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  • Shannon Wolf | January 27, 2016 9:00 PM ET

    Ubud Cuisine Heaven: The Best Food of My Journey

    Ubud Cuisine Heaven: The Best Food of My Journey

    PHOTO: The raw vegan dishes at Taksu are beautiful and delicious in equal measure. (photos by Shannon Wolf)

    Without realizing it, after two weeks in Ubud, I managed to compile an extensive list of the best restaurants, warungs and street stalls.

    Eating out is not within my budget, but the thing is, you can eat like a king in this Bali town for little to nothing. And the best part? It’s ACTUALLY good for you! I had no idea just how incredible the food was here, both in quality and for your wallet.

    In almost a year of travel, I can honestly say that Ubud has provided the best food I’ve eaten on my journey thus far. Do yourself a favor and check these amazing places out!

    Cheapest Eats: Visit the Ubud Market downstairs from the shopping district and learn to bargain for fresh fruit and vegetables. Watermelon, mangos, papaya, bananas and snake fruit are some of the cheapest! I was spending $1 a day for my meals here!

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    Top Budget Warungs:

    • For the best experience and freshest food, go at lunch only.


    • Warung 9: THE BEST budget vegan/vegetarian-style buffet I have ever been to, with a million options to choose from. (A gigantic plate for no more than $2!)

    • Warung Ijo: Spicy, traditional Indonesian food — a favorite haunt for locals, but I wasn’t overly convinced.


    • Warung Pojok: THE BEST gado-gado you’ll eat in Indonesia. (Gado-gado is a banana leaf with vegetables, tofu, tempeh and rice in a peanut sauce.)

    • Warung Mendan Nasir: Small menu but quality food for the price:

    Tofu curry ($1.50), rice (50 cents)

    Warung Bia-Bia: Great curry soup ($1.80)

    PHOTO: This gado-gado from Warung Pojok is as good as it looks and gets “best in Bali” honors!

    Best Street Food:

    The best street food can be found on Cokorda Gde Rai Road just off of the main road in Ubud.

    • Nasi Lawar Bali: Babi Kecap (For meat eaters, you will never want to eat anywhere else. It’s all pork.)

    • Kuliner Desa Peliatan (The BEST banana-leaf wrapped coconut fish in Ubud for 80 cents. Other street vendors serve a delicious deep-fried banana, tofu or chicken for 50 cents each.)

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    Expensive Restaurants (but worth it!)

    • Fresh Restaurant @ Taksu (Top quality organic, healthy and raw vegan. Beautifully presented and tastes as good as it looks.)

    • Buda Bowl (Superb vegan dishes — large portions, healthy, organic and worth the $5.)

    PHOTO: Warung 9 is the best bang for your buck — you’ll never pay more than $2 for an incredible, filling and delicious meal!

    Overrated Restaurants:

    • KAFE and Yoga Barn Cafe (As it turns out, the owners of Yoga Barn also own both establishments. I have tried both with high expectations and was incredibly disappointed in how bland every meal was and the extremely high prices ($8 and up for a salad). However, the beetroot juice is wonderful!)

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Shannon Wolf Tales From the Leap

Shannon Wolf Shannon Wolf is a freelance photographer and writer, traveling across the globe with an open itinerary and no intent of stopping. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she left behind a fast paced life to truly live and not just exist in an attempt to inspire others to follow their bliss. At age 26, Shannon has visited 20+ countries on four continents around the world. She has travelled overland by chicken-bus and tuk-tuks, hitchhiked by fruit trucks and through islands on horse and buggy. She has slept in the jungles of Nicaragua, on benches in London, secluded hidden beaches and she’s only getting started.
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