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Canggu, Bali: All My Favorite Places to Eat, Shop and Chill

The first time I came to Canggu was in 2016, after hearing about it from a few friends who know Bali well. Indeed, a few years ago, I would call Canggu an up-and-coming area. There were only a handful of restaurants and one beach club – very little by Bali standard. The area was definitely a lot quieter than its neighbor Seminyak, although its only about 30 minutes drive away in Bali traffic.

Fast forward to today, although still quieter than Seminyak, Canggu definitely not the same place I visited a while back. There are now plenty of new restaurants dotting Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong and beachside bars along Echo Beach. Even Vogue has featured this area in 2018, calling it Bali’s Bohemian surfer paradise. And with the biggest NYE party of 2018 shifted from Seminyak to Canggu, I think we can safely say Canggu is now the area to be.

That said, here are some of my favorite places in Canggu:

For Breakfast: Milk & Madu

Madu means honey in Bahasa Indonesia – as in the sweet liquid produced by bees “honey”, not the terms of endearment “honey”. Milk & Madu is located on the scenic Jalan Pantai Berawa – you probably won’t see the scenic part from the road, all the restaurants on this street boast a great view of the green rice field and farm as their backyard.

Milk & Madu is an airy, open concept space, making it a great option for breakfast, lunch or late lunch when there is still natural light out. They serve dishes made from sustainable ingredients – their fish are line caught and their vegetables are organic. They also wash their ingredients in filtered water, so if you are sensitive to Bali belly this might be the place for you. I never had issues with Bali belly so I can’t really vouch for it 😛

Milk & Madu
Open Daily 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
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For Lunch: Betelnut Cafe

We found this cafe while trying to find a relief from the hot sun that day. Well, Betelnut Cafe only has limited indoor seating, but thankfully their upstairs seating area is well ventilated. Betelnut Cafe serves healthy food and juices, like salad bowl and wraps… and a rather random Mexican food. But their food is tasty, beautifully plated, and their portions are huge for the price.

Betelnut Cafe in Canggu
Betelnut Cafe in Canggu

Betelnut Cafe
Open Daily 7:30 AM -10:00 PM (but I once came here on a Sunday for dinner and they were closed… so take this with a grain of salt)
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For All Meals: Parachute

We saw Parachute by accident while riding our bike around Canggu – the entrance is covered by bamboo gates and a bit hidden from view, but the large Parachute tent caught our eyes from far away. Intrigued, we decided to stop by for dinner one day. No regrets, at all. They serve really good food made from fresh ingredients and beautiful location overlooking the rice paddies. They are a farm-to-table restaurant, evident by the small garden in the back yard – ingredients produced from the backyard makes an appearance on their menu.

Parachute
Open Daily 8 AM – Midnight
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For Upscale Dinner: Indigo

My boyfriend took me here one night – he knew would love this place. Indigo bills itself as “Innovative Japanese cuisine in an intimate setting” and that’s exactly what they were. My favorite dish was the Charcoal Chicken, which was served with grilled baby corn. I also loved that they served us Loloh at the beginning of the meal, a traditional Balinese drink that is meant to cool down your body.

Indigo
Open Daily for Lunch (12-2:30 PM) and Dinner (6:30 – 10:30 PM)
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For Sunset and Beach Club: La Brisa Beach Club

One of my favorite places in Canggu is La Brisa, meaning “Sea Breeze”, is a new beach club that opened fairly recently in late 2017, though that is forever in Canggu age and they have become a staple among Canggu crowds. La Brisa was opened by the same folks who run La Favela, a popular restaurant/lounge in Seminyak. What I love most about La Brisa is the rustic decor. They use reclaimed wood from fisherman boats and decorated with an ocean theme – think seashells, fishing nets, roof made of dried leaves and straw chairs. They also don’t play your usual mainstream music, more like… tropical house?

La Brisa Beach Club in Canggu
Sunset at La Brisa in Canggu
Sunset at La Brisa in Canggu

You can also walk outside the club to Echo Beach and head out to the north for more local feel of Bali – I had some cheap snacks and grilled butter corn for Rp 10,000 from the street vendors outside. When I first visited La Brisa, there was hardly anything on Echo Beach aside of a few run down warungs. When I came back a year later, the area has transformed into a row of small beach bars and pillows for you to sit down and enjoy the sunset. I can guarantee the success of La Brisa has helped these small bars flourish as well.

La Brisa Bali
Open Daily 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM
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For Sunset Drinks & Dinner: Old Man’s Canggu

Old Man’s is one of the pioneers of Canggu. It was opened in 2014, way before the name Canggu became known to tourists. Old Man is located right off the Batu Bolong Beach, which makes it a great place to have drinks while waiting for sunset. It’s also a full restaurant so you can stay for dinner after.

Old Man’s Canggu
Open Daily 7 AM – 1 AM
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For Sunset Drinks: Vue Beach Club

Vue Beach Club is the much lesser known neighbor of the ultra-famous Finn’s Beach Club. It’s actually located inside Lv8 resort. Technically it’s next door to Finn’s, but there is no easy way to get there from Finn’s aside of traversing through Canggu’s complicated back alley. But it’s worth a visit – you don’t have to be a guest of the resort to enjoy some drinks and dip your feet in their infinity pool.

Vue Beach Club in Canggu
Vue Beach Club in Canggu

Vue Beach Club
Part of Lv8 resort
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For Eco and Organic Market: La Laguna Gypsy Market

La Laguna Gypsy Market in Canggu

La Laguna Gypsy Market is an open-air weekend market that showcases over 100 local vendors selling organic, eco-friendly products, fashion and handcrafted jewelry. Throughout the afternoon, there will be entertainment, food, and music. Some of the products sold here could be found elsewhere, but I have to say this market has the most unique vibe. It is not held regularly every weekend, so do check La Laguna Bali facebook page for the next market date.

La Laguna Bali
Irregular date, 4-9PM. Pending weather.
Google Maps

For Souvenir Shopping: Bali Niki Natural Art Market

This market is located on the same street that leads you to La Brisa. It seems to be fairly new – I couldn’t find it on Google Maps before. This market feels less upscale than Love Anchor, but you definitely still need to haggle hard – I did score two rugs for half of the price initially offered! I recommend going for one-third to half of the initial price. The place is cash only so make sure you have some.

Bali Niki Natural Art Market
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For Speakeasy Bar: Black Cat Mini Mart

Black Mini Mart is located off a small alley in Canggu. The entrance to this bar is exactly what the name says – a small neighborhood minimart, which looked even smaller than your local Alfamart or Indomart. They sell the usual suspect of local snacks like Indomie, Taro chips, Teh Kotak, just to name a few.

But find a fridge in the back of the mart with a sign marked “Broken”, and open the fridge door and you’ll find what Black Cat Mini Mart is all about – a hidden speakeasy bar! Sadly the awe ends there. Their drink selections, much like their seating options are limited. There is a pool table to entertain yourself, if that’s any consolation. In the meantime, if you’re craving for more drinks you can easily head next door to Pretty Poison.

Black Cat Mini Mart
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For Drinks: Pretty Poison

Pretty Poison, I suspect, was modeled after Venice Beach in Southern California. There is a skate bowl inside the bar. It’s not conveniently located on the main street, rather you have to go off a small street from the heart of Canggu, then from there you veer off into a small alley that leads you to an open space filled with rice fields. In the middle of that is where you will find Pretty Poison and it’s neighbor Black Cat Mini Mart.

Pretty Poison
Open Daily 4 PM – Midnight
Google Maps

For Coworking Space: Dojo

Dojo is a 24-hour co-working space, one of the firsts of such in Bali. They have a cool space just down the street from La Brisa in Canggu, which means the beach is just a walk away. At the same time, they are also close to the heart of Canggu – amenities and restaurants are only a short bike ride away.

They are pretty pricey at Rp 225,000 / day per person, and if you want the unlimited plan you’ll have to cough up Rp 2,950,000 / person. There are hourly plans to suit you if you aren’t planning to use the space that much. Although Indonesians get 50% off, I don’t see many locals here – most members are foreigners.

That said, Dojo has a real sense of community – there are member BBQ, networking and social events. They also have a board advertising jobs or pro bono work that members can take parts of.

Dojo Bali
Open 24 Hours
Google Maps

Are you looking for more places to visit during your stay in Bali? Be sure to check my complete Bali Guide. This post contains everything I know about Bali – which areas to stay, what food to eat and what to do in Bali.

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by Melissa Hie

Hello! Welcome to Girl Eat World. I'm Melissa, the "Girl" in Girl Eat World. I run a popular Instagram account by the same name, @girleatworld, where I update my 390,000-something followers about my food and travel adventure. I love writing really long detailed blog posts about my travel experiences, which I'm guessing was how you ended up on this site! (Read more about me here)

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