What would your reaction be if I tell you that in a month of living in Indonesia, I ate only at all vegan restaurants & I didn’t have to repeat a single one of them? Shocking isn’t it? The first thought of most travellers visiting Southeast Asia is - ‘oh but they put fish sauce in everything’ - well yes & not entirely yes.
They definitely use a lot of animal-derived ingredients in their dishes which may be seemingly vegetarian! But that’s not entirely true. Bali is a vegan foodies' heaven. And I know that’s a very strong statement, but it's true! The last time I felt my tastebuds were bamboozled was when I tried vegan food in Berlin. And from my travels, Bali vegan food scene comes a close second on my list.
Now, before we jump into the most fun part of the blog (must-visit cafes in Bali) lemme quickly iron out the difference between a warung and a cafe.
What are warungs in Bali?
Warungs mean a small family-owned business, and in the case of food, it means a small eatery or a cafe. If you love to experiment with local cuisine then you must visit some warungs in Bali. They serve only local vegan dishes or veganised versions of the local cuisine.
And if you ask me, you don’t want to miss out on the bomb Balinese flavours! While cafes/eateries on the other hand offer cuisine from across the world.
Now that we know the difference between a warung and a cafe. Let’s take a look at some of the vegan cafes in Bali in this blog.
Cost of eating out in Bali:
Street food & local warungs are the most pocket-friendly options, with a meal starting at Rs 100. Upscale cafes would have meals starting at Rs 300. A coffee would cost you Rs 150, and most of the cafes charge extra for plant-based milk. A small bottle of Bintang would cost around Rs 150. Water is free at most eateries with a few exceptions where you’ll be changed for a bottle.
Must-visit vegan cafes in Bali: