Healthy Eats in Bali

April 30, 2015 narellecraig
Nalu Bowls are healthy smoothie bowls

If you’re looking for healthy cafes in Bali beyond just adding chia seeds or sipping a kale shake, this list of clean eating mecca’s will fuel the body and soul with vegetarian, raw, vegan, and healthy menus.  Nutrients and happy tastebuds unite!  Your body can be just one more temple in Bali after all, no?

And be rest assured, there’ll be no skipping on taste or environments here with their range of incredible dishes, flavours and beautiful spaces that will fill you up with goodness, in beautiful surroundings.   We start in Bali’s home of holistic health, the hills of Ubud, and stretch into a few little gems in South Bali.

Bali's Health Cafes:  The Elephant

The Elephant entices with both beautiful food and views

The Elephant, Ubud

Overlooking the beautiful Tjampuhan Ridge in Bali’s cultural heart, The Elephant delivers tasty vegetarian dishes, beautiful views and a few extra feel-good factors. The crunchy larb is a must, as is the pesto and pine nut gnocchi. Delish coffees and cocktails can be happily enjoyed for those who aren’t quite ready to avoid some of life’s guilty pleasures. To top off the experience, The Elephant is an ethical business, recognised by the slow food movement for their environmentally aware and socially fair work practices.

The Elephant, Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Hotel Taman Indrakila, Ubud Bali, +62 361 716 1907. Open daily 8am-930pm.

Bali's Health Cafes:  Sakti

Sakti at fivelements impresses with beautiful, healthy food and a stunning environment

Fivelements Sakti Dining Room, Ubud

Raw pizza? Raw lasagna? Raw pasta? You must be kidding! Test your taste buds and give your food habits a good shake at the restaurant of Fivelements resort – an impressive bamboo pavilion at the bank of Ubud’s sacred Ayung River. Showcasing an epicurean vegan and raw living foods menu, If you won’t be converted into a raw foodie by dessert time, you at least can confess you were walking on the edge.

Fivelements Satki Dining Room, Fivelements resort, Mambal, Abiansemal, Ubud Bali +6 236 146 9206.

Bali's Health Cafes: Glow

Glow’s menu options are healthy and delicious

glow at COMO Shambhala Estate, Ubud

Fancy a snack, Donna Karan style? There’s nothing like Glow restaurant at the famed Como Shambhala resort, sitting deep within Ubud’s jungle. Make an effort and skip the regular (all healthy) menu in favor of their raw one – we promise you won’t regret a single drop of cashew cream you’ll have to savour! For the true indulgence, join Glow’s Sunday brunch – make sure you try black rice toast with sautéed forest mushrooms and truffle oil and spiced buckwheat crepes with orange scented ricotta. Feeling naughty? You can always go for Chinese steamed buns with smoked duck – diets can be for Mondays, if you must!

Glow restaurant, Como Shambhala, Banjar Begawan, Desa Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Gianyar, p. +62 361 978 888. 

Soma Bali, Ubud

The loocal healthy juice menu at Soma is so extensive you might find yourself in shavasana before making your order. Not for long though – as chances are, that glowing girls with feathers in their locks will start chanting right next. Get yourself an elixir of youth and join them with an icebreaking “Ommm!”

Soma Bali, Jalan Gootama, Ubud Bali, p. +62 361 849 3655.

Bali's Health Cafes: Alchemy

Alchemy in Ubud is worth the drive for this fare

Alchemy Bali, Ubud

Alchemy is an institution praising all things healthy: think ginger kombucha instead of prosecco, coconut bacon instead of the standard pork one, raw chocolate and cocoa butter sweets instead of cheesecake – but don’t be surprised when even your carnivore friends may lick the plate! Their epic raw breakfast bar is worth waking up at dawn for, even if it involves driving all the way from Seminyak or Kuta.

Alchemy Bali, Jalan Penestanan, Ubud Bali, p. +62 361 971 981.


Garden Kafe, Ubud

Thirsty for some liquid goodness? Head to the Garden Kafe (formerly Little K) at the premises of The Yoga Barn, the main playground for all things holistic and healthy in Bali. Ubud’s first raw food restaurant, the menu is mostly vegetarian vegan along with a full Ayurvedic menu. Here, you can not only enjoy your green juice or super smoothies, raw snacks or a special detox rejuvenation menu, but also find out what color of yoga pants is trending at the moment!

Garden Kafe, Yoga Barn, Jalan Raya, Pengosekan, Ubud, +62 361 780 3802, Open daily 730am-7pm.

Bali's Health Cafes:  Nalu Bowls

Nalu Bowls offers delicious, healthy snacks named after world-famous surf breaks

Nalu Bowls, Seminyak

Aloha. For those who crave healthy, sweet and refreshing all in one, especially pre or post a good daily surf, look no further then Nalu Bowls – Bali’s first smoothie bowl shack. This Hawaiian inspired (Nalu means wave) smoothie bowl bar doesn’t disappoint with their daily-fresh ingredients. Think fresh coconut, mango, banana, papaya and spinach. If that’s not, enough two words: homemade granola! It tops every bowl they prepare. Keeping it local, their best seller is of course their Uluwatu Bowl (no surfing coincidence here!) that includes dragon fruit, raspberries, and banana followed by a hint of apple juice. If this still doesn’t tickle your taste buds, try the J-Bay (peanut, banana, honey and soy milk). Made right in front of you, this little gem is one of Bali’s best kept secrets, but not for long.

Nalu Bowls, Jalan Drupadi 12A, Seminyak Bali, p. +62 812 3660 9776. Open daily 730am-5pm.

Bali's Health Cafes: Sugarcane Juice Bar

Canggu’s Sugarcane delivers fresh juices and more


As the name suggests, you can have your doze of freshly squeezed, vitamins-packed sugarcane juice any way you like it – choose ingredients such as ginger, cinnamon, salt, kaffir lime, or cuisine-inspiration such as Cuban, Indian, or Mauritian styles. But sugarcane is not all this cute café is about: the combinations of local fruits and berries used for juices and smoothies are head-spinning. Feeling adventurous? Make your own!

Sugarcane, Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu Bali, +62 361 844 6659 (Closed Mondays).

Bali's Health Cafes: Avocado

Avocado Cafe in Canggu lives up to its name


Run by a fitness studio owner, this cozy little hangout is packed with healthy snacks. Homemade granola for breakfast, local expats favorite salad bar for lunch, raspberry coconut smoothie for…anytime! Personalized detox programs are available with yummy, healthy food delivered to your doorstep – can you get lazier (we mean, more efficient!) than that?

Avocado, Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu Bali, p. +62 361 846 0123.


Top image:  Nalu Bowls.


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