This post was last updated on July 8th, 2020 at 01:47 pm
As soon as you arrive and walk through the busy streets, you immediately notice that you are in one of the most trendy and relaxing coastal towns in Bali: Canggu! It is a mecca for surfers, a hipster paradise, yoga hotspot, backpackers heaven, digital nomad hub but also an ideal place for those who just want to enjoy a nice holiday and chill out on the beach. Although you will not find the most beautiful beaches here (for those you really have to go to the Nusa’s or Gili’s).
Canggu is actually not much further than 10 kilometers from Kuta, but the atmosphere here is completely different. If you take a side road you will suddenly discover beautiful rice fields in Canggu, if you do that in Kuta you will probably meet a group of drunk Australians. So drive from the airport past Kuta, and possibly even past Seminyak, and drop your backpack somewhere in Canggu when you arrive in Bali. After a not too positive experience with Kuta, we could not believe that it would be so great here, but after 4 days of Canggu, we are completely sold.
This is truly one of the coolest coastal towns in Bali. Wondering what to do in Canggu? Below you will find an overview of our favorite to do’s and tips for nice hotspots and eateries.
What to do in Canggu, Bali? 12 Tips & Things to do!
1. Eat Breakfast at Nice Hotspots – Crate Cafe, Made’s, Monsieur Spoon or Betelnut
Eating breakfast in Canggu is a party and especially if you go to Crate Café, Made’s, Monsieur Spoon, or Betelnut. Although there will probably be more places where you can start your day off right because Canggu is filled with endless hotspots where they sell the tastiest and healthiest breakfasts. These four are places where we have eaten during our Bali trip and here you can definitely score a good smoothie bowl, sandwich, chia bowl, or a bagel.
Our favorite smoothie bowl? The one with dragon fruit and preferably with a topping of fresh fruit, granola, and coconut chips! Are you a coffee fanatic like us? You can also score very good latte’s at all these spots, although the ice teas and juices are also highly recommended. Oh and do not expect high prices, often you can already have an extensive breakfast for two for US$8. Crate Cafe in particular is relaxing and affordable.
2. Relax on the Beach
In terms of beaches, Canggu Beach was the closest to our hotel (Canggu Beach Inn), so that is where we spent the most time. You can also walk further to Echo Beach and the beach at Finns, Perancak Beach. The sea is quite wild at Canggu, playing in the waves can be enjoyable at the right time, but you will not be able to swim in it calmly. For a calm swim, we recommend going to a swimming pool. On the beach, you will find many places with sunbeds, umbrellas, or bean bags, but you can also lie on the dark beach with your towel.
3. Surf at Canggu Beach at Old Man’s
Where there are waves, there are often surfers and it is no different in Canggu. This coastal town is a surfers paradise. On the road you see scooters with a surfboard hanging on the side, there are dozens of surf shops in the busy streets that are full of those photogenic boards, and there is always something to look at by the sea. The surfers have made Canggu well known and slowly more and more other types of people come to visit.
Yogis, digital nomads, backpackers, sun worshipers, what was once a sleepy surf village has now become increasingly popular. There are also many possibilities to take surf lessons and you will not be the only one who wants to master this water sport. You can arrange surf lessons on the beach, but you can also stay in a surf lodge for a few days or a week. As a beginner, you can go to Old Man’s at Canggu Beach. Already a great surfer? Then you can also rent your own board and go into the sea.
4. Stroll to Perancak Beach at Jl. Pantai Berawa
Next to Canggu Beach at Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong you will also find other beaches. For example, go to Echo Beach at Jl. Pantai Batu Mejan or to Perancak Beach at Jl. Panda Berawa, this is also where Finns Beach Club is located. We loved walking from Canggu Beach and our hotel Canggu Beach Inn to Perancak Beach through the rice fields and busy streets.
We walked to Perancak via the back roads and then walked back to Canggu Beach via the beach. This way you can fill an entire day and near Perancak Beach there are also plenty of nice eateries where you can have lunch in between. Our day consisted of breakfast at Crate Cafe, then we walked through the back roads to Cinta Café and from there towards Finns. A great day!
5. Eat Lunch at Cinta Cafe or Cloud 9 with a View of the Rice Fields
Just as breakfast and evening meals are extremely good in Canggu, you can also have a great lunch there. There are hotspots with an all-day breakfast menu, but there are also so many places with super good salads and delicious sandwiches. Our favorite hotspots to go for lunch? Cinta Café and Cloud 9. Both have a view of the rice fields and they have super tasty food. Cinta Café is located near Perancak Beach and Cloud 9 is nearby at Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong, a short walk from the main road.
6. Swim and Drink Bintangs or Cocktails at Finns Beach Club
Of all the pools you will find in Canggu, the one at Finns Beach Club is probably the most beautiful and perhaps the most fun if you feel like having a drink. Order a Bintang or a large cocktail, find a spot in the pool, or score a lounger with a view of the sea. You can visit Finns from early in the morning until late in the evening. The entrance is free, but you have to pay for a sunbed.
Do you still want to go out in Canggu after all those Bintangs and cocktails at Finn’s? Then you can go to Pretty Poison on Saturday, in this skate bar you can have a nice drink and watch skaters do their thing in an old swimming pool. On Sunday you can go to Deus for live music and on Wednesday Old Mans is the place to go, although other evenings here are also fun. The best place to finish if you have any energy left is Sand Bar.
During our beach walks, we have seen yogis on the beach on more than one occasion. Super impressive to see because often they do more than just a Downward Facing Dog pose. Even if you score an early breakfast at Crate Café in the morning, you will see enough people in a yoga outfit. Canggu is a surf Valhalla but you can also go here for yoga. Book lessons at a separate yoga school or book a few days or more in a yoga retreat. In many places, you will also be able to book both yoga and surf lessons. For example, at Pelan Pelan Bali.
8. Visit the Most Beautiful Rice Fields in Canggu
You do not necessarily have to go to Ubud in Bali to see rice fields, you will also find beautiful ones in Canggu. Although they aren’t that big, high or deep, they are still so beautiful that they take your breath away as soon as the sun shines on them. We found the most beautiful rice fields of Canggu near Pretty Poison, on the road Jl. Echo Beach. This road, where a traffic jam can quickly arise if too many cars want to cross it from both sides, runs right through the rice fields.
There is a good chance that there is a rice field behind your hotel or Airbnb (at least that was the case at our hotel, Canggu Beach Inn). Often you only have to dive into a small side street from the main road and suddenly you are not surrounded by scooters, but a green field. From Cinta Cafe, you also have beautiful views of rice fields and the same goes for Crate Cafe. At Cloud 9 you will also find a nice area and there you can walk a bit over the rice fields from the road.
9. Shopping at Love Anchor Canggu Bazaar
There are dozens of greed inducing stores to be found in the larger streets of Canggu, so if you want to shop, make sure to go there. The nicest summer dresses hang in the shop windows, there are plenty of wicker Bali bags at these shops and if you want to score a new bikini or set of slippers, that is also possible. Fortunately, you can not find larger chain stores in Canggu, except for some shops of well-known surf brands, so you can shop for cool unique Balinese items.
Besides boutique stores you will also find a very nice market in Canggu: Love Anchor Canggu Bazaar. Here you can buy souvenirs, super nice jewelry, coconut bowls, summer clothes and nice things for the homefront. Do not forget to haggle, otherwise, you will pay the full price. You can find this market at Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong.
10. Dinner at Luigi’s Hot Pizza, Peekaboo or Motion Cafe
Are you looking for a nice dinner spot? Then you should go to Luigi’s Hot Pizza in the evening if you fancy a good pizza (they even sell pizza by the meter and they taste almost as good as in Italy!). You can also drink beers or cocktails here which are very good. At Peekaboo you can also eat very well and there is a very hip restaurant. At Motion Café you can score super healthy meals and you sit in a somewhat cozier environment.
11. Look for Cool Street Art
In the side streets, at cafes but also just between the rice fields, you can suddenly encounter super cool street art. At Beach Garden, we found a whole wall full of art, but you can also spot cool pieces at the fishermen’s houses on the beach. Many restaurants also have cool neon lights and quotes, making it difficult to not take pictures. Our tip, therefore: Keep your eyes open in Canggu and your camera ready!
12. Release Baby Turtles Into the Wild in Bali
We can hardly believe it ourselves, but it really happened: twice when we were relaxing on Canggu Beach we saw a whole nest of baby turtles. One time small turtles came out of a nest when we were there. A surfer saw a dog digging and suddenly saw baby turtles crawling out of the sand. So cute! And another time, baby turtles were released into the sea by locals. So special and cute to see!
Where to Stay in Canggu?
We stayed at the Canggu Beach Inn. We thought it was a very cool room with a huge double bed. You also have your own kitchen, a loft where you can relax and there is a small swimming pool. In terms of location, Canggu Beach Inn is also great. You can walk to all kinds of nice hotspots and Echo Beach is a 15-minute walk. That may sound like a lot, but it is a nice walk along all kinds of shops. The wifi is also top-notch here and the price/quality ratio is very good in our opinion. Check out the Canggu Beach Inn here.
Amazing Eateries in Canggu
You really don’t have to look far in Canggu if you are looking for a nice restaurant. In the busy streets there is literally a nice lunch spot or coffee shop everywhere and you often only have to walk a few doors further to find another nice place. We went to the restaurants below and we all had a delicious meal or drink here. We skipped the somewhat more typical Indonesian restaurants in Canggu because we had already eaten that a lot during the rest of our trip, but there are also nice warungs.
5 of Our Favorite Eateries in Canggu
- Luigi’s Hot Pizza: Great for dinner & drinks. They also have a happy hour with a discount on cocktails & pizza.
- MOTION Cafe: Another great place for dinner. They have super tasty burgers & salads, and very good homemade ice tea.
- Crate Cafe: Right next to our hotel. A nice spot for breakfast, fresh smoothie bowls & chia bowls. They also have very good coffee.
- Mades Banana Flour Bakery: They make sandwiches & tarts from Banana Flower, healthy & delicious. Also a great place for a cup of coffee.
- Cinta Cafe: Amazing for lunch with tasty sandwiches, salads, and very good coffee.
All these eateries can be found on Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong or on Jl. Pantai Berawa.
How to Get to Canggu in Bali
To get to Bali, we flew to Denpasar with Cathay Pacific, this was via Hong Kong. A great flight with noodles and scoops of ice cream on board and nice spacious seats in economy class. When we arrived in Bali we first went to Sanur and then we went to the Nusa islands, only after that Canggu was on the schedule. You can find out how we got to Canggu during our Bali trip below:
To Canggu from the Nusa islands
We went to Canggu after visiting Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Cenigan. From Nusa Lembongan we took the boat to Bali, we then arrived in Sanur and already had a ticket to travel to Seminyak. This boat ticket (one way) plus transportation from Sanur to Seminyak cost us 300,000 IDR (~ US$21) per person. The boat ticket from Sanur to Nusa Penida was 250,000 IDR (~ US$18) per person. The return trip could also be cheaper and it seems to be more affordable if you book a return right away (sometimes possible for 450,000 IDR, or US$32, per person).
From Lembongan, we could travel to Seminyak, but because we were in the car with another girl who also wanted to go to Canggu, we got our driver to drive to Canggu. This cost us a total of 150,000 IDR (~ US$10.50) extra, which was 50,000 IDR per person because we were with 3 people.
To Canggu from Bali
Have you just arrived in Bali and want to go straight to Canggu from Denpasar? Then it is best to arrange a taxi or arrange for your hotel to pick you up at the airport. This can sometimes be free and sometimes for a small extra charge. If you negotiate a little, it can be between 150,000 and 250,000 IDR (~ US$10.50 to US$18). The taxi from Canggu to the airport cost us 250,000 IDR. We arranged the taxi through one of the guys at our hotel, Canggu Beach Inn.
Getting Around Canggu – Walk or Grab the Scooter
At your Airbnb or Hotel, you can often rent a scooter very easily, this often costs around 50,000 and 70,000 IDR (~ US$3.50 to US$5) per day. If you rent a scooter for several days, you can often get a discount. You can refuel at larger petrol stations, but you often also see smaller shops that sell petrol and where you can fill your tank per liter. The traffic in Canggu is much busier than, for example, on Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida. Keep that in mind if you are going to drive and do not have much scooter experience.
TIP – Read our article for more information: An extensive guide on renting a scooter in Bali.
We also did a lot of walking in Canggu. In the end, everything turned out to be quite close together. Sometimes between 15 and 30 minutes walking and sometimes we deliberately went for a nice beach walk. When you walk you are also more aware of the environment than if you are traveling by scooter. We, therefore, highly recommend walking, although you sometimes have to watch out for the crooked sidewalks and the busy traffic.