No longer are the world's foodies bee-lining towards London & Paris for the best bites around. They're making a stop in Canggu - Bali's boho culinary capital
Holy moly, where to start? It’s no secret that Canggu is basically the epicentre of Bali’s cafe culture, and there are literally more restaurants around town than you can shake a coconut at. But with more and more popping up almost weekly in everyone’s fave surfing suburb, it can be hard to know which ones are worth a visit.
So (trumpets please) here we present you our definitive list of where to chow down in Canggu – the best restaurants for lunch, dinner and date night too.
HONEYCOMBERS’ TOP 5 FAVES
Best new restaurant: Ninety One
Brand new to the Batu Bolong strip, Ninety One is a modern, Middle Eastern-inspired eatery that’s set inside the stunning surrounds of a beautifully converted villa space, so you can’t help but feel right at home here. It’s the kind of place you can turn up with a group of friends, perch up at the bar, or graze for hours on spectacular food that we’ve never seen before in Canggu – like spicy caramelised peach with a lightly charred halloumi, or tender lamb tandir with pistachio, green chermoula and a sumac yoghurt. All of this is casually served family-style, designed to swap, share, dip and dunk throughout the day or late into the night. And because Ninety One is brought to us by two of Bali’s biggest movers and shakers on the social scene, the drinks list is just as epic. Conscious cocktails are meticulously crafted to pack a punch without being overwhelming, while the organic Lebanese Muscat takes you from chilled Canggu to the sights, sounds and smells of the The East in just a few sips.
Ninety One, Jl Batu Bolong No.91, Canggu, p. +62 821 9888 9191, e. email@example.com. Open daily 7.30am – 11pm.
Best for brunch: The Avocado Factory
If it were up to us, we’d eat avocado all day, every day, smothered on everything. Avocado on toast, avocado in our burgers, avocado in our smoothie bowls and heck, why not add chunks of avocado to our dipping sauces, too? Well, The Avocado Factory has gone and done exactly that. They’re as mad about nature’s green gift as we are, giving our go-to the recognition it deserves – all overlooking the rice fields of the ‘Gu. It’s the first ever avocado bar in South East Asia, and everything on the menu features local avocados (from both Bali and Java) in some form or another. Try the Avocado Pancakes for brekkie, the AvoBurg for lunch (it’s filled with a crumbed and fried avocado pattie – HELLO!) and finish it all off with an avo-licious mousse for dessert. It’s all avo everything, ripe for the picking.
The Avocado Factory, Jl Batu Mejan, Canggu, p. +62 821 4411 1148, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 7am – 11.30pm.
Best for dinner & drinks: Lacalita Bar y Cocina
Bringing a taste of modern Mexicana to the streets of Canggu, Lacalita is all about fresh Latino-inspired food in an eye-catching atmosphere. Stuffed full of colourful murals and with ceilings dripping with posies, the Insta-ops here are endless. While we love the classics (helloooo Pescado Tacos) try some of Lacalita’s brand new creations, like the Pollo de Mole Amarillo – a whole organic chicken to share – or the lamb shoulder tacos, and knock them back with the Nor-Cal Margarita (for the keto-conscious). And, if you happen to stray outta the ‘Gu, the Laca group have two more of our fave Mexicans in Ubud and Seminyak too. Muy picante!
Lacalita, Jl Pantai Batu Bolong No.68, Canggu, p. +62 822 4731 2217. Open daily 9am – midnight.
Best for date night: MASON
From the same peeps who gave us Fishbone Local (more on that later), MASON takes a different approach to its fish-focussed flagship. Here, this uber-cool but oh-so casual dinner spot is all about top quality meats, cheeses, dips and veggies done right – homemade and served simply to let the flavours really shine. True to their form, MASON also slings superb cocktails in a stylish, open-air atmo, full to the rafters with Canggu’s finest. Graze your way through the share starters to get a taste of everything (the house-made hummus, halloumi and smoked tuna dip are INSANE) then tuck into the wood-fired barramundi, barbecued ribeye or spinach and feta pie. We won’t lie, we’re here almost every other day of the week…
MASON Bali, Jl Batu Bolong No. 83, Canggu, e. email@example.com. Open daily, 6pm – midnight.
Best for beachfront bites: The Lawn
With its front-row seats to Batu Bolong’s world-famous waves, a shimmering infinity pool nudging the black sands and crowds of beautiful people lounging beneath boho umbrellas, oceanfront grazing doesn’t get much better than at The Lawn – and that’s before we’ve even mentioned the food. The menu at this ultra-chill beach club is all about sharing and gourmet nibbling, from the creamy confit tuna dip and vegetarian gado-gado, to the truffled mac & cheese balls and loaded pizzettas – you could happily munch your way through the entire menu here while lapping up the laid-back, island vibes. And with a stylish list of infused cocktails to wash it all down, the grass really is greener at The Lawn – especially when golden hour comes around. Top tip: swing by on a Friday night for one of the biggest weekend parties in town.
The Lawn, Jl Pura Dalem, Canggu, p. +62 361 335 1055, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily from 10am.
THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN CANGGU
FOR DAYTIME GRAZING
Milk & Madu
Everyone loves this absolute jewel of a café on the quiet road to sleepy Berawa, and for good reason, too. With its amazing all-day breakfasts, sumptuous lunches and delectable dinners, Milk & Madu is known for good vibes and great food. Try the dukkah poached eggs or skillet shakshuka eggs, perfectly matched with a smoothie or a decent cuppa thanks to those legends at Revolver coffee. You’ll also find a Nalu Bowls counter here for those who love their mornings extra fruity, and an adorable outdoor playground for the kiddos.
Milk & Madu, Jl Pantai Berawa #52, Canggu, p. +62 851 0278 1872. Open daily 7am – 10pm.
A Bondi-born resto in Bali, The Loft on Batu Bolong had us at hello with its healthy brekkie and brunch plates backdropped by baby pink decor. What’s more, their famous Bondi matcha burger has gone vegan for Canggu’s health-conscious bunch (with roasted jackfruit, rocket, red onion and coconut matcha sauce) whilst the much-loved poke bowl (which was voted as the best in Sydney by Timeout Magazine) has come to Bali in all its glory, complete with chunky Ahi tuna, red cabbage, a sprinkling of quinoa, edamame and heaps of veggies. YUM.
The Loft, Jl Batu Bolong No. 50, Canggu, p. +62 361 973 310, e. email@example.com.
This rad, hipster coffee joint is always buzzing with Canggu’s coolest crowds – a sure fire sign that this one’s a winner. Sprawled out across a quiet lane just off Batu Bolong, you’ll easily spot this Canggu legend with its iconic industrial-chic interiors, bold murals and a long queue out the door every morning. But fear not, despite its ever-growing popularity, the super fast service here means their smoothie bowls and epic coffees are never a long wait away – and you can always pass the time by browsing their designer boutique.
Crate Café, Jl Canggu Padang Linjong, Canggu, p. +62 81 238 943 040. Open daily 6am – 5pm
Stepping into Nude is like stopping by an old friend’s place. The staff are famously friendly (all smiles – every time) and this quaint and quiet half-raw food half-naughty food café is just up the road from buzzy Berawa beach. Nude knocks out some fabulous fare to keep everyone happy – veggies, vegans and carnivores alike. It also does great smoothies, wicked cocktails, a killer poke bowl and terrific coffee.
Nude, Jl Raya Pantai Berawa 33, p. +62 85 238 214 003. Open daily 7.30am – 10pm.
Zin Cafe caught our attention when we heard they serve the best buttery-soft avocado on toast in town. Well, the rumours are true, and this breezy, tropical spot (laced in palm, bamboo and swathes of sunlight) comes to Bali direct from Amsterdam. As for the rest of the menu, 99% of the ingredients are locally-sourced and make use of the island’s artisanal producers. Expect farm-to-table creations like babi guling Scotch eggs, sloppy fries with a goat rendang ragu, spiced pumpkin tacos and bountiful salad bowls packed full of veggies, dressings and even soft shell crab.
Zin Cafe, Jl Nelayan, Canggu, p. +62 821-4506-9378, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 6.30am – 11pm.
One of the first to set up shop on Batu Bolong, Betelnut is the OG Canggu restaurant and still packs in the punters at all hours of the day. And with good reason too. The menu is stuffed full of superb, filling and healthy dishes – not to mention the creamiest, fruitiest, juiciest smoothie creations and quality coffees in the ‘hood.
Betelnut, Jl Batu Bolong 60, Canggu, p. +62 82 146 807 233. Open daily 8am – 10pm.
Another fab choice for all your all-day breakfasting/brunching needs, Ruko offers locally-sourced healthy food and their very own special Indonesian coffee blend – all served up with a tropi-cool, industrial edge. Think Melbourne café culture with island vibes aplenty. Ruko is a solid shout for morning grinds, a post-surf feed and all-day people watching.
Ruko Café, Jl Pantai Berawa 99, Canggu, p. +62 81 239 673 077. Open daily 7.30am – 4pm.
Two things we’d cross oceans for? Japanese food, and a great brunch. Well, thanks to Musubi, we only have to cross a coupla rice fields to get our fix. From the same peeps that brought us Seminyak’s Rayjin Teppanyaki, Kajin Sushi Bar and Dahana Restaurant, the chef here is no other than ex-Rockpool Sydney chef Rui Yamagishi – and what a combo that creates. Think sushi burgers, gyoza-stuffed fried chicken, prawn katsu bao buns, Kogune Scotch eggs, and Miso caramel crumb milkshakes. All. Day. Long. Oishi!
Musubi, Jl Pantai Berawa No. 6/7, Canggu, e. email@example.com. Open daily 9am – 4pm.
It’s fresh, it’s green, it’s organic and it’s matcha’licious. Yup, Matcha Cafe – in honour of its namesake – comes loaded with both ceremonial and culinary-grade matcha from Uji, Japan in a very big way. We’re talking matcha pancakes, matcha buns housing a hearty chicken and bacon burger, sprinkles of matcha throughout healthy smoothie bowls, matcha cheesecakes, vegan matcha banana bread, and even matcha gnocchi on the all-day menu – we love it so matcha!
Matcha Cafe, Jl Pantai Berawa No.99, Berawa, Canggu, p. +62 361 9078674. Open daily 7.30am – 4pm.
If you thought Bali life couldn’t get any sweeter, settle in for brunch or lunch at everyone’s favourite French bakery-cum-restaurant in Canggu – one of five locations on the island. Try MOnsieur Spoon’s oh-so creamy eclairs, shatteringly crisp croissants, velvety salted caramels and freshly baked breads that sit under buttery smashed avocado, gooey eggs or juicy bacon. This one’s super family-friendly too.
Monsieur Spoon, Jl Batu Bolong No 55, Canggu. p. +62 878 6280 8859. Open daily 6.30am – 9pm.
This magic little Canggu eatery is actually housed within a proper Balinese family compound, so you get to soak up some culture while you’re sipping your flat white or slurping down your smoothie bowl – double win! The fare is healthy, hearty and locally sourced, and the list of herbal tea elixirs is a particular highlight, not to mention the homemade cakes and chocolates.
Cafe Vida, Jl Pantai Batu Bolong No. 38A, Canggu, p. +62 81 339 886 864. Open daily 7am – 10.30pm.
Two Trees Eatery
This little Canggu cafe may be small in size, but it makes big waves in Berawa with its honest, wholesome brunch and lunch food that doesn’t waste time on Instagrammable gimmicks. It’s just the food you want, how you want it. Try the smoothie bowls, the smashed avo and the gooey baked eggs with toasted soldiers for brekkie. For lunch, you won’t wanna miss the steak sandwich with its generous lashing of chimichurri, caramelised carrot, a smoky harissa aioli and spicy rocket – YUM!
Two Trees Eatery, Jl Pantai Berawa No 99, Canggu, p. +62 361 9077 067. Open daily 7am – 4pm.
Gypsy Kitchen & Bar
A cool and contemporary venue just footsteps from Echo Beach, Gypsy Kitchen & Bar serves some of the tastiest food from famous Canadian chef, Robin Filteau-Boucher – alongside super fresh cocktail happy hours. The kitchen team is dedicated to buying fresh, local produce direct from the people growing or catching it, before turning it into a Gypsy masterpiece. And though they have a gorgeous dinner menu (with our fave being the seafood platter) we can’t get enough of the colourful brekkie & lunch plates, especially on a Sunday when it’s all about boozy brunching.
Gypsy Kitchen & Bar, Jl Munduk Catu #1, Canggu, p. +62 812 3067 0056. Open daily 8am – 10pm.
THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN CANGGU
FOR VEGANS, VEGGIES & HEALTH NUTS
The Shady Shack
True to its name, you’ll find shady seating areas with a shabby chic vibe at this roadside rice field shack. Veggies rejoice! The whole menu is meat-free and super duper healthy to boot – we love the nori bowl, the selection of vegan burgers, and the raw banoffee cheesecake (it’s to die for!). Grab a cold coconut, a long black or better yet, boost that immune system with a turmeric latte. Nommmm.
The Shady Shack, Jl Tanah Barak No.57, Canggu, p. +62 819 1639 5087. Open daily 7.30am – 10pm.
A totally vegan café and emporium of all things pedal-powered, Peloton has been a roaring success ever since it opened. The fact that this place is a hit with non-vegans just goes to show how good it is – in particular the brekky burrito or the creamy cheesy lasagne. How can something taste so delicious when it’s so good for you? Great food in a laid back atmosphere. All thumbs up from us!
Peloton Supershop, Jl Raya Pantai Berawa, No. 46, Canggu, p. +62 859 5413 1451. Open 7.30am – 10am.
I Am Vegan Babe
A boundary-pushing, plant-based game-changer, I Am Vegan Babe is so much more than “just” a vegan cafe. There are BLTs stuffed with vegan fried eggs, creamy vegannaise and you-won’t-believe-it’s-not-bacon fake-on. There’s also chunky sandwiches that are impossibly cheesy (the kind that sticks to the roof of your mouth and melts into a delicious gooiness) and burgers that are so big, so juicy and so gluttonous, you could almost call them beefy. The enormous Hawaiian burger is our top pick – not to mention the glass-cabinet of vegan cakes, taking centre stage within the cafe’s tropi-chic interiors.
I Am Vegan Babe, Jl Tanah Barak No. 49, Canggu. Open daily, 7am – 5pm.
This stylish café and retail spot is where you can munch on fresh, organic brunch creations and sharing plates before shopping for stunning knick-knacks, homewares, throws, textiles, ceramics and much more. We love the homey vibe at Quince – it kinda feels like you’re sitting in the owner’s living room – and the colourful, healthy and oh-so wholesome dishes here are some of the best around.
Quince, Jl Raya Pantai Berawa #51, Berawa, Canggu, p. +62 81 338 522 529. Open Tues – Sun 8am – 3pm.
A cafe with a cause, GIVE dishes up wholly vegan Indonesian food Nasi Campur style – just like your favourite warung, but with a plant-based twist. We’re talking meat-less chicken and pork, heaps of veggies and cruelty-free sauces and sambals. But that’s not all. GIVE donates 100% of its profits to charity. That means that your “cheeken” satay could save a puppy’s life. Or your Nasi Goreng Special (with a vegan fried egg) could help build recycling facilities in local villages. Whatever you choose, it’s 100% vegan, 100% not for profit, and 1000% delicious.
GIVE Cafe, Jl Padang Linjong No.85, Canggu, p. +62 818 0566 4720. Open daily 11am – 8pm.
Bringing real, home-cooked Middle Eastern cuisine to Canggu, Falafel Temple answers all of your pita prayers. Inspired by the flavours of Morocco, Turkey, and Egypt, expect traditional spices, fresh local ingredients and plenty of shisha, with some of the most generous (read: deliciously enormous!) mezze plates we’ve ever seen. And did we mention, it’s all vegan?
Falafel Temple, Jl Pantai Berawa No. 34, Canggu, p. +62 811 396 7979, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 10am – 10pm.
Green Ginger Noodle House
As the scrumptious little sister of Ubud’s famed vegetarian restaurants (The Elephant and Dumbo) Green Ginger dishes up a delicious mix of veggie dishes inspired by Thailand and other south-east Asian cuisine – we’re talking wontons, laksas, Singapore noodles and slippery Vietnamese soups. Yum! Their ethos is to create healthy and delicious food without compromising the planet… not a bad ethos to live by we say! The small space is colourfully cluttered with pots, pans and plant life; you get the picture.
Green Ginger Noodle House, Jl Raya Pantai Berawa, Canggu, p. +62 878 62112729. Open 8am – 10.30pm.
In The Raw Beachgarden
In The Raw Beachgarden is Canggu’s one-stop-health-shop that keeps things real with awesome food, cold pressed juices, tropical vibes and plenty of take-home essentials. As the name suggests, expect only the very best, fresh, organic juices, smoothies, healthy foods and other delicious and original natural goods prepared with love – daily. Pull up a spot in the breezy beach garden restaurant to really get amongst the chilled atmosphere.
In The Raw Beachgarden, Jl Pantai Batu Bolong No.103-107, Canggu, p. +62 81 237 496 861.
District Canggu is a super cool health food café and co-working space with rice field views that’s proving Canggu really does lead the pack when it comes to forward-thinking, clean-living food philosophies. Natural fitness foods, smoothies and juices provide the positive, healthy, energy-building sustenance needed for the body, mind and soul, while coffee fans will love the superb Indonesian house blend and rotating single origin brews.
Disctrict Canggu, Jl Raya Pantai Berawa No. 9090, Berawa, Canggu, p. +62 87 781 465 060. Open daily 8am – 10pm.
BEST RESTAURANTS IN CANGGU
FOR AN EPIC DATE NIGHT
Arguably the hottest name on Bali’s wining, dining and cocktailing scene, Fishbone Local has been giving Canggu’s best restaurants a run for their money since day one of opening. With fresh-from-the-net sustainable fish dishes within breezy, industrial-chic interiors, Fishbone is a solid fave of ours. Come for the pan-seared barramundi with spicy sambal matah, stay for the Cup of Joe cocktail (using Expat. Roasters coffee, no less) and come back again and again for this international knockout that maintains Canggu’s laidback, island vibe.
Fishbone Local, Jl Pantai Batu Bolong No. 117X, Canggu, p. +62 361 9342 779, e. email@example.com. Open daily 12pm – late.
Ji Terrace By The Sea
Asian-fusion bites, boho-chic vibes and the crème de la crème of killer ocean views – Ji Terrace By The Sea really has it all when it comes to wining, dining and sunset swooning in the ‘Gu. This breezy and beautiful rooftop spot is crammed full of cultural flourishes, colourful design touches, and of course, some of the best Asian fusion food on the island. Try the signature Dragon of Ji sushi roll (a chopstick treat of crispy ebi tempura, slick avocado slices and a creamy, slightly spicy sauce) and the beautifully seared Tuna Tataki. You’ll also want to sip on the smokin’ Coco Sexo (inspired by the volcanoes of Indonesia) and – our favourite – the Gin & Tea with Javanese tea and herb-infused gin.
Ji Terrace by the Sea, Jl Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu Beach, p. +62 361 473 1701 / +62 81 239 652 695, e. firstname.lastname@example.org
A goddamn delicious fusion of Cali-Mex munch, Two Fingers ain’t your average Mexican joint. They had us at hola with their street-style tacos, girthy burritos and corn finger snack stacks, served up in a share-style menu with puddles of jalepeño-infused tequila to wash it all down. This date night fave is from the Nude, Kembali & Front Cafe crew, so you know you’ll be in good hands here… two thumbs up for Two Fingers.
Two Fingers, Jl Pantai Berawa, No.101A, Berawa – Canggu, e. email@example.com. Open daily 5pm – midnight.
Next-level nori rolls and super-cool sushi plates are top-of-the-bill at this hand-roll bar. Everything is made fresh (there’s no questionable sushi train here) just made-to-order, rolled-right-in-front-of-your-eyes hand rolls with still-warm nasi, shatteringly crisp nori, and oh-so fresh fillings that’ll impress your hot date. All of this is house inside industrial-Japanese interiors, and it goes without saying, a Sake or Sapporo tops it all off.
TYGR, Jl Pantai Berawa 999x, Canggu, p. +62 813 5331 7389. Open daily 11am – 11pm.
Now with two other locations across Bali (in Seminyak & Uluwatu), this rustic Italian trailblazer serves up delicious staples done right, like wood-fired pizzas and proper home-made pastas. Expect authentic flavours that are perfectly complemented by a chilled glass of wine and views of lush green rice fields. Bonus points for their vegan cheese that tastes just like the real deal.
La Baracca, Jl Tanah Barak, Canggu, p. +62 361 471 5283. Open daily 11am – 11pm.
Boldly sitting on the Batu Bolong strip just a few barefooted steps away from the sand, The Slow is so much more than “just” an artsy island stay. With gourmet bites, epic cocktails, artisanal interiors and a superstar couple at the wheel, The Slow is one of Canggu’s big-name dining destinations for something totally different. Feast on The Slow’s creamy burrata with a slightly chilled Californian red, then head up to the rooftop for a post-dinner tipple – the cocktails are the best in town and the views over the ‘Gu are magical.
The Slow, Jl Batu Bolong No. 97, p. +62 361 2099 000, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 7am – 11pm.
Moana Fish Eatery
A Polynesian restaurant, fresh fish market and smoothie & juice bar all rolled into one, Moana is a must-stop for seafood lovers. Think poke bowls, sashimi, carpaccio, tartare and BBQ fish done just like they do it in the Aloha islands. You’ll spot it by the growing queue from 7pm, so be sure to call ahead if you don’t wanna keep your date waiting…
Moana Fish Eatery, Jl Pantai Batu Bolong 28, Canggu, p. +62 81 238 158 373. Open daily 11am – 11pm.
One Eyed Jack
Impress your date at this super trendy Izakaya-style Japanese joint serving up a mix of traditional and modern fusion fare. Kick off with a shochu or sake cocktail and soak up the stylish minimalist ambiance at this intimate dining spot. Psst – the chef is Nobu trained, so expect big things in the food department, like the spicy tuna bites on crispy rice with rich droplets of eel sauce.
One Eyed Jack, Jl Pantai Berawa No.89, Canggu – Berawa, p. +62 819 99291888. Open daily 5pm – 7pm.
The Savage Kitchen
Bold and breezy by day, sultry and savage by night, this health-driven restaurant at the gateway to Canggu describes itself as a wild food concept that revolves around the freshest ingredients Mother Nature provides – and that’s exactly what it delivers. Come for the vegetable-stacked and protein-rich salads for lunch, and stay for the hearty meats and fish for dinner with killer cocktails to match.
The Savage Kitchen, Canggu Plaza, Jl Canggu Club, Canggu, p. +62 819 1641 4541. Open daily 6.30am – midnight.
This tent-shaped restaurant in Berawa is the nifty work of Exec Chef Jacob Burrell of Atterine Jakarta, and ever since the nylon doors blew open, Parachute has been dishing up casual, refined food that focuses on local produce from Bali’s best farmers. Think wood-fired eggplant, grilled sweetlips and “flanken-cut” beef short ribs. There’s also a tonic bar with adaptogenic lattes, balancing herbal infusions and medicinal goodies straight from the Parachute garden.
Parachute, Jl Subak Sari, Berawa, Canggu, p. +62 813 3742 3010 e. email@example.com. Open daily 5pm – midnight.
THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN CANGGU
FOR ASIAN FUSION EATS
Leroy’s has given Canggu exactly what we’ve always wanted for oh-so long: great Vietnamese food at a fab price. And it hasn’t disappointed, not in the slightest. This cool Canggu nook is a relaxed, modern eatery that dishes up all of our fave Vietnamese staples (like Pho, Banh Mi and rice paper rolls) in a more modern, downright delicious way – mostly vegan and gluten free. Add to that the chill vibes, hip hop beats, intimate antique decor and daily cocktail deals, and we think we might be in love.
Leroy’s, Jl Tanah Barak No.43, Canggu, p. +62 812 3836 8100, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open Tues – Sun, 5pm – 11pm.
Another hit from The Good Food Brotherhood (following in the successful footsteps of Milk & Madu and Watercress), Ulekan takes the very best of Indonesian home cooking and serves it up with a fine dining angle. From traditional dishes and stylish interiors to delicious drinks & desserts, you won’t want to miss this Canggu treasure.
Ulekan Bali, Jl Tegal Sari 34, Berawa, p. +62 81 339 211 466. Open daily 11am – 10pm.
Set within the ever-expanding Tamora Gallery, Ink Bali dishes up Japanese comfort food in the heart of the Berawa ‘hood. An umami explosion of all things “oishi”, there’s colourful fusion sushi, sticky Karaage chicken, ooey-gooey pork belly and alllll the buttery gyoza. And to really settle into Japan’s comfort cuisine (it’s quite easy) there’s plenty of cocktails here too, equally Japanese-y and doubly delicious.
Ink Bali at Tamora Gallery, Jl Pantai Berawa No.99, Canggu, e. email@example.com. Open daily.
Doing what others haven’t dared, Missibu jazzes up Indonesian classics to scrumptious, gourmet standards. We’re talking bright bowls of Nasi Goreng without the nasties (MSG & palm oil, we’re looking at you) and everyone’s fave Rendang uses imported prime beef, no less. But it’s not only the local loves that Missibu does best. This Melbourne-esque melting pot also slings epic coffee, big smoothie bowls and even a cast of handcrafted cocktails for when brunch turns to lunch and lunch turns to a night out on the Berawa town.
Missibu Bali, Tamora Gallery, Jl Pantai Berawa No.99, Canggu, p. +62 812 4943 1313. Open daily 8am – 10pm.
Folie Kitchen & Patisserie
At Folie, Asian flavours are given a French-spin courtesy of chef Stephane Simond to create a superb bistro-style menu. With the philosophy of ‘for the love of good food’, you can expect delish dishes, bakery treats and everything in between at this new ‘Gu hotspot. Top top: swing by in the arvos for their famous High Tea towers.
Folie Kitchen & Patisserie, Jl Subak Sari 30A, Canggu, Bali, +62 361 934 2025. Open daily 8am – 10pm.
BEST RESTAURANTS IN CANGGU
FOR WESTERN TREATS
As hot as its traditional wood fired ovens, Fabbrica has been heating up the pizza competition in the ‘Gu – and we’re gunna go as far to say it’s right up there with the very best in Bali. The pizzas are thin and crispy with a slight charredness, the toppings are generous and loaded with authentic Italian ingredients, and can we just take a moment to appreciate the creamy, almost-molten burrata? Try the Capricciosa loaded with mushroom, ham, black olives, salami and artichokes, or get the best of everything with a Quattro Stagioni. Just don’t forget that Burrata.
Pizza Fabbrica, Jl Batu Mejan, p. +62 819 9933 0880, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 10am – midnight.
Deus Temple of Enthusiasm
Also filed under: “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, this is a restaurant, gallery, surf shop, motorbike garage, studio, concert venue and meeting space all rolled into one; oh yes, Deus is all things to all people. The aptly-named ‘Temple of Enthusiasm’ has been rockin’ in the rice fields of Batu Bolong for a few years now and continues to pack ‘em in every day for great bistro-style grub, cold draught beers and a stack of good-times. Call in on a Sunday evening for one of the rowdiest parties in town.
Deus Temple of Enthusiasm, Jl Batu Mejan No.8, Canggu, p. +62 811 388 315. Open daily 7am – midnight.
A Spanish-Mexican fusion feaster, La Bandida is all about loaded tacos, big burgers and the kind of #foodporn you might only dream about on one helluva hangover (we’re looking at you, hand-cut fries muddled with lashings of Serrano ham and gooey eggs). Leading the charge here is the finger food – try the Cochinita Pibil tacos stuffed with achiote marinated pulled pork, grilled pineapple and a spicy Chipotle mayo. Or the Los Pepes burger made with paprika-crumbed chicken, coleslaw, guac and salsa. And psst! There’s happy hours and food deals throughout the week – si gracias!
La Bandida, Jl Tanah Barak No.6, Canggu, p. +62 821 4547 4530. Open daily 5.30pm – midnight.
Luigi’s Hot Pizza
After the success of Seminyak’s so-hot-right-now Da Maria, the unstoppable duo of Maurice Terzini and Adrian Reed joined forces for another hot hit: Luigi’s Hot Pizza. It’s Italo dining in the heart of Canggu, this time with a more affordable, low-fi and unpretentious twist. The pizzas are just as epic as they are in the Seminyak restaurant, as are the trendy cocktails and wild, wild party nights…
Luigi’s Hot Pizza, Jl Batu Mejan No2, Canggu, p. +62 361 9077900. Open daily 5pm til midnight.
Saganaki, tzatziki, baklava, and Moussaka. You’ll find all the Big Fat Greek foodie names at Santorini on Echo Beach. The authenticity here is thanks to the founders – a Greek family whose age-old recipes bring us the real deal. The pastitsio is baked until creamy, the gyros are made-to-order with the best olive oil around, and the Moussaka is as traditional as they come, with layer-upon-layer of eggplant, potato, beef and béchamel – wrapped up in splashes of blue and white interiors that are oh-so-Santorini.
Santorini Greek Restaurant Bali, Jl Batu Mejan, Echo Beach, Canggu, e. email@example.com. Open daily 8am – 11pm.
Another Berawa-border must, La Finca is located just around the corner from La Laguna. Their rustic Mediterranean dishes, drinks and atmosphere let you escape normal Bali life for a few hours to instead escape to the island of Ibiza. And, with their Paella and Sangria Sundays, you can end your weekend on a Spanish high with a jug (or three) of the good stuff and paella until the prawns come home.
La Finca, Jl Subak Sari #77, Banjar Tegal Gundul, Canggu, p. +62 361 210 5080. Open daily 5pm – 11pm.
THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN CANGGU
FOR BEACH & POOL VIBES
From the same family as Laguna, Favela, Sicilia and Plancha, La Brisa is the quirky-yet-cool destination from the “La” family, and the coolest boho-beanbag beach club on Echo Beach in Canggu. Best enjoyed sans sandals and with a long drink in hand, La Brisa is a bohemian hub of rustic Spanish cooking, delish cocktails, multiple swimming pools and a hot soundtrack to top it all off.
La Brisa, Jl Pantai Batu Mejan Gg. La Brisa, Echo Beach, Canggu, p. +62 81 139 466 66. Open daily 11am – midnight.
COMO Beach Club
Follow Canggu’s A-listers and eco-conscious luxury lovers to COMO Beach Club at COMO Uma Canggu – one of the first five-star destinations to open in the ‘Gu. A fabulous beachfront spot for wining, dining and sunshine soaking, expect the freshest, regionally sourced ingredients creatively used in spectacular seaside dishes. Come for the breezy, beachy vibes, and stay for the best Eggs Benedict around.
COMO Beach Club at COMO Uma Canggu, Jl Pantai Batu Mejan, Echo Beach, Canggu, p. +62 361 302 2228 e. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finns Beach Club
Absolute oceanfront looking directly over the famous waves of Berawa, Finns Beach Club is the quintessential bamboo beach hangout. Laze and graze away a day on the single and double day beds, or swim in the stunning 30metre pool with a cool cocktail or three before setting up for the sundowner show. Want to up the lounging luxe factor? Head next door to Finns VIP Beach Club and be treated like the celeb that you are!
Finns Beach Club, Jl Pantai Berawa, Canggu, p. +62 361 844 6327 / +62 361 844 6328. Open daily from 8am.
With it’s retro Miami pool club look, Cabina is an Instagrammer’s dream come true. Awash with pale pinks and that perfect turquoise pool, every angle’s a good one. Food-wise, poolside grazing is the order of the day, with a cocktail in hand (natch) and a party vibe kicking in once the sun goes down.
Cabina Bali, Gang Daksina, Batu Belig, Canggu – Seminyak, p. +62 361 474 0989. Open daily 9am – 9pm.
The ultimate surfie hangout in Canggu, everyone knows Old Mans is the place to be for chilled daytime grazing and some of the best party nights in town. Relaxed beachy-type fare is what you’ll find beneath their brightly coloured umbrellas – think fish & chips, salads and big burgers – and they do a pretty mean frozen margarita too if you need a break from the Binny’s. Top tip: stop by for happy hour every night of the week from 5-6pm for 2-4-1 on all drinks.
Old Man’s, Jl Batu Bolong, Canggu, p. +62 361 8469 158. Open daily from 7am – 1am.
Panama Kitchen & Pool
Bringing back the vibes of a good ol’ summer barbecue, Panama Kitchen & Pool in Berawa is all about 60s culture, tropical designs and a touch of art deco. This poolside hangout serves homemade comfort food and signature cocktails (and naturally, epic happy hour deals to boot) all of which are specifically crafted to suit an afternoon of sunning and sipping on the stripy deckchairs. Cheers!
Panama Kitchen & Pool, Jl Pantai Berawa No.13, Canggu, p. +62 899 015 6666. Open daily 8am – 11pm.
Happy munching Honeys!