Canggu is known as Bali’s hipster hotspot – perfect for surfing, late-night tattoos, and most importantly, some of the island’s best food offerings. If you’re on your way to Canggu, make it a priority to get your stomach stuffed at five of the best Canggu restaurants…
This is probably one of the best discoveries I’ve made on my trip, mainly because they introduced to the wonder of chia pudding. Nestled in the centre of town, Crate Cafe is one of the most popular Canggu restaurants and offers a hub of wholesome goodness in the form of Instagram-worthy meals.
They’ve recently undergone a refurb and have extended in order to cater to the ever-growing crowd of health-food lovers. If you’re into fresh coconuts, vegan brunches (don’t worry, they have delicious meat options, too) and great coffee, make this destination a priority.
If you’re after the ultimate spot to fuel up on caffeine, stock up on goodness and load your ‘gram up with amazing photos, Crate Cafe is your spot. I challenge you to not take a photo of anything dragonfruit-related…
Follow them @cratecafe and be prepared to swoon over every…single…photo.
The Shady Shack
The first night I arrived in Canggu, I turned up at my surf camp completely starving and ready to hunt down something for dinner. Obviously still a newbie on the Canggu restaurants scene, I luckily ran into a guy with the same intention. We whipped through the rice-fields (along the infamous ‘shortcut’) to this hidden gem.
The Shady Shack’s menu is crammed with trendy goodness, and this place has a lovely, laid-back feel to it. This is a great little vegan hotspot and rapidly became one of my go-tos for turmeric lattes and falafel bowls. Everything here is photo-worthy, from the quirky furnishings to the delicious bliss balls.
Your list of places to eat in Canggu needs to have this added to it immediately. Beat the heat and join the surfer crowd at Canggu’s hip brunch spot.
Keep up to date @theshadyshack and try not to drool…
Handily-located between The Shady Shack and Crate Cafe for anyone else who needs a coffee every five minutes, Canteen is well worth the visit. This little haven of delicious food has indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a super quirky décor.
Of course, I made a beeline towards their coffee machine. But you can also expect delicious pastries, amazing tofu dishes and chilled vibes. Nestled near the rice-fields, this is the perfect spot to people-watch and spend your day doing very little. Definitely one to add to your list of “Canggu restaurants to try”!
This became one of my fave spots just for their vegan-friendly meals and great juices; they also have a little gift-shop next door which is a nice touch. Their motto ‘same same but better’ sums things up nicely.
Search @canteencafe for photos of their tasty work.
I couldn’t include a guide to Canggu restaurants and cafes without mentioning Sprout. This is one of the first places I went to when I arrived in Canggu, and became a firm favorite after I sampled their coffee. Any other caffeine-fiends will know the struggle of being away from a barista who knows exactly how you like your coffee, six times a day.
Luckily, Sprout have incredible coffee and a lovely setting to enjoy it in. For a different kind of energy boost, check out their kombucha range, crammed full of probiotics, antioxidants and all other kinds of tasty goodness.
Their menu is also packed with delicious, healthy meals and plenty of treats to go with that afternoon brew. Tucked in by one of the main roads, Sprout has a calm, quiet energy and is the ideal place to get some work done or relax with a book.
Take your little ones along to The Garden Bali – a lovely kids’ club next door that is full of activities, events and friendly staff to keep them entertained. Sprout has a really nice community feel to it, making it a great destination for families who still want a bit of ‘grown-up time’!
Milk & Madu
I found this place by accident after getting very, very lost in Canggu. Several miles from home (it feels a lot more in the heat!), I decided to treat myself to a matcha latte and was instantly won over. Being too stubborn to ask for directions pays off sometimes…
Milk & Madu is a combination of so many fantastic things you could ask for in a café – family friendly but quiet enough to take a laptop and get some work done (they also have plug sockets under the seats), easily accessible from the centre of Canggu but with a relaxed vibe and their menu is incredible.
If you’re into healthy, ‘gram-worthy food, this is the place for you. They also host live music nights, so keep your eyes peeled, as the garden turns into fairy-light heaven in the evenings. Veggies and vegans rejoice, there is plenty on the menu to choose from here.
Milk & Madu is the perfect spot to bring your kids – in fact, they’re launching a brand new playground to keep the little ones entertained while you take a well-deserved coffee break. Need a place in Canggu to eat and get some work done? Stick this at the top of your list.
Stay up to date with the tastiest live music venue in Canggu @milkandmadu
Lastly, are you looking for a place to stay during you Canggu trip? There are lots of amazing places, but we highly recommend checking out the Ngeluwungan Boutique Villa, a little slice of luxury at a super modest price. If they’re fully booked (they often are), you can’t go wrong with Puri Beji Villas.
Featured photo credit: Milk and Madu