On most online travel forums there’s usually a thread about eating in US-based chain restaurants while traveling overseas. Views are normally polarized; exchanges can be serious and sometimes heated. And for some reason, Starbucks frequently comes up. As they say in the South, “I don’t have a dog in this fight,” so I’ll leave the arguments to the caffeine corps. However, I can say that the Starbucks Store in Ubud, Bali has to be in one of the most exotic and beautiful locations in the world.
The store is located on one of Ubud’s main streets, and from the front, it looks like most of the other shops. However, when you stroll into the side and back yard, the scene opens up to something very special.
Immediately behind the building is a large reflecting pool, filled with blooming lotus flowers.
On one side of the pool is every kid’s dream … a wonderful, mysterious treehouse.
In the rear is an intricately designed Hindu Temple.
And luckily, we were there when one of the staff placed the canang sari (daily offering) in front of the temple.
Think what you will about Starbucks, this is one awesome sight, and a must-see in Ubud. Coffee is optional.
James & Terri