Last January, my sister-in-law and I went on a fruit and fun filled adventure through Bali, Indonesia and Thailand. In addition to gorging on some of the best fruits, especially rambutan, mangosteen, durian and mangoes, we also ate at some amazing restaurants.
Ubud, Bali is the arts and cultural center of the island and it is full of places to get healthy, nourishing food. There is definitely an emphasis on gourmet raw and macrobiotic food in Ubud, even in places that are not entirely vegan.
The produce is incredibly fresh and grown with so much hands-on love and care. Organic greens abound, as do local herbs and other earthly delicacies.
Before we fully sank into Ubud life we spent a couple days at the health resort, Bagus Jati, as a gift to ourselves for the new year celebration. It was truly a level of luxury neither of us had ever experienced before and we often joked how funny it was that sisters were in such a romantic venue. The ambience was not wasted on us, but it would have certainly been more appropriate with an intimate partner. If you are planning a health retreat the Bagus Jati would be an excellent choice if your vegan or raw. In addition to having beautiful vegan options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and poolside they also offer holistic spa services, classes, yoga and abundant comfort amidst lush jungles and tropical fruit trees.
The pictures below are all from places we ate in Ubud, but I want to give special mention to the Green Ginger Noodle House in Canggu for being a super memorable meal. I recreate their raw noodles here.
The Atman Cafe Jl. Hanoman no 38, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
The Atman Cafe was pretty much my standard morning ritual. Being one of the first place with vegan options open in the morning aside from Down to Earth Cafe (which also shows old movies and has a market!) this early bird walked daily for my iced tea fix. Best item I had here was the tempeh scramble with avocado on gluten free red rice toast. Their spicy tomato and bell pepper sambal olek chili sauce is on point.
Soma Cafe Jl. Dewi Sita, Ubud, Kec. Gianyar, Bali 80515, Indonesia
If your looking for a spot to meet new friends, listen to live music of the bohemians-on-acoustic-instruments variety and have some of the best raw food on the planet, check out Soma Cafe. They have terrific desserts, a hugely extensive menu, including some of the most interesting superfood smoothies I have ever scene, and their organic produce tastes just picked. It is tucked away down an ally a little off the main road, but please make the effort to find this hide away.
The Seeds of Life Jalan Gootama No. 2, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
The Seeds of Life Cafe is a raw food cafe and tonic bar on the other side of the ally from Soma Cafe. In addition to having different raw food specials every day, their dessert case is off the hook. There big bottles of coconut kefir saved my gut when I was getting a little “Bali Belly.” There herbal tonics are not for the faint of heart, but I loved them and their bitter, witchy brews really spoke to the alchemist in me. Try the banana cream pie!
The Delicious Onion at the Onion Collective JL. Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
On the other side of the main strip in Ubud lives the Onion Collective. In addition to being a guesthouse with a link on Airbnb, they are also a restaurant, live music venue, have djs and a full bar. Seating is outdoors and the drinks are strong! Try an arak mojito if you imbibe. Their food is less healthy fare, but they have some really scrumptious vegan bar treats like the peanut sauce stuffed tofu.
There are countless other spots to get vegan eats in Ubud and Bali, so this list is not exhaustive. Check out Happy Cow, Bali for lots more reviews, cafes, restaurants, and vegan friendly markets.