Trying to save ourselves from the overpriced lunch on budget airlines (price viz-a-viz quality and options), I tried to scan the internet for information on where I could bring the folks for a decent meal before boarding. The only 2 links I found were rather dismal (and gave me the impression there was pretty much nothing except for coffee).
Since I have found out on a recent trip that it is not the case, I hope that sharing my experience will be helpful to you on your next trip through Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport!
THE DEPARTURE HALL
Some cafes, a book shop and souvenir store to tickle us before entering the Departure Hall (standby your passport and ticket please). No worries, more options after we clear passport control.
Duty Free Shopping (DFS)
There is huge DFS store after clearing passport control. You can’t avoid it. You can’t teleport through it.
After exiting the main DFS, we now find ourselves in ION. No, it’s Paragon. Wait, it looks like Ngee Ann City at Orchard Road. Oops, nah, just branded stores lining both sides of the walkway.
FOOD MAKAN DRINKS & TOILET / WASHROOM / JAMBAN
Finally we reach the “centre” of the departure area. There is foodcourt #1 with a large sitting area and a coffee place. Great place to nap if you can find a secluded bench.
Ladies washroom near the foodcourt. Big and clean (always a great thing), but not too much space in the cubicle to place your bags on the shelf (hook doesn’t have a catch either to prevent the sling from slipping off).
If sandwiches & sushi are not your thing, continue to blaze forward. More ahead. Pass foodcourt #1 and head towards the departure gates.
Near the Last Chance DFS there are two other Asian options.
Just in case we were too busy browsing and left with just 15 mins for a bite, no worries, another deli and beer place coming up just before the gates. There is also foodcourt #2 behind if you have more time to chill with a glass of wine.
What do you know… another DFS just before the boarding gates!
ONE MORE THING… WHERE IS MY BOARDING GATE?
Don’t panic if you do not see the gate number on your boarding pass. Just look for the inconspicuous signboard somewhere along the way in.
I forgot where we had located the signboard. From the photo, I think it is on the left side of the entrance to the Main DFS after passport control. If you make the trip to Bali, do share with us where to locate this important screen!
P.S. There is no charging station at the boarding gate area. Bring your extra battery.
Above info as at June 2015