Canggu: A little bit more away from the touristy beach coastline of our previous stop Seminyak, we headed towards this upcoming new surf and party place called Canggu and pronounced chan-gooew. The dry desert like sidewalks surrounded with cactuses, were being paved and made ready for the big storm probably next summer when the tourists flow into this bay. The thing about the (North) Kuta side of the island is that the beaches are ending up a lot busier each year so the tourists move from Kuta, to Seminyak to now Canggu. Trendwatcher alert, coming through! But again Bali surprised me and this place also had it’s charms and was somewhat unique in its own way. Although I have to admit my boyfriend and I have now been traveling for 3 week here and if I may advise anyone in the future, 2 weeks should be enough. Although the time is flying as we leave soon to go to Malaysia, we’ve been chilling out so much that it feels more like a feasting holiday than an active adventure (maybe because we eat every half hour, still).
Must (not) See
Tanah Lot Temple: I absolutely do not want to be disrespectful at all, but this was the worst ever temple visit I ever had in my entire life. And that really says a lot because I love all temples and get swept up by the history, symbolism and architecture of temples (really I get all fanatic with our tour guides with 1000 questions per minute, to my boyfriends greatest delight: not). But HAHa this was a serious horrible joke. To start off, we were forced to walk through a maze like route walking along horrible tacky shops with really pushy people trying to sell us stuff. After 5 minutes I realized we weren’t in a Temple, we were in Ikea! The way the path loured us to stall to stall to the next stall after finally we realized the entrance to the temple was right near the place we bought the tickets and entered the maze in the first place. Then to my great disappointment tourists weren’t even allowed on the rock (the temple is located on top of a rock in the sea) only locals were allowed on the holy ground. Why did I buy a ticket may you ask? Well let me tell you: to stand face to face with big rock like figure that had all its statues washed away by the waves and to then discover that 1/3 of the rock is fake due to restoration as the waves were eating it away. This is a big big no go!
Must Eat 1
Betelnut: In the morning for breakfast, in the afternoon for lunch and at night for dinner this place is the best! You can find me lurking around waiting until the time is right to have the next plate.
The obvious scrumptious thing to eat in the morning is the bright pink healthy dragon fruit yogurt with crunchy granola and fresh fruit called ‘Naga Bowl’ in combination with the mother of all milkshakes the ‘Super Smoothie’ with: Banana, cashew nut butter, flax seeds, macca root, ginseng, honey and soy milk!! Slurp slurp & burp burp (whoopsie!). Sit upstairs on a wooden deck looking across the rice field watch your step though the small wooden panels that make up the stair are wobbly and worn out but trust me, they’re worth the climb.
– Must Eat 2
Koi: Recently opened and they already have a good reputation. Every day the owner makes special dishes of which you can select to combine on your plate. The interior is really nice and trendy with geometrical designs and industrial furniture. The toko is really clean and they are super friendly! The Wifi is by the way amazing there, which was exceptional as I was really struggling the past few days as I couldn’t even refresh my Instagram feed: OH MY god how am I ever to go on with another day without internet!?
On my plate you’ll find fresh grilled tuna, beetroot and potato salad, Caesar salads and couscous. Yummy in the tummy! It wasn’t that expensive and definitely worth it. We also met their new pet: Mr. Kitty. The kitty-catster was extremely curious and popped right on your lap and starting purring really sweet so I loved it but the owners usually kept her out of your way if you didn’t want the visit. However, who wouldn’t want a fluffy little monster purring next to you on your chair.
Must Eat 3
Canteen: Just to round off how cool, yummy, trendy, hip, deliciously good food Canggu already has, I give you this must eat place for breakfast and lunch! We noticed that it was closed at night so pop in here before you go surfing or after hitting a wave. The surf scene is reflected by the old boards on their ceiling and the cool industrial hipster mood. The young fresh coconut was a cheap 15,000 Rupiah and they have a mean twisted coffee with the best ever feta salad for the lunch. I would definetely head on over to experience the goodness.
They also have a huge magazine rack that will keep you entertained when you’re alone or easily talk with the other backpackers and travelers while sitting together on huge old industrial barrels used as tables.
Old Mans‘: Hip to the hop to the hip hop happening up in here! Super coolio, this place is the ultimate hipster place to have drinks after your surf. The bar has happy hour between 5-6 pm so be quick and grab a beer and get another free to give to your travel companion or to your new friend. Old Man’s also hosts many different activities and fun things to do during the week. While we stopped by they were even holding a motorcycle show of tuned and pimped bikes, vroom vroom (read below for more on the motorcycles).
But to continue about this cool place I think the whole vibe was complete. The usage of colours, patterns and shapes makes this an eye-catcher! The only thing you have to know is that you order at the counter, so don’t wait to long at your table you have to get up eventually. My favorite was the classic beef burger and I added some aiolli to the dressing, gotta love that garlic!
Rent a Deus or MalaMadre: Get your motor runnin’ heading to …beach? These tuned and pimped motorcycles are awesome and especially if you have a boyfriend traveling with you who’s also made his own motorcycle from scratch in the past, you’ll enjoy a visit to either one of these hotspots.
Cafe racers, scrambler, bobbers and more these bikes are ultimate style of coolness. Dues originally from Australia can be found everywhere in Bali and in Canggu you’ll find a huge store,restaurant and even a barbershop. Malamadre is a newcomer in the block but has amazing authentic bikes and cool branding. Unfortunately when we were in town the shop was closed and as we wanted to only rent a Malamadre we ended up with a scoot scoot, which was also ok but not as super duper cool of course.
Lubdhaka: I’m not entirely sure if I would recommend this hotel entirely to others. I guess we had an ok stay here as the rooms were clean and neat, the beds were made nice and the room had a soort of “trendy” neon greenish background wall…if it’s your thing. But the walk towards the hotel was a nice small jungle path outside that led you to all the different rooms and each room had their own private chill out corner underneath a small roof. This appealed to me a lot and we ended up outside most of the days anyhow. Plus, one thing that convinced us to stay here and not go to the mega awesome cool neighbours (The Chill House) was because we got an amazing deal through Booking.com. That’s by the way a BIG tip when traveling, download the Booking app on your mobile (you get more discounts on your phone than through a computer) and check out the deals. You can always go next door to The Chill House for the breakfast and for the really good Yoga plus they even have acupuncture specialists.But just walk over I’d say as I’m not sure I can spend €90,- per night for a week. Anyways, why Lubdhaka wasn’t the best ultimate place is because the breakfast was hmm… very basic and the shower and toilet were almost underneath each other so no joined action there. One plus point is you can pee and shower at the same time. Oh and bring a mosquito net because everynight we went out for a hunt and killed at least 13 guys before going to bed and hearing 5 new mosquitos zooming. We also heard the neighbours have the same problem as the spontaneous bonks on the wall, yells and hand clapping couldn’t suggest anything else, or could they… dun dun dun dunnnnnn.
That’s all folks, next stop: Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
For tips on other places I’ve visited check my older posts such as:
Ubud, Sidemen, Amed, Gili Air , Nusa Lembongan , Seminyak & more.
Keep you updated and posted, until then Matur Suksma or Terima Kasih!