After spending a month in Indonesia, here is my Bali Vegan and Gluten Free Guide! My favorite places to eat in Seminyak, Ubud, Canggu, and Kuta!
TEXT BY JESSICA BLACKMUN // IMAGES BY JESSICA BLACKMUN
Traveling with food allergies and dietary restrictions doesn’t have to be so seemingly impossible and disappointing. As knowledge of allergies and concepts of healthy eating choices spread, more and more health cafes pop up in order to fill this niche need. Whenever someone finds out that I am allergic to gluten, lactose intolerant, and don’t eat meat I am usually given a look of pity and some comment along the lines of how impossible traveling must be.
I’ll admit, it definitely has its challenges. However, it also makes it so much more rewarding with I find a delicious meal that makes me feel good and energized, instead of sick and sluggish.
After a month in Indonesia, here is my Bali Vegan and Gluten Free Guide!
Known on Instagram for their insanely delicious smoothie bowls, this place should definitely be on your list of places to try! With 5 delicious flavors you have plenty of options! For gluten free just make sure to ask for no granola (as all of their bowls come topped with it) and make sure that the bowl you choose doesn’t have any honey in you’re vegan! Nalu Bowls has a few different locations in Uluwatu, Seminyak, and Canggu, making it easier to include, as a stop in your daily adventure!
While Nebula’s regular lunch and dinner menus don’t have a ton of vegan and gluten free options, they have a great acai smoothie bowl menu for breakfast! When ordering, just double check the ingredients and make sure to specify that you don’t want any granola or dairy! The fact that they are located in Kuta makes it a great breakfast place for anyone staying in the area.
CAFE ORGANIC BALI:
Cafe Organic in Seminyak is amazing! Lots of gluten free and vegan choices! Also their menu is clearly marked which makes things much easier! Easily one of my favorite places to eat in Seminyak. They also have great coffee and offer dairy free milk alternatives! Your biggest issue will actually be making a final selection.
Earth Cafe is another Seminyak gem! This place has amazing food and even has a little market so you can buy snacks and delicious treats to take with you. Their menu is clearly marked with gluten free options which makes it easy to eat not only vegan but gluten free! Most of the items on their menu are vegan, but just double check when ordering to be safe!
Ginger Moon is an Asian fusion restaurant in Seminyak that offers something for everyone! We went for dinner and found the atmosphere to be great! Food is reasonably priced and portions are well sized! The menu is clearly marked with gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options!
I stayed for Desa Seni in Canggu for a weekend and ate every single meal at the onsite restaurant. While the menu isn’t clearly marked for gluten free, the staff are knowledgeable and can help to point out your options! The raw vegan and gluten free chocolate cake is to die for! Click here to read more about the Desa Seni restaurant and village resort!
While there are definitely a few great options in all over Bali, I found the best cities for finding vegan and gluten free goodness were Seminyak and Ubud.
This list is by no means comprehensive. It is a great starting point and one which I will build on, during my next visit in Bali in November.
Enjoy…I certainly did!!!
TIP: You can find allergy translation cards online for most countries. When visiting non english speaking countries this can be especially helpful! When I travel I usually have a screenshot that I can show to servers to make things easier on the server and chef!