Written by Beverley Lennon
Co-written by Afina Najib, Dionne Lee, Candice Neo and Keith Tan
Welcome to Canggu. Oh wait, you’re only allowed in the Gu if you pronounce it correctly. So repeat after me: “Chan-goo”. Now, you’re set!
This hip little coastal village in South Bali has long been a surfers’ hideout but is now so very distinct for its unique quirky personality, titling itself as “Bali’s hipster central”.
As some of our team members are real Canggu lovers, we sure have cool stuff to tell you about this area that is just full of swag and hot shirtless surfers walking around with their equally good-looking ladies (sadly!).
Typically, a hip hotspot requires quirky smart cafes, boutiques and delis selling the now-obligatory avocado on (sourdough) toast (but now probably replaced by “Kombucha”) – which seems to have become a byword for hipster culture. And that is obviously what Canggu masters! Once you’re here, you get to indulge in its superb coffee and foodie offerings, cool retail, artsy vibes and, of course, a density of well-groomed beards showing off on dirt-bikes.
From 7am coffee to cure your hangovers to evening cocktails by the pool, here are 24 cool things to do in Canggu (including places to hang out with the kids)!
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1. If you prefer the pool than the beach – Alternative Beach
Nowhere does beach clubs better than Bali (well, except Ibiza maybe?) and Canggu sure has also been pulling its weight in the beach club department! So when you’re hanging out around the island’s trendiest hotspot, don’t miss checking the vibes at Alternative Beach.
Fancy a cocktail on a daybed by the pool? Or an exciting fun time sliding down to the pool or better yet – an indulging moment in a jacuzzi with soothing views? Well technically, it has no beach, it is more of a pool club but you get the whole beach club shebang and more if you get what I mean.
In 2019, the club’s New Year’s resolution includes coming up with their very own on-site spa so you know where to put a nap after a few Bintangs by the pool while getting a relaxing massage!
With a swimming pool, sun deck, fun slide and swing, pool bar, jacuzzi, restaurant and more, Alternative Canggu is one of the best alternatives for heading down to the beach. Not to mention, happy hour rings from 4pm to 6pm daily.
Note: The venue welcomes guests who are at least 17 years old.2. Aye Aye Captain – La Brisa
La Favela, La Laguna or La Plancha? Too cliché for you? Head straight up to their newest sibling and beach club – La Brisa!
When all you want is to escape the Bali inferno and only a dreamy place will do, sail away to La Brisa. Nothing gets better than a comforting plate of seafood right by the beach.
If weekend brunch in Canggu is a religious ritual, La Brisa (with its dizzying array of seafood options) is Bali’s super church.
Load up your plate and enjoy a leisurely seafood feast while gazing out at the sea and sipping on a piping hot coffee. The best part? You can work it all off with a stand-up paddleboarding session at Echo Beach afterwards.
La Brisa is themed around a vintage fisherman’s house, so you’ll find fishing nets, fishing baskets, wooden boats and also a touch of whimsy such as splashy bean bags and everything to make you escape from reality!
They’ve got a pool you can enjoy but believe us, all you’ll want is to put your feet up, sit back and enjoy the ocean view and refreshing sea breeze!
Just like its siblings, La Brisa is in an open-air setting, so you’ll find plenty of seating options and space, as well as countless photogenic spots! A loud call to all hip creatives out there!
3. Spend the day at Bali’s one-stop entertainment venue! – Finns Recreation Club