Paradiso Ubud is an absolute gem of a space in central Ubud. Boasting to be the world’s first organic vegan cinema, it is actually much more than that. This 150 person capacity venue offers daily movie screenings; everything from kids films, documentaries, short films and tv series. It also hosts yoga and dance classes, workshops, lectures, live music and art exhibitions.
We have spent many a rainy Sunday in their wonderful cinema space on the comfy reclining couches munching on popcorn and delicious vegetarian and vegan goodies from connected Down to Earth. Don’t be put off by the Ubud-ness of how it sounds, they have plenty of amazing things on their menu that kids love. Some of our faves are the potato wedges, Mediterranean platter for sharing and the fabulous smoothies, lassies and juices. Don’t even get me started on the raw chocolate and coconut goodies…
Now all I can think about is the tasty food, but what great fuel it is for all the yoga, dance and other workshops they hold there! We love the regular kids acro-yoga with Noga and have had a great time at workshops like the Bali Circus, which was a special one during the 2nd annual Bali Vegan Festival.
Paradiso is just what so many people have been waiting for in Bali; a place of culture, fun, great food and learning all rolled into one lovely package. They screen films from all over the world, documentaries, and vintage favorites like The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins and Peter Pan. It’s a great place to meet interesting people, connect with other families and also just hang out.
Check out the Paradiso website for more info on the location and upcoming events. We also list kid-friendly workshops, parties and classes in our Bali Kids Guide events calendar.
Hard Rock Bali one of the best family-friendly hotels in Bali and they also know how to throw a great party for all ages! If you’re looking for a great time on Christmas Day, you definitely won’t regret booking your family in for a Hard Rock Hotel Bali Christmas Dinner!
Christmas Buffet Dinner
The Hard Rock Hotel believes a great celebration begins at the dinner table. You’ll find a sumptuous Hard Rock Hotel Bali Christmas buffet dinner at Starz Diner, featuring Honey Roasted Gammon Ham, Roast Turkey and Christmas Yule Log Cake for just Rp390,000++ for adult and Rp185,000++ for children under 12 years old. This includes free flow soft drinks and chilled juices. If you want to go all out add Rp650,000 per adult for free flow cocktails, beer and house wine.
Early Bird Christmas Dinner
Reserve your table before November 30th 2016, get special price Rp390,000 nett per adult and Rp185,000 nett per child under 12 years old, inclusive of free flow soft drinks and chilled juices.
Hard Rock Hotel Bali Christmas for the Kids
Stay tuned for more info on the Kids Christmas activities that will no doubt be fantastic knowing the Hard Rock! We’ll let you know when the whole schedule is published.
We know it’s not quite Halloween yet, but having a couple of Halloween-loving kids and friends we thought a trip to Frankensteins Laboratory Seminyak was an absolute must! They are booked solid now until Halloween (and are busy year round) so we celebrated a couple of weeks early!
There are now 2 sessions at Frankensteins; the family session opening at 4.30pm and a later adult show for guests 14 years and up. This starts with drinks at Time Warp Lab bar just next door and get’s pretty rowdy I hear.
The family session keeps all the shows and language clean and isn’t too scary for smaller kids. We went with four kids 1, 4, 8 & 9 and none of them were scared at all. The only thing that bothered them a little was the special gory makeup, but they got used to it after they got up close and watched it being done.
When you arrive at the Lab there is tons to see. You get a table and can sign up for face painting straight away. Normal face paint is Rp50,000 and the gory Hollywood makeup is Rp100,000. It’s a total bargain because the artists are seriously amazing!
There was so much going on and so many things to look at, it took us ages to order food. The kids were all dying for drinks in the IV bags, so we got those first and they slurped down enough sugar to sink a ship. Luckily this helped them keep going until the shows were over.
All the adults had burgers, which all came with the nice touch of being stabbed through with knives. As if they weren’t dead enough…
The kids menu was good too, with sliders, chicken nuggets, spaghetti and all the good things kids like to eat. All the kids meals also come with ice cream. The food isn’t the cheapest or the healthiest, but the portions were massive and everyone was happy and stuffed.
Around 5.30pm the Disney villains come out for a meet and greet and then do a cabaret show around 6.30. The kids loved this and were really excited to get photos with Maleficent, Cruella Deville and all the other villians. The dancers were great and really stayed in character; especially Maleficent who stood around giving everyone the evil eye.
There is a bit of a lull after the show and the kids got a bit restless while the band played their first session. We all really wanted to see the Dancing Dead Thriller show though so we used all our sugar power to stay. Once the mummies (zombies/dead of some sort) started coming out and we took some photos with them, the kids were all hyped up again.
What’s great is that kids at Frankensteins Laboratory Seminyak can sit on the floor right in front of the stage and get up close to the dancers. The whole lab isn’t huge, so you can see the stage from anywhere, but it makes it really child friendly if they can feel like the show is really for them. The show was fantastic and the costumes, makeup and dancers are brilliant. You can see from the pictures they really get into their characters but at the same time they don’t try to terrify the kids.
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Roundup of Frankensteins Laboratory Seminyak
Basically book the family session now if you have kids and like to have fun! It may not be ‘Bali’ at all, but we had a great time and it’s something really different. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, it’s family fun and would be awesome for special occasions like Birthdays. My kids would love to go again and it’s definitely something I would be willing to do a second time as well. Book well in advance and make sure you let them know if you’re going for a special occasion. A must-do in Bali for sure!!
Also, if you have a bit of goth in you get yourself in the gift shop attached to the restaurant. Great for a look around and they have some really cool souvenirs too.
Find out more about Frankensteins Laboratory Seminyak or Book Now: http://www.frankensteins-laboratory.com/
We get tons of questions about Bali coeliac and allergy safe restaurant options. It can be a serious worry with the language barrier and also the worry of not being close to the food and medical options you might be used to. It’s always a good idea to carry a card in Bahasa Indonesia that clearly states how dangerous you or your child’s allergy is. Attached at the bottom of this post is a downloadable card to print off!
This might be the last place you’d think would be serious about gluten free food, but it actually has an extensive GF menu and the staff are also well versed in other allergies. Whether you stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner, there is plenty on the menu from full breakfasts with GF bread to spring rolls and a great selection of soups.
Photo Credit: Seaside Restaurant
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If you’re staying in central Kuta Poppies Restaurant is a must-do GF or not. Poppies opened way back in 1973 and has moved with the times, now serving GF Indonesian and International dishes as well options for allergies to peanuts, eggs and dairy. Satay sticks in Poppies’ lush garden is always a good idea.
Photo Credit: Poppies Bali
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Dijon is a specialty shop, deli and cafe at the top of Sunset Rd. They serve and sell a number of gluten free and allergy-friendly products. Gluten free, wheat free and vegetarian items are highlighted on their menu and include plenty of salads, fish options and lovely GF cookies, cakes and other desserts. Yum!
Photo Credit: Dijon-Bali
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Mamasan is one of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in all of Bali, and for good reason! The food is incredible, the decor is gorgeous and the cocktails are stunning. Thankfully if you are GF or have other allergies there is no reason to miss out because their menu accommodates all dietary requirements.
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Sarong is the brainchild of the same chef/restauranteur as Mamasan so you can expect some of the best dining on the island as well as a full range of GF options. In fact the restaurant offers a whole gluten free menu including GF versions of some of their most popular dishes. One of my absolute faves is the crispy whole fish with kaffir lime ginger holy basil & chilli jam sauce.
Photo Credit: Pink Trotters
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Named after the street it’s on, Petitenget Cafe has become a go-to spot for GF dining in Seminyak thanks to their delicious gluten free bread. Perfect for those who crave a full breakfast with toast, Petitenget Cafe won’t fail to satisfy. Also great for GF lunch sandwiches like their chicken club, which should keep any GF kids happy.
Photo Credit: Petitenget Cafe
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Biku is a long-time favorite eatery in Seminyak, standing the test of time and competition with the millions of new restaurants and cafes that have arrived in the past few years. Known for their fantastic high-teas, they can make one totally gluten free or tailor them to specific dietary requirements! They also serve a GF carrot cake so good tons of people choose it over the non-GF version.
Photo Credit: Biku Bali
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Taco Beach Grill
If you love Mexican food but worry about the gluten in taco shells, tortillas etc. Taco Beach Grill will be your new favorite spot. Made in-house, the tortilla chips and taco shells are 100% GF and the staff are well versed on allergies to wheat and other dietary issues. They even have gluten free dessert options!
Photo Credit: Taco Beach Grill Youtube Video
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This gorgeous beachfront Italian restaurant in Seminyak is a favorite for locals and holiday makers. For celiacs or those with allergies there is no better Italian eatery. They make a great GF bread basket and pretty much any pasta dish can be made with GF penne. They also offer gluten free toast with breakfast options, so it’s not just for dinner with a pretty sunset.
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Strictly vegetarian, and lots of vegan, allergen free and GF options, Zula is one of the best places to go if you have serious dietary issues. They understand straight away when you tell them you can’t have something and will let you know exactly what is suitable for you. And don’t you dare leave without trying some of their GF desserts! Zula also has a Sanur location and is part of the Down to Earth & Earth Cafe chain. You can stock up on snacks while you’re there too as all their cafes have shops attached.
Photo Credit: Dte Bali
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With basically the same menu as Zula, Earth Cafe is another great option for anyone with dietary requirements. Try out their amazing buckwheat pancakes, wholegrain nasi goreng, juices and salads.
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There are now 4 incredibly popular Monsieur Spoon locations and all serve up some of the best GF dessert options on the island. Unfortunately they don’t have GF bread, but the amazing apple crumble makes up for that. Trust me, even if you aren’t GF you need to try it!
Monsieur Spoon locations in Canggu, Seminyak, Umalas and Ubud
Photo Credit: Monsieur Spoon
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There are lots of healthy choices at this Canggu hipster hangout especially for vegetarians and those with dietary restrictions. Gluten free bread can be hit or miss, but they have great salads, tempeh and tofu dishes and plenty of gluten and nut free dessert options too. You might have to wait for a table but service is incredibly fast.
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Crate Cafe is the hippest of the hipster joints in Canggu (and that’s saying something) so is often packed out. There’s good reason for it though, the food and coffee are great, including the GF bread. It tastes great and is the perfect accompaniment to a poached egg, a power smoothie and a latte before a surf session.
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The food, the decor, the staff, everything about Bungalow Living invites you to hang out, have a long lazy breakfast (or lunch or dinner) and just relax. There are tons of great GF, dairy free and allergy friendly options like flourless cakes, excellent GF sourdough and biscuits to suit any dietary requirements.
Photo Credit: Kura-Kura Guide
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This bright and chilled out cafe is great for vegetarians, vegans and those with paleo, gluten free or dairy free diets. They do a good GF bread, carrot cake and healthy slices as well as plenty of salads, and smoothie bowls to keep you going throughout the day.
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Freshly baked every morning, Oka’s Bakery’s GF bread, banana bread and cakes are some of the best we’ve tasted in Bali. This unassuming bakery serves up all kinds of creative breads made with potato, rice and other flours can be ordered to take home and you can even get fabulous gluten free cakes for special occasions.
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Pizza Club is a small pizza place often overshadowed by its famous neighbor Massimo’s. However, for those in need of a gluten free crust, this is the spot. The pizza chefs understand that the dough must be rolled on a clean surface with a clean knife, which shows they really know what they are doing. The crusts are crispy and delicious and pizzas can even be delivered to your hotel!
Photo Credit: Yvonne in La
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Dusk Blue Cafe
Dusk Blue Cafe has a great menu that indicates vegetarian, nut free and gluten free options. The staff are well trained to deal with allergen questions and basically you don’t have to worry. Try their gluten free muesli or scrambled eggs with feta cheese and a delicious salad free from any nuts or their byproducts.
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Another gem by the chef/restauranteur of Sarong and Mamasan, Hujan Local has a full separate gluten free menu. Heritage Indonesian and Asian streetfood is given a modern twist and the flavors are incredible. A must if you’re staying in Ubud and want a spectacular meal.
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Down to Earth
From the creators of Earth Cafe and Zula, this cafe and market are an absolute must for those with allergies or intolerances. The menu is detailed and the staff understand every type of dietary requirement known to man. Don’t miss out on their raw chocolate desserts and energy balls. You can also order food from Down to Earth while you watch a movie at their connected movie theatre, Paradiso.
Photo Credit: Ministry of Veg
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Bali Buda has been around forever (the first one opened in Ubud in 1994). It’s a great place to pick up healthy snacks, or have a meal any time of day. Their GF and allergy friendly options are plenty and they also deliver to anywhere in Ubud. You can also order GF breads to be delivered or pick up from one of their shops in Ubud, Sanur, Kerobokan or Uluwatu.
Photo Credits: Bali Buda
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Perched over the Campuhan Ridge in Ubud, The Elephant not only has gorgeous views, it is also the perfect place to get a delicious allergy-friendly meal. They have plenty of GF options like rice paper rolls, delicious salads and GF pasta as well as nut and dairy free meals.
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New kid on the block in Nyuh Kuning, What About My Mother or WAMM is serving up amazing dishes made with only local ingredients and lots of love. GF cakes, breads, pancakes and more are freshly prepared and served in a gorgeous setting looking out on the village football field (Also a great spot for kids to run around).
Photo Credit: WAMM Café facebook page
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Swasti Eco Cottages – Beloved Cafe
The chilled out and very boho Swasti Eco Cottages’ Beloved Cafe is paradise for a laid-back allergy-friendly meal. A lot of produce comes from their own garden, which you can walk around and visit friendly goats and rabbits, and the rest is as local as possible. They do great juices, raw chocolate treats, soups and quinoa salads.
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Best known for its salad bar, Alchemy is a raw foodie’s hotspot. It’s 100% vegetarian, mostly local and has plenty to choose from when it comes to toppings in your salads. They also have a very wide range of fresh juices, tonics and desserts. If you need to grab GF or allergy-friendly snacks, this is also a good spot.
Photo Credit: Bali Go
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Kue have a small selection of (delicious) GF cakes and muffins and also make GF bread to order. They only make a small selection of GF items each day so if you know you’re going to need something make sure to order in advance. Birthday, or cakes for other special occasions can also be made gluten free to order.
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Looking for beautiful surf spot with gorgeous healthy food? Kelly’s is your place. Amazing juices, smoothie bowls, salads and grill nights will be the best options for those who stick to a GF diet. The staff are also great with allergies and will cater to any dietary requirements as best they can.
Photo Credit: Kelly’s Warung
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The Cashew Tree
Just up the hill from Kelly’s is The Cashew Tree, a lovely cafe with the same owners. A more comprehensive menu allows for all kinds of vegan, vegetarian, raw and gluten free options. They also have plenty of room for kids to roam and live music. Don’t miss!
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A note on Nusa Dua hotels: Although there aren’t really any specific GF or allergy-friendly options, all hotels in Nusa Dua will offer some options for dietary requirements. It’s always best to be clear when you check in if you have allergies or intolerances and ask if anything specific can be ordered in advance, i.e gluten free bread. Be especially careful at buffet breakfasts where foods can often get mixed, prepared or cooked together.
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No trip to Jimbaran is complete without a stop at Sundara restaurant at the Four Seasons. This restaurant/bar/beach club has become a social media sensation and one of the hottest spots for sundowners, brunch, romantic dinners and poolside selfies. It might not be immediately be an obvious family choice, but we went for a Sunday brunch with the kids (3 & 8 years old) in tow and found it incredibly welcoming.
Brunch starts at 11.30am, which is perfect when you’ve got kids like mine that are always starving a couple of hours after breakfast. We got a great table in the big open windows that look out to the swimming pool and beach. The staff brought activity books, which also have the kid’s menu in the back and crayons.
Sundara Restaurant offers brunch for Rp390,000++ per person, including a selection of appetizers and desserts, which are ‘free flow’ and you choose one main course per person. The choice was fantastic, from tempura salmon maki, grilled octopus, pork ribs, salads, steak and lots more. You also choose from 3 drinks packages; smooth, fun and bubbles (Rp120,000, 495,000 and 750,000 respectively). Smooth includes soft drinks and virgin cocktails, fun has a selection of cocktails and beer and bubbles of course is the champagne package, which also includes wines and house pour spirits.
We kept it low-key and family-friendly with the smooth package, but there was a table getting down with the bubbles and they were having a riot! Next time maybe…
The kids had a delicious spaghetti off the kids menu and also tried some of our dishes. My daughter is up for eating just about anything, but my son is the complete opposite so stuck to spaghetti and some chips.
None of us were really hungry for dessert but they were all so beautiful we had to try a few. The teeny portions are just enough for a taster after such a big brunch and they are also gorgeous to look at. We had red velvet cake, rum cheesecake and a couple of other amazing treats.
Lola perusing the dessert choices
Tasting a bit of everything at dessert time
By the time we were finished with our brunch, the sun was starting to come over the top of the restaurant and it did get a little toasty sitting in the window. Thankfully, relief from the heat is just a few steps away in the 57-metre infinity pool. It really is an impressive sight and feels almost like being in a wonderful blue-themed landscape painting with the expanse of pool, ocean and sky stretching all around. I can only imagine how fantastic it is to watch the sun set from this pool.
So, all in all our trip to Sundara was a huge success. The kids were really well taken care of and happy to colour, watch the fish in the ponds and swim in the pool. We didn’t feel like we were out of place with the kids and by the time we left there were other families having brunch as well. In the evening it might be a bit different with a younger, more cocktail-centric crowd coming in, but Sunday brunches are definitely a family-friendly time at Sundara.
Book a Table at Sundara Restaurant for a Family Treat!
Don’t forget to book before you go as they can get very full, and if you want a poolside cabana, make sure you specify that as well. It’s a great treat for the family and definitely worth splashing out.
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