Vegans on tour usually have their work cut out for them in searching for vegan friendly menus serving fresh salads, hearty meals and healthy eats with oodles of tasty goodness. You might have witnessed them in action in their search for good vegan food… mimicking farm animal noises, peering through kitchen doorways and pleading for directions to the nearest Happy Cow approved café?
But not in Bali. Here, it’s almost rarer to gnaw away on a chicken bone than to peacefully request coconut cream on your granola and cashew milk in their cappuccino. Here’s our list of the best of South Bali’s vegan friendly eating destinations.
Green Ginger Noodle House
Green Ginger Noodle House is the South Bali sister of Ubud’s famed vegetarian restaurant, The Elephant. Wontons, laksas, Singapore noodles and slippery Vietnamese soups are just some of the Asian sensations on the menu. The small space on Pantai Berawa is colourfully cluttered with pots, pans and plant life; the perfect recipe for feeling at home.
Green Ginger Noodle House, Jalan Raya Pantai Berawa, Pelambingan, Bali, Indonesia, p. +62 (0)878 62112729. Open Mon-Sun 730am–930pm.
Divine Earth is one of very few raw food restaurants on the island. Offering zucchini rolls, lasagne, pizzas and plenty of desserts, it’s everything the vegan heart desires. To top it off, the upstairs is an intimate couch and cushion cinema that shows an eclectic mix of art house films – an impossible find on the island of Bali.
Divine Earth, Jalan Raya Basangkasa, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, p. +62 (0)361 731964. Open 7am–11pm.
Earth Cafe & Zula
The Down to Earth umbrella is an adored vegan institution on the island of Bali, consisting of Down to Earth, Earth Café, Zula and Divine Earth. With cafes in Ubud, Sanur and Seminyak, you’re rarely too far from consistently five-star vegan food and a market store of organic produce, health-conscious groceries and earth-friendly cosmetics. Many an island vegan has been known to eat three, sometimes four meals a day in Earth Café on Oberoi, the most popular of the Down to Earth collective.
Earth Café, Jalan Lasmana #99, Oberoi, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia 80361, p. +62 (0)361 736645. Open Mon-Sun 8am-12pm.
The Little Green Café
Green walls, green umbrellas, green cushions and plenty of green food can all be found in the Kerobokan garden of The Little Green Café. The fresh and healthy menu is living proof of the delicious possibilities of vegan and vegetarian food. Cakes, casseroles, salads, soups and wraps are brought to life with fresh herbs, coconut, legumes and countless fruits and vegetables.
The Little Green Café, Jalan Bidadari No 1, Kerobokan, Kuta, Bali, p. +62 (0) 361 2752125. Open Mon-Sat 9am–5pm.
Banana Leaf, despite appearing like an ice-creamery, offers one of the most creative takes on Asian Thai fusion on the island – and it’s all vegan. On top of your regular sauté and curry dishes you will find their variation of a san choy bow, consisting of marinated tofu, sweet corn and water chestnut in purple cabbage. Their other wow dish is fried red rice with pineapple, cashew nuts, raisins and cilantro, served up in half a hollowed pineapple. For vegans with an appetite for confusion, many of the meals can have a soy protein added, with a choice of faux pepper steak, chicken, shrimp or calamari.
Banana Leaf, Jalan Subak Sari No.84, Tegal Gundul, Tibubeneng, Kec. Canggu, Bali 80361, p. +62 (0)361 7112266. Open Mon-Sun 11am-10pm.
Samadi Bali is “a centre for radical well-being and self-empowerment” in a pocket of Canggu not far from Echo Beach. Yoga classes, life coaching, acupuncture and a Sunday organic farmers markets compliment a ‘Gourmetairan’ café of home grown ingredients inspired by all corners of the globe. Expect surprising ingredient combinations and a heart-warming setting.
Samadi Bali, 39 Jalan Padang Linjong, Echo Beach, Bali, 80361. p. +62 (0)812 38312505. Open daily 730am-3pm.
Bali Buda is a flawless example of the slow food movement, an internationally recognised measure of good, clean and fair food. Local, organic produce fills the menu of this 21-year Bali institution. Free from the distractions of Wi-Fi, the homely Umalas restaurant offers a collection of raw vegan dishes, and hot tofu meals made with GMO-free soybeans compliment hormone and organic free meat dishes. If you can’t drag your carnivores to a vegan haunt, this is the next best thing.
Bali Buda, Jl Banjar Anyar #24 Kerobokan, Bali, p. +62 (0)361 8445936. Open Mon-Sun 7am-10pm.
Owned by one of the island’s favourite fitness centres Motion Fitness, Avocado is a colourful little café that dishes up well-balanced, homely meals. It’s not vegan, or even vegetarian, but its collection of vegan friendly dishes, which span soups, burgers, stews and salads, earns it a well deserving presence on our list.
Avocado, Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu Bali, p. +62 (0)361 8460123. Open daily 7am-8pm.
Vegan sushi. There’s a phrase you don’t hear everyday. Tahari Sushi in Kerobokan has what some may claim to be the largest sushi menu on planet Earth. Kindly enough, a large section is dedicated to curious vegan combos with unheard of vegetables and plenty of colour.
Tahari Sushi, Pertokoan Semer Kencana no 3-4, Raya Semer Kerobokan, Bali p. +62 (0)361 8475283.
This story was written by the lovely Samantha, a freelance travel writer and content manager that fell out of the womb in a tattered sarong. When she’s not penning notes for the Honeycombers, she’s editing and writing for Lonely Planet and trying – with great difficulty – to live like a Yogi. As you can tell, she’s also a knowledgeable vegan herself.