For a laid-back tropical escape, Canggu is the place to be. With its boho vibe, café culture, and surfer style, this is one of the coolest spots in Bali. Located twenty minutes north of Seminyak, Canggu spans from just north of Seminyak to south of Tanah Lot. Canggu is one of the most up-and-coming areas and features an eight-kilometer-long beach and sweeping rice fields. Here's my ultimate Canggu travel guide!
What to Expect in Canggu
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Language: The official language in Bali is Indonesian, but you’ll also hear Balinese with a smattering of Indonesian mixed in. English is the “third” language of Bali and is in wide use thanks to tourism and a large Australian ex-pat population!
Currency: Bali uses the Indonesian rupiah (IDR) as the local currency.
Credit Cards and Banks: Cash is king in Bali, so always carry a handful of 10,000 to 100,000 IDR notes for daily expenses and purchases. As of 2015, businesses are not allowed to charge in dollars, so make sure you always have some rupiah on hand. You can easily withdraw from ATMs, which are easy to find all over Bali. Most large hotels and restaurants accept credit cards.
Climate: In general, Bali enjoys warm weather year-round—but be mindful of the rainy season, January to April and October to November!
Water: Be sure not to drink tap water in Bali. Many tourists experience “Bali Belly” (severe stomach issues and indigestion) when traveling to this country so it’s best to avoid any unclean food or water. Here are my tips for How to Maintain Tummy Health on Your Next Trip!
Getting Around Canguu
Rent a Scooter: My recommendation is to avoid the traffic of Bali by renting a scooter—a fast way to zip through the streets and countryside. Traffic is a BIG problem in the Seminyak and Canggu areas. Expect about an hour’s drive from the airport to Canggu (without traffic).
The driving in Bali is very chaotic and aggressive so it will take some getting used to. That being said, it’s very important to always wear a helmet and never drive after a big night out.
Renting a motorbike is the “way” of Bali and very cheap. If you don’t feel comfortable driving yourself, you can use the GO-JEK app for an Uber-type service but on the back of a motorbike.
Taxi: Taxis are the most expensive, and Uber is somewhat banned by a monopoly on taxi service. You can still use Uber, but you need to be very discreet about it and can’t use them to get to and from populated areas.
You can also use the Blue Bird app for easy cab rentals!
Where to Stay in Canggu
When I visit Bali, Canggu is my favorite area to stay in—it has great accommodations, shops, restaurants, and beaches! Plus, it’s pretty central to visit Seminyak, Uluwatu, Sanur, and more popular spots. There are so many hotels, resorts, hostels, and villas for rent throughout Canggu—I’ve created a comprehensive list of Where to Stay in Bali and listed some of my favorite places to stay in Canggu below!
An impressive luxury pick, these villas are only a three-minute walk from Batu Bolong Beach. With a woodsy-chic style, every room here is dreamy. Check out my experience here!
Another luxe site located steps away from the beach and popular Canggu bars, this posh, vintage spot has soaking tubs and private plunge pools. Tugu is one of my favorite hotels to stay at whenever I’m in Bali. The location can’t be beaten!
Oshan is a luxurious collection of villas and rooms that feature a beautiful pool, a landscaped garden, and overlook scenic rice fields! It’s perfect for relaxing—and you can even get an appointment with their onsite spa!
If you’re going for ambiance, look no further than Annupuri Villas! The affordable resort has a restaurant, pool, bar, and garden—plus you’ll feel submerged in the jungle while you’re here! It’s a bit farther from the beach than others, but you can easily get a ride from the hotel’s car service.
Steps away from Batu Bolong beach, The Nest is a popular hostel choice for travelers. The hostel features an outdoor swimming pool and a shared kitchen and free WiFi throughout the property.
Offering suites, rooms, and pool villas, all with stunning views, this is a beautiful design hotel located in the heart of Canggu. The rooms are stunning and it’s a great value for your money—plus, you can walk to local restaurants and cafés.
Where to Eat in Canggu
I don’t know where to begin with food in Bali… there are SO many amazing restaurants across the island, it would take months to eat your way through all of the amazing dining experiences. Canggu has been my favorite area for a long time, mainly because it’s been a foodie destination. From the delicious cafes to local warungs, contemporary international cuisine, fine dining Indonesian staples, and cute coffee shops on every corner, Canggu has everything!
Here are my top restaurants in Canggu, that you just have to try—and, Bali is so vegan and vegetarian-friendly, so I’ve rounded up Where to Find the Best Vegan Food in Bali!
For fresh foods and all things healthy, Nude Canggu is the place for vegetarians, vegans, and anyone looking for a light meal.
This modern Japanese restaurant offers creative dishes, and amazing seafood, in an intimate setting. It’s one of the most popular sushi restaurants in Bali! Located along the main Berawa road, this spot sits right on the border of Canggu and North Kuta.
Satu Satu Coffee CompanyCafe, Coffee
For some of the best coffee on the island, as well as tasty vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free noshes, get to Satu Satu. It’s also a quiet place to get some work done!
Full of unique and healthy picks, this cafe is a foodie’s heaven. You can’t go wrong with any of the dishes here, but I can never decide between sweet or savory. Since it’s so inexpensive it’s the perfect place to go for a savory nourish bowl and a sweet smoothie!
Ulekan BaliIndonesia, Asian
Ulekan is MUST when visiting Bali—it offers seriously delicious, authentic Indonesian food. It’s definitely on the more expensive side compared to local warungs and local spots, but it’s a true dining experience. The service, creativity, and ambiance all play a big part!
This cafe serves amazing breakfast and lunch all day, as well as fresh smoothies. They have locations in Seminyak and Canggu!
Milk & MaduEuropean, Cafe
For a European-style breakfast and lunch, this is a great café. It’s got outdoor seating and good Wi-Fi, so it’s also a nice place to unwind for a bit.
This combo vegan café and bicycle shop is all about eco-friendly living. It’s also got tasty grub!
Deus Ex MachinaCafe, Nightlife
This café is located between the Temple of Enthusiasm and the rice paddies of Canggu and is a wonderful fusion of Indonesian culture and Western cuisine. It’s also a very popular hotspot for live music and nightlife! It is a fun place to go out with friends.
La LagunaSeafood, Bar
This gypsy-inspired “rustic chic” spot has a beachfront bar and a restaurant you will definitely want to try. It is a beautiful spot to watch the sunset too!
What to Do in Canggu
Canggu is the perfect spot to relax, unwind and enjoy the fun but chill pace that Bali has to offer. You can spend your days at the beach, catching waves and rays, or take some time to explore the shops and cafes. You can also visit one of the many serene spas and spend your vacation getting pampered. I prefer to do a little of each!
In addition to these top things to do in Canggu, there are so many opportunities for day trips to different parts of the island! Keep in mind traffic gets really bad, as there are limited direct roads to many popular spots, so you’ll want to plan for extra driving time when leaving Canggu.
Canggu is a beach lover’s dream. Spend a lazy afternoon enjoying the beauty of Batu Balong or Echo Beach.
Check out the Goldust Beauty Lounge. I HIGHLY recommend everything it’s got! I’m also a big fan of the Tugu Spa. These two are more “premium” spas but most of the spas around the area are very inexpensive (I’m talking it’s reasonable to get one massage per day) so take advantage!
This beachfront restaurant is a must-see. It’s an idyllic locale to hang out on a sunny afternoon or sip coconut mojitos at night.
There is world-class surfing all over Bali, but it is one of the most popular activities in Canggu. Berawa is good for surfers of all levels. A bit more advanced? Head to Old Mans or Batu Bolong Beach.
For a fun night out, check out the drink, food, and music at this local hot spot.
Bali is a yoga mecca. There are yoga retreats going on all the time as well as resident yogis who offer daily classes. Check out The Practice if you’re interested!
With an eclectic mashup of arts, crafts, and tasty homemade treats, this is the place to be on a sunny Sunday morning.
Just a short ride away from Canggu you can visit the monkey forest in Ubud. Just be careful! The monkeys can be super aggressive. Don’t make contact or interact with them unless you have bananas. I found them most friendly at the beginning of the forest where they probably get the most food. For the best photos, walk a bit farther into the forest—when you pass a long trail, you’ll get to a stunningly beautiful temple area where guides will help you to get a monkey up on your shoulder if you want.
Make sure to hold on to any loose clothing items such as sunglasses and hats as the monkeys will try to steal them off of you!
Tanah Lot is a stunning rock temple off the coast—you won’t be able to go into the main temple at Tanah Lot, but I think that it is worth a visit if you’re interested in stunning coastal views and Balinese culture.
Check out more Bali day trip ideas in my Ultimate Bali Travel Guide!