Bali: Where I Ate as a Vegan
Bali – paradise to many, for many different reasons! I’d been to Bali once before for my grad trip at the end of sixth form and although it mostly consisted of cluelessly hanging around Kuta, I knew I loved it. A few weeks ago I finally made my (well overdue) way back. This time with the KITCH girls who were visiting for summer and for us, Bali was obviously brunch paradise.
As with my Durban: Where I ate as a vegan post, I actually had no intention of blogging about Bali. But with all the amazing food I was having it would’ve been a missed opportunity not to. Again, as I was travelling with people who ate meat I didn’t always eat at strictly vegan places, but that’s the beauty of Bali – there are always vegan (or veganisable) options everywhere.
See where I ate and what I ate, and try not to get too hungry! Hover over the photos for details.
As our mandatory first stop every morning, it only seems right to start with Cornerhouse. A 5 minute walk from our villa with interiors to die for and food equally as good, Cornerhouse never ceases to amaze! From brunch to dinner and drinks, it’s the perfect stop anytime of the day.
Hands down, the best avo toast I had this trip. The bread was perfectly toasted but still soft and my server was super accommodating changing the eggs to tofu for me. The scrambled tofu I got to takeaway and eat by the pool was also delicious with its warm local flavours and ingenious touch of ginger.
VEGAN OPTIONS AND ACCOMMODATING TO ALTERATIONS.
MENU (NOT UP TO DATE) | JALAN LAKSMANA NO. 10 A, KEROBOKAN, SEMINYAK. 7:00AM – 12:15AM
Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the most Insta of them all… Just about 2 months old, KYND community has proven itself to be a frontrunner in Bali’s vegan scene, attracting vegans and non-vegans alike. If you’ve not seen their one of a kind smoothie bowls or tropical pink backdrop wall at least once on Insta, get with it… KYND is the place to be.
But more than just aesthetics, KYND serves up a mean menu of plant-based, vegan goods. None of that rabbit food business here, their dishes are of substance – my personal fave being their salad bowls. And for those who face the slightly ridiculous (but so real) struggle of decision making, you can mix and get half portions of 2 salads (or even all 4), with the same going to their gourmet toasts – genius!
COMPLETELY VEGAN AND PLANT-BASED!
MENU | JALAN RAYA PETITENGET NO12X PETITENGET. 6:00AM – 4:00PM
Centrally located along the busy strip in Seminyak (with another branch in Canggu), Cafe Organic is the epitome of ‘fresh’ – from it’s sunlit interiors to its dishes that truly live up to its #GardenGangstas tagline. You’ll be sure to leave feeling recharged and ready for the day!
Going back and forth between the Matcha pancakes and the sushi bowl, I ended up going with the latter because I felt like I needed a big dose of fresh greens and veg. With seaweed, black sesame tofu, cucumber, pickled ginger and edamame all on a bed of brown rice, the sushi bowl was perfect for satisfying my cravings.
VEGETARIAN WITH VEGAN OPTIONS.
MENU | (SEMINYAK) JALAN PETITENGET 99X, (CANGGU) JALAN BATU BOLONG NO. 58X. 7:00AM – 4:00PM
What’s a trip to Bali without a stop at the famous Nalu Bowls. With several different locations, we went to the one in Seminyak which also houses Shelter on top where you can sit and enjoy your smoothie bowl in its gorgeous rooftop garden.
Someone asked me if Nalu Bowls was overrated, and sure, for that price there are so many other places you can get amazing smoothie bowls at. But for me, Nalu Bowls is the OG – you just can’t go wrong. Served in their signature coconut bowls and topped with granola and bananas, you pick a smoothie bowl and from there, go ham (or not) from their menu of additional toppings.
I got the Pipeline, a pina colada-esque smoothie bowl with additional strawberries. Refreshing and a perfect midday pick me up when the heat is sweltering! Mine was vegan, but some of the others on their menu have honey, so make sure you order without.
VEGETARIAN WITH VEGAN OPTIONS.
MENU | SEVERAL (SEMINYAK) JALAN DRUPADI 1 NO.2A, (SEE WEBSITE FOR OTHERS). 7:30AM – 6:00PM
I came across The Bistrot through my vegansofsea Instagram and it ended up being where we had our first dinner in Bali, after stumbling upon it on our walk to the supermarket. A vintage restaurant, bar and lounge encased in gorgeous ceiling high windows and adorned with opulent chandlers, The Bistrot is truly a spectacle.
To start we ordered the trio of dippings to share, a platter of the smoothest and lightest dips I’ve ever tasted and for my main, a vegetarian laksa (no brainer). Our server was kind enough to check with the kitchen and ensure everything I ordered was vegan! The attention to detail on everything from service to the food itself made The Bistrot the perfect place to kick off our stay in Bali.
VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN OPTIONS.
MENU | JALAN KAYU AYA 117, SEMINYAK. 7:30AM – 11:00PM
Even my missing sweet tooth couldn’t hold me back from running into Bali’s one-stop vegan ice cream shop, Mad Pops, like the biggest dessert fanatic I never was. Illuminated by it’s iconic neon ‘Ice Ice Baby’ wall piece, Mad Pop serves up an array of artisanal ice-creams and popsicles with a base of cold-pressed coconut milk, which is made fresh everyday.
With drool-worthy flavours, it’s nice to feel spoilt for choice and also have the option of creamy flavours such as coconut praline swirl that as a vegan, you’d just know to not even consider in a regular store. And for those feeling adventurous? In true Bali spirit, there’s a Bintang beer flavour!
VEGAN! (WITH NON-VEGAN WAFFLE CONES…)
MENU | JALAN KAYU AYA NO. 48, SEMINYAK. 11:00AM – 10:00PM
Oh infamous Sea Circus mural, how many Insta shots have you graced? Counting down our last few days in Bali meant narrowing down on our to-do list (ie. list of places to stuff our faces) and of course, Sea Circus was right up there. Whether it’s your brunch stop to start the day or where you kick off your night with one of a kind cocktails, Sea Circus is always buzzing.
Everything about this beach-side (close enough) cafe exudes playfulness, from it’s bright, vibrant furniture to the refreshing floral dresses the servers wear. While there was scrambled tofu on the menu, I needed my smashed avo fix so ordered the Posh smashed avo without feta and additional tofu instead of eggs.
VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN OPTIONS.
MENU | 22 JALAN KAYU AYA, SEMINYAK. 7:00AM – 12:00AM
So okay confession, I didn’t actually eat at Revolver Espresso BUT, Megan did and I had a look at their menu and they have decent vegan options! Black Mamba anyone? A black rice pudding with Balinese vanilla, guava puree & toasted coconut. What about a WolfPak? Vegetarian poke bowl with tofu, organic rice, pickled veggies, chili & coriander. Um, yes and yes.
Known to serve the best coffee in Bali, Revolver is stocked in cafes all around the island but their own flagship Revolver Espresso branch is worth the visit. Channelling a wild west saloon, Revolver is tucked away in an alleyway (almost speakeasy style) and houses a cafe, bar and merchandise shop and is unlike anywhere else in Bali!
MENU | JALAN KAYU AYA, GANG 51, SEMINYAK. 7:00AM – 11:00PM
If there was one place I couldn’t leave Bali without eating at, it was Peloton Supershop. I nagged everyone to go until our last full day, and when we finally went everyone was blown away (and by everyone, I mean non-vegans). Fully vegan, Peloton sets the record straight when it comes to what a vegan restaurant can be with hot dogs, burgers and salad bowls NOT for the faint-hearted.
Choosing what to order could not have been more difficult but I ended up going for the ‘Tour de Bali’ – their take on the local favourite, nasi campur. A dish served with brown rice and goodies such as ‘belief rendang’, and zucchini & corn fritters, the standout was definitely the ‘tricken satay’. It had a deceivingly meaty feel to it but not in a realistic way, more in the umami depth of flavour and texture it had.
MENU | NO.46 JALAN RAYA PANTAI BERAWA, BERAWA. 7:30AM – 10:00PM
When my friend recommended Sari Organik and told me it was a trek to get to but was so worth it, he wasn’t lying (about both!) Tucked within rice paddy fields with a good 10-15 min walk and no signs leading towards the quaint cafe, expect to work up a sweat and a hearty appetite.
Perched overlooking the rice paddy fields, a sense of tranquility surrounds the humble cafe. With a large selection of organic vegetarian dishes, I opted for a vegan version of the local gado-gado and a roselle tea kombucha. Made with fresh, simple ingredients and topped with a creamy peanut sauce, this dish was the perfect example of how sometimes less can be so much more.
ORGANIC VEGETARIAN WITH VEGAN OPTIONS.
MENU | JALAN SUBAK SOK WAYAH, UBUD. 10:00AM – 9:00PM (TIMES VARY ONLINE SO CHECK FIRST)
Coco & Poké
After having one of our purses (with £80) temporarily stolen by a monkey and about an hour of enduring harassment from the local taxis outside of Uluwatu Temple, a quick refuel was desperately needed. Just at the doors of Single Fin, Coco & Poké serves (as suggested by its name) an array poké bowls and Cocowhip.
The Bali salad bowl I ordered came with tofu on a rainbow of fresh veg and taipoca chips. Completely vegan, the ginger sesame dressing was so creamy yet so light it made this dish the perfect refreshment before we got started on a very eventful Single Fin Sunday!
JALAN LABUAN SAIT, SINGLE FIN, ULUWATU. 11:00AM – 7:00PM
While the length of this post alone shows we didn’t hold back when it came to food in Bali, there were unfortunately a few gems we missed out on. I’ve listed them down below anyway for if you get the chance to check them out:
- The Shady Shack, Canggu – taken directly from their Facebook: “A breezy, vegetarian health food cafe overlooking the rice fields of Canggu Bali”
- The Spicy Coconut, Seminyak – an all vegan warung (Indonesian term for a small, family owned cafe)
- Kinoa, Canggu – a clean eating bar again, overlooking rice fields. They do ‘smoothie boats’ in upcycled vodka bottles!!
- Alchemy, Ubud – Bali’s first 100% raw vegan cafe
Amongst all the amazing things we did and places we saw, if there was one phrase to sum up our trip it would definitely be ‘well fed’. So vegans, non-vegans if you’re ever headed to Bali I hope this post comes in handy. And if I’ve missed out any your favourite food spots in Bali, comment them down below! xxx