Welcome to Ubud: Bali’s Captivating Cultural Heart

Nestled amid lush rice paddies and carved river gorges in central Bali, Ubud is the island’s cultural heart. As both a traditional village and an increasingly cosmopolitan town, Ubud offers an enthralling blend of sacred temples, royal history, captivating art galleries, yoga studios, and charming cafes. Surrounded by terraced rice fields and thick jungle, Ubud provides a tranquil base to experience the richness of Balinese spirituality, art, dance, music, and cuisine.

From staying in intimate homestays to exploring ancient monuments and sampling flavorful local dishes, Ubud offers an authentic insight into the vibrant culture and tranquil beauty of Bali. Let this guide reveal the highlights, hidden gems, and practical tips to help you plan an unforgettable visit to this magical town.

  • Ubud has a thriving food scene with restaurants serving Balinese, Indonesian, and international cuisine.
  • Popular options include Locavore for fine dining, Clear Cafe for healthy “Bali bowls”, and Naughty Nuri’s for BBQ pork ribs.
  • There are many cute cafes overlooking the rice fields like Folk Pool & Gardens and Moka Coffee Plantation.
Accommodation Option
  • Ubud has a wide range of accommodation from luxury resorts to budget guesthouses.
  • Some top options are Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Komaneka at Bisma, and Tegal Sari for mid-range stays.
  • Affordable options include Nick’s Pension and Family Guest House.
  • Ubud is considered the yoga capital of Bali with many studios like The Yoga Barn, Radiantly Alive, and Intuitive Flow.
  • You can take classes, attend retreats, and even become a certified teacher.
  • Nightlife is relaxed in Ubud compared to southern Bali.
  • Popular spots include Laughing Buddha Bar for live music and No Mas for its lively atmosphere.
  • Famous temples include Pura Taman Saraswati, Gunung Kawi, Tirta Empul, and Goa Gajah.
  • You can visit these ancient sites and sacred springs.
  • Ubud is known for its art galleries, craft shops, and boutiques selling unique souvenirs.
  • Visit the Ubud Art Market, ARMA, Agung Rai Museum of Art, and Neka Art Museum.
  • ARMA Museum – Showcases traditional and contemporary Balinese art with special exhibits.
  • Puri Lukisan Museum – Oldest art museum in Ubud with a large collection of Balinese paintings.
  • Neka Art Museum – Features artwork by expat Walter Spies along with traditional Balinese pieces.
  • Penestanan – Charming village renowned for its artists, cafes, and art galleries.
  • Mas Village – Woodcarving village where you can watch craftsmen at work.
  • Celuk Village – Silversmithing village home to many jewelry shops and workshops.