My trip to Bali. A Plant-Based Paradise & Healthy Travel Destination.
Indonesian feast! crispy tempeh salad with plenty of textures and flavours, at Betelnut Cafe.
Gorgeous hike around the rice terraces growing in Munduk, Northern Bali.
Stunning and delicious meal enjoyed at Moksa Ubud – a permaculture garden, education resource, and restaurant.
Watching the fishermen along the Bukit Peninsula.
Hanging out with the monkeys at the famous Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud.
Fantastic food at The Yoga Barn, Ubud.
Rice field view in Ubud.
More deliciousness enjoyed at Moksa Ubud!
Getting shade under some beautiful umbrellas at the stunning Nusa Dua Beach.
Adored this seaweed salad at Poke Poke, Ubud.
Beauty seen in Munduk, North Bali.
Tropical fruit breakfast at Old Man’s, Canggu. A chill outdoor restaurant during the day, and busy bar at night. Not vegan but they do have healthy options.
Gorgeous flower arrangement being ceremoniously created by a women in Ubud.
Incredible ‘Snickers’ raw chocolate tart at The Cashew Tree, Bukit Peninsula.
Memorable and moving experience celebrating a major holiday, Galungan in Munduk. Joined a family that I was staying with at their local temple, and participated in the beautiful ceremony.
Crispy tempeh, roasted vegetable, quinoa salad with pine nuts devoured at The Cashew Tree.
Peaceful moment documented during a walk among the rice fields in Ubud.
Delicious and nutritious granola bar made by the Living Food Lab, at the famous Green School, Ubud.
Stunning flowers seen in Ubud.
Flavourful Indian spiced roasted vegetable, chickpea salad with pesto dressing at Samadi Bali, Canggu. This dish was made by way of their ‘compose your own salad’ option!
Crystal blue water, ideal for swimming at Nusa Dua Beach.
Fresh and delicious yellow zucchini ‘pasta’ salad at Bali Buddha, Bukit peninsula.
Met this friendly dog along the beach in the Bukit peninsula.
Fresh mango for breakfast while taking in the Munduk view.
Beach life in Bali.
Sautéed spinach, onions, and mushrooms at Swamis Bali, Bingin beach.
Playing with the sweet kids in Munduk!
Incredible ‘mango’ roll with peanut sauce at Living Food Lab, Green School, Ubud.
Appropriate sign seen in a clothing store, Canggu.
Spicy kimchi tomato amuse bouche eaten at Moska Ubud.
Rice fields along the side of the road, Canggu.
Incredible food at Peloton, Canggu.
Seaweed harvester met along the beach, Bukit peninsula.
Scrumptious ‘Gado Gado’ rolls with sautéed veggies in cabbage leaves, served with a chunky peanut sauce, at The Cashew Tree, Bukit peninsula.
Lovely cows free to roam along the road in Canggu.
Beautiful breakfast enjoyed at Bali Buddha, Bukit peninsula.
Beach scene. Bukit peninsula.
Simple salad of blanched green beans and broccoli, on a bed of greens with seaweed gomasio. At Serenity Eco Guesthouse, Canggu.
Breathtaking sunrise in Munduk, North Bali.
Fantastic breakfast enjoyed at the Betelnut Cafe, Canggu.
Exotic flowers outside a shop in Canggu.
Another simple yet delicious salad at Bali Buddha, Bukit peninsula.
Coffee growing in the lush forest of Munduk, North Bali.
Plate of local Indonesian food, enjoyed at Warung Bu Mi, Canggu.
Friendly faces in Munduk, North Bali.
Incredible pumpkin hummus & regular hummus over mixed greens and crunchy veggies, with sourdough bread and a garlicky dressing. Devoured at Peloton, Canggu.
Sunrise in Canggu.
Wonderful meal at Clear Cafe, Ubud.
Bali had been at the top of my travel bucket list for many years, so it was exciting to finally make the trip in February. While people had told me that Bali was a Mecca for plant-based food, I was not prepared for the incredible quality and variety of healthy vegan restaurants to be found. Even after exploring a number of these eateries during my stay, I only scratched the surface of all that was available! Overall, the meals I enjoyed were consistently fresh, delicious, nutritious, and inspiringly creative. I appreciated the attention to detail that was given to everything from the beautiful restaurant interiors, to the carefully plated dishes. For many, food plays a major role in the travel experience, and as a food-curious person, I am especially interested in the different cuisines of the places I visit. Travelling can be challenging as a plant-based eater, as many parts of the world are not so veggie-friendly. That said, my Bali experience was all the more special, seeing how easy it was to access incredible plant-based food!
Why is Bali so uniquely plant-based friendly? For one thing, health tourism plays a major role in the local economy, with approximately 2.5 million people a year flocking to the island for surfing, yoga retreats, spas, and beach life. Being such a health hub, it makes sense that Bali would have a thriving plant-based food scene. Another factor is that most Balinese are Hindu, a religion that traditionally advocates a vegetarian diet. Hindu texts like the Manusmriti, state that one should ‘refrain from eating all kinds of meat’, as killing is seen as ‘bad karma’. Hindu temples only serve vegetarian food, and Hindu monastic orders are expected to be vegetarian. That said, vegetarianism is not a requirement of the Hindu religion, and unlike Hindus in India, most Balinese are not themselves vegetarians. Still, from my experience, the Balinese were very conscious and respectful of plant-based eaters. A third factor is that Bali is home to tempeh and tofu, traditional ingredients in the local cuisine, and staple protein sources for plant-based eaters. One can find these foods in all grocery stores and most menus around the island, making it easy to eat a balanced meatless diet.
I look forward to returning to this stunning part of the world, and exploring all it has to offer!
Here are my top picks of plant-based restaurants in Bali:
- Paradiso Ubud: Jl. Goutama Sel., Ubud (Vegan Movie Theater & Restaurant! https://www.paradisoubud.com
- Clear Cafe: Jalan Campuhan, Ubud http://www.clear-cafe-ubud.com
- Moksa Ubud: Banjar kutuh, Sayan, Ubud http://moksaubud.com
- The Garden Kafe at The Yoga Barn: Jl. Raya Pengosekan, Ubud http://www.theyogabarn.com/healingfoods
- The Seeds of Life Café: Jalan Gootama No. 2, Ubud http://theseedsoflifecafe.com
- Living Food Lab at Green School, Jalan Raya Sibang Kaja, Banjar Saren, Kuta http://www.livingfoodlab.com
- Cashew Tree: Jalan Pantai Bingin No.9, Kuta https://www.facebook.com/The-Cashew-Tree-433480906746602
- Divine Earth: Jl. Raya Basangkasa, Kuta https://www.facebook.com/divineearthbali
- Betelnut Café: Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.60, Canggu https://www.facebook.com/Betelnut-Cafe-289844997715255
- Peloton Supershop: Jl. Raya Pantai Berawa No. 46, Canggu http://www.pelotonsupershop.com
- Warung Bu Mi: Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu https://www.facebook.com/warungbumi
- Samadi Bali: Yoga studio & amazing restaurant! Jalan Padang Linjong 39, Canggu http://www.samadibali.com