A Little Ubud Guide…

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:


Kue’ Café and Bakery:

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.


Clear Café’:

Beautiful venue in Penestanan with a gorgeously healthy fusion menu.

CLEAR CAFE', On Campuhan Road, across Bridges Restaurant / Antonio Blanco Museum.



Dapur Bunda:

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.



Putu’s Wild Ginger:


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



Warung Bale:


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




Desak Putu Putra Hidden:


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





Karsa Spa:


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.



Bali Botanica:


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.






Radiantly Alive:


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



Yoga Barn:


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




What’s Your Favourite Place? An Exciting Free Giveaway Contest!

Hello hello, as you might have already heard I just visited one of my favourite places to be, i.e. Ubud, Bali.  I will write yet another more thorough and detailed post about Ubud and the things I did in the last few days with a little calm. But for the moment I just wanted to share two photos of my favourite places in this lovely nook of the world with you!

Here they are:


Campuhan Ridge Walk


I have been regularly jogging on this stunning path, which zigzags across the hills of northern Ubud and leaves you with absolutely breath taking views. My personal tip: have an early start! Tackle this walk between 6.30 and 7 a.m. when the air is still cool and the heat won’t leave you breathless in the uphill climb!



This lovely restaurant / café’ is nestled in another jaw dropping little spot with views of the rice fields. In fact it is a rather amazing place to be sitting and working on your laptop at!  Yes indeed ;-) My personal tip: try their pizzas! With tofu on top they definitely give an alternative twist to the classic Italian fare!

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On Ubud and Spiritual Fast Food Junkies


As I might have mentioned in passing, I love the little magical and contorted island of Bali. More than that, I love the little hilly town of Ubud, which in ancient Balinese (ubad) means medicine! I therefore write this with a sinking heart.

Upon my last visit 3 years ago, I had loved the relaxed vibe of this town. During this trip, I was shocked at how this mystical little town has become not only overrun by tourists, but jam packed with construction sites and improvised hippies.

Yes you name it, whilst there are some amazing yoga studios with great teachers such as Radiantly Alive and the Yoga Barn, and some reputable healers and massage therapists (I am summarising), there is also, well a hell of a lot of devotional junk. With such spiritual clutter came an army of individuals all dressed like a cross between a leprechaun and a gypsy. 


Whilst I try to steer clear of judging people by their appearance, I can only imagine a large amount of these leprechauns are in search of clarity, hence why they are dressed like they are roaming an enchanted forest. Moreover they decided to travel all the way to Indonesia to play this aforementioned dress-up. Which, if you ask me, in a developing country is a rather bizarre thing to be doing.

I wonder if they dress like this and dispense hugs to everyone when they go home.  I doubt it, since most of them aren’t even friendly and they normally look at you with disdain.  You see, you are destroying the illusion that they are the only magical leprechaun left on the island of Bali, having an authentic enlightenment.  You, in fact, are literally shattering this construction by mirroring them.  Because you are a tourist, AND SO ARE THEY. Well, perhaps of spiritual kind. So Ubud has in fact become full of tourist-hating hippy tourists. Ironic!

Anyway there are still a lot of fantastic things about beautiful Ubud, (particularly if you can close an eye on the amount of dreads and rat’s tails hairdos), so you should by all means STILL visit.  I will give you some tips and tell you some of the things I did next time!

I just needed to initially have a little rant to get over my disappointment of how fast this little town changing, and not necessarily for the best. Especially since whilst having lunch one day I overheard a thirteen year old girl telling her mother that her anger is so deep, it reverberates and she can feel her emotions so strongly because of her past lives communicating with her. Aiuto! (Help, we would say in Italy!)

In the meantime here are some pictures of the lush surrounding countryside, which will no doubt warm your heart. I will be back soon for part 2 (the happy one).

To be continued…