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, there is no shortage of vegan restaurants in Ubud which makes this laid back jungle town 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 in Ubud for three months and during that time ate at countless restaurants. These are our top 5 favorites for vegan food in Ubud that we kept coming back to:
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. They also have an organic market and the world’s first vegan cinema, Paradiso, on the bottom floor.
Earth Cafe has one of the most extensive vegan menus in Bali with plenty of options for anyone seeking comfort foods like sandwiches, pasta, burgers and desserts. Even though the prices at Earth Cafe are 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. If you need some help we recommend that you try the creme filled crepe, seitan schnitzel, the pesto pasta or a DIY salad. Also, 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 restaurant in Indonesia) is called Bubu’s Warung and is located in Penestanan next to Prima. The warung is run by Bubu and her sister. They serve a wide array of local dishes as well as a handful of health drinks with turmeric, ginger, and assorted fruit shakes. It’s not all vegan or vegetarian though, so don’t forget to order without fish sauce. However, what truly makes them stand out is their Tempeh Goreng which is 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 for the best vegan food in Ubud.
Bubu’s opening hours can be somewhat sporadic. 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. 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. In addition, a few times a year the owner conduct a complete Raw Chef Certification course.
Seeds of Life is the place to go to 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, as well as 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. It's not very big but 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. They serve a white pizza and a red pizza, a few pasta dishes, a tempeh panini, and scrambled tofu. All of 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. There is a seating area overlooking the road on the first floor, the kitchen on the second floor, and another 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 Spots for Vegan Food in Ubud:
Yellow Flower Cafe - This bohemian locally owned spot is nestled in the hills of Penestanan. It's 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- This oasis offers more of a fine dining experience with a separate raw vegan menu. Taksu is located in a beautiful and relaxing garden with a spa on the premises. They also 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.
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