restaurants in ubud bali
Janet Deneefe

Best local eatery

“For authentic Indonesian cuisine, you can’t go past Ibu Oka – but only if you love babi guling (suckling pig). It’s a family-run institution and the recipe has been passed down over three generations.” Jalan Tegal Sari No. 2 Tel: 62 361 976 345

Best for local produce

“The Ubud Morning Market is the best place for early-morning nasi campur (white rice with vegetables, meat and accompaniments). Downstairs, you can also get a great jukut mesantok – a Balinese version of gado-gado (steamed vegetables and tofu with peanut sauce).” Jalan Raya Ubud

Best local dish

“Among the many types of bubur (porridge) available, my favourite is rice porridge. There’s a stall on the east side of the market, behind the stairs, that makes the best bubur. I’m crazy about this.”

Best restaurants for a night out

“Bridges is great for special occasions – I love its cosy ambience. Hujan Locale is good for fish dishes. Locavore is a new favourite, and it’s hard to beat my restaurant Indus for a romantic dinner, especially when there’s a full moon.”

Best casual hangout

“Seniman Coffee Studio offers a great coffee experience. It uses single-origin coffee beans sourced from Indonesia, South and Central America.” (See more Instagram-worthy Bali cafes here)


An adapted version first appeared in Silverkris.

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