Going to Canggu soon? It may or may not be the first time you are in Bali, but this time, you have decided to explore somewhere new. Excited, you get on the net to find some information, but where to start? A simple search returns an overwhelming number of articles. Relax, in this article, you will be able to understand what Canggu is all about, where to stay, what to do and some of our favourite hangout spots.
Where is Canggu?
Located in the north of the happening Seminyak, Canggu is a rural beachside town that has become a popular destination for travellers, surfers and families. It is a convenient location if you want to be close to the beach, surf spots, hipster cafes and away from the hustle bustle. However, you are not that far away as the town is only a 30-minute drive from Seminyak. Chic boutiques, restaurants, shops and some of the best parties in Bali are within your reach.
Where to eat in Canggu
Food is not a problem in Canggu. Whether you like to feast on a budget or indulge in a fine dining restaurant, there are plenty of options for you.
Cheap eats in Canggu
Here are a few places you need to check out:
- Zimzala: Overlooking a lush green rice field, Zimzala has a great variety of food catering from breakfast to dinner. You can find both Western and Balinese cuisines, all at an affordable price, in this restaurant.
Location: Jl. Raya Pantai Berawa
- Warung Heboh: Fancy some local dishes? Check out Warung Heboh, where you can find a great variety of local cuisines presented in self-serviced buffet-style. You can select what you want; the cost of the meal depends on the dishes you choose.
Location: Jl. Raya Semat
- La Mexicana: The restaurant is known to provide delicious Mexican food, large portion and great service. If you want something different, here’s the place to go.
Location: Jalan Raya Canggu
- Crate Café: Scrumptious smoothie bowls, excellent service, aromatic coffee, gluten free and vegan options, there are so many things that make Crate café a popular hangout spot amongst food lovers. It is the place to be if you are looking for an energising breakfast or post-surf refreshments.
Location: Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.64
Vegetarian and vegan food in Canggu
Conscious eaters do not have to worry in Canggu as vegetarian and vegan cafes are a plenty. Here are some of our favourites:
- Peloton Super Shop: A combination of a vegan café and a bicycle store, Peloton Super Shop serves flavourful vegan options such as fruit bowls, salads, lasagne, coriander wraps, and more!
Location: Jl. Raya Pantai Berawa No.46
- Green Ginger Noodle House: This charming little restaurant offers tasty vegetarian choices on the menu. The food takes inspiration from South-East Asian gastronomy culture.
Location: Jl Raya Pantai Berawa
- The Shady Shack: Vegan fans will fall in love with The Shady Shack’s breakfast bowls, rainbow salads, super smoothies and homemade pies. It is the place to sit back, relax, enjoy a cup of organic coffee and engage in a conversation with your friends.
Location: Tanah Barak No.57
Drinks in Canggu
- Finns Beach Club: Canggu is home to one of the most popular beach clubs in Bali. It’s the place to enjoy a great cocktail, dine in style or relax by the pool side as sunset paints the sky in crimson colours. Beware that there’s a minimum spend of 250,000 IDR per person.
- Old Mans: Really laid back bar, perfect for a cheap meal and hours of drinks
- Deus Ex Machina – Temple of Enthusiasm: Make sure you head here on a Sunday for their infamous Sunday sessions ( On every Sunday from 6pm- till late) This is view sums it up perfect ;)
What to do in Canggu
- Surf: Canggu is known to be the surfing hotspot. There are 3 beaches for you to surf: Batu Bolong/Old Man’s beach, Berawa beach and Echo beach. Batu Bolong/Old Man’s is the favourite surf spots for beginners as the waves are good and easy. However, this is also the reason why it’s always crowded. If you want to challenge yourself, head over to Berawa or Echo beach. Newbies can opt for a lesson or two at a nearby surf school to understand the basics of surfing.
- Visit Tanah Lot temple: About 300minute away for Canggu lies Tanah Lot, one of the most popular temples in Bali. You will be able to learn about Balinese culture, religion as well as catch a mesmerising sunset there.
- Samadi Sunday Organic Market: If you are tired of the surfing and temples, try going to a Sunday market for a change. There are quite a few all around Bali, and right in Canggu, you will be able to find Samadi Sunday Organic Market with organic produces, hand-made accessories, clothes and plenty of healthy food.
- Canggu Club: You are never short of activities in Canggu club. Having a splash at Waterbomb, the no. 1 waterpark in Asia, attending cooking classes, riding a horse on the beach and more, the young and old enjoy their time at Canggu Club.
Where to stay in Canggu
There are plenty of places to stay in Canggu, catering to all budgets. Travellers on a budget can opt to stay in hostels, hotels or guesthouses. If you fancy a comfortable experience, try staying in a villa instead. There are plenty of private villas in Canggu, which is ideal if you travel with your family or friends, where you can have your own piece of paradise without being disturbed.
Getting around Canggu
- From the airport to Canggu: It takes about 45 minutes to go from the airport to Canggu. If you stay in a villa or hotel, usually it’s possible to arrange an airport transfer in advance. However, if you don’t have that option, you can take a taxi at the airport to go to Canggu. Be aware that Bali airport is very busy.
- Getting around Canggu: You can rent a car or scooter to explore Canggu on your own. Taxi, Uber and motorbike taxi are available in Bali.
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