A wholesome, gluten-free journey information to Bali, Indonesia, with advisable eating places, suggestions and recommendation for Ubud, Seminyak, Canguu and the Bukhit Peninsula.
Once I requested you guys which metropolis information you’d wish to see subsequent, Bali, Syndey or Chiang Mai…Bali was the clear favourite (and I can’t say that I’m stunned). I imply, who doesn’t wish to journey to a stunning, tropical, unique island? However final 12 months I did greater than journey. I spent two superb, rejuvenating, adventure-filled months in Bali. Two entire months – which appeared favored a dream!
So what did I do in Bali? Oh, nearly every thing. From a soul-centering, blissful month in Ubud to Amed, a sleepy fishing village on the northeast coast, to a couple bike journeys up and down volcanos. After that, I headed south to the seashore city of Canggu and chilled out at a number of widespread surf spots. With Canggu as my base, I explored Balinese temples and the gorgeous Jatiluwih Rice Terraces. I additionally ventured out to Nusa Lembongan island (and mentioned howdy to all of the seaweed fisherman) whereas snorkeling alongside Nemo and a few puffer fish.
Again on mainland Bali, I headed down the Bukit Peninsula and “found” essentially the most postcard-picture-perfect seashores of Bingin and Balangan (my faves). I’m not gonna lie, I kinda lived it up on the Bukit as effectively, hitting up 5-star resorts for gastronomic, fine-dining delights in Uluwatu and Jimbaran. With my two months coming to an finish, I completed up in Seminyak, did some last-minute memento buying and took in a handful of wonderful Balinese sunsets at the stylish and stylish (you gotta do it) seashore golf equipment.
So this metropolis information is actually a complete island information…for wholesome meals lovers. Are you prepared? Let’s dive in!
(Notice: my metropolis guides don’t go into the planning and preparation obligatory for a secure and wholesome, gluten-free journey. For that data, please see my e book, Roaming Free).
The place to Keep
So many choices! Are you eager to splurge on a 5-star resort, lease a villa, or e book a retreat? Are you on the lookout for a seashore/surf getaway or yoga/non secular getaway? Odds are you gained’t have the time flexibility that I had in Bali, so I’d suggest choosing one or two areas to take a look at. So long as you avoid Kuta (the place the younger, drunken, social gathering peeps hold) you’ll have an exquisite time. Right here’s what I liked about a number of the finest areas of Bali:
Ubud // If you happen to’re into yoga, meditation and spirituality, Ubud is THE place for you. Away from the chaos of Bali seashore tourism, Ubud is a sanctuary within the mountains. You’ll discover stunning Balinese tradition, the well-known Monkey Forest and glorious eating places, from high-quality eating to clean-eating, informal cafes (gluten-free, vegan, paleo…it’s all straightforward right here!).
Seminyak // The additional west you head from Kuta, the nicer the seashores, lodging and buying. Seminyak is upscale and refined (in comparison with the encircling cities) with an abundance of resorts, villas and residences. You’ll additionally discover nice eating places, nightlife and seashore golf equipment to select from. If it’s your first time to Bali and also you’re on the lookout for somewhat little bit of every thing, this can be the spot for you.
Canggu // Canggu is a hop-skip-and-jump from Seminyak, however not but as developed (although, rapidly heading that path). It’s a well-liked surf spot with some notable eating places and beautiful villa leases. I personally liked Canggu for it’s relaxed vibe, clear seashores and the encircling rural space.
Amed // Amed is a sleepy little fishing village on the north east coast that I discovered to be enchanting. I perceive most of you gained’t make it that far north (it’s distant), however for those who do and also you’d like some “tune out the world” time, Amed is your house. It’s additionally a well-liked spot for divers and snorkelers.
The Bukit // The southwestern space on the Bukit Peninsula is the place I discovered all my favourite seashores, Padang Padang, Bingin and Balangan together with some fairly dramatic cliffs. There’s a lot much less tourism/buying and lodging appear to be both ultra-luxury resorts or finances and surfer-friendly. If exploring gorgeous Bali seashores and world-class browsing is your factor, I’d suggest the Bukit.
Jimbaran // Additionally on the Bukit however nearer to Denpasar, you’ll discover stunning coastal resorts and scrumptious seafood eating places in Jimbaran, the place you actually dine on the seashore. I discovered Jimbaran an excellent place to go to for a brunch, dinner or a sundown cocktail, however truthfully, when you enterprise out it appears to fall flat in comparison with different areas.
Nusa Lembongan // If you happen to’re on the lookout for an excellent snorkel day journey (or in a single day), Nusa Lembongan is the place it’s at. Many individuals describe Nusa Lembongan as Bali 50 years in the past, and I’d must agree. There’s not a lot to maintain you busy on the island, aside from snorkeling and watching seaweed fisherman, so I wouldn’t suggest greater than a day or two.
Consuming in Ubud
Regardless of your dietary desire, you’ll discover greater than sufficient to maintain your abdomen completely happy in Ubud. It’s a gastronomic paradise! From an abundance of informal cafes (a lot of that are vegan) to 8-course chef’s tasting menus (definitely worth the splurge) Ubud is all about high quality meals and wholesome dwelling. Right here’s a few of my favourite eating places:
(Notice – Simply do not forget that vegan doesn’t imply gluten-free, so at all times double test substances).
Atman Kafe // Situated on widespread Hanoman Road, Atman Kafe has an intensive menu, providing natural espresso (together with cold brew), kombucha, natural eggs and loads of gluten-free soups, salads, tapas and Balinese favorites – all clearly marked GF. With so many choices, I ate right here loads!
Kafe // Simply down the road from Atman Kafe you’ll discover Kafe (the place motorbikes overflow out entrance). Kafe is all about enjoyable atmosphere and filling you up with wholesome meals. Two of my finest meals right here had been a grilled tuna steak salad and butternut squash salad (plus numerous smoothies).
The Garden Kafe (at The Yoga Barn) // Embarking on 30 days of yoga at The Yoga Barn meant that I ate right here fairly a bit. Although you may simply pop-in with out the train. Be sure that to strive the gluten-free pandan crepes or any of their scrumptious omelettes.
Alchemy Bali // Alchemy is a 100% uncooked vegan cafe and juice bar with a mini natural well being meals retailer tucked inside. I extremely suggest going for breakfast and having fun with a bowl of fruit, gluten-free granola and coconut yogurt. The lunch salad bar, tapas and scrumptious uncooked desserts are fab as effectively.
Soma Cafe // At Soma you’ll discover a number of the most inventive and flavorful vegan and uncooked meals in Ubud. Even higher is the truth that they deliver (which I loved throughout a thunderstorm). The grilled cheese on rice and cassava flatbread was higher than I imagined – and you need to strive the anahata soup!
Sari Organik // It took me some time to seek out Sari Organik (it’s a little bit of a stroll/hike via beautiful rice paddies), however the view and food is totally definitely worth the effort. Get pleasure from quite a lot of natural salads, smoothies and chilly drinks.
Earth Cafe // Earth Cafe is an natural, non-GMO, vegetarian restaurant with gadgets marked gluten-free (to not be confused with these marked wheat-free). You’ll discover loads of salads, GF pancakes and uncooked dessert nibbles.
Bali Buda // As champions of the sluggish meals/sluggish life idea, Bali Buda is an eco-friendly place and desires you to loosen up and luxuriate in your meals. Gluten-free gadgets are clearly labeled and sandwiches come on purple rice bread or almond buns.
Seeds of Life // Seeds of Life is a uncooked meals cafe and tonic bar located between the busy streets of Hanoman and Monkey Forest. The chai chia porridge was the right breakfast, although I actually wished to strive the gluten-free buckwheat waffles with butterscotch ice cream!
Seniman Coffee Studio // For a top quality cup of espresso (or chilly brew) make certain to hit up Seniman Espresso Studio. And for those who want a break from uncooked, vegan meals, they serve up some some yummy eggs over easy and bacon.
Clear Cafe // If you happen to’re on the western aspect of city (close to Bridges Bali), make certain to hit up Clear Cafe. You’ll discover each tonic, elixir and smoothie possible, and their spinach and grilled veggie omelette hits the spot.
Dayu’s Warung // Dayu’s Warung serves up uncooked, Balinese-fusion meals with heat atmosphere and loads of gluten-free choices to select from. I loved the purple sweet potato, veggie and coconut sandwich.
The Elephant // The Elephant is a 100% vegetarian restaurant, although many items may be modified gluten-free. It’s a bit extra trendy that the opposite cafes talked about and has an incredible view of the Campuhan Ridge.
If you’re on the lookout for “the perfect of the perfect” upscale eating to have fun a birthday, anniversary or just the truth that you’re in Bali (as I did!), make certain to take a look at my submit, 3 Best Restaurants in Ubud for a Top-Notch Dining Experience (which highlights Bridges Bali, Locavore and Mozaic).
Well being Shops in Ubud
Even for those who eat tremendous clear in Ubud (and Bali usually), you should still encounter the dreaded “Bali Stomach” – upset abdomen and vacationers diarrhea. Fortunately, there’s a number of well being shops in Ubud stocked with natural medication, wholesome meals and different therapeutic merchandise. One of the best are situated inside Alchemy Cafe, Bali Buda and Earth Cafe.
Consuming in Canggu
Deus ex Machina // Deus ex Machina is a motorcyle fanatic idea retailer meets Bali surfer hangout. However connected to the idea retailer is one darn good restaurant. Not solely is the chicken avocado salad wonderful, however one evening the chef whipped up some sweet potato falafel balls, after studying I used to be gluten-free. Now that’s customer support!
Avocado Cafe // Avocado Cafe was simply down the road from my villa and my favourite spot for natural, contemporary, well-balanced meals. I liked the chia/flax seed pudding, smoked salmon salad and spinach frittata. Their turmeric increase tonic additionally helped me heal after I received glutened.
Betelnut Cafe // The much-hyped Betelnut Cafe is a particular wholesome sizzling spot, however not for those who’re gluten-free (numerous entire wheat stuff right here). The mango and pitaya smoothie bowls are splendidly scrumptious (with no granola). Simply don’t order a bun-less burger, as that’s what glutened me. For 100% meat burgers, go to The Butcher Social Behavior (in Canggu) or The Butcher’s Membership (in Seminyak). (*see my observe about burgers on the finish of the submit)
The Butcher Social Habit // I quadrupled checked the burger substances right here and spoke to the chef – all was good with the meat! However the fries are cross-contaminated, so I’d keep away from. Additionally nice on the menu was a roasted beetroot and orange salad.
Grocer and Grind // Grocer and Grind is completely situated subsequent to Echo Seaside for a post-swim meal (and has three different areas in Bali). The menu has somewhat little bit of every thing, however I opted for a clear and wholesome tuna nicoise salad.
Oka’s Bakery // One of the best gluten-free bakery in Bali! It was right here at Oka’s that I first realized of cassava flour (after talking with the proprietor), which then led me on a recipe-creation-bender after I returned dwelling. Gluten-free loaves and muffins are baked contemporary every day.
Not-to-be-Missed Canggu Seashores
After you’re all stuffed up with wholesome meals, make certain to go to the surfer-packed enclaves of Echo Seaside, Berawa, Batu Bolong, and Pererenan Seaside. And a Canggu keep wouldn’t be full with no sundown cocktail at Old Man’s.
Consuming in Seminyak & Kerobokan
Barbacoa // If you happen to’re craving contemporary barbecue meals cooked on a large wooden fireplace, Barbacoa is your house. The pulled pork and braised beef brisket tacos are mouth-watering. And for those who’ve been consuming numerous salads, be at liberty to splurge on their divine gluten-free chocolate cake with cherry puree.
Sardine // The meals at Sardine is perfection and the placement (nestled amongst a rice paddy field) pushes it excessive. For a fine-dining meal of seafood and natural greens with pretty atmosphere, Sardine can’t be beat.
Sarong // Sarong is an upscale dinner restaurant with a concentrate on locally-sourced produce from eco-friendly farmers. Each merchandise on the asian-fusion menu is bursting with taste and lots of gadgets may be modified gluten-free.
Biku // For a mixture of conventional and trendy Indonesian meals, situated in a 150 year-old teak Joglo from East Java, head to Biku for a hearty lunch or dinner. I loved a yummy, spice-filled and fragrant beef rendang and the servers had been very useful at stating which gadgets had been naturally gluten-free.
Sea Circus // Sea Circus is a vibrant (oh, you’ll see!) cafe with a number of gluten-free menu gadgets, together with quinoa and chia seed coconut milk porridge, eggs any method you’d like and red fruit salad (which impressed my very own recipe).
Zula Vegetarian Paradise // Owned by the identical mother or father firm as Earth Cafe, you’ll discover many comparable menu gadgets on Zula Cafe’s menu (which is an effective factor!). I liked the powerhouse porridge of almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, flax, chia and different goodness.
The Butcher’s Club // If you need a clear, bun-less burger with high quality, dry-aged beef (and no pointless “filler” substances) make certain to take a look at The Butcher’s Membership. In addition they have duck-fat fries, cooked in a devoted fryer, so so good.
La Lucciola // La Lucciola overlooks one of many prettiest seashores in Seminyak, which is ideal for an after brunch or dinner stroll. I opted for brunch with a mushroom, spinach omelette and gluten-free (and grain-free) cassava bread.
Bali Buda // The identical Bali Buda that you just’ll discover in Ubud which presents up scrumptious natural, gluten-free fare. I ate tons of salads right here and the well being store actually saved me after getting glutened in Canggu.
Corner House Bali // You’ll possible go Nook Home Bali a number of occasions for those who’re out and about in Seminyak. I by no means ate there, however it is the go-to spot for coffee (which I had many occasions) and photo-perfect interiors.
Seminyak Seaside Golf equipment
A visit to Seminyak wouldn’t be full with out at the least sooner or later of doing completely nothing besides chilling, consuming and ingesting at one of many many seashore golf equipment. After testing all of the hyped-about spots, my favorites had been Potato Head Beach Club and Ku De Ta. Simply be sure to reserve a seashore mattress prematurely! And whereas it’s not a seashore membership, La Plancha wins for finest sundown drinks and the good bean baggage + umbrellas.
Consuming on the Bukit (Uluwatu, Pecatu & Jimbaran)
The Cashew Tree // An area favourite and the right cease for scrambled eggs, an natural salad or pitaya smoothie bowl in your strategy to Bingin Seaside…although it’s possible you’ll end up lounging right here some time. PS – that is the place I shot the duvet of my e book, Roaming Free.
Lands End Cafe // If you happen to’re heading to Uluwatu Temple make certain to eat on the vegetarian Lands Finish Cafe. The portion sizes are massive and the smoothies are off the hook. But it surely’s declare to fame is the gluten-free super waffle which you need to strive (and which impressed my very own recipe).
Buddha Soul // Buddha Soul is an natural fusion cafe with a number of gluten-free choices, together with an natural buckwheat waffle, baked eggs in avocado and veggie omelette. For afternoon fare, strive the grilled prawns or tuna.
Om Burger // Ordering at Om Burger is a three-step course of the place you order the bun (or “bare” for gluten-free), burger kind (beef, fish or vegetarian) and salad. I chowed down on the “padang padang” burger which was a unadorned beef burger with bacon and cheese – yum!
CIRE at Alila Villas Uluwatu // For an upscale, fine-dining, sunset meal, CIRE can’t be beat. Select the 4-course tasting menu (which modifications every day) and the chef will modify something to be gluten-free. A real gastronomic delight, I indulged in hamachi and tiger prawns in addition to seared Wagyu beef.
Ju-ma-na Restaurant at Banyan Tree Resort // On the very southern tip of the Bukit, excessive atop the cliffs, get pleasure from high-quality eating and a spectacular view at Ju-ma-na on the Banyan Tree Resort. I opted for appetizers and a drink, with scrumptious seared scallops in a potato mash.
Rock Bar at AYANA Resort // One of the vital taking place and glam locations to look at a Balinese sundown is certainly the Rock Bar. I went for drinks, although additionally loved white chocolate passion fruit truffles. If you happen to plan on consuming a meal, reservations are a should.
Sundara at 4 Seasons Resort // Sundara presents glorious meals and views for a weekend brunch, lunch or sundown dinner. I went seafood-happy with thai fish cakes (utterly gluten-free) and grilled snapper filet. Although subsequent time I’d keep and benefit from the pool-side day beds.
Made Bagus Cafe at Jimbaran Bay // Jimbaran Bay turns right into a seafood restaurant extravaganza when the solar begins to set with eating tables positioned on the sand. I ate at Made Bagus Cafe, however there are many cafes to select from. Simply order any fish merely grilled with no sauce and benefit from the twinkly lights.
Further Meals Suggestions Across the Island
A Few Further Suggestions
- I extremely suggest taking a Balinese cooking class to be taught the native spices and substances. I attended this one in Ubud and liked it.
- Many conventional Balinese meals, similar to nasi goreng and gado gado usually are not gluten-free attributable to soy sauce. Pepes Ikan (steamed fish + spices in banana leaves), bebek betutu (steamed duck + spices in banana leaves) and babi guling (suckling pig) are normally safer choices, however at all times double test. Whenever you do discover a Balinese warung (i.e – restaurant) that clearly communicates an merchandise is gluten-free, get pleasure from it – Balinese spices are divine!
- A gluten-free eating translation card for Indonesian (as talked about in Roaming Free) was useful in smaller, extra conventional Balinese eating places.
- Be very cautious when ordering burgers in Bali. Many eating places are owned or managed by Aussies and Kiwis and it’s widespread in these international locations so as to add bread crumbs in burger meat.
- Whereas uncooked, vegan desserts and fruit smoothies are plentiful on Bali, do not forget that it’s straightforward to overdue it on these sugar-laden treats.
- And the primary query I get requested is, “ought to I lease a bike?” I’ll be sincere, driving a bike in Bali is a bit loopy city (extra so than Chiang Mai, Thailand). So solely lease one for those who really feel very comfy, have possible pushed one earlier than and don’t get simply flustered. And at all times put on a helmet. If you happen to do select to lease a bike, get pleasure from exploring (the island is wonderful)…however make certain to get a global driver’s license. Bali cops are infamous for pulling over foreigners, on the lookout for “fee” (ie – bribes) for those who don’t have registration and a global driver’s license on you. Living proof: I received pulled over 3 times, as soon as on the Bukit, as soon as in Sanur and as soon as in a tiny, distant village atop a volcano (which I couldn’t imagine) – over the course of two months.
(Notice: a lot of my Instagram images point out consuming paleo. I used to be extra paleo(ish) after I traveled a 12 months in the past, however immediately I simply concentrate on entire meals which are naturally gluten-free).
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A really particular due to my pricey buddies Claude and Ulla from ONEWORLD Retreats in Ubud for his or her hospitality throughout my go to and continued friendship lengthy after.
Have you ever traveled to Bali? If you happen to’ve received further suggestions or gluten-free recommendation, drop them within the feedback under!