Vacations are not just for relaxation, but also for indulgence. For those who live to eat, food plays a big part in any trip. While sight-seeing is still fun, cafes and restaurants have become travel destinations in their own right. In Bali, there is something delicious for every taste, even for vegans and vegetarians. Even non-veggies have embraced the clean-eating culture for its feel-good factor and unexpected deliciousness—it also doesn’t hurt that these dishes are often beautifully crafted feasts for the eyes as well.
Whether you are a seasoned health nut or just a food lover who wants to dip your toes into the growing healthy eating scene, here are five must-visit spots in Bali that are loved not just for their yummy creations, but also for their gorgeous food styling that practically begs to be Instagrammed.
Cafe Organic(@cafeorganicbali) – Jl. Petitenget No.99 X, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Identifying itself with the catchy hashtag #GardenGangstas, the picture-perfect Cafe Organic originated from fashionable Seminyak, but has since spread down Bali’s stunning coast. Using fresh, locally farmed ingredients, it puts together flavourful vegetarian meals that can be described as colourful pieces of edible art. Known for its over-flowing smoothie bowls filled with fruity goodness, it also serves up a satisfying all-day breakfast and a tummy-pleasing lunch menu that includes a delightful Smokey Sweet Potato burger.
Nalu Bowls(@nalubowls) – Jl. Drupadi 1 No.2A, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Inspired by Hawaii and surfing culture, Nalu Bowls caters to sun-baked beach bunnies who are looking for refreshing sweet treats on too-hot days. Sourcing its ingredients, such as dragonfruit, mango and coconut, only from the island of Bali, freshness is guaranteed. To complement the natural sweetness of fruits, every smoothie bowl is topped with just-baked homemade granola—the tasty concoctions are almost too pretty to eat, no filter needed. There are six signature recipes to choose from, with the option to customise your bowl with various toppings and blends.
The Shady Shack(@theshadyshack) – Jl. Tanah Barak No.57, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia
If you are looking for a hearty full-on meal with all the frills instead of just a snack, The Shady Shack is the place to be. Sit yourself amidst lush greenery and enjoy the view of the rice fields of Canggu Bali as you dig into generous, excitingly varied vegetarian bowls—or bite into a mouth-filling burger or wrap packed with an amazing selection of ingredients. For a hit of protein, order the onsen eggs—or satisfy your sweet tooth with a slice of Raw Chocolate Cherry and Coconut Cheesecake.
Shelter Bali(@shelterseminyak) – Jl. Drupadi 1 No.2, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Make a stop at the Shelter Cafe Bali, not only to refill and recharge, but also to people-watch to your heart’s content. In addition to a large and diverse menu, you can look forward to cultural events, pop-up stores and awesome live music at this popular hang-out spot. Other than a variety of ready-made dishes, including the Baker Stack and Quinoa Heaven, you can also design your own breakfast in a few simple steps. This fun DIY approach also goes for the Shelter Cafe’s signature juices and smoothies.
Mad Pops(@madpopsbali) – Jl. Kayu Aya No.48, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Nothing is better than a popsicle or a scoop of ice-cream on a balmy day on a tropical island—and on Bali, few can beat the icy vegan treats by Mad Pops. Made with local seasonal fruits, and flavoured with nothing more than a touch of organic palm or raw sugar, these artisanal popsicles and non-dairy ice-cream would be sure to hit the spot when you are craving for something cold and sweet. With creative combinations like Blackberry Toasted Coconut Crunch and Soursop Banana Dragonfruit to choose from, it would be tough to pick just one.