Ubud is known for its culture and tradition, there are dozens of activities to do in Ubud you can spend 2 days, a week or a month, and you will still have new things to explore in Ubud.
If you have reached Ubud by afternoon, we suggest you to hire the two-wheeler next day, provided you are fond of walking. Ubud’s architecture is mesmerizing! Take a walk down the lane which goes towards palace and you’ll find many fascinating roadside cafes offering great food and drinks.
See the place like a local, walk and visit the market, enjoy the food and shopping areas.
But if you have to pick the must to do’s then we will suggest you the 9 amazing attractions of Ubud which you should not miss.
One of the best cafes in Ubud, also provides vegetarian, vegan as well as gluten-free options to eat, the staff is extremely courteous. Wooden interior adds an appeal to it. This place is never empty, still very peaceful.
The best part is the food served here is so fresh and delicious, that you would always want to visit again to try more.
They have an exquisite drink menu with so many healthy options, if you are not in healthy drinks don’t be sad, they also serve beer. Not to forget the coffee as Bali is known for it. This is your one stop cafe for the freshest food and drinks. It’s a must try.
Opening hours: 7.30 am to 11.00 pm
Ubud Palace is one of finest attractions right in the center of Ubud, if you are a culture and tradition lover, you gotta visit this. You can reach the palace by 6 pm and take a walk around the palace, people start taking the front seats to see the 7 pm show which is a good mix of cultural dance with incredible live music played, depicting stories.
The dancers are so expressive, its real fun to see them all perform in such beautiful costumes, there are 4 to 5 acts and it’s a one hour show.
The locals sell chill beer to the audience. As you can see in the picture, if you are late you will miss the best seat.
Opening hours: 7.30 am to 11.00 pm
Clear Cafe is a lovely place to eat and spend some quality time; the place has variety of seating options. If you go in night they have a candle at every table, which adds to the beauty of this serene place.
Their Chocolate shake is the best drink and a must try, though it’s vegan but it tastes amazing. I tried it on my friend’s recommendation and it was worth every sip of it.
Clear cafe is a 7 min walk from Ubud palace approx 500 meters, it’s a quiet lane. It’s extremely clean, quiet, peaceful and has a wonderful interior along with great food!
Opening hours: 8 am to 11.00 pm
4.Tegallalang Rice Terraces
What a view? Isn’t it beautiful, we took a refreshing morning ride to this place for about 30 mins from Ubud palace road. It was quite enjoyable. Tegallalang paddy fields are one of best things to see in Ubud.
You can walk around in the fields, click numerous pictures, sit and do yoga, meditate, feel the breeze. It will make you feel so close to the nature.
If you are hungry after a walk down the rice terraces there is a great lineup of cafes right at the periphery offering spectacular view, where you can enjoy your food and drinks.
Opening hours: Opens at 7.00 am to 5 pm
5.City ride on scooter to discover the interior of Ubud
The best way to roam around in Ubud is to hire a scooter which is not pricey at all. You can discover the interiors of the city by visiting the Tegallalang rice terraces on the scooter. It’s a fun ride and you will see some amazing art and furniture shops.
Ubud art market is the highest recommended place for shopping, but if you wish to shop souvenirs for really cheap price then you should stop by the shops coming on the way to Tegallalang rice terraces.
In the entire Bali trip if you wish to shop Ubud is your destination. As you will move towards the modern Bali, same things will be more expensive. There is a variety of beautiful scarves, jewelry and lot more. Ubud is the hub of art and culture with so much of serenity that you will fall in love with this place.
6.Taman Ayun Temple
Taman Ayun Temple is a great example of magnificent architecture and scenic location, the temple is huge and glorious. It is located at 17 km from the Ubud palace road and it takes close to 45 mins to reach there by the taxi.
You can visit this temple on your way to your Tanah Lot sunset tour, it also has lotus and fish ponds. The temple is so big and surrounded by lush green landscape that you can get lost in it.
The atmosphere is so positive and rejuvenating that you won’t feel like leaving this place.You need to start early if you wish to spend more time here otherwise you will get late for your sunset tour.
Opening hours: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
7.Tanah Lot Sunset Tour
Tanah Lot temple is one of the splendid sights of Bali, it is around 34 kms from Ubud palace road and around 1 hour 30 minutes of drive. It is among the finest sunset points. Entry in the temple is forbidden for tourists, you can see it from outside and if you pay a little they will let you climb four stairs so you can click pictures.
It’s a great photo spot and is usually very crowded because of its touristy location and beautiful view.
You can enjoy the sunset from lot of open cafes in front of the temple situated at the perfect height, choose your best seat to click the sunset in your camera and enjoy it with every sip of your drink.
There is a small market area before you reach the temple, amazing shopping options for Bali coffee, scarves, jewelry, beautiful magnets shaped in form of Tanah Lot. It’s worth a visit while you are here for the sunset.
8.Batur Sunrise Trek
Magnificent Sunrise with an amazing adventure of trekking. If you are a nature lover and love to explore than Mt. Batur Trek should be on your list.
I would recommend this trek only if you are fit and can walk for about 3 hours, as the trek is quite steep and difficult but absolute fun.
You can read more on Mt. Batur Bali, the best sunrise ever for knowing how the experience would be like.
9.Luwak Coffee Farm
Once you finish your Batur trek , on the way you can see the coffee plantation along with the process of making coffee.
These farms give you a good informative walk around its coffee plantations, where the famous Kopi Luwak is produced. Civet Cats are reared and fed with ripe coffee berries which in turn produce this extremely strong and expensive form of coffee via their poop!
The gut fermentation of the coffee berry in the civet cat keeps the beans intact and it goes through a rigorous cleaning process, roasted and ground to have the world’s most expensive coffee.
If you are tired after the morning trek and the coffee plantations, then you just need to sit back and relax because they will serve you all variety of teas and coffees that you just saw for free. You can get refreshed by sipping the variety with a brilliant view.
If you wish to try Luwak coffee you need to pay for it. They also have a wide variety of other organic products like oils, chocolates along with tea and coffee for you to buy.