5 things to do in Canggu

5 things to do in Canggu

Travelling to Canggu? Here are The Leisure’s top things to do and see when visiting this bohemian, coastal village

Rivalling the likes of Newtown, Fitzroy and even Byron Bay, the newest hipster hub travellers are flocking to is none other than Canggu, Bali.

With it’s boho vibe, next-level surf scene and epic cafe culture, Canggu has risen in popularity over the last few years and is now a popular destination for holiday makers.

Surfer and sunset at Echo Beach

Markets

What hipster doesn’t love local markets? Thankfully Canggu does too! With something for everyone Canggu’s market scene is the ultimate hot spot to snag yourself a local or vintage souvenir.

If fashion is your thing check out Love Anchor and Old Man’s markets. Love Anchor Markets are on every Saturday and Sunday from 9am - 5pm and are touted as being one of the most ‘hipster markets’ in Bali. Stall holders sell everything from clothing to souvenirs, plus, there is lots of live music and all round good vibes. Old Man’s market is on the last Saturday of every month and is host to a range of market stalls. Local island creatives showcase vintage fashion, handicrafts, as well as yummy local delights. You can also expect to find a small section where local farmers sell their local produce, mouthwatering homemade snacks and desserts.

For travellers looking for local, wholesome and organic produce, look no further than Samadi markets. Located near Echo beach, Samadi markets are on every Sunday from 9am-2pm, selling organic fruit and vegetables, as well as, skincare, makeup and fashion.

Entrance to the Love Anchor Markets located in Canggu

Surfing

Known for its surf community, Canggu is home to some of the best surf spots in Bali! Everywhere you look you will find locals and travellers alike racing around with surfboards strapped to their scooters, ready to chase down the next big swell.

Join the hunt by hiring a board at one of the local surf stores and head to a nearby beach. For beginner surfers, Old Man’s beach is the perfect spot to hire a board, get an instructor and hit the waves. The waves are gentle and slightly protected from the elements, allowing grommets to hop on a longboard and successfully catch some waves.

For more seasoned riders check out Echo beach and Berawa. Located in close proximity to each other, you will be sure to snag several good rides at these beaches. Echo beach is favoured for it’s powerful, large waves, whilst Berawa’s reef break makes it the ideal spot for short, swift barrels. If you’re travelling outside of Canggu and are looking for more surf recommendations, check out these sweet, surf spots. You won’t be disappointed.

Surfer holding surfboard on Echo Beach Bali

Seafood Haven, Fishbone Local 

Good people, good vibes and even better food - we introduce you to Fishbone Local. Their focus is simple - quality, top-notch seafood in a minimal social setting. 

Fishbone is a must-dine experience and will have you coming back for a second or third time. If you don't have time for a sit down menu, stop by and try one of their famous cocktails. We may even go as far to say that their cocktails are the best we've ever had! 

If you are going to try the menu think; beer-battered Mahi Mahi, chimichurri spiced tuna loin, char-grilled swordfish skewer, plus an array of non-pescatarian dishes for the fussy ones. Accompanying the dining menu is a very AUS-friendly drinks list, spanning your favourite tap beers, an eclectic wine selection, and a seriously impressive cocktail lineup.

Cafe Culture

As much as Canggu is renowned for it’s surf scene, it is just as known for its impressive cafe culture. Home to some of our favourite cafes, sunset drink spots and day clubs, Canggu is the place to be for good vibes and great food.

For the plant-based eaters, Peloton is your one stop shop. From wicked smoothie bowls, “tricken schnitzels” and chocolate thick shakes there is nothing this cafe doesn’t do. If avocado is your thang, check out The Avocado Factory. Situated next to a rice field, the stylish and light-filled space serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner, with all dishes on the menu based around the star ingredient, you guessed it, avocado.

If you’re looking for a variety of healthy, nutritious and delicious food Crate Cafe and Betelnut Cafe are your one stop shop. You can expect nourish bowls, burgers, smoothies and good coffee. Finally, if you’re after a quick sugar hit before a big surf session, race past Nalu Bowl on your way to Echo Beach for a refreshing smoothie bowl.

The Lawn

Sitting on the foreshore of the hip Canggu beach, The Lawn has quickly become a favourite haunt for locals and visitors alike.

This breezy seaside venue is ideal for unwinding, relaxing and enjoying the best of what Bali has to offer. Soak up the midday sun, lounge by the pool, enjoy a cocktail or an after dark dinner with friends. The Lawn will satisfy every want and need.

People lounging by the pool at The Lawn, Canggu