In recent years Canggu has emerged as Bali’s coolest area with its stylish beach clubs, plant-based restaurants and laid-back surf beaches attracting a chilled out crowd looking to escape the bustle of Seminyak and beyond. It’s all about good food, good people and good vibes, and with our guide to 48 hours in Canggu, we’ll make sure you tick off all the hottest places in one whirlwind trip.
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Head to Canggu for around lunchtime and grab a bite at Fat Mermaid. This quirky eatery is perfect for snap-happy diners with its colourful decor and innovative take on east meets west Indonesian cuisine inspired by the mystical legends of Indonesian culture.
It’s all about endless summer vibes, cute drinks and flavoursome dishes including the Mermaid Noodle with fried noodles, prawn, chicken, garlic and oyster sauce; the Love Me Tender pork chops with sweet & sour capsicum sauce; and the Kurma Pudding made of sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch & vanilla ice cream.
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Having dropped your bags with reception before heading to lunch, return to the five-star COMO Uma Canggu to check into your room. Luxury knows no bounds at this stunning property that offers high-end accommodation and elegant cuisine in a relaxed setting overlooking a black-sand beach and tranquil ocean.
If you’re looking to splurge, opt for one of the property’s three-bedroom duplex COMO penthouses (pictured above) complete with a rooftop pool and sweeping ocean vistas.
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Canguu is known for its laid back vibes with surfing one of the popular past-times of locals and visitors to the area. Catch some waves at the Canggu Surf School’s 3pm beginner’s class (book in advance), which teaches the basics including the correct position to lie on your board, how to paddle and stand and how to choose the right waves to ride.
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Serving the self-proclaimed ‘best Mexican in Bali’, Lacalita Canggu serves up sizzling food in their colourful venue where flowers drip down from the ceiling and the cocktails are perfect for a quick Insta snap. With dishes like fresh snapper ceviche, tacos and quesadillas, bring all your friends along for a delicious meal designed for sharing. There’s also daily specials like taco Tuesdays, Bloody Sundays with 2-4-1 Bloody Marys, and niño Wednesday where kids can dine for free until 7pm.
Rent a scooter or organise a driver to whisk you away for a morning visit to Tanah Lot Temple. Many visitors head to the temple for sunset but we recommend heading there earlier in the day to beat the crowds. To the locals, this iconic temple is one of the most important sites on the island of Bali, while tourists appreciate the temple’s beauty as it is set out on a rock that appears to be floating in the ocean.
Canggu really embraces healthy living and breakfast is a huge part of the way of life here, with locals and visitors opting for fresh dishes packed with nutrients and energy-boosting goodness. Nude promotes a ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ mantra with brekkie dishes like a pitaya bowl with dragon fruit, coconut seeds, goji berries and homemade granola, and the NÜDE omelette with roast pumpkin, kale, capsicum, feta and caramelised onion on bread.
If your trip to Canggu happens to fall on a Saturday or Sunday, be sure to pay a visit to the lively Love Anchor Market (a larger version of the regular Monday-Friday market). Expect live music and over 150 cool stalls selling stylish clothing, souvenirs and jewellery.
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Pack your coolest bathers to spend the afternoon at Finns Beach Club, Canggu’s hottest beachside playground. If you’re planning on spending a full day here, consider pre-booking a bed or booth so that you can plunge in and out of the club’s 30m swimming pool with ease. With a pool bar, sushi bar, surf bar and restaurant onsite, this is the perfect place to chill out with friends.
Enjoy 180° views of the sparkling Indian Ocean and Canggu Beach at the Japanese-inspired Ji Terrace by THE SEA. We recommend making a reservation at the same time that the sun is setting for a truly spectacular experience, best enjoyed with some fresh sushi and refreshing cocktails.
Feel the ocean breeze as you round off your day at Old Man’s, a stylish beachfront venue which describes itself as a ‘grown-ups playground’. From frozen margaritas to strawberry daiquiris, Bloody Marys and cosmopolitans, this is a place for great conversations accompanied by live music.
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