Sun-wizened surfers have been riding the waves off Bali’s southwestern coast for decades. But with a crop of Australia-inflected, eclectic establishments designed to appeal to a relaxed crowd, Canggu has recently become favored for more than just its breaks, with a number of businesses established around Batu Balong Beach. The hip Frii Bali Echo Beach provides a welcome antidote to the island’s mainstream resorts with its simple rooms and Balinese accents. Guests can try stand-up paddleboarding, water yoga, or Muay Thai—if they’re not too busy lounging on beanbags around the two pools. There’s also a group of expat-run restaurants geared to the active, like the concrete-clad Crate café, which does hearty smoothies and feta-tempeh wraps. And if the (sometimes) intimidating thought of riding around town while dodging traffic in a little scooter is too much to deal with, base yourself around Batu Balong Beach and walk everywhere—you’ll be able to easily access all six spots listed here.
Keeping with Canggu’s reputation for wellness, this is where health-conscious beach bums and surfers head for big bowls of fresh tropical fruit mixed with organic goodies (cacao, chia seeds, quinoa)—along with more traditional breakfast staples like omelettes stuffed with feta and mushrooms, avocado toast, and french toast with scrambled eggs and bacon.