Whether you fly the Paleo, vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian flags or you simply like to maintain your healthy eating habits while on holiday, Bali is an easy destination to keep your palate clean. For a destination that is often publicised as a party town, it’s gaining some well-deserved recognition as a hub for foodies and fitness enthusiasts alike. With the number of yoga studios, luxury villa retreats and conscious cafes climbing, consider Bali a place you can dial down, not just party it up. This Bali Healthy Eating Guide is full of places where you can find delicious and nutritious healthy fare during your stay in Bali.
Skye Gilkeson | Updated June 2017
I have included a few personal favourites below and recently updated the list thanks to some tips from Bali local and friend Fiona Peters. These really are just a small part of Bali’s clean eating map. If you’re travelling with friends or a partner who is looking to indulge never fear; most menus also cater to their tastes with everything from Indonesian staples like Nasi Goring (a traditional fried rice dish) to naughty basics like burgers and ribs.
Best Healthy Cafes in Seminyak
La Lucciola | Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak, Bali
First holiday away with a new love? Take them to La Lucciola for breakfast or lunch and you are bound to impress. Set in a grand, two-storey, open-air building with a thatched roof, it feels more like a beautiful beach house than a restaurant. Generous bamboo tables and chairs allow for privacy, undisturbed views to the water and the opportunity to bathe in the breeze that is one to the benefits of the cafe sitting right off the sand. Go for a long lunch to enjoy the view.
The Spicy Coconut | Jl Batu Belig No 81, North Seminyak, Bali
A go-to for vegans, The Spicy Coconut is a super casual cafe serving up colourful and tasty dishes from local, organic produce. Think avocado on toast, smoothie bowls, fresh juices, health elixirs and even delicious vegan burgers. Cash only, no bookings. Closed Sunday.
Shelter Cafe | 2A Jalan Drupadi, Seminyak, Bali, 80361
Shelter encourages customers to come for a bite to eat and stay to hang out and chat. Design your own breakfast or juice or tuck into a superfood smoothie or a piece of delicious raw cake. They also deliver for those feeling like a healthy meal in the comfort of your hotel room. Open daily.
Sisterfields Cafe | Jalan Kayu Cendana No.7 Seminyak, Kerobokan Bali
Sisterfields Cafe brings in the crowds with its great coffee, fresh juices, coconuts and smoothies. Whenever I wander into the cafe near Seminyak Square, I feel like I’m stepping into a Bondi local. If you’re tired of the hotel breakfast buffet, a Sisterfields Acai Bowl, Homemade Bircher or Smashed Avocado might be the reprieve you’re hoping for. For lunch, freshly made, allergy friendly salads power out from the kitchen for the health nuts alongside the famed Pulled Pork Charcoal Roll and Dirty Burger. Thirsty? Grab a young coconut, green smoothie or fresh juice. Open daily.
SOUQ | 10 Jalan Basangkasa, Seminyak, Bali
SOUQ marries a cafe with a beautiful lifestyle store. Both of which have been created by Australian owners Sophie Gargett and Peter Kemp with a respect for the producers and makers in mind. Famed for its Aussie strength Toby’s Estate coffee, grab a latte and a hearty breakfast in the cafe and stay to peruse the stunning collection of artisanal clothing and goods in the boutique. The SOUQ menu is crafted from organic, free range and ethically sources produce and everything is made from scratch in-house. Open daily.
Zula | Jl. Dyhana Pura No. 5, Seminyak, Bali
Zula meaning “home away from home” is heaven for vegetarians in Bali. Committed to clean and conscious eating, Zula follow strict practices to ensure their food is GMO free, organic and cooked in the most nourishing way possible. They also deliver. Open daily.
Grocer & Grind | Jl. Kayu Jati No.3x Petitenget, Seminyak, Bali
Back in the old Bali days (almost a decade ago), Grocer & Grind was like an oasis in the Seminyak dining desert. When you were weary of eating heavy bowls of fried rice and noodles at a local warung, Grocer & Grind was waiting with a strong espresso and a delicious plate of fresh eggs piled high. It continues to play to those strengths today. For a good morning brew, a protein shake, a gourmet sandwich or generous salad, the old favourite is a great pick. They also have a small deli section where you can pick up anything you may be missing from home, like gluten-free muesli or even a bottle of wine. Even better these days too, they deliver.
Earth Cafe | Jl. Lesmana/Oberoi No. 99, Seminyak, Bali
We’ve mentioned our fondness for Earth Cafe in Ubud in our Ubud guide, but they also have a sister cafe in Seminyak. The principles are the same; they serve up a beautiful, clean, plant-based menu and also sell organic groceries for those who need some healthy supplies while they are in Bali, stocking everything from food to cosmetics. Earth Cafe also delivers via Whatsapp. Open daily.
Cafe Zucchini | Jl. Laksmana No. 49 Benoa Kuta Badung, Bali
Actually located in Kuta, Cafe Zucchini offers the perfect healthy pit stop during a day of shopping on the popular Jalan Laksmana strip. Serving everything from cold, fresh juices to heavier mains, stop in for a rest and some people watching or settle in for a long, nourishing lunch.
Sea Circus | 22 Jalan Kayu Aya (Oberoi Rd), Seminyak, Bali
The laid back, colourful vibe at Sea Circus is echoed in their food; vibrant, delicious and unpretentious. The menu is small but it packs a nutritious punch. For breakfast, tuck into a Quinoa & Chia Seed Coconut milk Porridge with goji berries, Granola with bee pollen, fresh berries and banana or Green Eggs made with feta and mushy peas. We dropped in for a late lunch and tried the Lentil and Red Quinoa Salad, Sizzling Chicken with Coriander and Quinoa and a couple of amazingly fresh soft tacos from the taco bar. Open daily.
Motel Mexicola | Jl Kayu Jati No. 9X, Seminyak, Bali
Conveniently located across the road from the famous day spa, Bodyworks, Motel Mexicola has been a popular post treatment destination for us when in Bali. The Mexican fare is fresh, spicy and delicious and if you’re feeling a little naughty, a margarita is a must. Don’t forget your camera, the decor is nothing short of Insta-worthy. Book online if you are heading for dinner with a group. Open daily.
Merah Putih | Jl. Petitenget No.100x, Kerobokan, Bali
Merah Putih is a restaurant that will impress. The design is both beautiful and practical with design elements also acting as clever ways to reduce the environmental footprint of the restaurant. The menu celebrates Indonesian flavours offering traditional dishes and new, creative interpretations of the Indonesian palette. Open for lunch, drinks and dinner. Open daily.
Watercress Cafe | Jalan Batu Belig 21a, Kerobokan, Bali
Watercress Cafe is away from the Seminyak cafe strip and that’s part of its appeal. Stepping off the often busy Batu Belig, life’s pace slows a little at Watercress. It feels wholesome and organic, like the food they dish up. Wooden tables are positioned to take in the back garden – home to their own organic vegetables. The breakfast menu is vast with every taste satisfied. If you’re hungry, wait until lunch and you can enjoy a smorgasbord of organic goodness with the Watercress Lunch Showcase. We went to Watercress for dinner and enjoyed a mojito (“Hold the sugar, Sugar”), Wild Rice Stir Fry with Citrus Chicken and the most delicious Nicoise Salad with pan-seared tuna. Open daily.
Best Healthy Cafes in Canggu
Eden Cafe | Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.8, Canggu, Bali
The Eden Cafe premise is to provide healthy and affordable meals for their customers. They buy their produce fresh from local farmers and put together good, healthy, balanced meals. A family run cafe, Eden prides themselves on connecting with and nourishing their customers. Open daily.
Cafe Veda | Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong 38A, Canggu, Bali
Known for great coffee made from their own blend from beans roasted locally. You’ll find plenty of healthy, gluten-free and raw vegan options on the menu make it a popular spot with locals. Delivery available through GO-JEK. Open daily.
Peloton Supershop | No.46 Jln Raya Pantai Berawa, Bali
A combination vegan cafe and bike shop, Peloton Supershop offers dishes with clever names and clean flavours. Try a Biker Bowl, Pedal Powered Pancakes or a Fuel Good Salad delivered as perfectly plated delights. Open daily.
The Shady Shack | Jl. Tanah Barak No.57, Canggu, Bali
The Shady Shack looks a little like the beach house we all dream of; lots of fresh air and cosy, rustic seats under the trees in the garden and of course a delicious vegetarian menu. Order something fresh from the menu but don’t forget to check out the raw treats in the cabinet for a healthy dessert too. Open daily.
Motion Cafe | Jalan batu blong 69b, Canggu, Bali
Formerly known as Avocado Cafe, Paleos will love Motion Cafe, particularly for a pick me up after a morning workout or surf. With lots of Paleo specific options on the menu, vegans and vegetarians won’t be disappointed either. Motion Cafe is all about nutrient dense bites with a rotating weekly menu to keep regulars’ diets balanced. For those looking for more direction they also offer bespoke meal plans and consultations. Open daily.
Crate | Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.64, Canggu, Bali
Boasting all day breakfast and a popular haunt for the hipster Canggu crowd, Crate gets busy. Wander in straight from the beach or the pool and browse the menu, scribbled straight on to the raw concrete back wall. The superfood bowls are a hit, but there is ample fresh and tasty fare to try for those with a sweet or savoury palette. Open daily until 3pm.
The Slow | Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.97, Canggu
Come for a beautiful meal, leave overwhelmed with design inspiration at The Slow, Canggu. Suites, a cafe, restaurant and gallery, you could spend an afternoon or a week at The Slow. The menu is varied but very considered with wood-fired meats, seafood, vegetables and grains all featuring. Flavours are introduced from around the world with some Asian style dishes, others showing a little European flare evidence of Chef Shannon Moran’s world travels. Open daily.