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Ubud, Bali

Health & Wellness
Favourite spa resorts, and yoga options in Bali
Ubud is known for its yoga retreats and one of the best-loved is the Yoga Barn. They have a range of classes for all different levels of ability and there are five different studios to choose from which have been designed to be open plan, meaning that you can take in the idyllic surroundings at the same time. You can either go for a class or stay longer and sign up for a cleansing program which requires a three day commitment. Check out their website for a schedule of classes: https://www.theyogabarn.com/class-schedule.html
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The Yoga Barn
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Ubud is known for its yoga retreats and one of the best-loved is the Yoga Barn. They have a range of classes for all different levels of ability and there are five different studios to choose from which have been designed to be open plan, meaning that you can take in the idyllic surroundings at the same time. You can either go for a class or stay longer and sign up for a cleansing program which requires a three day commitment. Check out their website for a schedule of classes: https://www.theyogabarn.com/class-schedule.html
Lembah Spa is one of the best spas in Ubud and is located on the majestic Patanu River. The treatments last up to 2 hours and there are packages available for couples. Some of the treatments come with lunch or dinner overlooking the stunning river vistas and you can also swim in the onsite infnity pool
Lembah Spa
Lembah Spa is one of the best spas in Ubud and is located on the majestic Patanu River. The treatments last up to 2 hours and there are packages available for couples. Some of the treatments come with lunch or dinner overlooking the stunning river vistas and you can also swim in the onsite infnity pool
Our favourite spa in Ubud. Book in advance as its hard to get an appointment. They’re always booked up for weeks in advance.
Karsa Spa
Our favourite spa in Ubud. Book in advance as its hard to get an appointment. They’re always booked up for weeks in advance.
This is off the beaten track in the north of Bali but worth the journey if you want to have a retreat outside of Ubud and enjoy the stunning unspoilt natural beauty of Bali. The spa village is well run with very high standards, fabulous food and a wide variety of spa packages -the ideal place if you need a few days of total rest and replenishment.
Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali
This is off the beaten track in the north of Bali but worth the journey if you want to have a retreat outside of Ubud and enjoy the stunning unspoilt natural beauty of Bali. The spa village is well run with very high standards, fabulous food and a wide variety of spa packages -the ideal place if you need a few days of total rest and replenishment.
Food scene
Our top recommendations for the best restaurants and cafes in Ubud
The food just delicious and it is on the edge of a rice field with stunning views. Their cappuccino and coffees are among the best we have found in Ubud.
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Three Monkeys Ubud
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The food just delicious and it is on the edge of a rice field with stunning views. Their cappuccino and coffees are among the best we have found in Ubud.
Villa Cinta
Bridges is one of Ubud’s most exotic locations where you can enjoy some of The best local culinary treats on offer. It overlooks a luxuriant jungle and the Wos River. A casual fine dining restaurant, wine bar and shop as well as exhibition and event space, Bridges Bali is where worlds meet. A perfect spot for memorable dining, a glass of wine with good friends or celebrating romance and to indulge yourself, the riverside dining room offers delicacies from East and West, Tasting menu available - also for vegetarians. Bridges is also home to DIVINE, Ubud's best wine and cocktail bar down by the river. Enjoy great wines, amazing bar food and a spectacular view. The retail wine shop has with around 350 labels one of Bali's most extensive wine lists and it also makes deliveries.
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bridges Bali Restaurant Ubud
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Bridges is one of Ubud’s most exotic locations where you can enjoy some of The best local culinary treats on offer. It overlooks a luxuriant jungle and the Wos River. A casual fine dining restaurant, wine bar and shop as well as exhibition and event space, Bridges Bali is where worlds meet. A perfect spot for memorable dining, a glass of wine with good friends or celebrating romance and to indulge yourself, the riverside dining room offers delicacies from East and West, Tasting menu available - also for vegetarians. Bridges is also home to DIVINE, Ubud's best wine and cocktail bar down by the river. Enjoy great wines, amazing bar food and a spectacular view. The retail wine shop has with around 350 labels one of Bali's most extensive wine lists and it also makes deliveries.
Located in the heart of the Penestanan hills, the family run cafe is cave like and cosy. The Yellow Flower Cafe is run by a family and it is enveloped in lush greenery. Having breakfast here is just glorious. Try the Asian and Balinese food. The owners have grown their own vegetables to support local farming communities. It’s eco-friendly with simple decor so that the visitors feels the authenticity . This is a must visit place for trying out a Balinese Buffet which takes place every Sunday.
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Yellow Flower Café
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Located in the heart of the Penestanan hills, the family run cafe is cave like and cosy. The Yellow Flower Cafe is run by a family and it is enveloped in lush greenery. Having breakfast here is just glorious. Try the Asian and Balinese food. The owners have grown their own vegetables to support local farming communities. It’s eco-friendly with simple decor so that the visitors feels the authenticity . This is a must visit place for trying out a Balinese Buffet which takes place every Sunday.
Locavore is the most famous restaurant in Ubud if not in Indonesia. Having won a host of awards, this is the place to come if you want to try some of the best fusion of Indonesian made with Western techniques. But you will need to book well in advance if you are hoping for a reservation, the waiting list can be long! As the name would suggest, Locavore is all about ‘local’. From the raw Balinese abalone to the Sumbawa Island oyster and even through to the plates, silverware and cocktail glasses, all made in nearby workshops. Their commitment to sustainability is very strong. Guests can choose from the ‘locavore’ or the vegetarian ‘herbivore’ option; each is influenced by European and Indonesian cuisines. Plates might include fermented dadap leaves with long bean lawar, bumbu Bali and crispy amaranth leaves (or ‘Are they really called stinky beans…?) with petai, caramelised green tomato, fermented shiitake mushroom and fermentation juice. Famous dishes include smoked catfish and pork. The only import are the chefs, Eelke Plasmeijer and Ray Adriansyah from Holland, and their locally inspired meals can stretch to nine courses and usually last upwards of three hours!! You can also choose dishes paired with wines to make sure you get the best out of your meal. Visit their website: http://locavore.co.id/
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Restaurant Locavore
No.10 Jl. Dewisita
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Locavore is the most famous restaurant in Ubud if not in Indonesia. Having won a host of awards, this is the place to come if you want to try some of the best fusion of Indonesian made with Western techniques. But you will need to book well in advance if you are hoping for a reservation, the waiting list can be long! As the name would suggest, Locavore is all about ‘local’. From the raw Balinese abalone to the Sumbawa Island oyster and even through to the plates, silverware and cocktail glasses, all made in nearby workshops. Their commitment to sustainability is very strong. Guests can choose from the ‘locavore’ or the vegetarian ‘herbivore’ option; each is influenced by European and Indonesian cuisines. Plates might include fermented dadap leaves with long bean lawar, bumbu Bali and crispy amaranth leaves (or ‘Are they really called stinky beans…?) with petai, caramelised green tomato, fermented shiitake mushroom and fermentation juice. Famous dishes include smoked catfish and pork. The only import are the chefs, Eelke Plasmeijer and Ray Adriansyah from Holland, and their locally inspired meals can stretch to nine courses and usually last upwards of three hours!! You can also choose dishes paired with wines to make sure you get the best out of your meal. Visit their website: http://locavore.co.id/
One of the local legends in Ubud is the Alchemy Cafe where you will find some of the best raw and vegan food on the island. All products are made onsite and you can enjoy plates such as vegan cheesecake and a full salad bar. As if that wasn’t enough they also make raw vegan chocolate at their in house chocolaterie or you can just enjoy one of the raw pressed juices. There is also an adjacent health store and a holistic clinic upstairs where you can get a range of beauty treatments. Avoid traffic to get to Alchemy by taking a scenic route through Lodtunduh village. Just turn right at the entrance of Desa Bulan and follow the road (and your google map!)
Alchemy
57 Jalan Penestanan
One of the local legends in Ubud is the Alchemy Cafe where you will find some of the best raw and vegan food on the island. All products are made onsite and you can enjoy plates such as vegan cheesecake and a full salad bar. As if that wasn’t enough they also make raw vegan chocolate at their in house chocolaterie or you can just enjoy one of the raw pressed juices. There is also an adjacent health store and a holistic clinic upstairs where you can get a range of beauty treatments. Avoid traffic to get to Alchemy by taking a scenic route through Lodtunduh village. Just turn right at the entrance of Desa Bulan and follow the road (and your google map!)
Another famous restaurants in Ubud is called Bebek Bengil which translates as the ‘Dirty Duck’. The restaurant backs on to pretty rice paddies and the story goes that when the restaurant was being built a group of ducks waddled through and gave the building its name. As you would expect, duck features heavily on the menu and you can get traditional dishes such as crispy duck rubbed with a Balinese blend of herbs and spices which was first pioneered here in the 90’s, or you can enjoy fusion dishes such as duck salad with melon.
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Bebek Bengil Crispy Duck - Ubud
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Another famous restaurants in Ubud is called Bebek Bengil which translates as the ‘Dirty Duck’. The restaurant backs on to pretty rice paddies and the story goes that when the restaurant was being built a group of ducks waddled through and gave the building its name. As you would expect, duck features heavily on the menu and you can get traditional dishes such as crispy duck rubbed with a Balinese blend of herbs and spices which was first pioneered here in the 90’s, or you can enjoy fusion dishes such as duck salad with melon.
If you really want to splurge when you are in Ubud then try the Swept Away Restaurant which is part of the Samaya Ubud. The restaurant sits on the river and has a great fusion menu which includes choices like Pulled Chicken in Rice Paper Rolls. There is also an afternoon tapas menu if you just want to relax here with some light bites or you can have the four course or six course tasting menu in the evening which usually includes plates such as lobster or wagyu beef.
Swept Away Restaurant Ubud
If you really want to splurge when you are in Ubud then try the Swept Away Restaurant which is part of the Samaya Ubud. The restaurant sits on the river and has a great fusion menu which includes choices like Pulled Chicken in Rice Paper Rolls. There is also an afternoon tapas menu if you just want to relax here with some light bites or you can have the four course or six course tasting menu in the evening which usually includes plates such as lobster or wagyu beef.
Casa Luna is a landmark in Ubud. It has a well known bakery and a restaurant that serves authentic Balinese and Western food food in a relaxing tropical setting that has the vibe of being in an old classic movie! They also run very popular cooking classes. Located: On Jln Raya, Tel: 0361 977 409
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Casa Luna Restaurant
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Casa Luna is a landmark in Ubud. It has a well known bakery and a restaurant that serves authentic Balinese and Western food food in a relaxing tropical setting that has the vibe of being in an old classic movie! They also run very popular cooking classes. Located: On Jln Raya, Tel: 0361 977 409
Sightseeing
The Sacred Monkey Forest is the best known natural sanctuary in Bali. It is located in the village of Padangtegal, off the Monkey Forest Road which is about 10 minutes drive away from the villa. It is home to three temples and around 600 long-tail Macaques monkeys. Inside the forest they sell bunches of bananas to feed the inhabitants. If you hold a banana above your head, the monkey will climb up your body and sit on your shoulder to eat it! The monkeys are everywhere! They are surprisingly friendly and can be very cheeky so its very important to keep your belongings secured and out of sight as they are notorious for quickly stealing sunglasses, bags, food from tourists if care is not taken. Location: Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia Open: Daily from 8.30am to 5.30pm Phone: +62 (0)361 971 304
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Šuma majmuna Ubud
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The Sacred Monkey Forest is the best known natural sanctuary in Bali. It is located in the village of Padangtegal, off the Monkey Forest Road which is about 10 minutes drive away from the villa. It is home to three temples and around 600 long-tail Macaques monkeys. Inside the forest they sell bunches of bananas to feed the inhabitants. If you hold a banana above your head, the monkey will climb up your body and sit on your shoulder to eat it! The monkeys are everywhere! They are surprisingly friendly and can be very cheeky so its very important to keep your belongings secured and out of sight as they are notorious for quickly stealing sunglasses, bags, food from tourists if care is not taken. Location: Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia Open: Daily from 8.30am to 5.30pm Phone: +62 (0)361 971 304
Tegallalang rice terrace is one of the most beautiful rice paddies in Bali. For many visitors to the country, this is the highlight of their trip. It is famous for its scenic landscape, where travellers to Ubud often stop by for snapshots of an iconic Balinese view. Located on a hillside, in beautiful wave like layers with gorgeous panoramic views, you can walk around the terraces, watch the farmers working on the field or even learn how to plant and harvest rice. current method of irrigation is know as Subak and goes back at least a 1,000 years. Besides being practical, (rice is a staple food in Bali), it is an integral part of their culture, as it has religious significance because rice is seen as a gift from the gods, and on a daily basis you will witness the Balinese using rice to make ‘offerings’ outside their homes and places of business. In the local village you will find a variety of ornamental woodwork, carvings and souvenir stalls lining the ledge of Tegallang, where you can pick up gifts. Location: Jalan Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indon
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Tegallalang Rice Terrace
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Tegallalang rice terrace is one of the most beautiful rice paddies in Bali. For many visitors to the country, this is the highlight of their trip. It is famous for its scenic landscape, where travellers to Ubud often stop by for snapshots of an iconic Balinese view. Located on a hillside, in beautiful wave like layers with gorgeous panoramic views, you can walk around the terraces, watch the farmers working on the field or even learn how to plant and harvest rice. current method of irrigation is know as Subak and goes back at least a 1,000 years. Besides being practical, (rice is a staple food in Bali), it is an integral part of their culture, as it has religious significance because rice is seen as a gift from the gods, and on a daily basis you will witness the Balinese using rice to make ‘offerings’ outside their homes and places of business. In the local village you will find a variety of ornamental woodwork, carvings and souvenir stalls lining the ledge of Tegallang, where you can pick up gifts. Location: Jalan Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indon
The stunning Waterfall is located at the sacred Petanu River. You can take a swim but there are lots of steps of descend to get there. It’s great exercise but the dense foliage and cascading waters are quite something, and of course they make the long climb back to the top worthwhile ! Location: Jalan Ir. Sutami, Kemenuh, Sukawati, Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali 80581, Indonesia
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Tegenungan Waterfall
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The stunning Waterfall is located at the sacred Petanu River. You can take a swim but there are lots of steps of descend to get there. It’s great exercise but the dense foliage and cascading waters are quite something, and of course they make the long climb back to the top worthwhile ! Location: Jalan Ir. Sutami, Kemenuh, Sukawati, Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali 80581, Indonesia
Goa Gajah is one of the island’s most impressive archaeological sites. Also known as Bali's 'Elephant Cave', the complex is 300 metres west of the Bedulu village, a region famous for its collection of historical sites, and about 5 km southeast of central Ubud. When you arrive, go down a flight of stairs to discover a relic-filled courtyard and the main 11th-century cave. The entrance to the cave features a carving of a wide-eyed figure, while inside are rock-wall carvings and a meditational site. Goa Gajah also has a Hindu temple and an impressive communal pool with stone sculptures and fountains, excavated back in 1954
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Goa Gajah
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Goa Gajah is one of the island’s most impressive archaeological sites. Also known as Bali's 'Elephant Cave', the complex is 300 metres west of the Bedulu village, a region famous for its collection of historical sites, and about 5 km southeast of central Ubud. When you arrive, go down a flight of stairs to discover a relic-filled courtyard and the main 11th-century cave. The entrance to the cave features a carving of a wide-eyed figure, while inside are rock-wall carvings and a meditational site. Goa Gajah also has a Hindu temple and an impressive communal pool with stone sculptures and fountains, excavated back in 1954
Taman Saraswati Temple (Pura Taman Saraswati) is a beautiful water temple that makes for a great highlight on your walks through Ubud town. This popular photo spot has classical Balinese temple architecture and a beautiful foyer with ponds filled with pink lotuses. Entry is free but, as with any temple visit in Bali, you’re required to wear a sash and sarong around the waist. Traditional dance performances take place at the temple’s amphitheatre every evening. Taman Saraswati Temple is accessible from the Jalan Kajeng side street, off the main road of Jalan Raya Ubud. Location: OnJalan Kajeng, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
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Saraswati Temple
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Taman Saraswati Temple (Pura Taman Saraswati) is a beautiful water temple that makes for a great highlight on your walks through Ubud town. This popular photo spot has classical Balinese temple architecture and a beautiful foyer with ponds filled with pink lotuses. Entry is free but, as with any temple visit in Bali, you’re required to wear a sash and sarong around the waist. Traditional dance performances take place at the temple’s amphitheatre every evening. Taman Saraswati Temple is accessible from the Jalan Kajeng side street, off the main road of Jalan Raya Ubud. Location: OnJalan Kajeng, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Bali Zoo covers more than 8 hectares of lush tropical gardens in the village of Singapadu in the Gianyar regency. There are various tropical plants and fauna ranging from mammals, birds and reptiles. The zoo is pleasant to walk through, and features a range of experiences. Kids can enjoy pony rides, photo sessions with animals, and outbound adventures throughout their visit. Bali Zoo is a convenient stopover for families travelling to Ubud from the southern end of Bali. Location: Jalan Raya Singapadu, Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia Open: Daily from 9am to 5pm Phone: +62 (0)361 294 357
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Bali Zoo
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Bali Zoo covers more than 8 hectares of lush tropical gardens in the village of Singapadu in the Gianyar regency. There are various tropical plants and fauna ranging from mammals, birds and reptiles. The zoo is pleasant to walk through, and features a range of experiences. Kids can enjoy pony rides, photo sessions with animals, and outbound adventures throughout their visit. Bali Zoo is a convenient stopover for families travelling to Ubud from the southern end of Bali. Location: Jalan Raya Singapadu, Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia Open: Daily from 9am to 5pm Phone: +62 (0)361 294 357
Pura Tirta Empul (Tirta Empul Templ) is an important temple complex and holy mountain spring in Bali. The spring feeds various purification baths, pools and fish ponds surrounding the outer perimeter, which all flow to the Tukad Pakerisan River. The central courtyard houses a purification bath lined with 13 sculpted spouts. It can be tempting to try out the purification bathing ritual yourself, but the formal routine is strictly meant for pilgrims and devotees. As with any temple visit in Bali, it's always important to dress respectfully. Women on their periods shouldn't enter the temple or any sacred site and may enjoy the sights and attractions around the outer perimeters.Read more Location: Jalan Tirta, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia Open: Daily from 9am to 5pm
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Tirta Empul Temple
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Pura Tirta Empul (Tirta Empul Templ) is an important temple complex and holy mountain spring in Bali. The spring feeds various purification baths, pools and fish ponds surrounding the outer perimeter, which all flow to the Tukad Pakerisan River. The central courtyard houses a purification bath lined with 13 sculpted spouts. It can be tempting to try out the purification bathing ritual yourself, but the formal routine is strictly meant for pilgrims and devotees. As with any temple visit in Bali, it's always important to dress respectfully. Women on their periods shouldn't enter the temple or any sacred site and may enjoy the sights and attractions around the outer perimeters.Read more Location: Jalan Tirta, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia Open: Daily from 9am to 5pm
Blanco Renaissance Museum is the home and studio of the late Philippine-born maestro, Don Antonio Blanco. Located on a hilltop overlooking the lush valley of Campuhan, it houses paintings, collages and illustrated poetry, together with lithographic artworks of his favourite subject: nude Balinese women. Blanco Renaissance Museum offers guided tours throughout the day, with the artist’s family members as the hosts you if you’re lucky. The thought-provoking collections, lush garden surroundings, and onsite cafe offer a nice stopover for your Ubud trip.Read more Location: Jalan Raya Campuhan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia Open: Daily from 9am to 5pm Phone: +62 (0)361 975 502
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The Blanco Renaissance Museum
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Blanco Renaissance Museum is the home and studio of the late Philippine-born maestro, Don Antonio Blanco. Located on a hilltop overlooking the lush valley of Campuhan, it houses paintings, collages and illustrated poetry, together with lithographic artworks of his favourite subject: nude Balinese women. Blanco Renaissance Museum offers guided tours throughout the day, with the artist’s family members as the hosts you if you’re lucky. The thought-provoking collections, lush garden surroundings, and onsite cafe offer a nice stopover for your Ubud trip.Read more Location: Jalan Raya Campuhan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia Open: Daily from 9am to 5pm Phone: +62 (0)361 975 502
The Ubud Royal Palace is close to the Ubud Art Market so you can easily visit both places at the same time. It is located in the center of the city and dates from the 1800s when it was built during the reign of Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel. The Royal Family still lives in sections of the palace which is also used for ceremonial reasons but you can still walk around the gardens here and enjoy the Balinese ornate architecture. It is also known as the best place to come in the evenings if you want to take in a traditional Balinese dance performance.
Peliatan Palace
63 Jl. Cok Gede Rai
The Ubud Royal Palace is close to the Ubud Art Market so you can easily visit both places at the same time. It is located in the center of the city and dates from the 1800s when it was built during the reign of Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel. The Royal Family still lives in sections of the palace which is also used for ceremonial reasons but you can still walk around the gardens here and enjoy the Balinese ornate architecture. It is also known as the best place to come in the evenings if you want to take in a traditional Balinese dance performance.
Shopping
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Casa Luna Restaurant
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The Ubud Art Market is a good place to find beautiful silk scarves, lightweight shirts, statues, kites, handmade woven bags, baskets or hats and many other hand-crafted goods and souvenirs/ gifts. Locally known as Pasar Seni Ubud, the market is just opposite Puri Saren Agung (Ubud Royal Palace). There are plenty of the common items that you’ll find all around the island, including beach clothes and shirts printed with “Bali” on them, as well as ikat (woven) skirts, Balinese-style paintings, woodcarvings and woven baskets. Most of the goods found at the Ubud Art Market are made in the neighbouring villages of Pengosekan, Tegallalang, Payangan and Peliatan.Read more. Location: Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia Open: Daily from 8am to 5pm
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UBUD ART MARKET
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The Ubud Art Market is a good place to find beautiful silk scarves, lightweight shirts, statues, kites, handmade woven bags, baskets or hats and many other hand-crafted goods and souvenirs/ gifts. Locally known as Pasar Seni Ubud, the market is just opposite Puri Saren Agung (Ubud Royal Palace). There are plenty of the common items that you’ll find all around the island, including beach clothes and shirts printed with “Bali” on them, as well as ikat (woven) skirts, Balinese-style paintings, woodcarvings and woven baskets. Most of the goods found at the Ubud Art Market are made in the neighbouring villages of Pengosekan, Tegallalang, Payangan and Peliatan.Read more. Location: Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia Open: Daily from 8am to 5pm