Clear Café had temporarily relocated when I visited, but was one of my favourite places the first time I was in Ubud, and a delight to go back to. The amazing healthy smoothies and vegan menu are served in beautifully chic surrounds.

If I had to choose a favourite, it would have to be Alchemy Bali. Maybe it was the huge hill I had to walk up to get there, but this place just felt special. Alchemy served the mother of all smoothie bowls (think subway but for vegan smoothies) for breakfast in a deliciously quiet pocket of Ubud.


With so much to explore, no yogi is at risk of getting bored in this bustling yoga playground. I spent the time between vegan indulgence and yoga wandering around the rice fields, hunting for bargains at the Ubud Art Market and moseying about. If you’re not into bargaining, there are plenty of air-conditioned shops with set prices and a plethora of yoga fashion stores. Utama Spice is home to lots of essential oil goodness and the best, most natural incense. Ganesha Bookshop is just across the road from the Radiantly Alive studio and sells lots of yoga reads that you can later sell back for half price.

My favourite central place for massages was Zen Bali Spa, on the path towards Yoga Barn, but there are so many spas and treatment spaces to explore. Away from the hustle and bustle, Bali Botanica Spa (bookings are a must) offers amazing traditional Balinese and Ayurvedic treatments (the Ayurvedic Shirodhara will change your life).

The fun doesn’t stop there. There are plenty of offerings of ecstatic dance, ceremonies, traditional Balinese rituals and healings, cycling tours and so much more. Join the Ubud Community on Facebook with over 40,000 members to stay up to date with local news and events.