Ubud is the perfect place for vegans and raw food aficionados because we’re blessed with an abundance of restaurants and cafes that strive to offer super nutritious plant-based dishes that look good, taste good and do good for the body. Whether you’ve cut out animal products completely, or just want a spectacular meal sans meat, these are our top picks for raw food and vegan cafes in Ubud that are taking plant-based cuisine to a whole new level.
Established in 2011, Alchemy holds the title as Bali’s first 100% vegan cafe and juice bar, and today they draw in crowds of conscious eaters looking to get their live food fix. Everything on the menu here is raw, vegan and made with produce from their organic farm, and they strive to make everything by hand with as little processing as possible to retain the nutrients and freshness of each ingredient.
Start with a re-fuelling Electrolyte drink with coconut water, ginger and lime, or one of their cold-pressed juices like the Classic Green with cucumber, parsley, spinach, kale and celery sucked up through a plant stalk straw. Then move on over to the salad bar where you can pile your raw greens with toppings like eggplant pad thai, cashew cheese, seasoned nuts and coconut noodles. Drizzle it with your choice of dressing like creamy basil and you’re good to go. Be sure to try one of their awesome raw cacao cakes for dessert.
Besides offering fresh vegan cuisine in a chilled-out setting, Alchemy also has a retail space where you can grab healthy snacks, natural skincare products and chemical-free cleaning products. And if you really want to kick your body into healthy high gear, head to their holistic clinic for ozone therapy, hydro colon therapy, acupuncture or a nutritional consultation.
Jalan Raya Penestanan Kelod, Ubud
T: +0361 971 902
H: Daily 7am – 9pm
How many places do you know of where you can sit down for a meal and gaze out at the exact spot where your food came from? Welcome to Moksa, a gorgeous vegan and raw food restaurant surrounded by expansive permaculture gardens, rice fields and subak system streams.
Moksa is the brainchild of I Made Janur and Chef I Made Runatha, both formerly from Fivelements. When they set out to create a restaurant, they knew they wanted to do something different, something community-based, sustainable, and focused on living foods.
Approximately 50 to 70 per cent of the food used in the Moksa kitchen comes directly from the garden, and each dish is plant-based, only slightly heated if at all, and expertly prepared by Chef Made in a variety of innovative and intensely flavourful ways.
Your meal could include dishes like the Jackfruit Tacos with meaty shredded and spiced jackfruit in a crispy corn shell with tomato salsa and coconut sour cream, or the Asam Laksa Noodle with barbecued seitan, char siew tofu and crunchy veggies in a tangy and fiery broth.
The food at Moksa is cleverly created to bring the most out of the pure ingredients. However, unlike some other raw food places, the vibe here is extremely laid-back and utterly unpretentious. You won’t find a ‘healthier than thou’ attitude, and chances are you’ll be greeted by name after just one visit.
Puskesmas Ubud II, Gg. Damai, Ubud
T: +62 0361 479 2479
H: Tues – Sun: 10am – 9pm
Sage is an eclectic vegan restaurant where the vibe is contemporary and chic, yet still super cosy, and the food is a fabulous mash-up of different spices and flavours influenced by the owners’ travels around the globe. The underlying concept is good, clean food made with local and organic products and prepared from scratch and by hand.
The menu features a fusion of unique flavours and cooking styles. Take for example the Tempeh Buffalo Wings made with crunchy corn-crusted tempeh served with a creamy vegan ranch and piquant buffalo sauce, or the Lonestar Sandwich with smoky marinated baked tofu topped with lettuce, sliced tomato, pickles and chipotle mayonnaise on homemade flatbread.
The veggie bowls and salads are also particularly good value, as you get a huge bowl teeming with fresh ingredients like baked purple sweet potatoes, steamed cauliflower, tofu, spinach and sautéed carrots. Be sure to check out their dessert board too for delish after-dinner treats.
Jalan Nyuh Bulan, Nyuh Kuning, Ubud
T: +62 0361 976 528
H: Daily 8am – 9:30pm
Fresh at Taksu
Located on a quiet corner of Jalan Goutama, Taksu consists of lovely terraces and pavilions spilling down the side of a jungle-clad ravine. Best known as a holistic healing hotspot for their rejuvenating spa sessions and yoga classes, they are also garnering rave reviews for Fresh, their raw food and vegan restaurant set in a tranquil garden.
The menu, created by Chef Arif, includes inspired creations made with organic produce sourced from Taksu’s own gardens on site and small organic farms they have partnered with. Each dish is artfully created using only vegan ingredients, and nothing is heated over 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius).
The culinary creations at Fresh include the Mini Lasagna piled high with vibrant layers of zucchini, sun-dried tomato marinara, almond pesto and citrus salad, the Avocado Tartare with crunchy peppers, fragrant coriander leaves and cashew cream cheese, and the Mini Tacos with baby romaine, walnut carnitas, cashew chipotle and organic heirloom tomatoes.
Jalan Goutama Selatan, Ubud
T: +62 0361 971 490
H: Daily 9am – 9pm
Garden Kafe at The Yoga Barn
The Yoga Barn is an iconic institution in Ubud for yoga classes and ecstatic dance sessions, but what many people may not know is that it is also home to a cute little garden cafe that serves up some mean living raw vegan food.The setting here is picturesque with tables looking out over the gardens, and you’ll find plenty of yoga peeps chilling out after their classes, as well as foodies looking for some clean eating cuisine.
Settle in at one of the wooden tables under an umbrella and start with a Super Anti-Oxidant Shake or a Liver Detox Shot with carrot and turmeric. Then you have your choice of a Breakfast Bowl filled with nutritious ingredients like fresh fruit, oats and seeds, or if it’s after 11am, an Organic Salad, Raw Coconut Green Curry or the Tricolour Soba Plate to name just a few options.
The Garden Kafe also specialises in Ayurvedic cuisine, which is associated with their Kush Ayurvedic Rejuvenation and Detox programs and can be customised for your unique body and mind type. Examples of their Ayurvedic dishes include the Red Lentil Dahl with whole wheat chapati and the hearty Kitcheree Mrdu stew with organic rice, split yellow lentils and a mild spice blend.
Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud
T: +62 0361 971 236
H: Daily 7:30am – 7pm
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