Despite Gili Trawangan’s reputation as a party hub, it’s easy to find delicious, healthy food no matter where you’re staying on the island.
I’ve done a quick review of my top 5 healthy cafés on the island to help you keep your tummies happy during your stay!
1. The Banyan Tree
I spend a stupid amount of time in this café whilst on Gili Trawangan, partly because their wifi and air con are spot on but also because they have a splendid selection of vegan/raw/organic health dishes on offer.
These are my personal top picks:
- Beet it cold pressed juice (35K)
- Berry smoothie bowl (45K)
- Raw lasagne (50K)
And if you haven’t had enough of the views out onto the turquoise Gili T ocean yet then you can opt to sit in their beachside sheltered area with these views:
2. Kayu Café
Although the air con in this place is often not quite up to Banyan Tree standard, I can never resist popping in for one of their healthy shots. My favourite is the pineapple, ginger and wheatgrass shot, YUM!
Name any trending superfood and you can pretty much guarantee Kayu Café have a related dish on offer. Spirulina, bee pollen, raw cacao and phsyllium husks to name but a few. They have a great selection of Ubud’s finest raw chocolate on sale too.
They have a similar beachside deck to The Banyan Tree where you can sit watching the boats go by while sipping your healthy poison.
3. The Yoga Place
Of course I couldn’t leave this place out, could I?! The Yoga Place is the studio I have been teaching at whilst on the island.
They have a gorgeous jungle-style garden café leading up to the yoga shala complete with two treehouses and their fair share of wildlife (it’s a cat-lovers’ dream!).
On the breakfast menu you’ll find the likes of chia dream jars (chia pudding layered over bright pink dragonfruit smoothie) and colourful smoothie bowls decorated with muesli and chopped fruits. The coconut carrot cake oatmeal is also very popular.
For a delicious, hearty dinner, try the veggie burger – it’s humongous!
4. Pituq Café
Due to my severe (-ly annoying) nut allergy, when I visited this café I actually had to give up and go somewhere else because pretty much their entire menu is based on peanut / cashews / coconut.
However I can confirm that they have the cutest set-up for a café: it was all low tables and boho cushions/rugs everywhere. The whole place smelled faintly of incense and the waiters were super friendly!
I was looking enviously at other people’s food and it really did look delicious…maybe in another life.
A sample from their 100% vegan menu:
- Pumpkin red curry wrap 50K
- Veggie balls and cauliflower rice 55K
- Sweet potato, lentil and coconut patty 55K
5. Casa Vintage
Okay so this one isn’t health-food specific but I absolutely had to mention it because it’s just about my favourite place on the island. Plus it does have healthy options so it definitely counts!
It’s a little way from the harbour but totally worth the walk, especially for sundown. Arrive from about 5pm to nab a spot where you can chill with a drink watching the sunset light up the sky with pastel candy colours.
Casa Vintage is the definition of “shabby chic” with its reclaimed white furniture, colourful blankets draped across the beach and lanterns hanging from every branch in sight.
The staff will call you “brother/sister” and when you arrive you will be welcomed “home”. I LOVE THIS! I’m such a sucker.
If you’re lucky some of the guys will get their guitar and drums out and serenade you with covers of classic, chilled tunes whilst you eat.
Oh and now let’s talk about the food! They have specials that change frequently but some of my favourites are the hummus wrap (not some stingy “Boots meal deal”-sized thing, a massive plateful) and the fish wrap, which is jerk flavoured and super-delicious.
Another lovely-looking healthy option was a chickpea and sweet potato salad. There’s plenty for meat eaters too: my friends have raved about the beef wrap and beef stew.
This post from the “In Bali” blog might also help you find some good healthy food spots on the island 🙂
I’m sure there are more I haven’t discovered yet and would love to hear your recommendations for next time!