I'm a travelling mother of one, from the UK but now living in Indonesia. Looking forward to sharing day out ideas with you.
Published July 15th 2019
Take a look here for your best meat free options in Sanur
The whole of Bali is a dream for vegans. Around the island you'll normally find a host of restaurants that can cater for an animal-free diet. With that said, Sanur is lacking compared to other areas. Although most restaurants offer a good vegan/vegetarian option, there are only a few solely in the vegan market. But on the plus side the few that we do have are all very different from each other giving you a wide choice.
Vegan food is interesting and fun - Malaika Secret Moksha
Gopols Cafe I've started with this one as it's in the heart of Sanur along the main street. You have parking for both cars and mopeds just to the side of the restaurant entrance, down the ramp. Taking the few steps inside you can either choose to eat in the airconditioned café style room or the covered area passed reception, near a swimming pool. They have a great menu offering juice, smoothies, teas and coffees, and meals from quick snacks, western and local to Indian and fast food like pizzas and sandwiches. On top of that they offer a varied selection for breakfast. It's hard to explain the prices as they are 'as expected' in Sanur on the main tourist street. Basic meals are around 65,000 IDR, so to me seem expensive compared to where I normally eat, but they are good value when looking at other restaurants in this area. You can pay with both card and cash.
Address Jalan Danau Tamblingan 105 Websit www.mahalalksmihotel.com Number 62 361 285 043 or 62 361 9381461 Opening hours 07.30am to 9pm everyday
Bodhi Leaf Eatery This place has ample parking out front but as you enter the complex you need to get a ticket and pay as you leave depending on how long you stay. The venue itself is very trendy and relaxed. It's cosy with about 6 tables and they have a small health food/item shop. The menu offers some really imaginative dishes including delicious cakes. You'll find it very much has a feel of healthy fresh eating as opposed to just being classed as vegan, local or western etc. The dishes are also around 50,000 IDR each so average value. You can pay by card but they normally ask for a minimum of 100,000 IDR and prefer cash. Address Jalan Letda Made Putra No 2B Komplek Pertokoan Udayana Denpasar
Number 0361 254 307 or WA 62 878 62011 762 Opening hours 7am to 8pm but they close for family day on the 30th of the month.
MaiVeg I know I shouldn't have a favourite but I have to say I love this place. It's very simple and small; there are only about 6 tables. I think as it is family owned and I find the staff really friendly. MaiVeg is a very local place, so don't expect to find many tourists or staff who speak fluent English, although they do speak a little. They offer rice, sometimes red and white, and a selection of sides. Normally there's a choice between six dishes. If you don't fancy those dishes, they also offer a menu.
Most meals are under 20,000 IDR making it the best value place. They have also started stocking vegan products like noodles, to sell. You may find that as the dishes are made for locals, some of them do have a slight spicy kick to them. I find it best to visit during the day as when it nears closing time they won't cook new items so the selection is less. Oh, and be sure to try their chocolate covered donuts, they're a must when my toddler and I visit. One last thing, it's on-street parking and cash only.
Address Jalan Tukad Musi Renon
Number 62 858 4789 8087
Opening hours 11am until 9pm – closed Sundays
It's slightly hard to find to this venue as it's in a shopping arcade. Once you turn left off Jalan P.B Sudirman you need to make your way right, anti-clockwise, around the complex. Pass under a small bridge, around the 3 o'clock position so to speak, and it's the 5th unit on the left hand side. Again there's lots of parking and inside it has a smaller canteen like feel, although, personally I find it really friendly and welcoming. The menu is very Asian-inspired, which I like, with lots of rice dishes, noodles and soups. However, it still offers pizza, 'chicken' nuggets, burgers and other western items. It's also great value once again.
I tend to class places as 'expensive' if the meals are over 30,000 IDR. For example, I enjoyed a rice dish with crackers and about 5 sides for just under 25,000 IDR here. It's one of those places where I keep having to check that everything really is vegan as it's so tasty. You can pay by card or cash here.
Address Pertokoan Sudirman Agung B 12A, 80234, Jl. Jend. Sudirman, Dauh Puri Klod, Kec. Denpasar Bar., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80232
Number (0361) 241035
Opening hours 8am until 11pm – Sundays and public holidays are 12noon to 11pm
Malaika Secret Moksha
Another restaurant I wanted to mention is Malaika Secret Moksha. It isn't strictly vegan but they have a wonderful selection. Also, on the last Friday of the month they offer a pay as you feel / donate what you can vegan buffet. It's simply amazing. The food's great, the crowd is always interesting and the venue's really welcoming. There's the choice of an air-conditioned area or upstairs open-air seating. This place also offers cooking classes and other events so well worth a look.
Address Jalan Danau Poso No 68
Number 62 821 4620 1553
Opening hours 9am until 10pm
There was another vegan restaurant in Sanur called Tasty Vegan, but sadly it seems to have closed.
On a final side note, if you're looking for health food shops we are lucky enough to have two - Club Sehat Bali and Satvika Bhoga. They both offer a wide range from vegan cheese and nuts to beans, milks and much more. Club Sehat also hosts healthy eating seminars and cooking demonstrations on certain weekends.
For all these restaurants I would definitely say the choice is fantastic so even if you've never tried vegan before these places are well worth a visit. Leave me a note and let me know what you think.