We all have our favourite haunts, and for me, my go to place in Kuta Lombok is definitely Milk Espresso.
Located on the strip of cafes, just down from Alfamart, it is instantly recognisable by the stylishly renovated black shipping containers and trendy black
and white tones everywhere. Owner Therese Jan and partner Matt opened the family business a year ago, after years of hospitality experience in Australia;
they obviously know what they’re doing. There’s little wonder that travel bloggers love this place. With an amazing eye for style as well as beautiful
food, Milk ticks all the boxes.
Milk is open from 7am to 10pm, which means you get breakfast, lunch and dinner and everything in-between. If you are after proper barista made coffee,
then Rini is your woman. No murky Lombok coffee here; we’re talking the real deal. Same goes for food; delicious, fresh and quality. For brekky, I
always go for the salmon sliders with scrambled egg which are a huge portion. Smoothie bowls are delicious, as is the ol classic smashed avo on toast.
Lunch and dinner, the salmon spice bowl is my favourite, though my partner seems to devour the massive chicken schnitzel sandwich on a regular basis.
If drinks are more your thing, then Milk’s Wednesday and Friday Happy Hour is THE place to be in town, which sees the sunset crowds appear for cheap
cocktails and beer before heading on to The Bus Bar for more drinks and tunes. I always order the Dirty Mojito or the special; the dragonfruit raspberry
frozen margarita was epic!
Not content just to serve food, Milk also boasts a small but capable spa space tucked upstairs above the boutique. The decor is continued in calming whites
and natural fibers. Massage, scrubs, facials are the go as are manis and pedis with the gorgeous range of Essie nail polishes.Think mint white, grey
and matt lavenders. Pretty. With air con charging, it’s the perfect place to disappear from the madness that is Kuta building down by the beachfront.
Now admittedly, clothes shopping is more of a Seminyak thing than a Kuta Lombok thing, but there are a few spots tucked around town where you can get some
gorgeous pieces, and fortunately for us, Milk Boutique is one of them. Therese and daughter Holly have an incredible eye for instagram worthy floral
wrap dresses, pineapple printed sundresses and 50s style pants, cut off Levis, heavily embroidered kaftans bursting with colour, and old school batik
sarongs. Heaps of sunnies, jewellery and on point rattan bags too. If you are more of a homewares person, then they’ve got that covered too, with Lombok
pottery, the cutest little tropical hooks (perfect for pressies), lust-worthy macrame wall hangings and wooden bead chandlers.
So when you’re in Kuta, Lombok, whether you need a strong coffee, to get those nails done or suddenly have ‘nothing to wear’, stop by Milk Espresso. There
really is something for everyone, and is definitely on the map for tourist and local alike. See you there!