Thing are heating up in Canggu! With more and more people flocking to this former fisherman’s village, it is fast becoming one of the hottest destination in Bali. Located north of Seminyak, Canggu is known for its hipster vibe and laid-back feel. There are endless activities and trendy places to visit, and we’ll teach you how to chill here with our list of awesome things to do in Canggu!
1) Explore Canggu on a motor-bike/scooter
The easiest way to get around Canggu is to rent a motor-bike or a scooter, as the place isn’t exactly car-friendly and some of the places can be quite spread out. For the best ricefield views (which you are bound to experience), we recommend exploring the area from Jalan Pantai Pererenan to Jalan Raya Seseh! Just don’t expect it to be the level of Tegalalang Rice Terrace!
There is also an infamous “Canggu shortcut” that you will hear about, but be very careful if you journey down this path. This narrow cobbled brickroad is prone to many accidents as it is an elevated path with no safety fences. Many bikes and cars haven fallen off the path and toppled over!
But if you are not comfortable riding on a bike, don’t worry as there is still the option of hiring a Grab or Gojek motorbike taxi to transport you around.
3) Sunset on the beach
Sunsets in Bali are just amazing and there is no better place to catch it than a beach in Canggu!
Head to one of the bars along the beach and grab a Bintang beer while you enjoy the magnificent view. We recommend Echo Beach House if you are near Echo Beach, Finn’s Beach Club at Berawa Beach, or Old Man’s at Batu Bolong Beach.
For a more luxe vibe, head to The Lawn at Batu Bolong Beach!
With new hipster cafes springing up every month, you’lll be spoilt for choices when it comes to deciding your next brunch location. The solution is to embark on a cafe-hopping journey! With cuisines ranging from Mexican to Western to smoothie bowls, there is something for everyone!
Check out our comprehensive guide on the best restaurants in Canggu here!
5) Staying fit
With all that food in your stomach, you need to balance it out with a good workout.
6) Visit the markets
If your stay coincides with the days these markets are being held, I highly encourage you to check them out as you can usually find some gems. Even if you are not interested in the goods, it’s still great to join in the fun!
- Samadi Bali Sunday Market: Held every Sunday from 9am – 2pm. You can find fresh organic produce from local farmers, home-cooked food and wares, vintage clothing, artisanal jewellery and cosmetics.
- Love Anchor: Opened everyday. Weekdays 10am – 10pm. Weekends 10am – 5pm. With more than a hundred vendors, pretty much anything can be found here.
- Old Man’s Market: Held on the last Saturday of every month, 8am – 3pm. Handicrafts, vintage clothing and jewellery, fresh produce, and surf-related products.
7) Get a free tattoo
Yes you heard that right, you can get a free tattoo in Canggu but it only happens on tuesdays!
Deus Cafe (of Deus ex Machina) holds an event called “Tacos and Tatts Tuesday”, where tacos are on the menu and free tattoos are given out. With the hype and crowd, there isn’t that much time for everyone and it’s black and white only so prepare a simple design beforehand! When a blackboard is put out, write your name in one of the empty slots and be fast as they run out quite quickly.
Enjoy your new tattoo!
Deus Cafe, Jl. Batu Mejan no. 8, Canggu 80361
8) Shopping in Canggu
Other than the markets, Canggu is home to a bunch of fabulous home decor and fashion shops that has a mix of foreign and local brands. They are mainly located along Berawa and Batu Bolong.
If you are looking for new things to decorate your house, head to Bungalow Living Bali where you can find everything from hand-painted jars to crochet cushions.
Clothing shops are littered along the way and you can easily find popular shops such as Bamboo Blonde along the streets!
9) Visit Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple is one of those things you must visit as it’s one of the most iconic site in Bali. It is an ancient Hindu temple located off the shore and perched on a rock. The sunset view of the temple is amazing but it is also the most crowded period. If you want to beat the crowd, visit early in the morning. Also, you can walk across to the temple and back before the tide becomes too high to cross if you time it right.
The entrance fee is IDR 60k and you will also have to make a small donation should you wish to receive a blessing.
10) Party at a beach club
As one of the most famous beach clubs in Bali, Finn’s Beach Club is a great place to spend your time while you sip on your cocktail, enjoying the beach views. Featuring an infinity pool, swim-up bar and underwater speakers, it is also famous for its front-row seaside location.
Note that there is a minimum spend if you want a day bed (IDR 500k for walk-ins, IDR 1mil for reservations), which will go to your food and drinks. If you just plan to hang out at the restaurant or bar, there is no minimum spend required.
With so many awesome things to do in Canggu, make sure you mark them down for your next trip! Don’t miss out on our guide on the best restaurants in Canggu as well!
If you are still planning your Bali itinerary, check out the following guides on Ubud and Seminyak!