Top Cafes in Canggu – sip lattes with the hipsters
Cafes spring up in the vibrant tropical haven of Canggu faster than mushrooms with man buns on fertile ground. So, when we are looking at what constitutes a top spot, what do we mean?
First and foremost, consider the environment.
This is Canggu; home of the hipster, church of the surf and hallowed ground of the good vibe, so we are not talking about greasy-spoon-good, however iconic a fried full English breakfast is.
Secondly, the best cafes in Canggu serve great coffee and support that CrossFit body, as well as giving us something a little naughty but nice.
Competition is stiff in this neighbourhood!
Some of the places that made our list are new and just gaining a reputation and others are Bali institutions. So if you staying in one of our Canggu Villas & want to hang out with the groovy hipsters make sure you visit these ultra cool cafes.
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1) Ritual Café
Jl Pantai Berawa No 24
This café opened in February and offers a fantastic hideaway for the digital nomad on a deadline. Friendly staff, freshly ground coffee, excellent WIFI, and an upstairs with an air-conditioned room perfect for battering the keys of your laptop in peace. Moreover, there is a selection of board games and children’s toys, so if you are out for a family breakfast, it’s perfect for that too.
The staff love working here and are very proud of the happy vibes they create. Their best-selling breakfast is the smashed avocado to which you can add a selection of other sides, and for lunch, customers love their selection of healthy wraps. Open daily from 7 am until 5 pm; Ritual gets stars for the best secret spot in Canggu.
Jalan Batu Bolong No 31A
Elegant, minimal, and cocooned from the busy street, this café opened on Valentine’s day 2019. As the name suggests, this Canggu establishment aims to celebrate the five human senses. The owner and head chef, William Salim, originally from North Sumatra, is passionate about standing out from the crowd and has just returned from Australia where he lived and worked for ten years.
There are plenty of power points for digital nomads, great coffee, and a menu crafted to perfection. The atmosphere is reminiscent of cafes in trendy areas of Tokyo and William prides himself on serving the customers to explain the food’s story.
The textural of mushrooms is exquisite and features three different kinds of mushrooms and a paste made from seaweed collected from Nusa Penida. William’s best friend inspired this dish because he loves fungi and could never find something to satisfy this urge in Bali.
Umami, the Japanese concept of five flavours, infuses the menu which includes some old favourites like smashed avocado as well as some novel additions such as brunch ramen. Always worth a mention is the coffee which comes from Ubud and is a mix of Bali Kintamani and Sumatran blends.
3) Missibu at the Tamora Gallery
JL. Pantai Berawa
Missibu is a cute café at the start of the labyrinth of Tamora Gallery on Jalan Pantai Berawa featuring some delicious Indonesian favourites plus excellent coffee. It is not the café which catches the imagination but its situation as part of a lifestyle shopping arcade. If you don’t fancy the food here, wander through the alleyways, and find something that does tickle your taste buds.
Choose from Smurger Burger, Banh Mi & Beans, Ink Japanese Comfort Eats or Lyfe in Bali, and even the fussiest eater will leave satisfied with a new outfit to boot. Tamora Gallery, situated in the heart of Canggu, houses the hottest labels and funkiest hangouts. There is something here for all, from the play zone for kids to the best of interior design and fashion to a spa, a music studio, a virtual reality space, and novelty ice cream. In short, this is coffee, creative and shopping heaven.
4) Milk and Madu
Jl. Pantai Brawa
Thronging with the beautiful people from morning until late into the night, Milk and Madu is one of the original Bali hang outs embodying good food and playful vibes. Brilliant lava stone pizza, sunset sessions, boutique markets, and everything from wedding breakfasts to children’s parties catered for; this place is a Bali institution.
Even when this Canggu café burnt down in February 2018, it didn’t take long for it to bounce back into the heart and minds of the residents here. At Milk and Madu, coffee is an art form. The beans are 100% Arabica containing Ethiopian and Columbian blends, and the lattes are even served in glasses hand-carried from Australia. Attention to detail encompasses the whole operation, and the menu changes with the time of day, a meal here with friends is always one of the best choices in Canggu.
Jalan Pantai Berawa No 33
This cheeky café believes in no-nonsense healthy food with a great sense of balance, meaning something chocolatey or a quick Bintang is nothing to be ashamed of. Great salads and fresh juices pack the menu, with customer favourites including the rosti stack and the chicken and avocado wrap. Open every day from 7 am until 10 pm, you can sit outside or in the air-conditioned bubble preferred by those hammering away on their laptops. This place is fast becoming an old school Canggu favourite.
Jalan Batu Bolong 72
Blink and you could miss it, Pekaboo tucks itself away between the high-end boutiques that pepper Batu Bolong in Canggu. Open to the street front, sit in one of the cozy booths, and drink great coffee in the morning or indulge yourself with happy hour and sounds from international DJs in the evening.
This Bali café opened in December 2017, generating a vibe that has fast become one of the hip staples for ex-pats and tourists alike. The menu includes all the Bali favourites with lots of fish and Asian fusion dishes as well as a selection from a wood grill. Watch out for Wednesday which features their giveaway night where you can win a surfboard. Once again, plenty of power points and fast Wi-Fi make an excellent spot for a digital nomad requiring a funky soundtrack to finish their latest blog.
7) Two Moods
Jalan Tanah Barak, 47
This café is something a little left of centre for Canggu and opened on the 24th of June 2019 enticing customers with its vintage vibes and European ambiance. Enthusiastic manager, Alex Ianov, knows his regular customers by name and loves to talk about Two Moods.
A backdrop suitable for any frame of mind has been created by the chandeliers, camelback sofas, and modern artwork from their collaboration with Nyaman’s gallery in Seminyak. The café’s morning disposition suggests fresh juices and healthy shots, but as night falls, so does the curtain revealing cocktails and fun.
The new menu launched on the 26th of April adds to the eclectic choices with more flavours of poke bowls as well as pasta and soup. One of the most recommended items on the menu is the shakshuka eggs, which is truly a taste sensation. Quirky and fun there are also lots of special offers including Breakfast Goals for 80k and Aperitivo Time which includes a burger plus a gin and tonic for 99k – which is about $10 Aussie – how good is that!!