Ubud is the perfect place to try some excellent raw vegan food. The tropical climate gifts the island with the juiciest fruits and freshest vegetables, ideal ingredients for healthy and unique dishes. Following a raw-food diet consists of eating food in its natural state, neither cooked nor adulterated. Some restaurants also offer raw food and raw cooking classes, which are an awesome opportunity to learn alternative ways of cooking and eating.
Sayuri is more than a restaurant: it’s a space where like-minded people gather around the concept of “healing food.” Here you can enroll in raw-cooking, raw-food training and yoga classes. The space is cozy, permeated by the relaxing and serene vibes of its indoor and outdoor dining space. And the food, oh the food. Sayuri mainly serves raw-living and plant-based gluten-free dishes, simply cooked food incorporating the Ayurveda, Chinese and Macrobiotic principles. The raw-lasagne is a highlight.
Located in the village of Penestanan, Alchemy is the spot for a healthy meal with friends. The menu is vast and they have a salad bar where you can create your own dressing. The raw chocolate brownies are also a must-try. Alchemy is also an academy that offers a variety of raw vegan culinary courses and certifications.
Seeds of Life allows guests to dive deep into body and energy healing through different kinds of experiences and activities, including the raw-food café, the Taoist tonic bar, the Ancient Artisan Chinese Tea House and ashtanga yoga classes. Make sure to try the burger.
Located in the central Jalan Gootama, Soma has a beautiful and airy garden, perfect for enjoying the delicious menu with plenty of raw food, vegan and vegetarian options. They make their own fresh cashew milk and they often have live music playing.
An absolute gem in the heart of Ubud, Taksu is an oasis of relaxation offering yoga, spa and dining experiences, surrounded by a lush tropical garden. The menu is created by Chef Arif Springs, and offers both raw and vegan options. Do try the raw Lumpia—Balinese spring rolls—and Balinese tapas.
Another great organic establishment, Kafe dishes out amazing veggie, vegan and raw bites, juices and house-made soft drinks. Healthy breakfast options are available and the breakfast menu goes well into the afternoon as well, supplemented by burritos, salads and sandwiches.
Located in the oasis of peace of The Yoga Barn, the Garden Kafe serves a wide selection of vegan, vegetarian, raw and Ayurvedic food. The tofu-tempeh scramble and the breakfast burrito are divine. There’s also the Juice Bar that prepares healthy and detoxifying beverages, like the local jamu, a mix of coconut water and turmeric.
A focus on local, ethical produce defines Clear Café, and this ethos is evident in everything they do. Their work to promote and foster the produce of local Balinese farmers is laudable, as is their dedication to healthy eating and positive energy – they promote a belief that energy can be transferred through food, and therefore maintain a positive and upbeat atmosphere in the kitchen at all times. However, it is the quality of the food that comes out of that kitchen that really counts, and theirs is second to none. The cuisine is international, incorporating dishes from the Middle East, Thailand, Indonesia, Mexico, and India, with raw, vegan and vegetarian options.
There are a number of local healthy food joints in Ubud town, and Earth Café Ubud offers some interesting and healthy options; buckwheat pancakes, banana and date lassis and dragon balls. The place is 100% plant-based and has raw and gluten-free options as well, so there’s plenty on offer for those with dietary requirements.