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Vegan Friendly? Endless Options Await In Bali For Authentic Indonesian Food

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Bali’s food scene is seriously at the next level; whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore, there is delectable food to be found every hour of the day in Bali.

For veggie and vegan travellers sometime navigating menus written in a foreign language can be a bit of a nightmare, not to mention that many cultures around the world are very meat-heavy.

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Thankfully, Indonesia and Bali specifically are very vegetarian and vegan-friendly. Don’t get us wrong, Balinese folks love their meat, but veg plays a huge role in the day-to-day menus of local people.

Whether you want to dive into a culturally traditional meal, explore the spices and sensations of Indonesian cuisines, or stick to what you know with some familiar Western favorites, Bali has got you covered with meals that pack a plant-powered punch. 

Nasi Campur Bali, the Balinese Meal of Steamed Rice with Ayam Sisit, Jukut Urap, Sate Lilit, Kacang Teri, Sambal Plecing Egg and Mie Goreng

While Balinese and Indonesian food integrates lots of meat, for vegans and vegetarians the Island of the Gods offers an incredible array of veg-heavy meals.

Not only can most of the Balinese and Indonesian meaty classics be adjusted for vegans and vegetarians there are a plethora of traditional dishes and family-meals that are incidentally veggie-friendly. 

For vegans and vegetarians eager to indulge in the authentic flavors of the island, these should be the top picks from any warning or cafe menu. These dishes will have the most meat-mad foodies coming back for more!


Some of the best places in Bali to find vegan food are at local warungs. While there are plenty of incredible vegan-friendly western-style restaurants and cafes (and we’ll take a deep dive into them in a minute), one of the best ways to connect with food culture in Bali is to visit a warung. 

The word “warung” simply translates to “shop” in Indonesian. However, in Bali, it specifically refers to these small, casual eateries. Warungs can vary greatly in appearance. Some might be basic open-air shacks with plastic chairs and a few tables.

Others might have semi-permanent structures with thatched roofs and comfortable seating. Regardless of their physical form, warungs share a common theme: affordability, authenticity, and a warm welcome. Warungs are the go-to option for locals and budget-conscious travelers alike. The menus typically feature a variety of traditional Balinese dishes, often displayed in large pots or on steam tables.

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A Few Tips for the Adventurous Eater

Embrace Simplicity: Don’t expect fancy menus or elaborate presentations at warungs. The focus is on fresh, flavorful food served in a no-frills setting.

Be Open to New Flavors: Balinese cuisine is known for its bold flavors and spice. If you’re not accustomed to spicy food, ask for “tidak pedas” (not spicy) when ordering.

Point and Order: Don’t hesitate to point at dishes you’d like to try since menus might be limited or in Bahasa Indonesia. Most warung owners are happy to assist you.

Cash is King: While some warungs might accept credit cards, cash is still the preferred method of payment.

Embrace the Experience: Relax, enjoy the atmosphere, and appreciate the opportunity to delve into the heart of Balinese culture through its local cuisine.


Warungs are more than just places to eat; they are social hubs where locals gather, chat, and catch up on the day’s news. The atmosphere is usually casual and friendly, with the warung owner often greeting customers warmly and offering recommendations.

Don’t be surprised to see families sharing a meal, friends catching up over coffee, or even business deals being struck over a plate of nasi campur.

The word ‘vegan’ doesn’t really mean much in rural Indonesia and in warungs though so waiters may be familiar with the term. You can simply check ‘tidak ada daging, ikan, susu atau telur?’ Which means, ‘there is no meat, fish, milk or egg in this?’ And you should be fine. Or you can say ‘aku tidak akan daging, ikan, susu atau telur – aku vegetarian ekstrim’

Here are some easy veggie dishes that are generally safe for vegans – just double confirm that you don’t want egg!

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Nasi Campur Sayur: This is a mixed rice dish featuring a variety of vegetable-based side dishes such as stir-fried greens, spicy tempeh, tofu, coconut curry, and sambal matah (a spicy Balinese condiment made with raw shallots, chili peppers, and lime juice). It’s a hearty and satisfying meal available at many local cafes and warungs.

Gado-Gado: A classic Indonesian salad, Gado-Gado consists of steamed vegetables such as cabbage, spinach, bean sprouts, and potatoes, topped with a rich and creamy peanut sauce. It’s a flavorful and nutritious dish commonly found at local cafes and vegetarian eateries across Bali.

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Sayur Urab: This traditional Balinese salad features mixed vegetables such as long beans, spinach, bean sprouts, and grated coconut, tossed in a fragrant dressing made from lime juice, shallots, chili peppers, and coconut oil. It’s a refreshing and light option often available at local warungs and traditional Balinese restaurants.

Tempeh or Tofu Satay: Satay skewers made from marinated tempeh or tofu are a popular vegan option at many street food stalls and local eateries in Bali. Grilled to perfection and served with a side of peanut sauce and rice cakes, they offer a delicious taste of Indonesian cuisine.

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Nasi Goreng Sayur: A vegan version of Indonesia’s famous fried rice dish, Nasi Goreng Sayur features fried rice cooked with mixed vegetables such as carrots, peas, and cabbage, seasoned with soy sauce, garlic, shallots, and chili. It’s a flavorful and filling option available at most local cafes and warungs.

Bakso Sayur: This Indonesian vegetable soup features hearty vegetable broth filled with tofu balls, mushrooms, cabbage, carrots, and noodles. It’s a comforting and nourishing dish commonly served at local cafes and vegetarian restaurants across Bali.

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Mie Goreng Tahu: A vegan twist on the classic Indonesian fried noodle dish, Mie Goreng Tahu features stir-fried noodles cooked with tofu, mixed vegetables, and Indonesian spices. It’s a popular choice for vegans dining at local warungs and street food stalls.

Sambal Tempeh: Spicy tempeh cooked in a flavorful sambal sauce made from chili peppers, garlic, shallots, and tomatoes is a delicious vegan option available at many local cafes and traditional Balinese restaurants.

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Pisang Goreng: These deep-fried banana fritters are a popular vegan snack in Bali. Served crispy and golden brown, they make for a delightful treat to enjoy on the go or as a dessert at local cafes and street food stalls.

Bubur Sumsum: A traditional Indonesian rice porridge made from coconut milk and rice flour, Bubur Sumsum is a creamy and comforting vegan dessert often flavored with pandan leaves and served with palm sugar syrup. It’s a sweet indulgence available at many local cafes and traditional dessert shops in Bali.


Top International Vegan-Friendly Eateries in Bali

Sakti Dining Room (Eco-Luxury Retreat): Immerse yourself in eco-luxury at Fivelements Retreat’s Sakti Dining Room. Savor innovative and organic vegan dishes prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. This fine dining experience is perfect for a special occasion or a night of pure indulgence.

Wulan Vegetarian (Ubud Staple): A cornerstone of Ubud’s culinary scene, Wulan Vegetarian offers a delightful selection of vegan options alongside tempting Indonesian classics like their signature. Their commitment to using locally-sourced ingredients ensures a fresh and flavorful experience.

Alchemy (Romantic & Innovative Vegan Cuisine): Seeking a romantic ambiance with innovative flavors? Look no further than Alchemy. Their menu boasts creative vegan dishes, with their famed jackfruit rendang and decadent raw chocolate desserts being particular highlights.

Kynd Community (Extensive Vegan Choices): Craving variety? Kynd Community, with locations in Seminyak and Canggu, offers a comprehensive vegan menu that caters to any craving. From energizing breakfast bowls to comforting pizzas and flavorful curries, Kynd ensures a satisfying and delicious plant-based meal.

Zali (Authentic & Contemporary Vegan – Uluwatu and Canggu): Experience a fusion of authentic and contemporary vegan cuisine at Zali. Their dedication to using the freshest local ingredients shines through in their hearty salads, flavorful stews, and beautifully presented vegetable-based entrees. Zali offers a unique and delightful vegan dining experience.

The Shady Shack (Rice Paddy Escape): Escape the hustle and bustle and discover The Shady Shack, nestled amidst lush rice paddies. This charming cafe offers a delightful setting to enjoy a delicious vegan meal. Their menu features a variety of options, including refreshing salads, satisfying wraps, hearty burgers, and wholesome bowls.

Iconic Vegan-Friendly Eateries 

Bali Buda (Healthy & Hearty – Multiple Locations): A haven for health-conscious travelers, Bali Buda offers a wide range of delicious and nutritious vegan dishes.

Their menu features fresh juices, nourishing salads, hearty grain bowls, and flavorful curries, all prepared with plant-based goodness. Whether you’re seeking a post-yoga breakfast or a satisfying lunch, Bali Buda caters to your needs. Find locations in Ubud, Canggu, and Denpasar. 

Moksa (Global Vegan Fusion – Ubud): Embark on a culinary adventure at Moksa, a Ubud restaurant known for its innovative fusion of global flavors in vegan cuisine. Their menu features dishes inspired by cuisines from around the world, ensuring an exciting and unique dining experience. From Asian-inspired stir-fries to Mexican bowls bursting with flavor, Moksa has something to tantalize every taste bud. 

Zest (Fresh & Flavorful – Ubud): Craving vibrant flavors and fresh ingredients? Look no further than Zest in Penestanan, Ubud. This cafe uses seasonal produce to create an ever-changing menu of delicious vegan meals.

From light and refreshing salads to flavorful wraps and wholesome Buddha bowls, Zest offers a delightful and healthy dining experience. They also boast a tempting selection of plant-based desserts, perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth. 

Mostly (Casual & Convenient – Canggu): Looking for a quick and convenient vegan option? Mostly offers a casual dining experience with a wide variety of grab-and-go meals and snacks in Seminyak and Canggu.

Their menu features salads, sandwiches, wraps, and sweet treats, all prepared with fresh and wholesome plant-based ingredients. Mostly, it is perfect for a satisfying breakfast, a light lunch, or a healthy snack on the go. It’s run by the same team as Zest – you’re in good hands. 

Sayuri’s Healing Food (Holistic Approach – Ubud): Sayuri’s Healing Food in Ubud takes a holistic approach to vegan dining. Their menu focuses on nourishing and detoxifying dishes made with fresh, organic ingredients.

From cleansing juices and broths to wholesome salads and vegetable-based entrees, Sayuri emphasizes the connection between food and well-being. This cafe is ideal for those seeking a vegan dining experience that nourishes both body and soul.

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Sunday 2nd of June 2024

Vegan and Vegetarian eaters are already special species when it comes down to traveling. Don’t get me started...never got along when it comes to meal time during a trip. That’s all...


Saturday 1st of June 2024

Eating cheap street food will make sure you get enough MSG (monosodium glutamate).

I do not need more MSG so I prefer the more "upscale" air conditioned and closed off local restaurants found in the local areas like central Denpasar (Renon). These restaurants need repeat customers and are dealing with locals that will not accept the shenanigans often found at the hip restaurants in the tourist zones: Obnoxious service, poor food hygiene in relation to weak tourist stomachs, overpriced, watered down drink etc.

Wayan Bo

Saturday 1st of June 2024

Delicious, especially very good for domestic vegans, because real foreign vegans don’t travel by airplanes or vehicles powered by fossil energy sources 🤣