Canggu is undoubtedly South-East Asia's surf capital. However, next to Ubud (which is just an hour's drive away), it is also a major hotspot for vegans, with dozens of vegan restaurants just five minutes away from world-class swells. Canggu's empathy for sentient beings is not limited to the dinner table: Locals, expats, and nomads take great care of Bali's dog and plastic problems.
Canggu is a mecca for vegans who want to let loose a little and meet like-minded people while washing down exotic vegan fusion food with a fresh, cold coconut. And what better place to do this than at these 10 trendy vegan establishments.
1. Crate Cafe Gallery Store
Located in between rice fields, Crate is more than just a cafe. They offer an open space where people can enjoy good food, coffee, or unwind and simply read books. For those who have never been here, Crate is mostly known for its atheistic and delicious CHIA, which is a must-try if you are a first-timer.
Founded in April 2014, all of their ingredients are sourced from local suppliers and delivered fresh daily. From their menu, you'll see a wide variety of options to choose from. Though they are not a 100% vegan cafe, their range of vegan options is awe-inspiring. From burgers, Nachos, Pancakes to Cupcakes, you don't have to worry about missing out on some comfortable yet satisfying meals when you are in Canggu.
2. Secret Spot
Although it can get a little claustrophobic, Secret Spot offers fantastic vibes and a wide variety of unique menu items. Their seitan-based mock meat dishes, such as their burgers and nuggets, are filling and come in very generous portions. Being owned by a Russian, a Beef Stroganoff using Jackfruit is one of their all-time classics.
They also have a great selection of desserts, with their cinnamon buns drenched in shiny probiotic coconut yogurt being the most attractive dessert. Their prices even include taxes, and considering the food quality and portion sizes, it is a tad cheaper than other comparable western restaurants on this list.
3. Give Cafe Bali
To impact the people, places, and animals in need, Give Cafe is driven to serve delicious plant-based meals while also helping the community. With a more straightforward menu than its sister restaurants Kynd, Give Cafe provide some of their favorite dishes such as Mc Muffin Burger, Mushroom Satay, Massasam Bali Curry, and Please Burger. Open every day from 11 am till 8 pm, all their menu cost less than 50K, and by dining with them, you are also donating the profit to those in need.
4. Living Food Lab
A wholesome two-story cafe that serves up locally-grown raw organic, vegan, and gluten-free food. They have a big selection of vegan books and board games and a co-creation space upstairs. Imagine taking a bite into the sweet, crunchy mango wrap with umami dressing, or relishing the raw pizza, alongside a refreshing infused coconut water, limeade, and jamu shots! Most of their returning customers come here for their custom salad bowls, which come in generous portions considering the price. An excellent way for raw vegans to refuel before heading to Berawa for a day of surfing.
5. Manggis in Canggu
Manggis in Canggu is located just a stone's throw away from Berawa beach. It is a family restaurant owned by Indonesian youngsters who used to live in Australia. As such, you can expect western quality service from this place: Attentive, knowledgeable waiters, who even provide you with mosquito spray as the sun begins to set. Taxes are included in the price to avoid any surprises when paying the bills.
Their menu selection ranges from Asian classics, such as Japanese Curry Katsu, to Western junk food, such as their delicious cajun sub, and fusion snacks, such as their Wasabi croquettes. As if this wasn't enough variation, they also have a handful of unique weekly specials that are typically worth a try!
6. The Shady Shack
Nestled in Jl. Tanah Barak 53, Canggu, The Shady Shack offers a lovely ambiance and a cozy setting with a long list of bowls, wrap, and juices. Though the restaurant is not entirely vegan, you will find countless mouthwatering and nutritious vegan-friendly options from Vegan Cheeseburger, Soft Potato Gnocci with Sauteed Kale, Better Banh Mi, or Jack Fruit Taco.
7. Vinny's Warung
Vinny's Warung serves up westernized traditional Indonesian food. They make Indonesian staple food such as Nasi Campur, Nasi Kuning, and Mie Goreng, as well as other western dishes. Everything is guaranteed 100% natural, with no meat, dairy, MSG, or preservatives. Vinny's Warung has a great interior design concept that makes you feel like you're inside someone's living room.
8. Peloton Supershop
Modern-casual Cafe with a biking theme, serving well-balanced vegan dishes. Their most popular dish is Lasagna that comes with lush salad and garlic bread, but other dishes such as smoothies, bowls, pancakes, nasi campur, and desserts are definitely worth a try! Prices may be a little higher than other cafes around, but they give generous portions. Their dishes are locally grown in Bali, organic, and gluten-free.
9. I Am Vegan Babe
Located in the heart of Canggu, this tropical-chic Cafe is a great place to indulge in vegan junk food with a great view. Tired of tempeh and tofu? Get a taste of their unique mock meats, as well as a vegan egg that tastes even better than the real ones! They serve healthy options, such as smoothie bowls, salad and wraps, and freshly made juices.
10.Mad Pops Artisan Ice Cream
Probably the only fully-vegan ice cream shop on the island! Their eye-catching, colorful ice creams are made from cold-pressed coconut milk. They have a vast selection that you can choose from. Salted caramel, peanut butter, black forest cake, and mango-coconut are some of their most popular ice creams. They also make fresh flavored popsicles made from locally sourced seasonal fruits.