A Foodie’s Guide to Canggu

Sitting on the southern coast of the tropical vacation island of Bali, Canggu is a small town just north-east of Kuta with a hip vibe and tons of delicious eats. Gaining in popularity in recent years due to its world-class surf and prime location, Canggu has seen an abundance of restaurants, cafés and stylish shops pop up. Back in October, we kicked off our 8 weeks in Indonesia with a week in Canggu and ended up using this town as our home base, coming back between trips to Nusa Penida, Lombok, The Gili Islands and Java and then coming back for a few weeks in February. This means we had quite a bit of time to explore what the town has to offer and try out many of the cafés and restaurants in the area. Now, by no means did we try out every single one of them (that would take months and months as well as an unlimited budget!) but based on our experience, we have compiled this foodie’s guide to Canggu!

Disclaimer : as we were working on this article, our hard drive with 4 months of pictures on it crashed. We therefore lost a lot of pictures from our time in Canggu 🙁 We had pictures of almost every one of these spots and they’re gone! While we were back in February, we tried to take pictures of lots of these spots but didn’t make it back to each one, which explains why some photos are poor quality (and poor styling!) as we preferred posting our iPhone photos than none at all! If you’d like to see what a place looks like, we usually look them up on Instagram or Google Maps 🙂

Crate Cafe

Crate is probably our favorite breakfast place in the whole world. We had breakfast at Crate’s too many times to count during our few weeks spent in Canggu and were never disappointed. The delicious food, great coffee, large portions, fun laid-back atmosphere, kind staff and perfect location make Crate’s Cafe the perfect breakfast spot in our book. Our fave menu items are the Veto, Barber, Chia Boi and the Chicken Salad with Haloumi Cheese. All food items are around 55K including tax & service which makes this place more affordable than similar cafés in Canggu. Crate recently moved to a new location which is a lot bigger than the old one, but still expect to wait for a table and for your food.

Best for : Brunch with friends

Bali Bowls & Smoothies

Bali Bowls and Smoothies makes delicious, fresh and healthy smoothie bowls in a beautiful setting. They have different specials everyday which are worth checking out (see their Instagram page for details). Prices start at 75K for a smoothie bowl. You can see their complete menu here. Bonus points for accepting credit card payments!

Best for : Healthy breakfast

Copenhagen Canggu

This cafe seems to come straight from our dreams. With its clearly Scandinavian influence, innovative breakfast board concept, kind and attentive staff and delicious food and coffee, we have nothing bad to say about this place. With prices starting at 59K for 3 items and 89K for 5 items (+15% tax and service) and portions being a bit small, it is a little bit more expensive than other breakfast spots in Canggu BUT the quality and taste of the food makes it totally worth it in our opinion! You can choose any items from the menu and create your own board for the prices stated above. Although it has just recently opened in February 2018, we can already see this new spot becoming a Canggu staple!

Best for : Tasty breakfast boards, cinnamon rolls (need we say more!?)

Kynd Community (Seminyak)

Made famous by their beautiful smoothie bowls and pink wall that are now all over Instagram, Kynd Community is a vegan cafe located in Seminyak. Serving up amazing smoothie bowls, decadent waffles and many other tasty bites, we were impressed with the food and service here. Prices are a bit on the more expensive side, with smoothie bowls setting you back 69K + 15% tax & service, but we think the food here is worth the price! You can find their menu on their website right here.

Best for : Vegan breakfast, very basic Instagram babe photos

Sprout

Just off the infamous Canggu Shortcut, Sprout is a beautiful spot to grab a bite to eat and one of the best coffees we’ve had in Bali! We loved the breakfast baguette, which was the perfect balance of fresh and hearty. The blueberry pancakes, although delicious, left us wishing the portion was a bit bigger. Prices from 65K + 15% tax & service. Full menu here (prices not listed).

Best for : Morning latte, quiet atmosphere to get some work done (but there are no power outlets!)

Canteen Cafe

This hip joint is the perfect spot for a post-surf breakfast. Located very close to the beach, the place is always packed, and we can see why! Delicious food, lot’s of choices, cheap prices and great ambiance. We absolutely loved the breakfast bagel and fruit plate. Prices from 35K + 15 % tax & service. You can find the menu on tripadvisor.

Best for : Hearty breakfast

Coffee Cartel (Seminyak)

If you’re looking to get some work done, this is the best place we’ve found! The coffee is delicious (they use milk cubes in their iced lattes instead of ice cubes.. win!), they have A/C, their wifi is super fast and the staff is really attentive! On top of that, the decor is gorgeous and it makes for a stimulating work environment. They also have lots of food options to suit everyone. Expect to pay around 35 to 40K for tasty coffee!

Best for : Productive work session, delicious coffee and food

Monsieur Spoon

As total pastry snobs, we rarely find croissants or chocolatines that meet our standards. When a friend told us the croissants at Monsieur Spoon were some of the best he’d ever had, we knew we had to try them and see for ourselves. We weren’t disappointed! We only tried the pastries (butter, almond and chocolate croissants, fresh bread) but they also have a french menu starting at 55K.

Best for : Delicious french pastries and freshly baked breads

Old Man’s

THE spot to be after a day of surfing Batu Balong is Old Man’s. With this prime location and ample seating, it’s the perfect spot to hang out with friends pretty much anytime, however we highly suggest to catch your last wave right before 5 p.m so you can drop off your board and walk in for the start of the two for one happy hour (on all alcoholic beverages). Their food is somewhat pricey so we typically preferred to stick to the booze before grabbing a cheap meal elsewhere. That being said we’ve heard only good things from those that have chosen to get their post-surfing meal here.

Best for: Happy hour (5-6 p.m.) and hanging out with incredibly good looking people

Echo Beach BBQ

Although this place isn’t actually called Echo Beach BBQ, we don’t know the name of it so that’s how we decided to call it! We got recommended this joint on our second day in Bali and it took us forever to try it out, but oh boy was the wait worth it! Perfectly located right at the end of Jalan Balu Mejan, this is the first restaurant on your left when arriving at Echo Beach. It’s a perfect place to grab beers and tasty food while watching the sunset. They have many different options of BBQ (including some veggie skewers) and they’re all served with salad, rice and corn. Prices start at around 60K. They also have happy hour everyday where beers are 3 for 2! This is one of our favorite sunset spots in Canggu.

Best for : Happy hour and sunset bite!

Cafe Organic

You’ve surely seen photos of this beautiful organic cafe while scrolling your Instagram feed. If you’re looking for delicious, healthy, vegetarian food, this is the place to be! Breakfast prices start around 60K + 15% tax & service. Full menu is available on their website.

Best for : Healthy breakfast

Machinery Cafe

Located right on Pantai Batu Bolong, Machinery was our go to spot when we needed quick wifi and some A/C. Get productive with some digital nomads who regularly flock here in the afternoons. We didn’t sample much of the menu but the breakfast we did have was good, although we feel that as far as food is concerned, there are better options on this list.

Best for : Well caffeinated work sessions

The Shady Shack

This vegetarian spot got recommended to us by so many people that we couldn’t not stop by, and we’re so glad we did! For breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’re sure to find something you’ll love. Their extensive menu of vegetarian and vegan foods has options to please even the most carnivorous eaters. As time passes, this has become one of our go-to spots in Canggu! We especially love the protein bowl, jackfruit tacos and nachos! Prices starting around 60K.

Best for: Delicious veggie options for everyone

Eden Cafe

Eden cafe’s food has been hit or miss for us, but there are definitely some good options on their menu! While we found the blackened chicken salad to be lacking in flavour, we absolutely loved the classic eden sandwich as well as their twist on french toast in cinnamon apple batter. Prices are very affordable for the area, with breakfasts starting at 25K. See the menu here. We also loved their quiet air conditioned room which is perfect for the digital nomads trying to get some work done! There are plenty of power outlets as well as pretty good wifi. This is definitely our favorite spot to work in Canggu.

Best for: Air-conditioned work session

Motion Cafe

If you’re looking for a high quality, reasonably priced nutritious meal, there’s few places in Canggu that come close to what Motion Cafe serves up. Run by a health and fitness conscious couple, you’ll immediately see this reflected in their menu which has an extensive amount of great vegan, gluten free and vegetarian options available. Portions are generous and everything we tried tasted amazing. We highly recommended their Chicken salad, which comes stocked with egg, cashews, avocados, pineapple and other delicious healthy goodies.

Best for: Healthy options / your post-workout meal

Nalu Bowls

Nalu Bowls was at the top of our list of places to visit in Canggu, having seen so many pictures of it on Instagram. Quite honestly, we were a tad disappointed and don’t think it lives up to the hype. We think there are better smoothie bowls out there. Prices range from 50K to 80K for a bowl. You can find the menu (without prices) here.

Best for: Smoothie bowls

Banh Mi & Beans

After spending a month in Vietnam earlier this year, we developed a pretty serious obsession with Banh Mi. Its safe to say we were heartbroken that it wasn’t until our last few days in Bali before we finally walked into this hidden gem, located a few steps away from the infamous ”shortcut”. Their version of the Vietnamese sandwich is as authentic as it gets and their BBQ pork and paté reminded us of our favorite version ever, which we had at Banh Mi Phuong in Hoi An. While you indulge in their amazing sandwiches, don’t forget to finish off your meal with a tasty Avocado shake!

Best for: Banh Mi, need we say more?

Moana Fish Eatery

Moana quickly became one of our favorite, and most visited, restaurants in Bali. The Maui Poke Bowl is one of the best poke bowls we’ve ever had, anywhere (and it’s only 65K!!) If we could package up the black sauce and bring it with us in our backpacks, we would! We also really loved the Samoa Burger and the BBQ Tengiri. This fish eatery is often packed in the evening so do book a table in advance. Prices start at around 60K for a main.

Best for: Fish lovers!

Warung Bu Mi

Traveling on a budget but still looking for tasty food? Look no further! Warung Bu Mi is a buffet-style restaurant where you pick what you want from the window display and are charged by weight. They have many different options to chose from, including many vegetarian choices, and everything we tasted was delicious! For anywhere from 20K to 40K per person, our appetites were always satisfied.

Best for: Backpackers on a tight budget

Ithaka Warung

Ithaka is great when you’re looking for local Indonesian food with a twist, in more of a restaurant setting than the classic warungs. Their Bali Sunset (chicken in a creamy orange sauce served with rice and veggie fritters) is great value for money at 56K and oh-so-tasty! We also loved the quinoa salad. Portions here are huge and they have great vegetarian options. In the high season, do book a table as people lineup outside to get a seat! Complete menu is available on their website.

Best for: Post-sunset tasty meal

Roti Canai Street Kitchen

Street food in a cute cafe setting! While the roti may not be the best you’ve ever had, we found the food here to be quite tasty and very affordable. Expect to pay between 25K and 40K for a main. We also loved that they have a small selection of books that you can exchange! Do not expect great service though, we found the staff here (especially during the daytime) to be really loud, unprofessional and lazy.

Best for: Cheap tasty eats!

Betelnut Cafe

Betelnut is definitely a traveler fave in Canggu, as it is always packed! Although the food is good, it isn’t the best you’ll find in the area and the service isn’t great. However, the menu does have a lot of choices and you’ll surely find something for everyone in your group. Their coffees are really great value. Prices start at around 50K for a main.

Best for: Pleasing everyone in the group

Peloton Supershop

This uber-hip, plant-based café is a great spot for healthy vegans and non-vegans alike. Although it isn’t technically located in Canggu, it’s close enough to have made the list! They also have many gluten-free options. We loved the Miss Jackson Tacos and the sweet potato fries. Expect to pay around 70K for a main + tax & service. Full menu is available here.

Best for: Health nuts!

Motel Mexicola

Motel Mexicola is one of those places you’ve probably seen tons of photos of on the feeds of countless insta-babes. Quite honestly, for us, it didn’t live up to our expectations! Although the food was good, it was overpriced for Bali in our opinion and we’ve definitely had better Mexican food before, and to quote one of our friends : “Good Mexican food should never be expensive!” We feel like this is more of the kind of place you go for the atmosphere rather than the food. Tacos are 30K for one tiny taco + 17% tax & service. It ended up costing us 14K per person for tacos and water and we both left feeling hungry. You can find the complete menu here.

Best for: Getting those insta shots if you go during the day

Luigi’s

Two of our friends took us to Luigi’s on one of our first nights in Bali and while we had no expectations, we absolutely loved it! The pizzas here are delicious thin-crust pies and the place makes for a fun night out with friends. It starts getting busy around 8-9pm and stays busy until late, with good music making people dance. They have a happy hour special daily from 7-8pm where you get a margherita pizza for 50K and a selection of drinks also at 50K. If you’re going as a group, they offer a pizza by the meter for 320K (up to 4 toppings), perfect for sharing! Check the menu on their website.

Best for: Pizza, cocktails & an amazing atmosphere!

The Loft

The Loft is one of those spaces where you step inside and instantly want to move in! The decor (and the food) is gorgeous! Although a bit pricier than some of our other favorite breakfast spots, we loved the food and would definitely go back and try their lunch and dinner options. Smoothie bowls are 68K + 15% tax & service. Their menu is available in their google reviews.

Best for: Healthy breakfast in a beautiful interior

 

Mad Pops

Mad Pops is what our ice cream dreams are made of. With their fun neon signs and delicious vegan ice cream, what is there not to love? Their flavors change regularly and their staff is really helpful in explaining and letting you taste the flavors. They even have vegan cones! If you need a good ice cream fix, this is definitely the place for you!

Best for : Refreshing treat on a scorching day

We hope you enjoyed our guide to Canggu’s best eats. If this didn’t make you hungry, we’re not sure what would! Let us know below if your favorite Canggu restaurant made the list, and don’t forget to share this post with your friends if you enjoyed it!

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. You two are pros!! Terrifically informative and thorough.

  2. Too much places to eat in Canggu. Thanks for sharing at least I got some ideas on which one to go 🙂

    1. Thanks for leaving a comment! Hope you’re enjoying Canggu 🙂

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