MY BALI SWEET SPOTS
Since I lived on the island for more than three years (2012-15) and still consider it one of my “homes” I’d like to share “My Bali Sweet Spots” – favourite health cafes, spas, yoga studios, fruit, beaches and more with you!
I’ll keep adding to this list so stay tuned! I’d also love to hear about your favorite places, please share in the comments below!
SOUTH – YOGA
Samadi Bali (Canggu area) – A beautiful yoga shala and health cafe (this is where we host our Bali Boost Yoga Retreat). The shala is open every day of the week offering vinyasa, ashtanga, yin, yoga for surfers and hatha. Every Sunday there’s an organic market, where local farmers come to sell fresh organic produce, homemade granola bars, chutneys, natural skincare and a lot of other great things! www.samadibali.com
Serenity Yoga Studio – A more simple but great yoga space offering classes all day from morning to evening. Don’t miss out on our friend Charlottes Skogsbergs classes!
Desa Seni (Berawa Area) – A beautiful yoga and health resort with tons of classes of yoga and meditation; Kundalini, Anusara, Yin, Ashtanga and Vinyasa. They have a great restaurant, a huge garden and a swimmingpool to use after class. www.desaseni.com
SOUTH – CAFÉS & RESTAURANTS
The Shady Shack (Canggu) – Our ABSOLUTE favourite. The most beautiful smoothie bowls, salads, drinks and food you can ever imagine!
Watercress (Jalan Batu Belig) – One of the best The best lunch places in southern Bali. You can choose between around 30 dishes and make your own mixed plate. Make sure to try the zucchini salad with cranberries, the mini pizza with sundried tomatoes and the roasted pumpkin! Accompany with a Ginger Squash! They have a great selection of juices, smoothies, a huge breakfast Not to miss! www.watercressbali.com
Samadi Bali Cafe (Jalan Padang Linjong) – Super yummy vegetarian food! Open for breakfast and lunch. Make sure you try the Indian Dosa, the colourful and yummy fruit bowl and their home made chai. Great place to hang out and meet new people. Organic market each Sunday.
Quince – Mind blowing food at really good prices! Gorgeously presented healthy wholesome food that tastes delicious!
Green Ginger (Jalan Pantai Berawa) – Great selection of Asian food. Make sure you try the Thai papaya salad, larb, laksa and Vietnamese noodles.
La Finca (Jalan Batu Belig) – Spanish inspired cozy restaurant with great tapas, salads and good wine! The menu is very varied with both vegetarian and non-veg options. The most delicious Patatas Bravas!
La Calita (Jalan Batu Bolong) – A funky mexican restaurant near Batu Bolong Beach. Make sure you try the Wild Mushroom Tacos, Spinach and Beetroot Salad and the Guacamole with Home made Nachos.
Taco Casa (Jalan Petitenget) – A great Mexican restaurant that Naza and I visit very frequently. The fiendliest staff, super fresh and simple. Make sure you try the wet burrito!
Barracca (Jalan Batu Belig) – Also a new favorite. Aunthentic home made Italian food; pizzas, pastas and great italian wines.
Bungalow Cafe (Jalan Pantai Berawa) – Cute little shop/cafe with colourful housewear, bags and things to bring home to decorate your own home in Bali-style.
Shelter (Jalan Drupadi) – Hidden on a side street of busy Seminyak, this healthy restaurant is nice and quiet and has lots of yummy things on their menu. Quinoa porridge, Raw Cacao Smoothie, fresh juices…
Earth Café and Market (Jalan Oberoi) – Probably the largest healthy vegan menu on the island. Super fresh, so much to choose from – they have something for all tastebuds! Make-your-own salad, chia porridge, raw cakes, soups, juices and super food smoothies. Some of my favourites are the Dragon Bowl, the Mediterranean Platter and the Coconut Energy balls (they remind me of Rafaello Balls â€“ which I love!!). Inside the restaurant there’s also a big health food store with natural skin care, whole foods, yoga clothes and more. They have two more locations, one in Ubud and another in in Seminyak called Zula.
SOUTH BALI – SHOPPING
Drifters (Jalan Oberoi) – Super cool surf shop with lots of nice clothes for both girls and guys.
WEAR (Jalan Oberoi) – Really nice organic yoga and casual wear designed in Bali. Love their yoga pants and tops!
Karma Koma (Jalan Legian) – Tons of simple but stylish clothes in many different colours.
Green Rock (Jalan Batu Belig + Jalan Legian) – Cool surf clothes shop with stone washed shirts, rucksacks, shoes and shorts.
SOUTH – ACCOMMODATION
Samadi Bali – Gorgeous big rooms with a big swimmingpool in front. Have great food at Samadi cafe and take yoga classes in the shala justa few footsteps from the villa. www.samadibali.com
White House Bali – Gorgeous villa with three bedrooms in Canggu. Swimmingpool, beautiful garden and rice paddy view. Thewhitehousebali@gmail.com
Calmtree Bungalows (Jalan Batu Bolong) â€“ Cute javanese joglos in peaceful garden. Big swimmingpool and nice restauarant. www.thecalmtreebungalows.com
Mote Surfstay (Jalan Batu Bolong) – Great value for the money! Spanish owned hotel with clean, light rooms, community kitchen, good wifi and great vibes! www.motesurfstay.com
SOUTH – BEACHES
Echo Beach – World famous surf beach in Canggu area. Enjoy a coconut at one of the restaurants overlooking the ocean and watch the best sunsets in Bali!
Balangan (Uluwatu area) – Long white beach with small local restaurants. Great for surf and sunbathing!
Padang Padang – Little surf beach in between two high cliffs.
Uluwatu Cliff – The last southern spot on the west coast. Have a seat and enjoy the amazing view!
UBUD – YOGA
Yoga Barn (Jalan Hanoman) – Probably the largest outdoor yoga space in the world. 4 shalas, a cafe, accomodation, detox programs, workshops, therapies, sauna, yoga teacher trainings and a yoga shop. All throughout the day there are classes, from Vinyasa and Iyengar to Power yoga and Roll and Release. www.yogabarn.com
Radiantly Alive – The studio where I used to teach when living in Ubud in 2012 and will always keep a special place in my heart. Wide variety of classes from moning til evening and they also offer different therapies and host inspirational talks and events.
UBUD – CAFÉS & RESTAURANTS
Sayuris Health Cafe – MY ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE IN UBUD! This cute spacious and peaceful cafe is run by my dear friend and OH SO TALENTED Japanese chef Sayuri Tanaka. I used to live with Sayuri when I first came to Bali in 2012, and its from her that I’ve learnt how to make raw cheese, kombucha, vegan cakes and so much more! You can taste the love in her food!! If you visit please give both her and Sonja, who aslo work in the kitchen and is also an amazing chef, a BIG hug from me!
Warung Falafel (Ubud Market) – A plantbased and organic street food cafe run by my friend Sky – serving THE BEST FALAFEL AND HUMMUS IN THE WORLD!
The Elephant (Jalan Raya Sanggingan) – Great vegetarian restaurant with a view over the Champuan Valley. Great selection of healthy food and super friendly staff. Make sure you try the Sweet Potato Chips with Aioli and the White Tiger Salad.
Earth Café and Market (Jalan Goutama) â€“ Same owner and concept as the one in Seminyak. See description above under South Cafés and Restauarants.
Sari Organik (Jalan Raya Ubud) – A 10 minutes walk from the main road, out in the rice fields, you’ll find this little restauarant (with their own organic garden next door). The most beautiful sunset view in Ubud! A great place to enjoy local balinese food, fresh and well served! They have delicious home made fruit wine (ask for small samples to try’em out!) and local organic Stark beer.
Seniman ( Jalan Sriwedari) – Funky coffee shop where they make their own coffees lab-style. I love their recycled glass ware and their original way of serving food.
Yellow Flower Café (Penestanan) “ Super pretty restaurant with an amazing view over Champuan Valley. Each Sunday they serve an amazing buffet where you can try all kinds of local food.
Sopa & Garden Restaurants (Jalan Sugriwa and Jalan Nyuh Kuning) â€“ Vegetarian restaurants with yummy soups, local Nasi Campur (you pick and mix from a showcase) , Japanese options and vegan cakes. Each Sunday at Garden there’s a little organic market where where you can find fresh produce as well as many delicacies prepared by the Japanese community.
Wayans Juice Bar (Penestanan) – Locally run all-kinds-of-juice-bar. Fresh coconut, green juices (great if you want to make your own detox!), fruit juices, wheatgrass and jamu shots!
UBUD – ACCOMMODATION
Dragonfly Village (Jalan Raya Ubud) – On the same ricefield path as Sari Organik Restaurant you’ll find this beautiful little resort wth Javanese joglos, the most amazing yoga shala, a herbal steam sauna and a salt water pool. Super sweet staff and a lovely place to really feel Bali, waking up to the sounds of nature. www.dragonfly-village.com
Azadi Retreat (Laplapan) – Stunning resort in the middle of the ricefields a bit outside of Ubud (around 15 min drive). All rooms have their own private deck and amazing view of the ricefields, a stunning open-air dining hall and a beautiful shala with jungle view. www.azadiretreat.com
Kunang Kunang (Jalan Hanoman) – In the heart of Ubud, this guesthouse has the perfect location. Most of the cafés mentioned above, yoga studios and shops are all within walking distance. The rooms are clean and quiet, some with ac and some with fans. www.kunangkunangguesthouse.com
Desa Village (Jalan Pengosekan) – Beautiful Resort where you can make yourself at home in your own Javenese joglo as you visit Ubud. Super sweet and helpful staff. www.desavillage.com
UBUD – SPA´S
Cantika Spa (Jalan Raya Ubud) – My absolutely favoruite spa in Ubud! Jasi the owner is an amazing woman who really cares about the environment and only uses natural skin care products made in her own little factory at one of the spa’s. Balinese massage, facial (my favorite, you get arms, legs and head massaged too!) and hair treatment, Mandi Lulur (full body scrub), manicure and pedicure. The spa has 3 locations, two in Penestanan area (Zest and Jasmine) and one ( Alami) one the same ricefield path as Sari Organik and Dragonfly Village. They also offer workshops where you learn how to make your own skin care products! I love their Liquid Soap with pachouli and other essential oils.
SKIN (Jalan Goutama) â€“ Cute little spa in the center of Ubud using only organic skin care products.
Body and Soul (Jalan Raya Ubud) â€“ A family run business offering therapeutic massage, Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Balinese massage and other treatments!
Yohana Spa (Jalan Jembawan) – Small, cheap and very good therapies! Manicure, pedicure, massage, hair treament and more.
UBUD – SHOPS
Kula Boutique (Jl. Gotama Seletan) – Super cute shop run by my friend Renee. You can find yoga books, jewellery, bells, sage, pure essential oils, statues of hindu gods and yoga wear.
Utama Spice (Monkey Forest Road + also sold in many of the health shopsaround the island) â€“ The most wonderful natural skincare products, I love them! Body butters, essential oils, lotions, soaps and body mists (my favoruite is the Fresh Soul Mist!). www.utamaspice.com
Nadis Herbal – Another great little shop with natural skin care, herbal teas, spices and essential oils. Organizes nature walks where you’ll learn about the different herbs and their benefits. www.baliherbalwalk.com
Takesumi (Jalan Hanoman) – Cute little Japanese shop where you can buy Bamboo charcoal in many different forms. Soap, sticks, necklaces, lotion, shampoo and more. The Bamboo charcoal has been known for centuries in Asia, and is known for all it’s properties. Detoxifying, purificating and protecting against electromagnetic waves.
UBUD / AROUND – TO VISIT AND SEE
Tampak Siring + Temple – 30 minutes north of ubud you’ll find this bone carving village and their beautful temple down in the valley (meaning you have to walk down AND up many stairs but it’s well worth it).
Tirta Empul Temple – A beautiful hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu, about 20 min drive north form Ubud. The holy water coming out from the spring is said to be purifying and holy, and is therefor a frequently visited temple by the Balinese people.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces – Just a 20 minutes drive north of Ubud you’ll find these post-card-like breath taking rice terraces.
Green School (Mambal) – Located about 30 minutes drive from Ubud you’ll find the greenest school on earth (yes it was nominated this in 2012)! Large bamboo buildings give space for holistic education, alternative teaching methods creating a very special learning environment for students from all over the world. Guided tours around the school Mon-Fri. A must see! www.greenschool.org
Hubud (Jalan Monkey Forest) – The most inspiring co-working hub with great wifi and inspring workshops and talks. www.hubud.org
Five Elements (Mambal) – A gigantic bamboo wellness and healing resort with a gourmet restaurant and the most stunning cone shaped yoga shala. Well worth a visit! www.fivelements.org
Bamboo Indah (Jalan Sayan) â€“ A eco-luxury boutique resort, designed by the same architects as Green School. Stunning view over Sayan Valley, a beautiful black bamboo yoga shala, and a restaurant serving amazing food made from the resorts own organic garden. www.bambuindah.com
Komang (alos rents out motorbikes): +62 81916250993
Putu +62 82144858307
White Sand Beach (northeast Bali, 30 min drive north of Candidasa) – Beautiful beach with small local restaurants along the shore.
Amed – Typical fishing village with great diving and snorkeling! Wake up seeing the sun rising over Lombok and see Mount Agung real close!
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces (centre of Bali) – Stunning views!
Munduk Waterfall (north) – Up in the Kitamani Mountains you find this gigantic breath taking waterfall.
The Butterfly Park (Tabanan) – I’m not usually into these kind of parks but here the butterflies have lots of space and you get to se them and hold them!
Gili Islands – 3 paradise like islands outisde of Lombok’s (the islands west of Bali) north west coast. Snorkel, dive, take a horse ride around the island, rent a bike and enjoy the stillness (there are no cars or motorbikes here!) I’ve spent most time in Gili Air, which I like best cause it’s in between the vibes of the other two. Gili Trawangan has more nightlife and Gili Meno is super duper quiet. Stunning sunsets. Take a boat from Sanur or Padang Bai (west Bali) and arrive in 2 hours. Shuttle services are avaialble from most guesthouses and hotels.
Road to Amed (northeast Bali) – Stunning (and bit longer than if you take the â€innerâ€ road) to Amed. Rural villages, palmtrees and amazing views of the sea.
MUST – EAT – AND – DRINK – WHILE – IN – BALI
Durian fruit – Some hate it and I LOVE IT! Smelly, gooey and delicious! Football sized round fruit with spikes. Yellowish/beige on the outside.
Young Coconuts – They are everywhere! Natures best electrolyte for the hot Bali weather!
Jackfruit – Another yellow (on the inside) HUGE fruit that tastes like sweet chewing gum and ten times yummier!
Jamu (drink) – Traditional medicinal drink made from the yellow turmeric root. A natural antioxidant, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. Turmeric contains a substance called cucurmin, which boosts the liver and digestive functions. It is believed to help prevent and cure cancer.
Raw Chocolate – Try the real deal! Cacao grows in Bali and so you can try eating the beans from a fresh cacao pod and also dried raw cacao beans and nibs. Try raw chocolate brownie, truffles, smoothies and get a natural high! Best ang biggest selection can be found at Alchemy!
Feel free to share these tips with your friends and others coming to Bali-land!!
Much <3 Lisa