With expats spilling out of Kuta and Seminyak, Canggu is the next hot destination in Bali. Canggu is still quite quiet and rural, but a few new resort and property developments mean that the area is quickly catching up with Seminyak as the place for the ‘in-crowd’.
Canngu’s beach, called Echo Beach, is a windswept black sand beach with scattered boulders and rocks. Unruly waves crash against the shore, Bali’s expats walk their dogs along the beach, and surfers take advantage of the lack of crowds.
Overlooking the beach are a few restaurants and Warungs. Sticky Fingers is a minimalist cafe with WiFi, couches, magazines and funky decor. It serves coffees, milkshakes, bagels, omelettes and yummy salads and is a great place for chilling with your laptop. There are a couple of Warungs serving Indonesian food such as Nasi Goreng, Sate Ayam and an amazing Ayam Bumbu Bali.
At the end there’s The Beach House, a large restaurant which has an amazingly large menu serving western food and Indonesian favourites. Make sure you go for their BBQ in the evening; they do delicious ribs with unlimited salad and potatoes. There’s sometimes some live music down at the beach and people eating dinner at candle-lit tables, but generally there’s no ‘nightlife’ to speak of.