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17 Cool Things To Do In Ubud (Bali) In 2017


To make it clear upfront — there are so many things you can do in Ubud, we could write a book about it. This blog post is my no means extensive — and this is when YOU are welcome to step in. What are your recommendations? What do you think is a scam?

Share your tips with other travelers — you don’t even suspect how hopeful it can be! The comment section is all yours.

Below is our carefully selected list of 17 cool things you can do in Ubud. But you won’t find here the forever-classics, like Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary or Agung Rai Museum of Art.

Instead, we’ve picked for you something more fresh and unexpected

17 Cool Things To Do In Ubud (Bali) In 2017

Food & Chill:

Paradiso Ubud


The World’s First Organic Vegetarian & VeganCinema. Paradiso is open for daily movie screenings, family afternoons, workshops, thematic festivals and more. Enjoy delicious food at affordable rates — and overall fantastic vibes.

More info here >


Maha Restaurant


Maha stays open from breakfast to late night drinks. Get tempted not only with their great cocktails, coffee, and occasional live music… but also with a garden full with lovely rabbits. Especially if you have kids who are tired of walking around, bringing them here will be a great refresher.

More info here >


Alchemy Bali


This charming vegan cafe offers healthy juices, smoothies, salads, raw chocolate, and… did we mention raw chocolate? An amazing choice for a yummy breakfast in Ubud. You should also pop by their holistic clinic and store.

More info here >

The Seeds Of Life


This place is on fire! Apparently you should expect “the most exciting and creative raw food cafe Bali has ever seen” — so go and check them out yourself. You can also indulge with their Wild & Ancient Artisan Chinese Tea menu.

More info here >

Wellness workshops, classes & retreats – Cool Things to do in Ubud:

Radiantly Alive


Offers yoga classes, retreats, and teacher trainings — including Acro Yoga and Aerial Yoga. When it comes to holistic therapies, you can choose from Healing Massage Therapy, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Colon Hydrotherapy, or Astrological Counseling. And if you want to get out of Ubud, these guys also offer a 6-day Surfing Retreat in Canggu.

More info here >

Villa Gaia


Villa Gaia is a magnificent open-architecture, Balinese-Modern-style home just minutes from Ubud. And yes, it overlooks beautiful terraced rice-fields and palm trees. It offers detox retreats, yoga workshops, healing sessions — and you can also attend a Pilates or Qi Gong class hosted by their neighbors.

More info here >

The Seeds Of Life

This place offers Ashtanga Yoga and Tai Chi Chuan classes. If that wasn’t enough goodness, you can also sign up for an in-depth Raw Food Certification Training and become an official Raw Food Chef. Details below.

Raw Food Workshop >

Tai Chi Chuan >

Ashtanga Yoga >

Sacred Wellness Institute (in collaboration with Alchemy Bali)


They offer integrated life-changing programs — designed utilising the latest research from the fields of nutrition, neuroscience, mindfulness, addiction recovery, and therapeutic touch. The retreats take place in stunning ANAHATA Villas & Spa Resort — the surroundings alone must have healing powers!

More info here >

Amazing festivals- Cool Things to do in Ubud:

You’d think a tiny town in the middle of a jungle doesn’t have much going on? Well, surprise! Ubud’s calendar is PACKED with festivals. Starting with Bali Spirit Festival in March, to Writers & Readers Festival in October… you surely won’t get bored.

We describe 6 of the upcoming festivals in Ubud HERE >

Other cool stuff:

Swim in the jungle and rice paddies – Jungle Fish Ubud


Jungle Fish is one of our favorite from the list of cool things to do in Ubud and definitely, it’s a “must do” in Ubud, where you can experience swimming amidst the lush jungle and rice paddies. Open-air, split-level restaurant and pool bar perched on the side of a ridge overlooking the Osh River Valley, Jungle Fish is located just 10-minute drive north of Ubud. More info >>here<<

Make your own jewelry


Bali’s clans of gold and silversmiths have been mastering the art of fine jewellery for centuries. They are mostly located in the villages of the Gianyar regency, particularly Celuk, Mas, and Ubud. They often have showrooms alongside workshops where you can observe the creation process. Some even hand you the tweezers and wireworks to learn from the local artists how to create your own piece to take home.

In Ubud look out for: Chez Monique, Studio Perak, John Hardy Workshop and Showroom, or WS Art Studio.

Watch white herons at the sunset


So here’s the deal: during the peak period (around 5pm – 6pm), up to 20,000 herons can be seen dancing and singing in the trees. They watch you, you watch them. With a cold drink in your hand. Just find a small wooden house in the middle of a rice-field owned by an old lady. (Oh, and watch out for poo-bombs.)

The whole spectacle takes place in a tiny village Petulu, a short drive from Ubud. Just drive through Jalan Tirta Tawar until you see the village sign.

More info on Tripadvisor >

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