Bali is a healthy foodies paradise. With its endless supply of cafes catering to the health conscious folk, it's a land of smoothie bowls, tropical fruit and the most gloriously presented plates of goodness, that are earning it a world-class reputation for being a culinary hot spot. After my recent visit to the Indonesian island, I can totally see how - there's oodles of inspiration within its food scene. Dishes are cleverly crafted, innovative, tasty, and, oh my, so beautifully presented.
Hot spots like Seminyak, Ubud and Canggu have plenty of options on offer, and while I was over there I was determined to tick off a number. This is by no means a complete list of restaurants, as there was many locations we didn't get to (next time!), but these were my favourites from the trip.
Who said nutrition and diet can't go hand and hand while on holiday?
Eating at the uber serene Sari Organik is quite a special experience. To get there you walk around 15 minutes off the main road in Ubud, through a scenic walking track that passes panoramic green rice paddies, until you reach the model organic farm and cafe. Despite the seemingly obscure spot, the cafe is bustling and no short of guests.
Sari Organik is situated with a tranquil view overlooking the Ubud countryside, surrounded by its own extensive veggie and herb garden, from which you can see the organic produce you're about to eat, growing fresh in front of you. Being organic, the cafe takes a chemical-free and sustainable approach to farming, as well as in the kitchen, preparing everything from scratch - of course, I loved this! Everything was super affordable too.
Located in the bustling area of Seminyak, Sea Circus is playful and fun in its decor, with fairy-lights dangling from the roof and chairs splashed in every colour of the rainbow. The fare is delicious, with its menu striking balance between nourishing bowls of goodness and those that will feed your soul. They do breakfast, lunch and dinner, so feel free to swing by any time of the day.
I ordered a blended watermelon, strawberry and mint juice, and the 'Dragon Bowl' (dragon fruit blended with mango, banana & coconut water, topped with cinnamon & raisin granola & tropical fruit), and it was the prettiest smoothie bowl I've ever seen/eaten - see above picture for case in point.
The Shady Shack
Good vibes all-round and an ideal spot to lunch, this place came recommended from pretty much everyone.
Located overlooking rice fields in beachy Canggu, The Shady Shack is super aesthetic, with its decor striking a balance between earthy beach tones and modernity, and with lots of nooks and crannies to get snug in, both indoors and within their lush outdoor garden setting. Their cuisine is vegetarian/vegan, with an emphasis on health - they have a good selection of smoothies and their famous salad bowls, which come in a variety of themes e.g. nori bowl, go green bowl and halloumi bowl.
I ordered crowd-favourites, the halloumi bowl, choc-top shake (chocolate shake with cacao nibs sprinkled on top), and of course a fresh coconut, because, Bali. All delish.
This spot oozes cool. Located near the uber bustling Seminyak square, Sisterfields draws inspiration from the iconic Australian cafe culture, with a focus on both good food and coffee. They uses the highest quality ingredients, prepped daily - and you can really taste it. Their menu is inspirational, exciting, and caters to both those looking to nourish their bodies and those wanting to tempt their taste buds with sometime a little more sinister - life is about balance after all.
The food is also so good we ate here twice - I tried the acai bowl (pictured above), raw cacao and banana smoothie bowl (amazing) and spicy salmon tartare (double amazing - looked like deconstructed sushi, so beautifully presented!). One word of warning, although the place is pretty big, it gets mega BUSY, so if you're traveling and don't have a lot of time to spend in Seminyak, be mindful of when you visit!
Hands down the best smoothie bowl I've ever had! Nalu bowls is a Hawaiian-inspired smoothie shack that offers a range of thick and creamy smoothie bowls, made and topped with local tropical fruit and homemade crunchy granola. Their blends are really delicious, with their funky white-washed shack serving as the perfect post-beach pitstop on a hot Balinese day. My recommendation is the 'Uluwatu' bowl, which was a combination of dragonfruit, banana, papaya, raspberries and apple juice - it tasted like bubblegum.
We ate at their Canggu location, but they also have spots in Uluwatu, Seminyak and Berawa.
Paleton is a part-bicycle store, part-vegan restaurant in Canggu, with a big focus on conscious living and sustainability. They were definitely a favourite, and 100% the BEST raw desserts I have eaten in my life. After scoffing down their raw snickers bar and banoffee pie on my first visit, I couldn't get over HOW GOOD THEY WERE and vowed another trip back before leaving (which happened). Another must order was their strawberry whip milkshake topped with coconut whipped cream - heavenly. A must-visit...do not leave without trying!
I first spotted this shop trawling though Instagram - it's near impossible not to take a snap in front of their stores pretty pink neon lights.
Mad Pops is a plant-based vegan ice cream shop. Being vegan-friendly, their ice cream is dairy-free - instead they use a base of freshly-pressed coconut milk, which is handy given there's coconuts growing everywhere in Bali! They don't use any artificial preservatives or colours, and they aim to use organic and locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. Ice cream is a treat, but the lack of questionable artificial ingredients definitely makes these a healthier choice. Perfect to eat on a hot Bali day - I recommend their colourful rainbow flavour.
We ate at their Seminyak shop, but their ice creams/popsicles are sold at various spots around Bali.
For the health conscious folk, Cafe Organic will tick many boxes. They're organic, using locally-sourced produce to create healthy delicious dishes, and with the most colourful fun presentation - our smoothie bowl came out decorated with a fruit face (see snap). Their menu is 100% vegetarian, with lots of options catering across breakfast and lunch, as well as a yummy sweet treat cabinet to tempt the tastebuds.
Their decor is super cool - all white, woody, breezy and comfy, with big green plants dotted throughout. An awesome spot to come to with friends to catch up over a salad bowl and smoothie.
We ate at their Canggu store, but they're also located in Seminyak.
Annnd that's the lot! As mentioned, this is not a complete list, so if you have any other recommendations do share them in the comment section below.