So you’re going to Bali! You’re here for a short time, and want to make sure that you don’t miss anything. What do you do? Where do you stay? Should I rent a car? What about a motorbike? The following is a completely unbiased plan for your Bali adventure by Warung Falafel ;)
Motorbikes are by far the most common form of transportation on the island. Immediately after you arrive, you will marvel at the controlled chaos the traffic displays. Motorbikes are cheap to rent (about IDR 50,000/day or IDR 500,000/month) and are the quickest way to your destination amidst the traffic. Bali however, is not a place to learn how to ride a motorbike. Traffic can be different than it is back home, and if you're not a confident rider, do not rent a motorbike.
Should you fall into this category you can choose to hire a car or driver. Since the roads and traffic in Bali are different than back home, we suggest you hire a driver. Rates are relatively inexpensive, and if you go this route you'll have an air controlled car and an insight into the culture from your driver. Make sure you know the going rate for rides (by checking online or asking your accommodation), and try to plan your days accordingly. Often times it's cheaper to hire one driver for the whole day than it is to hire different drivers for each route.
WHERE TO STAY
Although Bali is a relatively small island, traveling across it can take some time. Geography is vast and diverse. The most touristic region in Bali is ‘The South.’ We consider The South to be mostly South of Ubud. Ubud is considered by many to be the cultural heart of the island. Ubud lies at the foothills of the more mountainous North. It’s rich in jungles, temples, yoga, massages, healers, rivers, amazing restaurants and beautiful people.
If your the type of person who is into day trips, it’s smart to stay in Ubud and make this your home base. If your on a circuit, sleeping at different places each night, definitely make Ubud a stop on the way.
The only thing Ubud does not have is the ocean. So if you must be at the beach, it might make sense to visit Ubud on a day trip from a different ocean side accommodation.
UBUD DAY TRIP IDEAS
Day trip 1: North
Day Trip 2: South
Day Trip 3: Uluwatu
La Pacha Mama
DOWN TO EARTH MARKET
PASAR (local market early in the morning and Art Market all day)
*WARUNG FALAFEL is located inside the PASAR
WALKS + TOURS
Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Bambu Indah River Walk
Green School Tour
Kul Kul Farm Tour
Further south, you have the Bukit Peninsula referred to many as Uluwatu. Due to it’s geographical isolation, this area take some time to get too (from Ubud). The surf is amazing here, and the mellow lifestyle makes this place a great place to relax.
On the South West coast of Bali lies the tourist hotspots of Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, and Canggu. These places have all the shopping one may need. Canggu is less developed than the rest but is quickly rising in density due to its great surf, restaurants, and young/hip scene.
On the West Coast lies Nusa Dua, Sanur, Keramas. Nusa Dua has great resorts and beaches. Sanur is a cute town on the beach with a lot of restaurant options as well. Here you can catch a fast boat to Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida. Keramas is a quiet beach area with a couple of resorts. The surf is great here and the scenery is amazingly beautiful. Komune Resort is a beautiful place to relax by the pool (located on the beach), sip a coconut, and watch the surfers.
For a more authentic Bali experience go to the North of the island. This has been least touched by tourism. You can find waterfalls, rice paddies and villages here.
Bali has something for everyone, and its impossible to cover all the islands splendors in this brief of a post.
If your interested in following some instagram accounts to learn more about the islands offerings some good ones include:
Ubud has so many options for food. We are known for fresh unique dishes, and people from all over the world are constantly amazed by the selection we have. If your in the mood for mexican than go to La Pacha Mama or Taco Casa. If you want raw food than go to Sayuri's, Alchemy, or Seeds of Life. Coffee? Go to Seniman. Tempeh buffalo wings? Go to Sage. Falafel? Go to Warung Falafel. We ship our Organic chickpeas, and tahini from the Middle East. Our produce is Organic . And our service is fast. Enjoy your Falafel inside of the Ubud Art Market or order for takeaway/delivery.
Pizza, Chinese, Burrito's? Often times these are the standards when thinking about delivery. But what about Falafel? At Warung Falafel we make it easy to have authentic falafel all the time! Simply message us on WhatsApp, and soon you'll have a banana leaf wrapped Falafel sandwich at your door. Go to the "Contact & Delivery" section of our website to start your order :)
Thanks to @Dronegraphica for making this video happen!
Before Warung Falafel came into existence there existed a small little shop inside of The Ubud Art Market. It was a small space, and some might have concluded it was only fit for a small retail shop for selling tourists souvenirs. However, the Warung Falafel team imagined a different reality for this small store front. They dreamed to serve Organic, Plant Based Falafel, and this location felt right for the dream. Within a few months, construction was finished, and Falafel was served :)
We have created our menu from original recipes discovered in the Middle East. Unlike the Middle East, chickpeas and sesame seeds (the main ingredient in Tahina), are not staples in the Indonesian diet. For this reason we have chosen to import our Organic chickpeas and Tahina from the Middle East. This assures that our falafel’s taste is the most Authentic possible.
Street food is a food or drink sold by a vendor in a street or other public place such as at a market or fair. Often times it is sold from a portable booth, food cart, or truck and meant for immediate consumption. Every country around the world has their own unique street food. Indonesian street food is often served off a motorcycle. Falafel is one of the main Middle Eastern street foods and exists on almost every corner there. Being one of the only establishments serving food inside the Traditional Ubud Art Market, we wanted to create a different experience for our guests. Combining original Falafel recipes with Balinese ingredients Warung Falafel aims to create a fusion for those who love street food in Ubud. Step up to the window, choose your ingredients, and walk around the market while eating your Falafel sandwich wrapped in a banana leaf.
Our quick service format makes us a great option for food delivery Ubud. Simply send us a message on WhatsApp and we will take care of the rest :)
The island of the gods is home to some of the worlds best restaurants. International cuisines have migrated to Bali from the far reaches of the globe, which makes it possible to enjoy food from every continent. Many restaurants in Bali offer Falafel on their menu’s but we believe the dish deserves a restaurant devoted solely to its greatness. Combining original recipes from the Middle East with local produce and flavors, we aim to create something unique. A typical Bali restaurant has a sit down cafe style to it. Although we offer seating at our restaurant, we wanted to keep things as simple as possible. This is why our establishment is small, and we recommend ordering for takeaway. This allows our guests to walk around the market as they eat! Our specialized focus allows us to make sure what we are doing is great. Through our focus on this wonderful dish, not only do we strive to be one of the best restaurants in Ubud and Bali, but we want to make the best falafel in Asia.
The “Traditional Ubud Art Market,” is located opposite the Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace and is open daily. Locally referred to as "Passer Seni Ubud,” it is a place where one can find beautiful silk scarves, lightweight shirts, baskets, hats, handmade woven bags, kites, hand crafted goods, instruments… Warung Falafel is located inside the market closer to the central soccer field. To find us, park in front of Tutmak restaurant and walk into the market. Enjoy a Falafel while taking in the market vibes.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
“Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.”
- Winston Churchill
“To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”
“The first wealth is health.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Their exists an endless amount of quotes from famous people on the importance of good health. Health is the only thing one has, which remains, when all else is taken away. The three most important keys to good health (in our opinion) are quality sleep, movement, and diet. It varies from person to person, but the average adult requires 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Exercise, dance, yoga, surfing, and sports are all good examples of movement that will keep an individual healthy. As Newton's first law of physics states an object in motion stays in motion, which is no different than the human body. Lastly, diet. A plant based diet is proven to improve health across a broad spectrum. The human body renews its cells every 7 years . This essentially means that physically you are a new person every 7 years. This regeneration is a direct result of what you eat. This is why Warung Falafel chooses to use the best ingredients money can buy. We don’t take shortcuts. Because of our dedication to quality, our prices may be a little higher than other restaurants serving Falafel in Bali, but this decision directly affects your health.
Standards of Organic food vary worldwide, but organic farming in general features practices that aim to cycle resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. The restriction of the use of pesticides and fertilizers is extremely important in Organic farming. This is why choosing to eat Organic is a decision an individual can make which benefits quality of life tremendously. On average, Organic foods are 47% more expensive. This is due to many factors including but not limited too supply & demand, higher production costs, higher post-harvest costs, small economy of scale... Although Organic food is more expensive it is extremely important. In today’s industrial world the human body spends enough energy fighting off environmental pollutants. Consuming Organic foods is an easy way to assure that your body is getting only the best nutrients. It's like using jet-fuel as opposed to unleaded. You are what you eat, so you might as well eat the best! This is why Warung Falafel only buys from suppliers in Bali that are committed to Organic farming practices.
Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food and is one of the most popular forms of street food throughout the region. Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty mostly made from chickpeas and/ or fava beans. It is most commonly served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread known as laffa. Falafel frequently refers to a wrapped sandwich that is prepared in this way. The falafel balls are topped with salads, pickled vegetables, hot sauce, and drizzled with tahini-based sauces. The balls can be found all around the world and many people use them as a replacement for meat due to their "meaty" texture and consistency. The use of plant based products to make a falafel sandwich makes this cuisine by default vegan/vegetarian friendly. Rarely do people recognize the fact that falafel does not contain any animal products, making this an amazing option for the vegan/ vegetarian diet. To those who are unfamiliar with falafel, it may help to think of it as the Middle Eastern burrito.