A First Timer's Guide to Canggu, Bali

Jan 17, 2020
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Canggu, with its boho tropical vibes and expat surfer set exudes relaxed beachside cool. An enclave of creatives and hipster stylemasters that stretches between Kerobokan and Echo Beach. The ‘Gu is full of colourful beachfront bars, surf ready waves, wholefood cafes, hipsters and beach babes. It’s where rice field vistas meet volcanic black sand beaches and you don’t have to compromise on dining and nightlife. A surfside expat haven and the island’s newest tourist hotspot - the shopping and dining options in Batu Bolong are ever evolving.


Greater Canggu with its lush rice fields and coastal village vibe, includes Berawa, iconic Echo Beach, Umalas, Kerobokan, and Pererenan and is a magnet for the laid back surf crowd. Home to world class breaks and beach front accomodation making Canggu perfect for long stays. Yoga studios like The Practice with its stunning views share space with chic boutiques, stylish spas and hidden cafes. 


A brunchtime favourite, the ‘Gu takes avo smash and eggs bene to another level at the Crate, The Loft, Matcha cafe and of course the Avocado Factory. Lazy long lunches at Milk & Madu, Milu by NOOK or the Shady Shack are a Canggu right of passage. Bali Bowls will satiate your big bowl needs with delicious fresh and seriously huge serves of healthy goodness. 

Sunset is for kicking back under a palm tree at any of the cooler than thou bars. Beanbags, infinity pools, sunsets and ocean views mean local sundowner faves like Lacalita, Deus, The Slow and The Lawn draw a boho sandy footed crowd every night of the week. 


Head to La Brisa at Echo Beach for eclectic Spanish styled eats and beats. Finns Beach Club in Berawa will have you sipping cocktails poolside any time of the day in it’s vast bamboo bar by the beach. Ji Terrace by the Sea with its 180 degree view and killer cocktails is the perfect place to watch the sun go down. Batu Bolong is home to the ‘Gu institution Old Man’s and the reason for so many bleary eyes in Canggu. 

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Fotini E Douglas