The many offices of Ubud, Bali
I have had the pleasure of working in some very interesting offices during my time here in Bali. I made it my mission to find some of the best workable cafes/bars/restaurants/guesthouses. My main requirements were 1. Fast internet access 2. Comfortable/ergonomic seating & tables 3. Good food
Below are some of my favourite spots I’ve worked at during my time in Bali, in order of preference 🙂
Tutmak is definitely one of the best places in Ubud to sit down and focus. I have spent many work days here (I’m on a first name basis with most of the waitresses). Food and drinks are excellent (try the wheatgrass shot, or the apple/carrot/beet juice), the wifi is by far the fastest and most reliable I’ve experienced, and the tables are upstairs, away from most of the other patrons. Tutmak seems like a bit of a hidden gem. Not a lot of people seem to know about it, so more often than not, I have the entire upstairs area to myself, which makes it easier to be productive.
Clear Cafe is definitely my favourite restaurant in all of Bali. The food is outstanding (though a bit pricier than most restaurants, but well worth it), their wifi is fast and reliable, and they recently renovated to include a very comfortable and quiet upstairs area that is perfect for getting a few hours of work done. I highly recommend the Magestic Mushrooms and the Vanilla Bean Latte (with cashew milk). For mains, you pretty much can’t go wrong… try the Hint of India, or the Chicano Burrito.
A recent discovery, Seniman is an artisanal coffee shop. You can tell that they put a lot of time into their process/methods, and have very much perfected the art of coffee. Work tables are ideal, the wifi is very fast, and the food/coffee are fantastic (try the brie/cashew panini). The music is also really enjoyable here – so far, the best in Bali. The only reason I didn’t put them first was because twice now I have gone and their wifi was not working, though I have heard from other customers that it’s never happened before.
Soma is small, and can get hot, but they have a great selection of vegetarian and vegan food and drinks (though also a bit pricier), and their wifi is pretty good. The sitting tables are not ideal (read: ergonomic) for working, so go early and grab the proper table, and spend a few hours working here. Try the Mochalicious drink.
Atman is great if you can nab the right tables (they have a lot of sitting tables that are too low/uncomfortable for working, but great for eating/relaxing). Wifi has been reliable, and the food here is really good (though a tad pricey for the portions). Go for a drink and an appetizer.
Wifi is fast, tables are good for working. Drinks are a little pricey, though delicious, and the food is good as well. Lighting is a bit dim, and it can get pretty warm if you aren’t sitting near the entrance getting a breeze. This place gets fairly busy in the evenings, but it’s nice and quiet mid-day.
Cinta is definitely more of a bar/restaurant than a workspace, but during the day there aren’t a ton of people, and it’s easy to find a comfortable table. I have had some successful Skype video chats here, which is more than I can say for most of the other cafes! Pricey, although they do have a great Mojito happy hour between 4-7pm, and 10pm-12am: buy 1 get 1 free.
Juice Ja Cafe
Fast wifi, great food and drink. Seating downstairs is much more ergonomic than upstairs.
Fast wifi, comfortable seating, but the vibe/food here is… “alright.” Good for a productive day.
I am sure there are tons of other hidden gems in Ubud, but these are the ones I frequented the most. If you know of any others, please feel free to comment!