By Andrea Dixon
The neighbourhood of Berawa is fast changing. In a relatively short time the little surf village has morphed into a thriving neighbourhood for locals and expats, a destination that offers more cafes per square metre than is frankly, polite. Massive beach clubs, restaurants, luxury villas and hotels have made this one of Bali’s most desirable addresses. How do you address a lifestyle that encompasses family, surf, digital nomads, locals and a groundswell of expats? It’s not easy but Tamora Lifestyle Gallery is building a bridge that welcomes all comers from early morning to way late at night.
Tamora Gallery is a lifestyle destination in Canggu’s Berawa that blurs the idea of a ‘hood that’s good’ with a family friendly spaces filled with epic dining, shopping and entertainment.
Created as an inclusive space with an eye for fun and games where destination dwellers can frock up a new baby, have a spa, land their bolts, eat, hit Google Hangouts, slip into a night club and then grab a vitamin infusion for the aftermath. The local tattooist is called Addicted and the Japanese restaurant is called Ink. Did I mention a children’s playground?
Where to taste
While the mighty Shmurger Burger whets the appetite at the entrance, the space has multiple diners including Miss Ibu Asian fusion café, Creamery & Co ice cream, AJ’s Barrel wine and spirits store, Panda Coffee x Tea Bubble milk tea, Drunk Chili cooking school and cafe, the central hang out at Lyfe in Bali Concept Store and Cafe and the incredible sushi joint Ink.
Where to hide
Swing between beefing up at Fitspot gym and flashing your digital nomad credentials at Genesis Creative Centre co-working space. A pampering is performed at Life Spa and holistic health at the BSI natural health and wellness clinic. For nails and lashes the go-to is Tip & Toe or learn the dark arts at Bali Makeup School. Fashionistas book their tattoos at Addicted.
Where to browse
Concept stores that merge homewares, fashion, cafes and a dash of lifestyle have embraced the Tamora approach with Dolce Amore, Tokonico, Lapis Villa and Homewares, and Post Label fashion, all taking up elegant space. Other clothing retailers include The Bleach Room, Gingersnap, Dewina kids and The Label, Lyfe by Marina clothing, Hanya the Label, Tre clothing and gorgeous accessories and jewels at Sea Gypsy, while J-Coll will hand craft bags and shoes.
Where are the kids?
Family fun is a big part of Tamora, which has a multi-layered approach to keep the fam busy with a skate park, a playground, Sunday kids activities, the Berawa Art House classes, White Rabbit virtual reality lounge, Books & Beyond and Cheeky Monkeys early learning centre and pop-up day care.
Where to move
Dreaming of becoming an expat to live the dream? Drop into property agent Properti Dua Serangai or arrange an early morning hike of the famous Mt Batur at the Saptawira travel and tours office.
Nights are Brighter.
From regular sunset acoustic sessions to the New York-style Vault nightclub and cocktail bar, staying up late in Berawa is now a thing. Ditch the flip flops after a day at neighbouring Finns Beach Club and add a little sparkle to dance the night away at this amazing nightclub with a dazzling sound system and sneak-away VIP booths. It’s subterranean so the neighbours won’t mind.
Co-founder Mark D Ching says the project developed along the lines of traditional villages.
“It started with a small community. We built an eight-shop building, which then kept expanding as the community grew and facilities were added to service that community. Now Tamora Gallery has evolved into a lifestyle village that has something for everyone,” says Mark. The vision was to create a space for the neighbourhood that includes surfers, expats of every hue, skaters, parents, grannies, Canggu hipsters and their kids. “Berawa has a unique quality to it. Tamora Gallery is truly a village in the sense that the community comes together here and the tenants have formed partnerships. I hope that the same strong sense of community can be replicated elsewhere,” says Mark.
The next step for this dynamic group is Thetamora – an apartment living concept above Tamora with a launch date two years away. It’s almost like having a villa on the 3rd or 4th floor with a terrace, gardens, and private plunge pool. “This completes the circle of providing a market for Tamora Gallery, which in turn provides a community of sharing and collaborating.”
For more information check the website for updates and events, there is a lot going on, every single day at Tamora Gallery.