Bali, and specifically Ubud on the Island of the Gods, is known for yoga, meditation and healthy food. You can easily find fresh juices, young coconuts, various kinds of cuisines and desserts to enjoy.
Keeping in mind that in the Hindu culture a big majority of people eat vegetarian or vegan, and that Bali is the only Hindu island in Indonesia (all others are Muslim), you’ll find some dietary sensitivity here that you wouldn’t necessarily find in many parts of the world, and which makes it super easy for a vegan to navigate!
In this article I’m breaking down my all-time favorite vegan spots to check out while in Ubud, Bali!
Alchemy is at the top of my list for a reason. Here you can get some make-your-own smoothie bowls and salads which will make you drool! This restaurant and store is ALL raw vegan, but you won’t realize it with the amount of creativity, color and love which they infuse into everything they make!
Not to miss: Alchemy’s peanut butter cups (I always keep two in my fridge at any given time!)
One word: variety! Kafe is a mostly vegetarian and vegan restaurant with a massive amount of different dishes to choose from on their menu and their daily specials are something I look forward to. They have soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, burritos and heavenly desserts.
Not to miss: Kafe’s Kitcheree, which is an ayurvedic dish made of lentils and rice with spices (great for digestion and detoxification).
Burgers. the. size. of. your. head! Element is fairly new restaurant, but it’s always packed! I love getting the veggie burger (ask for no cheese, which makes it vegan) because it’s super fresh and flavorful. Also, this place has super yummy French fries that totally hit the spot when I get a craving!
While this place serves meat and is known for its burgers, it is vegan-friendly and also offers other items on the menu such as soups, salads and some Italian dishes.
This delicious Indian restaurant is the only place I would go to in Ubud when I was craving Indian food, and especially my mom’s homemade food. This restaurant is solely vegetarian and vegan. The woman who owns and runs this restaurant does not skimp on flavor. Be sure to tell her whether you want your food mild, medium, spicy, or as I like to have mine, spicy PLUS!
Not to miss: aloo gobi, tofu vasant, mushroom masala, samosa and coconut milk chai.
Clear Café is one of THE BEST places to eat in all of Ubud, and dare I say, maybe on the whole island. The menu has something for everyone, ranging from Indian to Italian, Thai to Western dishes and staple Indonesian food as well. This is a place that does everything well. You cannot go wrong ordering anything here. Be sure to have a frothy smoothie or milkshake, and they always have cashew milk as an option for the drinks, which I love!
Not to miss: In the drinks department – the Orange Julius, Chocolate Butterfly, and Thai Iced Tea with cashew milk. In the food department – Everything!
Down to Earth Café
This restaurant has something for everyone. Down to Earth Café has TONS of variety, it’s fast, friendly, and its higher floor offers a beautiful atmosphere where you can see and hear the goings on on the streets of Ubud.
This cafe also isn’t just a cafe. It is connected to the world’s very first vegetarian cinema! You can check their movie times on the website or on a board outside the cafe. The cinema is super laid back and actually has couches and bean bags instead of the standard chairs. You can also order the full restaurant menu in the theatre.
Ready to have your mind blown? Kokolato is a fully, 100% vegan ice cream shop! This place creates delicious treats from fully raw vegan ingredients, blended into creamy perfection. It’s so rich and decadent. Be sure when you go to ask what the hidden flavors are, as they have a few unique flavors to choose from which aren’t right up front.
My favorite here is the cold pressed coffee!
Wayan’s Coconut Juice Bar
This is my go-to place for fresh juices and smoothies when I don’t have time to make my own at home. Wayan, the owner, is an absolutely adorable and smiley woman who loves what she does. She is there daily and has a huge, extensive menu of different juices, and you can even create your own juice blend. She will even deliver juice to your house! Want a young coconut delivered, no problem either!
Vegan in Bali
Traveling to Bali is all about having your vegan cake, and eating it too, and Ubud is a great example of a place that is bursting at the seams with tons of vegan places to eat and drink! This is an incredibly unique place in that almost every single restaurant (even a barbeque and meat-centered restaurant) will have vegetarian and vegan options! And even though Indonesia is still considered a developing country, it is WAY ahead of some of the largest cities in the USA., in the sense that if you say you are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc., no one flinches or wonders what that’s all about.
There are animal rights communities in Ubud, which you can find online through Facebook quite easily, and there are also trash pickup communities which go to different beaches to clean up. I absolutely loved living in Bali and found that it combines an incredibly beautiful place with an abundance of conscious food options, mindful lifestyles and great positive energy.
Also keep in mind that no matter where you go in the world, doing a bit of research ahead of time on websites such as happy cow or even a simple Google search can go a long way. You can always find healthy and kick-ass vegan food if you just look a little deeper.
Guest post by Aditi Giasotta
Hi, my name is Aditi and I’m a traveler, vegan, green beauty lover and social mediaphile. I love exploring other cultures and learning about people from all over the world! Anything that is different from me is something I love to learn about! I have been vegan going on 3 years now and love how it’s made me feel, both from a health and moral standpoint. There are so many benefits from living a cruelty-free lifestyle.
I am the founder and writer at my blog The Yatra Project where I blend my loves for travel, health and veganism and green beauty all in one. I am here on The Vegan Woman to show everyone out there that you CAN travel as a vegan without it being a daunting experience, quite the opposite – it can be exciting and fun to discover awesome, cruelty-free dishes around the world!
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