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Bali’s Rice Terrace Cafes Are Serving Up More Than Great Food

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Bali’s cafe scene is next level. Home to one of the most innovative cafe scenes in the world, tourists on the Island of the Gods are spoiled for choice when it comes to places to eat.

Tourists can sample everything from the finest and freshest vegan fare to lovingly crafted traditional dishes and exceptional fusion foods blending international influences on a single plate.

But in one area of the island, cafes are serving up more than just good food. 

Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Bali’s rice terrace cafes offer tourists the chance to sample not only the incredible food on offer but also gaze upon those world-famous agricultural landscapes.

It is true that no visit to Bali is complete without a visit to the rice terraces, whether in central Ubud or Jatiluwih, but it is the rice terrace cafes around Tegalalang Rice Terrace that are truly spectacular.

The Tegalalang Rice Terraces can be found a 30-minute drive north of central Ubud and are easily the most recognizable rice fields in all of Bali.

Home to the famous Bali swings and breathtaking views of the working rice paddies, thousands of tourists from all over the world visit Tegalalang Rice Terrace every year.

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The Kawi Resto Pool and Bar is one of the best-positioned cafes at the Tegalalang Rice Terrace. Sitting right in the center of Jalan Raya Tegalalang, Kawi Resto Pool and Bar is considered by many Bali lovers the best place to refuel and take in the view of Bali’s most famous green landscape. 

Tis Cafe, also located on Jalan Raya Tegalalang is a great option for tourist who wants to spend the whole day relaxing and enjoying the view after exploring the rice terraces for food.

The cafe has an infinity pool that overlooks the Tegalalang and Ceking Rice Terraces. The wooden architecture of the cafe is a real masterpiece to behold, and the perfectly manicured gardens make guests feel as integrated into the landscape as possible. 

For tourists wanting to enjoy a rice paddle view without the crowds in sight, be sure to check out Huma Cafe.

Located just an 8-minute drive from the busy Tegalalang Rice Terraces and overlooking a flat paddy landscape, Huma Cafe makes for an ideal spot to relax and refresh during a day trip from Ubud. 

Open from 8 am until 10 pm, Huma Cafe offers an ‘earthy living experience’ and boasts a menu jam-packed with nourishing dishes, excellent coffee, and a great range of locally inspired cocktails.

The salmon poke bowl is a firm favorite with guests, and anyone looking to try some excellent Indonesian food should order the tempera fried rice. 

Easily the most famous rice paddy view cafe in Bali is Crete Ubud. The cafe, restaurant, and day club soared in popularity after going viral on social media and is easily the busiest eatery in the Ubud area.

Cretya Ubud is actually located in Tegalalang and, depending on traffic, can be reached within a 20-minute drive of central Ubud

While many tourists make a B-line for the rice terraces in Tegalalang and Ceking just north of Ubud, many people don’t realize that there remain secret pockets of rice paddies in the heart of Ubud even today. 

Tourists wanting to find the hidden rice fields in central Ubud should take a walk up Jalan Subak Sok Wayah, opposite Lazy Cats Cafe on Jalan Raya Ubud.


Following the single-track alleyway up and over the small hill to find locally run cafes and traditional warungs like Monkey Bar Ubud, PUKAKO by Paddyfield, and Ubud Shanti Warung, all of which offer beautiful rice paddy views, locally grown coffee and reasonably priced Indonesian and international meals. 


Walk a little further along the pathway to find much loved Cafe Pomegranate. The cafe overlooks both coconut trees and rice paddies and is a firm favorite with long-time Ubudians and day-trippers alike. 

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Wayan Bo

Friday 6th of October 2023

Mosquitoes bites, rice snakes, frogs, with plenty of nasi.


Saturday 7th of October 2023

@Wayan Bo, Yeah. Considering there are plenty of cobra snakes around I wonder why tourists are so eager to traverse the grassy rice fields. Last week a 2m python was relocated away from outside my neighbor house and this is urban south Denpasar.

Marc De SMet

Friday 6th of October 2023

Those who visited Tegalalang 10 years and now will probably agree that the views of the rice fields in Tagalalang have been destroyed to a large degree because of overbuilding. Before the view was 90% beautiful rice fields. Now the view is 60% new buildings. For the most beautiful rice field views I recommend Jati Luwih, hoping that the local authorities there will not make the same mistake as the local authorities at Tegalalang


Thursday 5th of October 2023

Tegalalang Rice Terraces: I visited 20 years ago and nobody bothered you. Now it is a different story. Turned into another Bali location with plenty of local opportunist at work -- here charging visitors just to take a photo or walk on rice field paths.