Bali’s Best!


Since living in Bali for almost three years now, I’ve collected a little list of all my favourite spots: cafes, spa’s, yoga studios, shops and places. (the name of the place is hyperlinked, if I was able to find the website).  ENJOY! by Lisa Andersson Rhodiner 

South – Yoga

Samadi Bali.  A beautiful yoga shala and health café (this is where Naza and I teach regular classes, workshops and retreats). The shala is open every day of the week offering vinyasa, ashtanga, yin, yoga for surfers and hatha. Every Wednesday there’s a movie night and dinner combo and every sunday an organic market, selling fresh organic produce as well as people selling their homemade granola bars chutneys, natural skincare amongst other things.

Desa Seni.  A beautiful yoga and health resort with tons of classes of yoga and meditation; Kundalini, Anusara, Yin, Ashtanga and Vinyasa. They have a great restaurant, a huge garden and a swimming pool to use after class.

South – Cafés & Restaurants

Watercress (Jalan Batu Belig) – The best lunch in southern Bali. You can choose between around 30 dishes and make your own mixed plate. Make sure to try the zucchini salad with cranberries, the mini pizza with sun-dried tomatoes and the roasted pumpkin! Accompany with a Ginger Squash! They have a great selection of juices, smoothies, a huge breakfast.  Not to miss!

Samadi Bali Café (Jalan Padang Linjong ) – Super yummy vegetarian food by Samadi Yoga Studio. Open for breakfast and lunch. Make sure you try the Indian Dosa, the colourful and yummy fruit bowl and their home made chai. Great place to hang out and meet new people. Organic market each Sunday. Sugarcane (Jalan Pantai Berawa) – One of my favorite places to have cold pressed juices, smoothies, sugarcane juice and healthy elixirs like wheat grass and papaya leaf!

Green Ginger (Jalan Pantai Berawa) – Great selection of Asian food. Make sure you try the Thai papaya salad, larb, laksa and Vietnamese noodles. Crate (Jalan Batu Bolong) – Great breakfast (all day!) place with lots of vegetarian and non vegetarian options.

Grocer and Grind (Echo Beach) – One of our new favourite places at Echo Beach. HUGE yummy salads, great selection of juices and great service. Great space if you need to work from your computer (fast wifi and good work space atmosphere).

Betelnut (Jalan Batu Bolong) – Great breakfast combos, lunch and smoothies. Generously served at good prices!

La Finca (Jalan Batu Belig) – Spanish inspired cozy restaurant with great tapas, salads and good wine! The menu is very varied with both vegetarian and non-veg options. The most delicious patatas bravas!

La Calita (Jalan Batu Bolong) – New super funky mexican restaurant near Batu Bolong Beach. Make sure you try the Wild Mushroom Tacos, Spinach and Beetroot Salad and the Guacamole with Home made Nachos.

Taco Casa (Jalan Petitenget) – A great Mexican restaurant that Naza and I visit very frequently. The friendliest staff, super fresh and simple. Make sure you try the wet burrito!

Barracca (Jalan Batu Belig) – Also a new favorite. Authentic home made Italian food; pizzas, pastas and great italian wines.

Bungalow Cafe (Jalan Pantai Berawa) – Cute little shop/café with colourful housewear, bags and things to bring home to decorate your own home in ”Bali-style”.

Shelter (Jalan Drupadi) – Hidden on a side street of busy Seminyak, this healthy restaurant is nice and quiet and has lots of yummy things on their menu. Quinoa porridge, Raw Cacao Smoothie, fresh juices…

Earth Café and Market (Jalan Oberoi) – Probably the largest healthy vegan menu on the island. Super fresh, so much to choose from – they have something for all tastebuds! Make-your-own salad, chia porridge, raw cakes, soups, juices and super food smoothies.

Some of my favourites are the Dragon Bowl, the Mediterranean Platter and the Coconut Energy balls (they remind me of Rafaello Balls – which I love!!). Inside the restaurant there’s also a big health food store with natural skin care, whole foods, yoga clothes and more. They have two more locations, one in Ubud and another in in Seminyak called Zula.

Bali Café (Jalan Oberoi) – Such a pretty restaurant! Go just to see the interior! Beautiful lamps, mosaic floor, rustic southern France style – everything is so beautiful! Great for breakfast as well!

South Bali – Shops (Seminyak area)

Drifters (Jalan Oberoi) – Super cool surf shop with lots of nice clothes for both girls and guys. They also have a little café with juices and coffee.

We ar (Jalan Oberoi) – Really nice organic yoga and casual wear designed in Bali. Love their yoga pants and tops!

Karma Koma (Jalan Legian) – Tons of simple but stylish clothes in many different colours.

Green Rock (Jalan Batu Belig + Jalan Legian) – Cool surf clothes shop with stone washed shirts, rucksacks, shoes and shorts.

South – Accommodation

Samadi Bali – 2 Gorgeous big rooms with a big swimming pool in front. Have great food at Samadi cafe and take yoga classes in the shala just a few footsteps from the villa.

White house Bali – Gorgeous villa with three bedrooms in Canggu. Swimming pool, beautiful garden and rice paddy view. [email protected]

Calmtree Bungalows (Jalan Batu Bolong) – Cute javanese joglos in peaceful garden. Big swimming pool and nice restaurant.

Mote Surfstay (Jalan Batu Bolong) – Great value for the money! Spanish owned hotel with clean, light rooms, community kitchen, good wifi and great vibes!

South – Beaches

Echo Beach – World famous surf beach in Canggu area. Enjoy a coconut at one of the restaurants overlooking the ocean and watch the best sunsets in Bali!

Balangan (Uluwatu area) – Long white beach with small local restaurants. Great for surf and sunbathing!

Padang Padang – Little surf beach in between two high cliffs.

Uluwatu cliff – The last southern spot on the west coast. Have a seat and enjoy the amazing view!

Ubud and around – Yoga


Yoga Barn (Jalan Hanoman) – Pictured above, probably the largest outdoor yoga space in the world. 4 shalas, a café, accommodation, detox programs, workshops, therapies, sauna, yoga teacher trainings and a yoga shop. All throughout the day there are classes, from Vinyasa and Iyengar to Power yoga and Roll and Release. Make sure to try classes with my favorite teachers and friends Emelie Kuser and Les Leventhal.

Ubud – cafés and restaurants


Alchemy (Penestanan, pictured above)– Without a doubt the best raw vegan café in the world! In the morning they have the most amazing breakfast bar with tropical fruits, raw granolas, chocolate sauce, chia pudding and coconut cream (just to name a few of the yummy things you can choose from!). At lunch they switch to the most tempting salad bar with tons of yummy raw toppings, kimchi and sprinkles. Another favourite is the raw Spinach Quiche which is to DIE for, not to mention they have a huge selection of raw desserts. You’ll want to stay forever and ever. Alchemy is also a holistic clinic and health food store.

The Elephant (Jalan Raya Sanggingan) – Great vegetarian restaurant (same owner as Green Ginger in Canggu) with a view over the Champuan Valley. Great selection of healthy food and super friendly staff. Make sure you try the Sweet Potato Chips with Aioli and the WhiteTiger Salad.

The Seeds of Life Cafe ( Jalan Goutama) – My dear friends and amazing raw chefs Ben Richards and Sayuri Tanaka’s raw food café and tonic bar in the heart of Ubud. Have a cup of medicinal Chaga Tea, Sayuris Banana Caramel Cake and a piece of raw chocolate filled with super foods! Every morning there’s Ashtanga (Mysore style) class in the yoga shala above. Ben and Sauyiro also offer Raw Food Chef Trainings twice a year (where Naza and i teach the yoga part!).

Earth Café and Market (Jalan Goutama) – Same owner and concept as the one in Seminyak. See description above under South Cafés and Restauarants.

Sari Organik (Jalan Raya Ubud) – A 10 minutes walk from the main road, out in the rice fields, you’ll find this little restaurant (with their own organic garden next door). The most beautiful sunset view in Ubud! A great place to enjoy local balinese food, fresh and well served! They have delicious home made fruit wine (ask for small samples to try’em out!) and local organic Stark beer.

Atman Cafe (Jalan Hanoman) – Cute little café with a big menu with lots of vegetarian and raw options. Try out the yummy Raw Breakfast Porridge and the Berry Smoothie! Seniman ( Jalan Sriwedari) – Funky coffee shop where they make their own coffees ”labstyle”. I love their recycled glass ware and their original way of serving food.

Freak Coffee (Jalan Hanoman) – Great cold pressed coffee and cute little café!

Yellow Flower Café (Penestanan) – Super pretty restaurant with an amazing view over Champuan Valley. Each Sunday
they serve an amazing buffet where you can try all kinds of local food.

Sopa and Garden Restaurants (Jalan Sugriwa and Jalan Nyuh Kuning) – Vegetarian restaurants with yummy soups, local Nasi Campur (you pick and mix from a showcase) , Japanese options and vegan cakes. Each Sunday at Garden there’s a little organic market where where you can find fresh produce as well as many delicacies prepared by the Japanese community.

Wayans Juice Bar (Penestanan) – Locally run all-kinds-of juice-bar. Fresh coconut, green juices (great if you want to make your own detox!), fruit juices, wheatgrass and jamu shots.

Ubud – Where to stay

Dragonfly Village (Jalan Raya Ubud) – On the same rice field path as Sari Organik Restaurant you’ll find this beautiful little resort with Javanese joglos, the most amazing yoga shala, a herbal steam sauna and a salt water pool. Super sweet staff and a lovely place to really feel Bali, waking up to the sounds of nature.

Azadi Retreat (Laplapan) – Stunning resort in the middle of the rice fields a bit outside of Ubud (around 15 min drive). All rooms have their own private deck and amazing view of the rice fields, a stunning open-air dining hall and a beautiful shala with jungle view.

Kunang Kunang (Jalan Hanoman) – In the heart of Ubud, this guesthouse has the perfect location. Most of the cafés mentioned above, yoga studios and shops – are all within walking distance. The rooms are clean and quiet, some with !ac and some with fans.

Desa Village (Jalan Pengosekan) – Beautiful Resort where you can make yourself at home in your own Javenese joglo as you visit Ubud. Super sweet and helpful staff.

Ubud – Spas

Cantika Spa (Jalan Raya Ubud) – My absolutely favoruite spa in Ubud! Jasi the owner is an amazing woman who really cares about the environment and only uses natural skin care products made in her own little factory at one of the spa’s. Balinese massage, facial (my favorite, you get arms, legs and head massaged too!) and hair treatment, Mandi Lulur (full body scrub), manicure and pedicure. The spa has 3 locations, two in Penestanan area (Zest and Jasmine) and one ( Alami) one the same ricefield path as Sari Organik and Dragonfly Village. They also offer workshops where you learn how to make your own skin care products! I love their Liquid Soap with pachouli and other essential oils.

SKIN (Jalan Goutama) – Cute little spa in the center of Ubud using only organic skin care products.

Body and Soul (Jalan Raya Ubud) – A family run business offering therapeutic massage, Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Balinese massage and other treatments! Yohana Spa (Jalan Jembawan) – Small, cheap and very good therapies! Manicure, pedicure, massage, hair treatment and more.

Ubud – Shops

Utama Spice (Monkey Forest Road + also sold in many of the health shops around the island) – The most wonderful natural skincare products, I love them! Body butters, essential oils, lotions, soaps and body mists (my favoruite is the Fresh Soul Mist!). 

Nadis Herbal – Another great little shop with natural skin care, herbal teas, spices and essential oils. Organizes nature walks where you’ll learn about the different herbs and their benefits.

Takesumi (Jalan Hanoman) – Cute little Japanese shop where you can buy Bamboo charcoal in many different forms. Soap, sticks, necklaces, lotion, shampoo and more. The Bamboo charcoal has been known for centuries in Asia, and is known for all it’s properties. Detoxifying, purifying and protecting against electromagnetic waves.

Ubud and around – To visit/see:
Tampak Siring + Temple – 30 minutes north of Ubud you’ll find this bone carving village and their beautiful temple down in the valley (meaning you have to walk down AND up many stairs but it’s well worth it).

Tirta Empul Temple – A beautiful hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu, about 20 min drive north form Ubud. The holy water coming out from the spring is said to be purifying and holy, and is therefor a frequently visited temple by the
Balinese people.

Tegallalang Rice Terraces – Just a 20 minutes drive north of Ubud you’ll find these postcard-like breath taking rice terraces.

Green School (Mambal) – Located about 30 minutes drive from Ubud you’ll find the greenest school on earth (yes it was nominated this in 2012)! Large bamboo buildings give space for holistic education, alternative teaching methods creating a very special learning environment for students from all over the world. Guided tours around the school Mon-Fri.
A must see!

Hubud (Jalan Monkey Forest) – The most inspiring co-working hub with great wifi and inspring workshops and talks.

Five Elements (Mambal) – A gigantic bamboo wellness and healing resort with a gourmet restaurant and the most stunning cone shaped yoga shala. Well worth a visit!

Bamboo Indah (Jalan Sayan) – A eco-luxury boutique resort, designed by the same architects as Green School. Stunning view over Sayan Valley, a beautiful black bamboo yoga shala, and a restaurant serving amazing food made from the resorts own organic garden.

Around Bali:

White Sand Beach (northeast Bali, 30 min drive north of Candidasa) – Beautiful beach with small local restaurants along the shore.

Amed – Typical fishing village with great diving and snorkeling! Wake up seeing the sun rising over Lombok and see Mount Agung real close!

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces (mid Bali) – Stunning views!

Munduk Waterfall (north) – Up in the Kitamani Mountains you find this gigantic breath taking waterfall.

The Butterfly Park (Tabanan) – I’m not usually into these kind of parks but here the butterflies have lots of space and you get to se them and hold them!

Gili Islands – 3 paradise like islands outisde of Lombok’s (the islands west of Bali) north west coast. Snorkel, dive, take a horse ride around the island, rent a bike and enjoy the stillness (there are no cars or motorbikes here!) I’ve spent most time in Gili Air, which I like best cause it’s in between the vibes of the other two. Gili Trawangan has more nightlife and Gili Meno is super duper quiet. Stunning sunsets. Take a boat from Sanur or Padang Bai (west Bali) and arrive in 2 hours. Shuttle services are available from most guesthouses and hotels. Road to Amed (northeast Bali) – Stunning (and bit longer than if you take the ”inner” road) to Amed. Rural villages, palmtrees and amazing views of the sea.

Must- try- to-eat-and-drink-while in Bali:

Durian fruit – Some hate it and I LOVE IT! Smelly, gooey and delicious! Football sized round fruit with spikes. Yellowish/beige on the outside.


Young Coconuts – They are everywhere! Natures best electrolyte for the hot Bali weather!

Jackfruit – Another yellow (on the inside) HUGE fruit that tastes like sweet chewing gum – and ten times yummier!

Jamu (drink) – Traditional medicinal drink made from the yellow turmeric root. A natural antioxidant, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. Turmeric contains a substance called cucurmin, which boosts the liver and digestive functions. It is believed to help prevent and cure cancer.

Raw Chocolate – Try the real deal! Cacao grows in Bali and so you can try eating the beans from a fresh cacao pod and also dried raw cacao beans and nibs. Try raw chocolate brownie, truffles, smoothies and get a natural high! Best ang biggest selection can be found at Alchemy!