The best part about traveling as a vegan is that a whole new world of food opportunities opens up. In addition to being excited about beautiful beaches, great adventures, and cultural experiences, you will also have the chance to discover delicious vegan food wherever you go. Suddenly, the number of vegan restaurants and new cuisines to try becomes one of the main attractions of traveling.
Sometimes finding a place that offers a combination of great vegan food and amazing things to do is easier said than done. But Ubud, Bali is a destination that offers the best of both worlds.
5 Reasons Why Ubud is the Ultimate Must-Visit Vegan Paradise
1. Welcome to Paradise
The town of Ubud is the embodiment of a vegan paradise. Nestled in the hilltops of the tropical paradise island of Bali, Ubud offers a comfortable tropical climate that rarely gets too hot and never gets too cold. This is especially true compared to the beach towns surrounding the island that get unbearably hot for most of the year.
Ubud is known as the cultural capital of Bali and offers an array of fun things to do and attractions to see. From beautiful Hindu temples to the rice fields that have made Bali famous, and museums and workshops where the locals create statues and crafts using traditional methods, there is always something new to explore.
Then there is the spiritual aspect of Ubud which attracts a lot of visitors and has turned Ubud into a yogi paradise and a mecca for people interested in mindfulness and wellness. However, there is one thing that has put Ubud on the map for vegan travelers, and that is the abundance of all-vegan restaurants.
2. Vegan Restaurants in Ubud
There are few places on earth that offer such a wide selection of all-vegan restaurants as Ubud does. Not to mention that the vegan food scene is very diverse so you’ll never get bored. Due to Ubud’s spiritual ambiance, there is a big focus on healthier foods like smoothie bowls and raw dishes. However, you can also gorge yourself on vegan pizzas, burgers, pasta, and ice cream.
One of the most popular dining experiences in Ubud is raw food. There are at least four restaurants specializing in raw vegan food with the Seeds of Life spearheading the movement. In addition, there are landmark vegan restaurants in Ubud like Sage with its mouth-watering namlette and Earth Cafe with one of the most extensive lists of vegan dishes in the town. Moreover, there are several vegetarian restaurants serving vegan food such as Atman Cafe and Clear Cafe, as well as a handful of non-vegan restaurants offering delicious plant-based options like the Italian restaurant Black Beach.
3. Authentic Balinese Food
Bali is also home to a traditional cuisine that is extremely vegan-friendly on its own. In fact, both tofu and tempeh are used frequently in local dishes, and you’ll rarely struggle to find vegan options at the local restaurants. Fancy learning how to make some local Balinese food yourself? There are many cooking schools in Ubud that are happy to provide plant-based cooking classes for vegan travelers.
With over 200-plus vegan-friendly restaurants and a great vegan-friendly cuisine, there is no doubt that Ubud is one of the best destinations for vegans in the world.
4.Get Your Yoga On
As mentioned, yoga plays a central role in the town of Ubud. There are numerous yoga studios offering daily yoga classes suitable for all levels. The serenity and spirituality of Ubud create the perfect atmosphere for yogis. We can’t think of a more invigorating experience than doing yoga in Ubud while overlooking the lush jungle and surrounding volcanoes. When visiting the cultural hub of Bali, zen out and choose from many of the yoga classes offered in town.
5. So Much to Do and See
If all the vegan food and yoga hasn’t convinced you, there are a ton of cultural experiences to be had in Ubud. Make sure you visit the Tegalalang rice fields and the famous water temple where you can purify your soul in the holy springs. Furthermore, there is a range of beach towns within an hour’s drive of Ubud. Some of them offer paradise-like beaches perfect for swimming while most are hosts to world famous surf breaks that attract surfers from all over the world.
All things considered, Ubud, Bali is that perfect vegan destination that you’ve always dreamed of.
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