Indonesia’s cuisine owes its richness to many culinary influences: Greek, Japanese, Italian, French, Dutch or Indian and is also becoming known in particular for its healthy food in Ubud.
Ubud has become a mecca for a health conscious eater that seeks out a high-quality food that is good for body, soul and nature. It is also setting new trends in offering innovative fusion cuisine to the discerning traveller, demanding healthier and more sustainable eating options.
Herbs and spices used in Indonesian cooking such as ginger, turmeric, chilli or beautifully scented lemongrass have medicinal properties. Fermented soy foods such as tempeh, seitan or tofu are healing foods and prevalent meat substitutes enjoyed by vegetarians and vegans who are well catered for in Ubud.
We’ve found 10 of our favourite places to go for healthy food in Ubud. If you are on a modest budget, various cafes in the centre of Ubud offer great choice while those with deeper pockets can indulge in Ubud’s luxurious yet healthy cuisine. And if you need somewhere to stay take a look at our amazing hotels.
Ubud Pasar Organik
Ubud’s first organic produce market selling also cleaning and health products including medicines & ointments that you can buy from 13 local growers and small businesses directly or have them delivered. If you miss one on Saturday at Pizza Bagus, at the end of Jl. Hanoman in Pengosekan you can try another market on Wednesday at Cafe Arma, also Pengosekan.
Bali Buda Health Café & Shops
Organic meals and groceries Bali Buda Health Café & Shops, located throughout Bali, offer fresh, light meals ranging from salads, soups to Indonesian dishes and freshly baked goods you can savour over a conversation with your fellow traveller as well as local & imported health foods in their outlets. They cater for families, vegans, raw foodies and vegetarians.
Funky Kafe at the heart of Ubud is known among yoga or cappuccino aficionados for its great tasting teas and coffees and diversity of innovative meals, including breakfasts and curries, fresh juices & smoothies and yummy desserts. The biggest innovation you will find is Kafe’s tithing some of their profit from the sale of local organic foods and crafts to charitable organisations in Indonesia.
The Garden Kafe
If you believe you are what you eat this is the place for you. The dishes and drinks served by the Garden Kafe are not only culinary delights, they are superfoods helping you detox and rejuvenate. You can treat yourself to their ‘big bowl salads’ or unique raw snacks and healthy sweets at The Yoga Barn’s natural setting in the centre of Ubud.
Taksu Garden Cafe
Come and relish Kintamani coffee roasted on the premises and home-made and gluten-free pizzas and pasta. This small oasis Cafe prides itself on the best buffet breakfast in town and large garden-to-table salads. They serve unlimited ginger tea and cold-pressed juices to keep you healthy during your travel.
The Seeds of Life Raw Food Cafe & Taoist Tonic Bar
If you feel wild and in need of authentic gourmet raw food after a class of Ashtanga yoga, this creative Raw Food Cafe & Tonic Bar venue has it all. The highest quality wild herbal teas, tinctures & fermented drinks are served in a relaxing meditative atmosphere of the Tonic Bar. You can practice yoga in the Cafe’s studio, daily, or if you feel inspired by their creations you can also join their Raw Food Chef’s Academy here in Ubud.
Casa Luna Restaurant
Casa Luna lives up to its name by serving the food not from this world: legendary Paellas and Bali’s best dessert – lime tart. Their coffee and baked goods are not to be missed either. This Ubud Restaurant offers home-cooked, wholesome and affordable Mediterranean and Balinese dishes, many from the owner’s own cookbook, Bali: The Food of My Island Home.
Located 900 meters from the Ubud Palace, is a bistro terrace with complimentary canapés and cocktail lounge with live acoustic music by the river where you can also learn about wine at wine tasting Masterclass with Bridges’ sommelier Antoine.
Open-air Cafe in the heart of Ubud, endorsed by the local chapter of International Slow Food, offering a fine selection of garden-to-tables dishes, snacks and other delicacies not only to vegetarians. You can also buy their garden and homemade jams and cookies at the Organic Farmers Market.
From Madrid to Ubud – this unique Japanese-Spanish fusion cafe in Jalan Sugriwa is twinned with Sopa Cafe in Madrid and offers a 100% vegetarian and mostly vegan fare where you can taste anything from a warm pumpkin soup to a cool nourishing gazpacho or banana flower salad. If you have a sweet tooth their famous choco & coconout vegan pie is a must.
Need somewhere to stay in Ubud?
These beautiful hotels will not only give you a relaxing nights sleep in true luxury but they have healthy food menus to die for.
With their bar and dining experience overlooking their emerald green pool that seemingly floats above the lush green valley below you couldn’t have a more perfect setting. They prepare both Balinese cuisine and an international menu the fresh fruits and vegetables supplied locally.
Alila Ubud, Ubud
Complying with Slow Food Bali’s guidelines, Bambu Indah’s restaurant serves local cuisine from recipes that cross generations. They use vegetables and herbs harvested daily from their own gardens who are tended to by permaculture experts ensuring naturally delicious and nutritious food.
Bambu Indah, Ubud
Fivelements menu has been designed to give diners a gastronomic experience that nurtures body, mind and soul. Starting with the finest organic seasonal ingredients they provide high-energy plant-based nutrition that delights the senses and satisfies the soul.
Fivelments Puri Ahimsa, Mambal nr Ubud, Bali
Serving up cold pressed living juices, healthy spa cuisine, delicious pasta and pizzas and the regional cuisine of Thailand, Japan, China, India and Indonesia, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining. Set in verdant rice fields and tropical gardens it is a feast for all your senses.
Maya Ubud Resort & Spa, Ubud