The Ultimate Canggu Food Guide – where to eat in Bali

 

When visiting Bali you are bound to make a stop in a place called Canggu. It’s located in the middle of Bali’s rice fields and surrounded by large palm trees.

Next to being a surfers and yoga paradise its also an absolute vegan food paradise! In fact, there are so many cafes and restaurants that serve amazing plant based food that its hard to choose which spot you are going to try next!

So here I am making things a little easier for you! I went looking for the best coffee, smoothie bowls, smoothies, avo toast, chia jugs, pancakes, salads, burgers, pastas, pizza, vegan ice cream and even the best local Balinese food!

Here is the list so you know where to go and get your vegan pancakes and enjoy the best coffee when you find yourself wondering through the rice fields in Bali!

 

 

Best coffee

 

Satu Satu

At Satu Satu they make their own coconut milk which is absolutely delicious. Perfect for a cappuccino! If you are a coffee lover like I am then you will be happy to hear that they offer 3 different cup sizes – small, medium and LARGE! (For those Monday mornings)

 

Rise and Shine

I always get a cappuccino with soya milk and I am the happiest person on earth. The cappuccino (25k Idr/1.30 pounds) is smooth and full of flavour. It has a sweet touch and isn’t bitter or watery like the coffee you normally get served in Bali. Its the perfect wake up call on any morning!

 

Jikaa cafe

Personally I’m a huge coffee freak and I can honestly say that Jikaa has one of the best cappuccino’s in Canggu. The moment you walk in you can already smell the coffee beans,  the sound of milk being steamed and cups clinking together fills the room and it automatically makes you crave a coffee. And these cravings are always rewarded with the most delicious cappuccino!

They serve  a great soya cappuccino! This coffee is perfect in strength and the milk doesn’t overpower the delicious coffee taste. After every sip you’ll notice the nutty after taste which gives it its unique flavour. Its soft, yet full of flavour.

 

Matcha Cafe

If you are more of a quick espresso kind of person you’ll have to go toMatcha Cafe Besides serving the best and highest quality matcha in Canggu you’ll also find that they serve the best espresso’s. This is due to the fact that the owner is Italian – and Italians know how to make some kick-ass coffee!

 

 

Best smoothie bowl

 

The Shady Shack

The Shady Shack makes the best smoothie bowls and really go full out with the toppings – no boring smoothie bowl can be found here! My favourite is the ‘Greenpeace smoothie bowl‘ (90k Idr/3.85 Gbp) which consists of kale, spinach, spirulina, banana, coconut water, coconut oil, goji, chia, bee pollen and muesli. Even though it’s a very green smoothie bowl it has sweet and fruity flavours too which overpowers all the green ingredients – making it taste tropical and healthy!

 

Peloton Supershop

My favourite smoothie bowl here is called the ‘Green Bowl’. At Peloton Supershop they serve you the biggest bowl which will definitely ease your breakfast cravings! The smoothie base is made with banana, mango, coconut water, spirulina and moringa protein powder. Then it’s topped with tropical fruit, toasted coconut flakes and cinnamon, cashew and raisin granola. A bowl full of healthy goodness and pure happiness!

 

Kynd Community

They serve all kinds of delicious and beautiful smoothie bowls here, however one of my favourites is called the ‘Green and Grind’ (69k Idr/ 3.60 pounds). This green goodness consists of banana, mango, spinach, flax, maca, spirulina, coconut water and is topped with home-made granola and tropical fruit. Its absolutely delicious, super refreshing and extremely healthy. Even though this might be a green bowl it does not taste overly green and still has some sweetness to it. What I find different from this bowl compared to others is that when you have finished the toppings you don’t just have the rest of the smoothie to spoon out. Instead Kynd Community places some more granola on the bottom so with every spoonful you have some yummy crunchiness!

 

Bali Bowls

Bali Bowls has all kinds of tropical deliciousness, however my favourite smoothie bowls are called ‘Green giant’ and ‘Banana-Cado’ (75k Idr/4.10 pounds) The ‘Green giant’ is an amazing green smoothie bowl that is still sweet and fruity while you are still getting all your greens in! Its a mix of spinach, kale, mango, banana, lime, turmeric, granola, coconut flakes and soya milk. Its smooth, refreshing and delicious! The ‘Banana-Cado’ smoothie bowl is a little more comforting as it has a more nutty and sweet flavour – which I love! The ingredients are banana, avocado, oats, peanut butter, dates, gojiberry, chia seeds, granola and oat milk.

 

 

Best smoothie

 

The Shady Shack

To ease your chocolate cravings you have to order the ultimate smoothie called ‘Choc tops’. Its the most creamy, deep, rich and most chocolatey smoothie you will ever taste – I still dream about it now. Their menu is full of vegan deliciousness and they are truly amazing. However, the ‘Choc tops’ is a must try!!

 

Betelnut cafe

At Betelnut Cafe they have the most delicious juices and smoothies. The ultimate smoothie is called the ‘Chunky Monkey‘ (which is a bit of a cheeky one). It’s made with banana, cashew butter, dates, flax seeds, muesli, ginseng, maca, cacao and coconut milk. Trust me, the cheekiest but best smoothie you’ll ever taste! Another smoothie that is absolutely delicious is called ‘Nutters‘ (40k Idr/ 2.10 Gbp). If you are a real nutty lover like I am you will love this one! It’s made with almond milk, cacao, dates, cashews, coconut, ginseng, maca and flax seeds – healthy, yummy and a real treat!

 

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The Shady Shack

Best Avo Toast

 

The Avocado Factory

If you are an avocado lover then you have to try this ‘Avo hummus‘ (60k Idr/3.10 pounds) which consists of avocado hummus and an avocado rose served on a mixed seed sourdough topped with crunchy chickpeas, green peas and red radish. Whats originally a delicious and simple dish is made a little more interesting with a little twist to add some extra crunchiness and flavours.

 

Banana Flour Bakery

Banana Flour Bakery’s home made bread is definitely something special. This bread has been made using banana flour – its soft from the inside but has a crunchy crust. You can get a hint of the banana flavour but this does not become too overpowering. Its absolutely delicious and definitely the most special bread I have ever tasted. Order the avocado on toast and it will definitely make your morning! The smooth avocado is full of flavour and is a PERFECT match with the crunchy bread with a hint of banana!

 

 

Best Chia Jug

 

Satu Satu

At Satu Satu they serve a delicious Banana & Chia Jug made with a banana and papaya smoothie and topped with granola and shredded coconut. Its simple, tasty and has tropical flavours. Perfect for breakfast underneath the palms!

 

Crate Cafe

My fellow vegans, you’re in for a treat! Crate Cafe has the most exotic chia pods that you HAVE to try. Not only are they vibrant and super delicious, they are also extremely Instagram friendly! A big jug of chia pudding topped with a smoothie will overflow your jug leaving a delicious mess. Two must tries are the ‘Chia Boy‘ which is chocolate and coconut based (this is the most tasty one!) and the ‘BlueBS‘ is made with blue spirulina giving it the most awesome colour (the coolest looking one!).

 

 

Best Pancakes

 

Matcha cafe

If you are craving pancakes then look no further. These ‘Matcha Nutella Pancakes’ at Matcha Cafe are everything! They are gluten and dairy free but on request can also be made vegan. They are incredibly fluffy and full of flavour.

The pancakes are drizzled with home-made healthy ‘Nutella’ – the ‘Nutella’ is made purely from hazelnuts and cacao, which gives a beautiful, raw and chocolatey delight to your pancake. Add a little granola to your spoonful for some crunchiness creating the perfect combination. Its simply a plate made in heaven and it will make all your pancake dreams come true!

At Matcha Cafe they serve the best quality matcha so I also highly suggest you try a Matcha Latte to wash down your pancakes with!

 

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Matcha Cafe

 

Best salad

 

Motion cafe

For lunch a fresh salad in the Bali heat is always welcome! The salads they make at Motion Cafe are filling and full of flavours and textures. Two amazing salads are the ‘Vegan salad‘ (64k Idr/ 3.30 Gbp) and ‘Caramelised pumpkin‘ salad (70k Idr/ 3.60 Gbp). Both are the definition of tropical and the perfect meal!

 

Sprout

At Sprout you can create your own salad! On the menu you’ll find all kinds of delicious salads of which you can choose and combine with each other. Some of my favourites are the ‘couscous salad’ , ‘kale and chickpea falafel salad’, ‘lentil salad’ and the ‘raw veggie salad’.  Create your own plate and indulge yourself into its deliciousness! A mixed salad plate only costs 75 Idr (4 pounds) and you’ll find that its a great portion, perfect for lunch!

 

Betelnut cafe

At Betelnut Cafe they serve a salad called the ‘Veggie patch’  which is made with roasted pumpkin, beetroot, rucola, shallots, cashews and spinach. You can only imagine how many textures, flavours and colours make up the perfect summery salad. However, the ‘Raw Gado Gado‘ salad is also a must try. It consists of spinach, rucola, cabbage, tofu, tempe, carrot, coconut, cucumber, sprouts and tomato which is then topped off with a deliciously home-made peanut sauce. This is the ultimate Balinese salad, which is refreshing and bursting with flavours.

 

 

Best Balinese food

 

Dandelion

This restaurant isn’t only beautiful and unique, the food is also AMAZING. If you are wanting to take your date out, then this is the place to impress your loved one with a romantic dinner underneath the stars. They serve the most delicious authentic food which is comforting and full of deep flavours. Enjoy every mouth full while being in the most romantic atmosphere. You might even get to cuddle the restaurants bunny who hops around underneath the tables!

The two must tries are the ‘Nasi Goreng Tempe Tofu‘ and the ‘Kare Tempe Tofu‘. They are two plates which are full of flavours and spices, a real traditional Balinese meal. For dessert you have to order the pancakes filled with coconut. Its a traditional Balinese sweet, which honestly tastes like a little piece of heaven!

 

Varuna Warung

You sit down on one of the few tables and are accompanied by some dogs that lay around in the shadow. You make your way inside where you order your plate full of goodness. The women looks at you patiently as she waits for you to point at any of the bowls located in the big cabined. You point, and she will place more food on your plate than you ever thought would fit. The great thing is, this plate full of deliciousness is extremely cheap so you can really fill up your plate with endless combinations! An average full plate and a bottle of water will cost between 25.000 to 45.000 idr. Everything is extremely delicious and you really get to taste some authentic food.

 

Ulekan

Ulekan has an amazing atmosphere which is slightly classier than other restaurants in Canggu. However, the food they serve here is purely authentic and home-made. Every dish is full of deep flavours and you can really taste the pure Balinese spices – which make the food very comforting.

For starter the ‘Tahu Tek‘ is an amazing traditional meal, it consists of steamed vegetables with rice cake, Lombok tofu and crispy shallots topped with a peanut dressing. Then for main you have to try the ‘Nasi Goreng Jamur‘ and the ‘Kare Nangka’ which is a jackfruit coconut curry. Again a plate of deep flavours and unique textures.

 

Best burger

 

The Shady Shack

If you are vegan or not you want to get down and dirty while eating a burger. You want to be able to use your hands and have a little mayo dropping out from the back because only then you feel like you ate a real burger. Well people, this is the spot that serves the ultimate vegan burger. At The Shady Shack they serve the ‘Vegan cheeseburger‘ (90k Idr/4.60 GBP) which consists of a mushroom and eggplant patty topped with vegan feta cheese, fresh tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, vegan aioli, homemade tomato ketchup in a whole wheat bun. Cheese melts down your patty and it’s just full of flavour and textures, its simply amazing.

 

 

Best pasta

 

Bottega Italiana

Bottega Italiana is the cutest little Italian spot that makes a plate of pasta that will transport you straight to a small side street in Italy. Their pasta is home-made and the sauces are made with the best quality ingredients, which make every plate extremely rich with flavours. Here you will find an honest, fresh and unique plate of pasta, which is absolutely delicious! A favourite in the whole of Canggu.

 

La Baracca

At La Baracca they serve the most amazing home-made classic Italian meals. Two of my absolute favourite pasta’s are the home-made ‘Pasta Pomodoro’ and ‘Pasta all olio e gingero’. You can taste that the ‘Pasta Pomodoro’ is made fresh as the pasta sticks together and has an amazing flavour of itself. The tomato sauce is a bomb of flavour as its a thick, chunky and raw. Fresh basil is sprinkled on top and you’ve got yourself a plate made in heaven.

 

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La Baracca

Best pizza

 

La Baracca

At La Baracca they serve the ultimate vegan pizza with home-made vegan cheese, tomatoes and fresh basil. Its definitely the best vegan pizza in Canggu. The base is crunchy and thin, the tomatoes fresh and flavoursome and even the vegan cheese surprised me! It really does replicate dairy cheese and has a really tasty flavour to it. When drizzled with some olive oil and sprinkled with fresh basil it doesn’t only look pretty it also tasted absolutely amazing.

 

Milk & Madu

At Milk & Madu they make a pretty kick-ass pizza with many toppings. Its not your classic Italian pizza but definitely a must try! The best pizza’s are ‘Greenpeace’ (139k Idr, 7.60 pounds) and ‘Pumpkin pie’ (119k Idr, 6 pounds). On the menu these pizza’s are not vegan but simply ask and it will be made for you just how you like it!

The ‘Greenpeace’ pizza is topped with fresh tomato sauce, spinach, kale, olives, roasted red onion and garlic. The roasted red onion has a delicious caramelised flavour and the black olives have a strong taste and perfect texture. The garlic flavour combines itself with the spinach making all the flavours stand out but are complimenting each other at the same time.

The ‘Pumpkin pie’ pizza is topped with fresh tomato sauce, roasted pumpkin, roasted red onion and fresh rocket. The roasted pumpkin is deliciously soft and adding real texture to the crunchy pizza. The pizza base is thin and soft from the inside but extremely crunchy from the outside. Personally I prefer Napolitano pizza’s, which are thin and crispy – just like this one!

 

 

Vegan Ice Cream

 

Mad Pops

Mad Pops sells healthy vegan ice-cream made from locally sourced seasonal fruits and coconut milk. This delicious ice-cream does not contain any preservatives or additives and is all hand made! It’s the perfect treat on any day! Just pop in and get blown away by all the amazing flavours – you won’t believe they are vegan! Must tries are the flavours ‘Stracciatella’ (with a delicious creamy flavour and chunks of chocolate) , ‘Matcha’ and ‘Coconut Mint Chocolate Chip’.

 

Gelato Secrets

At Gelato Secrets they make the tastiest vegan ice-cream! They make their ice-cream from the best fruits, vegetables, spices and other natural ingredients that Bali has to offer.  They make everything 100% natural with fresh ingredients free from artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives. On top of all this I can say that it also tastes absolutely amazing! Personally I’m totally in love with their coconut flavour but all flavours are so tasty its hard to choose!

 

 

 

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An authentic Italian meal in Canggu, Bali

 

Its only been a few months since I moved to Bali but in-between the amazing fruit, fresh vegetables and delicious Indonesian food it sometimes feels great to have some comforting home food. Having a boyfriend thats Italian gave me the opportunity to spend a lot of time in Italy. Where we would have fresh home-made gnocchi waiting for us at home as soon as we got of the plane. For me Italian food is a sense of home, comfort, happiness, passion and loving.

So when I found out about Bottega Italiana Bali in Canggu I was over the moon! A place where I can find a little piece of home and enjoy a traditional Italian meal.

 

Bottega Italiana Bali is a small Italian restaurant in the middle of Canggu which only opened their doors in spring 2016. They serve high quality food of which some they import all the way from Italy. Other ingredients are locally farmed or even home-made! They even smoke and cure their own meat and salmon.

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Own cured meat – Bottega Italiana Bali, Canggu Bali

When looking at the menu you notice many delicious and traditional meals. But some dishes stand out and tend to have a little twist! I for example ordered the ‘Semi e legumi salad’ (70k Idr) which was recommended by the owner – who is by the way the most passionate man. He is very charming and originally from Umbria. He decided to move to Bali 10 years ago and is now bringing his Italian food passion to the streets of Bali together with his beautiful partner.

And I have to admit, the salad that he recommended really was something special. Due to the amount of different seeds mixed with the other ingredients every spoonful was extremely crunchy! It also had a slight smokey flavour. It was raw and every spoon full was full of energy, vibrant flavours and vegan goodness. Through the crunchiness you could taste the juiciness of the tomato. The roasted sesame seeds gave it a sophisticated oriental accent, but not taking it too far of the Italian heritage.

But if you want to really get teleported back to Italy then the selection of cheese is perfect. All cheeses served were young and extremely tasty. The selection of different breads complimented the cheese perfectly – especially the foccacia! Personally I am a big fan of focaccia and I loved every bite of the one they serve here! With every bite you had a hint of roasted tomato and olives, which managed to keep the focaccia moist and soft. Wash it down with a sip of the delicious wine and you got yourself a trip back to Italy!

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Isola Rose – Bottega Italiana Bali, Canggu Bali

When I think of my time in Italy I cant miss out thinking about a delicious glass of wine with my pasta. I mean isn’t that combination just pure happiness?

Being in Canggu I really struggled finding a good glass of wine. But now I am glad to inform you that I finally found the spot! Bottega Italiana Bali serves wine that is locally made! The owner told me that he has a very special producer who makes wine for him! He is originally from Italy but now lives in the isolated mountains of Bali – producing the most delicious, organic and honest wines. The moment the waiter filled my glass I could already smell the strong fruity flavours.

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Pomodorino e stracciatella pasta – Bottega Italiana Bali, Canggu Bali

The menu is full of vegetarian dishes and they also have some amazing vegan options. However, for the vegetarian there is a must try. The ‘Pomodorino e stracciatella pasta’ (85 Idr) is absolutely delicious – a real plate of art. The texture of the pasta really gives away the fact that its freshly made. The home-made stracciatella melts over the warm pasta and left the perfect creamy texture when mixing it all together. The plate was beautiful, simple and old school – exactly what I think a real homely Italian plate should look like! Every bite I took was different, the texture, the softness, its irregular. Which means, freshly made pasta!

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Fresh gluten free pasta- Bottega Italiana Bali, Canggu Bali

However, for the meat lovers there is a very special pasta! The ‘Ragu di anatra’ (85k Idr) is slowly cooked and made with minced duck, tomato sauce and parmesan. The meat is almost melted inside as you don’t really taste the texture but the rich flavours immediately stand out. Parmesan is sprinkled on top giving that extra flavour creating a beautiful plate of delicious pasta. This dish is absolutely perfect with a glass of red wine!

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Ragu di anatra pasta – Bottega Italiana Bali, Canggu Bali

As you know I am a big coffee lover! So when I think of my days in Italy I think of my early morning cappuccino’s and espresso’s on the go. In Italy I always finish of with an espresso after dinner. And in fact, the coffee that they serve here is slightly less sour than you typically find in Italy. The owner especially wanted the perfect balance between flavours and found that the best combination of coffee beans was 20% Robusta and 80% Arabica. Which is indeed, perfection!

To finish off my cosy and perfect night I tried the home-made tiramisu – a real Italian delicacy. Which if done right, is my absolute favourite! And this tiramisu really topped everything. It was very light and perfect of flavour and texture.

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Home-made tiramisu – Bottega Italiana Bali, Canggu Bali

The restaurant is extremely cosy and I love the fact that its not too big, making it very homely. Its warm atmosphere is comforting and the candle light at night creates a romantic atmosphere. I cant wait to go back for another evening and teleport myself back again to Italy where I feel at home.

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Bottega Italiana Bali, Canggu Bali
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Bottega Italiana Bali, Canggu Bali

Bottega Italiana Bali is currently located in Canggu and Seminyak but will soon open their third restaurant in Petitenget.

The restaurant I visited was located in Canggu, of which the address is: Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.77, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361

They are open every day from 8am to 10pm. So you can also enjoy a traditional Italian breakfast! And what’s a better way to start the day with a freshly baked brioche while dipping it in a delicious cappuccino! They also offer very healthy options such as their home-made granola, so this is a place for everyone! Im sure you will fall in love with it just as much as I did.

www.bottegaitalianabali.com

 

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