The Canggu Vegan Bible
Let's talk about Canggu. The cool kid of Bali. Where the surfers meets the hipsters and where the streets are filled with hipper than hip cafes. I think this sums up Canggu pretty well.
I really enjoyed my time in this beachy town. I spent my days walking around the streets (I'm too scared to hop on a scooter and join the chaos), watching the surfers down by the beach, having too many massages (nah, one can't have too many), chilling at one hip cafe at a time, connecting with some amazing people and practicing all kinds of yoga.
I think Canggu changed me in a way. During my time here something inside me just clicked and I could suddenly breathe with ease and enjoy living in the moment. I might have some well needed meditation to thank as well.
This post isn't going to be me and meditation, or those surfers I watched down by the beach. This is going to be another one of those posts were I share my favourite vegan gems. To be honest I wouldn't call Canggu a vegan gem, it was more like a vegan diamond. That's why I'm so excited to share my diamonds with you!
Peloton Supershop is my number one place in Canggu. I can't fault it in any way. I love the space, the staff and the fully vegan menu. Even the coffee here is amazing and I really had a hard time finding good coffee in Bali. What can I say. I wish I could have tried everything on the menu, but sadly I couldn't. If you're here for breakfast get the pancakes! For lunch I would recommend the 'super bowl' if they have it as a special. Oh, and my favourite smoothie 'pink floyd' is a must.
Jalan Raya Pantai Berawa No. 46
Crate is where all the cool kids meet up. Think concrete, coffee and surfer dudes. I mainly went here for the smoothies (check out those tripes), but the food is very tasty as well. There aren't many clear vegan options, besides the smoothie bowls (so many) and a veggie stack with tempeh and veggies (which was very delicious). I would still go here, because you'll leave the place high on cool vibes.
Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong No. 64
You can't walk past Cafe Organic without noticing it. This cafe has the most gorgeous and white interior. The food served here is as gorgeous as the space - just have a look at these acai bowls (photo). Not only does the food look good, it also tastes good. The menu is packed with other vegan options too, so you won't leave hungry. I would come here if you want to relax for a bit and just hang out with friends.
Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong (corner of Jalan Nelayan)
The Spicy Coconut (Seminyak)
The Spicy Coconut is the cutest little cafe you'll ever find. All of the food here is vegan, so everything on the menu is up for grabs. Me and my boyfriend went here for breakfast and I was drooling over all the options. We ended up sharing the tropical fruit bowl and the flourless pancakes - both were top notch! Although this place isn't located in Canggu you can easily catch a taxi/uber or driver your scooter here, it will takes less than 10 minutes.
Jalan Batu Belig No. 81 (North Seminyak)
Green Ginger Noodle House
Green Ginger Noodle House is the place to go if you're looking for somewhere to go for dinner (believe it or not, but I actually found it quite hard to find vegan friendly dinner places in Canggu). We went back twice, so I guess that tells you something. You'll get to feast on noodles and all sorts of delicious Asian flavours. I would highly recommend the larb (lettuce wraps), Singapore noodles and the pad thai.
Jalan Raya Pantai Berawa No. (no exact number)
The Shelter (SeminYak)
The Shelter is another cute cafe located in Seminyak - just get someone to drive you here. You get to enjoy delicious food on a bungalow like rooftop (or Nalu Bowl's smoothie bowls by the bar downstairs). The menu isn't all vegan, nut the options are good. I chose the chia pudding with dragon fruit because I told myself to get at least one chia pudding with this pink fruit whilst in Bali - they seem to be all over Instagram. All in all a great oasis to escape to when you want a break from the busy streets.
Jalan Drupadi No. 24 (Seminyak)
The Shady Shack
I think our first proper breakfast in Canggu was here at The Shady Shack. It's like a little shady oasis away from the busier parts of the town. You can literally sit outside under the trees and enjoy your meal. When it comes to the food they have plenty of vegan options. I had a little bit of trouble deciding what to get actually. Unlike the usual me I ordered a savoury breakfast - I got the 'nori bowl' which I would recommend if you like sushi. On my second time (I had to go back to try more) I ordered the 'protein bowl' and some sort of spring rolls, both delicious as well.
Jalan Tanah Barak No. 57
You probably already know about Nalu Bowls through Instagram. They were my introduction to the vegan food scene in Bali and I was very excited when I finally got to try one of their smoothie bowls (fan girl). All of the bowls are served in coconut bowls with lots of yummy toppings. I went for one with pink dragon fruit and couldn't have been happier! This is what a smoothie bowl is supposed to be like - thick and creamy. All of the Nalu Bowls cafes seem to be connected to some other bigger cafe and you'll find two of them in Canggu.
Jalan Batu Mejan No. 88 (next to Dojo Bali)
Jalan Raya Pantai Berawa (next to Milk & Maddu Cafe)
I can't recommend the Chillhouse enough - especially if you travel alone. It's such a special place where you get to just unwind and meet likeminded people. I had the best time during my week here. If you want to stay somewhere more budget friendly Dodo's place on Airbnb is a great option. You get your own private room in a beautiful villa with a pool and everything.
The streets of Canggu are filled with one cute shop after another, so be ready to get into shopping the mode. Make sure you check out the shops down Jalan Raya Pantai Berawa and Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong.
Organic & health food shops?
Samadi Bali (yoga studio) organises an organic market every Sunday from 9am - 2 pm. You'll find everything from fresh produce to jewellery. Yogis do markets well!
My favourite spa of all is Chillax - get the 60 minute Balinese full body massage.
I prefer Echo Beach for swimming and sun bathing. When it comes to watching the sunset nothing beats Old Man's Beach. As I'm not a surfer I can't say what beach is best for surfing, but I'm sure any local (or surfer) you see on the street would be happy to tell you.
Yoga at the Chillhouse is great - very intimate and the teachers are wonderful. You can join a class even if you aren't staying here, just talk to the reception. I would also like to recommend The Practice if you are looking for a place to do yoga. The studio is incredible and so are the teachers.
I hope you'll have the best time in Canggu. xo