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Wondering where to eat in Ubud? All restaurants in Ubud are great – but these are the creme of the crop.

There are a lot of reasons to visit the Indonesian island of Bali. Pristine beaches, sacred temples and photogenic rice paddies are just some of Bali’s main attractions, but there was something else that stood out for me: the food. 

Bali has some seriously incredible restaurants and cafes, with authentic eats from every corner of the world. And, even though Bali is covered in amazing places to eat, Ubud seems to have the best restaurants of all.

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Eating out in Ubud

I don’t have any science to back this up, but Ubud probably has the highest concentration of incredible restaurants on earth. Seriously – I challenge anyone to find an Ubud restaurant serving bad food.

The food in Ubud is enough reason in itself to visit Bali. Not only is it impressively good, but all diets are catered for. Vegans, vegetarians and celiacs will have no trouble finding a great restaurant in Ubud – something that makes a very nice change from much of South East Asia.

In fact, there may well be more restaurants in Ubud that don’t serve meat than ones that do. Avid carnivores won’t have any trouble finding somewhere to eat in Ubud, but they’ll probably be pleasantly surprised by at least a few meat-free recipes.

 

 


7 of the best restaurants in Ubud

Choosing a restaurant in Ubud is kind of hard. While you can almost guarantee it will be great, you don’t want to miss the true gems.

That’s why I put together this guide of my favourite places to eat in Ubud. With something for every diet and craving, here are seven delicious restaurant to try in Ubud.



french toast at ila kitchen in Ubud Bali


ILA Kitchen & Villa: Probably the best breakfast in Ubud

Slightly off the beaten path in Ubud, ILA Kitchen is surrounded by roadside rice paddies. It makes for an idyllic breakfast spot, with a menu covering every early morning craving.

The ILA Kitchen restaurant is attached to villa accommodation of the same name. If you stay there, you can get breakfast included with your accommodation. You don’t need to be a resident to enjoy the incredible food, though. 

What to order: Go here for breakfast at least once during your stay in Ubud. The French toast is a delicious treat when you’re craving something sweet. Many of the menu items 

Where to find it: Jl. Katik Lantang No.8, Singakerta, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571.
 

 

Goats cheese and truffle pizza from Famous Pizza in Ubud Bali


Famous Pizza: The best delivery in Ubud

There are loads of great pizza restaurants in Ubud, but Famous Pizza may just be the best of all of them. Choose from simple favourites to original recipes, with plenty of veggie options available.

What to order: The goats cheese and truffle oil pizza is a drool-worthy treat. Meat eaters will love the quirky but tasty duck breast with truffle oil pizza. 

Where to find it: Jl. Made Lebah, MAS, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571.
 

 

Squash spaghetti at Api Api cafe in Ubud Bali


Api Api Cafe: A cute roadside lunch spot

This cute little Ubud restaurant is just down the road from ILA Kitchen and Villa and is one of my favourite lunch spots. Api Api is small but perfectly formed, with seats that look out over the road and rice paddies. There’s also an upstairs eating area if you want a higher view.

What to order: Vegetarians will love the pumpkin spaghetti, which comes with a tasty slice of Api Api’s homemade garlic bread. If you eat seafood, the pad thai here is one of the best I’ve ever had. And for meat lovers, the nasi goreng offers local flavours at their best.

The drinks at Api Api are just as great as the food, so make sure you arrive thirsty. The lychee iced tea is a personal favourite and the iced matcha lattes are perfectly refreshing on a warm afternoon.

Where to find it: Jl. Penestanan Kelod, Sayan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571.

 

 

Vegan pizzas at Dumbo pizza in Ubud Bali


Dumbo: Ethical Italian food made vegetarian

A well known vegetarian restaurant in Ubud, Dumbo is most famous for its wood-fired pizzas. Dumbo uses fresh ingredients grown in compost enriched soils on the shores of Lake Bedugul and the slopes of Mt. Batukaru. They combine Italian hospitality with an ethical approach to food, and the result is a fun and funky restaurant that’s good for both conscience and and taste buds.

They also donate 1% of all profits to orangutan – something that’s very close to my heart after my trip to the Kinabatangan River.

What to order: You don’t have to order pizza here, but I highly recommend it. The only problem is deciding which one. Dumbo may have been my most difficult food decision yet! In the end, we settled for one giallo pizza and one fungi pizza. And yes, they were both incredible.

Where to find it: Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Kedewatan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571.

 

 

Chicken satay at Maha Restaurant in Ubud Bali


Maha: A garden restaurant with a surprise

I’ll be completely honest: Maha restaurant doesn’t have the best food in Ubud. But it may well have the most unique dining area.

Maha restaurant in Ubud has a lovely outdoor terrace where you can enjoy food and drink from their extensive menu. But it’s not just customers who enjoy this garden – the owner’s pet rabbits also love to run around out there! Don’t be surprised if you spot at least a couple of furry friends during your visit. 

Maha is right near the Sacred Monkey Forest, so it’s a great place to stop for a bite to eat when visiting. You can also stop by to enjoy a coffee in the garden if you’re not ready to eat.

What to order: If you want to eat local, order the chicken satay. Otherwise, the tuna and avocado salad is seriously moreish, as are the iced cappuccinos. 

Where to find it: Jalan Mongkey Forest, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571.

 

 

Moussaka at Vespa Cafe in Ubud Bali


Cafe Vespa: Cute, quirky and very affordable

Despite being fairly well hidden, Cafe Vespa always seems to be packed. That’s probably because the food here is amazingly good but also amazingly affordable. Bali food prices are generally pretty good, and Vespa Cafe is on the cheaper of the spectrum. 

Cafe Vespa has an eclectic menu that seems to serve something from every corner of the globe. It’s a great place to go with a group because the menu is varied and there are plenty of large tables.

What to order: The beef moussaka may be the healthiest take on this dish you ever try. If you don’t eat meat, there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options here, too. For drinks, try the homemade kombucha or the local “Jamu” juice – a healthy concoction of turmeric, lime juice and ginger.

Where to find it: Jalan Raya Penestanan Kaja, Sayan, Ubud, Sayan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571.

 

 

Fish Tacos at Pacha Mamma in Ubud Bali


Pacha Mama: Authentic tacos for vegans and pescatarians 

You don’t need to worry about whether the food at Mexican restaurant La Pacha Mama is authentic because it’s cooked by an Ubud dwelling Mexican. There’s a good chance you’ve never had Mexican food like this, though. 

Unlike most restaurants in Mexico, La Pacha Mama doesn’t serve any meat. Instead, they’ve created a menu full of Mexican favourites with seafood and vegan options. Stop by during the middle of the day to enjoy their lunchtime offers on tacos and tostadas. 

What to order: The (vegan) jackfruit tacos are probably the best tacos I ever ate. The baja fish ones came in a close second. 

Where to find it: Jl. Penestanan Kelod No.1, Sayan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571.
 

 

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