The hot new food and drinking addresses causing a social scene in the surfer, hipster postcode no longer (sigh) dominated only by sleepy rice paddies
Canggu’s been a tad busy of late, with a new café, restaurant or warung popping up all over the hood. Each trip to Old Man’s has become a new game … how many newbies can you spot? Here’s a few of those new in Canggu joints already proving a hit with the locals in the happening, hipster postcode of Bali’s not-so-sleepy, surfing neighbourhood.
The clever folks behind La Favela have brought their eclectic charm and decor – and much, much more! – to Bali’s newest beach club and restaurant in Berawa. And it’s vintage divine, with a capital D. With vintage antique decor showcasing their shabby-island-chic style, complete with gypsy caravans and almost enough space (once finished) to rival Potato Head, you may come for a coffee or cocktail and stay for a photo shoot. But you won’t be alone, as this character-filled address has already become a favourite for photographers and creatives, as well as us locals who can’t get enough of having our own La-Something (as well as La Finca who we love!) right here in Canggu. The trick is finding it – easier from the beach, half way between Batu Belig and Berawa Beach and walk over the big wooden bridge.
La Laguna, Berawa beachfront, Canggu, p. +62 (0)361 474 1214.
El Jefe Jose Cubanos
Who doesn’t love a bit of Hollywood coming to the not-so-sleepy Canggu ‘hood? But aside from bragging about our own, local version of hit movie The Chef, we love El Jefe Jose because they’re the only late (late) night food spot in Canggu. Offering great-tasting, traditional Cuban sandwiches at all hours of the night, they’re in the perfect location for a cheeky little stop on the way home from the all-too-frequent, nights out at Old Man’s or Deus. Genuis! Each cubanos comes with house smoked pork, ham, melted cheese and pickles, homemade chilli and BBQ Sauce – all put into a hot press until the cheese literally oozes out of the ciabatta! Or grab one with hot smoked chicken, or the vegie option with smoked tofu tempe. Get your chops around one of these tasty cubanos!
El Jefe Jose Cubanos at The Junction, Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong (the road and restaurant Junction right before the Deus turn off), Open 12noon–to LATE, 7 days a week.
An international curry house has arrived in the ‘Gu! Finally, the groovy, green rotunda café with their wide outside seating area on Pantai Berawa has some pretty serious promises – keeping us satisfied with delicious, international curries from around the world. Choose from Jamaican, Thai or Indian curry with either fish, vegetarian, chicken or vegan. The menu is super simple, but each dish comes with seven delish delights. Chomp away with two side curries, a sweet banana flower curry, Aloo Palak, and a side of home made aubergine, pineapple and cabbage chutney homemade relish and paneer cheese. Curries are served in a coconut bowl with rice beautifully presented in a banana flower, and the home made roti is made to order served in a banana basket. Jamaican jerk chicken is an extra side order. Specials from around the world will be served on a weekly basis to vary the menu.
Spice Island, Jalan Pantai Berawa, Br Pelambingan no 30b Canggu, Open daily: 3pm–10pm, closed Tuesday.
The Butcher Social Habitat
Hurrah! The succulent, sensational burgers from chef Sandy Voogt’s legendary Habitual Quench and Feed in Umalas have made their way west to Canggu. The cute, new home of The Butcher Social Habitat on Canggu’s evolving ‘Eat Street’ Pantai Berawa serves steaks, burgers, brunch, and all the trimmings. It’s a Canggu must. Live music on Friday nights make it an easy TGIF kick off (if only we noticed which days are actually Fridays in Bali).
The Butcher Social Habitat, Jalan Pantai Berawa 13b, p. +62 361 4741242.
Boardriders Echo Beach
This new Echo Beach outpost of the Boardriders café is on the money for great coffee, good food and the surf vibe you’d expect being so close to the break. The menu covers the lot – eggs benedict, surfer’s bowl, and all the usual suspects that hit the spot after a good surf. With TV’s and comfy lounges to watch the tour, and attached to the surf shop next door, it’s a no-brainer why this is one popular joint.
Boardriders Echo Beach, Jalan Pura Batu Mejan, Sea Sentosa Complex, Echo Beach, Canggu, p. +62 (0)361 844 5500.
Who doesn’t love a juicy piece of barbequed meat with an ice cold Bintang these days? Flame-grilled burgers and steaks with bbq’d onion, smashed potatoes, roasted veges, chilli con carne, and even some cheeky ribs. The menu at this cool address is simple but delicious and is the best value around at IDR 59,000 for a main with sides. Sit and have a chat with owner Paul, he’s a great guy with great stories and you’ll find the hours have gone by before you know it.
The Garage, Gang Jalak 22, Jalan Raya Semat, Canggu.
Recently relocating their homewares and textile brand from Melbourne to beautiful Bali, Quince started their local life on the island with a wee little cafe on busy Jalan Batu Belig. With their rich and varied background in the food industry, they’ve expanded their product offering from lifestyle items to food. But their new Canggu offering includes both – a lovely big, bright café with fabulous food and even more divine homewares, throws, ceramics and more. Enjoy your lunch pretending you’re sitting in your new living room!
Quince Cafe, Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu, Open Tuesday-Sunday, 9am – 5pm.
Tomato & Co
It’s Italian and it’s impressive – pizzas, pastas and expresso martini’s, what’s not to love? Mix up your pappardelle, linguini or spaghettini with a sauce of your liking: choose from The Gu (goat ragu), The Babe (ocean prawns and caramelized broccoli!), The Don (creamy bacon, mushrooms & more), even The Pest (tomato pesto, olives and eggplant). Their upcoming, revolving four-course, ‘Mama Says’ menu each Monday will take you into a different region of Italy’s finest, each week.
Tomato & Co, 74 Jalan Batu Bolong, Canggu, Bali, p. +62 (0)361 8469182
The Piring Daun
‘Everyday is Good Vibes’… the wall mural in this industrial chic café restaurant sums up how we all feel about Bali life. If you fancy some uber-good – and uber-cheap – Indian or Indonesian, put The Piring Duan on your hit list of cheap eats in Canggu. On Pantai Berawa down towards Brawa beach, they offer Nasi Campur, Butter Chicken, naan and roti breads of every variation, and all the usual menu suspects. All served on banana leaf, and from the folks behind Warung Heboh, you know the food is good, good stuff.
The Piring Daun, Jalan Pantai Berawa, Bali 80361, p. +62 361 8469182, Open: 8am–12am.
Kyoto meets Bali? East meets West at the two-story café and restaurant showcasing Japanese fusion cuisine, just opposite Desa Seni. The Canggu opening of Doji.Bali offers gorgeous rice-field views, café fare, great coffee and lovely wide open spaces to hang with a crowd.
Doji.Bali, Jalan Subak Sari 72, Canggu, Bali, p. +62 (0)361 474 1098.
This cute little café in a row of three places to check out (next door’s Ice Creamery is decadence worth splurging on) on the way to Brawa beach delivers great coffee, juices, healthy and traditional Indonesian favourites. Our favourite? The zucchini pancakes with poached egg, crumbled feta and avocado for breakkie. Great tucker after a good surf or a weekend lounge with friends.
Jabulani Café, Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu, p. +62 (0)878 6245 0069.
The new little sister address to Warung Heboh & The Piring Daun, this cheeky little Vietnamese-themed warung close to the beach of Pantai Berawa delivers good fare for even better prices. It’s not fancy, but it’s cheap and good – the grilled pork with pickled vegetables, prawn and pork fresh spring rolls or grilled pork chop baguette haven’t disappointed the locals yet. No wine here, but a cold Bintag always does the trick.
Ngon, Ngon, Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu, p. +62 (0)361 474 0526.