I don’t think I’ve ever felt more at home than I did in Canggu. It has everything I need to be happy: sun, sea, sand, surf and beaches so beautiful I was inspired to write every day.
A golden triangle in Bali’s South, Canggu officially consists of Berawa, Batu Bolong and Echo Beach. It’s a hipster’s paradise with surf shops, beach bars, cool cafés and smoothie shacks round every corner. Here are my favourite spots if you’re ever lucky enough to visit Canggu in Bali:
The Best Place For Brunch
My friend, and fellow travel blogger, Colette recommended Milk & Madu to me if I wanted to eat out in Canggu. They offer relaxed dining for busy bees so it’s the perfect place to enjoy a coffee whilst you catch up on work or treat yourself to an all day brunch with your bestie.
The smoothies and juices are fresh and fantastically tasty which is just what you need in the hot Balinese weather. For food I would recommend The Madu poached eggs which are served with smashed avocado, crispy bacon, onion jam and hollandaise sauce. If you’re stopping by in the morning the Super Brekky Bowl is packed with goodness to ensure a good start to the day. Who knew healthy food could be so delicious?
The Best Place For A Drink
Old Man’s is the perfect hangout spot in Canggu at day or night. Set against the backdrop of Batu Bolong Beach it’s an Instagram-addicts dream! Think vibrant artwork, communal tables, comfy bean bags and colourful umbrellas. Oh and did I mention – cheap beer?
This bar is popular with locals and travellers alike so you will meet all kinds of adventure seekers here. The fun and friendly atmosphere makes it a great place to meet people. I was lucky enough to meet a super cute Aussie who showed me around the beach so be sure to start a conversation if you want to make friends – or even have a summer romance in Bali! Visit on Dirty Ol’ Wednesdays if you can – they have beer pong, margaritas and some pretty awesome disco music.
The Best Place To Surf
If you want sand, sea and surf during your tip to Bali then Canggu is the place for you. There are loads of surf schools in the area but most recommend the shack on Batu Bolong Beach (which is right next to Old Man’s bar). It’s colourful, cheap and close to a cluster of beach bars – perfect for refuelling after catching some waves.
If you already know your way around a board then you can rent one for next to nothing. Lessons for beginners cost about £10-£15 for two hours and are well worth it as the waves in Canggu can get pretty big!
The Best Place For Yoga
With such spectacular sea views in Canggu the perfect place for yoga is the beach! Take a towel and find a secluded spot on the sand to practice on. I spent a few evenings meditating like this and the sound of the waves crashing against the shoreline was so soothing. If you want to practice yoga with some more structure then you can find lessons at Samadi Bali – they have a beautiful outdoor garden which is great for a peaceful yoga class.
The Best Place To Watch The Sunset
The sunsets in Bali are second to none so each evening the beaches are packed with people waiting to watch the spectacle. My favourite place to catch the sunset was a little shack on the beach called The Lawn (which is right in front of Tugu Hotel) . They serve fresh coconuts, juices and fruit from their vintage VW van – a healthy alternative to a beer at the beach bars nearby. You can watch the sun go down on their bean bags, hammocks or swings so be sure to arrive early to get your furniture of choice!
The Best Place To Stay
Canggu has only really found its name on the tourism map recently so there isn’t the variety of accommodation you will find in other aeas of Bali. AirBnb have some great cheap apartments by the beach but if you want a little luxury and some authentic Balinese vibes then check in to Tugu Hotel. The private villas are beautifully decorated and separated by swirling paths overgrown with lush green foliage.
Most of all Tugu was a lovely place to have a productive afternoon as I could write my blog posts by their tropical pool. Delicious iced coffee, quick wifi and an ocean view – it was the perfect office if you ask me!
Have you ever visited Canggu? What were your favourite hangouts? Comment below to let me know!