by Ting Ting Guan @ting.x.ting
Canggu is a surf town in West Bali with happening, hip beach vibes. You can’t turn a corner without running into a smoothie shop or carefree boho style store. Besides going to yoga and building sandcastles, there are 3 other important things to do while you are here: Surf, Shop, and most importantly, EAT! Here's a rundown of some of our current faves.
Favorite Brunch Spot: Cafe Vida
Jl. Raya Batu Bolong No. 38A, 7am-10:30pm
Want to start your day off right? Come here for brekkie, brunch or lunch. The clean, lean and wonderfully flavored savory breakfast bowls feature all the power foods like kale, quinoa, and seasonal veggies. Feeling like something sweet? Their smoothie bowls are works of art. Packed with acai berries, fresh spirulina and an abundance of tropical fruits, you can't go wrong with whichever one you choose. For something heartier, the mahi fish tacos are the best in Bali: three healthy portions of fresh fish and lots of options for sauces. Don’t forget to ask for their homemade sambal matah! Just the right consistency and perfect spice. They also have 2 pages worth of coffee options. My favorite is the Mexican Spiced Coffee. The flavors are incredible, and you can even make it a dessert by topping it with a scoop of vegan ice cream.
Underrated Lunch: Green Ginger Noodle House
I must have driven by this veggie based Thai spot a million times before deciding to actually go in. From the outside it doesn’t look like much, but inside is very quiet and cozy with a lush garden seating area as well as a cool air conditioned section. The prices here are great and the food is even better. They mastered the tofu laab, with an explosion of flavors and a generous portion, stuffing each cabbage leaf to the max. Their curries are out of this world, with perfect consistency and filled with fresh veggies, leaving even the hungriest yogi surfer satisfied. In addition, homemade dumplings, smoothies, and juices are also part of their menu. This place is low key, authentic, friendly and worth a stop! They also have a sister restaurant in Ubud called the Elephant, a Zuna Yoga staff fave.
Quick Heat Relief: Mad Pops
Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.48, 11am-10pm
If you've been traveling around Bali, you might have noticed some shops selling Mad Pops Popsicles, a vegan based pop with all kinds of fun flavors from coconut avocado to vegan chocolate fudge chunk. Their brick and mortar store in the heart of Canggu is tiny, so if you are driving too fast on a motorbike, you'll probably miss it. This place sells not just pops, but also vegan ice cream. All the flavors are enticing, and it will be hard not to ask for a sample of each! My favorite is the matcha, it has the perfect silky smooth creamy texture and just the right intensity of matcha flavor. They also offer Taco Tuesdays: IDR50,000 for 2 flavors and 2 toppings in a freshly made waffle taco. Besides Tukie’s ice cream in Ubud, this is my fave ice cream indulgence while chilling in Canggu.
Ravenous, on a Budget, and Health Conscious: Lupe Canggu
Jl. Tegal Sari No.37A, 8am-9pm closed Mondays
This is my go to spot for dinner in Canggu. It's a buffet, but they do not sacrifice quality for quantity. If you've spent all day in the surf or sun, and just want to chill and eat tons of great food without worrying about price, come here. Every night they have a different theme. Tuesdays is Seafood, Wednesdays Vegetarian, Thursdays Greek and so on. All buffets are IDR100,000 with the exception of Vegetarian Night which is only 75K. It is well worth it if you want to fill up on wholesome food. Tons of options of diversely prepared veggies, spices, and they make incredible soups. I talked to the kind owner and he said if you come on a night that serves meat but you are vegetarian, he will only charge you IDR75,000. In addition if you are there for breakfast, no item is over IDR50,000.
Off the Beaten Path: Jib Fusion
Pererenan, Mengwi 2pm-10pm
I have to give a shout out to this tiny and loving restaurant. It has only five tables, one stove top, and two staff, but offers some of the most mouth watering and authentic Indian food I have ever had.
They prepare everything basically right in front of you. You can even go into the kitchen as it is right next to a table! They make and cook the roti fresh each time and the prices are ridiculously reasonable. You could order five dishes and pay less than IDR150,000. It’s simple, it’s fresh, and not pretentious. It might not be the spot to take to impress your visiting parents with ambience, but it is worth a stop if you want something that warms the heart and the belly.
Sample these great cafes and plenty more when you join the Zuna Yoga team for a 200, 300 or 500 hour YTT at Samadi Bali in Canggu! Upcoming dates:
November 1-22, 2018: 200 hour yoga teacher training
June 9-29, 2019: 200 hour yoga teacher training
~Is what you're doing today taking you closer to where you want to be tomorrow? @zunayoga