Call me cliché, but my relationship with Bali was love at first sight. I had been traveling solo for about four months when I first arrived in Bali, and I immediately felt right at home. I have heard a lot of complaints that Bali is overrun with tourists and expats, however I found that the travelers in Bali moved at a different, slower pace, than those traveling in other Southeast Asian countries. Bali is the type of place where you want to spend all day sipping tea among the green rice paddies, swimming in a private oasis, and indulging in amazing cuisine.. while always close to the beach of course! I told myself that if I ever decided to take my travel blogging and trip planning seriously, that I would return to Bali to get it off the ground – and I’m happy to say that I had the opportunity to do just that this year! But for now, let’s talk about one of my favorite spots that made me fall so madly in love with this place – Canggu!
When I mentioned to a fellow traveler that I would be spending time in Bali he insisted that I head straight to Canggu. I am so happy that I took him up on this advice because Canggu was on own little slice of heaven. While an extended backpacking trip is thrilling and fun, it is not always the most relaxing experience. Bali offered an escape from the chaos!
What to Do:
Take a Yoga Class
Samadi Yoga – although prices are slightly more expensive here, they are well worth it for the amazing ambiance. In addition to an on-site cafe, they have a farmers market on Sunday mornings that shouldn’t be missed!
Serenity Eco Guesthouse – this spot offers a variety of over 10 daily yoga classes with kick ass instructors! Classes start at 110K ($8.25) for a single class, with unlimited and package options as well! There is also a pool on the grounds for when you need a post-class cool down!
Get a Massage
Although it is not the cheapest massage you’ll get in Asia, GOLDDUST offers incredible services with a lovely ambiance. I opted for the stress buster massage and was very happy with the results! Additionally, I have received waxing services at this spot at a very reasonable price.
Take a Surf Lesson
Head down to Old Man’s and you’ll find some guys waiting on the beach who are willing to take you out for an affordable lesson! My instructor was great and super patient- despite my lack of coordination!
There are so many incredible shops located on Canggu’s main road! Although not exactly friendly on the budget, I purchased some of my favorite bikini pieces in Canggu. My personal favorite is a shop called Wanderlust on Batu Bolong. For more shopping options it is only a quick drive to Seminyak, although if you’re on a scooter you’ll have to navigate the crazy traffic.
Where to Eat
If for no other reason than this, go to Canggu for the food! Canggu simply has so many incredible restaurants to choose from that you will never get bored! When I returned to Canggu I created a list of approximately 25 restaurants and cafes to try.. and managed to visit them all! The following are some of my personal favorite (although it was super hard to narrow it done to just a few).
Bettelnut Cafe – a wide range of healthy dishes, however a favorite for their incredible cheesecake
Organic Cafe – this spot is definitely on the pricier side, however they definitely serve some of the most beautiful acai bowls that i’ve ever eaten! The decor is also incredible!
Moana Fish Eatery – you simply can’t go wrong here! The many fish options are just incredible, served in a jungle vibes atmosphere.
Milk and Madu – not only is the food amazing here, but it is the perfect spot for getting some work done as they have fast wifi and a small selection of outlets for charging. You must get the ginger chai tea – it is absolutely incredible!
Shady Shack – this trendy eatery serves exclusively vegetarian fare. It also has quite a few available options for vegans. My personal favorite is the Shack Attack burger (or the Shark Attack as I was formerly referring to it as). With a feta cheese, beet, and quinoa patty, this burger is both filling and delicious.
Crate Cafe – this is your go-to trendy spot for bowls and healthy dishes. For sweet options try the Bowlarama and for savory the Veto!
Eden Cafe – located right across from The Farm Hostel on Batu Balong, this is the perfect breakfast spot. They do an awesome breakfast special that comes with coffee, tea, or orange juice. The scrambled eggs with caramelized onions are just amazing! Unfortunately I ate them too quickly to get a picture, but they serve some beautiful smoothie bowls as well!
Bu Mi Warung – this is one of my favorite spots for a local nasi campur!! The cook up a variety of veggies and meats for you to pick and choose from. I highly recommend the green beans and crispy tempe!
Jaba – another centrally located local eatery with some of the cheapest prices that you’ll find in Canggu. The owners are the sweetest and their 9K gado gado is definitely worth stopping by for.
The Creamery – because we can’t forget about dessert.. ice cream sandwiches! This spot does an ice cream sandwiches happy hour on Saturdays until 3pm so don’t miss out!
Where to Stay
The Farm Hostel
This is hands down one of the best hostels that I’ve ever stayed at! Staying at Canggu’s The Farm Hostel is like living in your own private oasis. The rooms themselves are clean, with a personal light, outlet, and curtain – helping you to forget that you are sharing the room with others. The grounds of the hostel are made up of two swimming pools surrounded by lush greenery, a series of poolside beanbags and sun recliners, and a large open air chilling space. Not to mention, the outdoor showers attached to each dorm room make you feel like you’re showering in the jungle! The hostel has also built a new an on-site restaurant and bar that opened this week, which will only add to the experience of staying at The Farm. The hostel has enforced quiet hours at night, which is ideal for those looking to catch as early surf or simply looking for an early night to bed.
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Serenity Eco Guesthouse
After so many months of traveling and sharing crowded dorm rooms with fellow travelers, I decided to detox at the Serenity Eco Guesthouse! The guesthouse offers affordable single person bungalows, in addition to their dorm room options. On-site you will find an incredible all-natural restaurant, a large swimming pool, massage treatments, and a yoga studio! This is the perfect option for anyone trying to get away from the party scene for a bit. It is conveniently located only a short walk from both the main town and the beach!
Hope these tips help you on your future travels in Canggu, Bali. Why not pin it for later?
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