Guest post by Jen Curcio, founder of Decisive Cravings.

Preferring the island’s famed beaches, Ubud is often missed by travellers visiting Bali. The lush greenery of its rainforests and rice paddies combined with its famed temples, arts&crafts, and its’ wellness centres, offers visitors a different type of island getaway. Although it is no stranger to tourists, Ubud is still very much worth the visit – just as much as any of Bali’s beautiful beach sides. If you haven’t considered Ubud, here are just a few reasons why I think you should definitely add it to your Bali itinerary.

Enjoy your trip! 



Jalan Suweta, Tegal Sari 2, Ubud

Foodies come to Warung Ibu Oka for one thing – the suckling pig (babi guling). Their famed fragrant and spice-full suckling pig offering is unchanged after all these years. There are many ways it is served (the special for example, with Lawar salad, and blood sausage) but I recommend sticking to its simplest form: the suckling pig with rice and extra crackling. This is one of those ‘up there’ meals that is so satisfying and memorable you will be telling all your friends to go as well!

What to do in Ubud, Bali


Jalan Penestanan Kelod, Ubud, Bali

For travellers with dietary requirements, particularly vegetarians, vegans or just the health conscious, Alchemy is an Ubud institution and well worth the visit for a flavoursome lunch or guilt free treat. This cafe, health food store and holistic centre is a one-stop shop! They have a fabulous salad bar, juice bar and cabinet filled with raw desserts – you’ll want to try everything!


5 Jalan Sriwedari, Ubud, Bali

For the serious coffee drinker, Seniman is a must visit. Not only a cafe (serving food too), their passion and dedication to the art of coffee is demonstrated through their brew bar. On the right hand side as you walk in to the cafe you’ll notice coffee machines, utensils and contraptions, all tailored to best extracting coffee based on the beans and the individual. Seniman offers an extensive range of local Balinese and Indonesian beans which they process at their own roastery, as well as beans from South and Central America, and Africa. If you’re looking for a great souvenir, I highly recommend buying a pack of their beans to take home with you. They also offer coffee workshops which could be another interesting activity to do during your visit.



Jalan Raya Campuan, Sayan, Ubud

The best things in life are free as they say. This easy walk along the Campuhan Ridge is a sight for sore eyes. Best done in the cooler parts of the day as there isn’t too much shade. If you love this then also check out the Tegallalang Rice Terrace.


Jl. Bisma No.5, Ubud

Run at the Honeymoon Guesthouse, this is a must for all foodies! Their variety of hands-on courses include day and night food market tours, coffee tours in the Kintamani highlands, and even a vegan cooking class. Their cooking classes make full use of the incredible staple of spices and fresh produce that are so bountiful on the island.

Things to do in Ubud, Bali


Very much the wellness capital of Bali, in Ubud you can indulge in an endless range of wellness treatments and activities. There’s yoga, more serious treatments at Alchemy, and of course massages (try Karsa Spa). For something unique to Indonesia, I highly recommend you try a cream bath. There is no cream and definitely no bath but what you can expect is a hair wash and treatment. While you wait for the treatment to nourish your hair you’ll be given a wonderful neck, shoulder and back massage. A cream bath is a must when in Bali.

Another must visit in Ubud is the Pyramids of Chi where you can enjoy the most amazing sound healing experience. Pyramids of Chi is part of our Bali Yoga Retreat itinerary!

Where to stay in Ubud

EVENTS in Ubud

Janet DeNeefe of Casa Luna created the UBUD WRITERS AND READERS FESTIVAL after the Bali bombings as a way to renew traveler interest, as well as local morale. It has been named as one of the best literary festivals in the world. It is generally held around the October/November period.

Following the success of some of the food event components of the UBUD WRITERS AND READERS FESTIVAL, the UBUD FOOD FESTIVAL was born. This is a fantastic events for foodies with three days of events, cooking demonstrations, thought provoking talks and more. The Ubud Food Festival is generally held around May or June each year.

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