After living in Canggu for nearly two months volunteering at a Surf Camp and attempting to battle the waves (or my hangover) nearly each day, this surfers paradise is the perfect mix of chilled out days with endless options for quality eats and a vortex of killer parties that happen 6 days out of the week.
If you want to shake it like a polaroid picture, be radical amongst the hurdles of hipsters and offset the party by filling up on the best meals you’ve ever had; you’ll want to read on for the ultimate list of where to go and what to eat when in this hipsters paradise of Canggu.
If you ask anyone where to go on Thursday or Saturday nights, the answer should always be “Pretty Poison”
I’ve been to my fair share of badass bars across the globe from LA to New York to Berlin but Pretty Poison ranks at the top of my list because they’ve hit every checklist. Great atmosphere with a chilled out vibe where everyone congregates around an empty swimming pool to watch skateboarders in action, their cocktail “Burnside” is the best in Canggu made of fresh cucumber, gin, lime juice & mint served on the rocks and the music is on point blasting out an array of rock and punk. If you think that’s rad, every Thursday night, you can also get tattooed or pierced by one of their professional guest artists!
Wednesday nights are known as “Dirty Disco” and the place to be is Old Mans!
Get your beer-pong on, dance all night long to killer songs and to top it all off, every day from 5-6pm you can load up on 4 bintangs for 50k while all cocktails, spirits and wine are buy 1 get 1 free!
Needless to say, Old Man’s is doing it right and you’ll be going here every Wednesday and Friday night!
Black Shores Bar new kid on the block is a trendy and chilled out bar perfect for a Friday night with a great lineup of tunes to dance too and the best cocktails to boot.
Every night from 6-8 is happy hour you can enjoy every craft cocktail for only 50k. Be sure to try their Old Fashioned!
After the parties stop at Pretty Poison, Old Mans, Black Shores or any of the other handful of bars to chose from: if you’re looking for some good ol’ Rock & Roll and an unpretentious vibe, Gimme Shelter is the place. The staff are friendly, it’s a good mix of travellers and locals and the drinks are moderately priced.
If you want to party till the break of dawn and sing along to nostalgic songs, head to the beach at Old Mans past 12am to revert to being 18 again. You will sing, you will dance and it’s likely you’ll also end up losing your shoes in the sand. (Don’t say we didn’t warn you)
Friends and I stumbled upon KOI one night and I seriously cannot rave about their food enough. This cozy restaurant offers a fusion of Japanese, Spanish and Indonesian dishes but everyone comes here for the freshly caught fish.
What To Eat: Be sure to order “The Koi” – Grilled fish of the day with lemon butter sauce, quinoa, broccoli, corn, capsicum and carrots. It is a melt-in-your-mouth explosion of flavor. If you’re a sushi lover, their rolls are also to die for!
For breakfast, you can’t go wrong with their smoked salmon special – 2 poached eggs with smoked salmon, avocado slices & cream cheese on multigrain bread.
Overlooking the vibrant rice fields is a quaint, eclectic and easily missed outdoor vegan gem of The Shady Shack where you can sit amongst your friends on picnic tables and lush foliage as you ooooh and ahhhh over your beautifully crafted and equally tasty dinner.
Note: I thought I would be hard-pressed to find vegan dishes as incredible as they were in Ubud but Shady Shack proved otherwise.
What To Eat: Gyro Jack Burger – This burger is mind-blowingly good and consists of marinated jack fruit, grilled eggplant, seasoned vegetables and a side of mini-baked potatoes with a creamy coconut tzatziki sauce. Nori Bowl – A massive bowl that you can easily share of wholegrain brown friend rice, fresh edamame, shitake mushrooms and tofu.
For all you surfers, cross fit and fitness fanatics, Motion Café focuses on creating well-rounded and nutritious dishes both Paleo and vegan friendly in their funky and environmentally friendly café.
They also offer customized nutrition/fitness consultations and personalized meal plans focused on improving healthier eating habits and general fitness to help you reach your personal goals. Whether you want a hearty breakfast, lunch or dinner focusing on a paleo, ketogenic, Ayurveda or protein rich diet, you’ll have a variety of dishes to choose from.
What To Eat & Drink: For breakfast, you’ll want to try their Gluten-free Protein Waffle with homemade peanut butter and mixed fruit accompanied by their “frog” veggie juice made of apple, parsley, spinach, cucumber, lemon and ginger or if you need a caffeine boost, you cant go wrong with their Indonesian and Brazilian fusion coffees.
Celiacs and gluten-free lovers can rejoice and eat to your hearts content at Made’s Banana Flour. Their flour is produced from green Bananas, which means everything is 100% gluten-free!
What To Eat & Drink: Come for breakfast and fill up on their banana flour waffles drizzled in maple syrup or pick and choose your favorite treats perfectly accompanied by their dairy-free coconut milk cappuccino that will leave you speechless. Our favorite desserts were the lemon meringue cupcake that melted in your mouth, flaky croissants with jam and chocolate brownie.
If you’re on a coffee craze or looking for a good spot to settle down and get some work done; Our top spot (not to mention cheapest and unpretentious) cup of craft coffee in Canggu is without a doubt Hungry Bird. The owner is an award winning barista and their single origin coffee is on point!
What To Drink: Try the V60 or French Press from Sulawesi and Sumatra.
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