You love East London and the vibe in Berlin? Then look no further I found the Indonesian counterpart for you: European hipsterness (is that a word?) x 3= Canggu in Bali.
Canggu has all the cards Shoreditch, Kreuzberg, Bondi and co have up their sleeves, but is more affordable and exotic. It’s the place to be in South-East Asia! It has beautiful rice fields nestled between new-age cafes and shops and a beach that’s not too overcrowded most of the time.
But before I go on an on, here’s a short step by step tutorial on how to really make the most of a visit to Canggu:
That’s the first essential or at least it seems to be in Canggu! Smoothies, Acai bowls and vegan coworking spaces are all around. Hip(ster)!
Do yoga or crossfit on the beach at 6am
Just access the not-so-appealing beach wherever it’s closest to you and start stretching in the middle of it. Make sure you don’t miss the most important part of cooling down afterwards: Instagram it!
Surfers here seem to be riding the waves 24/7 and you can find surfing schools lining up along the beach. Surfing actually has a long history in Bali and surfers from around the world have been coming here for decades. And that makes a lot of sense: The conditions are great with warm water and decent waves all year around.
Hangout at Beach Clubs
That’s a really simple one: Go to any of the beach clubs in the area, like The Lawn, Finn’s or Potato Head and stay all day on the cozy sunbeds. It’s easy, I told you.
Eat vegan. Do yoga. Surf. Hangout. Sleep. Repeat.
What’s paradise for some is a paradox for others. And here’s the thing, I enjoy vegan food, I do yoga occasionally (very unsuccessfully) and I wish I could surf. I love a lazy day slurping cocktails in a beach club, but the problem is the pure overload of all of that. It’s extreme and has a certain pretentiousness to it that feels out of place. Vegan and organic everything in an island that’s drowning in garbage.
Foreigners brought the things they love the most in their western home countries and blew it out of proportion. If you are looking for a wide range of international food and a few relaxed days, Canggu certainly has some charm, but if you are looking for a cultural and original experience you’re on the wrong path.
Have you been to Canggu? If yes, how do you feel about it? I’d love to hear your recommendations on where to go next in Bali!
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