Few places on earth are more breathtakingly beautiful than Bali, the best known island of more than 17,500 islands that make up the country of Indonesia. A tourism hot spot for many years, Bali keeps its place among the most beautiful islands of the world, where the endless sights of gorgeous scenery, marvelous temples and buildings and the ever-smiling friendly Balinese people will allow you to forget the crazy traffic and tourist hordes.
If you like seeing the rainforest and rolling green hills, head away from the beach to Ubud about 90 minutes north from the airport, which has established itself as a vegan hot spot due to the growing yoga community here. While Indonesian food is usually heavy on the meats, Ubud offers everything a plant-based eater could wish for – and at great prices at that! From fabulous organic raw vegan creations, to plant versions of Indonesian main staples and many Western and Asian comforts foods, your taste buds will be delighted!
Below are our favorite vegan discoveries in Ubud for you to explore:
If you want to treat yourself to the essence of Ubud without the craze of the city, we highly recommend staying at The Udaya Resort in Ubud, Bali – one of the most beautiful resorts we have ever stayed at (and I have been privileged to travel to 70+ countries and stay in many great hotels)!
You will walk right into a jungle paradise and the upscale rooms and service are one of a kind! The included breakfast at their Deeva Restaurant allows you to pick tropical delights a la carte and we recommend trying vegan versions of their Mie Goreng and Smoothie Bowl with dragon fruit!
As you wander the charming town of Ubud, you will find Clear Café on Jalan Hanoman, a 2-story island of dining with a round wooden Balinese door and a river along their downstairs tables to greet you. This eclectic space is often busy but the wait is well worth it! We enjoyed a vegan Nasi Campur, which is a Balinese staple and gives you a great variety of the local flavors!
Another short taxi ride away is the beautiful Zest restaurant, perched on a hill side with a fully vegan menu that makes it hard to decide, so plan to come more than once if you can! We delighted in the Sampler Platter, Bali Bowl, Avocado Rolls, favorite long drinks sans alcohol and artisan vegan chocolate!
A little off the beaten path but a must-visit is Moksa, a beautiful oasis with their vegetarian restaurant overlooking a garden. Their vegan versions of Laksa, Thai Curry and Hummus Platter were so flavorful and beautiful alike, making this my favorite meal in Ubud! For good measure we took a variety of their delicious raw chocolate truffles with us on the road!
When heading through the Jalan Gautama just opposite the main temple in Ubud, you will find a raw vegan institution called Seeds of Life, a paradise for living superfood fans! Everything we tried was delicious: Raw Pizzas with three toppings, Spontaneous Combustible Dips, Raw Pesto Burger. Make sure you also try their healing tonics and raw vegan truffles!
When in Ubud you are surrounded by rice fields, so a leisurely stroll to Sari Organik through the local rice fields along a small path that doesn’t allow cars can truly transform you into another world! Being one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in town, Sari Organik comes with its own organic garden and has great views that rival the food! Try one of the huge fresh coconuts, the home made Nasi Campur and one of the noodle dishes!
On the way to Sari Organik you will also pass the vegetarian Dragonfly, which is another very pretty locale with rice field views. We tried their excellent chai with coconut milk and a spicy noodle dish.
Author: Ina Mohan, Founder of Health, Healing & Happiness LLC and an Ubud, Bali fan.