Top 5 hipster cafés in Canggu, Bali 2018

It almost feels like every time we visit Canggu, there’s a new hipster café or restaurant in the neighbourhood. So how to single out the best in the sea of abundance? We sought recommendations from Jessica Lee Cook from Qevents Bali, Elissa Doyle from Bali Tours And More, and our own Mirko Corbella, General Manager of The Luxe Nomad Bali.

#1 Crate

Crate isn’t new, but since it can be considered one of the pioneers of hipster café culture in Bali, the name (and food!) has stuck with both regulars and newcomers to Canggu. The café also doubles as an art gallery, providing a space for artists to network and showcase their work. There’s also a boutique store selling local designer labels.

What to order: Bacon and egg waffles with maple syrup (the perfect hangover food!)

Find it here: Jalan Canggu Padang Linjong, Canggu, Bali. Tel: +62 812-3894-3040. Open daily 6am-5pm.

#2 Milk & Madu

Family-friendly cafés are pretty common in Bali, but Milk & Madu has a cool play area and we suspect the staff were probably hired based on their love of children (truly, everyone in Bali seems to love babies). Plus, the food is good, so even the adults have a good time.

Order this: ‘The Madu’, from the breakfast menu (poached eggs, avo, bacon, relish and hollandaise)

Find it here: No. 52, Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu, Bali. Tel: +62 851 02781872. Open daily 7am-3pm.

#3 The Loft

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Of course you’re in it for the ‘gram, but it doesn’t hurt for the food to be so good, you want to come back again and again. The Loft, which offers the requisite breakfast delights also has healthy bowls, smoothie bowls and juices – all healthy AND colourful!

Order this: Poke Bowl (Base of quinoa, rice or mix leaves. With mix veggies, edamame, furikake, pickled ginger, seaweed with a light wasabi kewpie, special ponzu sauce and green tortillas on the side.)

Find it here: No. 50A, Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu, Bali. Tel: +62 812-3758-0318. Open daily, 6.30am-10pm.

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#4 The Common

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Homemade granola, all-day breakfast, double ristretto coffee – buzzwords for hipster café-goers! The Australian café culture force is strong at The Common (Canggu’s new kid on the block), where you get both farm-to-table goodness and the laidback Bali atmosphere you flew in for.

Order this: Coffee!

Find it here: No. 65, Jalan Batu Bolong, Canggu, Bali. Open daily 6am-10pm.

#5 Café Vida

Café Vida, housed in a traditional Balinese compound with a garden, specialises in organic food as well as some really yummy vegan and glutten-free desserts even non-vegans will love.

Order this: Fish tacos and raw vegan cakes

Find it here: No. 38A, Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu, Bali. Tel: +62 813-3988-6864. Open daily, 7am-10.30pm.

Bonus: Kynd

Technically, Kynd is in Seminyak, but it’s still worth a mention because, come on, it’s only about half an hour from central Canggu and there’s something to be said if it keeps getting name-dropped by Instagrammers. And no wonder – the café is beautiful (and pink!), and their ‘plant-based’ food (hey, vegans!) is yummy.

Order this: The ‘Nelson’ (Beet hummus, breaky bruschetta, rocket, dukkah and balsamic reduction)

Find it here: No. 12, Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak, Bali. Tel: +62 859 3112 0209. Open daily, 6am-5pm.

Thinking of going on another Bali trip before the year ends? You know where to start.

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Andrea Tim

Andrea is a serial kopi peng drinker (for fun, not for the caffeine; coffee doesn't wake her up) and believer in keyboard shortcuts. She sees The Dress as blue and black, and hears both Yanny and Laurel. Make of that what you will.

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