beach, I recommend you stay at Grand Beach Hotel Surfside – located in the vibrant town of Surfside, Florida. The hotel is right in front of the ocean, so all you have to do is walk out the back door and you will be amazed by their beautiful private beach. The hotel provides chairs, umbrellas, and towels.

The room was very spacious, clean, and decorated in all white. The big balcony was a big plus, and the ocean view from the balcony was breathtaking. We also loved the super comfortable king bed. Besides the room, our favorite part of the hotel was their adult-only rooftop pool. Spectacular views, and you can have nice cocktails with great service. It’s definitely a perfect spot for romantic evening.

Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida

Grand Beach Hotel Surfside

9449 Collins Ave, Surfside, FL 33154

(305) 534-8666


I hope this helped you to find fun things to do in South Florida. Hope you will visit there soon, I am sure you will have a lovely and satisfying experience 🙂

XOXO,

❤︎❤︎Yoki❤︎❤︎

Luxury in Japan: Minami-kan

Minami-kan, well known for this beautiful garden is a traditional hotel located in Shimane Prefecture. This ryokan has a 130 year history, and it is an absolutely beautiful place to stay.

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Rooms

There are 14 different kinds of rooms, and each room maintains Japanese tradition while incorporating the essence of modernity. We were welcomed by matcha with traditional Japanese sweets. Our room was spacious and stylish, and the view over their beautiful sand garden was excellent.

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Dining

The menu is traditional Japanese food. Each meal was beautifully presented, and the entire dinner was a feast for all senses. The choice of ingredients, the cooking, and the presentation were just phenomenal for dinner and breakfast.

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Attractions

Around the hotel

Minami-kan is located in Matue City, the capital city of Shimane Prefecture.  Matsue is often called “City of Water” due to the prominence of the lakes, the river and canals in the city-scape and scenery. Although it remains the smallest capital city of all of Japan’s 47 prefectures, the city offers a number of attractions that retain traditional Japanese charm and culture.

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Izumo-Taisha

Izumo-Taisha is located in Izumo city, one and half hours train ride from Matsue. You can also rent a car and drive for an hour to get there. Izumo-Taisha is known as one of Japan’s most important shrines. Is is believed to be one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan, and you might encounter a Japanese couple having a wedding ceremony.

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Adachi-Museum of Art

Adachi-Museum of Art is well known for their beautiful traditional Japanese garden. It was voted the best garden in Japan for 14 consecutive years so we had high expectations, and it did not disappoint. The museum is accessible by a free shuttle bus from JR Yasugi Station. You will find the timetable on their official website. Don’t forget to take a ticket for the return bus on entering the museum! It is about a 40 minute drive away from Matsue city. If you’re in Shimane prefecture, you must give it a visit.

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Overall, Minami-kan was a wonderful place to stay. Their traditional garden, rooms, food, and service were remarkable. Shimane Prefecture is usually not on the regular tourist map for Japan, but it is less crowded compared to Tokyo, Osaka, or Kyoto.  If you want to experience the real Japan, I recommend you visit Shimane Prefecture and stay in Minami-kan. You will not regret it!

 

XOXO,

❤︎❤︎Yoki❤︎❤︎

Modern Japanese Hotel: Arcana Izu

Arcana Izu is a perfect place to unwind yourself – you will enjoy the comfort of Arcana with a private bath and some wonderful meals. To completely relax, the hotel does not have a lobby, public bath, and even television. You will be surrounded by the expansive view of the forests as the songs of birds fill your ears all day long.

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Suites

There are 4 different kinds of suites at Arcana. We chose River View Suites, and it was absolutely amazing. The room was modern and spacious, and it had huge panoramic window. My room was facing the river and trees, so you could see the stream running quietly just a few feet below. All rooms have private onsen (hot springs) on the veranda, and it was just impossible not to relax and enjoy.

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Dining

Everyone says highlight of Arcana is the food, and they are not wrong. Arcana serves a Michelin quality French cuisine in such beautiful environment. One of the walls is a window looking into the forest. I strongly recommend you to sit at the counter, so you can watch the chef and staff preparing the food against the backdrop of the greenery outdoor scenes. I have to say the course was one of the best presented food I have ever had.

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Attractions

Although there is nothing much to do around the area, you will love the nice countryside of Japan.

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Overall, our stay at Arcana was one of the BEST experiences we ever had, and I can thoroughly recommend a stay there without hesitation. Beautiful rooms, amazing meals, and first class service by the staff… what else can we ask for? If you are looking for an escape from crowds and want something different from traditional Japanese ryokan, Arcana is the place for you!

 

XOXO,

♥♥Yoki♥♥

Disney Dream Cruise

Have you experienced any cruises? If not, maybe you are wondering which cruise you should take… We recommend you experience Disney Dream. You might think a Disney Cruise is for a family with kids, but this cruise provides unforgettable experiences for senior/younger couples as well.

 

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Recreation

The ship was fabulous, clean, and nicely decorated. Surprisingly, Disney had quite a bit of adult only entertainment during the cruise. In addition to the enforced adults only swimming pool /deck area, Spa&Salon, and the adults only night clubs, there were also activities for just adults, such as games, trivia, quizzes, quest, etc.

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Rooms

Our room was beautiful and roomy. It had a nice size veranda & very comfy bed, and it was cleaned twice daily. There was a separate room for the toilet and the shower that I really appreciated. The room service was also great! They brought us breakfast every morning so we could enjoy eating on our veranda. It was such a great experience. We also loved how the room attendant left towels in the shape of animals in our cabin every night along with chocolates.

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Pools

There are 6 kinds of pools. You have a big water coaster to enjoy, but there’s also a quiet cove pool, designed for Guests 18 years of age and older. The huge deck is for dance parties and “dive-in” movies. There’s also a free ice cream shop. You can enjoy unlimited ice cream anytime.  In the night, the lights are up and the view is so dreamy.

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Destinations

Nassau Island

Although we usually don’t hear great things about Nassau, we loved how colorful the city was! People tend to experience dolphin encounter in Nassau, but it is so expensive (over $260!), so we decided to relax at The Tiki Bikini Hut. One of the best things about this hut is that it is so close to the cruise port – 15 mins by walk. They provide free wifi, and the staff was very friendly! Drinks were delicious and their jerk chicken was to die for!!

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Castaway Cay

Castaway Cay is Disney’s beautiful private island, and it is just what you expect from a private island. It was clean and quiet, and it offers good food and friendly service. The ocean was crystal blue and it was very relaxing.

 

 

 

We booked Castaway Cay Sandbar Beach Adventure beforehand, and we cannot recommend it enough. There were only 2 couples (besides us) attending the adventure, and it was very quiet and beautiful moment. This was definitely my favorite experience from Disney Cruise. We took off on an exhilarating ride across the Bahamian waters to a charming, deserted sandbar, only available for anchoring at low tide. They gave us a couple of cups of Bahamian Rums and Coke, and they were delicious!!

 

 

 

 

Dining

Palo

Palo is an adult-exclusive restaurant serving Italian Cuisine in a luxury setting with stunning seaside views. Fine Italian begins with artfully prepared antipasti. For our main course we chose Osso Buco di Vitello — Slow roasted centre cut Veal Shank with Gremolata and Risotto Milanese. The flavor was phenomenal. For a sweet ending, we recommend you try the chocolate soufflé with vanilla bean and chocolate sauce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remy

A French-inspired menu of superior seasonal ingredients ensures dining at Remy is always a first-rate affair. We joined Remy Dessert Experience. It is an adults-only dining event, and you can enjoy a 5-course dessert menu, dessert wine, coffee and an in-depth discussion with the Executive Chef. As each dessert is presented, they’ll explain its history and evolution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast

Their breakfast was buffet style. They were simple but delicious!

 

 

 

Overall, Disney Dream was AMAZING.  I could go on and on and I know that I have left several things out. I could not have asked for a more perfect vacation! It was a gorgeous ship with amazingly friendly staffs. Who knew Disney Cruise was for adults to enjoy?  I simply can’t wait to do it again. You need to go book this cruise NOW!  Hope this helps future travelers 🙂

 

XOXO,

♥♥Yoki♥♥

Adventure in Costa Rica

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One of the main reasons I wanted to visit Costa Rica was to explore its beautiful wildlife! This was my first solo trip, so I wanted a knowledgeable local guide, and then I found Bucus Tours, located in Manzanillo, Costa Rica.  Manzanillo is located on the east coast of Costa Rica, a 4 hour drive from the capital city of San Jose.

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The town of Manzanillo is a tropical paradise getaway. A relatively quiet area with only a few tourists here and there, it is known for the most scenic beaches in Costa Rica with fantastic weather all year round.

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Things to know before your tour :

  • Each tour is 4.5 hours
  • Bring water (It was extremely warm and humid there)
  • Sun block and hat
  • Good hiking boots
  • Long Trousers if possible
  • Camera with long lens (Lots of animals were out there)

I was excited to take this tour because it has amazing reviews on Trip Advisor. Omar is the man who showed me around. I did 3 tours with Omar: Dolphin Tour, Kayak Tour, and Jungle Hike.

 

Dolphin Tour

This was my first time to ever encounter wild dolphins… They were swimming around us for a while as if they were greeting. It was an unforgettable experience.

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Kayak Tour

Can you tell how peaceful it was from the pictures? Just be prepared to paddle on this tour because you will be kayaking for a while. I was exhausted by the end of the tour but it was worth it.

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Jungle Hike

Omar spotted animals from miles away that would just look like a shadow to us. We saw all kinds of creatures, such as a viper, sloths, monkeys, and snakes! His knowledge, love for nature, stories and sense of humor added even better experiences.

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It was less like a tour and more like hanging out with an old friend who is showing you his home. I strongly recommend it!

cabinasbucus@gmail.com
Tel: (00506) 2759 9143 / 8932 0030
ww.costa-rica-manzanillo.com

 

It was my first solo travel, but at the end I made some friends. If you are afraid of solo traveling but want to go exploring, just do it! You won’t regret it.

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Hope you will enjoy the beauty of wildlife, as much as I did!

PURA VIDA xxxx

♥♥Yoki♥♥