15 vegan and vegetarian friendly restaurants to try in Ubud

17th November 2014

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With its abundance of wellness centers, spas and yoga studios, it’s no wonder Ubud has such a vibrant healthy, raw/vegan, and organic restaurant scene. And if you’ve been following us for some time, you’ll know that this is right up our alley! It is, in fact, one of the many reasons why we lingered around Ubud for so long.

Eating vegan in Ubud is generally more for the flashpacker’s budget (especially if you want to taste everything like we did!), but we were happy to splurge because very few cities in South East Asia cater to vegans as well as Ubud does. We spent nearly three weeks in Ubud and felt that we made the rounds enough to present you with our very own guide to vegan food in Ubud. The options are seemingly endless though, and we still didn’t manage to chew through our whole wishlist. Let us know if you visit any of these restaurants and what you thought.

1. NINE HEAVEN VEGAN WARUNG

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This is a new restaurant that opened where ‘Vegan Warung’ used to be. Perhaps because they couldn’t be bothered to change the sign on the door, this restaurant is thankfully also vegan. They serve all the traditional Indonesian staples plus some (quite rare in this neck of the woods) Korean-inspired fares. The kimchi pancake was out of this world – I just dribbled on my keyboard writing this. Crispy, spicy, oily, messy, delicious. The bakso and ramen were also mouthwatering: the bakso balls were surprisingly great for mock meat and the ramen was super spicy. Soups are the things I feel I’m missing out on the most in South East Asia, so whenever there’s a vegan version of something available, I always try that. These ones didn’t disappoint. What did disappoint however was the bibimbap: aside from a meagre portion of kimchi, it was very bland and garnished with a big squirt of something resembling ketchup. Otherwise, the food doesn’t seem to be very consistent: we returned for seconds a few days later and the kimchi pancakes were spongier and less crisp, and the ramen was, while equally tasty, presented quite differently. Certainly there are teething problems in any new restaurant and we still recommend you to give them a try.

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    2. SARI ORGANIK

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    The one thing our AirBnB neighbour said to us as she checked out of her room and left is “go to Sari Organik”. A quick search online to validate that it was indeed worth a visit and we were on our way, galloping through rice fields so beautiful that I actually got goosebumps. Sari Organik possibly has one of the most beautiful settings I have ever seen, set right amidst the rice terraces. They boast a mostly organic, mostly vegetarian (although there are loads of vegan options) menu. We tried the longtong, a curry made of vegetables, tempeh, tofu and discs of rice cooked in banana leaf and the tofulafel platter. Both were delicious, if maybe a little small.  On our second visit, we tried the raw vegan thai soup and the tofu tempura salad. The soup was very small and quite bitter, but the salad was crispy, fresh and a pleasingly different take on the usual fried tofu. Food aside, it is a lovely place to be and definitely deserves a visit. Their daily special juices and smoothies go wonderfully with the gorgeous sunsets.

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      3. WULAN VEGETARIAN WARUNG

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      A cute joint with floor seatings located five minute walk from our accommodation (we found ourselves there a lot!), and two minutes from the much hyped Mama’s Warung. There isn’t really a menu, just a couple of items to chose from on a blackboard and a basket of exotic fruits on the counter for juicing. Food was prepared before our eyes by a lady while her daughter danced and sang along to the Bohemian Rhapsody. The place had won me over before I even saw the color of the rice. We both ordered the tempeh curry with spinach and nuts and a watermelon juice, and it was more than we could have hoped for from such a simple location. The dish was served ‘nasi campur’ style, with a lot of yummy little sides such as corn fritters, spicy tomato salad, tiny potatoes in some delicious gravy and the mandatory dollop of sambal. Really delicious and really cheap. We went back about 5 or 6 times.

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        4. WARUNG SEMESTA

        It was quite dark when we visited, so no photo. Semesta is a large and airy two storey restaurant with a mix of meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan dishes like so many others. It’s a very lovely quaint place to have dinner. We both had a dish consisting of fragrant rice cooked in a banana leaf, tofu, tempeh, fritters and sambal which was really good and felt very authentic. The only low point was the accompanying steamed greens in tomato sauce – fantastically healthy but it just felt a little bland. They also have a great menu of healthy green juices.

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          5. DAYU’S WARUNG

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          Very healthy. Like, the kind of healthy we cook back home but we have forgotten how to enjoy from an overload of MSG those past 10 months. The food here is made with quality ingredients and organic fresh produce that shines through with minimal seasoning. The menus were kind of confusing and took a while to figure out, in the end we ordered from the “special today” vegan menu: we had the mungbeans spinach burger and the rice noodle beans Thai curry. The burger was especially plentiful. On our second visit we had the tempeh pumpkin lasagna and the sweet potato veggie coconut sandwich and that was even more delicious than the first time, if that’s even possible. Some might call this hippy food. We found it very homey.

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            6. LIVING FOOD LAB

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            Cyber-expat-raw-vegan-modern-barefoot-runner-superfood-yogi-laptop central. I want to say bad things about this place, but alas I actually really liked it. The portions are tiny and the prices steep, but we found the food to be superbly executed and the setting gorgeous, overlooking a rice paddy. We had the mango wrap (a bit like a fajitas, but the wrap itself was made of dehydrated mango and herbs, a bit like a fruit leather), the BLT sandwich with tahini ‘cheeze’ and basil rawmesan (a gigantic tomato slice made it a little difficult to eat, but the flavors were great) and some raw chocolate sweets. Minuscule portions, but very flavorful. There is a nice garden with bean bags out front if you fancy being a part of the cyber-flop posse.

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              7. CLEAR CAFE

              *Edit: Clear Cafe has sadly burned down since I visited. They are currently based in a temporary location, so please consult their Facebook page for their most up to date information.

              A bit of a posh cyber-twat joint again, this one felt like we had landed in Cafe del Mar. No matter, we really enjoyed the food and the upper level was a little more low-key. They make their own vegan cashew ‘mylk’ and have a wide selection of vegan milkshakes and smoothies. I had the passion fruit vanilla cashew mylk smoothie, which tasted like a very exotic creamsicle, and Richard had the chocolate maca smoothie, which tasted like Nesquick (in a good way). The raw lasagna was the tiniest, but most delicious fresh bite. But why so tiny? Seems to be a theme around town. Great raw vegan dessert selection.

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                8. WAYAN COCONUT JUICE BAR

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                Healthy fruit and veg juice bar that makes huge bottles to go. No water and no sugar added. Some combinations can be a little pricey, but 26k for 1.5 liter of coconut water is the best deal. Get your hydration for the day, or better yet, get it delivered straight to your hotel in the morning.

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                  9. WARUNG SOPA

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                  Bright and airy restaurant with nice modern teak furniture, a great down-to-earth vibe, friendly staff and a fully vegan menu. We went for the much hyped nasi campur, which was excellent. Choose from as many 7,000RP dishes as you wish and have them served around red rice with two types of delicious sambal. We loved the kimchi cabbage rolls and the tempeh manis. The desserts looked yummy.

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                    10. KAFE

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                    Busy and bustling with tourists at all time, we were going to give Kafe a miss because it just seemed too noisy for our taste, but then realized that the upstairs area was a nice little oasis of peace from where you can observe the mayhem below. Like several restaurants in Ubud, Kafe serves meat and fish as well as vegetarian, vegan and raw vegan options, which I think is brilliant. We had the steam veggies with tofu and tempeh and the vegan burger which were both nice and fresh, bursting with newly-picked herbs. The raw vegan moringa peppermint ice cream was out of this world.

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                      11. DEWA WARUNG

                      Cheap and bustling warung with large communal tables filled with backpackers – tell ’em where you’re from, where you’ve been and how long you’re traveling for! There is an OK selection of vegan and vegetarian dishes to chose and, though tasty enough if a little forgettable, the main draw here is the dirt cheap prices – a welcome relief in central Ubud. You can expect a long wait for your food but all the better to get acquanted with your neighbours.

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                        12. ALCHEMY

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                        Large and airy raw vegan restaurant filled with health-minded travelers, expats and yogis. We came here for the salad bar, but the rest of the menu looked super appetizing (especially the quiche) and relatively affordable. The salads were big and there is a huge selection of inventive toppings and dressings to chose from. There is also a breakfast bar with fruits and all sorts of raw food toppings like nuts, granola, vegan yoghurt, coconut cream and superfood powders like maca and spirulina, though sadly we missed that. Alchemy also has a huge drink menu and a selection of raw vegan desserts. Dat goji berry mint chocolate square, tho.

29 thoughts on “15 vegan and vegetarian friendly restaurants to try in Ubud

    1. Amélie Post author

      Ubud definitely makes up for the rest of Indonesia at catering for vegans! It’s food heaven for any diet really! Is Indonesia part of your itinerary?

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  1. Annalisa

    Awesome list! One place we LOVED was Melting Wok. Run by a French lady, she serves french/indo fusion food with only a few options on the menu. The coconut vegetarian curry was incredible. The prices are no expensive, about 39k for a dish!

    P.S. Here is our veggie food guide to Ubud. I can’t believe how many we missed, next time we go I will be looking at your list!

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  2. Rachael

    That all looks delicious! I notice that the Yoga Barn is in your wish list – I had an amazing raw vegan lasagne there in April. I definitely recommend a visit! Great post 🙂

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  3. Franca

    Yummy! The food looks superb and I’m happy to see that there is plenty of choice for vegans, it means we can easily travel there without worrying too much about what to eat. I wish I could have at least one of this meal for dinner tonight, I miss Asian food so much.

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  4. GiselleandCody

    It was such a joyous time for us in Indonesia. So much delicious Vegan food and you never had to go very far to have it. Some of the best food we have had while travelling was during our time in Indonesia. Thanks for reminding us 🙂

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  5. Andrea Anastasiou

    Hey, I was just reading through this again now for inspiration on what to eat for lunch, and have to say I laughed SO hard at the ‘post cyber-twat joint’ description. LOL! Sums up quite a few places here 😉

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  7. ruth

    Hello Amelie, great reviews! We would like to feature one of your review on our website (Goldsgym.co.id). If it’s okay, we will mention your name and website which directly linked to your website 🙂

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  8. Katherine

    n.5, which you have listed as dayu’s warung, is really a discription and photographs of food from Fussy BIrd. We went there last night – it was quite good and I had the lasagne in your photo.

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  9. Al

    Wulan’s Vegetarian Warung was soooo good aND filling. Having vegan food cooked with indonesian flavors and spices is a real treat. Another thing,It’s nice that she can prepare some menu items without garlic and onion and her soups are cooked on the spot. Looking forward to trying some of the other places here.

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    1. Amélie Post author

      Sweet! Yes, I miss that place a lot. Let me know if you visit any other places on the list and if anything has changed, that would be super helpful! 🙂

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  13. dominique

    You missed out on Seeds of Life!!! I went so many times on my last trip. And you have to visit Sage! The best vegan restaurant in Ubud! Try the burger, it’s to die for. Oh and the bowls!!! I would fly to Ubud, just to go back to Sage.

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