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Written by Beverley Lennon
Co-written by Afina Najib, Dionne Lee, Candice Neo and Keith Tan

Welcome to Canggu. Oh wait, you’re only allowed in the Gu if you pronounce it correctly. So repeat after me: “Chan-goo”. Now, you’re set!

This hip little coastal village in South Bali has long been a surfers’ hideout but is now so very distinct for its unique quirky personality, titling itself as “Bali’s hipster central”.

As some of our team members are real Canggu lovers, we sure have cool stuff to tell you about this area that is just full of swag and hot shirtless surfers walking around with their equally good-looking ladies (sadly!).

Typically, a hip hotspot requires quirky smart cafes, boutiques and delis selling the now-obligatory avocado on (sourdough) toast (but now probably replaced by “Kombucha”) – which seems to have become a byword for hipster culture. And that is obviously what Canggu masters! Once you’re here, you get to indulge in its superb coffee and foodie offerings, cool retail, artsy vibes and, of course, a density of well-groomed beards showing off on dirt-bikes.

From 7am coffee to cure your hangovers to evening cocktails by the pool, here are 24 cool things to do in Canggu (including places to hang out with the kids)!

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1. If you prefer the pool than the beach – Alternative Beach

Nowhere does beach clubs better than Bali (well, except Ibiza maybe?) and Canggu sure has also been pulling its weight in the beach club department! So when you’re hanging out around the island’s trendiest hotspot, don’t miss checking the vibes at Alternative Beach.

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Fancy a cocktail on a daybed by the pool? Or an exciting fun time sliding down to the pool or better yet – an indulging moment in a jacuzzi with soothing views? Well technically, it has no beach, it is more of a pool club but you get the whole beach club shebang and more if you get what I mean.

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In 2019, the club’s New Year’s resolution includes coming up with their very own on-site spa so you know where to put a nap after a few Bintangs by the pool while getting a relaxing massage!

With a swimming pool, sun deck, fun slide and swing, pool bar, jacuzzi, restaurant and more, Alternative Canggu is one of the best alternatives for heading down to the beach. Not to mention, happy hour rings from 4pm to 6pm daily.

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Note: The venue welcomes guests who are at least 17 years old.

Alternative Beach

Entrance fee: Rp. 100,000 (Approximately USD $7.08) (Includes daybed use and pool towels)
Address: Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.78, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 362 9069 622
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 7am–10pm

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2. Aye Aye Captain – La Brisa

La Favela, La Laguna or La Plancha? Too cliché for you? Head straight up to their newest sibling and beach club – La Brisa!

When all you want is to escape the Bali inferno and only a dreamy place will do, sail away to La Brisa. Nothing gets better than a comforting plate of seafood right by the beach.

If weekend brunch in Canggu is a religious ritual, La Brisa (with its dizzying array of seafood options) is Bali’s super church.

Load up your plate and enjoy a leisurely seafood feast while gazing out at the sea and sipping on a piping hot coffee. The best part? You can work it all off with a stand-up paddleboarding session at Echo Beach afterwards.

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La Brisa is themed around a vintage fisherman’s house, so you’ll find fishing nets, fishing baskets, wooden boats and also a touch of whimsy such as splashy bean bags and everything to make you escape from reality!

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They’ve got a pool you can enjoy but believe us, all you’ll want is to put your feet up, sit back and enjoy the ocean view and refreshing sea breeze!

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Just like its siblings, La Brisa is in an open-air setting, so you’ll find plenty of seating options and space, as well as countless photogenic spots! A loud call to all hip creatives out there!

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La Brisa

Price Range: Rp 40,000 – 310,000 (approximately USD $3 – 23). Minimum spend entry requirement is Rp. 200,000 per pax (approximately USD $13.10)
Address: Jl. Pantai Batu Mejan Gg. La Brisa Echo Beach, Canggu, North Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali
Contact: +62 8113 946 666
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 7am – 11pm

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3. Spend the day at Bali’s one-stop entertainment venue! – Finns Recreation Club

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There’s no secret about it: Bali is an exciting destination with a host of activities, regardless of whether you are looking for adventure, sport or just want to relax, but on top of this list, you can find Finns Recreation Club – the empire of entertainment, events and recreation for all ages; a place where everyone wins!

No seriously, this leisure complex located in hip Canggu is where adults like you turn into real kids with access to an array of exhaustive facilities including a waterpark, Bali’s first and largest trampoline centre, bowling alley, fitness centre, eateries, bars and even a spa to doze off at and indulge in signature Thalgo products.

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Signing up for a day here means you’ll barely have to go out as the venue caters to your every need (yes, you can even book the place with friends for your ultimate ‘The Hangover’ movie remake!)

Well, we feel you, everyone loves a good friends’ reunion, until you’ve grown old enough to have kids and need to travel with them. Fret not, as at Finns Recreation Club, they surely won’t get bored and whiny since they’ll be too busy splashing around at the waterpark, making new friends at the kids’ club or showing off their highest jump at the trampoline centre.

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And if you make the right choice of opting for their Super Fun Pass, you’ll even get to take a break and chill smack-bang on Berawa Beach at their Finns Beach Club. The absolute beachfront venue is where you get to sip your prefered amount of sherbet cocktails while dancing to groovy beats.

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Finns Recreation Club

Price: Super Fun Pass Valid for 7 Days from Rp. 500,000 per adult (Approximately USD $35.75) and from Rp. 380,000 per child of 3 – 12 years (Approximately USD $27.20) (Note: This pass is inclusive of entries to the Splash Water Park, 1-hour Bounce Trampoline Centre, 1-hour Strike Bowling, Finns Beach Club including day bed, 1-hour Cubby House Kids Club per child and Rp. 100,000 Spa Credit per adult).
Address: Jalan Raya Pantai Berawa Canggu, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 848 3939 / +62 361 474 1015 / +62 819 9993 0107 / +62 896 8580 8222 (Whatsapp)
Recreation Club opening hours: Mon – Sun 6am-10pm
Beach Club opening hours: Mon – Sun 9am-11pm

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4. Find a secret bar behind a broken fridge door – ‘Black Panther’s domesticated cousin’

Note: The name of the bar listed has been replaced by a nickname, you’ll have to find its real one (surely you didn’t think it was gonna be easy)!

As if Canggu wasn’t cool enough with all its hipster cafes, here comes another unique spot you’ll have to hunt for!

Like the best of all secret bars, this bar-in-a-mart does not have much in the way of front door signage – but following instructions doesn’t always get you where you want to be. After all, rules are meant to be ‘broken’! 😉

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If you’re brave enough to poke around some unexpected spots in the mart, you might just find yourself in a hip speakeasy bar! The music is ridiculously good, and you’re even allowed to dance on the pool table. Booze? Hella cheap as well. For real!

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It might be a little cold in there, but no one can say this bar isn’t chill!

Scavenger clues:

1.Find your way to the famous Canggu shortcut, and be careful not to end up in the paddy fields!
2. Look out for the smallest and sole mini-mart at the end/beginning (depends on where you are coming from) of the street.
3. If you can’t find the drink you want, why not try somewhere unexpected? The answer’s often in the place you least expect it to be!
4. Also, what’s the cutest bad luck omen you know?

‘Black Panther’s domesticated cousin’

Price range: From Rp. 70,000  (Approximately USD $4.60)
Address: Asking, “Hey, how do I get to that hidden Canggu bar” is frowned upon and likely won’t get you an honest answer. Use our clues and make Sherlock Holmes proud!
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 7pm – 1am

5. Hipsters throw axes like Vikings, not simple darts! – Mother Huckers

This axe-throwing activity is currently trending in Canggu and we bet it is because it takes a hipster twist to the too traditional darts throwing. Truth be told, it took over the world a few years back but Mother Huckers is the first axe throwing venue in Bali and it deserves to be celebrated!

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Looking at the pictures, it seems that hurling a sharpened axe around can be a fun experience to share with your friends. Who knew holding such a deadly weapon could become an addictive entertainment option while in Bali (Note: You’ll be asked to sign a safety release form when you arrive and register).

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With axes sourced down from an old Pasar on the island, you’ll be directed by the staff on the rules and regulation of axe-throwing and they are also responsible for keeping the scores as you hold the axe at eye level before bringing it back over your head and whipping it towards the target.

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Although you’ll feel like a naughty kid taking risks doing dangerous things, you’ll see it turns out it’s quite a thrill to throw an axe.

Remind yourself that while you should respect the axe, you mustn’t be afraid of the axe, and should basically throw it as hard as you can. Maybe thinking of your worst enemy could help?

Mother Huckers

Price of axe-throwing session: Rp. 200,000 (Approximately USD $14.15)
Address: Jl. Batubelig, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 878 6000 6482
Opening hours: Thurs-Tues 2pm – 10pm (Wed closed)

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Where to fix your every hipster pampering needs

6. Sign up for an almost wonderland spa experience – Udara Spa

Ever wonder what’s it like to be Alice in Wonderland? Udara Spa has got it all figured out.

Experience Wonderland in its most relaxing form here, where enormous mystical tree roots and magical animal statues surround the hot and cold plunge pools and relaxation cave. The herbal steam sauna even comes with colourful glass balls gleaming on the wall – how cool is that?

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Udara Spa also offers a Water Healing Treatment, where a therapist gently supports and stretches your body while you float in their Warm Water Watsu pool. Can’t wait to try these out? Just remember to make a booking one day prior to your visit!

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Psst – if you go on a Sunday, you might even make it to their free Yoga classes!

Udara Spa

Rates: From Rp. 250,000 (Approximately USD $17.80) for a 1-hour Traditional Balinese Massage
Address: Jl. Pura Kramat, Seseh 80351 Bali, Indonesia
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 9am – 7pm
Contact: +62 361 906 7555

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7. Say yes to this wonderful paddy field indulgence – Amo Spa

Being always in need of a massage and as a frequent spa guest with memberships around the world, I can tell you a lot about getting an indulging treatment in beautiful Bali.

While I’ll usually doze off while getting a massage or a facial, treatment rooms that offer panoramic views of the great outdoors like the ones at Amo Spa sure add another dimension to a typical procedure and are bound to keep me and anyone else wide awake while we relax!

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But Amo Spa is more than just massages and facials. It is a multi-level spa facility with an unbeatable range of beauty and wellness treatments to pamper your every need and muscle-melting desires.

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If you are a spa connoisseur, Amo Spa should be on your bucket list. It will be almost as if you’ve stepped into a scene in the famous “Eat, Pray, Love” movie as you get to dip in a relaxing jacuzzi overlooking the lush paddy fields. The spa also features an on-site restaurant so you can always grab a cold-pressed juice in between your soaking sessions!

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Amo Spa

Price range: From Rp. 230,000 (Approximately USD $16.27) for 1-hour Rejuvenating Massage
Address: Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No. 69, Canggu, Badung, Bali
Contact:+62 361 907 1146 | +62 8113 999 806 | +62 81907 546 376
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 9am – 10pm (Last appointment 9pm)

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8. Brush your face with gold – Goldust Beauty Lounge

Who says only diamonds are a girl’s best friend? Next in line would be all that glitters – real gold.

Imagine caking your face in a gold mask. How lavish can it get? (And that can start getting you to think: how many carats?)

At the Goldust Beauty Lounge, you must not miss its signature treatment – the 24-Carat Gold Facial, during which you will have sheets of gold applied on your face, which apparently lowers collagen depletion, stimulates circulation and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

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This idea was actually originally mooted 5,000 years ago by the ancient Egyptian queen Cleopatra, who was said to have drifted into sleep in a gold mask almost every night.

So after your very indulgent facial, you can go on to enjoy massages, body treatments, manicures and pedicures after.

And if you bring along the kids, fret not – Goldust also offers mani-and-pedi and massages for the little ones!

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Goldust Beauty Lounge

Price Range: 24K Gold Facial from Rp. 1,450,000 (Approximately USD $102.60)
Address: Jl Pantai Batu Bolong #66, Canggu, Bali Kuta
Contact: +62 811 383 721
Opening Hours: Mon 10am – 8pm
Tue – Sun 9am – 8pm

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Where to shop for cool and quirky items

9. Trendiest bazaar in Bali’s hipster district – Love Anchor

We’ve told you this million times: Canggu is hipster enough and you know it!

If you walk along Jalan Batu Bolong after the sun sets, you can’t miss this exciting Instagrammable market made up of a complex of restaurants, bars and shops, decorated with dreamy fairy lights and illuminated with a cheery vibe as the crowd pours in for their after-dinner drinks.

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And on Sundays, the area is transformed into the most happening bazaar with pop-up stalls.

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Here, you can find trendy and whimsical island fashion, accessories, homeware, dreamcatchers, trinkets, and even old school artwork. And if you keep an eye out enough, you can even discover some hidden gems for your kids.

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Or if you are here for a drink, don’t miss the daily Happy Hour!

One tip from us – although this is one of Canggu’s most photogenic markets, the shopping here may be a little overpriced, but it’s worth a look (and many snaps!) if you haven’t been to Bali’s weekend bazaars before!

Love Anchor

Address: Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.56, Canggu, North Kuta, Badung, Bali.
Contact: +62 822 366 04648
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 9am – 9pm
Happy Hour: Mon – Sun 6pm – 7pm (Buy one get one free for all classic and signature cocktails)

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10. The coolest hangout spot in Bali’s hipster hub – Samadi Sunday Market at Samadi Bali

Located in Canggu, the offbeat area of Bali (filled with hipster cafes, stays and everything quirky), Samadi Sunday Market is pretty much like the entire Etsy community homed under one roof with as main focus to contribute to the local community.

From funky jewellery to homemade essential oils, natural soaps and clothes, there’s a decent number of emerging and established artists and designers here including plenty of new talent,  food stalls and great initiatives like Bali Street Mums (which helps street Mums make a living) that you can support too!

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Get in early to beat the crowd as this charming artisan organic farmers market is packed to the brim with expats and locals who consider it as the ultimate spot to stock up on zero-chemical fruits and vegetables, organic cheese, crusty bread, and fresh pastries but also a handful of vintage and new clothing, accessories and other bric-a-brac!

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Prepare yourself for a zen-like atmosphere as the place is popular among yoga and meditation practitioners who are on a retreat for a healthier lifestyle in magical Bali!

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Samadi Sunday Market at Samadi Bali

Address: Jalan Padang Linjong 39, Echo Beach Canggu Bali
Contact: +62 8123 831 2505
Market operating hours: Every Sunday 9am-2pm

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11. Shopping with cocktails, live music and comfort food – Canggu Makers Market at Berawa Kitchen

Hunting for treasures is not the only fun thing to do at Canggu Makers Market and this is why you should visit Berawa Kitchen on Saturdays between 1pm to 9pm so you can mark it off your market list!

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While you have a whole afternoon to shop for all things handcrafted, unique, quirky and alternative at the hipster stalls, your evening is going to be equally eventful (if not more!).

The market features a multitude of stalls that are perfect for creating or improving your hipster wardrobe, make sure to splurge on some mala necklaces – beaded ones traditionally used in meditation but oh-so-very-hipster these days!

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Gather your coolest friends from 7pm to enjoy live music, making it an ideal spot for mingling with likeminded people, digging in a hearty meal and chugging down few drinks – the ultimate hipster rite of passage!

Canggu Makers Market at Berawa Kitchen

Address: Jl. Raya Semat No.8, Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 821 4641 5009
Market operating hours: Every Saturday 1pm-9pm
Restaurant opening hours: Mon-Sun 8am-11pm

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12. For quirky weekend vibes – Old Man’s Market

Did you think shopping at weekend markets are only a thing in Bangkok? Though not as vibrant, Bali’s very own Sunday markets are full of surf, sand and summer styles that will surprise you.

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Shopping doesn’t always have to be dash-and-run. Take the entire evening to browse through the lively marketplace with up to 150 stalls gathered at Old Man’s in Canggu, and make it as relaxed as you can – the Old Man really knows how to bring the party to the house.

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Get your hands on boho chic jewellery, fun beachwear, and (if you are health-conscious) some very sumptuous organic food. It’s a kind of hipster shopping gathering you wouldn’t want to miss!

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The market is a once-a-month affair, so check the dates on their Facebook page before you plan to go.

Old Man’s Market

Address: Jalan Batu Bolong, Canggu, Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Opening Hours: Selected Weekends, 8am – 3pm

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Where to settle down for a hearty breakfast

13. Serving you breakfast and Instagram bragging rights – Missibu Bali

As aesthetically pleasing as a cafe in Melbourne, Missibu Bali brings you all the Aussie vibes alongside authentic Indonesian flavours and tastes. Come in and feel good about stuffing yourself with beautiful breakfasts.

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With pancake stacks that are always ready for close-up pictures and colourful smoothies that just beg to be photographed, it is no wonder that Missibu Bali is one of the most photogenic cafes in Canggu.

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The venue itself stacks up against the edible beauty that is their dishes. And let’s just say, you won’t be disappointed. Industrial interiors, sub-tropical plants, good service and delicious food make Missibu Bali a place that has it all.

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The most ‘Grammed feature of this venue is, in fact, the mural painted on the wall that resembles a giant pink bubblegum!

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Missibu Bali

Price: Breakfast from Rp.39,000 (Approximately USD $2.76)
Address: Tamora Gallery, Jl. Pantai Berawa No.99, Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 812 3277 1393
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 8am-10pm

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14. Sink into too-pretty-to-be-eaten kind of breakfasts – Peloton Supershop

Peloton Supershop is where Chicken Satay has been replaced by Tricken Satay, and Beef Rendang by Belief Redang. But let’s talk breakfast first!

The cafe has been all over social media recently; it is showing up all over the food blogosphere of those who fancy clean eating and a conscious lifestyle. Truth be told, Peloton Supershop is all about minimal earth impact.

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Break your fast with one of their morning selections – popular ones include their fully loaded breakfast board or their smoothie bowls adorned with edible flowers. Also, keep some space for their cinnamon spiced pancakes layered with coconut whip and nectar, served with fresh strawberries and sautéed banana.

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Best is to order different dishes from their breakfast menu and share among yourselves!

They put so much passion and dedication in the taste and presentation of their dishes that they could turn anyone vegan! I mean, take a look at their menu and food items; surely these selections can make any skeptic gain a new appreciation for the delicious decadence vegan food can offer us!

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With as main purpose to bring people of all kinds together, Peloton Supershop welcomes everyone – vegans and non-vegans, people of different religions, backgrounds and with different beliefs. It is the ultimate open-space for everyone to gather and share delicious and healthy food.

Peloton Supershop

Price: Breakfast from Rp. 35,000 (Approximately USD $2.53)
Address: Jl. Pantai Berawa No.46, Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62-813-3761-9335
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 7:30am – 10pm (Juice Bar: 7:30am – 9:30pm; Kitchen: 8:00am – 9:30pm)

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15. Eat breakfast the way you are supposed to – The Savage Kitchen

The Savage Kitchen has come to Bali with a mission to shaping the very definition of the pre-midday meal. At the cafe, ingredients used in the kitchen are regionally sourced from local growers – you know, the fresh good stuff that Mother Nature has to offer!

If you like your breakfast plain and classic, this isn’t the spot for you – the avo toast comes with labneh cheese, watercress and lemon but what makes this cafe great is their Breakfast Combo where you can literally create your own breakfast plate. More ham and less asparagus? It’s all up to you!

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Since all dishes made at The Savage Kitchen are fresh and à la minute, the cafe welcomes you to share about any dietary need you have!  Skip your smoothie bowl today (although they do it great), get a little adventurous at breakfast and try out other menu selections like their Chargrilled streaky bacon with eggs your way, sourdough, BBQ sauce or our favourite – Smoked salmon bagel with rocket, herb crème fraîche and pickled onion (I opted out from the onions though!).

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The Savage Kitchen is the perfect place to go on mornings when you want to indulge a little but not feel guilty about it. The cafe is designed to make you feel like you’re in your lounge room, but you could never make breakfast this good at home!

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The Savage Kitchen

Price: Breakfast from Rp. 50,000 (Approximately USD $3.61)
Address: Canggu Plaza, Jalan Raya Pantai Berawa, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 819 1641 4541
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 6:30am-11pm

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16. Free tattoos all the way from Australia to Bali – Deus Ex Machina

A particular gem in Jalan Laksamana (food street) is Deus Ex Machina. More than a typical restaurant, DXM packs a punch with its wicked offerings.

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Both a motorcycle shop, cafe and bar, Deus Ex Machina is recognised as a local legend – for its food, along with the customized bikes they build.

Something for those with a penchant for tattoos, we’ve found that Tuesdays are taco and tattoos Tuesday! This means, on Tuesdays, you can order tacos that come with a side of free tattoos (for those who’ve always wanted one, or simply want more!)

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Apart from free tattoos, if you love bikes and the riding culture, DXM is the place to be.

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Deus Ex Machina

Price: Breakfast from Rp. 30,000 (Approximately USD $2.12)
Address: Jl. Batu Mejan No.8, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 811 388 150
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 7am – 12am

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Where to join locals for authentic Indonesian food

17. To satisfy your Nasi Campur craves – Warung Sika

If there’s something locals come here for, it sure is their Nasi Campur – a colourful and exotic traditional delicacy that is a must-try in Bali!

You’ll find it all in a plate – chicken, boiled egg, mixed vegetables, rich curry sauce, topped with peanuts and delicious sambal. The Nasi Campur here is known to be legendary and you can judge by yourself once you get to see people at other tables gulping down their plates of rice in a matter of minutes.

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From the counter, you get to choose from a selection of pre-prepared food items and fill your plate with pure goodness including crispy chicken skin, with tender flesh topped with spicy red sambal, a soft boiled egg that has soaked up the red sauce, fresh veggies, crunchy peanuts on the side. Rest assured, vegetarian options are abundant!

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Warung Sika

Price range: From Rp. 15,000 (Approximately USD $1.06)
Address: Jl. Tanah Barak No.45, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia
Contact: +62 813 3787 4958
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 9am – 8pm

18. Order the rare and legendary Nasi Pecel – Warung Banyuwangi

Indonesia is home to a variety of regional cuisines, each with their own diverse food items and special dishes. At Warung Banyuwangi, you get to indulge in authentic Indonesian cuisine that is distinct and flavourful because of the generous portions of herbs, spices, vegetables and meats included in every dish.

This hidden gem doesn’t only have its name. In fact, stepping into this local eatery will transport you to the regency of Banyuwangi (East Java) that is located a mere 3-hour drive from the island of Bali.

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You’re in for a traditional feast from Java in here. Be sure to order their legendary Nasi Pecel – an authentic Javanese dish consisting of cooked vegetables slathered with peanut sauce. You can opt to top it up with an omelette or everyone’s favourite – fried tempeh!

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The warung is small and basic but the food here is beyond expectation. Another Javanese dish they master is the delicious jackfruit soup, a delicacy that is sure to warm your heart with kicking local flavours and homemade tastes.

Warung Banyuwangi

Price range: From Rp.15,000 (Approximately USD $1.06)
Address: Jl. Raya Canggu No.100, Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361 (Coordinates here)
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 8am – 7pm

19. Traditional dining in style – Ulekan Bali

Since Canggu is the granddaddy of trendy eateries, it is no surprise a local restaurant like Ulekan Bali looks this good!

Drop by during the day to enjoy great airy interiors and a warung-style eatery with delicious Nasi Campur buffet alongside all of your favourite Indonesian dishes. Don’t limit yourself, fill your plate with colourful local delicacies derived from the earth and seas.

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The concept was brought forward by The Good Food Brotherhood, the curators of renowned Bali favourites such as Milk & Madu and Watercress Cafe so you can expect big! At this restaurant, diners come to celebrate authentic Indonesian cuisine in a comfortable Canggu-like atmosphere.

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You know, you’ve got the whole Insta-worthy shebang too! You’ll also experience the area’s unique community feels as the eatery is inspired by the sense of family and local community, all while working closely together with neighbourhood farmers.

Most people’s impression of Indonesian food doesn’t extend beyond Nasi Goreng but Ulekan Bali is sure to baffle that thought with several more options to add to your foodie list.

Fill your table with tender melt-in-the-mouth Beef Rendang, sweet, sour and spicy fish as you dip in other kicking sauces. Their traditional vegetable salad with crunchy fresh vegetables drenched in peanut sauce is a winner too! For an unexpectedly decadent dessert, try their Balinese banoffee. The Es Teler (fruit cocktail served in coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk) does not disappoint either – it is satisfying without being overly sweet!

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Ulekan Bali

Price range: From Rp.50,000- 160,000 (Approximately USD $3.54-11.32)
Address: 34 Jl. Tegal Sari, Jl. Pantai Berawa, Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact:+62 813 39211466
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 11am – 10pm

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20. Be Alice in Wonderland! – Warung Dandelion

Don’t be surprised if you feel right at home in Warung Dandelion. This is exactly what the owner Gani intended.

When he first sought to open his own restaurant, he wanted to create a place where guests could gather and experience themselves as the beautiful, unique individuals that they are.

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Bearing that in mind, he sought to make his open-concept restaurant “a place with heart”. And it shows through his selection of the antique wooden furniture, the menus he carefully made using his typewriter and even extends to the way he chooses his staff.

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When you’re here, don’t forget their specialities – the vegetable kebabs and Gado-Gado! You should also try out the Djamu – a traditional Indonesian health drink made out of natural ingredients such as roots, leaves and fruit. (There are rabbits you can cuddle with too!)

But don’t let us tell you what you should or should not try, head on down to find out what’s good for yourself!

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Warung Dandelion

Price range: From Rp. 40,000 – 70,000 (Approximately USD $2.83-4.95)
Address: Jl. Raya Batu Bolong No. 10 Canggu Badung, Bali, Indonesia 80361
Contact: +62 857 9446 9891
Opening hours: Mon – Sun  5pm – 11pm

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21. Friday nights are for movies and popcorn under the stars – The Joglo

For years, parents with kids across the world have been struggling to find solutions for Friday night dates while on vacay… Where do we leave the kids? With who? What will they do? What will they eat?

Well, problem solved in Bali as The Joglo holds Friday Night Kids Movie Club. Come for your date night with the little ones and set them on one of the multiple bean bags for an ultimate outdoor cinema experience with popcorn and fruit punch at an affordable price.

You won’t be disturbed while you escape indoors with your partner and dig into small plates of Indonesian delicacies paired with cocktails and ice-cold beers.

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The Joglo also welcomes kids with open arms on weekdays – afternoons are dedicated to arts and crafts workshops. On Sundays, you get to enjoy a relaxing brunch al fresco style while your kiddies soak up the sun as the restaurant boasts an outdoor playground with swings, slides and rolling green lawns.

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Need more to persuade you to drop by? The restaurant has a “too cute to eat” menu and kids eat free of charge at breakfast time throughout the week! Parents’ steal!

The Joglo

Price Range: Rp. 39,000 – Rp.115,000 (Approximately USD $2.80 –8.40)
Address: Jl. Subak Sari 13 Berawa, Desa Tibubeneng, Canggu Denpasar, Bali
Contact: +62 361 934 7778
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 8am-9pm
Friday Kids Movie Club: From 6.30pm

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22. Roomy outdoor playground and daily kids’ activities – La Casita Bali

La Casita is one of Bali’s beloved eateries, with a lovely garden, rustic décor, and delicious menu of hearty Peruvian comfort foods that are bound to transport you to the other end of the world.

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This also happens to be one of the island’s most kid-friendly restaurants – an outdoor playground with a mini market for kids and many free activities daily for your little ones!

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On Wednesdays, don’t miss the free Kids’ Cooking Classes. These are a whole lot of fun and might even make them think twice before turning down their veggies 😉

If you are not familiar with Peruvian food, it’s never too late to indulge in the restaurant’s specialities. One word on what you should expect – colourful! Another one would be – flavourful!

One of their must-tries is the traditional confectionery Alfajores (Peruvian cookies). They are soft, delicate, crumbly and tender with a creamy touch of Dulce de Leche on the inside – ideal at tea time while the kids get all rowdy running around the playground.

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La Casita Bali

Price Range: Rp. 25,000 – Rp.110,000 (Approximately USD $2 –8)
Address: Gang Jalak No.16, Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Contact: +(62) 821 4745 4642
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 7am-10pm
Free Kids Cooking Class: Wed 4pm
Free Kids Activities: Mon-Sun 9am-5pm

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23. Choose where to catch waves today – Kima Surf

Kima Surf is located around Bali’s best surfing spots, so you get to choose where you stay and where you think would be ideal for you to catch your first (or fifth) wave.

But if you were to ask us, families simply love their Canggu Camp and it is not hard to see why – learning how to surf at Canggu Beach is very enjoyable!

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From gentle rollers for beginners to beach breaks for the pros, there’s a variety of waves for everyone!

Kima Surf offers both surfing lessons and accommodation, which is completed by a large natural stone pool, surrounded by a tropical garden – the perfect scene for your post-surfing snooze!

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With surf lessons tailored to each level of experience, you don’t need to worry about getting to the best waves. After your session, your Kima instructor will give post-breakfast briefings and post-session video feedback, analysing any bad habits and potential improvements.

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At the end of your stay with Kima Surf, you will be sure that surfing is addictive and you are bound to get other inexplicable sensations for it – the ones that will keep you coming back for. 😉

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Kima Surf

Surf lessons: From USD $ 48 per person per day (Standard beginner surf course – 2 hours sessions, twice a day)
Surf Camp: From USD $ 370 for 7 days (including 3 meals, 2 surf lessons per day, surf theory class and video analysis, airport transfer, use of bicycles and camp vans and other benefits)
Address: Jl. Munduk Catu, Batu Bolong, Canggu 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 846 9186

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24. Funky icy treats for kids and adults alike – Creamery Bali

If just like your kids you scream for ice-cream at any time of the day, you’ll love a stop at Creamery Bali – a super-duper scooper serving the island’s best Nitro ice-creams.

With concoctions that have the power to cure a broken heart, cool a sunburn and curb a mini-meltdown, this colourful little parlour sure knows how to cool you down on a hot day!

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Whether you settle for ice-cream in a cone, cup or sandwiched between cookies and brownies, the flavours and toppings at Creamery Bali are sure to surprise you. And the best part? The spot is committed to doing things the right way so you can expect 100% natural ingredients and 0% artificial nonsense!

Be sure to order yours separately as one lick from your kid’s scoop sure won’t be enough! Little ones’ favourites include the Unicorn Cup (Mango-dragon fruit ice-cream, marshmallows, gummies, silver/gold pearls) and the Pirate Cup (Black Vanilla ice-cream, gummies, smarties, mini white Maltesers).

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And if you’re feeling creative, why not come up with a customised concoction as you choose an ice-cream flavour and top it with fruits, cookies and sauces! You’ve got it right, the menu at Creamery Bali is extravagant, nothing like your typical ice-cream parlour!

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Creamery Bali

Price range: From Rp.50,000-65,000 (Approximately USD $3.53-4.60)
Address: Location 1: Jl. Pantai Berawa No.8, Tibubeneng, Bali; Location 2: Tamora Gallery, Pantai Berawa, Bali
Contact: +62  819 9982 5898
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 11am – 10pm

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25. If you don’t have a kids’ club at your hotel – The Garden Bali Early Learning Centre & Kids Club

Why would you even consider sending your child to school while on holiday? Well, if learning’s always as fun as it is at The Garden Bali, we wouldn’t mind going to school either.

The Garden Early Learning Centre is a casual drop-in and long-term school for local and visiting children alike.

Kids from as young as 18 months old up to six years old will have a smashing time with educational play at the Kids’ Club, where they’ll get to try their hand at activities like arts and crafts and Lego building. They might even emerge as the next Kiddie Masterchef at the kids’ cooking classes!

Short 5-day holiday programs are also available if you’re wracking your brains on how to entertain your children. Simply drop them off at the learning centre and watch them run into the magical worlds of witches, dinosaurs and even outer space.

If you’re envious of all the fun your kid is having, you can even join them in their learning journey at the Parent and Child Early Learning classes. Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, parents can turn up for school with their little ones (up to two years old) and bond with them while learning through fun activities.

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Everything here is educational and fun. Little drama kings and queens will love the after-school drama clubs, and you can even choose to throw a birthday party for your child. Better yet, all these programs are conducted under the watchful eye of trained facilitators and are chock full of amazing activities. Who says school has to be a pain?

The Garden Bali

Price: Rp.60,000 (USD $4.25) per child per hour. 10-hour package for Rp.500,000 (USD $35.38)
Address: Jl. Raya Semat No.18A, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Kids’ Club opening hours: Mon – Sun 8am – 5pm
Contact: +62 858 5722 2941
Age limit: 2 years to 12 years old (Children under the age of two must be accompanied by a carer).

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Special Mentions

Embark on short day trips from Canggu (less than 30 minutes’ drive)

1. Take a scenic trek and witness a spectacular sunset – Tanah Lot (20 minutes’ drive)

Fancy visiting a 16th Century temple located in the middle of the sea? If your answer is yes, you should make a trip down to Tanah Lot, which in Balinese means ‘Land in the Sea’.

Tanah Lot sits on a large offshore rock in the ocean, and its odd-looking structure can be attributed to several hundred years of nature at work. One of the seven sea temples located along the Bali coastline, Tanah Lot is also one of the most picturesque locations in Canggu!

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During the low tide, you can cross over to the base of the temple, although visitors are not allowed in the actual temple itself. While you’re there, keep an eye out for the small caves caused by wave erosion.

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It is rumoured to be inhabited by venomous sea snakes, believed to be guardians of the temple.  If you’re visiting during the evening, get ready to snap some beautiful Instagram photos because Tanah Lot is known for one of the most gorgeous spots to witness the sunset.

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If you don’t want to jostle with the crowd for space, be sure to come a little earlier!

Tanah Lot

Entrace fee: Locals, Rp. 20,000 for adults and Rp. 15,000 for children (6- 12 years old); Foreigners, Rp. 60,000 (Approximately USD $4.21) for adults and Rp. 30,000 (Approximately USD $2.10) for children (6-12 years old)
Address: Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82121. Coordinates here
Contact: +62 361 880 361
Opening hours: 7am – 7pm
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2. Step into a royal water temple – Pura Taman Ayun (30 minutes’ drive)

A short day trip to Pura Taman Ayun will fascinate you with pleasant architectures, serenity and elegance as you bask in a temple gently floating on water.

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As you walk through the beautiful sanctuary, you get to experience exceptional Chinese-inspired architectures and arts that date back to 1634, which is when the temple was built.

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Pura Taman Ayun was the main temple of worship for the Mengwi kingdom, which survived until 1891, and later conquered by the neighbouring kingdoms of Tabanan and Badung.

Historical buffs will find delight while they relish multiple courtyards adorned by lotus-filled ponds. The encircling pools were once royal recreational places for the palace maids who would sail small canoes. Eventually, with more visitors, they ended up fencing up the pool surroundings for safety purposes.

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Did you know?: The temple shares the same anniversary day as the cliff-perched Uluwatu Temple!

Pura Taman Ayun

Entrance fee: Rp. 10,000 for locals, Rp. 20,000 (approximately USD $1.42) for foreigners
Parking fee: Rp. 2,000 for motorbike (approximately USD 0.14), Rp. 5,000 for car (approximately USD 0.35).
Address: Jl. Ayodya No.10, Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 9am – 4pm

You’ll never be bored in Canggu with this bucket list of fun things to do! What are you most excited about? Let us know in the comment section below!!

PLEASE NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you!
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