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Best places to stay in Canggu

Ayu Melalie

Canggu is probably the hippest and most happening place in Bali right this second. It is the place where everyone wants to be but which area in Canggu is the best for you? You may or may not know but Canggu is quite a stretched out area covering just about everything that lies in between Seminyak and Tanah Lot. Let’s zoom in a little to find out more about Canggu and the different areas so you can decide which neighbourhood is the best for you:

Berawa is that area where you’ll stumble upon one cool cafe after another. Think Instagram hotspot after Instagram hotspot. Green tea latte art, matcha smoothies, velvet pancakes, personalized smoothie bowls - you name it. In Berawa you just want to keep going out for breakfast and lunch- it is inevitable. Berawa is also the area in Canggu that is best for families. You’ll find cafes with playgrounds and arts & crafts, you can go have a full day of family fun at Finn’s Recreation Club and you can go chill out at Finn’s Beach Club and wait for sunset the strike.

Highlights

  • Tamora Gallery (shops, cafes, playground)
  • Milk & Madu - the most famous and beloved family cafe in Bali
  • Finn’s Recreation Club (Bali’s first country club)
  • Finn’s Beach Club & DelMar

Batu Bolong - hip, happening, busy

Batu Bolong is in the heart of Canggu and it the place where you’ll meet youngster, hipsters, yogis, surfers but also families and couples - a glorious mix of everything good. Cafes, restaurants, bars and young gods and goddesses on motorbikes with their surfboards on the side - Batu Bolong is the epicentre of cool! Nightlife, weekend markets, surfing, yoga schools, boutique shops - Batu Bolong is buzzing day and night!

Highlights

  • Old Mans (live music, post-surf drinks, parties and more)
  • The Lawn - amazing sunset spot (with a pool!)
  • Love Anchor Market (shop for souvenirs)
  • Goldust Beauty Lounge (24K Gold Facial, anyone?)

Echo Beach - the hottest beach

The hottest surf beach in Canggu - Echo Beach is walkable from the buzzing Batu Bolong Strip and if you love to surf (or learn how to surf) this is your beach! Echo Beach is also home to a gorgeous bohemian beach club - La Brisa - be sure to stick around for sunset! Another popular beach hangout is Echo Beach Club. The atmosphere is relaxed and chill - you’ll love it! On Sunday Mornings, go check out the market at Samadi. Shop for some gifts from local artists, buy fresh veggies straight from the farm and home-baked bread. Samadi is a great spot to meet other tourists and expats - it is always packed with good people.

Highlights

  • Echo Beach Club
  • La Brisa
  • Deus Ex Machina
  • Samadi
  • Breakfast: Shady Shack

Pererenan - upcoming yet tranquil

Pererenan is a peaceful neighbourhood with a beautiful beach where you can go horseback riding or gaze at the sunset without beach clubs or bars around. Another great area for families and also for romantic couples who like to stay somewhere peaceful and quiet yet close to the action.

Highlights

  • Horse riding on the beach (Kuda P Stables)
  • Red Salt (food and drinks)
  • Still quiet and unspoiled
  • Close to the action over at Echo Beach and Batu Bolong

Important note: public transport is limited in Canggu - al the more reasons to hire a motorbike! We can get you hooked up.

Have you stayed in Canggu? Which area did you love the most? Did you take the (in)famous ‘Canggu shortcut”? We’d love to hear all about your experiences!