Craving for cleaner, healthier or organic food in Bali? Does raw vegan or vegetarian cuisine sound delicious to you?
Without a doubt, Indonesian cuisine is delicious! But if you’re tired of having nasi goreng, mie goreng or other oily and spicy meals every day, there are actually many healthier options in Bali.
So you’ve read our recommendations for vegan and vegetarian food and gluten-free meals. And the good news is, that’s not all! We’ve dug out more cafes and restaurants where you can eat clean.
Why not start now?
Your body will thank you for it!
1. Connect with nature under the tree: Tree Bar, Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach (organic, vegan, vegetarian options)
Right in the centre of Tree Bar grows a little unique piece of nature – one of the most sacred trees in Bali, Pohon Pule.
It represents the traditional village, Banjar, where people used to meet under the tree to connect with each other and with nature.
And Tree Bar, being an organic artisan restaurant in Bali where 95% of the ingredients are sourced from local villages, practises what it stands for.
You can expect creative combinations of fresh ingredients, healthy sugarcane juices, herbs salads, local pure infused honey, superfoods or organic chocolates from the menu.
If you want health drinks with a fancy twist in the evening, check out their Balixology menu, an exclusive selection of detox cocktails that infuse the Balinese Arak liquor with locally-sourced natural aromatic herbs.
A wide range of salads, raw finger food, and vegetarian and vegan appetizers are perfect for a light lunch or as snacks to accompany an evening drink.
Who says healthy food can’t be served elegantly?
2. Spend your Sunday mornings in Lazy Cats Cafe (vegetarian)
If you are looking for a perfect place to spend slow lazy mornings, Lazy Cats Cafe is the place for you.
This cafe has a unique interior and vibrant food that will not break your wallet. Seat yourself on a comfy sofa on the first floor, which allows you to have a nice view.
They offer unusual food variations – all vegetarian and beautifully served on a plate. You can be sure they pay attention to every little detail. Their carrot soup is out-of-this-world and the hummus wrap is also worth trying!
And of course, who would miss the trendy furniture? The cat mirror simply purrs selfie, so don’t forget to take one!
3. Chinese Vegan cuisine: Mai3-cafegan (vegan, gluten-free)
Who says vegan is only about raw Western salad and fruit bowls?
You can get vegan Chinese cuisine too! Mai3 cafegan offers just that – pure vegan food without gluten and preservatives.
As “Eating without killing” is their motto, you won’t find any meat on their menu.
It would be a sin not to try the Dim Sum – small bite-sized portions of food served in small baskets. For Rp 250,000 you get 16 pieces. Perfect if you come with group of friends and want to taste a bit of everything!
Their bestseller is Mie Mai3 – homemade tri-coloured noodles made from pumpkin, spinach and yam served with mushroom satay and chilli. Yummy!
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If you prefer to stick with Western food, try their Mushroom burger with soy-based cheese sauce. They also have excellent homemade pizza.
If your tastebuds are craving for something more unique, order the fruit spring rolls filled with dragonfruit, banana, and jackfruit!
4. Dining in an art gallery: Manik Organik (vegetarian, raw and gluten-free options)
When you step into Manik Organik, you may be unsure if you are actually in a cafe or art gallery.
The walls are full of paintings and pictures, and you may stumble upon music and dance performances whenever you are here. Manik Organiksupports every form of art, and mainly the one on your plate!
On the menu, you can find regular Indonesian meals (such as gado gado, nasi goreng or nasi campur) and also fresh salad, soup and refreshing juice! Try the Raw Fish Salad or MO’s special salad with balsamic dressing. Delicious!
The cafe offers a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, so you can come with your friends, regardless of everyone’s diet type! Gluten-free pizza, raw chocolate desserts, soy milk coffee and even gluten-free bread – you name it, they have it all.
5.The world’s first vegan cinema: Paradiso Ubud (raw, vegan)
Paradiso is not just a vegan restaurant.
It’s heaven for those who are looking for a place where they can try new things and meet new people while dining on delicious vegan food!
This unique venue combines movie, dance, yoga, art, various workshops and special events in a very friendly and cozy environment.
You can join contemporary dance or zumba class, sign up your kids up for yoga, take part in a choir session or learn something new in an essential oil workshop.
They have an excellent choice of movies that you can watch every day in a cozy lounge room with comfy sofas while having your meals!
Movie tickets cost Rp 50,000 (approximately USD$3.70) and you get the same amount off your dinner bill – a good deal!
They even serve organic non-GMO popcorn and their raw chocolate is definitely a must try.
We recommend you to go on Monday, from 2 to 4pm, when all food and drinks purchased in Paradiso Cinema are 50% off. On Tuesdays, they have a community yoga: classes are open to everyone, fees paid via donation.
This one-of-a-kind restaurant is simply a vegan paradise!
6. Healthy snack to go before riding the waves: Coco & Poké (vegan, gluten-free)
Who says fast food has to be unhealthy?
Coco and Poké is perfect for all surfers who are rushing to catch the waves and need a nutritious portion of fruit and vegetables!
You will love these healthy snacks! And you can even create your own. Choose a base, protein, additions and topping or dressing and your healthy bowl is ready.
For the lickerish ones, Coco and Poké has the world’s first vegan and bio-fermented coconut soft serve, CocoWhip!
So next time you are heading to the beach, you know where to drop by.
7. Where the kids will love to eat healthy: Milk and Madu (healthy food, vegetarian and gluten-free options)
It’s not easy to convince kids to eat healthily. But if you bring them to Milk and Madu, they will never want to leave!
The first thing they will fall in love with is the play area with monkey bars and toy box where they can have some fun before the meal arrives.
The Nalu bowls are arranged in such a pretty way, no one can resist! And the Uluwatu bowl is just heaven in the mouth.
Every Sunday, there are special kids workshops and events, and at times, they organise concerts or markets where you can buy pretty clothes, accessories, baby outfits, home accessories and more.
Milk and Madu is a place where family and friends gather together to have a good time. You can even book it for your private party!
You can take some food home with you too – the dark chocolate spread in a jar is made of pure unadulterated chocolate.
8. Fruity breakfast at Machinery Cafe (vegetarian options)
Although Machinery Cafe isn’t a strictly vegetarian cafe, they have some delightfully healthy options on the menu, such as creative fruit combination bowls.
The ultimate one is the Dragon bowl – big bowl of muesli, dragon fruit and banana sprinkled with chia seeds.
They also offer a huge range of fresh fruit and vegetable juice without sugar added. Their green detox juice made of pineapple, spinach, cucumber, celery, ginger, mint and lime is full of vitamins and will give your body vitality and energy and for the whole day.
Digital nomads who want to work in a nice environment with good wifi are welcome here too!
9. For the Health Conscious: Grocer & Grind (vegetarian, gluten-free options)
At Grocer and Grind, you can be sure to get fresh and high-quality ingredients. Everything, including their fluffy pastry, is homemade.
Drop by to take away your morning coffee and freshly baked pastry on your way to the beach, or if you want to enjoy your time in the cafe, you’ll be seated in a modern interior with funky paintings.
If you’re coming for light lunch or dinner, you should try many customers’ favourite – Roast pumpkin salad with feta cheese, cherry tomato and balsamic glaze.
And if you need a nourishing breakfast, order the Coconut Bowl – slices of fruit with nuts, bee pollen, sugar cane and lime sorbet served in young coconut! But be careful, it’s addictive!
To encourage people to lead healthier lifestyles, Grocer and Grind is one of the sponsors of the XFat Challenge, a program that tailor-makes eating and exercising plans for individuals who want to live more healthily. XFat Challenge also raises money for charity organisations such as Bali Children Foundation, Bali Pink Ribbon, Friends of Lembongan and Solem and also to raise awareness through health, fitness and wellness.
Grocer and Grind has three more branches, an elegant cafe in Jimbaran, a retro-style one in Sanur and a new, relaxed one on Echo Beach. Which is the closest to you?
10. Veggie and raw treats overlooking rice paddies: The Shady Shack Bali (vegetarian)
You don’t have to be a vegetarian to fall in love with this place.
The Shady Shack has a nice green garden with a cozy terrace overlooking rice paddies, so you’ll feel closer to nature.
The food is divine – customers are crazy over the Haloumi Bowl, Protein bowl, The Better Banh Me wrap and veggie burgers such as Shack Attack.
If you have a sweet tooth, you can order the Daily Special raw treats, such as the carrot cake, raspberry almond bundt cake or raw chocolate mint slices as your guilt-free pleasure.
This place is also a smoothie heaven! Choctop, Blissberry or Kale Storm smoothie accompanied by a wheatgrass shot which will boost your immunity system are one of the top choices.
11. Design your own breakfast in The Shelter (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free options)
The Shelter is a rooftop garden cafe with a beautiful view – a secret escape from the busy streets of Seminyak.
They have some vegetarian and vegan options on their menu, which include locally-sourced free-range eggs and organically produced food. The Veggie Burger Wrap is to die for.
If picky about food on the menu, you’ve come to the right place. At The Shelter, you can design your own breakfast and fresh juice! So give your creativity free rein and make a breakfast of your dreams!
Sharing is caring! You can try a snack plate and share it with your friend. There’s beetroot feta whip, homemade falafel and tahini whip or spiced roast pumpkin puree!
And don’t forget some sweet treats for those who love raw food – Rawsome Cheesecake or Raw Energy Balls.
You will love the inspiring quotes on the walls too!
12. Healthy food with live music: The Owl (vegetarian options)
Are you a night owl who loves your late-night (but healthy) snacks?
You’ll love this place – with wonderfully flavoursome healthy food accompanied by occasional live music events in the evening. There’s fresh, clean and savoury options that will give your body what it needs.
The best meal? Try the guacamole salad, any sandwich, homemade granola with yogurt and fruit and blueberry cheesecake!
If you are a smoothie fan, try the one made from dragonfruit, banana and yogurt.
This is a vibrant cafe with tasty and healthy food at very reasonable prices, so you’ll want to come back for sure!
13. Breakfast overlooking the Campuhan Ridge: The Elephant (raw salad, vegetarian, organic, gluten-free options)
The Elephant is tucked away from the bustling Ubud centre. Here, you can enjoy calm, tropical decor, and a breathtaking view of the Campuhan Ridge!
All their food is earth friendly. Almost everything here is recycled or reused and plastic is avoided to protect the planet. The ingredients are bought from the local market and are 60% chemical-free.
The vibrant food on their menu includes a huge variety of juice full of vitamins (such as the Purple Haze juice – a blend of beetroot, carrot, apple, ginger and lemon), smoothies (such as the popular Mango and Dragonfruit), fresh salads or heartwarming Laksa (bok choy and tofu in spicy coconut milk with rice noodle, peanut, egg, cucumber & chilli).
And you have to try the crunchy smashed potatoes served with lemon, parsley and oregano. It’s scrumptious!
As for dessert, have a cardamom and ginger cake with amazing chai!
Almost all dishes can be changed to vegan and there’s also a kids menu.
On weekends, take your friends out for brunch! The Elephant has a special brunch set of either 2 plates, 1 coffee and 1 juice for Rp 140,000 (approximately USD$10) or 3 plates, 2 coffees and 2 glasses of juice for Rp 225,000 (approximately USD$16.50).
This place is becoming so popular, that we recommend you to make a reservation before you go. They also do deliveries, so you can enjoy the lips-smacking food in the comfort of your home.
14. Meals with funky names: The Dusty Cafe (vegetarian and gluten-free options)
Rustic vibes, velvet chairs, photo frames and delightful meals with creative names – that’s The Dusty Cafe for you.
The ambience will make you want to linger after the meal and just enjoy the view from the window.
High recommended are The Road Trip (toasted bread with tomato, spinach topped with parmesan sauce, benedict eggs and hollandaise sauce) and Pancakes with Blueberries. Try The Party Belt (bruschetta with avocado) or the Dragon Bowl too!
As for drinks, ask for The Goggle Glass (raspberry, brown sugar, lime, soda, strawberry sirup, and mint leaves). The coffee is also delicious and their fresh natural juice come with a huge slice of fruit.
If you are in a rush and are ordering coffee for takeaway, you’ll get it in a cute fashionable bag too!
15. Of fruit bowls in coconut shells: Strawberry fields
Strawberry Fields is a cool place to hang out at if you love good food and good music.
Stop by the corner bar for some amazing cocktails before you have a game of pool with your friends.
You don’t need to worry about their playlist too – music from the ‘80s playing in the background sounds like the tunes John Lennon would listen to.
Although you may spy people enjoying their burgers, you can opt for something healthier.
The fruit bowls are served in coconut shells and the smoothies with fruit slices look simply fantastic!
Make sure to come on Thursday or Friday night – that’s when there’s live music!
16. From farm to table: Eden Cafe (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free options)
At Eden Cafe, you’ll be served healthy and fresh locally-made produce at affordable prices.
The most important thing – they stick to their green philosophy. Nothing is deep fried, palm oil is not used and all the fruit and vegetables are always washed with drinkable mineral water.
You will support the local farmers and reduce carbon footprint just by dining here!
The meals are all beautifully served and vegan options are always marked on the menu. From 7 am to 3 pm, you can taste their outstanding breakfast packages that come with free local loose leaf tea or fresh pressed juice.
One of their highlights is the Vegan Platter, which comes with heavenly spinach frittata!
If you are a matcha tea lover, you have to try the premium matcha green tea from Kyoto. Eden Cafe is one of the few places in Canggu where you can get it.
Another treat worth trying is their Shredded Bali Cacao.
There’s also a healthy menu for the kids!
17. Organic cafe that goes green and keeps fit: Avocado Cafe (organic, vegan, gluten-free options)
Just like avocado, this famous Canggu cafe is full of vitamins and highly beneficial for your body and mind.
You can get a huge variety of fresh and organic meals, with vegan, paleo and gluten-free options. All the dishes are rich in vitamins, minerals and combined in a way that your body can absorb them effectively.
As an avid supporter of caring for the environment, Avocado cafe uses only glass straws and reusable napkins. They also support local farmers and use organic products whenever possible.
If you want to have a balanced diet but don’t have time to count your calories, you can actually request for your healthy menu to be delivered to your doorstep!
Every week, they put together a fit-and-slim menu with new nutrients omega3, high protein or paleo. All you need to do is make an order online, add in any personal dietary restrictions, and the ingredients for your healthy menu for the week will be delivered to you.
You can even opt for a customized diet – you just need to go for a nutrition consultation session at the cafe, and the staff will help you build a meal plan that suits your body’s needs without giving up the food that you love.
Physical activity is also necessary for a healthy lifestyle. You can even look for their fitness consultant, who can help you create an exercise program for you to achieve your fitness goals!
18. Charming fruit bowls: Cafe Moonlight
It is such a pleasure just to stare at these beautiful fruit desserts at Cafe Moonlight.
Who says that healthy food has to be boring and tasteless? The smoothie bowls and fruit desserts are full of vitamins and taste like heaven! Fruity treats are ideal for breakfast, as healthy snacks or as refreshing desserts.
Try the splendid pancake tower that will brighten up your day.