Forget the cooking classes, the temple visits and the yoga studio. (Actually, don’t forget these: All are a wonderful part of the Bali experience that every visitor should try at least once!) Do, however, consider the path less traveled—literally, as in the activities you won’t find on TripAdvisor. We did, and, as such, present this edited list of where to go in Ubud. (For starters, anyway.)
1. SNORT CACAO IN LAZY CATS.
You heard (or, rather, read) it right: Lazy Cats is a hot new little spot in Ubud that boasts a simple menu, great coffee and a chill atmosphere. It’s popular destination within the usually toned-down night scene, thanks to a series of late night DJ sessions and the—no big deal here—option to SNORT LINES OF CACAO. Yep. You read it right. Apparently, it gives you a buzz, along with a nose full of of organic chocolate-y goodness and a great story to tell. The Lazy Cats Cafe menu is HERE
2. CUDDLE WITH ACTUAL CATS. AT A CAFE.
Speaking of cats, this is a different kind of cafe, one that is hidden in the center of Ubud and still not yet at theta of tourists’ must-see lists. Ever hear of those cafes boasting various animals for your dining and playing pleasure? (To clarify: We aren’t talking about dining on the animals, but dining with the animals.) It’s apt that a cat-loving location like Ubud offers a space for you to make friends with these furry felines. Hygienic and well thought out, there’s a personality profile on each of your new friends, and options on the menu for you to even treat them to a snack while you enjoy your own. Make sure you stop at Cat Cafe Ubud while you’re in town.
3. BRUSH UP ON YOUR COFFEE SKILLS.
Ubud has no shortage of great coffee spots, and, for the most talked-about of these great coffee spots, Seniman truly takes their coffee seriously. The point of difference is that this coffee shop offers courses in an adjoined studio dedicated purely to pursuing the art of coffee preparation. Some of the ways in which you can jazz up those coffee-making skills include a tutorial on milk art techniques, a demonstration on home brewing and a class in all things espresso.
4. LOUNGE—AND DINE—IN A FIRST-CLASS MOVIE EXPERIENCE.
Those wanting a movie fix while in Bali will be surprised to learn what Ubud has to offer. Namely: Paradiso, a hidden gem that pairs new(ish) movies, topical documentaries and live music with the vegan menu of the beloved Bali chain eatery Earth Cafe (of which it is a part). The 50,000rp (less than $4 US) cost of a ticket is used as a voucher of sorts to go toward the cost of your dinner, beverage or snacks, and table service is offered throughout the whole movie / performance.
And that is just four of the crazy things we discovered whilst in Bali. One thing is for sure: Just one day in this exciting, vibrant and wonderfully weird town is not enough.
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