Yellow Flower Café is a charming little spot in Penestanan, Ubud, that serves organic and mostly vegetarian food. It’s rather hard to find unless you know where to look, and a bit of a secret amongst those in the know. You can only get there by foot along a scenic rice paddy track. You need to climb the one hundred Campuhan steps, located just over the Campuhan ridge, and then turn right. After a five minute walk along a little path, you’ll find it, a tiny gem secreted away.
The café serves new age Indonesian food, and has become the newest hip place for Ubud’s yoga and raw food crowd. Set in a quiet, serene hillside, the secluded location allows you to completely escape the noise of central Ubud’s traffic and crowds, and be soothed by the friendly chirping of insects and birds instead. The service is a little slow because all dishes are made fresh on demand, but in this tranquil little haven there’s no need to rush, just find a table and relax.
The menu is not huge, but you’ll be sure to find something you like. The nasi campur and candle nut curry are always crowd-pleasers, and the pancakes with homemade yoghurt are simply scrumptious. A tempting range of coffees, raw cakes and smoothies are on offer, and they also do fantastic and great value buffets. The kind Balinese owner ensures the organic ingredients are locally sourced, uses no aluminium cookware, only uses palm sugar from small, sustainable family farms and does not permit smoking.
If you’re looking for a peaceful little eatery that will give you a chance to escape the daily hustle and bustle, then look no further. There are plenty of options for all dietary requirements and the prices are perfect for the budget-conscious. The café is open seven days a week from 8 am – 9 pm.