My top picks for Instagrammable (and delish!) places to eat, stay, work, and play in Canggu, Bali.
Canggu, Bali is a Nutritionist/Instagrammer/Basic b*tch's P A R A D I S E. (<<< whatever, i'm owning it)
I mean, I knew there was going to be great surfing and good restaurants, but I had no idea how much of a paradise I was in for by coming to Canggu. Let me just break it down for you:
Where to eat in Canggu
(All are either entirely vegan/plant-based or have vegan and gluten free options)
First let me just say, i'm sure there are tons of other delicious places that I didn't make it to, but these were my faves:
Peloton Supershop: Peloton comes first because it is my #1 pick, and many days while in Canggu we ate there multiple times 🤣 The restaurant is entirely plant-based, but the food is so good it would satisfy any carnivore. After 3 weeks, Erik and I tried nearly everything on the menu (ha!) but I would highly recommend the Contador salad + "tricken" Caesar wrap (on the lunch menu only) and for dinner: the rendang burger, quesadilla, powerhouse bowl, or napolean dynamite (pasta). Oh yeah, they also have an epic breakfast menu and one of the best smoothie bowls I found in Canggu ;).
Secret Spot: Located right next to Peloton, head over to Secret Spot for some delish vegan coconut soft serve (or regular soft serve if that's your jam!)
Kynd Community: Another entirely plant-based/vegan spot with SO. MANY. DELICIOUS. OPTIONS. I loved the Bli Buddha (buddha bowl with chickpeas, lentils, hummus, tofu and veggies) and Erik loved the vegan Ban Mi sandwich. They also have build your own avocado toasts, epic plant based smoothies and mylkshakes, OH and you can have them write whatever you want on top of your smoothie bowl. Be prepared to spend a while here and get tons of cute Instagram photos!
Nude: The food at Nude is good (I wouldn't say incredible) but the main reason I included it on my list of places to go is because it is one of the only places in Canggu with an entire air-conditioned room to work in. Absolute heaven. The juices here are also really good and the wi-fi is fast.
Coffee Cartel: Another SUPER Instagrammable spot that you are definitely going to want to check out when in Canggu. I only tried their coffee, and although it was really small, it was quite tasty. They also have the ability to screen press (?) whatever image onto your latte that you want (see below) and other inventive drinks like beetroot lattes if you want that pink aesthetic 🙋🏽.
Loft: The Loft in Canggu had hands down the best avocado toast i've ever had in my life (and i've eaten a sh*t ton of avocado toast, you guys know if you follow me on Insta). To be honest, avo toast was pretty much the only thing I tried on their menu so I can't really say what else to try, but this place is (another) super cute and Instagrammable spot in Canggu, just be prepared to sweat because there isn't any AC.
Cafe Organic: The food at Cafe Organic admittedly is lacking in flavor (and we tried a lot of different things) but they have great juices, smoothies, and ice cold AC which sometimes takes precedence for me over food. It does get pretty busy around lunch time, but Cafe Organic is a great spot to grab a healthy lunch/juice and work for while if you're living that Digital Nomad life in Canggu :)
Bali Bowls: A cute restaurant in Canggu with all different types of bowls: salads, buddha bowls, and smoothie bowls.
Sprout: A cute little breakfast spot with THE BEST COCONUT COLD BREW EVER!!!!!! Erik and I would sometimes even go to The Loft for avocado toast and then to Sprout just to get their coconut cold brew (high maintenence, much?) If you're in Canggu, you MUST go try it. But they do sell out of it, so make sure you get there early!
La Briza: This is an AWESOME restaurant/bar/pool/lounge area located right on Echo Beach in Canggu. It is almost like a big treehouse type place with a pool and tons of cute areas to lounge. Next time we go back we'll probably make an entire day of our time at La Briza and maybe order a bottle of wine by the pool :) Make sure to get there early in the afternoon to secure a spot right right on the deck (complete with bean bag chairs) to watch sunset. And FYI there is a 100,000 rupiah cover charge to get in (about 8 USD) but it can be applied to food and drink.
The Lawn: The Lawn in Canggu is one of the most popular sunset spots in the area, and although it is a little bit over priced, it is worth it in my opinion to go for at least one night! There is a really cute (and, you guessed it, Instagrammable) lawn area as well as a pool, day beds for rent, and a second level bar area for hanging out and getting some sunset photos. I can't speak to the food at all (we only ordered drinks there) but in my opinion it is definitely worth going to while you're in Canggu!
What to do in Canggu, Bali
Surf: If you're coming to Canggu, I would definitely recommend heading down to Batu Balong Beach (right by Old Man's) to go surfing (or take a surf lesson if you're a newbie). Just make sure you go out on a day when the waves are small (or stay to the left) otherwise you'll get pounded like I did.
Sunset at Echo Beach: One of my favorite things to do in Canggu was to walk down to Echo Beach (just to the right of Batu Balong) and watch sunset. Around 5PM bean-bag chairs are set up and you can sit there and watch sunset for free as long as you buy some sort of drink (coconuts were about 2$ US).
Rent pool floaties: Ummm who doesn't love a good pool floatie moment? Luckily in Canggu you don't even have to buy a floatie, you can just rent one (plus have it delivered) for about $20 USD but contacting @Balifloaties on Instagram. Totally worth it in my opinion 🤣
Shop: Definitely check out Wanderlust bikinis (they have a few different locations) where you can mix and match the CUTEST swimsuits for a really affordable price. I also loved the store Lost In Paradise, but there are so many surf shops and boutiques in the area with GREAT prices, so if you're planning to come to Canggu, make sure to pack light!
Jet Black Ginger (Hair/nails/waxing salon): I decided to darken my hair and eyebrows while in Canggu, as well as get a haircut. I found the salon, Jet Black Ginger, on Instagram, and loved their photos so much I immediately booked an appointment. They did an awesome job and even gave me a consultation to talk about what I wanted to do beforehand.
Eden Life Centres (Skincare): If you want to get a REAL facial while in Canggu (one that offers real results, not just a relaxing face massage) definitely check out Eden Life Centres. They are located right next to Kynd Community, and after walking in and seeing the aesthetic of their office, I was sold. I opted for the DermaPen (microneedling) treatment while I was there (for hyper-pigmentation) and was super happy with the results. Definitely recommend, good prices too.
Work: For all my digital nomads out there, you'll probably need to dedicate some time to work as well :) I hit up Dojo co-working space while in Canggu, and although they didn't have AC, the place was MASSIVE and had super fast internet. I even hosted a webinar from Dojo, and had no problems whatsoever! They offer daily, weekly, and monthly passes and are a great option if you need a community-type atmosphere to get your best work done!
Play celebrity for the day at The Edge (One Eighty Degrees): PUT THIS ON YOUR TO-DO LIST!! The cliffside pool at The Edge hotel is about an hour and a half drive from Canggu, but it is totally worth it. I mean, just look at this photo.
Watch the video I made about it below if you want more details :)
Getaway to Nusa Penida: Another thing I highly recommend doing while you're in Canggu is taking a few days to visit Nusa Penida island. You can take a boat out of Sanur (about 1 hour from Canggu) and be there in about an hour. There isn't much to do on Nusa Penida island, but you can drive to Kelingking beach/Kelingking lookout - which is totally worth the trip.
Where to stay in Canggu, Bali:
Where you stay while in Canggu can totally make or break your trip, but even if you're on a budget you can find some super cute places for around $30 US/ night. (If you have a bigger budget, you can live like royalty for about $100 US/night!)
Pondok Canggu Homestay - This is a great option for the budget (but high maintenance) traveler who wants icy cold AC but doesn't necessarily care about having a lot of space or a full kitchen (me!). There is a shared pool outside and the room is small but it has everything you need (plus it's in a great location) for an awesome price.
Riviera house - if you want the entire place to yourself, a full kitchen, and tons of space, this is Riviera house is my recommendation! The location is great, the owners are awesome, and they even have cold coconuts in the fridge for you to buy for about $1 whenever you want one. We stayed in this room which was a little more pricy, but you could also stay in one of their "huts" for a more rustic (and budget friendly) option.
Random things to know when you come to Canggu, Bali:
Visas: If you plan to stay in Bali longer than 30 days, you're going to need to get a tourist visa with the option to extend (different than a normal tourist visa). You can get it upon arrival at the Denpasar airport, just make sure get it before going through customs. It's about $35 USD per person (make sure to have cash with you) and then you'll end up paying about $50 more per person to get the extension once your 30 days are up. IMPORTANT NOTE: You must file your extension at least one week before your 30 days are up, but no sooner than one week after you've arrived - so basically there is a very small amount of time for which you can do this. Also - it's kind of a pain in the ass to figure out yourself, so to save yourself the headache (plus 3+ trips to the Denpasar customs office) I recommend using a Visa agent. (We used this place and they were awesome). It will cost you about $50 per person to use an agent PLUS the $50 for the extension, so about $100 total per person, but totally worth it in my opinion not to waste multiple days figuring it out on your own. Also, they do have to hold on to your passport for a few days so be sure the get a copy.
Motorbikes: If you're not willing to rent/drive a motorbike while in Canggu (or anywhere in Bali) getting around is going to be a b*tch. Just being honest. But don't worry, if you're too afraid to drive one yourself you can always call GoJek (a motorbike service kind of like Uber that will take you where you want to go, get groceries for you, deliver food, etc).
Uber: Ah yes, Uber. When people told me not to use Uber in Bali, I didn't really take them seriously. But i'm not kidding when I see THE BALINESE PEOPLE HATE UBER. Like really hate them. So if you look like you need a ride and are looking at your phone, taxi drivers will automatically think you are waiting for an Uber and give you a hard time. Ubers here will also try and rip you off, so my advice would be to either rent your own motorbike, use a local Taxi (they are everywhere) or hire a driver.
Hire a driver: This is your best bet for getting around safely (without getting ripped off). We had two different drivers while in Bali (both named Ketut, which you'll realize is pretty common 🤣) and I HIGHLY recommend them both. Save yourself the hassle and send either of them a Whatsapp message letting them know when you'll be arriving, and they can pick you up from the airport so you don't have to fight off the hundreds (seriously) of aggressive Taxi men at the Denpasar airport. Tell them Amie sent you!
Ketut #1: +62 878 6096 6048
Ketut #2: +62 812 3942 759
Both on Whatsapp
SIM cards: You'll need a SIM card when you get here! You can get one at the airport, but expect to pay a lot more than if you wait until you get to Canggu. Just have one of the Ketut's take you to a SIM card place - they will put it in your phone and set everything up for you. You can expect to pay around $10 - $15 USD for a SIM card that lasts you about 30 days.
Ok guys, thats all i've got for right now! Have you been to Canggu? What were your faves? What places do I need to check out next time i'm there?
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