Jl. Raya Ubud. Tel: +62361975053 www.dekco.com
Since its lavish revamp from a humble eatery to a posh bar and dining experience fitting the likes of Beverly Hills, Ary’s Warung has been the place to be seen in central Ubud. The menu is mod-Australian inspired – that is, fresh local organic produce, the best of meats, and simple preparation. Food aside, this is also a great bar with an open- plan atmosphere and tasteful design. The service, food and drinks are all good – their Virgin Wheatgrass Mojito has to be the best pick-me-up of all time – it’s also a great meeting point in the centre of Ubud, any time of the day.
Jl. Gootama, Ubud. Tel: +62361971832 www.casalunabali.com
Wander down (or up) one of Ubud’s quaintest streets and drop into Bar Luna for an exotic breakfast or a very chilled glass of wine. This is one of our favourite secret hangouts and part of Janet de Neefe’s Casa Luna organisation that includes the restaurant Indus, a well-regarded Cooking School, Honeymoon Guesthouses and Emporium. Literary Evenings are a educational-must on the last Thursdays of every month.
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Bintang is the star of beers in Bali, the liquid that makes the island’s party throngs turn, the libation that lubricates pre-prandial outings and post-Martini meanderings. We’re fans. Need we say more?
Jl. Raya Sanggingan. Tel: +62361970095 www.bridgesbali.com
Set on a ravine of the Oos River this new trendy three-tiered cafe cum wine bar cum restaurant is set to rock its riverside terraces. Their Divine Wine Cellar stocks Old and New World wines and hosts Divine Hour from 5-7pm every day with a glasses of wine starting from 50++. There is a cute bites menu as well as a full on a la carte. A private dining room and bottle shop complete this all-in-one venue of Ubudosity!
Cafe des Artistes
Jl. Bisma No. 9X, Ubud. Tel: +62361972706 www.cafedesartistesbali.com
Pop in any time after 10.30 in the morning, for mocktails or cocktails, Smirnoff or Sambuca. Cafe des Artistes also has an extensive wine list and is open until midnight. One of Ubud’s popular yet quietly romantic eating and drinking venues, now serving original Belgian beer.
Coffee & Silver
Jl. Monkey Forest. Tel: +62361975354
One of the most popular drop-in and come-as-you-please restaurant bars in Ubud. Based at the bottom of the Monkey Forest hill it is perfectly placed to quench that thirst before the stroll up the three in one.
Han Snel Restaurant & Bar
Jl. Kajeng. Tel: +623618410505 www.hansnelrestaurant.com
A horseshoe-shaped counter here gives the bar and restaurant at Han Snel Gallery a distinctly convivial atmosphere… it’s easy to imagine the late artist Han Snel himself sitting here drinking Bintang and regaling all-comers with tales from his past. Located half way down Jalan Kajeng on the left.
The Four Seasons Sayan, Jl. Raya Kedewatan. Tel: +62361977577 www.fourseasons.com/ sayan
Sophistication is the name of the game here (unsurprisingly given the Four Seasons brand). Perched atop the breathtaking Sayan Ridge, the vibe is mystically romantic. World-class views and flavours.
Jl. Sukma #2, Terbesaya, Ubud. Tel: +623619767594 www.jazzcafebali.com
A true Ubud classic that hosts local and international jazz stars, along with great bar snacks and full menu. Live music nightly except Mondays, 5.30pm to 10.30pm. Jazz Cafe is a true ‘jazz’ haunt. The acts here are of a very high quality, and it’s always busy at night with drinkers and diners enjoying the lively ambiance. There’s a good time to be had here by one and all.
Komune – Bali
Jl. Pantai Keramas, Gianyar. Tel: +623613018888 www.komuneresorts.com
Komune – Bali, located in-front of Keramas, is a new entertainment and accommodation hub for surfers and travelers who live the beach lifestyle.
Enjoy a magical location fronting world-class surf breaks, exotic design, great beats and a friendly community spirited atmosphere. Komune is dedicated to connecting adventurous, fun-loving, environmentally conscious travelers who share a passion for surf and beach culture.
The resort is in the process of providing a variety of stylish accommodation to suit all budgets, from share accommodation through to apartments and luxury penthouses, each room designed with the beach lifestyle in-mind.
Mozaic – The Lounge
Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Ubud. Tel: +62361975768 www.mozaic-bali.com
A welcome addition to Mozaic’s award-winning restaurant oasis, The Lounge offers sublime cocktails and jazzy ambiance. A taste of the future with excellence on all levels, this is a discerning and stylish venue with a range of cocktails fitting for one of Bali’s best fine dining spots. There’s also a grand piano in the corner, should you be equipped enough to get on the ivories – but be warned, the drinks are quality standard and likely to promote over-exuberance.
Naughty Nuri’s, The Original, Ubud
Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Ubud. Tel: +62361977547
Home of the world’s best Martini, Naughty Nuri’s is a living legend in Ubud (and now Canggu). A roadside shack with a difference, Nuri’s serves draft beer, wicked Martinis, awesome Bloody Mary’s and great ribs. Any day of the week you’ll likely find a bunch of hepped-up regulars keen on lively banter on life’s endless foibles. Nuri’s is rightly famous too for its food, which draws hundreds (literally) of Asian pork lovers every single day. It’s always busy.
Jl. Suweta, Ubud. Tel: +62361978941 www.baligoodfood.com
A stylish and somewhat famous spot in town for savvy cocktails with superb finger-food and full menu. Great music and atmosphere… lovely street-side tables, perfect for pre-dinner drinks whether here or elsewhere in town. Practically opposite the palace.
Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), Jl. Bima, Pengosekan. Tel: +62361974228 www.armamuseum.com
Views of rice paddy fields and landscaped gardens over a cup of coffee, a delicious brownie and a good book. There is nothing better. One of Ubud’s best cafe hangouts. WiFi is supplied – if you must, but we suggest getting off your Faceboook and enjoying the breezes and the view or one of the many workshops or courses on offer.
Ganesha Book Shop
Jl. Raya Ubud. Tel: +62361970320 www.ganeshabooksbali.com
A veritable treasure chest of second-hand books and beautiful weighty ones of the coffee table variety. You can also find magazines, bestsellers and postcards here.
Jl. Raya Ubud and Monkey Forest Rd. Tel: www.peripluseditions.co.id
Ubiquitous chain bookstore- cum-cafe stocking hundreds of titles on Bali and beyond. Buy your take-home copy of The Bud and The Yak here.
Botanic Gardens Ubud
Kutuh Kaja. Tel: +623617463389 www.botanicgardenbali.com
Situated at an elevation of between 320 and 400 metres above sea level, the Botanic Gardens Ubud offers a range of micro-climates including ravine, hillside, meadow, a river, waterfalls and natural forest on a vast six hectare property.
Botanical Gardens Taro
Elephant Safari Park, Taro. Tel: +62361721480 www.baliadventuretours.com
This park is not just about elephants – throughout this 3.5 hectare wildlife haven are myriad indigenous plant species and a fabulous orchid display.
Jalan Dewi Sita. Tel: +62361971599 www.anjalybali.com
Born out of gratitude, inspired by yoga and a tribute to being green, Anjaly (Sanskrit for thankfulness) is a forward-thinking clothing brand dedicated to freedom. With the focus on ‘you’, the people at Anjaly produce threads that are for more than just yoga. Simplicity and harmony guide their designs, organic cotton is their medium and making you feel way more than just comfortable is their goal.
Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Ubud. Tel: +623618878001 www.biasabali.com
Stylish nomads dress in Biasa. One of Bali’s best-known labels for cotton and linen fashion has now opened an outlet in Ubud (close to Naughty Nuri’s). Featuring a unique and recognizable cut and design, Biasa fashion is comfortable, soft and contemporary – ideal togs in which to elegantly engage the surrounding hills.
Jalan Sunset Road 18, Legian. Tel: +623618947340 www.pimentrougelighting.com
Stunning interior lighting from long time French designers Claire Guillot and Ken Vigoni. Their focus started with contemporary designs in iron and steel and has developed to include new ethnic designs incorporating indigenous woods and bamboo. Sunset Road plays home to their creations with stores in Ubud and soon to open on Batu Belig.