Gone are the days when going vegan meant settling for alfalfa sprouts and salads. At these vegan restaurants in Bali, even die-hard carnivores will want to go sans-meat...
It seems like only yesterday that vegans in Bali were seen as extreme eaters – rare, mythical creatures that surely couldn’t survive at “regular” restaurants. But these days, veganism is the norm, and vegan restaurants in Bali are popping up faster than our almond milk flat whites are going down.
We’re not just talking healthy salads and smoothie bowls here either. Across the island, you can find everything from vegan warungs and fast food restaurants, to vegan fine dining and everything in between. Pulled jackfruit? Check. Tempe burgers with cashew cheese? Double check. Creamy poke bowls packed with protein-rich veggies and legumes? Check, check, check! These delish and nutrish plant-based dishes are changing the way we eat, and even die-hard carnivores are taking the leap towards a greener, more sustainable lifestyle.
So without further adieu, here’s our list of Bali’s best vegan restaurants – from wholly vegan eateries to vegetarian restaurants with vegan-friendly options, here’s where you’ll find the best plant-based cuisine in Bali.
Selamat makan, Honeys!
THE BEST VEGAN RESTAURANTS IN CANGGU
Ahhh Peloton – one of our forever faves. This wholly vegan café is an emporium of all things plant-and-pedal-powered – a Canggu icon that’s a huge hit with the vegan crowds and non-vegans alike. That says a lot about the food repertoire here, which has been curated by a troupe of chefs and vegan foodies. Cool and breezy with industrial vibes, tuck into brekkie burritos, big salad bowls and the oh-so creamy cheesy lasagne. The imitation meats here are some of the best around, too.
Peloton Supershop, Jl Raya Pantai Berawa, No. 46, Canggu, p. +62 813 3761 9335, e. [email protected] Open 7.30am – 10pm.
I Am Vegan Babe
This boundary-pushing, plant-based Canggu cafe is a vegan game-changer, with cruelty-free cuisine that you’d never know is sans-meat or dairy unless someone told you. There are BLTs stuffed with vegan fried eggs and creamy vegannaise, fluffy pancakes stacked sky-high and chunky sandwiches that are impossibly cheesy – the kind that sticks to the roof of your mouth and melts into a delicious gooinesss. Meanwhile, the burgers are so big, so juicy and so gluttonous, you could almost call them beefy. But don’t worry health-nuts, there’s also plenty of salads, wraps, colourful bowls and juices here too, wrapped up in the cafes tropi-chic interiors.
I Am Vegan Babe, Jl Tanah Barak No. 49, Canggu. Open daily, 7am – 5pm.
The Shady Shack
Tropical al fresco vibes, shabby-chic interiors and an entirely vegetarian menu with vegan options aplenty – The Shady Shack is one of Canggu’s most popular cafes, and for good reason. This super duper healthy spot dishes up delish signatures like the Japanese-inspired Nori Bowl, the juicy Shack Attack burger, sweet potato gnocchi (with almond feta!) and a rainbow of raw desserts, from brekkie and brunch through to lunch and dinner. Grab a cold coconut and lounge beneath the palms, or boost that immune system with a turmeric latte. So much yum.
The Shady Shack, Jl Tanah Barak No.57, Canggu, p. +62 819 1639 5087. Open daily 7.30am – 10pm.
Just like your favourite warung (but with a plant-based twist!) GIVE Cafe dishes up wholly vegan Indonesian food alongside a scrummy display of Nasi Campur. Think meat-less chicken, “pork” satay, heaps of veggies, cruelty-free sauces and sambals, and even Indonesia’s famous Beef Rendang given a mushroomy new look. But that’s not all. GIVE Café donates 100% of its profits to charity, meaning your Nasi Goreng Special (with a vegan fried egg) could help save a life or support a village. This kind and creative concept is of course from the same peeps who gave us the plant-based KYND Community cafe in Seminyak, and just like it’s bigger sister, it’s 100% vegan, and 1000% delicious.
GIVE Cafe, Jl Padang Linjong No.85, Canggu, p. +62 818 0566 4720. Open daily 11am – 8pm.
This Canggu cafe first opened in Uluwatu as a yogurt and smoothie bowl shop, but the Canggu locations (there are two!) are where you’ll find a full menu of insanely scrummy vegan creations from brunch until dinner. It’s the kind of menu you wouldn’t even know is wholly vegan (unless you look closely at the small print) with hearty bites like Tofu Benny for brekkie, “meat lover” wraps for lunch, and “cheesy” quesadillas for dinner. There are even vegan sweet treats for dessert, and allll the nibbly sides and starters to swap and share. You can find all of this in Berawa and central Canggu.
Secret Spot, Jl Pantai Berawa No. 44, Berawa & Jl Tanah Barak No. 7, Canggu. Open daily 7.30am – 9.30pm.
Vegan tapas and cocktails? Oh yes, you read that right. Add to that a wholly sustainable concept and a bar that uses uber-healthy DoTerra essential oils in its concoctions, and well, Essential in Canggu takes guilt-free feasting to a whole other level. All of the plant-based produce here is local and season-dependant, and the majority of the menu is gluten-free too. Try the Lombok stuffed peppers, the tempeh croquettes, and the Spanish-style glazed fritters wrapped in Balinese banana leaf. And of course, wash it all down with alchemist-style cocktails that use the purest essential oils on the planet, local cold-pressed juices, probiotic Kombucha and high-quality imported spirits. Now that’s worth raising a glass to…
Essential, Jl Batu Bolong, Gg Nyepi No. 22, Canggu, e. [email protected] Open daily 12pm – 10pm.
Answering all of your vegan pita prayers, Falafel Temple brings real, home-cooked, Middle Eastern cuisine to Canggu. While there’s no green V’s or vegan signage here, the entire menu is wholly plant-based, inspired by the flavours of Morocco, Turkey, and Egypt. Think traditional spices, fresh local ingredients and some of the most deliciously enormous mezze plates we’ve ever seen (with the best falafel we’ve ever tried!).
Falafel Temple, Jl Pantai Berawa No. 35, Canggu, p. +62 811 396 7979, e. [email protected] Open daily 10am – 10pm.
Manggis in Canggu
A family-run cafe and restaurant that’s powered by a passion for good, honest food, Manggis in Canggu brings a new twist to plant-based food in the ‘Gu. Their specialty? No-frills vegan and vegetarian creations that combine the fragrant flavours of the East with the conventional flavours of the West. Think homemade sweet potato tacos drizzled with Sriracha and an Indonesian chimichurri. Or how about the sliders, stuffed with local jackfruit that’s been marinated in a sticky barbecue sauce. Yup, these guys are on a mission to make veganism mainstream, by dishing up all of your fave dishes in a way that’s both familiar and freakin’ delicious.
Manggis in Canggu, Jl Pemelisan Agung No. 7, Berawa – Canggu, p. +62 8113 880 885, e. [email protected] Open daily 7.30am – 9pm.
Green Ginger Noodle House
One of Canggu’s original vegetarian restaurants (with vegan variations available on almost everything), Green Ginger Noodle House is still going strong today, serving meat-free Thai cuisine done right. Veggie wontons, spicy laksa and slippery noodle soups are just some of the Asian sensations on the menu, served up in a traditionally small space that’s colourfully cluttered with pots, pans, trinkets and plant life; the perfect recipe for feeling right at home. And psst! Green Ginger is the little sister to Ubud’s ever-famous vegetarian restaurants, The Elephant and Dumbo, so you know you’ll be getting the real deal here.
Green Ginger Noodle House, Jl Raya Pantai Berawa, Canggu, p. +62 878 62112729. Open daily 8am – 10.30pm.
Not far from Echo Beach, Samadi Bali is a ‘Gourmetarian’ café that believes in the healing power of natural food, fusing vegetarian world-cuisine with Ayurvedic gourmet recipes, as well as raw, vegan dishes too. The Samadi kitchen lab uses seasonal organic ingredients produced by local farmers and partners, supporting fair-trade practices to help nourish more than just your tummy. Daily yoga classes, life coaching, acupuncture and a Sunday organic farmer’s market completes the Samadi experience.
Samadi Bali, Jl Padang Linjong No.39, Echo Beach, Canggu, p. +62 812 38312505, e. [email protected]. Open daily 7.30am – 3pm.
Plant Cartel is living proof that vegans don’t just survive on lettuce. You won’t find any healthy soul bowls or macrobiotic raw food here at this Canggu trailblazer. Instead, you’ll be gorging on vegan fast food that’s just as “meaty”, just as naughty and just as satisfying as its carnivorous contenders. The menu reads like a carby dream, from the Double Pleeseburger, The PcMuffin and Popcorn Chick’n, to the vegan hotdog, Mac & Please and loaded fries with a mountain of gooiness. Sorry Maccas, this is fast food of the future.
Plant Cartel, Jl Batu Bolong No.83A, Canggu, e. [email protected] Open daily 8am – 10pm.
Living Food Lab
A casual café and teaching kitchen, The Living Food Lab serves up locally-grown organic raw food that’s both vegan and gluten free. Billed as ‘good mood food’, wrap your lips around some scrumptious fish-free sushi, the mouthwatering Moroccan plates and – our fave – the Spicy Mexican Burger. Addictively delicious, come back at all hours to try the build-your-own brekkie and salad bar by day, or the the intimate dinners by night…
Living Food Lab, No 8, Canggu Square units 12-13, Canggu, Jl. Pantai Berawa, Canggu p. +62 361 469875, e. [email protected] Open daily 7.45am – 9pm.
This cosy warung on Batu Bolong was one of the first restaurants around to turn Indonesian food wholly vegan – and boy are we glad they did. Dishing up all of our fave Indonesian staples (we’re looking at you Nasi Kuning, Mie Goreng and Nasi Campur!) these local favourites come without any nasties (no meat, dairy, MSG or preservatives) and everything is 100% natural.
Vinny’s Warung, Jl Pantai Batu Bolong No 37, Canggu, p. +62 812 4696 7117, e. [email protected] Open daily 9am – 9pm.
It’s no secret that Indian food is inherently vegan and vegetarian friendly, but plant-based curries and cruelty-free platters aren’t the only thing you get at Roti Daal. Adding a whole lotta love and traditional flavours to your fave Indian staples, Roti Daal in Berawa serves up over 130 different vegan and vegetarian dishes each month, with daily changing menus that use seasonal, fresh produce that are are low in oil, low in spice, and with no added preservatives or colourings. Expect home-style cooking using authentic recipes from all over India, keeping things as fresh as the Daal of the Day.
Roti Daal, Jl Pantai Berawa, Canggu, e. [email protected]m. Also open in Ubud and Kuta. Open daily 8am – 10pm.
THE BEST VEGAN RESTAURANTS IN UBUD
Powered by plants, Zest Ubud is one of our fave vegan restaurants in Bali’s hippie heart. Expect meaty hunks of grilled jackfruit with caramelised corn and curry ‘mayo’, chunky kebabs stuffed full of fire-roasted eggplant, and hearty sides like smashed cassava fritters, taro root fries and sticky spiced carrots. And don’t even get us started on the desserts…. A Banana Muffin in a Glass? Oh yes. It’s all a little bit naughty, but oh-so very nice – in more ways than one!
Zest Ubud, Jl Raya Penestanan Kelod No.8, Ubud, p. +62 823 4006 5048, e. [email protected] Open daily 8am – 10pm.
Vegan sorcery and raw chocolate wizardry at its finest – Alchemy is one of Ubud’s most famous vegan cafes where love, authenticity, health and gratitude are the core values. All-day smoothie bowls, raw pizzas, decadent banoffee pies and sugar-free Bounty bars – all of this served up alongside single origin coffee, juices and chilled kombucha. The build-your-own salad bowls are our fave here, with choose-your-own options like raw-mesan cheese and alllll the veggies and zesty dressings… it’s pure vegan magic.
Alchemy, Jl Penestanan Kelod No.75, Sayan, Ubud, p. +62 361 971 981, e. [email protected] Open daily 7am – 9pm.
A jackfruit “Mignon” fillet, a trio of cashew cheeses, and tempeh ribs – you’d hardly believe this is a vegan menu. Well, at Moksa, everything is plant based and freshly prepared with love, from the second the seeds are sewn in Moksa’a very own permaculture garden, to the moment the organic and all-natural ingredients are exceptionally curated on your plate. Sweet potato cutlets, raw lasagne and spicy laksa – it’s all here. And FYI, the raw coconut chocolate panna cotta is to die for…
Moksa, Gang Damai, Sayan, Ubud, p. +62 813 3977 4787, e. [email protected] Open daily 9am – 10pm.
Sayuri Healing Food
A wholesome raw food café with vegan vibrations aplenty, it doesn’t get much healthier than at Sayuri Healing Food. Everything here is free from wheat, animals, gluten, dairy and soy, and no expenses have been spared on creativity and flavour. Fancy learning how to knock out delicious raw food treats for yourself? Get down to one of the foodie classes and learn how these guys create the best raw vegan desserts we’ve ever eaten.
Sayuri, Jl Sukma No. 2, Ubud, p. +62 361 908 0385, e. [email protected] Open daily 7am – 10pm.
Summer salads, jackfruit tacos and bountiful bowls filled with healthful goodness – what more could you want from a vegan restaurant in Ubud? This beloved eatery is all about big salads, creamy desserts, and a yummy selection of smoothies, juices, and mocktails. Try the Tempeh Buffalo Wings (they’re our long-time fave) and the sesame-crusted Teriyaki tempe – just make sure you save space for dessert, because their gluten-free Carrot Cake is legendary!
Sage Bali, Jl Nyuh Bulan, Ubud, p. +62 361 976 528, e. [email protected] Open daily 8am – 9.30pm.
The Seeds of Life
Combining fun, flavour, vibrancy and integrity through raw living foods, yoga and holographic kinetics – Seeds of Life is so much more than just a café. Drop by to sample their outstanding fare (raw and vegan, naturally) and stick around to soak up their holistic approach to life. From Taoist tonics and Ashtanga Yoga to raw food classes and artisan Chinese teas, you can give your body and soul the once-over here.
The Seeds of Life, Jl Gootama No.2, Ubud, p. +62 361 970 650. Open daily 8am – 10pm.
Sakti Dining Room
Set between the sacred Ayung River and lush tropical gardens, Sakti Dining Room is the award-winning vegan fine dining restaurant at Fivelements, dishing up Michelin-worthy vegan cuisine in an eco-luxurious setting. The menu is all about plant-based, raw vegan living foods, masterfully curated into some of the most stunning dishes we’ve ever seen. Different tastes, textures, vibrant colours and pure flavours are prepared with passion and utmost precision, letting Mother Nature’s gifts truly shine. To get a taste of the full culinary repertoire here, opt for the chef’s signature degustation menus at this impressive bamboo pavilion.
Sakti Dining Room at Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa Banjar Baturning, Mambal, Ubud, p.+62 361 469 206, e. [email protected] Open daily 7am – 11pm.
A modern wood-fired Italian food concept from the same conscious empire as The Elephant (below) and Green Ginger Noodle House in Canggu, Dumbo is all about good, honest food that’s as earth friendly as possible – without compromising on flavour of course. Try the roasted cauliflower, the antipasto plate and the creamy polenta with braised beetroot cheeks. The pizza here is also top notch (fresh outta the wood-fired oven) and if that wasn’t enough, 1% of all profits are donated to the protection of Orangutans in Indonesia, so you’ve a good excuse to stuff yourself silly.
Dumbo, Jl Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, p. +62 812 3838 9993, e. [email protected] Open daily 12pm – 3pm & 5pm – 10pm.
A slow food emporium and all-round beam of vegetarian goodness, The Elephant mixes cruelty-free fare with fab views across Ubud’s beautiful Tjampuhan Ridge. Ethical, vegetarian and mos def awesome, the dishes here are all made with love and presented beautifully, especially when paired with a healthy juice or happy frappe. Try the Pad Thai, the curries, the Polenta Fries, and the crunchy larb (all available as a vegan option) and if you fancy a retox, the cocktail list is not to be missed either – for those who aren’t quite ready to give up guilty pleasures altogether.…
The Elephant, Jl Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, p. +62 85 100 161 907, e. [email protected] Open daily 8am – 9.30pm.
Kismet Restaurant & Lounge
Just up from the famous Monkey Forest, Kismet Restaurant & Lounge is tucked away amongst the quaint and narrow streets of downtown Ubud, dishing up vegetarian and vegan deliciousness in the form of tempe burgers, polenta lasagne and plenty of small tapas-style plates to share. We love the veggie skewers and the build-your-own bowls…
Kismet Restaurant & Lounge, Jl South Goutama No.27X, Ubud, p. +62 361 908 0702. Open daily 9am – 12am.
Swasti Beloved Cafe
Wholly sustainable and dedicated to protecting its environment, Swasti Beloved Cafe is a double whammy when it comes to conscious eating. The earth-friendly menu uses healthy and fresh ingredients from its very own garden, taking the whole ‘farm to table’ concept to another level. The food is mostly grown all around the restaurant, freshly made every day and processed only with love. The vegetarian and plant-based menus are abundant (try the jackfruit tacos, the incredibly colourful pizzas and the healthy bowls) – but note, there are some non-vegetarian options here, however they are kept very separate from the vegan items.
Swasti Beloved Cafe, Jl Raya Nyuh Bojog, Br. Nyuh Kuning, Ubud, p. +62 361 974 079, e. [email protected]
THE BEST VEGAN RESTAURANTS IN SEMINYAK
SO much more than just a café, KYND is a community of earth-conscious foodies serving up plant-based dishes and drinks for people who like to tread lightly – all in pinch-me-cute pink interiors with swings and Instagrammable lounges. Veggies and vegans will LOVE the menu, which is a feast of flavours that breaks the vegan mould. Think gourmet toasts with super wholesome toppings, Salt & Pepper Squid that you’d swear is the real thing, and of course, some of the best smoothies and waffles in town. Their Korean Fried Chicken burger is our fave, closely followed by the Japanese Ramen. They even have a vegan ice cream parlour right next door, and vegan roasts every Sunday!
KYND Community, Jl Raya Petitenget No12x, p. +62 859 3112 0209, e. [email protected] Open daily 6am – 11pm.
Proving that veganism really is the food of the future, Tanaman is the game-changing, plant-powered vegan restaurant at Desa Potato Head that celebrates traditional Indonesian flavours using progressive techniques and organic vegan ingredients. Based around a multi-course tasting menu, each dish pays tribute to Indonesia’s family kitchens, street vendors and warungs – think jackfruit rendang (cooked and braised for 16 hours), mushroom satay with a sticky, spicy sambal kecap, and lotek, AKA the ever-famous gado-gado. It’s a creative and futuristic plant-based take on Indonesia’s most-loved comfort food, best enjoyed with Tanaman’s botanical cocktails.
Tanaman at Desa Potato Head, Jl Petitenget No.51B, Seminyak, Open daily 6pm – midnight.
This vegan institution is not only home to plant-based deliciousness, but also a market store of organic produce, health-conscious groceries and earth-friendly cosmetics. Many of the island’s vegans have been known to eat three, sometimes four meals a day in Earth Café – one of the original health food emporiums in town. Fresh and sourced locally, the ingredients here showcase the best of Bali’s organic, macrobiotic movement, with sensational flavours throughout. And psst – you’ll find Earth cafe in Ubud too!
Earth Café, Jl Lasmana #99, Oberoi, Seminyak, p. +62 361 736645. Open daily 8am – 12pm.
Vegan ice-cream on acid – Mad Pops is Bali’s wild and wacky dairy-free ice-cream parlour, complete with neon signs, risqué murals, 80s disco vibes and technicolour vegan sprinkles. From salted caramel ice cream, to peanut butter popsicles, Mad Pops recreates allll the flavours that vegans have always dreamt of. You can also find the second Mad Pops parlour in Canggu, as well as countless cafes and restaurants stocking these naughty-but-nice sweet treats.
Mad Pops, Jl Kayu Aya No.48, Oberoi Seminyak, p.+62 813 3777 9122e. [email protected] Open daily, 11am – 10pm.
Described as a vegetarian paradise, Zula is one of Seminyak’s OG vegan restaurants, part of the same eco-empire as Earth Cafe. With cruelty-free creations like Seitan spaghetti meatballs, tempeh maki sushi rolls, and Mediterranean share plates, it’s no surprise that Zula is still going strong today. Our fave is the macrobiotic Planet Platter, full of plant-based proteins and greens.
Zula Bali, Jl Dyhana Pura No. 5, Seminyak, +62 361 732723, e. [email protected] Open daily 7am – 11pm.
THE BEST VEGAN RESTAURANTS IN ULUWATU
A hydroponic farm and organic vegan & vegetarian restaurant, Tara Green is where you can pick your very own lettuce from the onsite greenhouse, before tucking into delish vegan brekkies and lunch dishes in the modern Balinese-meets-Tibetan surroundings. All of the dishes use fresh produce from the garden, and every dish is positively bursting with flavour. Try the Mushroom Boss for one of the most decadent and delicious vegan breakfasts we’ve ever tasted. It’s the epitome of umami goodness with four types of sautéed mushrooms and a slick of homemade hummus! And you won’t wanna miss the Vegan Pancakes either, with caramelised banana, maple syrup, peanut butter and a sprinkle of almonds. For lunch, the Soba Noodle Salad is our top pick…
Tara Green Hydroponic Farm & Cafe, Jl Belimbing Sari III No.3, Pecatu, +62 877 1064 1047, e. [email protected] Open Wed – Sun, 9am – 6pm.
Head out to the back of this vintage surf mecca, and you’ll stumble upon Drifter’s peaceful garden café, where excellent coffee and a range of deliciously healthy dishes are served up throughout the day, from vegan brekkie burritos and rice paper rolls by day, to Balinese curries and jackfruit tacos by night. While they do serve fish here, vegans and vegetarians are very well catered to.
Drifter, Jl Labuansait No.52, Pecatu, p. +62 81 755 7111, e. [email protected]
Aloha! For those who crave a healthy, sweet and refreshing feed all in one (especially pre- or post-surf), look no further then Nalu Bowls – Bali’s original smoothie bowl shack inspired by Hawaii. Unsurprisingly so, the smoothie bowls here don’t disappoint, with their daily-fresh ingredients made from exotic tropical fruits. Think fresh coconut, mango, banana, papaya and spinach, topped with homemade granola. Keeping it local, their best seller is of course the Uluwatu Bowl, with dragon fruit, raspberries, banana and a hint of apple juice. Made right in front of you, this little gem is a Bali legend, now available in Canggu, Seminyak, Umalas and even Jakarta too!
Nalu Bowls, Jl Labuansait No.63, Pecatu, Uluwatu, p. +62 8214575 5461, e. [email protected] Open daily 7.30am – 6pm.
Coco & Poke
This stylishly simple spot is housed within Uluwatu’s famed Single Fin Bar, serving up delightful bowls of sweet vegan-friendly coconut whip, or Hawaiian style poke bowls with a selection of toppings and salad-y goodies. The only problem is deciding whether to go sweet or savoury – either way, this is guilt-free snacking at its best!
Coco & Poke at Single Fin, Jl Labuan Sait, Uluwatu, p. +62 87 861 640 121.