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The cultural capital of Bali: eat, create, relax

The jewel of Indonesia, Bali, is known to many tourists thanks to a series of luxury hotels and a promenade with clean sand and the azure sea. But if the tourist goes deep into the island, then he will meet mystical ancient temples and cult rice fields of Ubud. Here you can see the perfect different face of Bali.

Ubud has been the cultural capital of Bali since 1930. When traveling in Indonesia, be sure to include it in your itinerary.

The combination of gourmet exotic food, art, beauty and traditional local culture has attracted tourists for years. How to get to know the city better?

Taste life
Little Ubud has an impressive number of restaurants and cafes serving exciting culinary delights.

The star of New York, confectioner Will Goldfarb opened his establishment in Bali in 2009. Room 4 Dessert serves exclusive sweets and cocktails: magical textured caramel is served here, it is possible to order a tasting set.

Feel the feel of a holiday of life as you dine at Locavore, one of Indonesia’s 50 best restaurants. Here you can taste more than 20 dishes, served very creatively and prepared with local products.

In Mozaic’s magical garden, world-class chef Chris Salans combines modern European traditions and spices with traditional indigenous dishes.

If your budget is low, head to Hujan Locale. This place is run by the famous chef Will Meyerik. Here you can enjoy bold Indonesian dishes.

William Wongso placed Manisan among his own paddy fields. This indisputable headliner of Indonesian cuisine, offers various variations on the theme of authentic dishes.

Near the borders of Penestanan, a green, picturesque area, Moksa creates culinary masterpieces from raw foods and juices. All ingredients are grown in a local garden nearby. This is an institution that promotes healthy eating and specializes in raw food and vegan dishes. One of the most popular in Bali.

Be sure to try the classic breakfast for champions in Bali: ayam betutu – spicy spicy chicken or babi guling – roast pig.

If you go to the Ubud market in the morning, you can try many authentic dishes, including juicy fried pork with crispy crust.

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Get inspired by art
German-born artist Walter Spies arrived in Ubud in 1927, bringing with him many Western artistic techniques. Here he created the reputation of the town as a paradise for the artist. Therefore, by the end of the 1930s, a visionary government began to develop this place as a center of art and culture.

Today, there are many art galleries that create the so-called salon art – lush gorges and green hills. They inspire many art lovers.

ARMA, Puri Lukisan and NEKA are the most famous museums that hold rich collections of Balinese art. There are exhibits of contemporary Indonesian artists, as well as local author of Dutch origin Ari Smith.

Threads of Life is a fantastic commercial gallery showcasing Indonesia’s rich textile tradition. Also, ancient weaving traditions are preserved here.

Gaya Ceramic offers amazing ceramic products, as well as holds various master classes. Ewa Gallery sells traditional tribal art from Papua New Guinea.

Ubud essentially became a center for the study of traditional Balinese art, from wood carving to silverware.

Relax and gain strength
Tourists will be amazed at the huge amount of advertising offering to know themselves, do yoga, have a relaxing tea party or listen to the singing of Tibetan bowls.

Here, many practice yoga. And there is no better place to practice these practices in the open air than the rice fields of Sayan.

For a long time, the Yoga Barn yoga center has been operating. Various relaxing practices and alternative treatments are also practiced here, and you can also visit the spa.

Go to Bali and get a lot of pleasure from exploring Ubud!

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