bali | kim soo

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A smell of coffee and cinnamon drifting faintly through the air. Monochrome-patterned cushions, wooden furniture, and dozens of antique fixtures. The combination of beads, mirrors, and varieties of linen. Kim Soo; destination of the brunch-getters, creative wanderers, and home decor enthusiasts.

Their aesthetic was irresistible; think Pottery Barn meets minimalism. I made sure to have a look at every inch of the premises, and completely fell in love with their lifestyle items and housewares. Granted, most of the things were far too bulky to carry home. But going into these stores, I always love to imagine I'm on a shopping spree for home items, picking things out to place in ~an apartment I just bought for myself and live alone in.~ (Does anyone relate?) But "No, Joanne," I said to myself, "you do not need a wooden coat hanger, or that gorgeous copper kitchen set."

Because it was the first place we visited on our second day, my friends and I may have spent 85% of the time taking pictures at every possible corner. I know, I know; for the sake of Instagram, everyone turns into embarrassing tourists. 

For something that looks so serene from the outside, Kim Soo was a place bursting with energy. With the cafe being the extension of the shop (or is it the other way around?), their range of food is mostly very brunch-themed; not so much of glorious, great meals, but definitely pleasant enough for a quick sit-down with friends. Also, their cakes and beverages looked immensely tempting, even though I apparently didn't get to try any.

The insides gave a feeling of warmth and "home", while the outsides were just– gleaming. Picture perfect trees and crisp, white umbrellas giving humble shelter from the fierce Bali midday heat. The pleasant atmosphere was decorated with the sound of passing vehicles, stirring of teacups, and relaxed vacation chatter.


Have you been to Bali before? Did you get to pay a visit to this peculiar little place?
Leave a comment below! I'd love to hear from you.

(How long has it been since my last travel post? Three months. Go figure.
Also from Bali, I talked about our experience in Motel Mexicola; you can read it here.)

I really enjoy making these photo-journal compilations so do expect more of them soon.

See you around!


  1. Wow, it looks like an incredible place! No, I've never been to Bali before. But I did just find your blog, and its been enjoyable exploring your previous posts (and I like the layout!). Keep up the good work! :)

  2. GORGEOUS. Love love the vibe of these photos. I've heard amazing things about Bali - especially the waves, which I definitely intend to go surf one of these days. I love your blog, Joanne! <3

    1. Oooh it is a top surfing destination as well. The beaches are countless, and most are really amazing! Thanks for stopping by xx

  3. GAH this place looks so serene! Love the aesthetic, art, pastry and clothes. <3 :)

  4. Bali is so beautiful! I've seen so many more people vacationing in the area.

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  5. Gorgeous photos and I love your style of writing!
    Aleeha xXx

  6. I have never been to Bali before but it's on my bucket list for sure! Your photos are a dream, they have me wanting to travel again so badly :)

    Sending light & love your way,

    My Lovelier Days

    1. I hope you get to visit someday in the future! Thank you for stopping by, Diana. x

  7. Oh my goodness, this place looks adorable! It does remind me of Pottery Barn but more minimalistic. This would be like heaven to visit although I've never been to Bali before! Thanks for sharing!


  8. OMG I feel I met my lost lost sister, I do this exact same thing, imagining that I shopping home decor for my apartment haha! I have a thing for minimalistic places and this one definitely is love at first sight! I have never gotten a chance to be in Bali, but whenever I do get, I am definitely traveling to this gorgeous place :)


    1. Yay to not being the only one who does that!! Hahaha <3 you definitely should when you get the chance. Have a good weekend x


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