Being gluten-free in Bali doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the tastes of this splendid island paradise. If you’re gluten intolerant, worry no more because Bali now has some fabulous gluten-free cafes and nosh spots cropping up on the island to serve delicious fresh foods sans wheat, barley and rye.
We’ve rounded up the must-visit gluten-free cafes and restaurants in Bali. Vegetarians and vegans read on…you’ll find some gastronomical delights here as most of these places have options to suit all kinds of dietary preferences.
The Gluten-Free Guide to Seminyak
Living Food Lab
Head to the Living Food Lab for a lesson in conscious eating that nourishes the body and soul. Graze your way through their locally sourced organic ingredients wrapped in delicious dishes. The make-your-own salad and breakfast bar are great to customise your meal. The place has an entirely different energy in the day with sunlight flowing into the night, where it transforms into a communal dining space.
Must try: Spicy Mexican Burger and Fish-free Sushi
Motion Café, previously known as Avocado Café is every vegan and raw foodie’s favourite eatery. Work out at Motion Fitness and head to Motion Café for a protein shake. If you love eating clean, you’ll love this café. If deciding on what to eat every day is a task, join their meal plans and get a freshly cooked meal delivered to you daily.
Must try: Tropical Vegan Salad, vegan protein waffles and chickpea curry
With its flagship café located in Serene Ubud, Clear Café now has a second address in the ‘Gu. The delicious burgers, pancakes and juices, you’ll hardly believe these are vegan and gluten-free dishes. Made with love in an uplifting dining space, you’ll want to frequent this café every day.
Must try: Buckwheat Pancakes, vegan Love Burger and their juices and elixirs
Take a break from temple hopping in Ubud and stop by Moksa for a satisfying meal that explodes with flavours. Co-Creators, Chef Made and Made Janur together have created a sensual dining experience that transforms ordinary ingredients into inspiring dishes. Their ingredients are sourced from their farm located close to the restaurant. Customers can also purchase artisanal goods and produce at the farmer’s market every Tuesday and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. The chefs also conduct a plant-based culinary class in their ‘dojo’.
Must try: Jackfruit fillet, cashew cheese trio and raw lasagne
Shelter Cafe and Nalu Bowls
If you’re looking for delicious breakfast and lunch options in Seminyak, a hearty menu of home-cooked organic meals is on offer at Shelter Cafe. A perfect escape in the lush tropical surroundings to try healthy juices, smoothies, salads and vegan desserts. And oh did we mention – great coffee? You can also enjoy the natural goodness of fresh fruits from Nalu Bowls downstairs.
Must try: Breakfast burrito and your favourite combination of fruits from Nalu Bowls
At this cool cafe in Seminyak, which advocates conscious eating, yummy and nutritious meals are a guarantee. Known for super-foods, super-smoothie bowls and super large portions of nutritious dish, this place is a must visit if you love organic food.
Must try: Quinoa sushi, Rice Paper Rolls, Almond milk lattes and Iced Matchas
Healthy gluten-free bliss in Seminyak! “Your body is a temple; to eat intelligently is an art.” With this mantra in mind, Alchemy is now a hub for raw and vegan food in Ubud and Seminyak. Selling various probiotic juices, fresh produce, raw desserts and local aromatherapy products, this cafe certainly acts as your one-stop-shop for all things “health”. Try their home made smoothies before moving to the salad bar to create your own organic blend of mixed greens and unique toppings.
Must try: Almond Bread, made with psyllium husk and almonds.
Earth Cafe in Seminyak is synonymous with gluten-free goodness! This fantastic place on Eat Street has an extensive gluten-free menu, very reasonable priced – wraps, salads, smoothies, gluten-free breads along a wide range of organic and healthy raw treats. They also sell potato flour.
Must try: Stir-Fry Buckwheat Noodles with Shitake Mushrooms, Broccoli & Basil, Gluten-Free Samosas with chutney sauce
Bali Buda Cafe
Wholesome goodness at its best – that’s Bali Buda for you! With three outlets in Bali (Ubud, Sanur and Uluwatu), gluten-free eating is no more a fuss. Bali Buda offers healthy homemade meals to satisfy all dietary persuasions. They have healthy, organic, vegan food, gluten-free food – everything made with fresh ingredients and local prices.
Must try: Miso Soup, Eggplant almond enchiladas
ShiBoo Organic Superfood Cafe
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! This little organic cafe in Seminyak is known for it’s vegan ice creams. Indulge in sugar-free creamy ice cream served in gluten free red rice cones. The cafe is 100% organic with absolutely no refined sugar, lactose, gluten or meat products on their menu. They also serve delicious smoothies and cold pressed juices.
Must try: Omega Booster Smoothie and Mint Moringa Choc-chip ice cream.
Always fresh, plentiful and abundant goodness for all! Watercress Cafe in Batubelig is one of the hippest places in town serving hearty and healthy menu along with great coffee. They have incredible options for gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians. They have GF cakes and bread. When it comes to combining good food and fresh ingredients, this café is definitely one of our favorites.
Must try: Special Organic Chocolate Crumble Affogato, Quiona granola with greek yoghurt, Coconut Porridge with Caramelized Apple
Craving for dessert? This French Patisserie with four outlets (Seminyak, Canggu and Ubud) is perfect to satisfy your sweet-tooth with a wide range of desserts, sweets and candies – all with GF options! They also have a tempting range of high-quality handmade French pastries, cakes, artisan bread and savouries for vegans and vegetarians.
Must try: Almond Raspberry, Apple crumble with red berries, Almond and Chocolate cakes
Biku in Seminyak is another place to get your fix of gluten-free dessert! This cosy tea lounge in Petitenget is great for afternoon tea and maybe a tarot card session! What’s on offer? Along with a regular menu, they have a dedicated GF section with plenty of options to choose from – salads, soups, rolls and sweet treats. Their high tea is very popular and offers a selection of both sweet and savoury treats with a range of accompanying teas.
Must try: Gluten-free High Tea – the only place in Bali to offer this.
Gelato Factory Renon
If you’re craving authentic Italian gelato, this is the place to visit. They have a delicious line up of gluten-free and vegan flavours. They also serve delicious crepes, waffles, ice cream sandwiches, granola and brioche. They also cater to weddings and birthdays making a special day extra special with happiness in a cone.
Must try: Factory Brioche, muffle, paciugo and ice cream sandwich
No matter what your dietary preferences are, you’ll find more than enough food to keep your stomach happy in Bali. Gluten-free products and dishes are becoming more common and available in Bali to cater to the needs of travellers from different parts of the world. Popular restaurants like Sarong, Mama San, La Lucciola, The Living Room now have a gluten-free menu so you don’t miss out on the best food on your Bali holiday.
And if you don’t want to miss out on some exciting venues, here are some fun beach clubs that offer limited gluten-free dishes. Potato Head, Cocoon Beach Club and Mrs Sippy Bali are some of the best places to party and enjoy a meal. Do so without letting gluten get in the way!
While staying with us at Chandra, you can share your food preferences with your villa manger and we can customise a menu with gluten-free options for you. A must try is our Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl, an exotic fresh fruit bowl of goodness loved by our guests!
Did we miss out on any gluten-free cafes and restaurants that you love? Let us know by leaving us a comment!
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