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Indonesia is incredibly vegan and vegetarian-friendly, but it’s Bali that really stands out as the ultimate plant-based heaven in the country. The island is now well-known for its abundant plant-based food scene, with vegan options available at almost every corner store and restaurant. While you’ll certainly need no help searching for vegan and vegetarian eats (it’s hard NOT to find a herbivore friendly spot), we thought it’d be useful to shortlist some of the best bites Bali has to offer. Below, the Green Queen roundup of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants to visit in Bali.
Moksa has an incredible 100% plant-based menu, mostly made from organic and natural ingredients grown in the restaurant’s own permaculture garden. You’ll find creatively veganised meaty classics such as jackfruit “mignon fillet” to cashew cheese plates and of course, “ribs” made from the Indonesian plant-based protein of choice – tempeh. Reported a must try if you’re in the Ubud area.
Address: Moksa, Gang Damai, Sayan, Ubud, Bali. Open daily: 9.00am – 10.00pm.
As its name suggests, the entirely vegan café Peloton Supershop is definitely a supershop that will impress any herbivore (and omnis!). Vegan breakfast burritos, cashew-based cheesy pasta bakes and colourful salad bowls are available all-day, and they have a good range of mock meat dishes that are a huge hit amongst both locals and tourists.
Address: Peloton Supershop, 46 Jl Raya Pantai Berawa, Canggu, Bali. Open daily: 7.30am – 10.00pm.
Who doesn’t love falafel? This Middle Eastern-inspired spot is a godsend for those obsessed with falafel and pita, and is completely plant-based. Made from fresh local ingredients and traditional spices, they serve up loaded mezze plates filled with peppers, hummus, falafel, warm pita, olives and more. Falafel Temple is great for large groups and will keep everyone oh-so-satisfied.
Address: Falafel Temple, 35 Jl Pantai Berawa, Canggu, Bali. Open daily: 10.00am – 10.00pm.
I Am Vegan Babe
I Am Vegan Babe is a western food café in Canggu that is 100% vegan and delicious. Their menu offerings include vegan fried eggs, plant-based mayo, stacked pancakes with maple syrup, burgers and “BLT” sandwich melts – they simply have something for everyone. The café serves healthy options too, such as smoothie bowls, veggie-filled wraps and salads, as well as freshly pressed juices.
Address: I Am Vegan Babe, 49, Jl Tanah Barak, Canggu, Bali. Open daily: 7.00am – 5.00pm.
Sayuri Healing Food
For raw vegan folks, Sayuri Healing Food is the perfect place to go. It has plenty of healthy, gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free options, so everyone is catered for here. In addition to serving what many call the best raw plant-based dishes and desserts in town, Sayuri Healing Food also hosts cooking classes that make for a great activity during your Bali travels.
Address: Sayuri Healing Food, 2 Jl Sukma, Ubud, Bali. Open daily: 7.00am – 10.00pm.
Earth Café is one of the original plant-based restaurants on the island of Bali, serving up healthy vegan and vegetarian dishes made from fresh and locally sourced ingredients, and organic whenever possible. The eatery doubles as a grocery store for locals to find organic plant produce, eco-friendly cosmetics and lifestyle products, so make sure to explore the shop too.
Address: Earth Café, 99 Jl Lasmana, Oberoi, Seminyak, Bali. Open daily: 8.00am – 11.00pm.
Tara Green Hydroponic Farm & Café
All of the delicious dishes cooked up at Tara Green Hydroponic Farm & Café uses their own homegrown (on-site!) produce, which you can even pick yourself! The Balinese vegan and vegetarian restaurant is truly special, and serves plant-based meals for breakfast and lunch. It has been reported that its Mushroom Boss breakfast is to die for – think Sauteéd Mushroom Medley with Housemade Hummus.
Address: Tara Green Hydroponic Farm & Café, 3 Jl Belimbing Sari III, Pecatu, Bali. Open Wednesday – Sunday: 9.00am – 6.00pm.
The Shady Shack
The Shady Shack is a 100% vegetarian restaurant with plenty of vegan-friendly options, and is one of the most popular plant-based healthy eateries in Canggu. Among their many famous dishes include a Japanese-inspired Nori Bowl, which packs a punch of umami flavours, and a sweet potato gnocchi dish that is topped with almond-based feta. They also serve lots of raw vegan desserts and latte blends that are perfect for an afternoon snack.
Address: The Shady Shack, 57 Jl Tanah Barak, Canggu, Bali. Open daily: 7.30am – 10.00pm.
Swasti Beloved Café
While this is technically an omni restaurant, Swasti Beloved Café at Swasti Eco Cottages deserves a shoutout for its commitment to farm-to-table dining. They use fresh whole food ingredients sourced from their own garden, and all their dishes are minimally processed to ensure the least nutrient loss. Some dishes on their vegetarian menu (which is very vegan-friendly) include jackfruit “pulled pork” tacos, healthy smoothie bowls and vegan pizzas. What’s not to love?
Address: Swasti Beloved Café, Jl Raya Nyuh Bojog, Br Nyuh Kuning, Ubud, Bali. Open daily: 7.00am – 10.00pm.
We had to include Roti Daal on the list, where you’ll get the best plant-based Indian food in town. They reportedly serve a rotation of 130 different vegan and vegetarian dishes every single month, so it’s near impossible to find it hard to choose something you like on their menu. Expect home-style and authentic curries, pani puri, roti and biryani, all made according to traditional recipes. They have two locations, one in Canggu and another in Kuta Point.
Address: Roti Daal, Jl Pantai Berawa, Canggu, Bali. Open daily: 8.00am – 10.00pm.
Roti Daal Kuta Point, Point Ardenia, 81 Jl Bakung Sari, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali. Open daily: 8.00am – 10.00pm.
Looking for the perfect dinner location? Head over to the Potato Head Beach Club, where you’ll find Tanaman, a new eatery serving up traditional Indonesian dishes with a creative twist all powered by plants. From fried mushroom dumplings to fresh Balinese salad and mouthwatering Rendang Nangka made using young jackfruit, there is no shortage of vegan and vegetarian options here.
Address: Tanaman Potato Head, 51B, Jalan Petitenget, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali. Open daily: 6.00pm – 12.00am.
Living Food Lab
Living Food Lab is a two-storey café full of raw vegan goodness. It features 4 food stations in total – breakfast, juice, coffee and salad bar – so there is no shortage of raw vegan food to satisfy any herbivore. Expect loads of healthy, colourful and nutritious dishes available, such as the Spicy Mexican Stacks made from a medley of fresh veggies, a homemade vegan pate and in-house corn chip crackers, basil vegan parmesan cheese and a spicy tahini dressing for a kick.
Address: Living Food Lab, 8 Jalan Pantai Berawa, Units 12 – 13, Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara, Badung, Bali. Open Monday – Friday: 7.00am – 9.00pm.
Lead image courtesy of The Shady Shack.