Ubud Yoga and Cafés
Upon a recent trip to Ubud, Bali, I discovered the word Ubud translates to medicine. And this is no coincidence. As soon as you step into the colourful Ubud villages, you can feel the body begin to relax and heal. You feel the warmth of the tropical air, you hear the hum of nature and you see the daily rituals, ceremonies and friendly smiles. The theme of healing carries through to the busy streets of Ubud where every corner provides a new yoga studio, healthy cafe, bodywork centre, crystal shop, massage parlour, and temple.
Here are a couple of my favourite yoga spots and nearby cafes.
Yellow Flower Café
A traditional warung run by a local Balinese family, serving up amazing, fresh and local food. Every table has a view out to Mount Agung. The food is made to order, so while it may take a while to be served, it’s prepared from scratch. Choose from traditional Indonesian meals and deserts, vegetable based dishes as well as a big selection of colourful smoothie bowls, chia puddings and fruit salads.
Whether visiting solo or with friends, there is a table for you. Choose to sit at the indoor tables, bliss out in a lounger or set up at a sunlit table in the outdoor area. The whole café has such a light and airy atmosphere. If you have emails to check or business to tend to, a lot of people go to Alchemy and work on their laptops. Sip on a magical herbal tea infusion, fresh juice or a turmeric latte while you browse the plentiful menu or hit up the “build your own” salad bar. Make sure you visit the cabinet full of delectable raw treats.
This studio and retreat centre is located in the hub of Ubud and is truly beautiful. Classes are run from the early hours of the morning until the sun goes down. There is something for everyone including Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative, Iyengar, Kundalini, Qi Gong, Nidra, Thai massage, Meditation, Kirtan, Soundbaths and Ecstatic Dance. Free community events happen everyday. All studios at the Yoga Barn have lovely high ceilings and earthy rustic vibes, surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful views.
With such an amazing selection of classes, you may choose to stay onsite and refuel at their yummy Garden Kafe where they offer daily specials, macro bowls, delicious Ayurvedic food, as well as teas, cold-pressed juices, and raw chocolate. A few minutes up the road you’ll find KAFE which has a very similar menu but is out of the Yoga Barn grounds.
Depending on how you feel, you can choose to sit inside where it feels a little bit moody and eclectic or you can sit on the deck upstairs and feel the Bali breeze and watch people wander the popular street Jl Hanoman, below. All the food is natural, organic and locally sourced. I like the Belly Juice; a mix of aloe vera, apple, turmeric and organic honey, and the grilled vegetable and crumbled feta salad. The coconut lattes are also a rich and creamy morning delight. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available.
A little further up the road you’ll find an amazing café with an in-house spa. The sweet sounds of music and water features infuse this café with a truly calming vibe. The cafe spans two levels and you can choose to dine on the floor on cushions or seated on chairs. The menu is incredibly vast and caters to all dietary requirements. They have so many delicious drinks including spicy hot chocolate, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and homemade kombucha, coined “champagne of the gods,” served in recycled wine bottles.
This place is probably my favourite yoga space in Ubud. It is nestled amidst an abundance of greenery, meaning the multiple studios it houses have stunning views. There is an array of classes offered daily including Vinyasa, Yin, Aerial yoga, Kundalini, Hatha as well as specialised weekly workshops that focus on everything from asana, to mantra, aromatherapy, breath work and beyond. Post-class enjoy freshly chopped papaya. You can take your self-discovery experience even further by booking in with in-house healers that work mid-week offering services such as Astrology, Reiki, Qi Gong and Shamanic healing.
This lovely restaurant is only a hop, skip and jump away from Radiantly Alive, and offers an abundance of healthy and satisfying menu options catering to all dietary requirements including vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and vegetarian. You can expect a clever combination of local herbs and spices in every meal, creating a full flavoured experience every time. This place is positioned well so that sun that streams through the open area onto its comfortable dining area.
This café offers…well…literally everything. And I’ll be honest, I tend to steer clear of places that offer too many styles of food. Bali Buda somehow pull off European, Italian, Indonesian and all that’s in between. I highly recommend trying out their bowls. The Earth bowl includes a mixture of yummy root vegetables and hummus and the Lean Green Bowl is filled with all the green goodness you need, ancient grains, coconut bacon, nuts and seeds. Those on the bulletproof train can get their bulletproof coffee. All produce is chemical-free and organic where possible and the café supports a natural birthing clinic and waste management project so you can feel good about your purchase.
I highly recommend popping into the local warungs (family-owned businesses). The food is always very authentic and delicious and there is something to be said for living and eating as the locals do. The prices are incredibly reasonable and most places have very kind and attentive staff.
From food to yoga, I hope you get all the medicine that Ubud has to offer.
Namaste, H xxxx
Complied, contributed and written by Hannah Crerar from Hannah Yoga + Soul.
Hannah is a yogi with a lust for travel. She combines her passion and knowledge of Yoga and Psychology in all her offerings, including yoga classes, online meditation programmes, written work, and 1:1 counselling. She understands first hand that profound shifts can be made when the body and mind are targeted simultaneously. She is always guided by her own embodied experience, intuition, creativity, and intelligence.
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