The Ultimate Guide To Ubud, Bali - Rebelle Nutrition

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The second place we stayed during our Bali trip (after Canggu) was Ubud. 

I didn’t know much about Ubud prior to going - other than the fact that tons of bloggers and Instagrammer’s talked about how “magical” and “healing” it was there. This totally enticed me, although to be honest I wasn’t really even sure what this meant. 

Well, immediately upon arriving in Ubud, I FELT this change. It’s something I can’t put my finger on, but if you’ve ever been to Hawaii and felt the incredible vibe/feeling/energy of the island (whatever you want to call it) you know what i’m talking about. 

The whole time we were in Ubud, I felt like I do after getting a great massage: relaxed, calm, inspired, positive, and high vibe AF. 

This blog post is going to outline my top picks for delicious places to eat in Ubud, things to do, and where to stay. If you’re planning to visit Bali, you MUST spend a few days (at least) in Ubud. 

Best places to eat in Ubud, Bali:

(all are either entirely plant based or have lots of plant based/vegan options)

Sayuri's Healing Food -

My first pick for AMAZINGLY delicious food in Ubud, Bali was Sayuri’s Healing Food. This restaurant is entirely vegan and mostly raw (something i’m not usually a huge fan of) and it was the most creative, innovative and delicious plant based restaurant i’ve ever been to! Erik even said that one of his meals at Sayuri’s was the best meal he’s eaten since we started traveling 4 months ago (<<< coming from a HUGE meat guy, this is saying a lot). We ate at Sayuri's pretty much every day while in Ubud (sometimes twice) and tried nearly everything on the menu so you can’t really go wrong, but my top recommendations are the peak performance bowl, breakfast burrito, and lasagna.

Moksa -

Be prepared to drive a little out of the way to get to Moksa (and be sure to make a reservation) but it’s totally worth it! Moksa is another entirely plant based/vegan restaurant in Ubud with food so incredible that any meat eater would be happy. Try the Thai curry and purple sweet potato fries! Moksa is also located on a permaculture farm which is pretty cool, so make sure to head there while it’s still light out so you can see everything!

 Moksa Thai Curry - sorry for the horrible lighting!

Moksa Thai Curry - sorry for the horrible lighting!

Alchemy -

Alchemy is every yogi, Nutritionist, Instagrammer, and wellness enthusiast's dream. The menu is 100% raw vegan which I wasn’t always in the mood for, but if you’re looking for something cooling and light, like a build your own salad or smoothie bowl, this is your place! It’s also super cute inside and has a little shop filled with body care products, supplements, etc. This is also where I picked up my favorite Tamanu face oil!

 Alchemy build your own salad bowl

Alchemy build your own salad bowl

 

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Most Instagrammable places to eat in Ubud, Bali:

Clear cafe -

Clear cafe in Ubud, Bali could be easily passed by because, honestly, the sign on the outside of the restaurant is really ghetto (just being honest). So I was completely blown away to walk into a beautiful restaurant with a koi fish pond, Japanese style floor seating, a spiral staircase, and marigold flowers everywhere (they even spell out a new message in marigold flowers on the staircase every day!) They also have a massive menu with tons of vegetarian and vegan options. It does get really busy here at night so be sure to make a reservation or come early!

 Clear Cafe, Ubud Bali

Clear Cafe, Ubud Bali

 

The Elephant -

The Elephant came highly recommended to me when I asked you guys on Instagram where to eat in Ubud, and unfortunately it was pretty far from where we were staying so we only ate here one time, but I would HIGHLY recommend it, even just for the location/view alone. The restaurant sits atop a hillside and has an incredible view of the jungle and Campuhan ridge walk (a beautiful hike that we didn’t end up doing…next time!)

 View from 'The Elephant'

View from 'The Elephant'

Best coffee in Ubud, Bali:

Seniman coffee -

Admittedly, I tried about 4 different coffee places in Ubud before finding Seniman and was disappointed in all of them. After weeks of my beloved coconut cold brew in Canggu, the standards were set pretty high. Luckily I found Seniman (on google maps actually) and after looking at their menu and reading about their coffee credentials (seriously) I was sold. Their cold brew was the best I found in Ubud, and their “nitro” cold brew had an incredible presentation (and taste) I would highly recommend as well! Plus they have soymilk for a plant-based option. 

Things to do in Ubud, Bali:

Monkey forest -

I might be partial to this one because I LOVE monkeys, but I definitely recommend going to the Ubud monkey forest one day while in Ubud. For a small fee you can get access to the Sanctuary where monkeys are literally EVERYWHERE. Just be careful because they are known to be naughty and will try to steal your belongings (or your water) and jump on your head. A super fun experience and I highly recommend it. 

Tukad Cepung Waterfall  -

The Tukad Cepung waterfall was about a 1 hour scooter ride from Ubud but totally worth it! Once you get to it, you’ll have to pay a small entrance fee and then walk about 10 minutes down a paved path to get to the waterfall. Be prepared to get tons of shots for Instagram…this waterfall is dark and dreamy in some areas and bright green and lush in others…perfect for any aesthetic. I would plan to come around mid day though since the waterfall is found within a valley, so if you get there too early or too late you’re not going to have much light. 

 Tukad Cepung Waterfall

Tukad Cepung Waterfall

Yoga/spa/healing-

If you’re planning to come to Ubud, the number one thing I would recommend doing is relaxing, going to the spa, meditating, eating delicious food, going to a yoga class/healing center, etc. These are the things that Ubud is known for, and you’ll have endless options when you come here! The yoga barn is one of the most popular places for yoga classes in Ubud and it also has it’s own healing center, restaurant, and villas to stay in. I didn’t actually ever go to the yoga barn so I can’t give my personal experience here but i’ve heard great things :)

Tegallalang Rice Terraces -

The Tegallalang rice terraces are an ABSOLUTE MUST if you're going to Ubud. Try to go at sunrise or sunset to get the prettiest light (and the least amount of other tourists!) Also, be sure to bring some cash with you because certain areas are still owned by families that will charge you a small fee to walk through their property. 

 Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Ubud, Bali

Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Ubud, Bali

 

Where to stay in Ubud, Bali:

Budget: Sang Fajar -

if you’re on a budget, there are still TONS of really affordable and beautiful places to stay in Ubud, like Sang Fajar. The location was great, the villa was large and had it’s own kitchen, and outside was a beautiful garden and shared pool. The location was awesome (and super close to Sayuri’s!) as well (For about $40/night)

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*NOTE TO DIGITAL NOMADS: The internet in Ubud is HORRIBLE so I recommend not planning to do much (if any) work while you're there :)

Luxury: Zen Hideaway -

If you’re willing to splurge a little bit more, I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend staying at one of the Zen hideaway villas (we stayed in #2). They are about 20-30 minutes away from the main part of Ubud which is kind of a pain, but totally worth it in my opinion to have a this million dollar view:

 Zen Hideaway, Ubud, Bali

Zen Hideaway, Ubud, Bali

The villa is also huge so you could totally plan to stay with a larger group and split the cost, but only one of the rooms is actually enclosed/AC’d. But don’t worry, it’s actually not that hot in this area of Ubud and even bougie me opted to sleep in the open air with just a mosquito net around me.  Plan to stay here at least 2 nights to fully enjoy it and make sure to wake up early for sunrise and get some epic photos on your OWN PRIVATE SWING!!! You can expect to spend $200-$300 USD a night here (depending on the time of year) which is still a steal in my opinion to get this nice of a place, multiple bedrooms and view. 

 Zen Hideaway Private Swing, Ubud, Bali

Zen Hideaway Private Swing, Ubud, Bali

For more Bali info on things like Visas, SIM cards, and transportation, check out my Canggu blog post here

 

Have you been to Bali before or have I inspired you to visit? Tell me below!

XO,

Amie

The Ultimate Guide To Canggu, Bali - Rebelle Nutrition

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My top picks for Instagrammable (and delish!) places to eat, stay, work, and play in Canggu, Bali. 

 

You guys.

Canggu, Bali is a Nutritionist/Instagrammer/Basic b*tch's P A R A D I S E. (<<< whatever, i'm owning it)

I mean, I knew there was going to be great surfing and good restaurants, but I had no idea how much of a paradise I was in for by coming to Canggu. Let me just break it down for you:

Where to eat in Canggu

(All are either entirely vegan/plant-based or have vegan and gluten free options)

First let me just say, i'm sure there are tons of other delicious places that I didn't make it to, but these were my faves:

Peloton Supershop: Peloton comes first because it is my #1 pick, and many days while in Canggu we ate there multiple times 🤣 The restaurant is entirely plant-based, but the food is so good it would satisfy any carnivore. After 3 weeks, Erik and I tried nearly everything on the menu (ha!) but I would highly recommend the Contador salad + "tricken" Caesar wrap (on the lunch menu only) and for dinner: the rendang burger, quesadilla, powerhouse bowl, or napolean dynamite (pasta). Oh yeah, they also have an epic breakfast menu and one of the best smoothie bowls I found in Canggu ;).

 Peloton Supershop - Canggu, Bali

Peloton Supershop - Canggu, Bali

Secret Spot: Located right next to Peloton, head over to Secret Spot for some delish vegan coconut soft serve (or regular soft serve if that's your jam!)

Kynd Community: Another entirely plant-based/vegan spot with SO. MANY. DELICIOUS. OPTIONS. I loved the Bli Buddha (buddha bowl with chickpeas, lentils, hummus, tofu and veggies) and Erik loved the vegan Ban Mi sandwich. They also have build your own avocado toasts, epic plant based smoothies and mylkshakes, OH and you can have them write whatever you want on top of your smoothie bowl. Be prepared to spend a while here and get tons of cute Instagram photos! 

 Kynd Community - Canggu, Bali

Kynd Community - Canggu, Bali

Nude: The food at Nude is good (I wouldn't say incredible) but the main reason I included it on my list of places to go is because it is one of the only places in Canggu with an entire air-conditioned room to work in. Absolute heaven. The juices here are also really good and the wi-fi is fast. 

Coffee Cartel: Another SUPER Instagrammable spot that you are definitely going to want to check out when in Canggu. I only tried their coffee, and although it was really small, it was quite tasty. They also have the ability to screen press (?) whatever image onto your latte that you want (see below) and other inventive drinks like beetroot lattes if you want that pink aesthetic 🙋🏽. 

 Coffee Cartel Bali

Coffee Cartel Bali

Loft: The Loft in Canggu had hands down the best avocado toast i've ever had in my life (and i've eaten a sh*t ton of avocado toast, you guys know if you follow me on Insta). To be honest, avo toast was pretty much the only thing I tried on their menu so I can't really say what else to try, but this place is (another) super cute and Instagrammable spot in Canggu, just be prepared to sweat because there isn't any AC. 

 The Loft, Canggu, Bali

The Loft, Canggu, Bali

Cafe Organic: The food at Cafe Organic admittedly is lacking in flavor (and we tried a lot of different things) but they have great juices, smoothies, and ice cold AC which sometimes takes precedence for me over food. It does get pretty busy around lunch time, but Cafe Organic is a great spot to grab a healthy lunch/juice and work for while if you're living that Digital Nomad life in Canggu :)

 Cafe Organic - Canggu, Bali

Cafe Organic - Canggu, Bali

Bali Bowls: A cute restaurant in Canggu with all different types of bowls: salads, buddha bowls, and smoothie bowls. 

Sprout: A cute little breakfast spot with THE BEST COCONUT COLD BREW EVER!!!!!! Erik and I would sometimes even go to The Loft for avocado toast and then to Sprout just to get their coconut cold brew (high maintenence, much?) If you're in Canggu, you MUST go try it. But they do sell out of it, so make sure you get there early! 

 Sprout - Canggu, Bali

Sprout - Canggu, Bali

La Briza: This is an AWESOME restaurant/bar/pool/lounge area located right on Echo Beach in Canggu. It is almost like a big treehouse type place with a pool and tons of cute areas to lounge. Next time we go back we'll probably make an entire day of our time at La Briza and maybe order a bottle of wine by the pool :) Make sure to get there early in the afternoon to secure a spot right right on the deck (complete with bean bag chairs) to watch sunset. And FYI there is a 100,000 rupiah cover charge to get in (about 8 USD) but it can be applied to food and drink.  

The Lawn: The Lawn in Canggu is one of the most popular sunset spots in the area, and although it is a little bit over priced, it is worth it in my opinion to go for at least one night! There is a really cute (and, you guessed it, Instagrammable) lawn area as well as a pool, day beds for rent, and a second level bar area for hanging out and getting some sunset photos. I can't speak to the food at all (we only ordered drinks there) but in my opinion it is definitely worth going to while you're in Canggu!

 The Lawn, Canggu Bali

The Lawn, Canggu Bali

What to do in Canggu, Bali

Surf: If you're coming to Canggu, I would definitely recommend heading down to  Batu Balong Beach (right by Old Man's) to go surfing (or take a surf lesson if you're a newbie). Just make sure you go out on a day when the waves are small (or stay to the left) otherwise you'll get pounded like I did. 

Sunset at Echo Beach: One of my favorite things to do in Canggu was to walk down to Echo Beach (just to the right of Batu Balong) and watch sunset. Around 5PM bean-bag chairs are set up and you can sit there and watch sunset for free as long as you buy some sort of drink (coconuts were about 2$ US). 

 Echo Beach -&nbsp;Canggu, Bali

Echo Beach - Canggu, Bali

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rent pool floaties: Ummm who doesn't love a good pool floatie moment? Luckily in Canggu you don't even have to buy a floatie, you can just rent one (plus have it delivered) for about $20 USD but contacting @Balifloaties on Instagram. Totally worth it in my opinion 🤣

 Unicorn Floaties at Pondok Canggu

Unicorn Floaties at Pondok Canggu

Shop: Definitely check out Wanderlust bikinis (they have a few different locations) where you can mix and match the CUTEST swimsuits for a really affordable price. I also loved the store Lost In Paradise, but there are so many surf shops and boutiques in the area with GREAT prices, so if you're planning to come to Canggu, make sure to pack light!

Treat yo'self: 

Jet Black Ginger (Hair/nails/waxing salon): I decided to darken my hair and eyebrows while in Canggu, as well as get a haircut. I found the salon, Jet Black Ginger, on Instagram, and loved their photos so much I immediately booked an appointment. They did an awesome job and even gave me a consultation to talk about what I wanted to do beforehand. 

Eden Life Centres (Skincare): If you want to get a REAL facial while in Canggu (one that offers real results, not just a relaxing face massage) definitely check out Eden Life Centres. They are located right next to Kynd Community, and after walking in and seeing the aesthetic of their office, I was sold. I opted for the DermaPen (microneedling) treatment while I was there (for hyper-pigmentation) and was super happy with the results. Definitely recommend, good prices too. 

Work: For all my digital nomads out there, you'll probably need to dedicate some time to work as well :) I hit up Dojo co-working space while in Canggu, and although they didn't have AC, the place was MASSIVE and had super fast internet. I even hosted a webinar from Dojo, and had no problems whatsoever! They offer daily, weekly, and monthly passes and are a great option if you need a community-type atmosphere to get your best work done!

Play celebrity for the day at The Edge (One Eighty Degrees):  PUT THIS ON YOUR TO-DO LIST!! The cliffside pool at The Edge hotel is about an hour and a half drive from Canggu, but it is totally worth it. I mean, just look at this photo. 

 One Eighty Degrees at The Edge

One Eighty Degrees at The Edge

Watch the video I made about it below if you want more details :)

Getaway to Nusa Penida: Another thing I highly recommend doing while you're in Canggu is taking a few days to visit Nusa Penida island. You can take a boat out of Sanur (about 1 hour from Canggu) and be there in about an hour. There isn't much to do on Nusa Penida island, but you can drive to Kelingking beach/Kelingking lookout - which is totally worth the trip.

 Kelingking Lookout, Nusa Penida

Kelingking Lookout, Nusa Penida

Where to stay in Canggu, Bali:

Where you stay while in Canggu can totally make or break your trip, but even if you're on a budget you can find some super cute places for around $30 US/ night. (If you have a bigger budget, you can live like royalty for about $100 US/night!)

Pondok Canggu Homestay - This is a great option for the budget (but high maintenance) traveler who wants icy cold AC but doesn't necessarily care about having a lot of space or a full kitchen (me!). There is a shared pool outside and the room is small but it has everything you need (plus it's in a great location) for an awesome price. 

Riviera house - if you want the entire place to yourself, a full kitchen, and tons of space, this is Riviera house is my recommendation! The location is great, the owners are awesome, and they even have cold coconuts in the fridge for you to buy for about $1 whenever you want one. We stayed in this room which was a little more pricy, but you could also stay in one of their "huts" for a more rustic (and budget friendly) option. 

Random things to know when you come to Canggu, Bali:

Visas: If you plan to stay in Bali longer than 30 days, you're going to need to get a tourist visa with the option to extend (different than a normal tourist visa). You can get it upon arrival at the Denpasar airport, just make sure get it before going through customs. It's about $35 USD per person (make sure to have cash with you) and then you'll end up paying about $50 more per person to get the extension once your 30 days are up. IMPORTANT NOTE: You must file your extension at least one week before your 30 days are up, but no sooner than one week after you've arrived - so basically there is a very small amount of time for which you can do this. Also - it's kind of a pain in the ass to figure out yourself, so to save yourself the headache (plus 3+ trips to the Denpasar customs office) I recommend using a Visa agent. (We used this place and they were awesome). It will cost you about $50 per person to use an agent PLUS the $50 for the extension, so about $100 total per person, but totally worth it in my opinion not to waste multiple days figuring it out on your own. Also, they do have to hold on to your passport for a few days so be sure the get a copy. 

Motorbikes: If you're not willing to rent/drive a motorbike while in Canggu (or anywhere in Bali) getting around is going to be a b*tch. Just being honest. But don't worry, if you're too afraid to drive one yourself you can always call GoJek (a motorbike service kind of like Uber that will take you where you want to go, get groceries for you, deliver food, etc).

Uber: Ah yes, Uber. When people told me not to use Uber in Bali, I didn't really take them seriously. But i'm not kidding when I see THE BALINESE PEOPLE HATE UBER. Like really hate them. So if you look like you need a ride and are looking at your phone, taxi drivers will automatically think you are waiting for an Uber and give you a hard time. Ubers here will also try and rip you off, so my advice would be to either rent your own motorbike, use a local Taxi (they are everywhere) or hire a driver. 

Hire a driver: This is your best bet for getting around safely (without getting ripped off). We had two different drivers while in Bali (both named Ketut, which you'll realize is pretty common 🤣) and I HIGHLY recommend them both. Save yourself the hassle and send either of them a Whatsapp message letting them know when you'll be arriving, and they can pick you up from the airport so you don't have to fight off the hundreds (seriously) of aggressive Taxi men at the Denpasar airport. Tell them Amie sent you!

Ketut #1: +62 878 6096 6048

Ketut #2: +62 812 3942 759

Both on Whatsapp

SIM cards: You'll need a SIM card when you get here! You can get one at the airport, but expect to pay a lot more than if you wait until you get to Canggu. Just have one of the Ketut's take you to a SIM card place - they will put it in your phone and set everything up for you. You can expect to pay around $10 - $15 USD for a SIM card that lasts you about 30 days. 

Ok guys, thats all i've got for right now! Have you been to Canggu? What were your faves? What places do I need to check out next time i'm there?

XO,

Amie

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