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Morning time at the cafes in Canggu brings out every traveller type, from the yogi’s to the digital nomads and even the extremely-hungover. Your breakfast options in Canggu are ten-fold. From freshly made, tropical smoothie bowls to a smashed-avo on toast (that won’t cost you your house mortgage), there is certainly no shortages of an epic breakfast in Canggu. Find vegan & vegetarian options, authentic indonesian cuisine, burgers to cure that pounding headache and even a coffee that will make you feel as though you’re in a Melbourne cafe.
The ever popular Crate Cafe, may not look like much from the outside but it has become a staple of the Canggu breakfast scene. It’s founder, Maree, grew up in Bondi Beach and was determined to recreate the laidback Bondi vibe Balinese style. The resulting cafe is a relaxed and funky place, with a definite hipster feel to it. If you are lucky enough to get a seat, you will be treated to beautiful views over the local rice fields and some delicious (and very cheap) food. Think acai bowls, gourmet eggs and smoothies all made from fresh, locally sourced products. Those looking for something a bit more substantial, can opt for a full breakfast of avocado, bacon, tomatoes, eggs and sourdough and for any Aussies after a taste of home, there is always the ‘Veto’ – smashed avo on toast with Vegemite. There are also plenty of GF and vegetarian options available.
Cafe Organic is one of the most famous chains of ‘health’ cafes (there is another branch in Seminyak and word of a third opening) in Bali and not without good reason. The atmosphere is very cool bohemian, rattan chairs, chunky wooden tables and brightly coloured cushions – there is even a rope-swing hammock outside! Cafe Organic is often described as the most ‘Instagramable’ cafe in Bali, their food presentation is legendary and their acai bowls, quite frankly, belong in an art gallery. Cafe Organic, is very much a health oriented cafe, their menu is vegetarian with choices for vegan and GF diners. If you are after fresh salads, smoothie bowls and chia cups all washed down with Kombucha and ‘health shots’, then this is the cafe for you. Also available is a stunning array of coffees (dairy free options available), including taro and mermaid lattes – because can you really say you’ve tried coffee until you’ve had it blue?!
Peloton Cafe is a bike shop and trendy vegan dining spot all rolled into one! The name ‘Peloton’ means different things in different languages, in Spanish, it means a group of people working together towards a common goal, whilst in French it refers specifically to a group of cyclists pedaling together in order to conserve energy. The interior of the cafe is bright and spacious, full of beautiful wooden furniture, vibrant green plants, and, obviously, bicycles on the wall. At Peloton, they seek to overcome some of the stigma that is sometimes associated with vegan food and prove that a plant-based diet can be enjoyed by everyone – even dedicated carnivores! Their menu is fun and creative, with names like the ‘Biker Bowl’ (a smoothie base of strawberries, dragon fruit, banana, watermelon, coconut milk and dates) and ‘Pedal Power Pancakes’ (cinnamon spiced pancakes with grilled banana, strawberries and coconut whip, topped with coconut nectar). The drinks menu is extensive, with everything from teas, coffees and kombuchas to juices, smoothies and ‘health shots’ all available in a dizzying array of flavours.
Come to the Betelnut Cafe and you will know you are in Bali, with its wooden-framed, thatched roof and chilled out atmosphere, there is no where else in the world you could be. Betelnut has been a staple of the Canggu surfer scene for several years now and is still a great place to visit for a fresh snack or a cheeky cake and coffee (the Betelnut cake comes highly recommended).
The food served at Betelnut is a mixture of Indonesian and international and it is the perfect place to fuel up with a fulfilling and healthy breakfast before heading down to the surf. Popular choices include the ‘Selamat Pagi’ (roasted tomatoes, avocado, sauteed mushrooms or homemade beans, with two eggs any style and a choice of breads) and the ‘Smuggler’ (a tortilla of scrambled eggs, feta cheese and avocado, topped with tomato salsa).
Motion Cafe is an environmentally conscious cafe with a focus on health and fitness. The cafe has a relaxed but stylish vibe with a brightly coloured mural of birds and butterflies on one wall and rustic wooden furniture. Sustainability is important at Motion Cafe, they only make use of recycled bottles and reusable napkins – and you will not see a plastic straw in sight! All dishes on the menu at Motion Cafe have been designed in to give the best in nutritional absorption and most of them are vegan and GF friendly. Everything is completely homemade and free from refined sugar. Popular breakfast choices include the ‘Turkish Breakfast’ (olives, feta, cheddar, cherry tomato, hummus, cucumber, two eggs any style with Turkish bread, butter and homemade jam) and the ‘Big Surfer’s’ (cheddar, ham, two eggs any style, bread and butter with homemade jam and a fruit juice or fruit salad). If you have a sweet tooth, why not try a sweet potato waffle; these are available in variety of both sweet and savoury flavours, including ‘nutella and cinnamon’ and ‘smoked salmon and sour cream’.
Whether it’s lunch, brunch or just a super late breakfast, there are a myriad of spots that will cure your ‘hangers’ (yeah, we all get them, it’s time to stop denying). Canggu provides you with endless brunch-time options; ‘healthy & organic’, ‘fill my stomach until I can’t move’, ‘local food’, ‘I’m just a little peckish’, ‘I’ve almost run out of money’, ‘I just want a good instagram pic’ and more.
The Avocado Factory
The Avocado Factory is the recent dream child of a team of Italians, who reasoned that Bali is the perfect location for an avocado themed eatery. This is not without good reason, as the island has an abundant supply of avocados, allowing them to source the majority of their products from local suppliers. The green message is taken very seriously at the Avocado Factory, they believe in the idea of sustainability from the tree to the plate and pride themselves in being 98% plastic free. The end result of all this effort is the ability to create fresh and delicious dishes and a guilt free dining experience. The cafe is split over two levels with an outdoor terrace, giving stunning view over the local rice fields. The star of the show here is, of course, avocado! The green fruit is in every dish and many of the drinks on the menu, but don’t be tricked into thinking this makes the menu dull, far from it! You will find everything from burgers, tacos and hummus to local favourites like nasi campur (in this case Avo Nasi Campur) all reimagined with an ‘avo’ twist – and, as would be expected, from an avocado themed cafe, their avocado toast (served with chili powder and grilled mushroom on rye bread) is just the best. As an added bonus will free wifi and power outlets are available, making this a great location for freelancers and bloggers to catch up with some work.
The main ethos behind Nude Canggu is ‘keep it simple’. This mantra is reflected in the design of the cafe and in the food they serve. The interior is filled with calming natural tones, think wood and stone, which give it a relaxing atmosphere, perfect for a post yoga coffee or a catch up with friends. Fast internet and plenty of places to plug in, make this a go to spot for the digital nomads amongst us. When the ‘simple’ concept is applied to the food at Nude Canggu, it does not imply a lack of of variety, but rather stands for good quality, good value and great flavour. The food served comes from a variety of different countries, American, Japanese and Moroccan (amongst others) are all represented on the menu. Extensive menus are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and, whilst the cafe is not primarily vegetarian, plenty of options are available for those following vegan, raw or GF diets. In short this is great to come at any time of day no matter your dietary requirements. Also the desserts are UH-mazing: anyone for a caramel pretzel cheesecake?!
Situated on a side road in Canggu and close to Echo beach, the Shady Shack (don’t be put off by the name!), looks, from the outside rather like an oversized beach hut built into the jungle. When Shady Shack first opened its doors, a couple of years ago, it quickly gained a reputation as one of the best ‘health’ restaurants in Bali. The interior is bright and funky, lots of exposed brickwork and outside you will find plenty of seating surrounded by lush tropical gardens. The perfect setting in which to sit back and enjoy a latte! The menu at Shady Shack is completely vegetarian (they also cater to vegans and those on GF and / or DF diets) and, some say, so tasty that it may convince even the most dedicated of carnivores to try a ‘free-from’ diet! The breakfast smoothie bowls come highly recommended as do their savoury bowls, such as the ‘Nori Bowl’ (a mixture of Japanese delights), which tend to be themed after various world cuisines. A variety of raw cakes and other treats are also available, and with ever changing flavours, there is no excuse not to visit every single day!
After a big day of shopping and lazing by the pool with a cocktail in hand, we all deserve a nice big meal to put us into our night-time coma (or give us energy for a night of dancing). Head down Batu Bolong, Pantai Berawa or Raya Pantai Berawa and you will find most of Canggu’s dinner-time gems. With Canggu’s ever increasing popularity, the cuisine options are varied, with italian, japanese, indonesian, indian, vietnamese and korean being just some of the amazing options.
Kembali Bumbuk prides itself on a being a great day-to-night venue, where you will be able to find something to tempt your tastebuds no matter what time you drop in. The interior is full of simple clean lines, creating a stylish but relaxed atmosphere. Like many of the other cafes and restaurants in health-conscious Canggu, Kembali Bumbuk has fruit smoothies, juice cleanses and salad bowls aplenty, unlike some of the others though, there are also several mouth-watering choices for those of us who like to be a little a naughty from time to time: Louisiana Fried Chicken, loaded burgers and fries, New York Cheesecake and the homemade Nutella and vanilla freakshake are just a few of the highlights!
The Ji Restaurant, is really two venues split over three storeys. On the 1st floor you will find the restaurant Ji at Bale Sutra 1706, the design of which is based on an ancient temple – warm, dark colours and intricately carved furnishings. If you wind your way up the stairs to the 2nd floor you will enter Ji Terrace by the SEA, a colourful space with design inspirations drawn from across the Asian continent and a view out over the Indian Ocean. The real star of the whole Ji experience, though, is the open-air roof terrace on the 3rd floor. This is one of the highest points in Canggu and with a spectacular 180° view along the Balinese coastline, it is well worth the climb. The food at Ji is on par with its interior decor, in other words, amazing! Here you will find some of the best chefs in Bali, who have created a menu designed to combine the the very best of ancient and modern Asian cuisine. Asian inspired cocktails and and some of the greatest sushi you will find anywhere really help to make the terrace one of the best places on the island to kick-back and watch the sunset.
Cuisine: Japanese and Pan-Asian
Location: Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu (next to Hotel Tugu)
Bottega Italiana will have your eyes lighting up from your first mouthful, and we can almost guarantee that you won’t visit here only once on your trip. Create your own dish by choosing from the authentic, homemade pastas and pasta sauces. The modern, rustic interiors are simple yet elegant and the friendly, smiling, local staff will make your entire dining experience a delight. Our favourite choice? Fresh tagliatelle pasta with pomodorini e stracciatella!
Location: Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, No. 77, Canggu
La Brisa is a shipwreck themed restaurant, bar and general chill out area that has recently opened right on Echo Beach. The main structure was built from from the wood of more than 500 reclaimed fishing boats and it was the aim of the founders that stepping through the doors would create a feeling of stepping back in time into the home of a traditional Balinese fisherman. The interior design has been meticulously thought out (you will not find any plastic in sight!), the walls are covered in old photographs and fishing paraphernalia and the furniture is rustic and often rope-strung. Although the ‘fisherman home’ vibe is definitely there, he must have been a rich one as there is also a swimming pool, children’s playground and outdoor terraces! This is the perfect venue to visit for good seafood and a few cocktails as you watch yet another beautiful Balinese sunset.
The best of Mexican street food all served up in bright and colourful surroundings. Quesadillas, burritos, tacos, nachos, chorizo and great options for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free dieters, what more could you want? If your answer is jalapeno infused tequila to wash it all down with, then you are in luck! If you go with a group (min. 4 people), why not try the sharing platter? This gives you the chance to try a sample of eight different dishes. Basically this is a little piece of Mexico right in the heart of Canggu
Musubi, described as the ‘first Japanese modern café in Indonesia’, is the latest addition to the Kaminari group. They have embraced the concept of Omotenashi (the Japanese belief in providing wholehearted hospitality), which helps to create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The menu was designed by Rui Yamagishi, a Japanese man, who was born in Bali, and has worked in several highly successful restaurants across Australia, including Rockpool Bar and Grill and Blancharu. The food served at Musubi is made with high quality, traditional Japanese ingredients but is often served with a modern and, sometimes, international twist – think sushi burgers and Matcha Tiramisu.
Milu (sister restaurant to the already popular Nook), first opened its doors a little over a year ago and has quickly become one of the most popular eateries in the area. Although it is situated on a busy Canggu street, stepping inside will transport you to the tranquility of a tropical garden surrounded by rice fields. Although a great deal of care has obviously been taken over the interior design, the overall feel is laid back and relaxed, with large windows and open walls meaning you never feel too far from nature. A wide variety of, mainly Asian dishes are served throughout the day and into the evening. Local favourites such as Nasi Campur are particularly popular and there are also some great vegetarian choices available – the ‘Teriyaki Tofu’ comes highly recommended.
Fishbone Local is a new player in the Canggu food game and was set by a group of Aussie expats, who had a dream to make delicious seafood as close to the beach as possible. As with many of the businesses in Canggu, Fishbone Local places a great importance on sustainability, having as small an ecological impact as possible and helping to support the local community. This can be seen as soon as you walk inside as many of the interior fixtures and fittings have been made from recycled materials. The menu changes daily depending on the latest catch brought in by the local fishermen. In addition to great food, Fishbone Local also has a great drinks list, beers on tap and a wide enough selection of wines and cocktails to suit all tastes.
Eat & Drink has been considered one of the best dining spots in Bali since it first opened its doors a couple of years ago. The restaurant, headed by world famous chef Shannon Moran (who has previously worked in Nobu and the Damien Hirst backed project The Pharmacy), offers the best in Asian / International fusion cuisine in a relaxed but stylish setting. Eat & Drink can be found inside The Slow, a boutique hotel created by the fashion designer George Gorrow and his model wife Cisco. The hotel has a tropical brutalist design ethic and the restaurant is no exception to this – clean lines and concrete floors, accented with beautiful wooden furniture, lush greenery and one off works of art. In fact, The Slow has its very own art gallery, allowing you to combine culture, cocktails and dinner for the perfect sophisticated evening.
From bars offering live skating in a bowl for entertainment, to bars accessed through a mini-mart refrigerator door – the night-life in Canggu will be sure to keep everyone endlessly entertained. It’s increasing popularity amongst tourists means that the town is now bursting at the seams with bars and nightclubs to satisfy your every party need. Expect open air bars, epic views over the ocean and rice fields, western style cocktails and nibbles, ice cold beers, epic music, events and parties, tourists, expats and locals! Whether you want to have a beer and watch the sunset after your afternoon surf or party until the sun rises, Canggu has something for you!
If any venue can be said to exemplify the Canggu bar scene, its Old Man’s. Set just back from Batu Bolong beach, the thatched pavilion and huge picnic table covered space make this a great place to relax during the day, with a cold Bintang and an uninterrupted view of the sea. The food is simple, think burgers and salads, but reasonably priced – mostly in the 50,000 – 100,000 Rp range. It’s only after darkness falls that Old Man’s really comes to life, with the laid back, bohemian feel of the day taking a turn to the wildside. This is especially true on Wednesday nights when the legendary Old Man’s ‘Dirty Ol’ Wednesday takes place – there will be drinking games, there will be dancing and there will be beer pong! Bands and djs are a regular feature any night of the weeks and happy hour falls between 5 and 6pm.
The Lawn, one of Canggu’s newest and most happening bars, is more of an open-air lounge than a traditional bar, except, unlike most lounges, this one leads right on to the beach. There are a variety of seating options available, from bean bags to tatamis, all with a great view over the ocean. The food served here is international, but, interspersed with a little bit of local flavour, and there are some great options available for those looking for a lighter meal or bar snacks, including popcorn chicken and tuna ceviche (coconut milk, lime, red chili, grape tomato, avocado). With a pool and a kids menu this is not just a nighttime venue, but, also a great place to come and hang out for the entire day. As the evening comes around, share a carafe of sangria, or, one of the Lawn’s many signature cocktails as you look out on yet another glorious sunset. Friday night is the Lawn’s most popular night, with bands playing through sunset, which switches over to a DJ for you to party into the night.
Location: l. Pura Dalem, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Canggu
As you walk up the pastel colours staircase, you will feel as though you’ve been warped into a bar right in the middle of Medellin. Expect colombian street food, colourful walls, paintings, ceilings and floors, oh and everything Pablo Escobar! It’s a small but happening venue, you will find people squashed into every corner and crevice however it only adds to the Medellin feel. Signature cocktails all come at a cheap price of 50k and the music will have you dancing into the early hours of the morning.
You can’t talk about Canggu without mentioning Deus ex Machina. This isn’t just a restaurant and bar, but also a motorbike shop, a surf shop, a skate park and an art gallery – in short, it is one of the coolest destinations around! The food served is mainly Western fusion, with a bit a of Asian thrown in for good measure and the cocktail list is pretty extensive. Deus ex is great place to go for a Sunday session and there are usually some great drinks offers, but the night that really makes it famous is ‘Tacos and Tattuesdays’ delicious tacos and a 20 min tattoo, all for about 65,000 Rp.
Bringing a scene from the Heath Ledger classic Lords of Dogtown, Pretty Poison offers the most epic empty backyard pool setup for those wanting to have a skate or simply watch the show from the sidelines. Pumping Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, pretty Poison offers DJ sets (Thursdays & Saturdays), movie nights (Mondays), open mic nights (Tuesdays) art exhibitions, live bands, in-house tattoo artists and more. Happy hour is ever day from 4 – 6pm.
Sand Bar is the place to go once everything else has closed. It is open until the early hours of the morning and is the perfect end to a night of bar hopping. The music played here is mainly R&B and hip hop, with the occasional live band and there are usually some great drinks offers. The location, right on Echo beach, not only makes this a popular bar for surfers (who can paddle right up for a beer) but also means there is the chance of an impromptu starlit bonfire on the beach and a great view of the sunrise over the ocean, as you reflect on the night before (or not, as the case may be!).
Location: Batu Bolong Beach, Canggu
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Luigi’s Hot Pizza
Luigi’s is your go to for epic pizza, incredible drinks and great tunes. The place has the feel of a pop-up restaurant, its a casual, open air venue – yet you will find some of Canggu’s trendiest expats spending their night here. The menu is simple but high quality, focusing mainly on serving the best pizzas and salads. Monday and Saturday nights (from about 8pm onwards) are the most popular nights at Luigis, the dance floor is always full and there are usually some great djs playing. As far as prices go, most dishes and drinks (including cocktails!) top out at around 100,000 Rp, making Luigis a tasty and extremely affordable part of any night out in Canggu.