A Complete Guide to Canggu in Bali
Canggu was our last stop in Bali and let me tell you, it DID NOT disappoint! We instantly fell in love with the chilled vibes and beach club settings. To be sure that you don’t miss a trick when visiting this trendy area we’ve compiled the ultimate guide for you.
1. Learn to Surf – It’s time folks! We learnt to surf on Batu Balong Beach and it was epic! The average price per lesson pp is 350k however we managed to bag a 2 hr lesson for 2 people for 650k, there are a number of surf clubs and huts you can rent boards from so just check out which one you like to look of and get yourself on that surfboard! ( make Beyonce proud )
Tip: Always look ahead and paddle deep so you catch those waves!
2. Grab an Ice Cream at Mad Pops – This is an absolute must, not only for the Instagram worthy snap of your freshly scooped gelato but the coconut milk ice cream is honestly as good as it looks. Mad Pops is about a 10-minute walk up Batu Balong ( the main strip in Canggu ) and trust me when I say the walk in the midday sun is worth it.
Tip: You need to go more than once when in Canggu or you’ll miss the huge variety of flavours that change almost daily.
3. Find Ji Restaurant and Enjoy some fine dining – This became a running joke whilst in Canggu, but as they say 3rd times a charm and it was in fact on the third attempt that we managed to finally locate the restaurant. So that you don’t face the same ordeal as us, the restaurant is through the entrance of the shop that seems to sell a bunch of traditional homeware and fashion accessories. Go through the shop, and up the stairs towards the rear of the store, you’ll be welcomed by bar staff.
Tip: They have amazing cocktails & if you’re a meat-eater, they do some amazing Wagu Beef and it’s definitely going to be cheaper here than it would be back at home.
4. Explore the shops – Shopping in Bali, is a must, firstly everything is so reasonably priced and secondly, in Canggu, they have numerous independent and unique boutiques, that they simply cannot be missed. Head to Batu Balong, the main road in Canggu which is essentially a shopaholics paradise and splash those rupiahs.
Tip: We all know you can haggle prices in markets, but I’d advise you to avoid doing this in stores.
5. Grab Lunch at Peekaboo – We ate here twice whilst in Canggu because it was so good. It’s only a short walk away from Echo Beach and the menu is designed to be shared so grab a few appetisers and enjoy! The staff are super friendly and the service is awesome, highly recommend heading here for lunch after a big surf. The restaurant has a really cool interior so it’s an all-round winner for us.
Tip: The food is designed to be shared so order some dishes and enjoy them tapas-style.
6. Order a cocktail or two at Potato Head – It was very busy when we visited but this didn’t stop us enjoying a coconut cocktail in the pool, all whilst overlooking the beach. I’d advise heading here first thing in order to get a daybed or seat in the sun. You can put your name down on a list so when a daybed or area in the sun is free you’ll be called however chances are if you had a spot in the sun you aren’t moving.
7. Grab some Nibbles & Drinks at The Lawn – Admittabley we spent a number of afternoons here, and I can confirm the food is delicious, along with this the cocktails are delicious and pretty strong for the price of them. Watching the sunset from the pool is A MUST!
Tip: You’re allowed to drink in the pool so I’d recommend heading here for sunset to watch it in style. Sidenote The Lawn is quite showy which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
8. Head to Old Mans in the pm – This place has such a cool buzz, we’d recommend heading here for some Bintangs after dinner. They have plenty of day beds / a huge seating area & the music is a VIBE. We didn’t get a chance to eat here but we sipped plenty of Bintags in the evening.
Tip: Every Wednesday Old Mans holds a beer pong tournament, making it a great place to meet people & enjoy the local beer.
9. Catch Sunset – Don’t you dare do yourself the injustice of missing out on the best sunsets you’re likely to ever see. Head down to Batu Balong Beach, find a beanbag, grab a beer and wait for the magic!
10. Rent a Scooter – You’re probably thinking I’ve read this on every travel guide covering Bali and that’s because it’s an ABSOLUTE MUST! It’s an absolute no brainer that when in Canggu you should rent a scooter, as doing so allows you the freedom to explore surrounding areas.
Tip: The Canggu shortcut isn’t a shortcut the traffic is mad so leave yourself plenty of time to get somewhere.
Don’t forget to reach out to us if you want any extra hints and tips & of course check out our Instagram for behind the scenes sneak peeks of our time in Canggu.