Take a trip to the heart of Bali.
When in the popular tourist destination of Bali, make time to visit the traditional country town of Ubud. Here are 8 justifications why you should hazard the hour’s drive north from Denpasar International Airport to this culture, food and spa hotspot.
The traditional Balinese crispy duck with sambal (Asian hot relish) dip at Bebek Bengil (Dirty Duck Diner) is an original dish here and is. To. Die. For. Fact-oid: The resto started up in 1990, and is called the Dirty Duck Diner because just before it officially opened, a flock of ducks ran into the resto and left their muddy footprints all over the floor and tables. Now you know.
If you like (or lead) the hipster, island-loving lifestyle, then you would love Earth Cafe & Market’s “A Whole Life Concept” brand of organic, vegan shops and restaurants. Its branch at Jalan Hanoman, is just off the main street in Ubud, and is specially designed as an open-air venue so that customers can shoot the breeze as they dine on vegetarian fare such as the Bali Açaí Bowl that serves puréed açaí pulp with banana and coconut water, and Buckwheat Pancakes topped with raisin sauce and coconut syrup.
Early birds do get the worm here: Wake up at 6 a.m. and head down to Ubud’s local market at Pasar Umum Ubud where food and fruit vendors display baskets and baskets of their freshest produce such as oranges and chillis. You can also find tonnes of souvenirs (think trinkets and small art pieces) to buy back home. Just remember to check prices across different stalls, to haggle, and if you can do so, speak some Bahasa Indonesian (the official language of Indonesia) to get the best deals.
Visit the world’s first organic vegan cinema, conveniently attached to Earth Cafe & Market’s Ubud outlet. For only $5 SGD, you can enjoy a curated selection of films here every evening, while lounging on super-comfy sofas. The fee counts towards credit for food and drinks, which is inclusive of its delish organic popcorn with Himalayan Rock Salt, so you’re effectively watching free movies!
By Joshua Tan, 29 June 2018
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