8 x Healthy Cafés on Bali

Like London and Australia, Bali is is one of those places where a healthy lifestyle started a while back. And yet more and more healthy cafés are popping up.

It’s that tropical & magical little island, the island that everybody escapes to recharge their batteries. We’re talking about Bali of course.  With more healthy choices than ever, it was time to share our top 10 of Bali’s most healthy cafés.

Sisterfields

Jl. Kayu Cendana No.7, Seminyak, Bali 80361
www.sisterfields.com

With Australia around the corner, it’s not a big surprise that this kind of cafe opened up in Bali not too long ago. They call themselves “The Iconic Australian Cafe”. You can certainly have breakfast like a king or eat lunch like an emperor with one of their famous tropical juices.

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Source: Sisterfields

Sari Organik, Ubud

Jl. Raya Tjampuhan, Ubud, Bali

We first discovered this healthy café back in 2010. In the beginning we weren’t sure where we would end up because you’ll need to walk through the rice fields for about 20 minutes which makes this place even more special! Once arrived, you can enjoy the best fresh coconuts, and homemade organic lunches.


Bali's healthy hotspots
Back in 2010

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The Mocca

Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong Gg Nyepi Canggu, Bali
www.facebook.com/themocca

This little gem located in Canggu is a Coffeshop with garden front open concept store and an upstairs with a gypsy interior. They serve good and healthy food, plus the service is good! 

The Mocca | Healthy Cafés Bali

Shelter café

Jl. Drupadi, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
http://www.sheltercafebali.com/

From 7am you can indulge yourself with healthy food and this open tropical café. Amazing salads, homemade gingerbeer, lemon squash or their super smoothies will make you want to come back here. Many holiday seekers are fan of this place, and so are we! 

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Source: Facebook Shelter Cafe

Mule Malu

Jl. Pantai Bingin 80364 Uluwatu, Bali
www.mulemalu.com

Unlike the rest, this is actually an accommodation instead of just being a café. Hidden on bingin cliff top and within walking distance to Bingin beach.  Mule Malu strives to be environmentally friendly through the efficient use of energy, water and materials while providing quality services. Their in house café is amazing and located by the pool. They serve healthy bowls, dairy free and sugar free juices and smoothies throughout the day.

Mule Malu | healthy Cafés Bali

Avocado Factory

Jl. Tanah Barak No.52 Canggu, Bali
www.theavocadofactory.com

We all know that avocado’s are healthy for you. The green goodness is more popular than ever and we even have several Avocado Restaurant in Amsterdam! 

Avocado factory

Ubud Hanging Gardens

Desa Buahan, Payangan, Bali 80571
www.hanginggardensofbali.com

You can imagine my jaw dropping when I entered the hanging gardens for the first time. I had a wonderful dinner here with no time for a jump in the infinity pool but let’s just say we have a rain check on that one! They mainly use vegetables, fruits and spices  from the Bedugul or are grown at their own property, their seafood comes directly from Jimbaran Bay making lunch and dinner very tasty!

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Source: both pictures courtesy to the Ubud Hanging Gardens

Warung Kecil

Jalan Duyung no 1, Sanur, Bali

My parents told me about this secret place. Sanur residents love it here. The prices are extremely low but the food quality is sky high! From the outside it doesn’t look like anything special but it’s cosy and cute on the inside. They offer vegetarian and vegan options plus healthy wheatgrass shots, fresh almond or macha milk, pressed juices, young coconuts and you can also go for a buffet. Check their Facebook for more info.

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Source: Facebook Warung Kecil

 

Love,

Elke

 

Cheating on Bali with the Nusa’s

Dear Bali,

I love you, and I always will. But… you’ve changed. Just a bit. You grew up and saw more and more people liking you, wanting to see you. Who can blame them, you are amazing. But, it felt as if we had too little ‘just you and me time’. So, I cheated on you with the Nusa’s. Sorry, not sorry.

So what are the Nusa’s?
The Nusa’s are 3 islands just south of Bali. Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan have been on the tourist roadmap for quite some time, but still feel like tropical bounty islands with not too much western interference. Nusa Penida is the biggest island and was only opened up to tourists two years ago. All of them are pure heaven and have their own personalities. All worth exploring for some days, some weeks or forever (I can dream, right?).

Getting there
Most boats sail from Sanur, Bali to Jungut Batu on Nusa Lembongan. But it is also possible to grab a boat to Mushroom Bay (where all the fancier hotels are) or directly to Nusa Penida. Going to Nusa Penida is also possible from Padangbai. The cheapest option is going to the harbour in Sanur and negotiate about the price. If you like to book in advance, don’t worry, there are lots of little tour agencies on Bali that sell tickets as well. We paid 500.000 IDR for a return ticket with the fast boat, including pick up in Canggu and drop off in Ubud. A pretty comfortable deal! Going to Nusa Penida from Lembongan is easy to arrange. Head over to the iconic yellow bridge. Here are a ton of people wanting to bring you. Around 50.000 IDR is a normal price, be sure to haggle if they are aiming high.

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surfers won’t be disappointed here

Lembongan and Ceningan chillings
Two small beauties, connected by a picture perfect yellow hanging bridge, dotted with bumpy roads, deep blue waters and sky-high waves. With surfbreaks named ‘playgrounds’ and ‘shipwreck’ surfers won’t be disappointed here. Happier under the surface? Gear up in your wetsuit to spend some time with the massive manta-rays that cruise the shores of nearby Nusa Penida. Sounds scary, swimming with creatures that are much bigger than you? It’s not! They are so gracious and elegant. Oh and they only eat plankton. Don’t underestimate the currents here though. Dive trips are easily arranged with one of the many dive shops on Lembongan. French Kiss Divers recently opened a shop here and is full of brand new gear and offers very reasonable prices. As they say ‘the more depth, the more pleasure’. 😉

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Diving with rays is a highlight!

If all of the above sounds like too much work, don’t worry for a second. Lounging on a massive Fatboy while sipping a healthy smoothie, gazing at the ocean, is just as easy. The best place to do so is definitely Ginger & Jamu on Jungut Batu beach. Caring about the environment, they don’t do plastic. Paper straws, cotton napkins and glass water bottles. Oh right and amazing smoothies, sandwiches, smoothie-bowls and salads. Combined with the yoga school above the cafe this place oozes the ultimate zen and friendly vibe. I admit, I’ve spend days full of relaxing, drinking, eating and plunging in to the sea for some refreshment at Ginger & Jamu.

Another amazing spot is Sea breeze Ceningan. Their catchy latino tunes, hammocks and perfect vanilla ice coffees cannot do anything else but make you happy. Overlooking the azure seaweed-farms with your toes in the sand, beach life as it should be. Also, their wifi is really good, thus digital nomad proof!

For dinner the choices are endless.

Sea breeze Ceningan
Sea breeze Ceningan 

For dinner the choices are endless. There are a ton of nice warungs for local dishes. Not so local are the nanchos and burritos at Ginger Moon (whats in a name), but they cannot be missed! Getting around Lembongan and Ceningan is best done by motorbike. The roads are generally okay and even the bumpy ones are do-able. Nice places to scooter to include dream beach, devil’s tears, mahana point and the blue lagoon.

Island friendly prices
Now, are these two islands going to break your wallet? Hell no! There are tons of affordable homestays. Your own little bungalow -some even with a swimming pool and breakfast- usually comes with a price tag of between 13 and 20 euro a night. Although more luxurious places are also widely available. I highly recommend Jiva Bungalows: basic but clean bungalows, super sweet people and a nice breakfast included!

Adventurous Penida
Now if you are up for a little less relaxing and a bit more adventure, Nusa Penida is the perfect pick. It’s possible to do day trips from Lembongan, but staying on the island for a few days is definitely better. Penida is much more quiet, less developed and wilder then little sisters Lembongan and Ceningan. That’s great for adventure, but also a bit more dangerous. They are working on the roads, but a lot of them are still treacherous. Going for a daytrip? Then seriously consider hiring a car with a driver as the highlights are further apart and driving hastily really isn’t a good idea. Still rather have a scooter to drive around yourself? Then make sure to check it before renting. Good brakes are a must on the steep and rocky roads that are home to Penida! As this island isn’t open to tourists for that long, it’s not filled with restaurants and bars yet. But every village has a couple of gems. Whatever you do, don’t miss breakfast/brunch/lunch at Penida Espresso. The smells from their kitchen are heaven and the rock butter smoothie bowl is to die for.

Penida Espresso
Penida Espresso

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Broken Beach, Penida

Penida beauties
The island has an amazing coastline, high cliffs, hidden beaches and views that go on forever. Take a day to drive the beautiful road to Atuh beach, take the steep stairs down and chill on one of the loungers to watch the change of the tide.

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Another great place is broken beach. The name is a bit confusing as there is absolutely no beach but it’s a sight to behold. Next to broken beach is Angels Billabong. It seems as if the pictures you find online are massively photoshopped and don’t depict the real thing. I dare to say Angels Billabong was the disappointment of my trip through Asia so far. But hey, go see for yourself! The ultimate highlight of Nusa Penida has got to be Kelingking beach. A massive cliff looking down onto the purest of beaches with the bluest of waters. It’s impossible to describe this beauty in words. There is a way down to that perfect beach, but it is quite dangerous so be careful!

Crystal clear
Of course you can also relax at Nusa Penida. Crystal Bay is your bae! Although it has some real steep hills, the road to Crystal is perfect and very Instagram worthy, lined with picture perfect palm trees. You can rent two sun-beds and an umbrella to protect you from the sun for just 50.000 IDR a day. The little warung at the western end of the beach makes you a great mie goreng! Don’t forget your snorkeling gear, the underwater life really is crystal clear and includes many curious, colorful fishes and even the occasional turtle. Do check the current as it can be strong here! End your day with a cocktail or a beer at Penida Colada while looking at the Agung volcano, just across the sea on Bali. Life is pretty damn perfect here.

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The tropical Cystel Bay Beach

Now, don’t skip Bali just yet. But consider spending some time with the Nusa’s to fill up one some peace, quiet and happiness. Maybe I see you there as I might never leave again.

Life is better at the beach,

Jill

*Our guest editor Jill is currently traveling through Asia and will monthly update us about her Asian adventures. 

4 Recommendations On Beautiful Java

Java is the most populated island of Indonesia and it has a great deal of sights which are worth a visit. You can easily travel the whole island by train, if you have the time off course, because the length of the island is about 1000 km so it does take you quite a few hours to get across. These are some of the sights I would recommend visiting:

The Dutch Jakarta
Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia with about 9,6 million citizens. A lot of people say Jakarta is too crowded, dirty (because of the smog), hot and therefore not necessarily worth a visit. But I like to think otherwise. Yes, it’s crowded and chaotic, but once you get used to that you will see this city has some great things to offer. Especially when you are interested in some (Dutch) history, Jakarta is an interesting metropolis. You can still see the Dutch influence for example in the buildings on Taman Fatahilla square. In the Jakarta History Museum you can get a glance of live in the earlier Dutch East Indies.

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Inpressive Prambanan

When you are interested in some (Dutch) history, Jakarta is an interesting metropolis.

Borobudur
Borobudur is one of the most famous sights of Indonesia. Yes, it’s full of tourists, but since it’s the largest Buddhist temple in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you cannot skip a visit. The temple is designed as a mandala and has nine platforms in total, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome. The temple represents the Buddhist cosmos. Next to a lot of tourists, the temple is also visited by many pilgrims. A pilgrim must walk every platform 7 times, clockwise and from bottom to top. This way, he or she will reach Nirvana; an ultimate state of soteriological release and liberation from rebirths.

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Highest platform of the famous Borobudur

Prambanan
Prambanan is probably just as famous as Borobudur, but this sight belongs to a completely different religion. It’s the largest Hindu temple of Indonesia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The compound consists of more than 200 temples, but the three main ones are the Trimurti temples; the largest one (47 metres) is dedicated to Shiva, God of Destruction. The two temples next to this one are dedicated to Brahma, God of Creation and Vishnu, God of Preservation. Like Borobudur, visitors should officially enter each temple from the east side and circumambulate clockwise.

The Ijen Volcano
While a lot of people visit Mount Bromo, the most famous volcano of Java, I decided to visit another volcano during our holiday in Indonesia; Ijen. Ijen is one of the few volcano’s with a crater lake. This lake contains a huge amount of sulfur, which supports a mining operation. Miners walk down the crater about twice a day to load the sulfur in baskets and carry it up to the crater rim and down the mountain by hand. This is a very labour-intensive operation, not to mention a very smelly one. When visiting the Ijen volcano, you should wear old, very old clothes. Even after washing them for about 10 times, I could still smell the sulfur! But you will see this is all worth it when you climbed Ijen and are standing at the crater rim and see the sunrise or sunset. The view is just indescribably amazing. And if you have the guts, you can even walk down the crater when it’s dark and see the so-called blue fire, which actually is ignited sulfuric gas.

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Sunset at the top of Ijen, Java

In my next blog, I will continue my trip through Indonesia and give some insights in the interesting culture of Bali.

Love,

Dionne

*Dionne is one of our guest bloggers from the Netherlands, currently living in Den Bosch. In everyday life she works as a marketing-communications professional. She loves to travel to distant destinations, but she also enjoys a city trip closer to home.

Bali’s Best Hangouts of 2019!

The first time I fell in love with the island of Bali must have been in 2013 when I lived here for my studies. Ever since, this magical place has found a little spot in my heart and will never leave! I found so many new hotspots! Unfortunately they didn’t all fit in one blogpost since the list is long! But these are (just) a few of my favorites listed per area. These are Bali’s best hangouts of 2019!

CANGGU

Crate Café
Crate Coffee, Crate brekkie, Crate smoothies….Life’s crate! And it actually is when you fancy your brekkie right here. Crate is an absolute “hipster happening”. With an Australian owner it’s hard to go wrong with coffee and classic breakfast so hands up for Maree Suteja! Detail: I love how you guys put that cover on my scooter seat against the hot sun to protect me from burning my ass after! Your best bet after a surf? Calrrito brekkie burrito, no doubt!
64 Jalan Batu Bolong, Canggu 80361, Indonesië
insta: @cratecafe

Crate cafe Bali

Pretty Poison
Same owner as Crate..must be just as good, right?! You cannot miss out on this one during your Bali stay, trust me. After a day of surf, skate takes over. Secure a spot around the skate bowl to watch one of the skate competitions, get inked by the “in club” tattoo artist or dance the night away! Favo drink: Kombucha with Tequila. What I love: the equal mix of locals and foreigners, music & vibes…

Shortcut Canggu
Insta: @prettypoison___
www.prettypoisonbar.com

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Little Flinders
Lovely hangout, the sweetest staff and a healthy cuisine. The chef cooks with what’s in season and with local produce which is not only good for you but also for the environment! This is actually the case in most hotspots by the way… Go for the “Canggu Love” brekkie bowl!
Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.78
insta: @littleflinders

Little Flinders, Bali
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Milk & Madu
Another great joint in town! Milk & Madu is a must on your Bali To Do list. Healthy & delicious foodies plus the best coffee (Revolver) on the island (okay Crate’s blend comes pretty close) is served here in an amazing atmosphere. My all time favorite: smashed avocado on toast!
Jalan Pantai Berawa 52
insta: @milkandmadu
www.milkandmadu.com

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Avocado Café
Hidden away behind green leaves, you’ll find this cosy little healthy & happy place specialized in paleo and vegan! In collaboration with Motion Fitness Bali, Avocado café loves to share the importance of healthy nutrition. With fresh and organic produce every day you can enrich your body with lots of vitamins and minerals… Isn’t that what we want!?
BatuBolong, 69b, Canggu
Insta: @avocadoccafebali
www.motionfitnessbali.com

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Source Instagram @avocadocafebali

ULUWATU

Nalu Bowls
Besides Uluwatu, Nalu Bowls can be found in Canggu (Echo Beach), Ubud and Seminyak so there’s absolutely no way around this healthy smoothie bowl experience! I always take the “Mavericks” bowl, named after a big wave surf break on the American West Coast. It’s an Açai blend with granola, banana, strawberries and COCONUT flakes. I love to eat mine on the cliff overlooking the Uluwatu surf…Goodlife!
Jalan Mamo,  Uluwatu, attached to Single Fin
Insta: @nalubowls
www.nalubowls.com

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Drifter Surf Store
Believed to be “the soul of surfing” by founders Jake Mackenzie & Tim Russo…. Drifter doesn’t only offer you the coolest collection of surf boards and retail but also gives you a place to enjoy great espresso and read tons of books, hand selected. On the road from Uluwatu to Bingin it’s hard to miss this amazing old Javanese teak house that is transformed into a surfers paradise, inland!
Jl. Labuan Sait, Pecatu
Insta: @drifterbali
www.driftersurf.com

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Bukit Café
“Best food in the Bukit” as their wifi password reveals and they are damn right! Me and my friend Isabel (another Dutchie from Amsterdam) kept coming back here for mouthwatering foodies, colorful smoothies and quality time. Owned and operated by an Australian vs. Brazilian a.k.a. a party for your tastebuds! What we loved: the pink pitaya smoothie with dragonfruit and the zucchini fritters!
Jalan Labuan Sait
Insta: @bukit___cafe
www.bukitcafe.com

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Source: @bukit___cafe

SEMINYAK

Revolver
Right in the middle of Seminyak’s shopping walhalla, Revolver Boutique Coffee House provides you with one of the best coffee experiences you can have. The vintage, jazzy, mixed with wild west interior and the lovely people make you smile for miles. The coffee brand became pretty big on the island resulting in many hotspots brewing their coffees with Revolver coffee beans! For speedy take-aways step by “Baby Revolver” situated at Jl Petitenget 102. Love, love, love!
Jl kayu aya / Gang 51
Insta: @revolverespresso
www.revolverespresso.com

Revolver Coffee Bali
Source: @revolverespresso

Watercress
Where sun, surf and sea come together, where Byron Bay and Bali cross paths…. Open all day every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With the same owners as Milk & Madu, Watercress will never let you down! Enjoy the goodness of their (Revolver) coffee combined with their smashed chats & goats cheese! No better way to start your day.
Jl Batu Belig 21a, Kerobokan
Insta: @watercressbali
www.watercressbali.com

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Source: @watercressbali

UBUD

Yoga Barn
Did you know that Bali is the island of spirituality!? Where better to go than Ubud? Wander around the Yoga Barn and explore a deeper meaning of life through meditation, holistic healers, Ayurvedic Rejuvenation, acupuncture and different styles of yoga! Calm down, connect your body, mind and soul while finding your inner peace. Namasté!
Jalan Raya Pengosekan
www.theyogabarn.com

Yoga Barn Bali
Source: @guna_kviese

Bali Buda 
I actually love the Bali Buda store/café situated in Sanur but the one in Ubud is just as lovely. A great supplier of wholesome, raw, vegan, honest and organic foodies, as well as skin care products that make you feel good inside and out. What I love: their organic sunscreens and the cassave flour pancakes!
Jl Jembawan 1
www.balibuda.com

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NUSA LEMBONGAN

Villa Pasir
One day I took a little trip to Nusa Lembongan to explore the island and surf some waves. I never booked any accommodation up front (as usual) so upon arrival I started walking past all the cute home-stays on the beach. Villa Pasir was one of them and I immediately fell in love with this guest house designed and owned by a beautiful French lady living her dream!
Front Beach, Jungut Batu
Insta: @villa_pasir
www.villapasir.com

Villa Pasir Bali

Bed villa pasir
Amazing place to stay in Bali!

Bali Eco Deli
An added value to your stay in paradise! Bali Eco Deli is conscious about the environment and tries to reduce the use of plastic with their recycling program which makes me so happy! Plastic is a huge problem in Indonesia and Eco Deli gives a great example in the race to safe the planet and its natural beauty. Their produce is not only healthy and delicious but also fresh, locally grown and organic. For the girls: pastries are the main foodies on the menu and it doesn’t matter if you can’t choose, you can just take it all! Really!
Main road Nusa Lembongan
Insta: @baliecodeli
www.baliecodeli.net

Bali Eco Deli
I love everything about this place!

Blue corner bar
First of all go here for an amazing sunset! Secondly, order a couple of those super tasty taco’s with either beef, chicken, fish or veggies (they are small so take at least 3)! Besides the taco’s the menu offers all sorts of yummy Mexican food. What I love: fresh coconut with lime, comfy bean bags, fish taco’s! It’s also a great place to bring your kid(s)!
At the end of front beach
Insta: @bluecornerbar
www.bluecornerdive.com

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Source: @bluecornerbar 

Sun, surf, yoga, good food and good people is what Bali life is all about…I hope that you will enjoy these hotspots as much as I did but I also want to spread the word of being a conscious traveler. Respect the local culture, clean up your garbage and care for mother nature…it’s your privilege to be in Bali after all. Now go and enjoy your holidays! 🙂

Till next time…

-X-

Mandy