Where to Sleep and Eat in Ubud, Bali

In March 2014 we went to Bali after spending a week in New Zealand.

We stayed at Villa Romantica, located a short 5 minute taxi ride to the center of Ubud.

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Villa Romantica is a modern Balinese two bedroom / two bath villa set in the rice fields of Penestanan.

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Komang, who cared for our villa, cooked a delicious breakfast each morning consisting of eggs and fresh local fruit.

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After exploring each day, we cooled off in the private pool:

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And sat on the terrace overlooking the rice fields.

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The villa is also conveniently located across the street from Eve Spa where you can enjoy a 1.5 hour traditional Balinese massage after a long day of sightseeing.

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Paradise.

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If your travels take you to Ubud, I highly recommend Villa Romantica for your peaceful home away from home.

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Now for the food!

A short walk from Villa Romantica is Warung Mendez.

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A warung is a type of small family-owned business, often a modest restaurant or café.

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Warung Mendez offers traditional Balinese cuisine:

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We loved the open kitchen, too!

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The warung is located at Jln. Penestanan in Penestanan, a 5 minute taxi ride from the center of Ubud.

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Another restaurant in the same area is Bayu’s Kitchen.

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We loved the atmosphere, food, and live music at Bayu’s Kitchen so much that we ate there twice during our time in Ubud.

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Both times we ordered Nasi Goreng, the national dish of Indonesia.

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You can get it with or without meat.

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Yellow Flower Cafe is also in the village of Penestanan, but a little trickier to find than the other restaurants.

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The restaurant is tucked away on a tiny path and just a minute walk from IntuitiveFlow yoga centre.

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They serve organic, fresh, and tasty food in a relaxed setting.

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It is definitely worth finding!

If you’re looking for a restaurant in the center of Ubud, I recommend Cafe Lotus.

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We ate lunch there twice and really enjoyed the food and atmosphere.

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Cafe Lotus overlooks a lotus pond and the Pura Saraswati, a temple that honors the goddess of wisdom and the arts.

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The Pork and Chicken Sate with sayur urap, yellow and red rice, and peanut sauce was delicious!

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Gedong Sisi Warung is another restaurant in the heart of Ubud worth checking out.

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I loved the presentation of their Sate Campur:

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It was a mix of beef, pork and minced chicken satay served with peanut sauce.

And last, but certainly not least, Round Bar and Cafe.

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Although we never ate a meal there, we went for Happy Hour several times.

The Round Bar is located right on Jl. Penestanan Klod.

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This is where you’ll want to go for a cold beer and enjoy the people of Ubud passing by.

The three of us had such a wonderful time in Bali.

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And I am so glad that we chose to stay among the rice fields of Penestanan.

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That was where real life was (and is) happening.

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For some of Ubud’s temples and sights click HERE.
And don’t forget to read about our afternoon with the mischievous, long-tailed macaque monkeys at the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal.

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