Vegan Food in Ubud: Our Top 5 Favorite Restaurants
Celebrated as the arts and cultural center of Bali, Ubud is a traditional town filled with museums, temples, and amazing restaurants. Located amidst the mountains, the weather here is cooler and the rice fields are abundant. Best of all, it's a vegan food lover’s paradise! Home to a creative raw vegan food scene and a thriving yoga community, it is easy to understand why some people get stuck here and eventually end up calling Ubud home. In fact, we were those people. Last year we fell in love with the endless vegan food choices, the lush green jungle, and relaxed pace of life. We ended up renting a home there for three months and during that time ate at countless restaurants. These are our top 5 favorites that we couldn’t stay away from for long:
1. Earth Cafe
Down to Earth Cafe in Ubud is part of a bigger vegan concept made up of several cafes, restaurants, and shops all around Bali. The location in Ubud is in a large two story building with the colorful main restaurant on the top floor and an organic market and the world’s first vegan cinema, Paradiso, on the bottom floor.
They have the most extensive vegan menu in Bali with plenty of options for anyone seeking comfort foods like sandwiches, pasta, burgers and desserts. Even though the prices at Earth Cafe is a bit on the expensive side it's still a place that every vegan or vegetarian visiting Ubud has to visit at least a few times. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the large menu and if you need some help we recommend that you try the seitan schnitzel, the pesto pasta or a DIY salad, and if you’re a chocolate lover you shouldn’t miss the raw chocolate mousse cupcake!
2. Bubu's Warung
You might already know that Indonesia is the birthplace of the tempeh but did you know that some of the best tempeh can be found in Ubud?
Our favorite warung (which is a small family owned restauraunt in Indoesia) is called Bubu’s Warung and is located in Penestanan next to Prima. The warung is run by Bubu and her sister and they serve a wide array of local dishes (it’s not all vegan or vegetarian though so don’t forget to order without fish sauce), as well as a handful of health drinks with turmeric, ginger, etc. However, what truly makes them stand out is their Tempeh Goreng (fried tempeh). It’s fried to golden crispy perfection and served with the best peanut sauce we’ve ever eaten. This dish alone is what makes Bubu’s Warung worthy of a spot on our list.
Bubu’s opening hours are somewhat sporadic so you will just have to show up and hope they’re open, your best bet is to check it out in the afternoon to early evening.
3. Seeds of Life
This 100% fully raw vegan restaurant in central Ubud is the hangout spot for all spiritual yogis, health enthusiasts, and vegans alike. At Seeds of Life they have managed to make raw food both creative and exciting, and they’ve proven once again that you don’t have to limit yourself due to lifestyle choices. The comprehensive menu at SOL is packed full of superfoods and consists of everything from chocolate breakfast brownies, pancakes, pizza, and sandwiches to salads, smoothie bowls and a fridge full of stunning desserts. They also offer a daily special, a tonic bar, Mysore ashtanga yoga classes, and a few times a year they conduct a complete Raw Chef Certification course.
Seeds of Life is the place to go if you’re looking to experience some awesome raw food or are in need of a spirulina fix.
Sage is a Mexican inspired all vegan restaurant located behind the Monkey Forest. They offer two smaller menus, one for breakfast and one for lunch and dinner, and a few different desserts (the three layer chocolate cake is to die for!). We quickly fell in love with their breakfast menu, especially their Naamlette which is a mungbean omlette. We recommend going through the menu at least once. Trust us it’s worth it!
Breakfast is served until 11:00 am but keep in mind that Sage is very popular and that they sometimes run out of breakfast items. Try to show up a little earlier to avoid disappointment.
5. Black Beach
In central Ubud, on Jalan Hanoman, lays an Italian gem with the most price worthy food in all of Ubud. They have an extensive Italian menu with several well marked vegan options such as a white pizza and a red pizza, a few pasta dishes, a tempeh panini, and scrambled tofu. All the items on the menu are fairly priced and some are even comparable to local food. And for you coffee lovers out there, you can enjoy a super creamy soymilk cappuccino for 18,000 IDR ($1.30)!
Black Beach is located in a three story building with a seating area overlooking the road on the first floor, kitchen on the second floor, and a seating area with a great view over Ubud on the top floor. Every Wednesday evening the top floor turns into a movie theater with screenings of popular films from all over the world. Contact the restaurant for a schedule.
Other Popular Vegan Spots in Ubud:
Yellow Flower Cafe - Nestled in the hills of Penestanan, this bohemian locally owned spot is a great place to indulge in some tropical smoothie bowls.
Alchemy -This 100% raw vegan restaurant in Penestanan is loved by many and is popular among expats. They offer a smoothie bowl bar in the morning and a salad bar with a few entrees during lunch and dinner.
Moksa - An all vegan garden-to-plate experience with a focus on permaculture and sustainability. They offer beautifully crafted fine dining dishes.
The Elephant - A vegetarian restaurant across the street from the Bintang Supermarket in Penestanan. They have a few good vegan options and probably one of the best restaurant views in Ubud.
Taksu- Offers more of a fine dining experience with a separate raw vegan menu. Located in a beautiful and relaxing garden with a spa on the premises. They have a vegan cheese platter, need we say more?!
Clear Cafe - A two story establishment in central Ubud with a great ambiance and a couple of vegan options.