The hip neighbourhood of Canggu has fast become a favourite area among Bali’s expats and surfers from all over the world. Reasonably quiet, relaxed and affordable, Canggu offers stunning vistas of verdant rice terraces, world-class surfing and endless dining options. It really is no wonder that Canggu is one of the most sought-after destinations in Bali. There are hundreds of reasonably priced and attractive restaurants in Canggu, and it’s hard to distinguish only a dozen – so here are only a few of our favourite dining venues in the area.
1. Satu-Satu Coffee Company
If you prefer to start your morning with a cup of aromatic and fresh coffee, then it should definitely be a cup of Satu-Satu Coffee. With a crisp white decor, eco-friendly setting and of course, delicious coffee Satu-Satu Coffee Company stands out among countless similar coffee shops dotted across the area. Serving breakfast and lunch only, this luminous cafe is an ideal stop to have a light meal before heading to Canggu beach to soak in the sun, surf fantastic breaks and relax on the beach.
The traditional wooden Joglo that houses Dandelion is hard to miss as its set right along the main road driving into Canggu. The unique and exotic appearance harbours a real gem – a simple yet attractive eatery that serves mouth-watering Indonesian cuisine. The authentic Balinese fare on offer is bargain-priced and paired together with the lovely and romantic atmosphere, your casual dinner will be elevated into new heights.
3. La Mexicana
Worlds away from South America, you can still savour authentic Mexican food in La Mexicana, located in the heart of Canggu. Serving hearty, fresh and delicious tacos, quesadillas, nachos and burritos, the restaurant is famous for its frozen margaritas. If you are staying in Bali for a while, La Mexicana is an excellent venue to diversify your predominantly Indonesian menu.
4. Milk and Madu
Milk and Madu is a super popular venue set along the way to the best surfing spots in Canggu. Serving all day breakfasts, healthy and organic lunches and delectable dinners, the restaurant is an ideal spot to meet friends, have a family brunch or a fast coffee before paddling out. Besides the diverse savoury fare, Milk and Madu also offers a mouth-watering selection of fresh desserts and pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth. A play area for the kids is also available.
5. Cafe Veda
Cafe Veda caters to anyone craving for some healthy eats. An ample selection of fresh and organic smoothies and juices, hearty breakfasts and sumptuous dinners served in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere attract crowds of visitors daily. If you are planning to have a dinner Cafe Veda, it is highly recommended to make a reservation in advance.
6. Crate Cafe
Like many restaurants in Canggu, Crate Cafe is a vegetarian-friendly, super-healthy and organic-oriented hub, which follows the principle “from farm to spoon.” Instead of normal printed menu, you will find a wall displaying the daily specials. A professional coffee machine is geared up to whip up delicious and diverse coffee drinks. Crate is massively popular and you’ll find hordes of Canggu locals, expats and tourists, most of whom resemble sports models more than an average caffeine addict.
7. Ithaka Warung
Ithaka is a tiny local eatery, which stands out among other similar venues thanks to its elaborate menu offering an amazing mix of traditional Balinese fare and modern European cuisine. You can also create your own sandwich if you are craving something truly unique and diverse.
8. Deus Cafe
A trendy, chill and fun venue overlooking mesmerising rice paddies, Deus Cafe is a part of the iconic Deus brand, which offers custom surf gear and motorbikes. Shopping aside, the food served at Deus Cafe deserves a special mention. Providing delicious European and international cuisine, the venue is famous for its theme nights. Every Tuesday is “Tacos & Tatts Tuesday”, which means you can have a free tattoo along with your taco with no additional coast. If you’re after a truly unforgettable dining experience, head to Deus Cafe.
9. Betelnut Cafe
With a staggering number of organic and healthy cafes, it’s almost impossible to highlight a single favourite in Canggu. Betelnut Cafe is definitely worth a visit, as it serves delicious healthy, raw and vegan dishes which taste amazing! Moreover, the menu also includes mouth-watering Asian and Indonesian fare along with Western favourites for those less strict in their diet. Betelnut Cafe is located right along the main drag of Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong.
10. Bro Resto
Bro Resto is a sophisticated dining venue, attracting visitors wanting to sample a wider range of cuisines in an elegant setting. The restaurant serves contemporary French, elaborate Chinese and exquisite European cuisine. Treat your taste buds to some scrumptious dumplings and chicken cordon bleu. Finish the meal off with a mouth-watering creme brûlée, which is an absolutely must-try there.