Canggu Beach is a coastal village and an up-and-coming resort area that is roughly situated between Bali's Seminyak and Tanah Lot. In recent years, tourism has boomed here and it's attracting a pretty cool crowd of surfers, hipsters, yogis and travellers looking for affordable luxury and a taste of the chilled-out tropical lifestyle. So, Canggu is a paradise for anyone with the same interests as me – boho-luxe boutique accomodation, delicious vegan food, sunsets, surf beaches and, of course, somewhere beautiful to practice yoga! We came for five nights and stayed for almost three weeks because there was just too much to do – and too much to eat! After just a week away, we decided to come back and stay even longer! So it's safe to say we fell in love with Canggu – and you will too!
First of all, with a little practice and a dash of courage, you can learn to ride a scooter from place to place. It's a fun and easy way to get around and will set you back as little as $4 a day! If you're a bit of a chicken like me, hire a bicycle – it's a wonderful way to see Canggu, tone those legs and feel the wind in your hair. Otherwise, find somewhere to stay around the main streets and, as long as you don't mind getting a little sweaty, you can walk along the beach to get from street to street.
where to stay
There are plenty of cool places to stay in Canggu, ranging from cheap and cheerful home stays to all-out luxury villas, but I have chosen three favourites based on their vicinity to great yoga studios and vegan cafés, and their stylish decor – after all, we are luxe yogis, right?
Jl. Munduk Catu No.1, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
Vassani Stay is the ideal place for any 'luxe yogi' to stay in Canggu. Not only is it perfectly located within walking distance from Canggu's best yoga studios, stylish boutique stores and endless options for vegan foodies – it is also one of the cleanest, most stylish rooms around with all the little touches that will make your stay amazing. The pool is pure bliss too! I could spend days just lounging beside it. Read more about this chic and stylish Airbnb in this post.
Jl. Padang Linjong No.25A, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Bali
This gorgeous little Airbnb is tucked away in a quiet street on the way to Echo Beach, a few doors down from Samadi Bali yoga centre (which has an awesome Sunday market!) and a short walk to some of Canggu's best vegan eateries. Aside from it's fantastic location, it's also incredibly cute! It has a Morocca-meets-Ibiza vibe, with a handful of stylishly decorated rooms huddled around a crystal clear pool (with a unicorn pool floatie, of course!). Read more about this luxe little stay in this post.
Jl. Padang Linjong No.47, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Bali
The last little stay to hit my 'luxe yogi' radar is the quiet little Villa Nosara, nestled among rice paddies at the end of a quiet lane off Padang Linjong, but walking distance (or a quick scooter ride, for some!) from all the yoga and vegan foodie action of Canggu. I enjoyed watching sunsets from my room, which was chic, spotless and stylishly decorated. I LOVE white and so this place felt like total #bedroomgoals. Finally, the little kitchenette allowed me to make my morning fruit platters and coffee, and enjoy it by the pool. Heavenly! Read more about this lovely, ultra chill stay in this post .
where to eat
Honestly, in all my time in Canggu, I've rarely had a bad meal and I don't recall ever reading a menu here without at least half a dozen good vegan options! It truly is a paradise for vegan foodies. On the nutrition side, you won't be missing out on anything, as is often the case when you travel. I'd wager many of you will even leave feeling healthier than when you arrived! Here are my top five cafés... but there are so many more, I am already planning a sequel to this post!
99, Jl. Pantai Berawa, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Bali
A newcomer to the Canggu foodie scene, Two Trees Eatery tops my list of great places to eat in the 'Gu! Why? Because the menu is so damn clever! Pictured above is the Watermelon Poke – somehow these culinary wizards have marinated (pickled??) the watermelon in a way that gives it the exact same look and texture as raw tuna!! Whaaaaat!? Mind blown. Also, don't go past their amazing Kombucha, the 'Sunny Days' smoothie, the unicorn lattes and the icing on the cake (literally!) is the epic 'Cacao Ceremony' for dessert. Click here to read the full review and see more photos of their awesome menu.
Jl. Tanah Barak No.57, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Bali
Vegan vibers in Canggu CAN NOT MISS this epic café slinging burgers, tempeh bowls, wraps, smoothie bowls, nachos, tacos and so much more... straight out of your plant-lovin' dreams! You must try the 'Shack Attack' beetroot burger served with the naughtiest crunchy baby potatoes and my favourite 'Tempeh Bowl' on the island. The Shack never disappoints!
Jl. Tanah Barak, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Bali
Next up we have The Avocado Factory. Really, the name says it all. Do you have any further questions? Honestly this place is an avo-holics wet dream. There's avocado matcha lattes, avocado roses on toast, soft tacos with guacamole, avo smash (of course!), avo smoothies, avo smoothie bowls and avocado desserts... just avo everything. And it's perfectly positioned between two little rice paddies at the Deus-end-of-town.
Jl. Pantai Berawa No.46, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Bali
You simply cannot come to Canggu and miss this vegan foodie's paradise! If you're into eating the rainbow, and you're looking for some seriously insta-grammable and compassionate munchies, this is the spot. The burgers alone are worth the visit, whether filled with jackfruit or 'tricken' schnitzel and topped with lots of lovely rainbow salad in a charcoal bun – they're always served with sweet potato fries on the side. Yes. Please. There's also some great salad bowls with your usual faves; quinoa, tempeh, rocket, hummus etc, as well as delicious smoothie bowls, kombucha, tacos, nachos and more... all kind to your body, the planet and the animals.
Jl. Pura Batu Mejan n.4, Echo Beach, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Bali
Slinging some of Canggu's best salad bowls, smoothie bowls and delicious coffee by Expat Roasters, this micro-sized café near Echo Beach is a newcomer to the scene, and although the menu might be as small as the hole-in-the-wall café itself, I'd still call it a must stop for 'luxe yogis' like me. You can get creative and make your own salad (down and dirty DIY style!) and the choice of sauces, sides and superfoods, is pretty epic. Fast and fresh; simple and tasty. It's everything you want in a salad bowl.
where to practice
Okay so finally, it wouldn't be a 'luxe yogis' guide to Canggu without tips on where to practice. And if it's a luxe studio you are after, then what do we want? No scruffy mats, grubby-looking studios and vague, shady teachers rocking up late. If I wanted an ashram, I'd go to India. I'm not saying yoga isn't about transcending the physical realm and letting go of the superficial, but if I'm going to step outside my body for a while, I'd like to leave it in a safe, clean place.
Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.94, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Bali
The Practice is Canggu's newest and most incredible purpose built yoga studio, offering lots of interesting Sun, Fire and Moon-themed Hatha classes, afternoon Yin, and special events and workshops. You'll discover some inspirational and truly talented teachers and deepen your practice here. I found it re-ignited my passion for practice after a little plateau and a case of the travel 'blahs'. It is set in a rice paddy, with a cool lounge area, little kiosk and shop, and pretty gardens to chill in before and after practice.
Jl. Padang Linjong No.39, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Balu
Whether you're an experienced Ashtangi yogi, or just looking to dip your feet into this ancient yoga style, Samadi Bali is the perfect place to expand your practice in paradise. Specialising in the traditional Mysore style, but also offering other yoga styles to suit a variety of levels and mindsets, there's something for everyone here! There's also a great wholefoods café on site, as well as massage therapies available. Oh, and don't miss Samadi's Sunday market, featuring yummy vegan treats, fresh organic fruit and vegetables, local produce and all sort of conscious-community goodies.
but there's so much more...
It took me almost a month to finish this blog post, simply because I kept discovering new places in Canggu that I couldn't leave out of my guide. I've been scootering around with my camera from café to café just trying to cover everything that this magical place has to offer. And STILL new places are popping up – like another awesome mindful movement yoga studio just about to open! It's quite clear I can't fit it everything in one post, so watch this space for the sequel! Gosh, maybe it will be a trilogy at this rate?!