During our time in Bali, we went to Ubud twice: The first time we stayed mainly within the city, and we didn’t like it that much. But the second time, we stayed a bit outside the city, close to the rice fields, and we enjoyed it much more! The quiet and serene landscape outside the touristic hustle and bustle of the center of Ubud, is much closer to what you would expect from such a spiritual hub.
Below you will find a couple of suggestions about what to do, eat and where to stay and work from.
Things to Do
There are quite some things to do in and around Ubud, and you will definitely find a unique atmosphere when you roam around this place.
Watch The Sunset at Bambu Indah Hotel
A friend recommended this Hotel/Restaurant to us. It’s outside the center of Ubud, so we would suggest going there by scooter or Uber/Grab. the Bambu Indah Hotel is a really cool and edgy hotel and you can stay in wooden bungalows surrounded by nature. They have a viewing platform & seating area looking our over a valley of rice fields, and watching the sunset from there is simply breathtaking. Bambu Indah Hotel is a really cool and edgy hotel and you can stay in wooden bungalows surrounded by nature. They have a viewing platform & seating area looking out over a valley of rice fields, and watching the sunset from there is simply breathtaking.
We also had dinner there, and the food is pretty good as well. You can even have a look in the open kitchen and see how they prepare your food!
Walk Through the Ricefields
Of course, you can’t go to Ubud and not see the glorious rice fields! We were lucky that our hotel was located right next to a little path that went through the rice fields, which was so beautiful to walk through. I think the path is called Jalan Subak Sok Wayah and there are many cafes along this path.
Tegalalang Rice Terraces
Even though these famous rice terraces near Ubud are a bit of a tourist trap, it is beautiful to see once in your life. It takes around 30 minutes to get there from Ubud, and you can walk through the rice terraces and fields and make amazing Instagram pictures.
Beware though: Throughout the terraces you will most likely bump into various donation ‘checkpoints’, where a person will ask you for a donation if you want to proceed.
Yoga at the Ubud Yoga House
As you might know, Ubud is the place to be for Yoga enthusiasts and hippies. You can find plenty of Yoga classes and schools around. We didn’t attend a class ourselves, but we heard some great things about the Ubud Yoga House, which is located right in the middle of the rice fields.
Discover some of the Temples
You can’t leave Ubud without seeing some temples of course! We went to one called Pura Tama Saraswati. They also have some traditional dances at night, which is again a bit touristy, but nevertheless a cool experience.
Things to Eat
Habitat Cafe is an awesome place to eat near the Monkey Forest. They have great coffee, breakfast, brunch, lunch… Basically everything! It’s also a cool place to work from, though it can get crowded during lunch hours with tourists.
Warung biah biah
This little Indonesian Warung has some great food with great prices. The atmosphere is also really cozy and it is located right in the center of Ubud. We loved the ‘Rijst tafel’ (shown in the picture above), a dish with rice and a mix of Indonesian delicacies, such as Tempeh.
Cafe Pomegranate is a gorgeous little cafe located right in the rice fields, just outside the center of Ubud. Check out the lovely view in the picture above! The food is not amazing though, but it’s nice to have a drink and relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Where to Work From
Roam is a very cool co-living/coworking concept and they have these spaces all over the world, from Tokyo to San Francisco. Ubud was actually the first space that they opened! The building is very pretty, and the coworking space is located on the rooftop, which is pretty cool. We didn’t get to see the rooms, but the pool looked amazing!
The Onion Collective (Passion Lab Coworking)
This funky little coworking space is located next to a cafe with the same name. You need to enter the cafe and then walk through it, past the pool until you reach a funny looking building. Membership fees are donation based, so it’s entirely up to you how much you want to pay for 1 day, 1 week or 1 month. They have quite some seats available and the internet speed is alright. When we were there it was a bit unstable, but perhaps that was just bad luck.
Where to Stay
Eden House Ubud
We stayed at this lovely little inn on the outskirts of Ubud, and we really loved it! The price is very cheap as well, I think we paid about 30 euros for 2 nights. The hotel is a bit hard to find, as you have to walk down a minuscule pathway. There is also no reception; instead we were greeted by a very friendly Balinese man who straight away showed us to our cozy room, overlooking the palm trees and the rice fields. The bed was big and comfy, the bathroom was modern with a traditional Balinese twist.
The breakfast in the morning is pretty good as well. They make a nice Pandan pancake with coconut as well as fresh fruit juices.