Just a few minutes drive out of Seminyak on Bali’s west coast you will find the laid-back area of Canggu. With lush rice fields on one side and top-notch surfing beaches on the other, we aren’t surprised that this spot is becoming an up-and-coming hipster area you will want to visit during a trip to Bali.
After spending a good week in Canggu, tasting the food and exploring the cafe lined streets, we have come up with a quick guide for any traveller wanting to experience this hippy loving Balinese escape.
Where to stay
In Canggu you can find all types of accommodation, from high end luxury villas to your standard backpackers and hostels. Here are a couple we recommend…
This Balinese retreat offers delicious organic meals, surf lessons, bike tours and relaxing yoga sessions. If you are looking for a place to unwind… than The Chillhouse is for you.
Jl. Kubu Manyar No.22, Banjar Pipitan, Canggu // www.thechillhouse.com
Surrounded by paddy fields and tropical gardens, this relaxed eco-resort with cute, thatched roof cottages is only an 11-minute walk to the nearest beach. For those wanting a spiritual stay these guys have a wellness center and yoga classes so you can meditate your vacation away.
Jl. Subak Sari No.13, Canggu // www.desaseni.com
If you are looking for that honeymoon style hotel then you should look into the stunning beachfront Hotel Tugu. Not only do they have 21 individually decorated rooms, an outdoor pool, restaurant and incredible views of the beach, they can also arrange a private picnic on the beach… but they replace the picnic table with a bed!
Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong,, Pantai Canggu, Canggu // www.tuguhotels.com
There are a bunch of Airbnb’s available in Canggu, some for as little as $20 a night! We love staying at Airbnb’s as you usually can find private villas available, with kitchen and all so you can have a go cooking some local cuisine for dinner.
Where to eat
We found the food in Canggu to be super organic, fresh and delicious! There are so many amazing places to eat out it was hard to only choose a few, but after a lot of thought we have come up with a place for each meal of the day you need to check out!
Wanting to go out for breakfast? We suggest you hit up Canteen. With awesome brekkie deals and plenty of coffee to go around you will be fuelled up and ready to hit the surf.
Jalan Batumejan No. 33, Canggu
If your looking for huge salads and amazing fruit smoothies, Betelnut Cafe delivers the goods! A favourite of the locals, this health food cafe serves nutritious and delicious food – the perfect lunch spot during a day of exploring the area. They serve burritos, healthy salads, wheatgrass shots and yummy burgers.
Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.60, Canggu
The Beach House
The Beach House is a popular spot for local expats and visitors. With amazing sunset views and a variety of eating areas, the tables spill out onto a beach side area. We highly recommend to go for dinner as they play live music and serve seafood barbecues all night long!
Jl. Pura Batu Mejan, Canggu // www.echobeachhouse.com
Where to find a good coffee
You all probably know by now how much we love our coffee. So what’s a quick guide without a list of the best coffee spots.
Grocer & Grind
This cool cafe is located just 50m off the world famous surfing spot Echo Beach. Come in early to grab a cappuccino as you watch the surfers getting ready to hit some waves. Plus they also have insanely good wi-fi – which is always a bonus!
Jalan Pantai Batu Mejan (Echo Beach), Sea Sentosa Complex // www.grocerandgrind.com
Made of a concrete box, crate cafe is the place to go for an extra-strong coffee made from fresh Indonesian beans. It’s located in the young artistic area, so we recommend grabbing your coffee to go and walk around this cool part of Canggu.
Jalan Batu Bolong, 64, Canggu
This super Instagrammable coffee shop is well known in Canggu, hence why we had to check it out for ourselves. We recommend hitting up this place later in the morning as they are famous for their brunch’s, so grab a bite to eat with your flat white when you visit Hungry Bird.
Jalan Raya Semat
What to do
Canggu is Bali’s surfers paradise and a haven for spiritual seekers. During your first visit you have to attempt at least one surf or yoga lesson – it’s a right of passage here in Canggu. Not only that, there are amazing temples to check out, unique ways of exploring the area and local markets delivering the goods.
Ride some waves
Canggu has some of the most amazing beaches to surf in Bali. Whether you are an experienced surfer or you have never touched a surf board in your life, Canggu has something for you.
Experienced surfers will have plenty of fun at the many good spots to choose from, including Echo, Berawa or Pererenan Beach.
If you are a beginner, we suggest you spend a bit of time with an instructor before you take on the waves on your own. There are several places at Echo Beach that offer surf lessons ranging from a single lesson to week long courses.
You can’t visit Canggu with taking a yoga class. There are countless of yoga centers to choose from. Just walk in with a open mind and relax.
Visit Tanah Lot Temple
Bali’s most famous temple is just a 15 minute drive from Canggu. The Tanah Lot is best visited during sunset, where the beautiful colours of the sun can be a spectacular background for the temple.
Explore Canggu via Horseback
Bali Equestrian Centre offers horseback riding tours in Canggu. You can choose between tours on the beach or village tours. The beach tours will take you along the water’s edge on Berawa Beach early in the morning or at sunset. A village tour will take you through rice paddies and small villages.
Hire out a Bike
Canggu can easily be explored via bike. Hire one out for the day and cycle through the streets, making stops at the local markets, stores, cafe’s along the way. We also suggest heading down to the beach or to the lush rice terraces to see more of Canggu’s natural side.
Check out Canggu’s Sunday Markets
Every Sunday Samadi Bali, a yoga and recreational center in Canggu, hosts a small market. The market is a mix of organic local farmers selling fruits and vegetables, the occasional fisherman selling their catch of the day, artisans from the nearby villages sell handmade jewellery, and other handcrafts and Canggu expats selling homemade products.
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