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Travel Guide To Canggu, UPDATED 2020
Hipster hang, gym junkies, surf-a-holics, cafe lovers, yogies and vegans all call Canggu home. It’s an eclectic mix of travellers all looking to party, eat, top up their tan and enjoy the vibe.
Holy moly, where to start? Canggu’s got so much going on, but the following should help you kick start your Canggu adventure.
What was previously a sleepy little village, Canggu has evolved into a major tourist hub. Not quite as popular or well known as other areas in Bali such as Seminyak, Legian or Ubud; Canggu is fast becoming the ‘in’ place to stay. It has everything you could want on your holiday; great beaches such as Echo, Old Man’s, Berawa, Pererenan and Batu Belig, new world class beach clubs, fun things for the kids to do and a special vibe that is unique to this part of the island.
Just 10 – 15 minutes drive by scooter or taxi from the hussle and bustle of Seminyak is the area known as Canggu. A lot quieter, with more of a Bali village vibe, you will immediately feel the stress and tension peel away as you dive into your Canggu villa pool. It has many restaurants, fabulous cafes, health food shops, yoga studios as well as a very quiet beach, Canggu is perfect for holiday makers wanting to really relax, chill out and enjoy the serenity of Bali.
Canggu is really popular for families wanting a quieter more relaxing holiday, groups of people who want to get away from it all and really soak up the ‘what Bali was like 10 years ago’ ambiance, digital nomads that want to sit in cafes the whole day working remotely and back packers looking for cheap accommodation in Bali style home stays. Most people who come to Canggu prefer villa accommodation where everything is self contained. Most Canggu villas come with chef, private pool, house keepers and Wifi so you have everything you could possible want there. Really no need to leave the villa, if that’s the kind of holiday you want.
Spending time in Canggu with kids
Canggu is a children’s paradise. There is so much for them to see and do that keeping them occupied is just easy peasy. If you’re staying in a villa, they will love swimming and splashing around in the pool from morning till evening. Tired of the pool (not that that’ll ever happen), take them to the beach where they can run on the shore, build sandcastles or even go for a surf lesson. But that’s not all there is to a family holiday in Seminyak. Here’s some inspiration on things to do with kids in Canggu:
Finn’s Recreation Club
The ultimate family paradise, Finn’s Recreation Club is not just a water park with exhilarating slides, lazy river and pools, they are also home to the trampoline centre called Bounce, a bowling alley, gym, spa, kids club and tennis court. More than enough reason to go get your tickets and enjoy a long full day of family fun.
Parklife Bali is the latest hot spot in town; a beautiful family park with rice field views, located in a quiet, unspoiled area of Canggu. There are indoor and outdoor playgrounds with slides, swings, bouncing castles, toys and more. There are also guided kids activities including storytelling, face painting, treasure hunts and more. The staff is dedicated to make kids have the time of their lives. Parents can relax on bean bags and enjoy the rice field views. There is a fabulous cafe on-site as well to get some delicious food and drinks. Make sure to pack swimwear for the kids so that they can play with water, fountains and sand.
Bali equestrian centre
Pony rides, grooming, cuddling and more, kids from 3 years old and up will love spending time at the stables of Bali Equestrian centre in Canggu. Kids from 7 years old can go for a horse riding adventure on the beach and through the villages. The centre also has a swimming pool, restaurant and playground, making it even more lovely for families.
If your kids love surfing or they want to try something new while staying near the beach, then Canggu has some really great waves both at Old Man’s & Berawa Beach. More advanced surfer girls and boys can go surf at Echo Beach and Pererenan Beach. Canggu is a surfing mecca and you will soon see why surfers from all over the world flock here to surf near to perfect beach breaks. You can hire a surfboard here for Rp 100, 000 for 2 hours. That’s just $10!! Or you can go for a (family) surf lesson with one of the surf instructors on the beach. We recommend Thumbs Up Surf and Bali Local Surf School if you want to be sure of safe and fun surf lessons with experienced teachers.
Come shop and play at Tamora Gallery in Canggu. Tamora Gallery is a shopping arcade with fabulous cafes, designers shops and a large open-air playground and skate bowl. A great place to come down for a coffee and some shopping without having to be worried about the kids getting bored. There are also weekly events going on from night markets and food markets from afternoon till late in the evening to movie screenings and special kids activities on Sundays.
Eating out in Canggu
If there’s one thing Canggu is not short of, it’s fabulous restaurants and trendy cafes. Most of them can be found along the popular Batu Bolong area but if you are prepared to do a bit of exploring there’s loads of really cool little cafes and restaurants in the side streets. They are mostly unpretentious and have a casual dining atmosphere and are all really family friendly. There are also amazing cafes and restaurants in the upcoming area of Berawa. They run all the way from the Finns Club along Jalan Pantai Berawa to the beach. There are so many great places here for a meal that you’ll find it hard to choose – especially if your travelling with kids. Some of the best cafes in Canggu include:
Milk and Madu
This is the most popular family friendly cafe as it has a kiddies playground. Read the TripAdvisor reviews here.
This has the most amazing salads with great food and smoothies in a very central Berawa area in Canggu. Very popular with digital nomads and travellers staying in Berawa.
Deus ex Machina
An institution in Canggu and is located between Jalan Batu Bolong and Batu Mejan. Make sure you allow time for some shopping and those Instagram shots of you on the famous Deus motorbikes.
For a healthy meal at very reasonable prices, this was one of the very first cafes in what is now the popular Jalan Batu Bolong area of Canggu. It’s got a second level where you can sit and watch all the action below.
Visit Betelnut, Pantai Batu Bolong St No.60, Canggu. Ph +62 821-4680-7233
This cafe is busy the whole time and was one of the first to arrive in Canggu. It also has great views over the rice fields.
Visit Crate Cafe, Jl. Canggu Padang Linjong, Canggu. Ph +62 812-3894-3040
MissIbu at the Tamora Gallery
A great place to chill out with a health smoothie bowl and watch all the buzz in Berawa.
Visit MissIbu, Tamora Gallery, Jl. Pantai Berawa No.99. Ph +62 812-3277-1393
great views over the beach, this is a must visit cafe/restaurant/ beach club. Make sure you come for a sunset cocktail!
Lovely French style patisserie with a fabulous outdoor courtyard area with fountains – a great place to escape the crowds and noise and simply relax in a wonderful setting.
Visit Folie, Jl. Subak Sari No.30a, Canggu. Ph +62 361 3003475
Have a look at this Canggu video about some great cafes and restaurants to see what we mean.
Nightlife in Canggu
Kuta, Legian and Seminyak used to be THE places to go partying but Canggu is leading these days with parties and nighttime fun going on every single day of the week. Whether you are looking for a beach party, an underground grunge bar with a punk band, a nightclub with amazing DJs or a New York-style nighttime venue, you can be sure you’ll find it all in hipster happening Canggu. If you want to go out every single night of your Canggu stay, you can try out a different place every evening.
Here are some of the most popular bars in Canggu: Don’t forget to book a villa near to where you want to go party. There are plenty of them. Better you can walk home after drinking all those cocktails at your favourite bar, right?
Old Mans is one of the most popular places to go out in Canggu for a couple of years now. It was already there before Canggu became the massive tourist hotspots it is today. Located at Batu Bolong Beach, this laid-back yet happening beer garden is great for sunset drinks & food and all sorts of parties that last till late. Cool live bands tocking the right away, DJs, acoustic live performances and beer pong nights, no matter when you go, Old Mans is always packed with people who are in for music, affordable drinks and good vibes.
Visit Old Man’s – Pantai Batu Bolong St No.117X, Canggu. Ph +62 361 8469158
The Lawn is located on the beach not far from Old Mans, just drive to the end of the street and turn right to get there. This beachfront bar and restaurant is ideal for sunset drinks with ocean views, a swimming pool and synthetic grass with picnic plaids and parasols. Sip your cocktail and listen to great live bands while soaking up the sunset vibes. Then, stick around for the after-midnight fun with DJs and people who like to party. On Friday nights you can get 2 for 1 cocktails between 8 and 10 pm. Prices are on the high-end side though compared to places like Old Mans.
Pretty Poison is an artsy underground skate bar located on the famous Canggu shortcut that leads from Batu Bolong to Berawa. With concrete walls, a huge skate bowl in the middle and cool live performance and punk bands, you can be sure of good times and fun crowds at Pretty Poison. The best nights to come here on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Visit Pretty Poison, Jl. Subak Canggu, Canggu Ph +62 812-4622-9340
The Back Room @ Mason
Mason is the latest to-be hotspot for nightlife in Canggu. Packed with people, the party area at Mason is called The Back Room and it has a chic New York-style interior design with leather booths, billiard tables and fabulous hand-crafted cocktails. Live DJs and ongoing dancing crowds until closing time. It’s an experience you don’t want to miss out on!
Visit The Back Room @ Mason, Pantai Batu Bolong St No.39a, Canggu
Do you like it loud, grungy and underground? You must check out Gimme Shelter in Canggu after dark. Alternative bands with original songs, rock and roll and punk rock bands, you will find it here. Gimme Shelter has a proper stage, its dark and the venue is air-conditioned. There are open mic nights, rock and roll movie screenings and more. Gotta love it!
Visit Gimme Shelter Jl. Lkr. Nelayan No.444, Canggu
SandBar is located on Batu Bolong Beach. People come here for beach parties and you can expect this place to get busy! It’s nothing fancy, just a humble bar on the beach but this place gets wild after sunset and you can dance here until the wee hours of the night. Dancing with bare feet in the sand under the stars and by the sea. Sounds pretty good, right?! The best nights to come here are Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Visit SandBar, Pantai Batu Bolong St, Canggu. Ph +62 812-3889-5559
The Lost City
This is the first night club in Bali, something like Sky Garden in Kuta but more designed to appeal to the Canggu party goers. The Lost City is a two-level party venue located at Echo Beach in Canggu. Art lighting, state-of-the-art audio systems and renowned DJs, this is a great place to lose yourself and dance the night away.
Visit Lost City, Gg. Surf, Canggu Ph. +62 813-3935-8122
Shopping in Canggu
There are no shortages of shops where you can do serious damage on your credit card.
Canggu is ideal for shopping. There are now quite a few new boutiques and shops along the Batu Bolong and Batu Mejan areas ( have a look at Flvx & Friends, Suennoaj, Earth Circus, Tropicana, Vissla & Asmara) catering for all tastes; mainly clothing, surf wear and jewellery. There are daily markets called Love Anchor in the middle of Jalan Batu Bolong ( about 750 m from the beach ) which is worth a visit for souvenirs and typical market stall items from local vendors.
Some of the stuff is pretty good actually and it’s really easy to find as there’s a huge sign outside. There are also some decent homewares shops throughout Canggu such as Bungalow Living, Canggu & Co, Cove Island Essentials and The Jungle Trader in the Berawa area. Canggu also has some fairly decent shopping for the girls as there are now ( recently built in the last 12 months ) boutiques, jewellery, surf & swim wear stores just off Batu Bolong as you head to Jalan Linjong.
Where to get your nails done in Canggu
Ladies, Canggu is home to some dreamy day spas where your nails can get a complete makeover.
Keep calm and get your nails done – Canggu is the perfect place for this! Dive into the pampering Balinese spa culture, lounge at your private villa in celebrated beach towns such as Seminyak or Canggu and you will return home like new – completely rejuvenated, revived and with a perfect manicure and pedicure done! Here are some cool places to get your nails done in Canggu:
Colors Nail Bar
Organic is the magic word in trendsetting Canggu and this colorful nail bar is not only a great place to get your nails done, but it is also a lovely spot to grab a freshly-squeezed juice. This health and beauty hang-out spot has a unique concept: it’s a nail bar and a juice bar under the same roof. Free from chemicals and animal testing, all-natural and organic – no wonder this is one of our favourite picks! Colors Nail Bar also does excellent nail art and you can bring the kids along as there are manicures and pedicures available for children. Make it a mom and daughter moment!
Jet Black Ginger
This nail salon is chic and stylish, designed to turn you into the most beautiful version of yourself. Pink poofs, blue suede armchairs, hand-beaten copper lamps and diamond-shaped mirrors – everything is customized and hand-picked. The design is unique and super stylish with industrial and tropical elements and it just exudes coolness inside out. Brows, hair and nails, you can get a total metamorphose at Black Ginger in Canggu, ready to take on the night!
Glo Day Spa and Salon Bali
One of the most famous beauty, hair and spa salons in Bali, Glo Day Spa and Salon Bali is located in Seminyak, Canggu, Sanur and even on the island of Nusa Lembongan. This luxury spa is hip and contemporary and the therapists are professionally trained to the highest standards. With dedicated professionals from Australia, Finland and Indonesia, you know your nails are in good hands at Glo! While you’re at it, why not get an amazing new haircut, too, and you are bound to feel brand new!
Espace Spa Bali
Science, fine art and traditions come together at this exclusive luxury spa in Canggu. When it comes down to getting your nails done, you are in for some serious pampering and grooming.
Think Pink Nails
A trendsetting on Jalan Batu Belig, all girls need to visit Think Pink Nails at least once! Think Pink Nails is a New York City-inspired nail bar with over 2500 nail polishes to choose from. The interior design is contemporary and ultrachic with comfortable “massaging” spa chairs equipped with iPads. They’ve also got private rooms available for 2, complete with an Apple TV for entertainment.
10 Villas in Canggu for a fabulous week away in Bali
Planning a trip to Canggu? Good on you! Canggu is the place to be! Hipster, trendy, happening and yet laid-back, easy-going and home to all sorts of fabulous places: coffee hubs, restaurants, beach clubs, yoga studios, spas, markets – what’s not to love? For those of you, still not sure about the perfect villa for your Bali Holiday – here are some of our favourites:
1. The Beach House – 3 bedrooms
3 bedrooms, a private swimming pool and superbly located in Berawa, The Beach House makes a perfect holiday home from where you can experience the best of Canggu! This villa features a very elegant all-white design and a well-appointed open-plan living room decorated with cushions, oriental rugs, plants in pots and carefully-picked artwork.
● Tropical open-plan living room
● Private pool
● Gorgeous all-white design
● Located in hip and trendy Berawa
● 2-minutes to the beach (on foot!)
● Close to Finn’s Beach Club
2. Villa Hana – 4 bedrooms
Villa Hana is a fabulous 4 bedroom private pool villa located just a stone’s throw from Echo Beach and the buzzing Batu Bolong Strip. The design is stunning, both exotic and sophisticated and it exudes luxury inside out. You can plunge into you private 15-meter swimming pool anytime you like, chill out on the BBQ terrace or beat the heat in the air-conditioned media room. Excellent!
● 2 minutes from the surf and sunset on Echo Beach
● High-tech media room with AC
● BBQ terrace
● 15-meter private swimming pool
● Open-concept living space
● Close to La Brisa, Old Mans, Deus and The Lawn
3. Villa Kakatua – 4 bedrooms
Tropical as can be, the 4-bedroom Villa Kakatua makes exotic dreams come true! You and your friends will have a private paradise located in the heart of Canggu, complete with a lagoon-shaped pool fringed by swaying palm trees and flowering frangipanis. The design of this Canggu villa is classic Balinese and very exotic. You get a professional team of staff at your service including a personal chef. Up for a high-end tropical holiday with friends? This is your villa! Oh and by the way, did we mention that Villa Kakatua is located just steps away from the beach and 1-minute from Old Man’s? You can go party and crawl home to your bed in minutes or perhaps hire a board and take a surf lesson.
4. Villa Kedidi – 3 bedrooms
This tropical luxury oasis is located just 2 minutes from Batu Bolong Beach, Old Man’s and The Lawn – truly sensational! Villa Kedidi has 3 bedrooms, a lagoon-shaped swimming pool and classic Balinese architecture. It’s luxurious, it is tropical and it is located there where EVERYONE wants to be! A great choice for your girls’ getaway to Bali!
● Balinese architecture & modern luxuries
● Sprawling garden with a lagoon-like swimming pool
● 2 minutes walk to Batu Bolong Beach (even closer to Old Mans!)
● Open-sided living and dining pavilion
● Personal chef
5. Villa Ipanema – 5 bedrooms
Hidden away in between Batu Belig and Berawa, Villa Ipanema is gorgeous! Rooftop gardens, rice paddy views, just a short stroll from the beach and 5 bedrooms – you can bring all of your girlfriends this upcoming Bali trip! Villa Ipanema features an airy open-plan living room with easy access to the sparkling 18-meter lap pool. The bedrooms are tiny paradises of their own with the comfiest beds and large soaking in-room tubs. Pure bliss!
● 18-meter private lap pool
● Rice paddy views from the upper terrace
● Opulent bathtubs
● Open-plan living room
● 2 minutes to Batu Belig Beach
● 5 minutes to Finn’s Recreation Club & the hip cafes in Berawa
6. Villa Gu 5 bedrooms
Just steps away from Berawa Beach and Finn’s Beach Club, Villa Gu is the ultimate girls’ getaway holiday estate. 5 bedrooms, gorgeous rustic interiors, a fabulous private swimming pool – Gu leaves you with nothing more to wish for! Go for a cool-down in the pool, sunbathe, have some cocktails and on a lazy night-in (you gotta have one of those!), chill out in the media room and watch one of the latest blockbuster movies – Villa Gu even boasts a rooftop terrace with ocean views. Hallelujah!
● Rooftop terrace with ocean views
● Media lounge with AC
● 15 x 4 private swimming pool
● Just a couple of meters to the beach
● 10 minutes to Echo Beach & 10 minutes to Seminyak
7. Villa Tibu Indah – 3 bedrooms
For a more affordable private pool villa dripping with tropical charm, have a look at Villa Tibu Indah located just a short drive from the happening Batu Bolong Street. Hidden away from crowds and traffic roads, this 3-bedroom villa is a bit further away from the nightlife and weekend markets than other Canggu Villas but what you get in return is priceless: tranquillity, privacy and breathtaking views of Bali’s rolling rice terraces. A massage bale, a fantastic pool, a bar and BBQ – you’ll love it! Want to go party? Hop on your motorbike and you’re in the heart of the action in 7 minutes or so.
● Peaceful location just a short drive from Batu Bolong
● Stunning rice paddy views
● Tropical Balinese interiors
● Massage bale
● Pool-side bean bags
● Garden bar
8. Villa Shalimar Makanda – 4 bedrooms
Make it a luxury getaway and book yourself a stay at Villa Shalimar Makanda in Canggu. This villa features a gorgeous tropical design and a spacious garden with tropical greenery all around the glistening private pool (20 metres long!!!). There are luxurious poolside daybeds for relaxing and sunbathing, listening to the roar of the ocean. Oh yes – Villa Shalimar Makanda sits right on Seseh Beach, just a short drive from Echo Beach and the celebrated beach clubs and bars. Part of Shalimar Estate – you can be sure of excellent services. Prepare to get pampered!
● Very large private garden
● 20-meter swimming pool
● Located on Seseh Beach in Canggu
● Part of Shalimar Estate (5-star services guaranteed!)
● 4 luxurious bedrooms with spa-style bathtubs in the en-suites
9. Villa DelMar – 4 bedrooms
This villa is sleek and contemporary, idyllically located in between Berawa and Batu Belig. Crisp white walls, full-length glass doors and windows, stylish interiors, air-conditioning – this villa is pretty eye-catching and comfortable! Great for a group of 8 pretty girls, you can stroll from the villa to the beach the Finn’s Recreation Club or wherever. Perfect!
● Eye-catchy contemporary design
● Turquoise pool to plunge into
● AC in the living room
● Bose sound system
● Close to the beach (Berawa and Batu Belig)
10. Villa Sally 4 bedrooms
Villa Sally takes your breath away with mind-blowing rice paddy views and a fabulous location near Berawa Beach (500 meters). This villa makes up for a real luxurious island getaway with the girls. Lots of space, amazing facilities including a cinema room, a traditional Javanese Joglo house and amazing rice paddy views, Villa Sally is a unique find in the hippest and hottest beach town in all of Bali: Canggu.
● 18-meter pool
● 500 meter to Berawa Beach
● Sensational rice paddy views
● Movie room with AC
● Massage beds on-site for in-villa pampering
This travel guide was written by Steven Waldberg who loves to call Canggu home.; well at least Berawa. He loves nothing better than going for an early surf at Echo Beach followed by breakky at Matcha cafe or Two Trees. He’s constantly on the look out for whats hip and happening in Canggu and will often take videos of this and publish this on the Bali Villa Escapes YouTube channel.
See other Bali travel guides:
✅ What are some of the best restaurants in Canggu?
Milk and Madu, Deus ex Machina and Crate are some of the best restaurants in Canggu.
✅ What are the most popular beach clubs in Canggu?
The most popular beach clubs in Canggu are: La Brisa, Finns and Ols Man’s
✅ How far is Canggu from Seminyak?
Canggu is roughly 5 km from Seminyak and about a 15 minute taxi ride depending on the traffic.
✅ What are the best beaches in Canggu for swimming?
Batu Bolong, Berawa, Echo and Pererenan are the best beaches in Bali for swimmers.
✅ What are the best day spas in Canggu?
AMO, Spring Day Spa and Goldust are the best day spas in Canggu. For more information read this: 9 best day spas in Canggu for the girls
✅ What are the best places to take children in Canggu?
The best places to take children in Canggu are: The Finns Recreation Club, Echo beach for dinner and a surf lesson at Old Man’s beach
✅ What are the best holiday villas in Canggu?
✅ How big is Canggu?
Canggu has a coast line that stretches about 8 km from Berawa in the south ( just past Seminyak ) through to Seseh in the north ( just below Tanah Lot Temple).
✅ What's the best time of the year to visit Canggu?
the best time of the year to visit Canggu is the dry season which runs from April through to November.