In this article we cover our 8 best places to eat with a toddler in Ubud. We talk high chairs, amenities, staff friendliness, speed of service, WiFi, kids menus and more!
By Grace Koelma | Dare List Mama
We stayed in beautiful, green Ubud up in the hills of Bali for a month and tried out all kinds of cuisines, from the local warungs to the western restaurants and cafes. Heading out to dinner with a kid in tow is challenging at the best of times (see our tips on how to survive eating out with your toddler), and finding toddler-friendly places to eat can add stress when you've got a screaming human flailing in your arms as you cross a busy Ubudian street.
Our definition of kid-friendly
We found that the best places had:
- quick table service
- healthy options for kids
- highchairs or standard sized chairs we could use to attach our portable high chair to
- clear lighting and ventilation (you take this for granted until you find yourself in the back corner of a stuffy, poorly lit restaurant)
- friendly waitstaff (although 99% of hospitality staff in Bali love babies, so prepare for the jokes and smiles when you bring your gorgeous bubba in!)
- clean restrooms + air conditioning
- free WIFI (always useful when you're a tourist!)
The 8 best places to eat with a toddler in Ubud, Bali
Kahiyang Coffee House
No. 6 Jl. Sri Widari, Ubud
Coffee: In my opinion, this is the best coffee in Ubud. The owner is a gorgeous Javanese man who is passionate about coffee roasting with the best quality Arabica beans. Just ask him a question about his roasting techniques and you'll get him talking for hours!
Food: Kahiyang has a fairly limited food menu, as they're mainly focused on coffee, but they have a pretty tasty little cake selection.
Service: We became regulars at Kahiyang, turning up every morning for our standard order: a large latte for me and a watermelon juice for Eric Leo. We got chatting every time and were soon friends with all the baristas (family of the owner). Our son was doted on, and they were always sneaking him bonus pieces of cake and little cups of milk. They even moved the furniture to create a kind of boat/play pen for him (see photos below).
Amenities: There is a very basic toilet downstairs, just ask the staff for directions. They also serve free filtered water, great for hot, sticky days. There's no air con, but ceiling fans and the coffee house's high placement on the hill provide beautiful breezes.
Free WiFi: Yes, and it's pretty fast actually. Check the code on the register. It's a place with great digital nomad appeal, a little out of the way - a 20 minute walk from the main street (Jl. Raya) or a 5 minute motorbike ride - and usually very quiet.
Cost: $ (a cappuccino or latte costs 30K IDR, a juice is 18K.)
Overall score: 5/5 - We LOVED Kahiyang and it become our favourite spot in Ubud. It's unpretentious, simple and has a beautiful view, and the coffee is ah-mazing and so affordable!
No. 8 Jalan Hanoman in Ubud
Food: Clear Cafe have the most extensive and diverse menu I've seen in a long time. It was a shoe in for our list of the best places to eat with a toddler in Ubud. Check out the full review for the menu and more photos. What we loved about this cafe were the variety of healthy foods on the menu. We ordered the hummus and veggie plate for Leo, and he loved it!
Service: The staff were polite and chatty with Leo. Food and drinks (both delicious!) came quite quickly (10 minute wait). It is a very lively cafe (even at 5pm before the dinner rush) so expect staff to be polite but fairly busy.
Amenities: Clear Cafe has clean high chairs, clean toilets and air conditioning. There are a few safety things you'll need to watch if you want to let your toddler roam free, like the open rail stairs to the first floor, the pond on the ground level and the fireman's pole. Stick close by to them and they'll be fine.
Free WiFi: Yes.
Overall score: 4/5 - We loved the experience of Clear Cafe, but its price in comparison to other cafes in the area means we'll just visit occasionally as a treat. Also, it's a stimulating but not very relaxing place to hang out with a toddler, as you're chasing them the whole time, so keep that in mind if you have a little one who likes to climb.
Jalan Dewisita, Ubud (opposite the football field)
Food: Frozen Yoghurt... all the flavours and lots of extra toppings. Definitely one of Leo's favourite foods! Need I say more?
Service: It's mostly serve yourself, with a cashier to weigh your bowl and assist you with payment.
Amenities: Air-conditioning and complimentary fruit infused water made this a haven on a hot day, and the clean bathrooms were a bonus. No baby highchairs, but who needs them when frozen yoghurt is pretty much the only thing that will make your kid sit still?
Free WiFi: Yes. A cute little sign out the front told me so.
Overall score: 5/5 - Frozen Yogi is just across the field from the library, so it's a perfect way to end an outing to the library, and a special treat for Leo on a hot day (who are we kidding, Leo's a convenient excuse but I get pretty excited at the prospect of a FroYo too!)
No. 88 Jalan Raya in Ubud
Coffee: Came quickly and was pretty good. Not the best I've had in Ubud, but definitely in the top 3. It was around 35,000 IDR for a single shot.
Food: Anomali has a fairly limited food menu, as they're mainly focused on coffee. There were perhaps 5 breakfast items and the same number of lunch items.
Service: The staff are polite but not very chatty, as they're busy making coffees (a lot of people stand in the entrance way waiting for takeaways). Unfortunately food service was very slow the day we went, though we've been told that may have been an anomaly (pun intended!).
We originally sat outside but smokers drove us inside and upstairs, where, thankfully, it was a lot quieter. I think we probably waited about 45 minutes for our breakfast, but when it came it was fairly tasty. Leo liked the papaya juice.
Amenities: We found one slightly dirty but still serviceable high chair upstairs. There are toilets (with the weirdest artwork I have ever seen in a bathroom!) and air conditioning. They have a cool little spot on the top floor with beanbags, just make sure you clear the ashtrays out of the way before you let your toddler sit down.
Free WiFi: Yes. Check the code on the register.
Overall score: 3.5/5 - We like popping into Anomali to enjoy a coffee on the top floor. It's a quiet haven in the busiest part of town, right in the middle of the two big supermarkets and market areas, but we felt like staff forgot about us on occasion.
Jl. Raya Goa Gajah, Ubud
Bale Udang attracts people because of its unique dining experience. Customers can choose to sit in private bamboo structures out over a lake. The lake is teeming with thousands of Koi, and the staff give you food to feed them, so for a wriggly toddler who hates waiting for food to arrive, this is the perfect distraction! 5 out of 5 for entertainment value!
Drinks: We ordered juices + mocktails and they came quickly (as the place was practically deserted when we visited around 11am - it had just opened, but I think it comes alive at night!)
Food: Bale Udang is known for finer Indonesian dining, especially their fish dishes, but we mainly went for the novelty factor, and just ordered some spring rolls and drinks to keep costs down.
Service: The staff are polite, friendly and very attentive. Also, to attract the waiter's attention when you're ready to order, you clang a gong. Pretty cool!
Amenities: There are bathrooms onsite, though we didn't utilise them.
Overall score: 4/5 - The drinks were a little expensive compared to the rest of Ubud, and without the Koi fish feeding attraction, we may not have visited Bale Udang, but it was a lovely little outing, and Leo was captivated by the fish the whole time.
Pondok Pekang Children's Library and Learning Centre
Jl. Monkey Forest, on the opposite side of the football field
The Pondok Pekang children's library in Ubud is one of the region's best kept secrets. It's a beautiful, quiet oasis in the middle of the busiest part of Ubud, situated in a repurposed compound donated by a wealthy American expat and her husband. And the library cafe has surprisingly great local food.
Drinks: They make a mean fruit juice with real fruit for just 15,000 IDR.
Food: There's quite a decent menu, with a bunch of traditional Balinese dishes, nothing more than 35,000 a dish. And the food is very tasty! Make sure you try the Ayam (chicken) Panggang - pictured on the right.
Service: The staff were friendly, though the library is so under-used (due to its low profile - it's not a public funded library like we have in the West) they often looked quite bored, poor things!
Amenities: The library isn't a restaurant, so there's no high chairs, and the toilets are very basic. There is a water refill station where you can fill bottles of all sizes (just 2,000 IDR for a 600mL size). But the best thing is that you can have your food anywhere in the library compound. Our favourite place was in the comfy upstairs space, where Leo could play and read books happily while we ate. The only downside was that there was no air conditioning, just a small fan on the wall.
Free WiFi: Yes. Ask for the password - it's the library phone number.
Overall score: 4.5/5 - We loved spending time at the library, and just wish more people knew about it!
Pyramids of Chi
Jalan Kelebang Moding No.22, Bentuyung, Ubud
The Pyramids of Chi is a mid-range Western 'destination' restaurant about a 15 minute scooter ride from the centre of Ubud. It's set in the middle of rice fields, and boasts two large pyramids fitted with huge gongs, where 'sound healing' sessions happen daily. Leo loved checking out the Pyramids and looking inside, and there was a grassy area at the back for him to run on.
Coffee: Came quickly and was a decent latte. Not the best I've had in Ubud and it could have been stronger. It was around 35,000 IDR for a single shot.
Food: There's an extensive menu with a mix of Western, Mediterranean and Balinese options. One night we visited when we had a craving for something 'from home'. We had the lasagne, a beef burger and Greek salad, plus drinks and a slice of cake for dessert, which ended up at 350,000 IDR all up ($35 AUD). The food comes quickly, and is pretty tasty.
Service: The staff are attentive and polite. Food always came quickly for us, because the Pyramids of Chi is pretty quiet in the late afternoon (when we went for dinner).
Amenities: There are bathrooms but we didn't use them, and I believe there was air conditioning, though much of the seating is semi-outdoors. Based on the style of the establishment and type of clientele I would guess they'd be very modern and clean.
Free WiFi: No
Overall score: 3.5/5 - The Pyramids of Chi was a fun place to visit occasionally, especially in the late afternoon when it's quiet, but the price of the food meant we only dined once there.
Jl. Bisma, Ubud
Food: Umah is Ubud-famous for its authentic Italian pizzas, and they didn't disappoint.
Service: The staff are polite and chatted and played with Leo. Even though the restaurant was packed (when we got there at 5.30pm!) food came very fast. We ordered a Margherita as soon as we were seated, which helped.
Amenities: There are a few high chairs available and air conditioning. Didn't see any toilets but they may have been at the rear of the building.
Overall score: 3.5/5 - The pizza came quickly, and the food is fairly cheap (large pizzas are 35,000 - 65,000 ea) but the restaurant was packed both times we went there and the chaotic atmosphere got Leo pretty revved up, which resulted in a toddler meltdown of spectacular proportions. The waitstaff were lovely throughout though, to their credit!
What are your favourite family friendly cafes and restaurants in Ubud? Comment below.
Grace is a writer, designer, digital nomad, mum (otherwise known as toddler chaser), slow traveller, wild things appreciator, culture immerser, coffee opportunist... She frequently uses big words (some of which are definitely made up), likes long walks and even longer books, and her focus on wellness in 2017 means she is learning to obey her FitBit. Except when she's glued to her computer!