Ubud Ubud is Bali’s cultural heart. While it is now home to yoga studios, raw vegan restaurants and boutiques that appeal to the Eat, Pray, Love-toting traveler, Ubud also has endless cultural wonders to discover. Monkey Forest Road is the epicenter of Western-geared establishments, but get a little of the beaten path and you’ll be rewarded with stunning temples, gorgeous vistas and many locals performing their daily rites. Come to dip your toe into Balinese culture.
El Merkat Bali Jl. Raya, Uluwatu Uluwatu’s culinary scene doesn’t come close to Ubud’s or Canggu’s, but El Merkat would feel at home in either. Serving tapas like carpaccio and patatas bravas, salads, pastas and wines by the glass, it’s a great break from the nasi goreng (fried rice) at your local warung. [$$]
Salumeria Jl. Tanah Barak No.47, Canggu Run by an Australian chef, the stylish and sleek Salumeria specializes in Italian salumi and cheeses produced entirely in Bali. Also on the menu are sandwiches, salads, tiramisu and Italian cocktails like Aperol spritz and negroni. [$$]
Gypsy Jl. Pura Batu Mejan, Gg. Munduk Catu No 1, Echo Beach, Canggu Just a few minutes off the beach, Gypsy is a super chic, bohemian enclave for breakfast and a fresh juice in the morning and healthy local dishes and great cocktails at night. [$$]
Old Man’s Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong, Kuta Utara, Canggu The essential Canggu beach bar, Old Man’s is the best place to go for a cold Bintang at sunset. It turns into quite the party spot at night, but it’s low key during the day. [$$]
Moksa Sayan, Ubud A rustic-chic restaurant set on their own permaculture farm, Moksa serves beautiful meals made with produce from the fields. The menu includes both raw and cooked dishes, but all are healthy and as fresh as you can get. [$$]
Yellow Flower Cafe Penestanan, Ubud Set in leafy, residential Penestanan, Yellow Flower serves a fabulous menu of homemade, healthy dishes (many of which are vegan or vegetarian) in a welcoming, open-air space. It’s perfect for lunch after a class at the fantastic Intuitive Flow yoga studio next door. [$]