Canggu 3 days of bliss
Canggu in Bali, wow, I loved it here. After spending 3 days in Seminyak I really appreciated the chilled less pretentious vibes of Canggu.
There is a relaxed surfer vibe to Canggu, the pace of life is slower, but there is still just as much fun to be had. It’s a kind of balance between the hustle and bustle of upmarket Seminyak, and remote island life.
The roads are considerably less busy, and there are less neon lights or luxury shops. But there are still amazing places to eat and drink and plenty of places to explore.
Canggu was a perfect balance for me. I enjoyed the laid back atmosphere and café culture that existed during the day time. But equally loved how it came alive during the night.
As you can probably tell, I adore this place and would definitely return.
Though, given how quickly things are changing in Bali it wouldn’t surprise me if by the end of 2018 Canggu was becoming more like it’s posh older cousin Seminyak.
Getting to Canggu
For us it was as simple as an uber from Seminyak to Canggu, which cost around £6-£8 and takes 35-40 minutes depending on traffic for an 11km journey.
But it’s also easy to get from Denpasar airport directly to Canggu. It takes around 45 minutes for the 20km journey and should cost 200-300,000 rupiah £12-£18.
Accommodation in Canggu
We booked our accommodation for Canggu very last minute but managed to get a great deal at D’Canggu Residence.
There are plenty of other options some good places were:
Echo beach hostel
Davids surf house
Hotel Tugu Bali
Theanna eco villa and spa
I have found using Booking.com the best option for variety and ease of search.
Eating in Canggu:
Where to start, there is just so much choice. It was both a dream and a hindrance for a pig like me. I had a real hard time deciding which of the amazing places I wanted to eat in (so I just ate to much in order to fit in as many as I could).
Motion cafe (formerly avocado cafe)
I liked this little cafe on the main road a lot, we had heard really positive things about Motion Cafe from friends who had visited so decided to check it out for breakfast on our first morning.
They offer fitness packages for personal training and group classes as well food, though I wasn’t here for getting fit.
The breakfast options were vast and all sounded delicious. But I opted for my favourite, poached eggs and avocado on toast and it didn’t disappoint.
We stumbled upon Koi by chance one morning when strolling down the road in search of a hangover cure, and we were very glad we did.
I had this yummy sandwich which had bacon, eggs, avocado and spinach. You can probably see a theme coming on with my breakfast choices, who doesn’t love avocado and eggs? And when bacon is thrown into the mix well I am in heaven.
Bali Bowls was another perfect breakfast spot, the day we hired a moped (more on than below) we took a little ride through Canggu and ended up here. The restaurant setting is beautiful with a 1st floor eating area and a real rustic feel.
They had every type of fruit bowl you could imagine. Toast with various toppings and other treats like pancakes and waffles.
There were also fruity smoothies and iced coffees which were so refreshing.
Shady Shack is a vegetarian restaurant in an idyllic setting. I am usually a meat and two veg kind of girl back home, but I have been trying to broaden my food options and so we thought this was a great option.
We were not wrong, the setting was beautiful, you are surrounded by plants and there are pretty lights hung from the trees.
I opted for a haloumi and mushroom burger which had its own home made dip. Although I really struggled with the portion size and couldn’t finish my plate it was really tasty. The food all tasted fresh and home made and it didn’t feel like you were eating a greasy burger.
Sprout was a little cafe we stumbled upon in need of a drink and a break from the sun. We only had a drink and a pudding here, but they sold really cute home made toiletries and the soaps smelt amazing! A great place for buying gifts for family (sorry guys I didn’t buy you anything, its to early in my trip to be buying gifts).
Echo beach club
The food at Echo Beach Club in my opinion was average, I opted for the satay chicken and rice and although I enjoyed it and it was perfectly acceptable it didn’t have the wow factor.
There was also a BBQ option with an all you can eat type feel which appeared to be there speciality so may have been the better option, who knows?
However, the thing I really loved about this restaurant was the view. The view really did have the wow factor! The restaurant overlooked the sea and the rest of island, and we came here during sunset and it was honestly magical to watch.
Before coming away I had never really appreciated the sunrise or the sunset and I always just nodded in approval when people described the beauty of it all, not really getting why they loved it so much.
But sitting there in great company, with a cold cocktail watching the sunset over the blue water is something really special.
Highly recommend, also there is happy hour on cocktails till 7pm so obviously it’s a winner in my books.
Dues is very popular place to eat in Canggu, it has a large menu with a serious amount of choice. Though I recommend you book in advance. We luckily nabbed a table for two but saw numerous parties of two or more after us be declined.
The restaurant is attached to a really cool shop which sells motorbikes and surfers gear, and also has great outdoor seating areas.
I had pizza and Emily had salad, obviously because I am a piggy and when starving can never chose the healthy option. But the salad did honestly look yummy, packed with lots of different veggies rather than just your standard leaves.
Despite it appearing that I spent my whole time in Canggu eating, I did manage to peal myself away from the amazing cafes and restaurants to explore the other delights of Canggu.
Hiring a moped
Those of you who knew me when I was 16 will know that I had a moped. I was miss independent and didn’t want to rely on lifts from my parents so begged my Dad to allow me to ride a moped. After much pestering and attempted persuasion against the idea on his part he finally agreed.
I rode my ped for a year but as soon as I was old enough to drive I got a car. Despite my previous experience I was still pretty nervous about riding a moped.
The roads can be crazy in Bali, there aren’t the same rules as in England and lots of the roads are bumpy, unmade and very narrow.
However, Canggu was definitely quieter than other areas and moped is definitely the best way to get around. So I plucked up the courage to hire one and take Emily on the back.
It was only 50,000 rupiah for the day which works out at about £3, so super cheap.
Once I had driven it around a little bit and got used to having someone on the back i was fine. I even managed to navigate the ‘short cut’ roads through the rice fields which are very narrow, bumpy and with edges that drop down into rice fields.
Having the moped meant we could explore some of the other beaches in the area and visit Bali bowl and sprout. Other beaches worth visiting include, Batu Belig, Berawa, Nelayan Beach, and Batu Bolong.
I had really wanted a massage, and after looking on trip advisor has selected one with great reviews. Unfortunately, when I arrived the lady that did massages was apparently not there. It was strange there were literally 6 of them sat around not doing anything.
Anyway, I had given up on the idea of it when I happened to walk past a little massage place near echo beach. The name of it escapes but but it’s on a side rode to the left of the main road.
The prices were considerable cheaper at 80,000 rupiah or £5, for a one hour massage. Compared to the 200,000+ rupiah of all the ones I had seen on TripAdvisor and the massage was great. Sometimes it’s not always best to trust trip advisor after all!
I did not do surfing, though I wish I did! Definitely going to have a go next time I can. Everyone we spoke to said it was so much fun and a really reasonable price for both lessons and hire!
Canggu at night
I didn’t come to Canggu expecting or wanting to go clubbing and get drunk every night. a) I am on a budget and b) a few nights of heavy drinking wipes me out (I know I am only 24 don’t judge).
Saying that Canggu was actually really good for night life, there were loads of really cool bars with something different.
Finns beach club:
Finns is a beach club right on the seafront, it’s very popular and you can spend the day there by the pool and carry on into the evening.
They often have events on and the night we chose to go it was a surf competition. The prices were more than average for Canggu and you had to pay 100,000 rupiah or £6 to get in. Though that went as credit towards a drink.
The event started at 6 and we arrived at this time but it was already really busy. We struggled to find somewhere to sit and ended up standing in the edge of the pool to watch the competition at first. So definitely would have been better to arrive early. Luckily, a group of people left on a table nearby where we were standing so I managed to jump in and nab the table.
It was fun to watch the surfing competition. I was really in awe of how they actually stay up let alone manage to perform tricks.
Plus if the surfing was not enough of a reason for me to go, the nachos were!
Old Mans is a bar and eatery right on the beach. It’s a very popular hangout for surfers and beach goers. On a weekend they have a resident DJ, DJ NU Mark.
We went of a Saturday night and it was packed. The music was amazing and the drink was a reasonable price. We ended up enjoying quite a few and dancing amongst the crowds. It was so much fun, but seriously sweaty! I regretted not bringing a hair band!
We hadn’t planned on going to Pretty Poison we were at a bar and ended up meeting a big group of people who were heading there and they invited us to join.
They offered us a ride on their mopeds, and probably rather stupidly we decided to get on the back despite not having a helmet and them definitely being over the limit. Sorry Dad.
When we arrived, I was a little uncertain. The music was rock, heavy metal and serious drum and base, but we decided to get a beer and join in the fun.
It was actually pretty poisons anniversary and it was really busy. At the heart of the bar there is a skate park and men in orange jumpsuits or any one else that is brave enough, skate and the crowds watch there crazy tricks.
That night a guy fell, and hit his head on the floor hard. There was a fair bit of blood and he looked like he had a fit on the floor. I didn’t like seeing it one bit, I am screamish with blood but the staff were really quick to respond which was reassuring. He was fine in the end, thankfully!
The atmosphere had a real buzz about it, there was even tattoo corner where people were just sitting down with a drink getting a tattoo. No don’t worry I didn’t get one!
I absolutely loved Canggu. It had the perfect balance between relaxation and night life and the food was incredible!
The prices are reasonable especially in comparison to Seminyak. The vibe was just perfect for what I was looking for. It was exactly how I had imagined travelling to feel and not something you can write down in a blog.
I would 100% return here.
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