Opening a Restaurant in Bali

Opening a Restaurant in Bali: Know The Latest Trends

  • InCorp Editorial Team
  • 21 May 2021
  • 7 minute reading time

Why is Bali an Ideal Place for Restaurant Business?

Considered a major tourist hotspot in Indonesia, the Island of Gods provides the perfect blend of opportunities to investors for opening a restaurant in Bali.

Indonesia’s tropical climate, endless coastlines, and volcano-made fertile grounds make the country an ideal hub for a vast variety of food resources like coconut groves, paddy fields, and abundant seafood.  The Archipelago’s long and diverse history with the amalgamation of vibrant cultures led to the evolution of food to various unique, exotic cuisines such as nasi tumpeng, pepes, and others. 

Apart from being an essential medium of survival, food is known to strengthen family bonding and develop friendships. Moreover, it is customary for travelers and tourists to bond over food.

Opening a Restaurant in Bali – The Bright Future of Indonesia’s F&B Industry

Overview of Indonesia’s F&B Business 

Over the last five years, the F&B sector has received foreign investments worth IDR 293 trillion, demonstrating great potential for investors to set their footprints into the country. Globally the F&B sector came to a standstill due to COVID-19, however, Indonesia’s market held up to the challenge

Despite plunging demand due to the pandemic, the sector’s Year-on-Year growth rate clocked 3.94% and 0.22% in the first and second quarter of 2020 respectively. 

However, with the ease of lockdown restrictions, restaurants in Denpasar (in Bali) saw a 10% rise in visitors. Similar trends were observed in Greater Jakarta, Makassar, Medan, and Surabaya.

The inflow of investments over time and rising demand in the F&B industry signify Indonesia’s robust resilience from global economic shocks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Current Situation of Growth and Projection

As social distancing restrictions are gradually lifted and vaccines are made available to the population, the F&B industry, which is the second-largest sector in Indonesia, is expected to diversify in 2021. In Q1, FDI realization in the Food Industry accounted for US$968.3 million of investment value and is projected to reach US$2,471 million of revenue by the end of this year. 

Following are some projections related to the F&B industry for coming years:

Area Projection (by) Year
Revenue in the F&B sector US$2, 471 M 2021
Annual Growth Rate

Market Volume


US$3, 724 M



User Penetration  15.8% 




Average Revenue Per User


US$56.72 2021


With sound resilience to the pandemic and optimistic future projections, Indonesia’s food and beverage sector has set the stage for foreign investors to leverage the untapped opportunities available in the market. 

Increasing Food-Service Demand – Targeting Local Consumers

The middle-income consumers are also proving to be a game-changer in driving up the food-service demand. According to the World Bank, over the past 15 years, Indonesia has brought down its poverty levels to below 10%. As a result, the middle-class population has grown from 7% to 20% and shown a spike of 12% in its consumption.

The change in the middle-income group’s propensity to spend was evident. The middle class spent more on the food products that were previously expensive for them. According to PwC, Indonesian spending on food pick up or delivery service increased by 47% during Covid-19 Pandemic. These will bolster the food-service demand and make the F&B industry a lucrative investment opportunity for foreign investors. 

Local consumers are playing a pivotal role in reviving the COVID-19 struck on the hospitality industry. The Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, in April 2021, stated that domestic arrival in Bali reached approximately 8,000 visitors a day – 50% of pre-COVID-19 domestic arrivals — revving up the food-service demand in the area. 

Plant-Based Food

Recent surveys show that the plant-based food lifestyle gained recognition during the pandemic. 

In its wake,  the majority of Indonesians have shifted to a plant-based diet to increase immunity and are actively buying fruits and vegetables. To meet the soaring demand, health-food delivery services have also increased by 7.4%. 

Cloud Kitchen

Cloud kitchens are commercial facilities purpose-built to prepare food specifically for delivery and takeout. Restaurant owners are gravitating towards cloud kitchens considering the range of benefits it offers, starting from low start-up and administration costs to hassle-free logistics.

Indonesia shows an avid interest in this concept and chances of expansion to the national level look very promising. Cloud kitchens like GoFood Joint Kitchen, Hangry, and Grab Kitchen is making the most of the pandemic as many people have not yet started eating out. Such initiatives open up new opportunities for food entrepreneurs either looking to start a virtual restaurant or cloud kitchen.

Food Truck

Food trucks are very popular among Indonesians because of the delicious fusion style of cuisines it offers. They are also easy to set up as they have low initial investment and operational costs. 

However, food trucks face challenges in attracting customers due to inconvenient location, standard restaurant menu, and expensive price perception. To combat such challenges, food trucks should provide affordable and hygienic food, vibrant & exotic menus, and keep customers updated with new locations.  

Opening a Restaurant in Bali – How To Start a Food-Service Business in Bali

The process to establish a healthy F&B Business starts with forming a company. For starting a business in Bali as a foreigner, there are two common types of legal entities: 

What is it A local company or Local PT is a 100% locally owned company. However, a foreigner can be appointed as a director provided he carries an Indonesian tax ID number (NPWP).  It is structurally and functionally similar to a Limited Liability Company (LLC). A foreign investment company or PT PMA is similar to Local PT functionally. However, 100% foreign ownership, depending on the business field, is permitted for PT PMA.
Benefits Local PT allows more flexibility on investment value and is allowed to operate a wide range of business activities than foreign-owned companies.  PT PMA allows businesses to receive foreign investment opportunities that are restricted in Local PT registration. 
Requirements Copy of Personal ID (Indonesian) & NPWP (Taxpayer ID), Company Legal document (Plus Director Valid ID), Leased Agreement or Deed of sales and purchase, Company Address Copy of Valid Passport minimum 18 months from expiry date;

Company Legal document;

Leased Agreement or Deed of sales and purchase; Company Address

Required Licenses and Certifications

Apart from the documents required to set up a company, the following sets of licenses are required to start a restaurant business in Indonesia:

  • Business license: Validates a restaurant for conducting commercial activities. 
  • Restaurant license: Mandatory to operate a restaurant business; issued by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism when the business location has been determined.  
  • Working visa: Required for foreign individuals, permitting them to work legally in Indonesia.
  • Alcoholic beverage trading license: Regulates the sale of beverages containing alcohol. 
  • Licenses from recording labels: Grants the right to play music without copyright infringement. 

Note that even though Food Trucks aren’t restaurants, they still need a restaurant license to operate. 

Streamline Your Business Set-Up Process with Cekindo

Setting up a business overseas can be a tedious and daunting process. Cekindo’s comprehensive business solutions can help you leverage the best opportunities available in the FnB industry.

Our consultants have in-depth knowledge of the Indonesian regulations and will make sure you stay on top of all your business’s regulatory and statutory aspects. From applying for licenses, human resource management to market research and analysis, let Cekindo handle all the technical nuances of setting up your business while you focus on your core activities of running your restaurant.

Pandu Biasramadhan

Senior Consulting Manager at InCorp Indonesia

An expert for more than 10 years, Pandu Biasramadhan, has an extensive background in providing top-quality and comprehensive business solutions for enterprises in Indonesia and managing regional partnership channels across Southeast Asia.

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