I spent a month in Ubud and I have to say it’s a foodie’s paradise. I haven’t been anywhere that can compare with Ubud in terms of providing such a great range of high quality food options at an affordable price. Particularly for people with dietary restrictions. In a previous post I had mentioned that having cows milk in your coffee was unusual in Ubud as there are so many other options, but it doesn’t just stop there. If you are vegetarian, vegan, gluten intolerant, lactose intolerant or just want some healthy dining options, there is plenty to choose from, especially if like me you are looking for gluten-free desserts.
My choices on where to dine were based on my own food intolerances, namely gluten and dairy, but also a desire to eat healthy and avoid refined sugar. After extensive and arduous research, at great risk to my waistline, I narrowed it down to the following favourites for gluten-free desserts:
The easiest places to get gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free desserts are the two Raw Food Cafes in town:
Seeds of Life
A vegan cafe with great smoothies and salad bowls. Has an extensive selection of raw desserts to choose from.
Another vegan cafe, this one on the edge of Ubud in the area called Penestenan. Great smoothies and in my opinion the best raw desserts in town. Many of the desserts are sold out by mid afternoon so get there early.
This little Patisserie does a great range of macarons but also have Gluten and dairy-free cakes available
Gaya Gelato has branches all over Bali and two in Ubud. All their ice-creams are gluten-free but they also have a range of dairy-free sorbets. Their range changes daily so keep checking back for new flavours. The great thing about Gaya Gelato is that they take food intolerances seriously and label each flavour clearly as to whether it is gluten-free, dairy free, nut free etc. My favourite is the Cioccolato Arancia!
An extensive menu with Gluten and dairy free options. Delicious Kombucha. But my favourite dish has to be the Coconut bread with Berry Compote and Coconut cream. Gluten-free, dairy -free, and refined sugar-free. Absolutely delicious! Sadly I only discovered it a few days before leaving but had it for breakfast every day after that.
I believe this cafe serves the best Coconut Milk Latte in Ubud, something I had never had until visiting the town, but has now become a favourite way to get my caffeine fix.Also has some great vegetarian food options.
A hip coffee shop often filled with people running businesses from their laptops. Great coffee and cashew milk or coconut milk offered as non-dairy options
A vegetarian restaurant with a beautiful view. Lovely place to sit and while away the hot afternoon hours over a cup of tea. The food is not great in my opinion, except for one dish. The Lemon Ricotta Almond Cake with Pomegranate Molasses. Gluten-free and to die for! It does have some dairy as it includes Ricotta but I took the risk and it was worth it. So good I ordered two!
Fabulous food from around the region with a separate Gluten free menu. One of my favourite restaurants in Ubud. They have gluten-free desserts too.
Locavore is perhaps one of the most expensive restaurants in Ubud. At the time of writing it cost IDR500,000 per person for the 5 course degustation menu. However after eating there I can honestly say it is worth every penny and I would gladly go back again. The 5 courses actually end up being about 15 courses once you factor in all the different Amuse Bouches which come between course. The meal is beautifully spaced, taking about two hours from start to finish but you never feel that you are waiting for the next course or that too many dishes are coming at the same time. The reason I mention them here is that they can cater for any food intolerances you may have. I had a fully gluten-free meal and left the restaurant with a full and satisfied stomach. Sensational food at a fraction of what it would cost you for something similar in Europe. You have to book a table in advance as they are extremely popular.
Their new outlet, Locavore to Go, serves a delicious gluten-free sweet potato bread. Great for breakfast.
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