This charming mountain town has it all. Framed by steep, jungly river valleys, swaying palm trees and emerald green rice paddies, it’s a quintessential Bali town with a temple on every corner, smoking incense sticks in the colorful offerings placed in front of every Hindu compound. But watch out for the hordes of tourists and the mind boggling traffic.
A plethora of vegan and vegetarian cafes, mixed in with specialty coffees that could easily be found in San Francisco plus some real fine dining options.
Where to eat:
Try Seeds of Life for some uncooked supercharged goodness, these guys are real alchemists and they take the raw food movement very seriously. You won’t even get a coffee here, but order one of their herbal elixirs instead!
Milk & Madu Ubud, for an Aussie flare synonymous with that perfect cup of coffee and phenomenal breakfast.
Locavcore: book at least two weeks ahead. In a relatively short time this famed establishment achieved a cult status taking the Ubud food scene by storm. Modern cuisine and the freshest local produce created an ingredient driven menu that international diners’ taste buds instantly fell in love with.
Where to stay:
Mathis Retreat Ubud – the enchanting tropical estate sits on acres of pristine rice paddies stretching out to the horizon as far as the eye can see! The property features a large infinity pool, several private villas with enclosed gardens and spacious deluxe rooms overlooking the rice fields. It’s conveniently located on the outskirts of Ubud, so you get to enjoy the serenity of the mountainous landscape, yet you are within ten minutes of the hustle and bustle of downtown Ubud with its buzzing local market, traditional dance performances and burgeoning café and dining scene. Plus Mathis offers complimentary shuttle for its guests. There are exploration spots surrounding the entire area. Definitely book yourself in for one of Mathis’ signature trips – they can custom make it to your liking or pick one of the most popular ones. Dive deep into the mystical local healer tradition, bike through the local villages where life still remains much like in the pre-tourism old Bali, hike thru the jungly, lush valley and take a refreshing swim down in the cold river. We have personally tested the trips for you and hand on heart – there is nothing quite like this experience. Mathis employs only local knowledgeable guides who know the area like the back of their hand and this kind of authentic experience is really hard to organize on your own no matter how many times you’ve visited Ubud, you won’t find this unique itinerary on any trip advisor-like site.
Where to Yoga:
Ubud has become synonymous with yoga, especially since the mega popular Bali Spirit Festival launched in Ubud 12 years ago. There is just as many excellent studios as there is indie shops with Yoga gear. Try one of our all-time favorites, Yoga Barn – sits on picturesque tropical property with semi-open pavilions to get some yoga on in the outdoors or for a different experience head to more enclosed Radiantly Alive right downtown. Their vinyasa classes are badass.
Milk & Madu
Seeds of Life
Jl. Dewi Sita 10
Words & photos: Veronika