The locals call Canggu the mushroom of Bali – why? Because Canggu seems to give rise to a new bar, spa, café or restaurant all of which resemble a plethora of passion projects that show no sign of slowing. The vibe is split between surfing and yoga where rice paddies meet an offshore break. For now, Canggu caters to the easy-going, but still up for a good time crowd however, signs of Seminyak are creeping in with new developments on the horizon. Catch Canggu in its prime with the following guide to the best of Canggu.
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner this is a vegetarian café, but you’d hardly notice the meat was missing. Go to’s are the smoothie bowls, generous salads and sweet potato gnocchi.
Recently relocated from the main street to the rice paddies, all your favourite breakfast foods make it hard to choose. A trademark dish are the coconut soaked chia puddings topped with a smoothie.
An interiors dream, Quince is half design store and half Melbourne-esque café. Dishes are considered both in presentation and sourcing. Local and organic ingredients are used as much as possible making everything fresh and delicious.
Canggu is not short of vegetarian or vegan options and Pelaton is no exception. This may be a vegan hotspot but by no means does it fall flat in creativity or taste. Don’t be deterred by the vegan nametag, try anything with jackfruit and you’d be convinced you were eating pulled pork.
Step inside the polished concrete and this boutique hotel / art gallery / restaurant prepares a modern take on a variety of international cuisines. Take a moment and check out the rooftop which spans Canggu’s neighbourhood, including a nearby volcano.
You can’t go to Bali and not sample Indonesian food. Dishes are designed to share and there’s no shortage of dishes featuring some sort of peanut sauce. Go for lunch where you can have a Nasi Campur and taste a little bit of all the traditional dishes.
The trademark dish here is tuna. Lightly seared or raw have it as a Poke powl or with brown rice and salad. It’s simple but it’s so popular that bookings are recommended.
This easy, breazy, sit up at the polished concrete bar is a scene to be seen. It’s where you can drop in for a freshly made sushi roll, frosty bintang and catch up on the latest surf news.
This is the latest project of Icebergs’ restaurateur who also owns Italian restaurant Da Maria in Seminyak. For larger groups, opt for the metre length pizza’s that use 24 hour fermented dough.
For a pit stop of jalapeno margaritas and tacos, this is where you can find your Mexican classics. Set in the thick of Canggu, hop from one bar to the next but settle in for some guac and fajitas before moving on down the road.
Bars and Beach Clubs
This beach club gives the best of both worlds, the tunes progressively get more lively as the day goes on. But if you’re after a chilled atmosphere, opt for some tanning from 11am and dip in and out of the ocean or pool.
This is a bit of an institution of Canggu where each night is themed and happy hour is daily. Every night is a night at Old Man’s so if you’re up for a boogie, this is a good place to start.
Head upstairs, dance and don’t stop. That’s all.
This is the latest beach club to Canggu and a prime spot to watch surfers. The fit-out is rustic gypsy, much like its sister beach club La Laguna.
Set half way along the infamous Canggu “shortcut” – the only road that travels across Canggu. The bar / cinema / skate rink covers all forms of entertainment. The skate rink also doubles as a dance floor as the night kicks on.
Yoga and Fitness
This is the most picturesque yoga studio you will ever find. The main studio is built of bamboo, with a thatched roof and open balcony that looks out onto the rice fields. The style of yoga is hatha and offers up to four different types of classes. They also hold seminars and workshops.
If neither yoga or surfing are your beat, this open air cross fit studio may be more suitable. Classes aren’t limited to the studio, workouts also take place on the beach as well as the rice fields. Packages are visitor friendly which also include breakfast, accommodation and airport transfers.
This yoga studio is nestled within a tropical rainforest next to a small farm yard and perched above a stream. The studio is also within a café and markets that run every Sunday featuring local produce. The classes are
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- Sophia Day