Gluten Free City Guide: Ubud, Bali

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Guess what, gluten free travel in Ubud, Bali is totally possible. Ubud has a special place in my heart. I was able to relax and unwind at the pool, exploring the city streets, had copious massages and went to yoga everyday.

You will be able to find your peace here too. There is lots to do and lots to see.

Gluten Free Ubud

Ubud is the ideal place if you are looking for nature activities, want to do some yoga and just take in a lively vibe in a hustling and bustling town that is exploding at its seams. I found a favourite 100% GF spot. These were my questions about Ubud:

  • Is hope not, but is there gluten free fad in Ubud?
  • Is there a gluten free bakery Ubud?
  • About awesome Ubud accommodations.
  • Would I enjoy it there?

Well I did love Ubud, it was one of my favourite places of my whole South East Asia adventure. It had a 100% gluten free restaurant with a bakery attached, had an awesome yogi vibe and there were endless day activities to do. The day trips were amazing, I ate like a queen and I just loved it!

I must acknowledge that there is a gluten free fad going on in Ubud and many restaurants advertise gluten free items, but do not take any of the necessary precautions to stop cross contamination. It is important, because you must ask all the questions about shared deep-fryers, using the same water pot for gluten free items as gluten items, if it can be prepared separately on a clean surface, etc.

Luckily there are some awesome places to eat, so sit back and read the awesome places below that I ate at and were fabulous.

Gluten Free Places to Eat in Ubud

Ubud Gluten Free Kitchen is a 100% restaurant. I always left so delighted. Here is the Ubud Gluten Free Kitchen Menu. You can also get deserts and things to go, pre-order some items to keep at your accommodation or for day trips.

Hours of operation: Open daily from 7 am to 11 pm.

Location: Jl. Sri Wedari No.2, Ubud, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Taksu Spa and Restaurant has gluten free options. They have a dedicated gluten free panini press and they get their baked products from the restaurant and bakery above. I had some lovely paninis and they were delicious. I even asked to see the press and they did in fact have two of them.

Hours of operation: Open daily from 9 am to 10 pm.

Location: Jl. Goutama Sel., Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Seeds of Life is a raw food café that offers gluten free. You can check out their Facebook page here. They use gluten free oats and have no gluten containing ingredients except a miso pasta from Japan that they were not able to confirm with the supplier whether it contains gluten. That is not bad and the manager I talked with was very knowledgeable. I can’t say the same for the serving staff.

Hours of operation: Open daily from 8 am to 11 pm

Location: Jalan Gautama No.2, Ubud, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Dayu’s Warung is a local place that actually serves food that is gluten free, which is pretty darn exciting. The nasi campur and mie goreng are great and gluten free. Not to mention that the prices are very reasonable compared to standard restaurants and they have gluten free snacks for purchase too! This is one of those unique opportunities to try real local food that is gluten free.

Hours of operation: Open daily from 7:30 am to 10:30 pm.

Location: Jl. Sugriwa No. 28X, Padang Tegal Mekar Sari, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

 Please contact the restaurant to ensure a gluten free meal can still be offered.

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Gluten Free Bakery Ubud

The best place to get the gluten free deserts, breads and muffins is definitely the Ubud gluten free kitchen. The items are made in a dedicated gluten free kitchen, which is essential. While they have options daily, you can also pre-order items and pick it up.

When I travelled to other places in Bali that had no gluten free restaurants or bakeries, I pre-ordered loaves of bread, muffins, desserts and the chicken and mushroom pies. They were all delicious and froze well. Then I would pop them in the microwave when I wanted them or let the loaves of bread defrost in the fridge and use in the next few days.

Gluten Free Bread Ubud

The bread had great texture and the taste was awesome. I even talked with the baker who loved that I was pre-ordering her lovely bread. I would always have some bread at home with us for snacks with some whole made jams that I found, it was all just delicious.

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Ubud Accommodation

We stayed in the ultimate place for location. They had awesome service and were a really nice family that run multiple units for rent. We met people at the pool and hung out with them. It is always good to make connections along the way.

They were even able to make me a lovely gluten free breakfast every day, which was included in our accommodation price. Not to mention, they took the time to go over the food options and took me very seriously and would check in to see how I liked everything. I had either the bali black pudding or an omelet with bacon and fruit. The portions were large, and I was always filled after eating.

They had an awesome pool to chill out at, books to read, good Wi-Fi and the location was just the best.

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NIMA

It is very helpful in South East Asia as they like to say ‘yes’ to everything to please you. But this obviously doesn’t help us. When I was at a new place, I would pull it out and make sure I could eat what I ordered.

What To Do in Bali

There are lots of different packages that you will be offered while in Ubud. There is some room for negotiation if you do some group excursions. I would highly recommend what we did, which was hire a driver for the day and get in all our wish list items. We wanted to have fun with the driver and he came into temples with us and showed us the traditions, which was exciting and more authentic. And we would take him for lunch everyday, which seemed normal for us, but I don’t think that happened a lot for him.

Yoga

I did yoga most days and the yoga scene in Ubud is amazing. Since I was staying in Ubud for so long I opted to purchase a 10 pass, so I could get the best price. I went to Radiantly Alive and got a 10 pack for a reasonable price. You can check out the classes and prices here.

Massages

Massages are very cheap in Bali. Back home I was spending $75 CAD for 1 hour and I loved it. Here I was going every 2 or 3 days and it was $9 CAD for 1 hour. I loved the traditional Balinese massages and I always left extra relaxed.

Temples

Tirta Empul Temple is where our driver and guide took us for the ultimate Balinese experience. It is a water temple famous for the holy spring water. He showed us how to do everything and arranged everything we needed to give an appropriate offering and how to go through the water temple. We left the temple feeling different and I attribute it to the healing water. It was an amazing experience.

Gunung Kawi Temple is an 11th century temple area that is only reachable by climbing 100 steps down and up across a riverbed. They are funeral monuments that are carved into the mountain. It was pretty cool to see.

Besakih Temple is a complex of Hindu temples. There are lots of stairs to climb, but the views are beautiful.

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is a water temple. You must use a boat or canoe to get to the temple. There are amazing picture options at this one!

Beaches

Virgin Beach is where we stopped after we went snorkeling and it is on the east side of the island. It has white soft sand and swimming in the blue water was awesome. There weren’t a lot of people there, which was nice. It was worth a stop on the way by, but likely not worth a trip on it’s own. We got some breath-taking photos there.

Activities

Monkey Forest is right in Ubud. It was a long walk, but we did walk to it. It is open daily from 8:30 am to 6 pm. We were constantly surrounded by monkeys which was an odd, but interesting experience. There were rules about not making eye contact with the monkeys or being loud and you were able to feed them bananas. I had monkeys jumping on me and I couldn’t help myself but scream – totally against the rules!

For an extensive review do not miss this awesome review of the Ubud Monkey Forest.

Bike trips are amazing. We stopped to see an amazing valley with views of volcanoes and stopped to see a family complex. We biked through a rice field with breath-taking views. While we weren’t biking uphill, there was some serious downhill biking which was exhilarating, but scary at times. At one point, we were in the forest going down a steep hilly area with trees and tree roots everywhere. A few people in our group took a tumble, but we all made it to our destination and had a great time. We used Mason Adventures and it was pretty good. While they did have lunch included, I brought my own for the day. I pre-ordered from the Ubud Gluten Free Kitchen the day before and had it waiting in my mini-fridge in our room for our early departure.

Waterfalls are in many Instagram photos for Bali. Our driver brought us to the Tegenungan waterfall. The lush greenery surrounding the waterfall was cool. But when we got to the actual waterfall, we could tell that the top was man-made, so we were a little disappointed. There were people being all spiritual and everything at this man-made fall and we had to laugh at it all. I am from Canada, which has beautiful waterfalls in the mountains, so this was a bit disappointing for me. We have also been to Norway and Switzerland, where there are waterfalls everywhere you look, so it will depend on your perspective whether this is something you want to see. I would have skipped it if I had known it wasn’t natural.

Coffee Plantation tours are free and interesting. Your driver can take you there and then you get to learn about their famous Luwak coffee. Basically, this cute little Luwak animal eats the coffee beans, poops it out and then they roast it for us to drink. It is very expensive, but it is an interesting souvenir or gift for your family. We loved calling it a ‘poopchino.’ You will get to see how they roast the beans, have a tasting and then they will expect you to buy something. We wanted to buy something, but beware, you will feel pressured to make a purchase.

Snorkeling at the sunken USS Liberty wreck was the best snorkeling that we have ever done. We rented flippers at the beach in Tulamben and the wreck was just a short 30 metre swim right off the beach. It was seriously amazing. They will try and sell you a ‘guided’ tour, but you do not need it as you swim there are on your own in a matter of 5 or 10 minutes. There are many fish swimming in and around the ship.

Here is a sneak peak at some of our adventures:

Ubud Gluten Free

I was in Ubud for 3 weeks and I had a really great time. I almost wish I could have stayed longer.

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Cheers, I hope you enjoyed my lovely trek,

Brett – The Ultimate Gluten Free Traveller

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