Canggu Bali lies behind the busy cities of Kuta and Seminyak; the hipster haven that ignites creative expression and carefree demeanour. This quaint little town is a former fishing village that is now popular among surfers, young travellers, and digital nomads. It also offers picturesque views and invigorating ambience perfect for light and rejuvenating yoga sessions or just a laid-back honeymoon stay. Canggu is buzzing with Balinese culture and art that will enchant you all throughout your venture. In this issue, we present to you the 7 best things to do in Canggu Bali that will keep your heart and soul flutter with love and curiosity.
Where to Stay in Canggu Bali
Hotel Tugu Bali is the epitome of light and carefree honeymoon stay – a breath of fresh air from all the modern hotels we usually stay at. From the traditional welcome upon arrival—you are given a traditional Balinese flower gift with fresh frangipani flowers—to the intricate Balinese art and carvings that adorn the hotel lobby. Housing the biggest collection of fine Indonesian art and cultural antiques in the country, the first hotel in Canggu offers you a peek of rich culture and history; it is an art and antique collector’s dream that will genuinely spark one’s passion and creativity. Hotel Tugu Bali is designed by the owner as a boutique museum hotel to give home to his antiques. It is also a way to exhibit the romantic stories and legends of ancient Indonesian kingdoms to the world.
Another thing we love about Hotel Tugu Bali is its prime location. Situated just right across the beach, we had the chance to enjoy the early mornings as we eat breakfast on the rooftop. It is the best time to admire the sea and be entertained by the surfers who ride the waves in perfect undulation. Fancy a morning meal beside the hotel pool? The hotel offers its guests the option to serve you breakfast anywhere on the property to start your day. From there, everything is a stone’s throw away as Hotel Tugu is right at the entrance of the main road where popular art shops and cafés are lined up. Enjoy the sight of the world-renowned Bali sunset from the comfort of your own suite as you relax and soak in a sunken beaten silver tub. Each suite in Hotel Tugu has an enclosed porch with wood-paneled windows looking out over palm trees to the crashing surf. The huge four-poster bed in our room made it very hard to leave, especially in the mornings!
What to Do in Canggu Bali
1. Attend yoga sessions every morning at The Practice
Dharma, which means purpose, is what The Practice focuses on. The sessions work on different techniques that build the kind of dedication, bravery, modesty, focus, and devotion we need to live up to this purpose – the reason for our existence. You can explore the science and art of the Traditional Tantric Hatha Yoga practice under the guidance of experienced teachers with a solid dedication to the custom. Check their yoga schedule and rates here.
2. Have a romantic and sumptuous Japanese dinner at Ji Restaurant Bali as you watch the sunset
Ji Restaurant Bali transports guests to mystical, ancient Japan and the East a thousand years ago – back to the time where food is prepared with the traditional Japanese cooking methods through a touch of worldwide flavours. The restaurant is a reconstructed temple with a terrace that offers a 180-degree view of the ocean. Photos from Ji Restaurant Bali
You should not miss the chance to taste the island’s favourite cocktails that can only be found in Ji Restaurant Bali, the smoking Coco Sexo which is inspired by the volcanoes of Indonesia. Also, the signature Tugu Gin & Tea made with premium gin infused with Javanese tea and other herbs is definitely a must-try.
3. Surf in style with brunch and ice-cold beers
At Hotel Tugu Bali, they treat their surfer guests with utmost luxury and comfort. After surfing, you can treat yourself at their spa to soothe your muscles. They also have ice-cold beers to spoil you with its sensational taste, perfect to have after the exhilarating ride on the waves. Surfing at Canggu Bali is so serene that you can feel light and at peace as you watch the sun dips down the horizon the same way the waves keep kissing the shore.
Our tip: Surf around 1:00 p.m to 2:00 p.m
4. Grab lunch at the grown-up’s playground in Canggu Bali – Old Man’s Bar
A little after sunset, you can witness a more lively party scene. Old Man’s Bar is not deemed as the “grown-ups playground” for no reason. Every Wednesday, they have a drinking game that you and your beau might want to try for a wilder fun night before you call it a day. The resto-bar is home for expats, locals, and travellers alike that crave some hipster and friendly hangout.
Old Man’s Bar is the “it” beachfront beer garden near the dark-sand beach of Batu Bolong – an ideal spot where surfers can drop by to eat before or after surfing. The place changes atmosphere and personality throughout the day, making it more versatile in catering to whichever set up you are looking for when eating out. During the day, you can enjoy their reasonable and delectable simple menu like fries, salad, and burgers.
5. Go on a full day of lazing around at Finns Beach Club
A chic hangout place on Berawa Beach, Finns Beach Club is the place to be if you love music, the subtle warmth of the sun against your skin, and the spectacular view of the sea and the sky. The beach club has a blue-tiled freeform infinity pool where you can just soak in the whole day. Or you can laze your day away on the daybeds and beanbags on the white sand beach. Finns Beach Club is also one of the best lounging spots to watch the magnificent Bali sunset.Photos from Finns Beach Club
With its all-bamboo structure that gives it a spacious and airy ambience, Finns Beach Club makes your honeymoon experience light – literally, a breath of fresh air.
6. Lounge and admire the Bali sunset at The Lawn
Your honeymoon experience in Canggu wouldn’t be complete without having an intimate and romantic sunset dinner. The Lawn has a casual dining area where you can enjoy the Indian Ocean views while being served with meals that are made of fresh ingredients from the island. If you are done with some peace and private time together, you can head down to the beachfront and have some cocktails as you dance the night away.
7. Shop at the heart of Canggu – Love Anchor Boutique Complex
The Love Anchor Boutique is Canggu’s iconic shopping and restaurant complex surrounded by rice paddies. Traditionally designed with classic wooden Joglo style, the place is just lovely to look at and explore. It is an accessible one-stop-shop where you can shop and eat to your heart’s content. For entertainment, Love Anchor Boutique Complex also holds various events that allow you to experience the Balinese sound and culture.
We also recommend dropping by at La Laguna gypsy market, though it is under renovation until 2020.
Love Anchor Boutique Complex
Location: Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.56, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351
Opening Hours: 9:00 a.m to 11:00 p.m
Where to Eat in Canggu Bali
Canggu is a vegan haven filled with a wide array of food options from international delicacies to local menu that the Balinese people take pride in. May it be healthy greens or Italian gelatos, you can find something to suit your palate here in Canggu Bali.
From the name itself, The Avocado Factory features avocado in their menu – from salads and smoothies to breakfast and lunch bowls. The place is the first avocado bar established in South East Asia and has been serving delicious avocado dishes since then. Their signature dish, Viva Las Vegas, is a burger filled with the perfect fusion of mushroom patty, vegan cheese and mayo, onions, rucola, and avocado slices.
The Avocado Factory
Location: Jl. Tanah Barak 52, Batu Mejan, Canggu, Badung, Bali. , Canggu
Opening Hours: Everyday 7:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m
Meal price: ~S$24 for two *Cash and Cards
The Shady Shack Canggu
Located across the rice paddies in Canggu, The Shady Shack is a vegetarian (with vegan choices available) café that provides healthy meals from breakfast to dinner. Living up to its name, it provides shaded seats under large trees. The Shady Shack nutritious creations are served in a generous portion; their menu also labels vegan/gluten-free dishes. Inside the cozy space, you can find eco-friendly products and baked goods to live up to its sustainable business operation.
The Shady Shack Canggu
Location: Jl. Tanah Barak No. 35, Canggu, Bali
Opening Hours: 7:30 a.m to 10:30 p.m
Meal price: ~S$19 for two *Cash and Cards
Bottega Italiana Canggu Bali
A fast-casual and quirky Italian restaurant that showcases the best of what Italy has to offer and brought it to Canggu, Bottega Italiana Canggu highlights the freshness of their ingredients through the simple dishes they create. The restaurant is also a boutique gourmet marketplace where you can get Italian ingredients should you wish to make a platter for yourself at home after your honeymoon.
Bottega Italiana Canggu Bali
Location: Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No. 77, Canggu, Bali
Opening Hours: Everyday 8:00 a.m to 10:00 p.m
Meal price: ~S$29 for two *Cash and Cards
If you fancy some Mexican delights, Taco Casa in Canggu is probably one of the best spots here. It is a homemade pleasure, so everything is made from scratch – from guacamole to flour tortillas to taco shells to salad bowls to hot sauces, you name it. They don’t add preservatives in their food too, which is highly recommended. This Mexican restaurant has a bright and friendly atmosphere that can make your honeymoon experience even more refreshing and luscious.
Taco Casa Canggu Bali
Location: Echo Beach, Jl. Batu Mejan, Canggu, Bali
Opening Hours: Everyday 10:00 a.m to 10:00 p.m
Meal price: ~S$20 for two *Cash and Cards
Lacalita Bar y Cocina Canggu
A place that draws crowds and promises fresh and modern, authentic Mexican food, Lacalita Bar y Cocina is a mellow hangout that you must not miss on your honeymoon. The restaurant’s menu is ever changing, exploring the different dishes from Mexico’s diverse culture and traditions with a modern flair. We tried the famous Jalapeno Margarita – probably one of the best cocktails we had. The tacos taste so good as well!
Lacalita Bar y Cocina Canggu Bali
Location: Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No. 68, Canggu Bali
Opening Hours: Everyday 3:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m
Meal price: ~S$34 for two *Cash and Cards
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