Dining out in central Ubud
Dining out in central Ubud
Ubud, just 45 minutes north of the southern Bali area, has become more chic, more sophisticated each year, with something for every taste and budget being added.
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There are the long established Balinese restaurants that showcase Balinese dance like Café Wayan on Monkey Forest Road that hold cooking classes as well, the iconic Café Lotus where you can watch Balinese dance in a temple on the other side of a gorgeous lotus pond and Laka Leke, a traditionally gracious Ubud garden restaurant above Monkey Forest which has performances and cooking classes daily.
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For more contemporary dance experiences, Café Havana on Jalan Dewisita has salsa dancing most nights, while Bamboo has live music and CP Lounge has a live band daily and late night dancing in its club area. Bamboo offers live reggae music most nights and usually attracts a lively crowd.
In the same street is Locavore where you will find exquisite concoctions of locally grown food that will engage and expand your dietary preferences.
Murni’s Warung is a favourite of mine during the day, with eating at one of the dining levels cascading down a ravine inside the jungle just minutes from downtown Ubud, a magical experience.
Blackbeach on Jalan Hanoman offers quality Italian dining and screens arty and unusual films and TV series while Earthcafe and Market screens ‘greenie’ type movies and also offers vegetarian and holistic food in their restaurant and healthfoods and products in their store.
Just down the road from Blackbeach is Clear Café, (as of May 2015 undergoing renovations after a fire Xmas 2014. and moved to temporary premises – see their page for the map – and scheduled to re-open late 2015) which unusually for Bali, does not serve alcohol as well as being non smoking, which is a delightful option for dining out in central Ubud and also has a health food store attached.
Further down Jalan Hanoman is Bali Buda health food restaurant and store.
Bali Buda, Seeds of Life, Soma, and Juice Ja Café along with Earthcafe and Market are all oases amidst the hustle of daily Ubud, and are health and holistic oriented businesses, havens for yogis and other health conscious people who descend on Ubud in Bali year round.
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Jalan Gautama, the street that runs from Jalan Dewisita (above the sports ground) to the market is really booming with funky little restaurants serving quality food way cheaper than their Kuta to Canggu area counterparts.
Seeds of life restaurant and yoga studio and tonic bar offer an amazing choice of vegan, gluten free and organic foods. while Soma is a typically gracious Ubud restaurant also catering to those whose outlook is more holistic and who love exotic juices.
Down the road Souly Butter Kitchen, while a tiny Ubud restaurant, continues the healthy and yogic vibe of this street.
Opened in mid 2015 and a restaurant that raises the bar somewhat re food quality as well as pricing in Ubud is Ubud restaurant Spice by Chris Salans, the man behind the famous Ubud French restaurant Mozaic and Mozaic Beachclub in Batu Belig.
Oops on Jalan Raya Ubud opposite the market has live music and good food and is a place that has both modern and traditional Ubud styling, and along with Nomad and Warung Bendega, Warung Gebung Sisi provide pretty much a standard, though of good quality (and safe for nervous Western stomachs!), variety of seafood, Indonesian dishes and a smattering of Western ones.
This page will grow as more restaurants are added to the options of dining out in central Ubud.
By Mark O’Brien, November 2014, updated Sept 2015
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