1. Earth Cafe
This store offers a “whole life concept” – aka, is a grocers and wellness store, as well as a cafe. It’s a great concept, and one that really appeals to the die-hard healthy eaters. So much so, that this is one of four locations on the island. I couldn’t spend the morning growing the shelves, new-age books, testing out organic hand creams and soaking up the vibe – it’s a pretty cool place. Serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner, these guys have something on the menu for everyone, at any given time of the day. Acai bowls, tacos, zucchini pasta, raw cakes, smoothies and teas are in abundance. Go wild.
2. Soma Café
This was my favourite evening eatery – set around courtyard with twinkly fairy lights, the menu caters for raw vegans and every other dietary requirement possible. Service is kinda slow, but hey, you’re in Bali. Just sip on the essential-oil infused water and kick back, man. Better yet, get the Ojas Booster Smoothie (Cacao, dates, cardamom, maca, cinnamon, cashew and coconut milk). For those looking for something hearty (give me some protein!), there’s delicious fish stew and some other meatier options. gentle live music is often humming away in the background. You’re bound to leave feeling blissed-out.
Alchemy Bali is the island’s first 100% raw vegan cafe & juice bar, organic health food store, and holistic clinic. It was my favourite casual dining spot (and I visited A LOT of places). The interior is kinda shabby (they were mid-renovation), but it only adds to the laid-back ambience. Try one of everything on the menu (especially the Hawaiian Pizza), and don’t go past the desserts. There’s tiny chocolates available, so make sure you share with a friend and pick as many as your stomach can manage. The peanut butter bars were my personal fave.
4. Garden Kafé at the Yoga Barn Ubud
Yoga barn is the sole reason many people visit Ubud. It’s an amazing yoga school with open-air studios set in lush surrounding forest. It’s also home to the Garden Kafe – a raw foodies delight. It also has a special menu geared towards the Ayurvedic way of eating – but if that that’s not your jam (your thinking the WHAT way?), the dishes are yummy regardless. Theres also a selection of cooked foods for those that need it. The ambiance is garden-romantic with a lovely view, overlooking the terraced lawn & amphitheatre of The Yoga Barn. Tip: service is definitely on Bali time. Get there an hour before you’re hungry!
5. The Seeds of Life
I visited here often on my trip to Ubud. One taste of the raw pizza and I was hooked. They also save up killer raw onion bread and jimaca chips that are not to be missed. This raw food cafe in the centre of town is also a Taoist Tonic Bar, serving up elixirs and remedies on their extensive drinks menu. If you have some time, check out their raw food classes (including raw chef certification), or treat yourself to a relaxing yoga class.
6. Fivelements Sakti Dining Room
if you’re looking for fine-dining in Bali (which isn’t easy to find) this has to the at the top of your list. Set in a luxury boutique style hotel that just has 9 rooms, this is where celebs come to hide out. It’s a 30 minutes drive from the main part of Ubud, bu the tranquility that greets you is well worth it. Escape the bustle of the town and enjoy the seclusion with amazing food. We’re talking the best raw food you will ever eat. The Raw Food Chef – Maddy- has been trained extensively in America. He knows to execute amazing flavour, presentation and grace with every dish. I was lucky enough to try the raw degustation menu, and sampled so many exquisite dishes. The kind of place you want your partner to propose (did I say too much?!), surrounded by flowing water and native forest. Get back to real food, and nature, in this slice of paradise.
7. Clear Cafe
Offering a delightful menu of frosty drinks, fresh fruit juices and hearty fare, Clear Café is an Ubud sanctuary. Most of the drinks are made with Irish moss, a mineral-rich seaweed and healing superfood. The menu is packed with plenty of vegetarian, vegan and raw options. – See more at: http://www.theurbanlist.com/melbourne/a-list/foodies-guide-ubud#sthash.68OCeqnd.dpuf
Enter through the beautiful Balinese doorway into this fine-dining experience. A must for a special occasion, this place is worlds away from the hippy vibe at most Ubud eateries. The menu is seasonal and ever-changing, as they make the best of the freshest available ingredients. It’s unlikely that any of the dishes you have here are similar to anything else you’ve eaten before. The menu is inspired, creative and delicious. These guys also run workshops to teach you how to re-create food masterpieces at home. Yes please!
Catering to vegans and veggies, this menu has less of a focus on health food, and more on delicious, hearty plates. Think burgers, waffles and chips. There’s still some delicious green salads to be had, but they come with a big helping of dressing too. Go here when you want to stuff yourself silly. You’re on holiday, after all.
10. The Elephant
These guys have a focus on sustainability, and gets the prize for the best view. Overlooking the beautiful Tjampuhan Ridge, head straight to the back of the restaurant for the best seats and you’ll be awarded with breathtaking scenery. The menu is HUGE, so take 20 minutes at least to browse all your options. Being 100% veggie, this is not the place to squash that protein craving, but there’s so many delicious options, I promise you won’t miss the meat!