After living in Canggu for a month, Will and I managed to get into a routine: Eat, Coffee, Work…Eat, Play, Sleep. We discovered different cafes + restaurants each day in Canggu and have been able to put together a list of the best places to eat, drink and work online. Enjoy!
Note: As always, all opinions are my own and based on personal experience from the places I went to.You can download this article as an offline map for free, the link is at the end of this post.
Breakfast + Brunch
In Canggu you’ll find that there’s a lot more breakfast/brunch places that close early, than there are dinner places. Brunch cafes are a big part of the Canggu culture so it’s important to try them all! For poached eggs with smashed avo or nutritious smoothie bowls, here are our favourite brunch cafes you just must try in Canggu…
It’s no secret in Canggu that ‘Crate is Grate,’ I mean this cafe has over 25k fans on Instagram. I think what makes this place awesome, apart from the amazing food and social culture, is that it’s really affordable. Our favourite meal ‘the brekkie plate’ is only IDR50k ($5AUD) and very filling!
Every morning there is literally a line of people waiting for a table. Most of the days we wanted to eat here there simply was not enough room for us – so make sure you get here super early to get a seat…It’s worth it!
Please note: Crate has now relocated to Canggu Padang Linjong Road
Monsieur Spoon is a French Bakery in Canggu that do amazing croissants, coffee and brunch specials. This was our ‘go to’ place when Crate was too busy (so pretty much most days).
Sometimes I’d bring my laptop and get work done in the air-conditioned area after breakfast. The wifi is good for online work but note that it can get noisy and there aren’t any power-points – so make sure to charge your devices beforehand.
We discovered KOI towards the end of our stay but wish we did earlier as their ‘Avocado Special’ for breakfast is soo good, and affordable.
They don’t have much marketing happening here so not many people know about this place yet, which means you get served straight away 😉
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They also do really nice acai bowls for IDR70k ($7AUD).
I experienced brunch at Avocado Cafe and have to say, their food and service is really good! A bit more expensive than the other places though, so not an ‘every day’ cafe if you’re on a backpacker budget.
In The Raw
This place is amazing and all organic so you know you’re getting the good stuff no matter what you order. In The Raw is especially popular for it’s range of smoothie bowls.
If you’re specifically looking for an acai berry smoothie get the Love Bowl 1 – IDR89k ($9AUD).
Cafe Organic is a great place to hang out and socialise.
It has a really pretty interior and I loved getting the acai smoothies here: IDR50k ($5AUD).
A bit off the beaten path at the moment, but I can see Machinery becoming really popular as Canggu expands for tourism. The owner is really nice and the smoothie bowls here are delicious.
They do really good eggs on toast as well.
Brunch at Ji Restaurant
Ji Restaurant is typically Japanese though has a deep sense of merging cultures, which is expressed through the restaurant’s diverse interior design and universal menu. The bottom level is the Ji at Bale Sutra, which is designed to blend between old Chinese and old Balinese cultures and features an antique family temple that has been used for generations.
The second and third levels are the Ji Terrace by the Sea which blend the heart of Indonesia, Japan, India and Thailand and offer a more modern interpretation of ancient Asian cultures. You can also taste this coming of cultures in the fusion of Japanese & Asian inspired dishes. We particularly enjoyed level 3 because of it’s aesthetically pleasing design and ocean views. The perfect place to enjoy brunch while watching the surfers tackle Batu Balong’s barrels.
Updated: 30 June 2019
We also recently discovered Kynd Community so had to add it to this list. Even though it’s technically not in Canggu, it’s a 15 minute scooter ride into Seminyak but definitely worth a visit. It is a planet based cafe and they make their food look incredibly Insta-worthy!
We couldn’t decide what to get so ordered everything and took home what we couldn’t finish. Especially loved their smoothies and smoothie bowls.
Coffee + Laptop-Friendly Cafes
Iced coffees at Canteen are amazing!
There’s no aircon so probably not a good place to work but we’d come here just for the coffee (and to see their dog’s newborn puppies).
Also if you’re hungry try the vegetarian paninis while you’re here – delicious!
The Shady Shack have a good looking lunch menu, but we never actually tried it so don’t have food recommendations from here but the coffee is great! It’s also a really cool place to just hang out – with good wifi.
I preferred other cafes in Canggu for food and coffee, but was very glad to have discovered Eden Cafe as the perfect place to work! Part of the cafe has an air-conditioned room away from the noise, the wifi is really good and there are handy powerpoints. I started coming here every day for my daily coconut (IDR20k = $2AUD). Do note that they close at 5pm so arrive early if you have a lot of work to get done.
Cheap Local Warungs
Roti is actually three different-themed restaurants in one, all the same owner so you can order off any of the menus regardless of which restaurant you sit in. They do lots of kinds of food but there’s a cheap Indonesian part of the menu if you’re looking to try some Indonesian dishes.
I don’t know what it was about this place but I found their basic food to be so tasty, and run by locals. It’s right on the Batu Bolong beachfront so the perfect place for dinner before sunset (and a lot cheaper than eating at the popular Old Mans Bar next door).
Warung Bu Mi
If you’re looking for super cheap local food go to Warung Bu Mi, it’s a self-serve restaurant and you can get a full plate of food for around $1-$3AUD depending on what you get. This place is filled with expats, backpackers and budget travellers every day.
Warung Dido near Canteen is very similar to Bu Mi and very cheap, although not as mainstream yet so you get served a lot faster. Warungs are a type of small family-owned business so I recommend eating at these places more often than not, to support the Balinese locals.
Western Restaurants for Lunch + Dinner
Located on the main street in Batu Bolong, Bettelnut Cafe is good for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Particularly the cheap Mexican food, mmmm burritos…
The view from upstairs is also quite nice, although similarly to Crate the tables can fill up really quickly around meal time.
They also do really tasty smoothies on the breakfast menu (before 11.30am).
We loved Oka’s Bakery for their epic pizzas, and we may have got a little addicted to a ‘pizza, Netflix + chill’ routine in the evenings during our time here. I’m scrolling through my phone trying to find a pic of this place but I think the pizza was gone before I could get the camera out…every time.
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Cloud 9 Canggu
You have to experience Cloud 9 in Canggu at least once. The vibes here are chill and there’s even a combie van in the restaurant for decoration (which I think is so cool!). I specifically recommend coming here in the evening to watch the sun set overlooking the rice fields.
It’s probably not the healthiest option, but the burgers at Pitstop are too good, and only IDR50k ($5AUD). They do veggie burgers too incase you were wondering!
Deus is actually quite popular among tourists and I guess that’s probably because of the marketing for this international brand. For us though we found that we could eat the same food at other places, that were the same if not better, and for half the price.
For a bit more culture, make a reservation at Tugu Restaurant within Hotel Tugu Bali for their Thursday night cultural dinner and Balinese Dance Show that’s performed on the stage in the hotel’s lobby area while you dine. Hotel Tugu Bali was not only the very first hotel in Canggu, it’s also a museum that along with it’s sister hotels, holds the biggest collection of fine Indonesian art and cultural antiques in the country. It’s worth a visit because literally anywhere you look you’ll see the most authentic pieces displayed throughout the beautiful estate.
I mentioned Ji Restaurant in the brunch section, but I’m mentioning it again because you’ve got to experience it for sunset and dinner. When it comes to the food you know you’re in good hands with Ji Restaurant’s team of Japanese & Asian-trained chefs led by Chef Colin Buchan (previously chef of Gordon Ramsay restaurants in London). If you don’t like Japanese food, no worries as the chef’s have intentionally created dishes for everyone to make sure no-one has to miss out. Though if you love Japanese food as much as we do you are definitely in for a treat. We had a date night at Ji Restaurant where we ate off the Japanese menu and “Ji what an experience!”
Three courses of mouthwatering sushi came out from the kitchen one by one, followed by indulging desserts. The chefs most certainly got a 10/10 from us for presentation. Along with dinner we were served cocktails that take a similar inspiration as the food with Asian flavours and infusions. The absolute favourite was the “Coco Sexo” and is definitely a must try. You don’t have to be a guest of Hotel Tugu Bali to have the privilege of dining at Ji Restaurant, and we highly recommend you do on your next trip to Canggu. We loved it so much that we even came back the following day for lunch.
We mostly ate in places near Batu Bolong as we never felt like driving to Berawa first thing in the morning so didn’t try the popular cafes there (and most of them close early). If you’re staying on that side of Canggu some recommendations we were given were Hungry Bird, Sprout, Milk & Madu, Nalu Bowls, Peloton and Bungalow for breakfast/brunch.
I hope this article was helpful and I wish you an awesome trip to Bali! Make sure you also check out our very popular guide on things to do in Canggu.
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