So, green is in.
And this applies completely to Ubud. There seems to be an organic, earth-friendly, vegan, raw, fertilizer-free, superfood spots every hundred meters. Catering mostly to the health-conscious yoga crowd, these places are also popular for those who want to take a break from the usual Balinese food.
Here are 5 healthy restaurants that I’ve hunted down that won’t taste like you’re munching on grass:
1. KAFE (Yoga Barn)
This place is where the yogis of Yoga Barn go to dine. Menu spans a variety of organic, raw, and meat dishes that actually tastes extremely yummy! As an Indonesian, I have a very strong palette, and KAFE’s healthy food can satisfy my tastebuds.
Location: Yoga Barn, Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali 80571
I recommend: Macro Bowl, a bowl of red/brown rice and chock full of steamed vegetables and proteins, topped with the most delicious tahini sauce. As a semi-local, I also recommend the Tempeh and Tofu chips served with Balinese sambal. It is my absolute favorite healthy snack in Ubud.
2. KAFE (Main Road)
A branch of the above KAFE, but set in the super convenient location in the center of town. This KAFE has a romantic vibe about it that makes it even better to visit for dinner.
Location: Jalan Hanoman 44B, Padang Tegal, Ubud, Indonesia
I recommend: The same as the above.
3. Bali Buda
A vegetarian restaurant with a slow food concept. Everything they serve is homemade daily, and they play an active role in ensuring minimal impact on the environment. They also serve drinks without straws to minimize plastic waste in Bali. A small step which will definitely go a long way! This place is frequented by the yoga-goers of Radiantly Alive, as it is just a minute walk away. I love it’s cozy ambience and fresh juices. If only they had wi-fi!
Location: Jalan Jembawan (diagonally across Radiantly Alive yoga studio)
I recommend: The Vegetarian Nasi Campur! As an Indonesian, I’ve had my fair share of Nasi Campur (with all the unhealthy, oily works). This vegetarian option is a strong contender in terms of taste without the guilt!
4. Warung Sopa
A very laid-back, child friendly vegetarian restaurant. It’s most known for its vegetarian nasi campur and a wide range of raw desserts. They also have pretty fast wi-fi, which makes it a popular spot for working. It can get a bit hot and noisy with the scooters zooming past during the day. My favorite part is being able to sit ‘lesehan’ style (translation; sitting on the ground! :))
Location: Jl. Sugriwa Street, Indonesia
I recommend: The Vegetarian Nasi Campur, Cauliflower Soup.
5. Atman Kafe
A relaxed cafe with more ‘lesehan’ style seats and an incredible amount of cushions. Atman serves a wide selection of natural food and drinks, and everything on their menu is conveniently labeled with vegetarian, vegan and raw options. Their staff is very attentive, and the meals are presented beautifully and professionally despite the ‘local warung’ feel of the place. A go-to place for a post-yoga munch.
Location: Jalan Hanoman 38, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
I recommend: Cold Brew Coffee, Jukut Nangka with organic chicken, Dadar Gulung (typical Balinese dessert, must try!)
As usual, this is in no way an exhaustive list, so please let me know if there are others I should try or feature! Otherwise, guten appetit 🙂