Known for its lush hillside, rice paddies, monkey forest and huge yoga scene.
As I am totally not into monkeys (saw a child get bitten by one, swear I am scarred for life), and lets face it, I’m a pretty uncoordinated yogi, Ubud for me was about the food. Suprise!
We had a few solid days to explore plenty of good cafes and restaurants in Ubud- our list was super long so we only ticked off so many. 10 in 3 nights is still a impressive effort I think- so here are the places we dined at below.
Get those stretchy yoga pants at the ready (for eating that is, love a stretchy waistband!)
Hello Italian food! Blackbeach is just out of the main drag and boasts a delicious menu dishing out all things Italian and carbs- if pizza and pasta are your think you will love this place. They have a decent size eating area both inside and open aired second level (also good for a sneaky sunset), and take reservations. We both ordered pizzas and they were thin, crispy, delicious and MASSIVE. Literally roll me home. They also had craft beers which gave it extra points from the boyfriend.
You can find Blackbeach at Jl. Hanoman 5, Ubud, Bali
The Night Rooster
Technically more about the drinks as apposed to the food, but well worth adding to the list. The Night Rooster is by the crew at Locavore, so you can expect quality. This bar exceeded all my expectations- the interior is cosy with class and the drinks menu is beyond impressive. We tried 4 different cocktails and each one blew my mind- I don’t want to give too much away but there’s blow torching, caramelising fruit and smouldering herbs on the menu. Cocktails are on the pricier side but they are well worth the dosh. To go with the drinks there is a small bar menu, with everything from toasties, cheese platters and even meatballs.
You can find Night Rooster at 10B Jalan Dewi Sita, Ubud.
Conveniently tacked on to the front of our accommodation, Kassava dishes out healthy and delicious fare that reminds me of home. If you are after a cracking breakfast they make a mean Eggs Benedict and Banana Pancakes. If lunch and dinner is more your thing then don’t look past their Mei Goreng with satay or their Beef Randang Burger with Fried Sweet Potato. Seriously good stuff. Next to the restaurant is a bar that dishes out a range of beverages including cocktails, wine and non alcoholic options, making it a perfect place to kick up the heels if find yourself just out of the town centre.
You can find Kassava at Jl. Raya Nyuh Kuning, Pengosekan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali
Sopa Garden (Warung Sopa)
Vegetarians unite, this will be your new stomping ground. Sopa Garden offers a plant-centric menu with a strong Indonesian influence, covering everything from Nasi Goreng to the Nasi Campur with the option of plenty add ons- think currys, spring rolls etc at a very affordable price. The interior is airy and beautiful- there’s plenty of big tables with floor cushions making it the perfect place for a long lunch or working space. If you want to stop in for a drink they have a heap of options- theirs everything from coconuts to Tumeric teas. My pick- the Lemongrass hot tea.
You can find the Sopa Garden at Jl.Sugriwa no.36 Padang Tegal Ubud Bali
If you love bread and baked goods you are going to LOVE this place. Casa Luna dishes out delicious pasties, cakes and the best Lime and Papaya meringue tart that you can get your hands on. They also offer a range of freshly baked breads, lunches and dinners all in a open aired restaurant that caters to all sizes of groups. I haven’t had a full meal here, only desserts, but have heard great things. On the same property they also have a cooking school- my mum and I did one of their classes and market tours 2 years ago and it was worth it’s weight in gold and so much fun.
You can find Casa Luna at Jln. Raya Bunutan, Ubud Gianyar 80571 Ubud
Looking for a decent latte that doesn’t need sugar? Look no further than Anuman. Up a skinny and rather tall staircase, this cafe sits on a second floor looking out over the busy streets of Ubud. The cafe itself is bright and fun, with lots of succulents and plant life dotted around the place. It’s very quaint and small, and provides the perfect hideaway from the hustle and bustle. The coffee here didn’t need sugar when we visited (always a good sign), and the staff were welcoming and friendly. The coffee list is long and also affordable so it ticks a lot of boxes.
You can find Anuman Coffee at Jl Hanoman No 60, Ubud, Bali
This place was recommended by my yogi friend, and what a fab recommendation it was. Kafe was a breath of fresh air- lots of space, friendly staff, good wifi and a long breakfast and lunch menu. Their drinks menu is just as long- you can say hello to cold pressed juices, smoothies, lassies and natural sodas. When we visited we only had drinks (a pit stop to escape the sun), but I was spying on our neighbours food and it looked mightly delicious. We loved our Peanut Lover smoothie and Something Green juice, and couldn’t resist a Raw Chocolate Spirulina Mint Slice on the side- so rich and delicious, you’d never know it was good for your insides!
You can find Kafe next to Tegun Galeri,at Jl Hanoman # 44B, Padang Tegal, Ubud
If Vietnamese and Thai food are your jam then you will be mighty satisfied. Buddha Bowl is fresh, fast and delicious- dishing out tasty curries, salads and rolls. Most food options have a strong Thai influence- like their Jungle Curry and Beef Salad- YUM. Our picks included the Banh Mie and the Roasted Pork Rice with crispy pork and homemade honey topping sauce- seriously sweet and sour. They also make a super refreshing honey, lime and mint iced tea and honey, lime and mint fresh squash- the perfect quencher from the humidity!
You can find Buddha Bowl at Jl. Pengosekan, Ubud
This place was busy when we visited and there’s no doubting why. Atman Kafe has a big vegan food menu, and ridiculously long drinks menu. We only had drinks here and managed to snag a table at the front looking out onto the main street- the perfect place to people watch. A quick look over the menu had me drooling over the sounds of burritos, currys and noodles, all at reasonable prices. The service here was efficient and friendly, and their berry smoothie was tangy and delicious. Atman also has a sister shop called ‘Atman Culture’ down the road that serves icecream by the scoop- the Coconut is divine and worth a try!
You can find Atman Kafe at Jl Hanoman 38, Padang Tegal, Ubud
Grandpas Coffee and Eats
If you need a break from crazy Ubud shopping then this is the perfect spot. Grandpas is a little cafe with an industrial interior and cheery vibe, dishing out strong coffees and cool drinks. In terms of food they have a cracking breakfast menu (I need to try the homemade Apple and Cinnamon Pancakes, YUM!), as well as burgers, sandwiches, mexican food and dessert spring rolls. We popped into this joint for a coffee and I was impressed- also a sucker for the beautiful coffee cups. The other half had a Choco Raspberry Latte with espresso, choco powder, raspberries, milk and honey which he devoured so we know its a winner and one to put on your list.
You can find Grandpas Coffee and Eats at Jl. Wenana Wana, Ubud, Gianyar-Bali
Hidden off the main drag, Hujan Locale was one of my favourite food experiences in our whole Bali trip. The menu is long, the food is incredible and the service was fantastic. I honestly can’t say anything negative about this place- everything from the plating of the food to the flavours were perfect. Hujan Locale also works with local farmers and producers to source their fare, as well as picking from their kitchen garden and farm- so you know you’re getting fresh and quality food. We ate the ‘Kari Kambing Aceh’- slow braised Sumatran curry lamb with Roti Canai and the Black Smoked Ham Pizza. The lamb curry fell apart as you picked it up and the flavours were sensational. For dessert we chose the Seasonal Tropical Fruit- as tasty as it was beautiful. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough!
You can find Hujan Locale at Jalan Sri Wedari 5, Ubud, Bali
Delicious food breakfast, lunch and dinner- Watercress seriously ticks all the boxes. We had our last meal in Ubud here and it was a winner. The menu covers a range of foods, from Indonesian to Western choices, and catering for veggies and meat lovers. My partner and I are meat lovers so we opted for the shared meat platter, filled with everything from steak and sausages, topped off with sides of sweet corn, BBQ’d capsicum and salads. It was a massive feast and comes highly recommended from the restaurant- and now highly recommended from me too. We also had the entrees of Pork Belly and the Chicken Wings which were also super tasty. Definitely one to pop on the list!
You can find Watercress at Jl Monkey Forest Ubud, Bali – Indonesia
Have you ever visited Ubud? Do you have any foodie haunts to recommend? I’d love to hear about them!