If you are short on time, I wanted to share a quick guide on how to spend a day in Ubud, Bali. It’s certainly one of my favorite places to visit in Bali and there is so much to see. It can easily be a day trip from Seminyak or Uluwatu, though I would recommend staying in Ubud for at least 2-3 nights if you can.
The main part of Ubud is rather concentrated so you can easily walk from the different sights. For those wanting to go outside of town, taxis are easy to catch as well.
How to Spend a Day in Ubud, Bali
Start the morning visiting Tegalalang Rice Terrace
It’s always on the top of everyone’s list — the famous rice terraces on Instagram. Certainly it is beautiful as it’s a contained valley with lush green terraces. About 20 or so minutes outside of town, I would recommend to visit Tegalalang as early as possible, before the sun and crowds. It can get really busy so the early wake up call is worth it.
Grab breakfast at a stunning warehouse cafe, Lazy Cats Cafe.
One of my favorite cafes in Ubud is Lazy Cats for their stunning space and view over Ubud. They have tons of choices on offer from fruit bowls to coffee.
Make your way to Pura Taman Saraswati to see the lotus ponds.
I always stop in here, mostly because I’ve never seen such a beautiful lotus pond. In front of the temple, you can walk between the ponds that are full to the brim with lotuses!
Explore the boutiques and markets of Ubud.
If you’re hunting for those basket bags or an array of other handcrafted goods, the market stalls of Ubud is the best place to do so. I recommend exploring a bit before committing and prices should be negotiated.
Grab lunch at Anthony Bourdain’s lunch spot in Ubud — Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka 3.
This place is incredible. Suckling pig is a local dish here in Ubud and I have to say, I may have ordered seconds. Thanks to Bourdain for putting this place on the map.
Cool off with coconut ice cream at Tukies Coconut Shop.
If you need a break from the heat, the freshly made coconut ice cream is pure heaven here!
Make your way to the monkey forest.
I go back and forth on whether or not to recommend this, but I will say, it’s at the very least incredibly entertaining — especially if you love wildlife. The monkeys have free range and you can feed them bananas which you purchase inside.
Catch sunset on the Campuhan Ridge Walk.
Just on the edge of town, you can follow a trail that works its way through a ridge with views over Ubud. It takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to do and worth the time.
Grab dinner at one of the best restaurants in town — Hujan Locale.
We ate here at least twice as this farm fresh restaurant serves incredible dishes. What I love is that they highlight local specialties and use quality ingredients so you can feel good about what you’re ordering. *Be sure to reserve in advance here.