This chilled-out yoga hotspot is a hit with inner peace-seekers

Ubud is a deeply spiritual place. At every turn, the scent of incense drifts on the air and travellers radiate inner peace. Yet minutes away, the paths lead into lush jungle, rice paddies, picturesque hanging gardens and ancient temple complexes. The hard part is finding what to do next!

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Things to do in Ubud

Ubud Market

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Fancy yourself as a master haggler? This market’s chock-full of countless bargains. Rainbow-hued silks, jangling jewellery, hand-woven baskets, hibiscus-wood statuettes of snarling deities… it’s all here. Your only limit is your airline’s luggage allowance! Be prepared for a battle of wits with the shopkeepers, who come primed with years of bartering experience.

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Ubud Palace


Fit for a king. This 19th-century palace is the home of none other than the King of Ubud. It’s impressive without being oversized. It contains a complex of calming courtyards and smaller palaces, which are surrounded by ochre walls and pagoda-like gatehouses. Pop by for one of the regular “gamelan” shows to see dancers undulate to the hypnotic sound of clanking percussion.

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Museum Puri Lukisan


Protect the relics! In the 1930s, the world went gaga for Balinese art. This museum was founded to stem the tide of local masterpieces being shipped abroad. Check out the best of Balinese, including I Ketut Murtika’s “Wheel of Life”, a dizzying swirl of humanity and divinity. Afterwards, treat yourself with a slice of cake at the café, overlooking the sculpture-dotted gardens.

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The Blanco Renaissance Museum


Antonio Blanco was quite some guy. Born in the Philippines to Spanish parents, this exuberant artist fell in love with Bali in the 1950s and never left. This house – now a museum – is where he set up shop. It’s a treasure trove of paintings and lithographs, all infused with his love for Bali and its womenfolk. The decked restaurant, with its valley views, is not to be missed.

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  • The Blanco Renaissance Museum Campuan, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
  • Open Monday-Sunday 09:00-17:00. Check website for details
  • http://www.blancomuseum.com/
Bebek Bengil


Peckish? Wing it down to Bebek Bengil, purveyor of the finest crispy duck in town! This much-loved restaurant is an Ubud institution. It’s best enjoyed at a “pondok”, a private pagoda-shaded table overlooking the rice fields. The star dish is “bebek tutu”, smoked duck wrapped in betel leaves which you need to order a day in advance. “Nafsu makan yang baik” (bon appétit)!

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  • Jalan Hanoman, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
  • Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-23:00. Check website for details
  • http://bebekbengil.com/
Ubud Monkey Forest


Welcome to the monkey house. This forest is home to hundreds of long-tailed macaques. These cheeky chappies have roamed this woodland for generations, because locals believed it to be the home of their ancestor spirits. A word of advice: the macaques aren’t shy about pilfering food, sunglasses, hair-ties or any other loose items, so keep a close hold onto your possessions!

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Yoga Barn Studio


“And breathe!” This holistic retreat is all about rejuvenation and relaxation. Stay limber with hatha yoga, cleanse the soul with acupuncture and lift the spirit with an ecstatic dance class. Afterwards, keep treating your body like a temple with a super-healthy lunch at Garden Kafe, which uses ingredients from the on-site organic farm. You’ll walk out feeling like a new you.

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  • Jalan Raya Pengosekan Ubud, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
  • Open Monday-Sunday 06:00–21:00. Check website for details.
  • http://www.theyogabarn.com/
Arma Museum


Art in the garden. This cultural space is spread across six traditional Balinese gardens. The artwork ranges from Kamasan tree-bark painting to the oeuvre of German painter Walter Spies. It’s dedicated to all art forms, including theatre and dance, so check listings for upcoming festivals or creative workshops. Highlights include “Balispirit” and Ubud Village Jazz Festival.

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Elephant Cave


Walk into the mouth of a cave... and a monster! A giant goggle-eyed demon is carved into the rock face, with the door as its gaping, hungry mouth. Nobody’s quite sure about the origins of the cave, but what’s certain is that it’s been used as a sacred meditation spot for centuries. Duck inside this temple complex, breathe in the incense and pay your respects.

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Ceking Ricefield Terrace

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Rice is a classic staple of Balinese food. This rice terrace is one of many places where this ubiquitous foodstuff is grown. It’s a series of green-tufted steps that follow the contours of the valley, each one filled with shallow pools and rice shoots. Farmers still tend these rice fields, and are generally happy to pose for snaps in exchange for a few rupiah and a smile.

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Accommodation and hotels in Ubud

Sri Ratih Cottages

9.1 Superb

Score from 843 ratings.


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  • Jalan Campuhan 1, Penestanan, Bali, Penestanan, Ubud
Fivelements Puri Ahimsa Retreat

8.5 Very good

Score from 53 ratings.


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  • Banjar Adat Baturning, Mambal, Bali, Mambal, Ubud
Green Field Hotel and Restaurant

9.1 Superb

Score from 719 ratings.


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  • Dewa Made Santana Jl. Pengosekan, Pengosekan, Ubud
Bisma Eight

9.4 Superb

Score from 135 ratings.


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  • Jalan Bisma , Ubud City-Centre, Ubud
Ubud Bungalow

8.6 Fabulous

Score from 523 ratings.


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  • Jln. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Ubud City-Centre, Ubud
Pertiwi Bisma 1

8.3 Very good

Score from 763 ratings.


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  • Jalan Bisma, Ubud City-Centre, Ubud
Nick's Pension

8.2 Very good

Score from 407 ratings.


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  • Jalan Bisma, Ubud City-Centre, Ubud
Plataran Ubud Hotel & Spa

9.1 Superb

Score from 225 ratings.


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  • Jl. Hanoman-Pengosekan, Pengosekan, Ubud
Yulia Village Inn Ubud

8.4 Very good

Score from 193 ratings.


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  • Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud City-Centre, Ubud
Discover Ubud

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Ubud City-Centre

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As hectic as it gets in Ubud. The city centre revolves around Ubud Market, the old forum of street trade. Browse for suitcase-filling souvenirs, then go bananas in the Monkey Forest. Stroke your chin at paintings at Museum Puri Lukisan before tapping your foot to some jazz stylings at Laughing Buddha Bar. The fun doesn’t stop!


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Pengosekan’s all about the chill. Its spas and organic restaurants are sure-fire endorphin boosts. Kick off your day with a healthy brunch at Petani Restaurant. Feed your mind at ARMA Art Museum, then refresh your body with a session at Yoga Barn. Still need more relaxation? Float down to Jaens Spa for a slice of pampering paradise.


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How green is your valley? Campuhan’s is mega-lush. Breathe deep as you clamber along the Ridge Walk through rice paddies and the thickest, greenest vegetation. Head back into town and tuck into a plate of sticky pork ribs from legendary restaurant Naughty Nuri’s. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss the dark chocolate brûlée at Room4Desserts.

Local tips for Ubud

BaliSpirit Festival
by Ayu

Fitness fanatic Ayu is a professional beach bum who's known for her road rage.

I go to the BaliSpirit Festival every year, I wouldn't miss it for the world! It's an amazing festival where you can experience amazing yoga classes, meditation workshops, and awesome world music performances.

CP Lounge Ubud
by Nattaya

Travel nut Nattaya is still raving about watching the sunrise atop Mount Batur.

One of my favourite places to hang out in Ubud in the evening is CP Lounge. It's probably the only nightclub in Ubud, or one of the few places in Ubud that opens until late. It's kind of hidden away, even though it's right in the city centre, and it has a really relaxed atmosphere.

  • Jl. Wenara Wana No. 15, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
  • www.cp-lounge.com
  • Open Monday-Sunday 11:00-04:00
Rafting with Bali Sobek
by Anton

Man about town Anton always attends the coolest parties in Bali, at bar openings and the like.

Rafting along the rapids of Ayung River in Ubud is probably the most thrilling thing you can do in the area. Quite apart from being able to see the beauty of this paradise island. There are many rafting operators but the most experienced and most convenient one is Bali Sobek Rafting.

  • Jl. Begawan Giri, Payangan, Gianyar, Bali 80572, Indonesia
  • balisobek.com
  • Open Monday-Sunday 08:00-17:00
Gaya Gelato
by Asti

Asti is a dedicated mother of two who will devour a plate of Balinese Rujak at any time of day.

I think the gelatos at Gaya Gelato are the best ice cream you can get on the island. My favourite flavours are the refreshing lemongrass gelato, strawberry sorbet, and mango sorbet. They are especially perfect for that Balinese heat during the day.

  • Jl. Raya Sayan, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
  • www.gayagelato.com
  • Open Monday-Sunday 08:00–23:00
Ogoh-Ogoh Parade
by Sri

Sri is a cool, calm and collected Balinese woman who loves a strong Americano in the morning.

I always try to manage to see the Ogoh-Ogoh Parade on the eve of Nyepi. The villagers carry colourful papier-mâché statues in the shape of demons and monsters, which are then burned in a ceremonial fire at the end. It's a really spectacular tradition!

  • Jl. Raya Ubud, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Sukawati Art Market
by Ayuk

Ayuk is cool mother of two who has a thing for guys with dark skin and a sweet smile.

Yes, there's Ubud Market to get your souvenirs for loved ones back home. But I prefer to do my souvenir shopping at Sukawati Art Market. Here, there are better deals and more unique souvenirs, like hand-painted kites, hand painted wooden eggs, and many more!

Kou Homemade Jam and Soap
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Amel might look like a party girl, but she's actually an aspiring homemaker with knack for business.

Whenever I'm in Ubud I always make time to get my favourite homemade soaps and jams at Kou. The shop is owned by this really nice Japanese lady who has been living in Ubud for years and everything they sell is made using her own recipes. My favourites? Mango jam and rose-petal soap.

Kecak Fire and Trance Dance at Taman Kaja
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Lia's a self-professed crazy cat lady who's best avoided before she's had her first meal of the day.

For a mystical experience in this centre of spirituality, I'd recommend the mesmerising kecak fire and trance dance at the Taman Kaja Community Centre. I guarantee it will make the hair at the back of your neck stand up as it is mystical, scary and captivating.

  • Jl. Sriwedari, Pura Dalem Taman Kaja, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
  • www.kecakdance.com
  • Open Wednesday 19:30-21:00, Saturday 19:30-21:00
Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets
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Arta is a proud owner of miniature Dachshund and an avid lover of all kinds of cartoons.

This is my favourite museum in Ubud. It's a really amazing space where you can see various masks from all cultures and tribes from across Indonesia and the rest of the world. The museum is owned and run by a lovely Javanese family who have lived in Bali for decades.

  • Jalan Tegal Bingin, Mas, Ubud, Gianyar Sub-District, Bali, Indonesia
  • www.setiadarma.org
  • Open Monday-Sunday 09:00–17:00
Campuhan Ridge Walk
by Budi

Budi is a proper Balinese family man who spends his free time watching the latest film releases.

The best way to spend a morning in Ubud is to have a stroll along Campuhan Ridge Walk. This is probably my favourite place in the area - I can never get bored of those views, that refreshing breeze, that lush valley. It's truly stunning.

Do your homework before going. Learn a little of the language--it helps break the ice. There are lots of very good performances each week. Ask around for recommendations. Some of the best are a little way out of Ubud, but transportation is provided from the visitor center across from the market and palace.

The spa's and the treatments are fantastic. There are many different types of relaxation techniques and experiences avialable.

Lily Spa, Dala Spa

Booking.com asked travellers...

Why would you recommend Ubud for food?

Beautiful places to eat, great local food and cheap.

Rice fields and vegetation unique

Dumara, Biah Biah, Pundi Pundi, Murnis Warung,Ibu Rai, Nomad

Much better quality clothing than on the coast, beautiful silver Jewellery, wood carvings, glass and amazing Moroccan style lanterns & light fittings!!

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Describe the nature in Ubud.

Touring the rice fields, volcanoes and lake area.

Organic food in the rice fields..amazing...


Ubud transport

I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport

The nearest airport to Ubud is Kuta's I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, located around an hour's drive from town. There's no bus service between the airport and Ubud, so you have to take a taxi or arrange an airport pick-up with your accommodation. The taxi rank is located outside the arrivals terminal. Taxi journeys usually cost somewhere between IDR 195,000 and 250,000 to Ubud, and they tend to set a fixed price beforehand rather than using meters.

Kura-Kura Bus

The Kura-Kura bus system covers a fair amount of Ubud, stopping at the main landmarks, shopping centres and major hotels. The buses are green and yellow, with a turtle logo on the side. Journeys cost between IDR 20,000 and 80,000, depending on how far you're going. You can buy your ticket on the bus itself, using cash or credit card. When you get on, you have to point to your destination on the map and the driver will take you there.


Driving in Bali is slightly chaotic but if you're confident in your abilities, it can be a convenient way to get around. Four out-of-town trips, a lot of people hire a car with a driver, which costs between IDR 250,000 and 500,000, depending on how big and new the car is. When it comes to parking, things can get tricky as there aren't really any car parks. Sometimes when you park on the street, an unofficial parking attendant will charge you a small fee.


Motorbike is the locals' vehicle of choice. They're everywhere. If you have an international drivers' license, it makes sense to get around on two wheels just as residents do. Scooter rental costs somewhere between IDR 60,000 and IDR 100,000 per day. Parking is a cinch - there are plenty of roadside bays all over the place. Unofficial parking attendants may ask for a small fee when you park. Just make sure you keep your wits about you while driving.

Food in Ubud

Top restaurants in Ubud

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Hujan Locale
  • Jalan Sri Wedari No. 5, Ubud, Bali
  • Open Monday-Sunday 12:00-22:00
Good value
Warung Babi Bu Oka 3
  • Jalan Suweta No. 2, Ubud, Bali
  • Open Monday-Sunday 11:00-19:00
Good value
Anomali Coffee
  • Jalan Raya Ubud No. 88, Ubud, Bali
  • Open Monday-Sunday 07:00-22:00
High-end dining
Cafe Lotus
  • Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud, Bali
  • Open Monday-Sunday 08:30-23:00
Cheap 'n' tasty
Coco Bistro
  • Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud, Bali
  • Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-23:00
Good value
Sari Organik
  • Jalan Raya Tjampuhan, Ubud, Bali
  • Open Monday-Sunday 08:00-20:00
Cheap 'n' tasty
Cafe Pomegranate
  • Jalan Subak Sok Wayah, Ubud, Bali
  • Open Monday-Sunday 09:00-21:00
Good value
Ary's Warung
  • Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud, Bali
  • Open Monday-Sunday 12:00-00:00
Good value
Queens of India
  • Jalan Suweta, Ubud, Bali
  • Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-22:00
High-end dining
  • JalanDewisita No. 10, Ubud, Bali
  • Open Monday-Sunday 12:00-14:50 and 18:00-23:00
Good value
Warung Murni's
  • Jalan Campuhan, Ubud, Bali
  • Open Monday-Sunday 11:00-21:00
Good value
The Elephan Restaurnat & Bar
  • Jalan Sangginan, Ubud, Bali
  • Open Monday-Sunday 08:00-21:30
High-end dining
  • Jalan Sangginan, Ubud, Bali
  • Open Monday-Sunday 08:00-22:00
High-end dining
Mozaic Ubud
  • Jalan Sangginan, Ubud, Bali
  • Open Monday-Sunday 18:00-01:00
High-end dining
Kebun Bistro
  • Jalan Hanoman No.44, Ubud, Bali
  • Open Monday-Sunday 11:00-00:30
Cheap 'n' tasty
  • Jalan Hanoman No.44B, Ubud, Bali
  • Open Monday-Sunday 07:30-23:00
High-end dining
Laughing Buddha
  • Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali
  • Open Monday-Sunday 09:00-21:00
Cheap 'n' tasty
Cafe Wayan
  • Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali
  • Open Monday-Sunday 08:00-23:00
Cheap 'n' tasty
Warung Mendez
  • Jalan Penestanan Kelod, Ubud, Bali
  • Open Monday-Sunday 08:00-22:00
High-end dining
Uma Cucina at Uma by Como
  • Jalan Sangginan, Ubud, Bali
  • Open Monday-Sunday 12:00-22:00
Good value
Naughty Nuri's
  • Jalan Sangginan, Ubud, Bali
  • Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-22:00
High-end dining
Room 4 Dessert
  • Jalan Sangginan, Ubud, Bali
  • Open Monday-Saturday 18:00-01:00
Cheap 'n' tasty
Mamaya Bali
  • Jalan Sangginan, Ubud, Bali
  • Open Monday-Sunday 09:00-22:00
Cheap 'n' tasty
Three Monkeys
  • Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali
  • Open Monday-Sunday 07:00-23:00
Good value
  • Jalan Penestanan Kelod, Ubud, Bali
  • Open Monday-Sunday 07:00-21:00
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