From turmeric lattes to green smoothies and just about every other clean eating health fad in-between, Bali is heaven for raw food fanatics, macro-biotic dieters and social media influencers seeking the next Instagram-worthy meal. If you’ve come to Bali seeking health and vitality over cocktails and nightclubs, check out our list of the best health cafes on the island.
The Shady Shack
One of our favourite places to spend a lazy morning in Canggu, The Shady Shack is a charming vegetarian café that sits in a quiet street overlooking the rice paddies. Perpetually busy but always worth the wait, The Shady Shack is known for gorgeous salad bowls that are almost too beautifully presented to eat, with hot options being the Japanese inspired Nori Bowl and the vibrant, nutrient-packed smoothie bowls. Grab a table outside under the mango tree, order yourself a matcha latte and make your way through a healthy menu so drool-worthy you won’t know where to start.
Address: Jl. Tanah Barak No.57, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia
Phone: +62 819-1639-5087
Seminyak’s Café Organic is the epitome of Bondi Beach hipster meets hot Balinese hangout, and you’ll either fall madly in love with this place or leave ranting about the Western gentrification of the island. Café Organik is wildly popular, with more locations planned to spring up across the coast, and you only need to glance at the awe-inspiring meals and drinks coming out of the kitchen to understand why. Café Organic (which has started a movement of health-conscious millennials calling themselves “Garden Gangstas”) offers healthy vegetarian meals with a passion for simple dishes using fresh, locally farmed produce. You’ll find an epic list of super smoothies, fresh juices, all day breakfasts and picturesque smoothie bowls, with some of the best coffee in Bali.
Address: Jl. Petitenget 99x Seminyak Bali
Phone: +62 821 464 89669
Clear Café is a health-food institution in Bali, and while some may argue it’s hey-day is over, don’t let the strong competition deter you from visiting this long-standing Ubud establishment. Clear Café arguably started the healthy eating movement in Bali, and to this day is frequented by famous artists and musicians from around the world, along with the usual trail of hippies and yoga teachers. Clear Caféservess only the freshest fruits and vegetables grown by local farmers who the owners personally know and trust, with the intention of providing clean, healthy food in inspired setting. If you’re looking for a guilt-free sweet treat, try the mylk shakes made with locally harvested cashew milk and homemade coconut ice cream for a flavour sensation you’ll be dreaming about daily.
Address: Jalan Hanoman No. 8, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Phone: +62 878-6219-7585
No trip to Echo Beach would be complete without a pit stop at Betelnut Café, one of the pioneering health eateries and hippie hangouts in Canggu. This rustic looking wooden shack is just across the road from Deus, and is heavily frequented by surfies, expats, families and the usual hipster crowds. Not strictly devoted to clean eating and healthy treats, Betelnut is a good choice if you’re hunting for tropical fruit and wheatgrass shots while your buddies are frothing for a Bintang and burgers. Try the Big Betelnut for a combination of four of the daily special salads, or sink your teeth into the mouth-watering Mexican menu.
Address: Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.60, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia
Phone: +62 821-4680-7233
Earth Café & Market
The Earth Café & Market is one of Bali’s pioneering health cafes, with locations in Seminyak and Ubud, and sister-franchises in Sanur and Kuta. Earth Café was founded by nutritionist Liat Solomo who set out to create a restaurant that served foods that had the power to heal. Health and healing forms the basis of all of Earth Café’s practices, with all meals and drinks prepared in stainless steel vessels, using strictly chemical, preservative and additive free ingredients with no hydrogenated oils, MSG or bleached salts and sugars. The extensive menu offers organic, non-GMO vegetarian meals, with raw, gluten-free and wheat-free options. The drink selection is so extensive you’ll find yourself in a panic trying to choose between remedy tonics, energy boosters, antioxidant juices, kombucha and health shots.
Address: Jl. Lesmana/Oberoi No. 99 Seminyak or Jl. Gautama Selatan Ubud
Phone: +62 851 0304 4645 (Seminyak) or +62 361 976546 (Ubud)
Garden Kafe at The Yoga Barn
The Yoga Barn in Ubud is Bali’s most beloved yoga hot spot, providing one of the most gorgeous yoga shalas you’re likely to find anywhere in the world. If downward dog is not your thing or you want to grab a bite to eat after a vinyasa flow class, the Garden Kafe is a spectacular spot to enjoy a healthy meal while overlooking the lush grounds of the Yoga Barn amphitheatre. There’s something here to suit all diets, including a range of raw, vegan, macro-biotitic and Ayurvedic menu items. Those using the detox facilities at the Yoga Barn can keep to their strict eating plans without having to sacrifice the delectable food that Bali has to offer, with menu items clearly marked to specify dietary requirements. The Yoga Barn juice bar is also available for take-away cold-pressed organic juices and a range of healthy snacks like goji berry energy balls, kale chips, and raw chocolate treats.
Address: Jl. Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 971236