Are you planning a trip to Uluwatu while in Bali and worried how you’ll stay nourished as a travelling vegan? We totally get it. Travelling can be a real challenge and there are only so many bowls of fries and white rice one can eat. The great news is Bali is an absolute foodie heaven for herbivores. More and more incredible cafes and restaurants are opening everyday and offering delectable vegan options.
Here’s how to maintain your vegan lifestyle while here:
Step one - We highly recommend you stay at Melali Bingin as we offer a wide selection of vegan dishes - and our famous breakfast is included in your stay!!
Step 2: Make sure you check out some (or all) of the following cafes and restaurants. In our opinion they serve up the best vegan, vegetarian & healthy eats the area has to offer.
So without further adieu, here’s our list of the TOP VEGAN EATS ON THE BUKIT:
Within a 2 minute scooter ride (or 10-20 minute walk) from Melali
A Bingin favourite! We are so lucky to have this place on our doorstep. Located in the center of Bingin Village, its garden setting and relaxed atmosphere make it the perfect spot to refuel anytime of the day or night. Try their healthy bowls, salads and smoothies. We can also highly recommend their Margaritas (order by the glass or JUG!) Just be sure to leave room for their selection of raw cakes and vegan ice cream! They also have a hip boutique - “Toko” (meaning “shop” in Indonesian) - selling a range of beautiful items from clothes & jewellery to reusable water bottles, metal straws & everything in between. If you’re here on a Thursday night - don't miss their live music nights.
Drifter Surf Shop/ Cafe/ Gallery - @drifterbali
You won’t forget a visit to this unique space. The traditional wooden joglo building is home to a great surf/lifestyle shop with a cafe out the back. It has a chilled vibe with great coffee and excellent food. Sit in their air conditioned gallery space, outside in their garden or on comfy couches in the shop. They have great vegan options - their vegan burrito and jackfruit tacos are killer! They also have “healthy” cakes, craft beers and a wide selection of Kombucha and kefir drinks for a happy and healthy gut. Be sure to check out their library of hand selected books, artwork, photo gallery & surfing memorabilia. They also have weekly live music and movie nights - check their insta for what’s playing.
Head down the labyrinth of stairs which bring you to Bingin Beach and you’ll find this wonderful little eatery perched above the sand overlooking Bingin’s famous surf break. Owned and operated by The Cashew Tree Collective, Kelly’s has a great selection of vegetarian and vegan options, fresh juices, smoothies. It’s the perfect spot to refuel after a surf or a day lazing in the sun. As the sun starts to descend over the Indian Ocean, get yourself one of their cocktails, sit back and watch the show.
Kelly’s Warung is located right on Bingin Beach!
Born in Bondi (Vida Surf Store), brought to Bali and made famous in Canggu, The Loft has now opened up their newest cafe here on the Bukit. They serve up delicious high quality food in a beautifully decorated space, open breakfast, lunch and dinner. We love their vegan waffles, vegan wrap, vegan bowl and let’s not forget about the staple avo on toast. For dinner try their Jackfruit bolognaise or burger and the vegan meatballs… soooo good.
Cosy little place at the bottom of the hill on Jl Labuhan Sait. Drop in and try one of their Brazilian Tapioca crepes (which are gluten free) - have it savoury or sweet. They also serve up delicious salads, smoothies (including açaí berry options) and great coffee. Vegan and vegetarian options are available. Leave room for one of their alfajores!
Within 5-10 minute Scooter/Taxi from Melali:
You know the saying “good things come in small packages”, well this cozy little slice of foodie heaven is exactly that. Situated in a quieter part of town between Uluwatu Temple and Single Fin, stop in for some of the tastiest food, made from the freshest organic ingredients. Lots of vegan and vegetarian options that both hit the spot and leave you feeling guilt free. Save room for their incredible desserts and vegan ice creams. We absolutely LOVE this hidden gem and we highly recommend you include this in your Uluwatu eating itinerary!
Situated on the main Uluwatu road, this bustling roadside eatery will satisfy the senses. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner - their wonderful staff serve up vibrant and delicious cafe style food - from smoothie bowls, fluffy pancakes, salads to avocado on toast. Their coffee is LEGIT! We love this little spot. Definitely worth a visit when in town. Its proximity to Thomas beach means it’s the perfect pre or post beach spot!
This rustic Italian restaurant is so very cosy - it’s the perfect place to end your day. Situated on the main road to Uluwatu it’s dimmed candlelit lighting makes for more intimate dining. They offer a good selection of vegan options - from wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas to build your own salads. Leave room for desert and their house made limoncello! This place is always full so if you have to wait for a table don’t despair, they’ve opened their new Aperitivo bar right next door - “Il Salotto”. Pop in for a perfectly made cocktail while you ponder what you are going to devour for dinner.
Further Afield, but definitely worth the trip!Melali
Another hidden gem and one of the yummiest vegetarian & vegan-friendly cafes in Bali. An example of what happens when the freshest, highest quality organic produce is used. They whip up tasty dishes, raw treats, and thirst quenching juices and smoothies that are sure to leave you feeling good on the inside and glowing on the outside. A visit is definitely worth the ride and a must-stop while exploring Balangan.
(Smoothie Shop’s dinner restaurant - located upstairs).
Get ready to be wow’d! The food and drinks here are simply sublime. Everything made from scratch, their homestyle pastas, risottos, currys (and everything in between) are all insanely delicious, beautifully presented and incredibly affordable for such high quality food. Try the vegan jackfruit stroganoff, vegan Balinese curry and the pumpkin risotto. Be sure to leave room for their chocolate fondant. It’s intimate setting means it’s the perfect place for date night!
Happy Eating!! Selamat Makan!!!