Ubud is magic. Between rice fields and temples, the smell of burning incense and freshly cut offering flowers there is magic. And then there is the food. The vegan food in Bali is pure bliss and Ubud is the epicenter.
On my culinary quest I got the chance to discover the most delicious vegan food that I have ever tried in my life. Highly creative, infinitely delicious and incredibly affordable.
Before diving into it, let’s note that a lot of food in Bali is vegan to start with. The fresh fruit is growing from the trees and between bananas, papayas, mangos, pineapples, melons and jackfruit at each street corner it’s hard to choose. Balinese food is also heavily rice focused and incorporates a lot of tofu and tempeh as well as fresh local veggies, herbs and spices. So even at traditional warungs (restaurants) you will be fine as a vegan. A lot of snacks are also vegan such as local roasted peanuts and cashews or peanut sauce covered spinach leaves and sweet potato chips.
Now besides that, there are some real vegan/highly vegan friendly gems in Bali that I would love to give you a taste of:
Down to Earth in Seminyak
This was our first vegan spot that we tried in Bali and we were amazed. The chickpea burger with sweet potato fries is simply delicious. Their salads are plentiful and fresh and the Buddha bowl comes with a selection of local veggies and grains – so balanced and yummy. We also couldn’t get over the choice of vegan and raw desserts: lemon and chocolate tarts, Apple crumble, raw brownies and I could go on. Everything was delicious!
Sopa has two locations in Ubud. We went to the garden one where you could pick from freshly made salads, stews and other delicacies. The Indonesia tempeh dish is amazing and so is the tofu ball. The raw mango coconut tarte was a hit too and their local coffee (“Bali Kopi”) is amazing.
We ate at clear 4 times while staying in Ubud. That probably already says enough. The menu is not purely vegan but 80% plant based and also features a selection of raw dishes. There is no cuisine focus as you can find an eclectic choice of Asian, middle eastern and Western choices. We probably tried 90% of the menu and our favorites were definitely the raw tacos with coconut jerky, the gigantic Buddha salad with fresh greens, mixed seeds, apples, avocado and a delightful miso orange dressing as well as their Indian and Indonesian platters that came with a selection of specialties from each of these origins. The desserts are fantastic too, some are sweetened with honey though. Finally, get the sweet potato fries – they are addictive, and so is their home-made tomato chutney sauce!
Alchemy is the first raw place that was created on Bali and it’s a great spot for a healthy breakfast or lunch. They have both a breakfast and salad bar that lets you create your own bowl of happiness. Definitely impressed by the whipped coconut cream as well as the raw sushi rolls. The desserts are to die for. Adjacent to the restaurant and store is a boutique hotel/yoga studio/restaurant called “Shift” with a slightly higher end menu, designed by the co owner of alchemy. Great for a delicious smoothie or juice break too.
We discovered sage on our last night in Bali and had a true feast. The food is refined, creative and incredibly flavorful. The buffalo (tempeh) wings are incredible and so is the baked banana sandwich. My favorite were the Jackfruit tacos – they blew me away with their texture! Unfortunately I do not have pictures to share but I’ll be back for another feast – hopefully very soon 🙂
Also, Bali Buddha is a fantastic vegan friendly grocery paradise as well as a fresh bakery with vegan options. I bought plenty of local snacks such as savory crackers with seeds and pineapple, dried fruit, local roasted spicy cashews, cocoa chocolate health bars etc. A true paradise 🙂
Bali has many more vegan places and I can’t wait to go back. I was most amazed by the creativity, freshness and tastiness of everything I ate. No lows, just one high after another.