Ubud is a perfect destination for vegetarians. The Balinese weather supports the growth of delicious veggies and juicy tropical fruits. Most restaurants have vegetarian options and try to locally source organic products, some of them even have their own permaculture garden. The results are mouthwatering vegetarian dishes: you’ll be spoiled for choice.
With a breathtaking view on the Tjampuhan Ridge, the airy terrace of The Elephant is the spot in Ubud to have both a relaxing and healthy weekend brunch. All the dishes on the menu are 100% vegetarian, sourced and prepared in a sustainable manner, with vegan and gluten-free options if requested. The food here is not only good, but “does good.” The Elephant is recognized by the Slow Food movement for their environmentally-aware and socially-fair work practices.
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, such as the local jamu, a mix of coconut water and turmeric. A must-try.
An absolute gem of a place located in Sayan, north-west Ubud. Their mission is to offer “food that loves you back.” Well, they do: everything they prepare is 100% plant-based and locally sourced from their permaculture garden. Also, they have a yoga studio named the Moksa Dojo meaning “place of enlightenment,” surrounded by lush tropical nature. What’s better than a yoga class followed by a mouthwatering vegan/veggie meal?
Opened by the same owners of The Elephant in April 2018, Dumbo is all about wood-fired Italian food, 100% vegetarian. But there’s more. They have a coffee lab and an amazing cocktail bar. From breakfast to dinner, through cheeky aperitivos—Italian-style happy hours—you can taste the freshness of the products, sourced by their permaculture garden and grown in compost-enriched and spring-fed soils in north-central Bali. Also, 1% of all profits are donated to orangutan conservation in Indonesia. Food for good at its best. Do try their fried zucchini flowers.
Another great organic establishment, Kafe dishes out amazing veggie bites, juices and house-made soft drinks. Healthy breakfast options are available and the breakfast menu goes well into the afternoon too, supplemented by burritos, salads and sandwiches.
From the menu to the ambiance, this restaurant is all about freshness. The open-air concept is perfect for enjoying the lovely green surroundings, as Sari Organik shares the neighborhood with expansive rice fields and a vegetable garden. The restaurant serves meals with fresh-from-the-garden ingredients; you can even ask to pick the produce yourself. Their menu has a wide selection, from rice and veggies to their very own homemade wines, produced with a touch of tropical fruits. Vegetarian, vegan and non-vegan options available.
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 gluten-free options for most dishes as well, so there’s plenty on offer for those with dietary requirements.
Warung Prima philosophy is sweet and simple: one dish, but deliciously made. They serve amazing nasi campur—mix rice—all vegetarian. Perfect for a healthy meal surrounded by the Balinese tropical forests.
“Warung” in Indonesian means little family-owned business. Warung Sopa has the same cozy ambiance as any local shop, offering customers a sweet homely feeling to enjoy their food. It has buffet and à la carte options, perfect for a cheap meal and good time with friends.
Bamboo-made interiors and comfy cushions made Atman Kafe one of the coziest restaurants and cafés in Ubud. The menu is vast, with dishes inspired by cuisines from all over the world. One of their best sellers is the avocado feta toastie: the ciabatta is something special. Vegan, vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available.