As the cultural centre of Bali, Ubud is a must-stop on the itinerary of any traveler visiting Bali. But among the ancient temples and busy markets, you can also find some of the best vegan food on the island. Here are my top 5 vegan food spots in Ubud, Bali...
#1 - Zest:
"An oasis of calm, in an otherwise hectic area of the island."
One of my favourite vegan restaurants in Ubud, Zest is located just a short walk outside of the main Ubud centre, not far from the beautiful Campuhan Ridge Walk.
With a fairly extensive menu - all of which is vegan - you'll probably have a tough time deciding what to pick, and if you're anything like me you'll feel the need to come back several times just to try everything on the menu! Particularly worth mentioning is the jackfruit pizza, which is absolutely delicious.
The whole vibe of the place is great, and I love that they've created a trendy, upmarket spot that still doesn't stray too far from its Balinese roots with its style. Complete with fantastic valley views as a backdrop, Zest scores top marks and really solidifies itself as one of the best vegan restaurants in Bali. An absolute must-try!
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#2 - Warung Falafel:
"The best vegan 'street food' in Ubud"
Hidden amongst the stalls of Ubud market, 'Warung Falafel' is a great little vegan eatery to stop by when you're in central Ubud.
Boasting what may be the best Falafel in Bali, Warung Falafel is an informal spot that allows you to create your own wrap, pitta or bowl from the selection of ingredients at their salad bar. When it's ready you can either take a seat at the front of the shop and watch the crowds as they shop or take it with you to eat on the go. They even cut out plastic use by wrapping everything in banana leaves instead of more traditional single-use packaging, which is not only the more ecological option but also looks pretty cute.
So if you're looking for somewhere to grab a quick bite at lunch, be sure to stop by and enjoy some of the best falafel in Bali.
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#3 - Bella by Sage:
"Delicious, authentic Italian food... in Bali"
Ok, so Ubud definitely isn't the place you would expect to find amazing Italian food, but 'Bella by Sage' proves that assumption wrong.
Located just down the road from Zest and slightly out of Ubud centre, this new restaurant brings the tastes of Italy to Bali, and even better than that - all of it is vegan! Highlights include the BBQ jackfruit pizza, and even a vegan calzone! Unusually for Bali, here they actually use traditional dough bases for their pizzas, which makes a welcome change from the 'healthier' pizza crusts that you find in most places in Bali which offer vegan pizzas. They also have a nice selection of desserts and vegan cakes, so if you have some space left after devouring your pizza, be sure to give them a try.
If you're craving some more traditional European food during your trip, this place has you covered.
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#4 - The Seeds of Life:
"For the quintessential Ubud dining experience"
Perhaps the most 'stereotypical Ubud' restaurant on this list, 'The Seeds of Life' is a vegan and raw vegan haven not far from Ubud market. Whilst raw vegan is really the theme here, they do also offer warmed dishes too, and these are clearly marked on the menu. Examples of dishes on offer include raw pizzas, lasagnas, and various bowls, and even if you're a little skeptical of raw dining, I'd recommend giving it a try as this place may just change your mind.
The Seeds of Life really targets the yoga-loving hippies amongst us, with good wholesome food and lots of positive vibes. The relaxed atmosphere of the place is very refreshing, and it's easy to see the appeal of their less conventional approach to dining.
So if sitting on the floor, barefoot, whilst you tuck into some tasty, vegan dishes is your idea of a good time, then this place will be perfect for you.
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"My all-time favourite"
I've intentionally left one of the best until last. Hidden away outside of Ubud centre and surrounded by rice fields, 'Moksa' is truly a vegan heaven.
The food is SO good here, that I would go as far to say that it was one of the best meals I've ever eaten. It was THAT good. The jackfruit enchiladas are like a party in your mouth, and the hummus and roasted courgette starter is incredible. I'm pretty much a hummus connoisseur at this point in my life, which means I'm a pretty tough critic, but wow - one of the best hummus I've ever tried. I don't know what they do to make their food so darn tasty but I really wish I knew their secrets so that I could enjoy food this good every day of the week.
Not only is the food here incredible, but as a bonus they also use locally grown ingredients - some of which are even grown onsite in their own permaculture garden. I almost tripped over a jackfruit that was growing over the path on my way out, so that gives you an idea as to just how fresh this food is.
Moksa is a little more difficult to reach than the other restaurants on this list, but trust me, it is worth the trip. You definitely won't regret it.
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So there you have it - my top 5 recommendations for vegan food in Ubud, Bali! As always, let me know if you try any of these spots and what you think, or if I missed your favourite spot off the list!
All information provided in this guide is based on visits from June 2019. Please note that information may change or become outdated. If you notice information that is no longer correct, please let me know in the comments below!