Ubud is full of yoga, meditation, healers, inspiration and beautiful people. It’s also the un-official ‘health food capital of the world’- according to my stomach. There are so many amazing places to eat. You’ll find everything from raw food to slow cooked. If you’ve only got a few days in Ubud and thus sadly only a few meals you can enjoy, then this list is for you! I ate my way around Ubud for two months, bringing you the top 5 places you simple must try.
Best Healthy Places to Eat in Ubud, Bali
#1 Seeds Of Life
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This place is 100% raw vegan. And 100% amazing. Their tonic bar will literally cure whatever ails you and their menu is full of colourful foods, dispelling the stigma that raw food is just boring salads. These guys take creativity to a whole new level. Using superfoods and fermentation to create vegan blue cheeses (it tasted EXACTLY like blue cheese - mind blown) and other classics like pizza and lasagne. Ben and his team know their way around the vegetable kingdom.
The Warm Mexican Lasagne. It’s creamy, tasty and will challenge any misconceptions you have about raw food being boring. This lasagne will literally change your life.
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The newest kid on the block, this vegan restaurant tastes as good as it looks! The interior is homely and sleek, making you wish you lived there, which I pretty much did. Their menu features loads of locally grown vegetables and salads served in creative and innovative ways.
The Jack Fruit Tacos. I always opted for the gluten free version and have this dish as a bowl. The Jack Fruit is slow cooked in coconut milk and Mexican spices, it tastes amazing and is the perfect example of great vegan cooking.
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Alchemy, as the name suggests, fuses beautiful fresh ingredients together to create luscious nourishing meals. Most people come here for the breakfast and salad bars (read: me, everyday). You’re presented with loads of organic, healthy ingredients and encouraged to create your own breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you’re bad at making decisions they also have an a la carte menu of raw dishes and tasting plates. There’s even a store inside the café selling everything from cold pressed juices to chia seeds. You literally never need to leave.
I’m addicted to their breakfast. The spirulina yoghurt takes my bowl of raw muesli and fruit to the next level.
#4 Dayu’s Warung (and sister cafe ‘Fussy Bird’)
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Both Dayu’s and Fussy Bird are owned by a lovely local lady, Dayu. She spent the beginning of her career working in many of the fancy vegan restaurants in town as a chef, and brings that inspiration and flare to her own warung. The setting is simple, unpretentious and comfortable. The menu features everything from raw salads to Balinese curries. You’ll also find the price point much lower than some of the other places on this list. The great thing about a local owner is the the menu is inspired by local foods. You can try all the Indonesian classics knowing that they are all gluten free and cooked in the healthiest way possible. They also make delicious cakes and tonics.
It's a toss up between the choc avocado smoothie - creamy, filled with raw cacao and lots of greens. Or the red rice burrito filled with pumpkin and Quinoa.. decisions, decisions.
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This little gem is quite the popular spot. Their menu covers everything from raw vegan to local dishes and they do a mean gluten free vegan pizza. Their breakfasts are on par with a Melbourne style brunch and they know how to make a good coffee. The great thing about this place is the menu caters to everyone. There’s local Balinese curries and avocado on toast (read: some of the best gluten free bread you’ll ever try). They keep everyone happy with fresh produce and organic coffee.
It's a toss up between the Balinese curry and vegan pizza.. both are delicious!
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