So this is long overdue… I have by now spent almost a week in Canggu… 2 days in Seminyak and I am still due to write about my stay in Ubud! Needless to say I did what a lot people do: relaxed by the pool, did some yoga, ate some good food, and tried some spiritual stuff.
I did, during my week in Ubud in fact, sample some yin yoga and meditation classes, try yoga nidra (who for those who don’t know it, is a form of yoga you practice in a state of consciousness between wake and sleep), and I also went to see a vedic astrologist.
For the less spiritual folk though I did some more chilled out stuff, and so I have put together a little Ubud guide of the places I spent most of my time on this stay. For those expecting a tourist guide, well there are plenty of those around so I am sure you can grab one and check out all the activities in Ubud! For the rest of you, here you go:
DRINK /COFFEE / WORK PLACES:
This is a hidden little gem (many know about it but it seems few choose it as a working spot) on Ubud’s main street, that has a lovely roof terrace. Here you can drink coffee and get some work done whilst you prop yourself up on their colourful pillows. It is breezy and comfortable upstairs, and they have good food and the kue bakery below produces the most delicious desserts. Check out this masterful chocolate gluten-free cake I had, it was the best ever!
KUE' CAFE AND BAKERY, Jl. Raya Ubud, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
This is THE hipster spot in Ubud if there ever was one. The have really good wifi and most importantly an amazing coffee lab, and lots of cool people sitting down working.
SENIMAN COFFEE STUDIO, Jalan Sriwedari No. 5, Banjar Taman Kelod, Ubud, Kec. Gianyar, BalI.
There are literally tons of good places to eat in Ubud, perhaps too many! Here are my personal favourites, nonetheless.
Beautiful venue in Penestanan with a gorgeously healthy fusion menu.
CLEAR CAFE', On Campuhan Road, across Bridges Restaurant / Antonio Blanco Museum.
Providing you with a different take on the traditional Indonesian Nasi Campur (mixed rice), Dapur Bunda allows you to choose different delicious tapas style dishes you can arrange around your Indonesian rice to create a centre piece ;-)
DAPUR BUNDA, Jalan Sri Wedari No. 4, Ubud, Kec. Gianyar, Bali.
This place is run by the sweetest Balinese husband an wife. They do some meanpotato fritters and an awesome Nasi Campur.
PUTU'S WILD GINGER, Jalan Jro Gedung, Br. Kutuh Kelod, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali
Last but definitely not least this little charity based restaurant uses its’ income to support healthcare programs in Indonesia. So you will get to scoff down some great food for a good cause!
WARUNG BALE, Jl. Sriwedari No. 6, Ubud, Bali
I have stayed in many different places in Ubud, but I think this little family run guesthouse tucked away off Jalan Sukma deserves a thumbs up. Their little wooden bungalows are clean and cozy and they have a clear blue small pool in a secret garden like setting in the grounds, which is just dreamy.
DESAK PUTU PUTRA HIDDEN, Jl. Sukma Kesuma No.8, Peliatan, Ubud, Kab. Gianyar, Bali
Outside of the city at the end of the Campuhan Hill Walk, you will find the picturesque Karsa spa and café’. Set in luscious surroundings, you can have an indulgent treatment whilst listening to the sounds of nature around you. My suggestion: book yourself in for an Intuitive Heart Massage- I won’t even spoil the surprise.
KARSA SPA,Jl. Bangkiang Sidem, Keliki, Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali.
Also a little outside the centre, this is probably one of the most professional spas in Ubud. Have a Balinese Lulur scrub and afterwards a soak in a bathtub full of flower petals to experience of pure bliss.
Bali Botanica, Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Kedewatan, Kedewatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali.
I did some absolutely brilliant vinyasa and roll and release classes in this great studio. Their method of teaching is probably one of the best I have encountered so I totally recommend you check this studio out when in Ubud.
RADIANTLY ALIVE, Jalan Jembawan No. 3, Padangtegal, Ubud, Kec. Gianyar, Bali
The McDonalds of yoga, if there ever was such a thing- perhaps this studio is overly criticised. The grounds are still stunning and some of classes I took where just great. Sure it is totally over touristy and over popular but still worth a visit if you ask me.
YOGA BARN, Jl. Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali