Useful Things to Know as a Vegetarian or Vegan in Bali

It is very easy to find vegetarian, vegan or even raw food in Bali. Especially in the touristic areas of Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta, and Ubud. Also the less touristic Sanur, where we did pet sitting for six weeks, has some options. To be honest, I wasn’t that impressed with some of the very high rated restaurants. With all the Instagram influencers visiting and living in Bali the ranking might be a little bit messed up. I really tried not to have any expectations. But too many people kept telling me that Bali is a vegan paradise and therefore it was really hard not to have any expectations. Lots of restaurants are offering overpriced, but healthy Buddha bowls which are easy to prepare for yourself if you have the luxury of our own kitchen and of course under the condition that you like to prepare your own food 😉 Also the portions were often very small (e.g. Vegan Bali, Amami Canggu). But to be fair, Bali has been the easiest place so far in Asia to eat plant-based and thanks to the many expats you can find almost everything in the stores and prepare very delicious and healthy meals.

The local restaurants, called Warung, are much cheaper and some of them even offer vegetarian or vegan dishes. But usually they use added sugar and palm oil (e.g. Lokal Warung & Coffee). The Warung Kecil in Sanur supposedly uses coconut oil. They offer a nice coconut curry with vegetables. Since we didn’t have an oven in our house and really missed pizza we ended up eating at Trattoria in Sanur over fifteen times. They have real olive oil, the price is reasonable and the pizza tastes almost like in Italy. And on Sundays they have an all-you-can-eat buffet brunch where you can find enough food as a vegan. Even the famous national dish Gado-Gado as a DIY (steamed soybean sprouts, greens, potato, green beans, cabbage, fried tempeh and tofu served with a peanut sauce and a boiled egg).

  • A meal in a restaurant is 50’000 – 100’000 rupiah*.
  • A meal in a local restaurant, called Warung is: 15’000 – 40’000 rupiah.

* Be aware of added charges in restaurants and bars (16% taxes plus 5% service fee).

We bought most of our vegetables and fruits at small local stores along the street. Here some examples to have an idea (might vary depending on the season):

  • A fresh young coconut: 10’000 – 15’000 rupiah.
  • potatoes 1kg: 18’000 rupiah
  • tomatoes 1kg: 10’000 – 20’000 rupiah
  • carrots 1kg: 15’000 rupiah
  • 1 garlic head: 2’000 rupiah
  • banana: 1’000 – 2’000 rupiah per banana

At Pande Putri in Sanur (a big local store) we bought:

  • peanuts (250 g): 7’500 rupiah
  • cocoa powder (90 g): 21’900 rupiah
  • oats (800 g): 46’200 rupiah
  • tempeh: 3’400 rupiah
  • coconut milk (500 ml): 31’100 rupiah

At Bali Buda (restaurant and eco health store) we bought:

  • flaxseeds (500 g): 39’900 rupiah
  • nutritional yeast
  • lots of seeds and nuts

At the Popular Market in Sanur (imported and local products) we bought:

  • olive oil (750 ml): 157’000 rupiah
  • tahini (300 g): 61’000 rupiah

The tap water is not safe to drink. I recommend to carry a bottle that you can fill up from the filtered water at your accommodation, using a steripen or a water bottle that has an in-built filter.

Here some restaurants I worked together in Ubud. I chose them because of their health and sustainable approach. As always, opinion and pictures are mine 🙂

Zest Ubud

With weekly free talks, women’s circles, concerts and many more events, this 100% vegan restaurant is definitely a place to connect people. Zest is one of the best restaurants we ate in Bali. What I love about a restaurant is when I can try food I never had before in my life in this combination or way of preparation. It truly is a restaurant that inspires me. The portions weren’t very big but together with the smoothies we were full and very satisfied. Most of the food is locally grown whole food. No refined sugar. No bad oils like processed palm oil. There is even a huge tree and many other plants growing inside the restaurant. It is worth to check it out.

Kismet Restaurant and Lounge

Excellent food from all over the world and very interesting dishes. Just think about Black Pumpkin Ravioli Tartufo. We didn’t taste much of the truffle oil but it was still very delicious. I also love their sustainable approach. The face towels are fully biodegradable, they use stainless steel straws, recycle, compost, and reuse. I think this place is great for a date or any kind of family reunion.

Acai Queen

This Tropicana Power Açai Bowl with lots of fresh exotic fruits, coconut, and home-made granola represents Bali to me. Sweetend with coconut nectar it makes a delicious, fresh, and healthy start in the day. Açai berries are loaded with antioxidants (ahnthocyanin), contain 19 amino acids, and the fat and fiber increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol and decrease LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.

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