I highly recommend not only visiting Ubud, which is the main city and tourist destination in Bali, but Canggu as well! Canggu is an up and coming area that’s really changed over the last few years. There are a ton of cute little coffee shops and restaurants but without the busyness of Ubud because it’s just slightly outside of the main tourist area. Definitely a step outside of the hustle and bustle where you’ll find a lot of hipsters, digital nomads and expats.
Where to Eat:
The Lawn is great for day drinking or a night out. It’s conveniently location on Canggu Beach, which is easily accessible from the restaurant at any time. There’s a large lawn area (hence the name ;)) on the lower level with a ton of lounge seating and even a pool to swim in. The rooftop is surrounded by palm trees and twinkle lights, and gives you a perfect view of the sunset. If you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere to grab drinks with friends, this is a great spot!
La Laguna is a lounge-style bar/restaurant with phenomenal drinks and a view. The boardwalk offers Instagram-worthy photos and it’s ideal for watching the sunset.
La Baracca is a tiny little Italian restaurant in Canggu. It’s off the beaten path just slightly and has a dimly lit, close-knit atmosphere. It gives an NYC-esque vibe and the food is TO DIE FOR. Highly recommend!
Nalu Bowls is a smoothie shop in Canggu that has great aesthetic. The menu, as well as the shop, is small but offers a variety of different food and smoothie bowls. This spot is great if you’re looking for a place to work remotely and also meet a few of the locals!
Where to Stay:
Hilton Garden Inn Bali Ngurah Rai is great if you want to stay near the airport, while still being in close proximity to Ubud. It’s very well-managed, clean and has a great atmosphere. The staff is also very helpful and speaks fluent English!
You can also rent a room or private villa via Airbnb. I stayed in the Palm House Villa in Canggu for the majority of my stay in Bali and it was gorgeous. It was a step outside of the chaotic streets of Bali and nestled smack in the middle of the rice fields. It’s also VERY affordable to rent a villa in Bali, even if you’re a local. Most of the residents in Bali don’t buy property because it is more affordable to rent and makes more sense from a legal standpoint, believe it or not!
I also stayed at the Artini in Ubud for a night, which was the perfect location. It’s close to all the major restaurants and is on one of the main streets in downtown Ubud. It’s set back a bit from the street so there’s no street noise when you’re trying to catch some z’s. The pool and accommodations are a sight, and although you’re in downtown Ubud, you feel like you’re in a paradise oasis outside of all the craziness.
Things To Do:
- Canggu Market
- Ubud Nightlife
- Monkey Rainforest
- Outpost Co-Working Space
- Canggu Nightlife
- Tegalalang Rice Terrace & Waterfalls
- Rice Fields in Canggu
- Sanur Beach & Watersports
- Restaurants in Canggu & Ubud
- Nalu Bowls in Canggu
- Ubud Market