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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The 5 Best Smoothie Bowls in Canggu, Bali

 

Breakfast, the most important meal of the day which also happens to be my favourite! It’s very important to make sure you give your body the fuel it needs to get started for the day! However, while looking after our body it’s very important that our minds are happy too. And what’s a better way to wake up to a delicious colourful smoothie bowl underneath the palm trees in beautiful Bali! Because after all a happy mind is a happy body!

One of the trendiest spots in Bali is called Canggu. Here you’ll find lots of cute cafes serving all kinds of superfoods and of course lots of smoothie bowls.

However, from the large variety of smoothie bowls these are the ultimate must tries! From nutty banana & avocado bowls to tropical greens!

 

 

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Cafe: Bali Bowls

Smoothie bowls: ‘Green Giant’ & ‘Banana-Cado’

This smoothie bowl is called ‘Green Giant’ which consists of spinach, kale, mango, banana, lime, turmeric, granola, coconut flakes and soya milk. This is the first green smoothie bowl where only the colour is green, the flavour tastes like tropical mango!

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, goji berry, chia seeds, granola and oat milk. Sweet and crunchy!

 

 

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Cafe: The Shady Shack

Smoothie bowl: ‘Greenpeace’

This greeny consists of kale, spinach, spirulina, banana, coconut water, coconut oil, goji, chia, bee pollen and muesli. It’s extremely delicious and very nutritious. It’s the best spot to enjoy a green smoothie bowl surrounded by green rice fields and palm trees! Making you feel greener than ever!

 

 

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Cafe: Kynd Community

Smoothie bowl: ‘Green and Grind’

This bowl consists of banana, mango, spinach, flax, maca, spirulina, coconut water and is topped with home-made granola and tropical fruit. It’s absolutely delicious, super refreshing and extremely healthy. Who knows even a secret message will be spelled out in your bowl!

 

 

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Cafe: Matcha Cafe

Smoothie bowl: ‘Matcha Earth’

This tropical bowl is made with matcha, kale, avocado, dates, moringa, aloe vera, banana, blended with fresh young coconut water and topped with seasonal island fruits, blueberries, coconut flakes, almonds and spirulina swirls. Definitely a bowl full of endless textures and flavours! The thing that makes this bowl so special is the amazing quality matcha! This bowl tastes like a tropical matcha dream!

 

 

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Cafe: Peloton Supershop

Smoothie bowl: ‘Green Bowl’

At Peloton Supershop they make large bowl that will definitely ease your breakfast cravings! The smoothie base is made out of banana, mango, coconut water, spirulina, moringa protein powder. Then it’s topped with tropical fruit, toasted coconut flakes and cinnamon, cashew & raisin granola. A bowl full of healthy goodness and pure happiness!

The Matcha Cafe – a little piece of Matcha heaven in Bali

Who knew that a little piece of matcha paradise could be found just around the corner! This special cafe is located in Canggu and welcomes any matcha lover!

If you aren’t part of the matcha club yet lets get you informed a little about the great green power – and soon you will be part of the fan club!

Matcha is powdered Japanese green tea which has its very unique taste but also its very unique powers. This green powder is filled with antioxidants, in-fact it has seven times that of dark chocolate and sixty times that of spinach! It is also known to be an anti-ager, lowers LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol, supports weight loss, it detoxifies and its very high in fiber which stabilises blood sugar levels. It also consists of amino acid L-theanine, which combined with the naturel caffeine found in the powder creates a slow release of energy over the next 3-6 hours after consuming – unlike coffee which releases energy in more of kick form leaving you feel energised for about 1-1.30 hours.

If thats not enough to convince you let me tell you that it also tastes absolutely delicious! The powder can be used in many ways and forms creating the most tasty products.

And I know just the place for you to try all kind of matcha deliciousness! – Welcome to Matcha Cafe (or what I like to call Matcha Heaven!)

 

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Matcha Cafe Bali, Canggu

As soon as you set step into the cafe you notice the calm and fresh ambiance. Its location is beautiful as you are surrounded by green rice fields, which you overlook due to its open interior. The fresh white and matcha green interior gives a natural, bright and calm atmosphere.

They opened their doors only 6 weeks ago and is already one of the trendiest places in Canggu. The owner has a background in design and has an amazing eye for detail, which you notice not only in the interior but also in the menu and the presentation of the dishes. You automatically feel that you are in a place that serves clean and healthy products. The owner expressed that he wanted to have a small cafe that made you feel at home, and that is exactly the feeling you get. The owners character is reflected in the design and you can feel his energy and passion in the food.

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Matcha Cafe Bali, Canggu

With a slight breeze flowing through the cafe you sit comfortably in one of the seats awaiting to set eyes on their incredible menu.

The menu is definitely the most interesting one I have seen in any of the cafes I have visited so far in Canggu. From delicious smoothy bowls, matcha pancakes and matcha banana bread to matcha Gnocchi – thats right matcha GNOCCHI! – Definitely a must try!

The amazing thing is that most of their ingredients are sourced from local farms as well as being organic and home made. They also make their coconut milk fresh every morning – and that you can really taste.

You must try the Matcha Latte with coconut milk. I usually find that coconut milk sweetens your beverage overpowering the matcha flavour. But in this case no sweeteners are added so the milk is pure. Leaving you with the perfect latte which has a real matcha flavour.

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Matcha Latte – Matcha Cafe Bali, Canggu
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Matcha Cafe Bali, Canggu
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Matcha Cafe Bali, Canggu

As mentioned before the details that make up this cafe are incredible. Even the ceremonial tea is served in handmade cups and teapots crafted by locals. With hot water in one cup and matcha powder in the other you mix your matcha tea with a traditional bamboo whisk.

If you really want to taste the quality and delicious taste of the matcha you have to try this tea. The ritual of making the tea yourself adds to the experience and gives you the opportunity to personalise your drink as to whether you like it strong or weak.  

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Matcha Ceremonial tea – Matcha Cafe Bali, Canggu

 

The ‘Matcha Nutella Pancakes’ (60k Idr/ 3.30 gbp) are also a must try. They are gluten and dairy free but on request can also be made vegan. They are incredibly fluffy and full of flavour.

This plate is accompanied by delicious matcha ice-cream and 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.

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‘Matcha Nutella pancakes’- Matcha Cafe Bali, Canggu

Another MUST try is their vegan ‘Matcha banana bread’. This banana bread is made with a special finishing touch! The bread is soft from the inside but as they toast it on both sides the outsides texture is deliciously crispy!

Best banana bread you will ever taste! It has a beautiful and comforting taste, served with a coconut cream and jam that will blow your mind.

A promotion that they have at the moment is one coffee/matcha latte + banana bread for only 50k Idr, which is about 2.80 gbp. – The perfect breakfast or snack!

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Vegan ‘Matcha banana bread’ – Matcha Cafe Bali, Canggu
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Smoothie bowl ‘Matcha Acai Boost’ & ‘Matcha tropical’ smoothie – Matcha Cafe Bali, Canggu

A great feature that this cafe has is that they do not add any sugars – this brings out the natural taste of the matcha. I believe that in many places which serve matcha products unnecessarily sweeten the products to the point where the sweetness overrules the matcha flavour. But in Matcha Cafe’s products you don’t only benefit of the matcha goodness but you also get its real flavour.

However, next to serving top quality matcha they also serve top quality coffee. I have to be honest, as a coffee lover I enjoy a good espresso or cappuccino daily. But it has been difficult trying to find a really good coffee since my arrival in Canggu- one to come back for.

But not to worry fellow coffee lovers, because I found it! Matcha Cafe roasts their coffee in Indonesia and is freshly roasted twice a month. The difference between this coffee and the normal coffee you get in Bali is the fact that this coffee is a medium dark roast, unlike the light roast you get everywhere else. Making their coffee stand out as its full of flavour, bitter to the right point and most importantly NOT watery. Soon they will be selling their grounded coffee in bags so you can enjoy a delicious coffee at home!

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Espresso accompanied by mini Matcha Madeline – Matcha Cafe Bali, Canggu

They are open for you to enjoy a matcha rich breakfast and lunch, but soon they might keep their doors open in the evening too – who wouldn’t want a matcha infused dinner!

It’s definitely a place that you must visit when in Canggu. But honestly you can’t just visit once, you will be craving for more matcha goodness and find yourself back in no time! (I know I will)

So I can honestly say Matcha Cafe, WE LOVE YOU SO MATCHA!

They are open everyday from 7.30am – 4pm 

Matcha Cafe is located in Canggu Berawa, Jl. Pantai Berawa No.99