Eating Your Way Through Ubud

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Ubud is a foodie haven, especially if you’re vegan, gluten-free or just appreciate a delicious healthy meal. You would think the culture of juicing and veganism came to Ubud with the yoga fanatics, but the fact is that Balinese eat incredibly healthy (suckling pig aside). The great thing about eating out in Ubud is that you can get a taste of typical Balinese meals, right alongside chef created fusions that would rival the hippest tapas bars in the US. At half the cost. Our list of restaurants to try was way longer than the number of days we spent there, so this is by no means a “best of the best” list—but here’s our roundup of all the places we tried so you know what to expect and how much to budget for your trip to Ubud.


Cost: We spent Rp 218,000 at breakfast (about $16 USD)
Hours: 7:30am–11:00pm, 7 days a week

Kafe quickly became our favorite breakfast spot in Ubud, offering a range of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and organic dishes. It was one of the first “health cafes” opened in Ubud and has remained a staple ever since. They use local, chemical-free ingredients, and no plastics. Stroll in for a late breakfast and prepare for your taste buds to explode with unique dishes from Kitcheree to Rucola Eggs. Pair it with any of the many options of cold pressed juice, herbal elixirs, espresso drinks or an alkaline water. Best part about it? The most expensive breakfast plate was about $3.50 USD, so if you wanted, you could try a little bit of everything.

Cocoa Nut Latte

Buckwheat Pancakes with Berry Compote

Bubur Ayam with a side of mushrooms


Cost: We spent Rp 218,000 at breakfast (about $16 USD)
Hours: 9:00am–11:00pm, 7 days a week
Kismet is a kind of a hub for New Age artists and spiritual seekers in Ubud. When we visited, they were shuttling people to the Ancient Futures NewEarth Festival. Breakfast was a delightful experience, perched in the open-air upstairs restaurant with incense swirling around our heads. Get a small plate of Garlic Chili Lime Edamame or feast on the most popular dish, a Dragon Bowl, filled with tons of veggies and rice, and topped with satay skewers.

Boutique and drinks downstairs, restaurant upstairs.

Restaurant upstairs

This photo is deceiving. It was a stack—a lot more food than it appears to be!


Buddha Bowl

Cost: We spent Rp 218,000 at lunch (about $16 USD)
Hours: 8:00am–11:00pm, 7 days a week
Yes, we understand that we ate at a Thai restaurant in Bali. No regrets though! They serve a mix of Thai and Vietnamese staples that were delicious and filling.

Northern Thai noodles

Refreshing juices


Cost: We spent Rp 250,000 at dinner (about $19 USD)
Hours: 6:30am–midnight, 7 days a week
We happened across this hotel restaurant right as we were getting hungry for dinner and decided to stop in on a whim. It’s not the place for trending vegetarian fusions, but it’s a great place to try authentic Indonesian staples like Nasi Campur or Satay.

Gana Restaurant

Mie Goreng

Who's Who

Cost: We spent Rp 189,000 at dinner (about $14 USD)
Hours: 12:10pm–9:00pm, or 7:00pm–9:00pm on Wednesdays
This was a restaurant recommended to us first from the internet, and then from our Airbnb host. Two nights in a row we tried to eat here and they were either closed or fully booked, so reservations are definitely recommended. With the bar set pretty high in expectations, we ended up disappointed in our experience, with the uninspired recipes seeming like they could have been much more flavorful. But the ambiance in an open air A-frame hut could make for an enjoyable night under the right circumstances!

Who’s Who Restaurant


Cost: We spent Rp 184,000 at lunch (about $14 USD)
Hours: 8:00am–10:00pm, 7 days a week
Another delightful find we happened upon. We were needing a heavy snack between brunch and dinner, and Folk definitely hit the spot with offerings like Cauliflower Tempura with Hummus. Being in the heat of the day, we also sampled their fruit juice and smoothies which were the perfect midday pick-me-up. Wish we could have gone back to sample more of their menu!


The whole interior is painted

Cauliflower Tempura

Anomali Coffee

Cost: We spent Rp 78,000 (about $6 USD)
Hours: 7:00am–10:00pm, 7 days a week
Jet-lagged and sun-weary, an iced coffee from Anomali was just what we needed to get us through our jam-packed days in Ubud. They are located right on the corner of the main intersection, so it’s an easy to find, great place to take a break!

Anomali Coffee

Seniman Coffee

Cost: We spent Rp 96,000 (about $7 USD)
Hours: 8:00am–10:00pm, 7 days a week
Located off the main road, this coffee studio draws digital nomads who set up shop with their laptops to work. We visited quite late at night and were surprised to be served de-constructed drinks. Coffee connoisseurs will surely find this place fascinating. Or annoying.

“Deconstructed” Affagato at Seniman Coffee

Warung Cenik

Cost: We spent Rp 70,000 at dinner (about $5.25 USD)
Last but not least, we are including this small noodle shop on our list, not to recommend that you seek it out, but just to show you how good you can eat for cheap in Ubud. Though Ubud is full of amazing hipster restaurants, those on a tight budget will be happy to know that you can get dinner for two with a large water bottle and two cokes for as little as $5.25USD. There are small restaurants like this everywhere, and though they may not be instagrammable with the perfect ambiance, you sure can get a good day’s meal there!

Mie Goreng

With an abundance of affordable and delicious restaurants, a stay in Ubud is easy on the wallet and delightful for the taste buds!

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