As soon as we visited Canggu, we fell in love and I’m sure you will too. The views across the lush green rice paddies, long winding beaches and vast blue seas is one of the main perks, but there are many more. From world-class surf to luxury villas, there’s something for every kind of holidaymaker and expat. All this and it’s only a 20 minute drive to the popular and bustling area of Seminyak, and around 45 minutes drive to the International Airport.
It’s fair to say Canggu is the hippest place to be on Bali at the moment. The area has been undergoing some development, however the places that have sprung up are different compared to the over development happening to Kuta and Legian. Canggu is alternative, and sustainability is what you feel.
The influence of the surf scene is ever-present, however more hip and old school than cool. We love it. Old refurbed motorbikes, stylish surf shops, bars playing alternative tunes, and restaurants serving food that suits all tastes from super healthy veggie dishes to total hangover burgers. And trust us we’ve tried them all… So here’s our run down of the top five places to eat in Canggu!
A firm favourite with expats and holidaymakers alike, this rustic two story restaurant is packed every night. But don’t worry about booking, as they will always make room for you. This restaurant has helped me kickstart my healthy eat way of life, from fresh juices, salads, wraps, veggie stacks, any diet-conscious traveler or vegetarian will feel right at home here. But before all you meat-eaters write it off, let it be known that it serves the best beef burgers in the East (in my opinion) as well as fish curry, steak, burritos and similar dishes. The menu is compact and fairly simple but after trying almost everything (more than once) I’ve never been disappointed. Don’t believe me? Ask any Canggu resident to fill you in! Expect to pay around 50,000rph for a meal and 20,000rph for a juice. Read the reviews HERE.
Whilst Betelnut is our favourite dinner spot, Canteen is our favourite breakfast hangout. Head there anytime around late morning or lunch and the place will be full. There’s three breakfast deals, all of which include a bowl of fresh fruit, your choice of main and a fresh juice or tea/coffee for around 50,000rph. If you’re looking for a lunchtime snack, there’s salads, wraps, veggie burgers, BLTs and loads more. The menu is awash with options. But be warned, it’s only open until early evening, so don’t plan to eat your evening meal there. Read the reviews HERE.
3) Roti Shop
During our travel through Sri Lanka (before we moved to Bali) we ate our fair share of roti’s, so were really intrigued by the new roti shop that open up right next door to Betelnut. (Apparently they have other branches elsewhere in Bali.) During our first visit we both ordered the curry (you choose between Vegetable or Chicken) with roti on the side (you choose between roti or rice) and every time we’ve been back, we’ve ordered the exact same thing! The curry is so delicious, it’s on a par with those we ate during out time in Sri Lanka, and the roti is scrumptious! Note to self – must go back and try the other rotis! Expect to pay around 40,000rph for a curry with side. Read the reviews HERE.
4) Bu Mi
If you’re looking for top class Nasi Campur (a dish of rice topped with vegetables, meats, noddles, egg, peanuts, etc but it served like a buffet so you pick and choose a selection of your favourite) head straight to Bu Mi on Batu Bolong Road. The best time to go is around lunchtime, if you leave it until around 4pm or later some of the dishes tend to run out, as they close around the time of sunset. A half plate will set you back around 7000rph and a full plate is 13,000rph, absolute bargain! My favourite dish is the pumpkin curry, and don’t forget to try the tempeh, which is a small rectangular patty made from soya bean.
5) Jungle Junction
It’s hard to miss Jungle Junction as you fly down Batu Bolong Road on a scooter, the multicoloured 2 meter squared sign sticks out like a sore thumb. The building is painted in matching colours and feels like it would be better placed on a Jamaican beach, than sophisticated Canggu. Run by Peter and his Indonesian wife, Wyan (who is also the chef) if you’re in the area this place is a must visit. You’ll be welcomed in to the small front seat eating area as though it’s your own front room, all the guests sit around one large multicoloured table. Don’t expect a menu, Wyan will offer you her selection of the evening – pork, beef, chicken or the best fish and chips outside of the UK! Served with salad and home-made chips, the battered fish drenched in lemon is delicious, or try the Hong Kong pork with mashed potatoes if you fancy some good ol’ home cooking! Take a few extra hundreds as Peter will have you sat chatting and drinking beers well into the night!
Other restaurants you should try include La Mexicana (for the best Mexican food in Bali) Pis Bolong for the best organic food in the area, Echo Beach Cafe for tremendous sunset views, Trattoria for the best pizza and authentic Italian cuisine in town and Green Ginger for an extensive list of Indonesian vegetarian dishes.
Have we missed somewhere? Let us know!