Tranquil Ubud (part II)

So sorry for the long silence, also the gap between this sequel and the previous one. Guess I’m too busy living my live while daydreaming lately. Well, if you’re following, you might know that I wrote my recap of our stay in Ubud on the first and the second day here, and I’d like tell you about some other stories of it.

But I’m gonna do this post with numbers, so here’s the list you may thank me later when you decide to visit Ubud. A to-do list for your next trip, perhaps? 😉

1. Visiting Nyuh Kuning Village

Nyuh Kuning neighborhood at a glace
Nyuh Kuning neighborhood at a glance

Read the longer explanation of why you should pay a visit to this lovely village on my previous post. To reach Nyuh Kuning, you can take a shortcut from Monkey Forest if you ride bicycle or motorcycle, or ride through Jalan Pengosekan – Jalan Nyuh Kuning and take a turn to the north for thicker rural atmosphere.

2. Treat yourself some delish-healthy meals

Can't get over it!
Our meals in Warung Sopa. Can’t get over it!

Ubud is such a heaven for those who are into healthy lifestyle. You can easily find healthy restaurant and cafe around you. Just name it! Warung Sopa, Bali Buda, Alchemy, Wulan’s Warung, Kafe, and so many more. They mostly come with reasonable price. I only spent around IDR 30k for a big lunch in Warung Sopa and Wulan’s Warung. I don’t know if this may sound a bit exaggerating, but it seems like we couldn’t find any bad restaurant in Ubud, even a dubious restaurant (because it was gloomy and there wasn’t any visitor other than us at that time) we visited turned out to have delicious menus.

3. Do the yoga at The Yoga Barn

Warm sunrise at The Yoga Barn
Warm sunrise at The Yoga Barn

Eating healthy food and doing yoga. I’m a damn healthy lifestyle person, right?

Ok, kidding.

Well, this lazy ass was actually just being a good company for the yoga queen, Aprishi Allita, back then. So what did I do during the wait? No other than eating at The Yoga Barn’s cafe (pffft)-(oh no probs, still healthy, it’s ok since they served vegetarian foods and gluten free cakes)-(ah, self defending!). They have THE BEST carrot cake ever, and it’s also served with gluten free. For me who’s having problem eating foods with too much flour and cream, this feels sooo heavenly satisfying. Oh and about the yoga? Just ask Aprishi for more details.

Ok, the sub-title for point number 3 was just failed, it was supposed to be ‘Do the eat at The Yoga Barn’, wasn’t it?

4. Take a walk and do a shop-hopping

The famous Kou Cuisine
The famous Kou Cuisine at Jalan Monkey Forest

There are a lot of unique shops in Ubud. They mostly spread along Jalan Monkey Forest, Jalan Ubud Raya, and Jalan Hanoman. You can find some international brands’ concept stores, souvenirs shops, also pretty boutiques around. I’d suggest you to park your vehicles somewhere convenient, and take a walk. It will ease you to go in and out the stores.

5. Boost your morning with a cup of coffee at Seniman Coffee

The view from our table, another part of Seniman Coffee
The view from our table, another part of Seniman Coffee

Three persons suggested me to pay a visit to this place. Seniman Coffee is claimed to serve the best coffee in town. Seeing the place which was always full of visitor perhaps proved it right. I couldn’t judge, since I’m not a coffee drinker, and I ordered juice instead of coffee there. But another thing that makes it worth a visit is actually their concept especially regarding how they manage to recreate common things to be a very unusual furnitures.

See the iconic 'Kursi Bakso'?
See the iconic ‘Kursi Bakso’?
Brilliant!
Why didn’t I think about this earlier!

6. Shop for some souvenirs in Pasar Ubud

Just like any other typical pasar seni, perhaps you’ll find the sellers provide pretty similar stuff inside. You also have to be very careful cause the sellers may drag and force you to buy their products (this innocent girl was a victim).

Pasar Ubud
The crowd in Pasar Ubud

7. Hanging out in the roadside cafes at Jalan Raya Ubud

You can easily spot some cafes at Jalan Raya Ubud, from nasi Bali to gelato, they serve them all well. We tried out Secret Gelato and Oops Gelato, and they’re pretty good. Plus you’ll also be entertained with the ambience around the street, priceless.

Enjoying our cups of gelato in Secret Gelato, Jalan Raya Ubud
Enjoying our cups of gelato in Secret Gelato, Jalan Raya Ubud

8. Visiting Green School

If you happened to be an architecture or environment enthusiast, you might not want to miss this place. Green School! It was like a trending topic back when I was in architecture school for its very sustainable design and concept. And finally I got a chance to visit this super school. It took almost one hour driving from Ubud, and the place was totally like a hidden gem. You’ll not only be amazed of it’s architectural design or it’s environmental-sustainability concept, even the curriculum idea also made me want to go back to school again there.

A sweet corner in the main building
A sweet corner in the main building
The construction 100% consists of bamboo
The construction 100% consists of bamboo

9. Get lost in those alleys

Don’t hesitate to stroll around the city. Surprise yourself! You might find some pretty objects and places around. I personally find it interesting to witness locals’ daily life.

This was just too colourful, in many ways!
This was just too colourful, in many ways!
An empty building somewhere near Jalan Raya Ubud
An empty building somewhere near Jalan Raya Ubud
A peek behind the gate
A peek behind the gate

One thing for sure; Ubud is so colourful. I don’t know, but that was my impression to portray Ubud in one word other than tranquil, of course. Yes, colourful. I and Aprishi were also agree that happiness galore was so obvious here and there in Ubud.

A revisit to Ubud someday? Yes for sure, without any considering.

Thanks to ma boho-sister for making this trip happened!
Thanks to ma boho-sister for making this trip happened!
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