How to Make the Most of 1 Day in Ubud. Sunset in Ubud.

How to Make the Most of 1 Day in Ubud

Ubud is the cultural hub of Bali, even if all you have is one day, it’s still worth visiting for sure. 

In this blog post, I will tell you the best 1 day itinerary in Ubud so that you can make the most out of your day and soak up as much as you can from the Balinese culture. 

Options to Choose From

When we travel it’s always good to have options. Yes, you can plan as much as you can but when the time comes you might find out you are tired or you have more energy. These are all options that you can consider last minute based on how you feel. 

  • Chilled 1 day trip in Ubud: Stress-free itinerary including nourishing meals and relaxing activities
  • Active 1 day in Ubud: Exciting one-day itinerary including waterfalls, walks and lots of exploration
  • Cultural 1 day itinerary: Ideal for those who want to learn everything cultural and squeeze them into one day

Feel free to mix and match if you want. For example, you could have an active morning and a chilled afternoon… it’s all up to you!

Are you ready? Let’s dive in!

Chilled 1 Day in Ubud Itinerary

Morning Activities:

Get a Delicious Breakfast at the Garden Cafe

Start the day at the Yoga Barn! I’m talking about one of the cultural spots in Ubud and it offers yoga and meditation classes. It’s also a really peaceful place that gives you a break from the traffic on the main road. Classes here start very early so you could book one if you feel guided to. If not – skip to breakfast! The Yoga Barn has a delicious and super relaxed cafe called the Garden Cafe. Here you can enjoy amazing smoothie bowls and just incredible food that suits vegetarians and vegans. 

Venture to the Monkey Forest

After breakfast, head to the famous Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. Walk through the sacred sanctuary and admire the beautiful monkeys and temple. This is a ticketed location (the entrance ticket is about IDR 100k) and I would recommend using the locker to store your belongings. Monkeys there are naughty, so try to avoid going with your backpack, or things of value and avoid eye contact. Don’t worry all these things will be listed by the entrance!

Collect Yourself at Lunch

For lunch, I would suggest stopping at Soul Bites. The restaurant offers a wide range of meticulously made food and offers both Indonesian and Western food. It’s not too far from the Monkey Forest. You can rewind there from the heat and from your encounters with monkeys (hopefully bites-free)! This place is my go-to in Ubud for lunch and it always hits the spot!

Afternoon Activities:

Check out the Rice Fields

Spend your afternoon strolling through the iconic Tegallalang Rice Terraces. Observe the breathtaking landscapes and capture stunning pictures!

Rice fields are a lot of work. There is a lot of sweat and tears behind this amazing location. Behind this work, there are local farmers, which you will hopefully get the chance to meet. If you want to know more about them, head to this blog post

If going to see the rice fields is too much for you, I’ll give you an alternative. You can just go for a walk to the independent shops around Ubud Palace and you can check out the palace as well. It’s free to enter and it’s beautiful!

Enjoy a Fantastic Dinner with a View

Conclude your day with dinner at a venue offering a scenic view at Sayan Point! Try to make it before sunset so you can choose the best spot and have an amazing Balinese meal while watching the sun going down. 

Active 1 Day in Ubud Plan

Morning Activities:

Start with the Breakfast of Champions!

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at Suka Espresso a local favourite known for its energising menu. This cafe has everything you need to fuel up for an active day ahead! They have avo on toast, incredible pancakes… you name it they have it!

Head to the famous Monkey Forest

Explore the Monkey Forest, connecting with nature and wildlife. Observe the playful antics of the monkeys in their natural habitat. This is a must-visit location, so make sure you head there even if for just a short amount of time. As I mentioned before, make sure you read dos and don’ts before stepping into the jungle!

Have Fun on the Campuhan Ridge Walk

Head to the Campuhan Ridge Walk, a scenic trail offering panoramic views of the lush landscapes. Make sure to keep yourself hydrated because it can get really hot there!

Get a Recharging Balinese Lunch!

Refuel with a delicious lunch at a recommended spot, perhaps a local warung serving authentic Balinese cuisine. I would suggest Sambal Society Ubud for a quick and filling Balinese lunch. 

Afternoon Activities:

Coffee/Tea Tasting

Indulge in a coffee or tea-tasting experience at a local plantation. Learn about the art of coffee production in Bali and savour the rich flavours of the region. My favourite is the Sari Luwak Coffee. This is the perfect place is set in the perfect location as well, overlooking the rice fields!

Explore the Waterfalls!

Head to a nearby waterfall to experience the natural beauty of Bali. Take a refreshing dip or simply enjoy the soothing sound of cascading water. There are quite a few waterfalls you can explore around Ubud. I would search “waterfall” on Google Maps so you can see which one is closer to you. Suwat Waterfall is one of the nicest waterfalls near Ubud. 

Wrap your Day with a Delicious Local Dinner

Finish your active day with a Balinese dinner at one of the best Warungs (traditional family-run restaurants) which is Warung Krisna. This place is not only delicious but also very friendly. If you are travelling alone, be sure you will meet someone for sure!

Cultural 1 Day in Ubud

Morning Activities:

Get Breakfast with a View!

Start your day by having breakfast at the Zest. This place is one of the most beautiful spots for breakfast. You don’t just get to have delicious cruelty-free food but you can enjoy your meal while admiring one of the best views ever!

Head to the Monkey Forest

Visit the Monkey Forest to experience the harmonious coexistence of nature and spirituality. Explore the lush grounds and discover the sacred temples within. Engage with the monkeys, considering them as playful companions on your cultural journey – but make sure you follow the rules stated by the entrance of the forest! The temple by the Monkey Forest is still very popular and used for traditional ceremonies. This allows you to see the historical and contemporary side of it at the same time.

Ubud Palace

Immerse yourself in the history of Bali by visiting the iconic Ubud Palace. Observe the intricate architecture, immerse yourself in the cultural exhibitions and learn about the royal legacy of the region. It is free to access and sometimes you can even watch traditional dance rehearsals at the palace.

Cooking Class with Lunch

Indonesian food is delicious! If you want to learn how to make your favourite dishes let me tell you, Ubud is the right place to learn that! Join one of the many cooking classes organised daily. If you are not sure how to reserve one, you could ask by your accommodation or head here! This is not just about food, you will get to interact with local people and learn what is it like to be Balinese and live on the Island of Gods. If you want to know more about how to meet local people, check out this blog post!

Afternoon Activities:

Enjoy a Purification Experience at the Temple

Seek spiritual enlightenment with a purification experience at a local temple, my favourite is Puri Tirta Empul and there are different ways to access to this experience. You can either book a guide online or head to the temple and ask someone to explain everything for you (make sure you have some cash for this).

Get yourself a Balinese Dinner

Conclude your cultural day with dinner at a venue that embraces the authentic flavours of Balinese cuisine at Ubud Warung. This Warung is very central, only 10 minutes away from the Monkey Forest.

Balinese Dance Show

If you are interested in the cultural aspect of Bali, you can’t possibly miss the Kecak Dance. This show is incredible and it’s performed a few times a week. The dates would change frequently, so make sure you ask your accommodation if the dance will be on that night. For the tickets, head to Ubud Palace in the afternoon and you will find authorised sellers who will go through the details with you.

Useful links to check for Ubud 

Best places to stay in Ubud for Female Solo Travellers here 🛏️

Top breakfast spots in Ubud for Female Solo Travellers here 🥐

Best dinner spots in Ubud here 🍽️

Ubud 4-days itinerary here 🐒

Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed this blog post on the best 1 day itinerary of Ubud. I gave you 3 fun options based on how you are feeling on the day. Not sure what to do next? Well, I would suggest going to Uluwatu if you haven’t been yet! If you’re not sure how, check out this blog post on how to get there from Ubud.

Ciao for now,

Silvia x