Every Sunday from around 9am to 1pm the cafe becomes a market place for organic produce, fresh homemade jams, Bali honey and a huge range of local delicacies. European treats are on offer too such as freshly cooked quesadillas at the open market shop. This is all on top of their usual extensive menu.
Mum and I go most Sunday mornings (sometimes I am at the beach surfing) and mum picks out a whole plate of different local cakes then eats them all with one of the cafes big cups of coffee. Her favourites are a purple jelly thing with sweet bean inside and a Bali brown sugar cake, like a muffin, that is cooked in a banana leaf. If you go, you should try them, they are delicious and mum is addicted.
There are also stalls selling clothes, jewellery & gifts.
Sunday morning at Cafe Batu Jimbar is the Balinese equivalent to the Chinese yum chow. It’s the one day of the week when Bali families all come together to catch up and dine together. Many of those who go to the cafe are the international Bali families, one parent Balinese and 1 parent ex pat. You see a lot of very attractive people at Cafe Batu Jimbar.
One of the owners of the cafe is Ade and she is from the Sanur family that owns the beautiful traditional Sanur Hotel, Tandjung Sari. Ade also owns Jenggala Pottery, a huge Bali business that makes the most beautiful ceramics. Our house is full of Jenggala ceramics and mum is trying to work out how she can get her favourite pieces back to Australia. A bit tricky when you’re a volunteer and come with just 1 suitcase.
I’ll write more about Jenggala in another blog because it is a very interesting story. In the meantime if you are in Sanur on Sunday morning and come to Cafe Batu Jimbar please look out for me and say hi.