What to do in Canggu? An easy question to answer: eat, relax, beach, surf, enjoy, repeat! With so many cool places around you are spoiled for choice so I made a list of Canggu things to do and go eat.
Still deciding Canggu or Seminyak? Forget Seminyak, Canggu is the new hotspot in Bali and loads of hip youngsters choose this village above the overcrowded Seminyak and Kuta. With the popular spots Echo Beach, Berawa Beach and Old Man’s Beach around, surfing in Canggu is hot. Everywhere around town the surfing scene is ever-present and gives Canggu Bali the low-key vibe you are looking for. If you are not a big surfer like me than Echo Beach Canggu is your best bid. There are numerous beach huts lined up that serve snacks and ice cold beers, the perfect spot to watch surfers.
Restaurants in Canggu
Food and Canggu are each other’s best friends. Hip hotspots to eat and drink are one of the reasons this village became so popular over the years. Healthy restaurants, homey coffeeshops and trendy bars are popping up everywhere so I made a list of popular bars and restaurants in Canggu.
The Lawn Canggu
To me this place is what the Canggu beach vibe is all about: beach, surfers, beanbags and drinks. Right on Old Man’s Beach you can plunge in a beanbag on a green lawn and enjoy a refreshing coconut or beer. It is a popular place where young people gather for sunset and watch surfers. There is no music, but the vibe is extremely low-key and it’s a great place to meet people. The Lawn is famous for its picture perfect swing.
Here the coffee is free is you upload a picture on Instagram. I tried it out and it worked! The staff was more than happy to see my picture on @tomtomtravel, my second Instagram account. The place is simple and has not the appeal of other hip places, but the food is good, try the pancakes they are delicious. So are the healthy dragon fruit bowls. Prices are good and as said the cappuccino was free every morning again if you upload a picture.
Probably the most popular breakfast and lunch spot. Whatever time of the day you pass by, it is always crowded here. The food is delicious and the portions are good. Loads of people keep on coming back here every day. They play really funky music, best in Canggu! Crate is small, there are not many places to sit and since it is well known it is sometimes hard to secure a spot. The staff is super friendly, the food delicious but for me it was too crowded.
This is one of the most popular Canggu restaurants. Deus is more than just that, it’s a shop, bar and restaurant in one! They sell motorbikes, clothes, goodies and souvenirs, have live music, taco nights and give away free tattoos to those who spend more than a certain amount of money. The garden in the back with beanbags to hang out is a popular place at night. Saturday nights are big and there are a lot of events during the week.
The food is good, though portions are small. The chicken burger is not my favourite here, but the beef burger is. The pumpkin soup and the Panini is a good choice too. If you are hungry go to a cheap place first and come here for drinks later.
Old Man’s Canggu
The place everyone knows about if you have been to Canggu. Wednesday nights are big and hundreds of youngsters gather to listen to live music, play beerpong and dance till late at night when a dj takes over. They also serve food and the Indonesian Red Curry is a great choice. It is a lot and it fills you up, so does the risotto. This is one of the most popular places and therefore pricier. I loved their Wednesday nights!
Hungry Bird Canggu
Want to grab breakfast or lunch on your way to Berawa Beach then Hungry Bird is a good stop. The avocado toast with egg is pretty tasty and for the sweet tooth there is the delicious triple pancake. They take their coffee serious and you can choose beans from all over the world.
The first bar I have ever seen with a skate bowl. In the early evening skaters are showing off their skills, while later in the evening everyone sits around the bowl and drinks beers. Inside there is mostly live music and the place is a great mix between an eclectic ambiance indoor and a very laid-back vibe outdoor.
Shady Shack Canggu
The vegetarian restaurant everyone raves about. I tried it out and it is definitely a place you have to grab lunch or breakfast at some point. Healthy food is presented in such a way that it will make you drool. You have to taste it yourself, but believe me you won’t be disappointed. The white lofty restaurant and its garden setting look really inviting and attract lots of people.
Le Petite Prince
A lovely little restaurant with the interior of a livingroom. They serve tasty food in homey setting, portions are small though, prices reasonable. The vegetarian homemade lasagne is worth a try.
Cloud 9 Canggu
Want to hang out in a beanbag and overlook the ricefields? Go to Cloud 9 in Canggu and enjoy the perfect Balinese setting. The food is lovely and the healthy shakes are yummy, a bit pricier than other restaurants, but the setting is fabulous.
Ji sushi Tugu Hotel
Finally a trendy and hip sushi place opened its doors in Canggu. Right across the street from Old Man’s and located next to the Tugu Hotel you can find the Japanese restaurant Ji. Let the funky tunes lure you in and enjoy delicious sushi for very competitive prices. Its the amazing mix of an old Chinese temple full of art with some pumping beats that makes the restaurant a trendy hotspot, the perfect place for a great night out.
Try the desserts they are extremely yummy; their green tea cheesecake is the best ever!
Where to stay in Canggu?
If you are ready to splurge then try the Tugu Hotel right on the beach. This is the most luxurious hotel in Canggu and with uncountable pieces of art it has the appeal of a museum. Their location is fantastic as it is right in the heart of Old Man’s Beach where everything is happing. The extremely spacious rooms are in traditional Balinese style and some come with a private pool, a perfect romantic getaway. Interested in staying here then let me know as I can fix you a discount! Check here my Review Tugu Hotel Bali.
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For a simple room in a quiet location overlooking the ricefields contact Yoman Sudarja on Facebook and get yourself a cheap accommodation in Canggu. His rooms are all you need if you are on a budget and the location is fantastic. For around USD $300 you live here an entire month. I will be back some day!