Every one knows about Monkey Forest Road in Ubud, however the road that runs parallel to this is also worth taking a leisurely stroll down. Be warned though, it might take you a while as this little area offers some fantastic shopping!
Jl. Hanoman runs down from Jl. Raya Ubud, the main road that passes by the Royal Palace and Ubud Market. Head east past the palace for about 350 m and turn left down Jl. Hanoman.
The street is lined on both sides with cute little shops selling homewares, jewellery, clothing and art.
As Ubud is a well-known center for yogis, many of the clothing stores stock yoga wear, mats and all kinds of accessories. If you're coming to Bali to deepen your practice and forgot your yoga gear at home or are looking at buying something new to wear for your Bali retreat, then Jl. Hanoman is where you should head.
Jl. Hanoman is also home to a variety of restaurants and cafes many of which, as you would expect in Ubud, are vegetarian. That's not to say though that there isn't something a little more sinful for those looking for a sweet treat or a classic Italian pizza.
Caramel Patisserie and Cafe offer a selection of decadent cakes, pastries and desserts, while colorful macaroons come in mouth-watering flavors such as salted caramel, red velvet, passion fruit and cafe latte.
Open until 11pm, Black Beach is a cosy little space where you can enjoy authentic Italian cuisine. The menu includes a variety of vegetarian dishes as well as pizzas, pasta, sandwiches and fresh salads.
The pizzas here are rather unusual in that they are made using slow-rising dough, meaning they are extremely light and crispy and a lot healthier than the deep-pan or stuffed crust variety!
Jl. Hanoman was also the location of the popular Clear Cafe, which tragically burnt down on 20 November 2014. The fire spread to nearby Balinese family homes and temples which all burned to the ground.
A huge crowd funding campaign was started to raise funds to rebuild those homes and temples that were destroyed in the fire, with the plan after that being to rebuild Clear Cafe at its original location.
Until that time however, the cafe has a new temporary location until June 2015 opposite the Antonio Blanco Museum next to the Campuhan Bridge.
As mentioned above, Jl. Hanoman is great for shopping whether it be for yourself or gifts to take back home for friends and family. Some shops have fixed prices while at others you are expected to bargain for a good deal.
The best time to go shopping in Bali is first thing in the morning, when it's still cool enough to wander around and many places will offer you a special discounted "morning price".
And if all of that shopping has made you work up an appetite, fear not for there are a number of cafes and restaurants to grab a healthy bite to eat or a refreshing fruit juice.
Ubud is known as the cultural heart of Bali and there are many venues throughout the town where you can watch a traditional dance performance. One of these such places is Trena Jenggala on Jl. Hanoman.
Kecak & Fire Dance performances are held every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday evening at 7pm.
Jl. Hanoman's location makes it the ideal place to stay for people wanting to take classes at the popular Yoga Barn. Although there aren't any hotels as such on this road, there are a number of homestays and guest houses that offer comfortable accommodation and the opportunity to experience living with a local family.
The Yoga Barn is located on Jl. Raya Pengosekan, which is an extension of Jl. Hanoman. Continue down Jl. Hanoman in the direction of the Monkey Forest and just after the large Coco Supermarket look out for Siam Sally restaurant on the left-hand side and turn left here for the Yoga Barn.