art capital of Bali

Known as the art and cultural center of Bali, Ubud is a bustling city of organic cafes, yoga studios, beautiful homestays and boutiques. As with most places in Bali, a statue of Ganesh is found around every corner and each is unique in beauty and story. The charm of Ubud rests in the inability to determine which came first, the people or the temples. The city feels as though both were created simultaneously and that together, they grew in perfect harmony — one never trying to dominate the other. 

Location: South central Bali, Indonesia

Coordinates: 18°30’55.3″S 115°15’49.4″E

Population: 30,000

The charm of Ubud rests in the inability to determine which came first, the people or the temples.

Ubud, Bali



Where to Eat

Kafe + Garden Kafe – Basically our home kitchen when in Ubud, a frequented stop, amazing selection of fresh juices, smoothies and healthy food. Try the Liver Detox Shot, the Before Yoga Energize Tea made with local herbs and spices, and do try the traditional dish Bubur Injin (delicious black rice pudding). Two locations (Garden Kafe is located at the Yoga Barn, perfect for an after yoga smoothie or meal; the other location is Kafe, located on Jalan Hanoman)

Alchemy – raw, organic, vibrant food! A must when visiting Ubud, so much goodness to try here: delicious salads, smoothies, juices, amazing raw chocolate – try the coconut bliss bar and stock up on superfood supplements here

Yellow Flower – a cute local café serving traditional Balinese meals and delicious champa flower water; walk up the stairs and through the village to get to this hidden gem

Bali Buddha – an Ubud staple, with new locations around the island to keep your belly blissed. This café and health food store have you covered. Come here to stock up on supplies for a picnic (we love the potato torta and great selection of bliss balls) or stay in and have a wholesome meal or superfood smoothie in their restaurant

Sari Organik – one of the best parts of this restaurant is walking or scootering through the rice fields to get here; once there you can pick fresh vegetables and edible flowers for your meal. Enjoy local and organic food fresh as it comes garden to table (with two locations, we recommend not missing the one amongst the rice fields)

Juice Ja – a chill spot with warm service in the heart of Ubud. This cafe has a good selection of healthy food, smoothies and juices. The fresh whole coconut on the stairs always lures us in and the bliss balls in the cooler keep us coming back

Bambu Indah – Want a little something out of the ordinary? This beautifully rustic eco resort is where you can come for a rotating daily menu that is locally inspired with fresh organic produce

Ubud Sari Health Resort – we would come here for some cleansing smoothies and juices and relax in there tropical café nestled amongst the rainforest, lots of people come here to attend week long health retreats

Soma – quirky café with a real creative vibe that has local and organic at its core, try there ojas drink (a blend of spices and cashew milk)

What to Do

The Green School – tropical dream school for kids and adults alike! A dream project from Canadian designer John Hardy, home to some of the worlds most stunning Bamboo architecture (see more from Ibuki luxury bamboo design); weekly tours available

Linda Garland’s Estate – Garland, a designer and founder of the Bamboo Foundation has made this piece of land a labour of love over the past 25 years. Stunning design detail among epic bamboo groves, Garland and her team have created a sanctuary of inspiration and wellness

John Hardy Jewellers – If you liked the Green School, you might be interested in John Hardy’s first love, Jewellery. John Hardy’s estate is set amongst gorgeous bamboo architecture with a special beeswax walled showroom, which houses this famous jewellers collection. There are tours and a daily lunch where you can join in with staff and special guests for a wholesome meal eaten off Hardy’s silverware of course

Bambu Indah – beautiful eco resort, stay a few nights for the full experience or take a welcomed tour. See the bamboo architecture, restored antique Javanese guesthouses, and organic garden. Enjoy the views of rice fields with a blended drink or meal at the restaurant and say hello Bali
Big Tree Farms – local superfood coconut and cacao products done with love. Come for a visit to learn about coconut and cacao production and stock up on these superfoods
Get a massage at Yoga Barn’s Ayurvedic Spa KUSHCantika Organic Spa near Sari Organik, or head to Starchild for a sacred geometry inspired massage


GLDMNE Additions

Take a walk through the Tegallalang Rice Terraces at sunrise

Visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Sancturary

Grab a cocktail and go for a dip in the Komaneka pool

Take a spice bath at Bali Botanica

Where to Stay

Bali T House – a cluster of open aired Japanese inspired Balinese homes, book your rental for a few days to a few months

Yoga Barn – yoga barn now offers accommodation and packages for yoga and meals so you never have to leave

Uma by Como – beautiful modern Balinese architecture and craftsmanship, a chic place to splurge and be nourished

Bambu Indah – incredible boutique hotel with a mix of world class innovative bamboo architecture and rustic restored antique Javanese Bridal homes. Bambu Indah is a well orchestrated Bali jungle experience

Linda Garland’s Estate – a lush setting for your Bali experience. Situated on an idyllic landscape made ever greater through Garland’s design sensibilities. A place for inspiration, wellness and style in true Bali spirit









Yoga Barn, Ubud, Bali

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Alexander + Jennifer Suvajac

Alexander + Jennifer Suvajac – yogi designers and creators of Azulie Yogic Life, a contemporary evolution of yogic consciousness. Azulie is a source for yogic art, travel, photography, holistic nutrition and wellness. Join the journey

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