July 2018 update: It has been nearly 3 years since we lived in Canggu Bali and my, how it has changed. The Canggu cut through from Batu Bolong to Batu Berawa beach is paved (gasp!), there is a COMO hotel right on the beach, and the word is officially out that Canggu is the hot spot in Bali. When we lived here in December 2015, there were no traditional tourists here – it was all expats and long-term travelers. Three years ago, a sunset on Echo Beach included a few good friends, Bintangs, and dozens of surfers. Now, it’s beach clubs, hotel chains, and hundreds of tourists.
Of course, we didn’t know Bali 25+ years ago in its “glory days,” before the COMO’s and the massive hotels moved into its sleepy little villages. What we do know is that no matter how many Instagrammers infiltrate and no matter how many massive hotels try to cash in, Bali will always be special. It might not be the untouched, uncharted territory that some travelers look for, but it will always possess a palpable magic.
Eat, Pray, Love made it popular, Instagram made it accessible, but Bali has and always will possess a unique, innate beauty that no photograph or Instagram story could ever capture.
As always, we enjoyed eating our way through the island, specifically in the town of Canggu. Here is an update on the best cafes in Canggu Bali:
January 2016: Staying healthy while traveling is a hard feat. With all of the fast food, plane rides, and wacky schedules, traveling can make even the most dedicated health nut crack. After traveling to 22 countries in 6 months, Scott and I tired of our constant airplane rides and decided to stay stationary for some time in the healthiest little city – Canggu Bali. It didn’t take long for us to fall in love with the restaurants in Canggu Bali. While we originally booked a trip for 7 nights, with the idea of extending if we felt a connection, 7 nights quickly turned into an entire month.