My time in Bali was predominantly spent in Ubud where my volunteer accommodation was located. I did travel at the weekends but the restaurants I’m going to mention are all in Ubud. I stayed on the outskirts in a small area called Penestanan Kaja, which had few tourists aside from us volunteers. I feel it was able to give me a true sense of what Bali life is really like for the Balinese people!
Admittedly I ate a LOT of my meals here considering it was just a few steps from my accommodation. Vespa is a cute, small cafe approximately a 30 minute walk from the centre of Ubud (if I remember correctly :p). The cafe boasted a large menu with vegan options. The cuisine ranged from Indian, with their potato or pumpkin dosas, to their Japanese inspired vegan sushi. They also offer simpler dishes such as pasta and their stacked grilled vegetable plate, which you can see in the photo directly below. I was very impressed by the consistent standard of high quality delicious vegan food I was able to eat there. I would definitely recommend it if you get want a change from Balinese or Asian dishes!
This gem of a cafe was found tucked away on the hill dividing Ubud centre and Penestanan Kaja. Next door to a yoga retreat this basic, back to nature, relaxed feel to the place made it my favourite of all the cafe’s I visited. Unfortunately, this cafe was not fully vegan but it did have some seriously delicious vegan dishes- like this rice flour crepe topped with chia chocolate, desiccated coconut, bananas, agave maple syrup and strawberries. Totally scrumptious!
I tried their banana and date smoothie as well which tasted like caramel ❤ On another occasion I had their avocado toast without the feta cheese which was so good as they mashed the avocado up and served it with lots of basil and tomato.
Located nearer the centre of Ubud this restaurant made some delicious stir fried noodles with tofu. They have a predominantly Asian cuisine (particularly Vietnamese), which is nice if you’re trying to avoid the mass of restaurants catering to tourists with their western food. It is not fully vegan but still worth a visit if you’re ever passing by 🙂
The only 100% vegan restaurant I had the pleasure of visiting whilst in Ubud. They serve vegan and raw vegan food here! After glancing at their menu you can see their emphasis on healthy homemade food. They had a large menu with a huge range of dishes. I tried their sweet potato sandwich which was incredibly filling and full of nutrients. By the time I neither me nor my friend could hardly move but it was worth it :p . Unfortunately I completely forgot to take a photo of our dishes but thought I’d mention the restaurant anyways 🙂
Those are all the places I visited in my brief time in Bali. I wish I had had chance to try them all but most of my time was consumed volunteering which is a much more important cause than my stomach…. I suppose 😉
Here’s to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx