A Coeliac’s guide to eating gluten free in Bali

In July 2016 I was lucky enough to spend two blissful weeks in Bali with my mum where we relaxed by the pool and ate our way through all the amazing cafes and restaurants Bali has to offer. Whilst I was slightly apprehensive before heading to Bali that gluten free options for a Coeliac would be difficult, I was completely blown away by the amount of options available! Admittedly I did do a lot of Instagram searching and asking around before I left, but I also stumbled across some hidden gems whilst I was over there in both Seminyak and Ubud. Therefore, I have created list of my favourite gluten free friendly places in Bali including where they are located, my recommended menu items and what dietary requirements they cater for. However, this list is by no means exhaustive as I am sure there is many more gluten free options in Bali so if you have any other suggestions feel free to let me know for next time… I am sure my mum will be more than happy to dragged all over Bali again just so I can find the café I spotted on Instagram ; ) 

CAFÉ ORGANIC

Café Organic is for the #gardengangstas out there serving up super-charged food all day long. Having a Byron Bay background, Café Organic provides a relaxed place to hang out and eat your way through their 100% vegetarian menu, also with gluten free, vegan and raw options. Whether it be a coconut milk coffee, smoothie in a fresh coconut or deconstructed sushi bowl, Café Organic won’t disappoint!!

LOCATION: Jl. Petitenget No.99 X, Kec. Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali

WEBSITE: http://cafeorganicbali.com/

MUST HAVE: Acai bowl and coffee

GREAT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE: Gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, raw food diet

SISTERFEILDS

Sisterfields café is the perfect combination of western world comforts and beautiful Balinese service. With its marble table tops, extensive menu and central location it’s a foodies go to café when in Seminyak.

LOCATION: Jl. Kayu Cendana No.7, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali,

WEBSITE: http://sisterfieldsbali.com/

GREAT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE: Gluten free or love a good coffee

EARTH CAFÉ

Located in the heart of both Seminyak and Ubud the Earth Café provides a 100% vegetarian menu with gluten free, vegan and raw options as well. Their menu is MASSIVE. Earth Café also have fridges full of delicious raw treats and a grocer where you can stock up organic beauty products, local fruit and vegetables & snacks.

LOCATION:

  • Seminyak: Jl. Lesmana/Oberoi No. 99, Seminyak, Bali
  • Ubud: Jl. Goutama Selatan, Ubud, Bali

WEBSITE: http://www.earthcafebali.com/

MUST HAVE: Raw pizza and falafels

GREAT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE: Gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, dairy free

SHELTER BALI

Tucked away from one of the main roads in the heart of Seminyak, The Shelter is a little haven you won’t want to miss. If your gluten free you MUST try the hotcakes!! I went back twice just to have them again because they are so light and fluffy (GF people you will understand this excitment). Below The Shelter is also a Nalu Bowls serving up your favourite smoothie bowls all day long. Apart from ordering the hotcakes (doooo it) I would also recommend making sure you’re not in a rush to get anywhere quick as it can take a while to get your meal… But I can promise its worth the wait!!

LOCATION: 2A Jalan Drupadi, Seminyak, Bali

WEBSITE: http://www.sheltercafebali.com/#home

MUST HAVE: Gluten free hotcakes and coffee

GREAT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE: Gluten free, vegetarian, vegan 

NALU BOWLS

If you don’t have a Nalu Bowl in Bali did you really go to Bali?? Nalu Bowls are dotted throughout Bali serving up 6 different smoothie bowls. After trying my fair share whilst I was away (would be rude not to) I would definitely say the ‘Maverick’ bowl was my favourite- its an acai bowl but better. They are all topped with granola and different fruits but if your gluten free make sure you ask for no granola because its made of oats. Instead swap them for coconut flakes or goji berries for a bit of crunch!

LOCATION:

  • Seminyak- Jl. Drupadi 1 2A Seminyak Indonesia
  • Uluwatu- Single Fin Restaurant & Bar
  • Canggu- Jl. Batu Mejan #88 (Before Echo Beach on the right)

WEBSITE: http://www.nalubowls.com/

MUST HAVE: Mavericks bowl

GREAT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE: Gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, dairy free  

SEA CIRCUS

Despite the name Sea Circus isn’t actual circus but its fun set up and good vibes make it feel as though it may as well be! Sea Circus is all about living a balanced diet (no wonder I loved it) and enjoying your food whether that means coconut chia pudding one day and indulging in pulled pork taco’s the next. Due to its amazing menu that caters for gluten free, vegetarians and dairy free people, Sea Circus is often quiet busy so I recommend booking before you go!

LOCATION: Jl. Kayu Aya No.22, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

WEBSITE: http://seacircus-bali.com/

MUST HAVE: Rice paper rolls and Kombucha

GREAT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE: Gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian

MOTEL MEXICOLA

Your go to place for all things Mexican, sangria and fun. Mexicola has an extensive menu to choose from or you can do the banquet for $20 and let them do the deciding (highly recommended for the indecisive people like me). The banquet and plenty of items on the menu can be done gluten free and vegetarian with a few modifications so you don’t have to miss out on all the fun. Such a vibrant environment to have dinner with friends with all the staff having as much fun as you are.

LOCATION: Jl Kayu Jati No 9X Seminyak, Bali

WEBSITE: http://www.motelmexicolabali.com/

MUST HAVE: Banquet

GREAT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE: Gluten free and vegetarian 

 

FINNS BEACH CLUB/ POTATO HEAD

These two beach clubs are sure to make you feel like your living the high life for a day as you lounge on the day beds and sip cocktails in the infinity pools. But when you’ve had a few to many cocktails (easy to do) and decide food is a wise idea these two have got your back. Finn’s Beach Club has their gluten free options already marked on the menu with heaps of choices for both meals and snacks that will satisfy your munchies. Potato head on the other hand doesn’t have gluten free options marked on the menu but they are very accommodating if you request for gluten free. We shared a nachos and they were delish!

LOCATION:

  • Finn’s Beach Club: Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu, Bali
  • Potato Head: Jl. Petitenget No. 51B, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali

WEBSITE: Finn’s Beach Club- http://www.finnsbeachclub.com/

MUST HAVE: Nourish bowl from Finn’s Beach Club

GREAT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE: Gluten free/ love cocktails served in a coconut ; )

THE BRIDGE (UBUD)

I found it harder to find gluten free options whilst in Ubud but luckily this gem was just down the road from me. With a separate gluten free lunch and dinner menu you will feel confident knowing you are in safe hands. The staff are lovely and very accommodating even providing you with gluten free bread while waiting for your meal so you don’t feel like the hangry person giving everyone the evils for eating bread in front of you.

LOCATION: Jl. Raya Campuhan, Ubud, Sayan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

WEBSITE: http://bridgesbali.com/

GREAT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE: Gluten free and vegetarian


P.S. Be really mindful that a lot of traditional Balinese dishes use wheat containing sauces in them so make sure you ask them before eating anything. My rule of thumb was if I was worried about it not being 100% gluten free I didn’t eat it!

P.P.S. To make the above process easier download this Balinese translation to explain what foods you can’t eat when you have Coeliac’s disease. It’s a life saver when gluten free options aren’t marked on a menu!

Can’t wait to hear your favourite Gluten Free places in Bali!

Alex

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3 thoughts on “A Coeliac’s guide to eating gluten free in Bali

  1. Hi Alex , so wonderful to read all the gluten free places to eat. Did you have any concerns with cross contamination ? I am coeliac and my 11 yold is too, she is quite sensitive so I am trying to find places before we go in March.. many thanks

    1. Hi Cecily,

      Glad you found the information helpful! In terms of cross contamination I found that most of the more westernised cafes were really good about being mindful of cross contamination so I did not have any issues when I ate there. I found at more traditional Balinese restaurants that due to the language barrier it was harder to explain what cross contamination was as explaining to them what gluten was was hard enough sometimes. My best advice would be to download the gluten free translation and take that with you so when your in doubt you can provide them with that. But I think if you stick to fresh foods and are careful about sauces then you should both be fine 🙂
      Hope you have an amazing trip! Wish I was going again 🙂
      Alex
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