38 JI. Hanoman,
Padang Tegal, Ubud. Bali, Indonesia.
Open 7 days
0361 862 0505
I’ve been to Bali once before but one of the things I had on my travel list was to find a beautiful cafe, sit alone, and reflect on what has been a crazy year for me. Perhaps do some writing, but also enjoy some good food in the silence of my own company. On a recent visit to Ubud I found the perfect place to do just that.
Ubud for those of you that haven’t visited, is around two- to three hundred meters above sea level and surrounded by rice fields, its picturesque and attracts many ‘hippy’ travellers, lovers of yoga, mediation and beautiful nature. Some areas near the Monkey Forrest attract many tourists and the town centre can also be overcome with camera-totting foreigners. Within this organised chaos and in a setting as beautiful as you could imagine, I discovered the Atman Kafe. A vegan cafe with an amazing menu, and an atmosphere that was so, ‘un-touristy’. It was the peaceful hideaway from the world that I was seeking during my trip.
I ordered a vegan hot chocolate made with raw cacao and coconut milk. The contents of my large mug was super lush and creamy, almost soup-like. Definitely a meal on its own. The Atman Kafe also sells locally grown organic arabica coffee.
Sitting in a cosy corner on a pile of cushions with peaceful music; it was raining outside. The setting, this drink, made me tear up – this is why I came to Bali. To find peace and feel overwhelmed by flavours on my own again.
I wanted to explore the Indonesian dishes on the menu further so I ordered the Jakut urab salad – a crunchy and flavoursome combination (although probably not salty enough for our Western pallet), served with some wild rice and also white rice. The chilli within the salad was balanced perfectly and didn’t overwhelm this colourful dish.
I found solace at the Atman Kafe. It was peaceful and the vegan and healthy menu is my kinda thing. The menu read wonderfully with some clever Indonesian options as well as offering some more western dishes (although why would you!) If you ever find yourself seeking an escape from the craziness of Bali’s tourist trails, the Atman Kafe is a perfect respite from the chaos, definitely worth a visit.