During our time in Bali, we’re staying in a little beach town called Canggu. Canggu is full of cute cafes, little shops and boutiques, yoga studios, stray dogs and beaches. Most famously, Canggu is home to Batu Bolong’s and Old Man’s beaches.
If you know me at all, you’ll know that brekkie and brunch (and food in general) are just a few of my favorite things. Brekkie and brunch are another reason why my excitement about staying in Canggu shot through the roof. Thus, I’ve compiled a short list of my favorite places to grab a bite in Canggu. Each meet my following requirements of eating on the road — cute, good vibes and tasty food and/or cheap alcohol:
1. Crate Cafe
The saying is #lifescrate at Crate Cafe and it absolutely rings true. This cafe is in an industrial building made out of concrete and boasts a hipster atmosphere. All the foods are fresh, colorful and cheap. We’ve eaten here quite a few times. There is a rooftop seating area, too. Here’s a collection of goodies (and smoothies!) we ate while visiting Crate.
Crate Cafe is located at Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.64, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia. +62 812-3894-3040. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2. Botegga Italiana
Jesse and I ate brunch one day at Botegga Italiana, and then we ate dinner one night with the group. This place is known for its fresh handmade pasta and boy, is it yummy. When we came here the first time for brunch, I ate a caprese panino and Jesse ate their bolognese pasta. You can really taste the freshness in the pasta and it reminded me of Italy. There is just a small variety of sauces but the restaurant gives you the option to create your own pasta by choosing sauces, cheeses and more. Oh, and there’s wine, which is always imperative.
Bottega Italiana is located at Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.77, Canggu, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia. +62 822-3611-1011. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
3. Montagu Sandwich Bar
The girls and I wandered into this place one morning after yoga. We were craving smoothies and fresh juices, which this place has, in addition to yummy kombuchas. The vibe is also rad and makes you want to travel for a living (unless you don’t already). Here, I indulged in a pesto omelet served with fresh avocado and tasty greens. Then, the boys met up with us after a surf sesh.
Montagu Sandwich Bar is located at Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.94, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia. +62 812-3789-7594. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
4. Little Flinders Cafe
We actually stumbled into Little Flinders for an early dinner one night. The menu offers a selection of both Western and Indonesian cuisine. There’s a great brekkie menu but as for our early dinner that night, I started with a passion fruit iced tea that seriously gave my life meaning. As for food, I sunk my teeth into their burger which was pretty tasty, but Little Flinders’ fries were even better. They were seasoned with some kind of barbecue salt and it. was. amazing. Jesse tried the salmon, which was cooked to perfection.
Little Flinders is located at Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong No. 78, Canggu, Bali, Indonesia 80361, p. +62 361 4715 238. Open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
5. Rotti Canai Street Kitchen
On our first day in Bali, Jesse and I thought it would be a great idea to drink the day away. This led to eating at some of these fantastic places, shopping and enjoying the sunset on the beach while listening to live music. It also resulted in going to bed at 8 p.m. Anyway, after the sun went down, we were starving, which leads us to Rotti Canai. Another hole-in-the-wall hipster af place offering this Indian specialty. Rotti is bomb by the way, highly recommend. Rotti is like a crepe/quesedilla. Ours was full of cheese, mushroom and chicken. So. Good.
Rotti Canai Street Kitchen is located at Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia. +62 821-4747-8550. Open 9 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
6. Betelnut Cafe
I’m not sure if Betelnut should count because this is really just the place that Jesse and I started drinking on our daytime adventure. This is the place he dubbed me Princess Bintang. The food looked good but we had just eaten. The beer is ridiculously cheap, though so hat’s off to you, Betelnut.