Bali’s national dish, nasi goreng – fried rice with all the trimmings – might not be particularly photogenic, but scratch the surface of the island and you’ll find something much more vibrant. Spurred on, perhaps, by the health-and-yoga retreats for which the island is famous, Bali’s raw-and-vegan food culture is one of the most exciting in the world. Taking advantage of their magnificent fresh fruit – in particular the pitaya or dragon fruit – Bali is producing some of the world’s most beautiful smoothie bowls. Here’s our list of where to order one for yourself.
This café serves up a beautiful organic dragon bowl with goji berries, granola, banana, and cocoa. Other brightly coloured options include the traditional dadar gulung (bright-green pancakes stuffed with sweet coconut filling) and black-rice porridge topped with fresh fruit.
Situated in Canggu, Bali, this health food café offers lots of vegetarian and vegan options in absurdly bright colours. The bowls – occasionally bright purple, thanks to the dragon fruit – are popular breakfast options. If you’re after something slightly more wicked, their Oreo and Snickers cheesecakes also get rave reviews.
Try the perfectly purple pitaya bowl at this Padang Padang café. Also on offer: Magnificent latte art. (We’re particularly impressed by this panda), luminous fresh juices, vegan pie, vegan berry-and-coconut cheesecake, and green-tea lattes.
This 100% vegetarian cafe serves their dragon bowl in a halved coconut. How’s that for tropical freshness? Also on offer: purple lattes and gluten-free pancakes.
This café is famous for its mandala bowls. Try a maroon crisp bowl with strawberry, papaya, dragon fruit, ginger, cacao, and apple juice; a lush matcha bowl with matcha, spinach, banana, pineapple and soy milk; or the bright amber version with banana, mango, papaya, turmeric and carrot juice.
The luminous green and pink chia pudding jars containing banana, dragon fruit, chia seeds and coconut milk, topped with raw cacao nibs, are highly recommended. Also on offer is a range of tonics featuring ginseng, organic goji berries, other foods championed by Chinese herbalists, and an artisanal Chinese tea menu.
This modern, Australian restaurant serves up classic eggs Benedict, breakfast burritos, parmesan-topped polenta fries, burgers and blueberry ricotta pancakes. If you’re after something a little healthier, try a bright-green juice, or one of their impossibly pretty acai berry bowls.
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