One of the super cool things to do in Canggu on the weekend is to wander around the Canggu Markets. They sell a range of awesome stuff from organic skincare to hand-made jewellery and vintage clothes. This post is a complete guide to the best Canggu Markets. Happy reading.
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Best Places to stay
This hotel is situated right on Echo Beach and is the most luxurious option in Canggu that is rather known for a chiller, surfer vibe. Rooms are specious, very modern and come with all the comforts fo a luxury hotel. There is a huge, lagoon styled pool, a span and a gym. The hotel also owns a COMO beach club where you can hang out at sunset times.
Manca Villa consists of 3 private villas with pool and it’s a perfect option for couples seeking peace and quiet. Rooms are simply yet beautifully designed and come with fully equipped kitchen. The property is located on the edge of Berawa Beach and Batu Beling. The beach is within a walking distance so are the shops and restaurants. This option is an excellent value for money!
This hostel is relatively new, it offers a choice of dorm rooms and private rooms, all nicely decorated with a bohemian, hipster vibe. It is located conveniently within a walking distance to Berawa Beach, close to a range of restaurants, beach bars and nightclubs. Facilities include a nice pool, free wifi and a range of sports activities that you can take part while staying in Canggu.
1 La Brisa Market- coolest of the Canggu Markets
La Brisa Market is, by far, my favourite Canggu market. It is held in the super chick beach club La Brisa right on the Eco Beach. The location is definitely the most epic, but the market is also one of the biggest with a vast range of goods and vendors. You can find all sorts of interesting purchases such as clothes, hand-made jewellery, essential oils and skincare. One of my best finds was organic face-wash soap bar made of turmeric, which is great for my acne-prone skin and some natural hair product which is essential for girls living in Bali as the water here is not too good.
There also is fresh fruits and veggies stool and a great choice of tasty bites. You can buy cakes and protein bowls, homemade bread, kimchi and yoghurt. I recommend coming hungry because there are also some great lunch choices, my favourite being freshly-made, authentic Indian curry.
Parking – 5k IDR
When – Every Sunday
Time – 10 am to 4 pm
Address – Jl. Pantai Batu Mejan, Canggu, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
2 Love Anchor Bazaar
Love Anchor is probably the most established markets in Canggu. It is set up under a cute wooden construction, and it is buzzing with people browsing at weekends. There a w few permanent clothing shops selling sports apparel, bikinis, tops and dresses and inside there are different stools selling everything you can possibly think of. There is a lot of Bali souvenirs but also jewellery, home décor and Bali styled clothes.
The best find here was vintage, metal spoons with pineapple handles, like those you get served in Canggu cafes with your smoothie bowl.
Parking – 5k IDR
When: Daily with special weekend Bazar on Saturday and Sunday
Time: 9 am to 7 pm
Address: Love Anchor, Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.56, Canggu
3 Samadi Sunday Market
Samadi Sunday Market is organised by Samadi shop that sells organic and vegan products. It’s a small market, but it’s worth checking out if you’re into healthy, organic, GMO-free products from local vendors. You can find here homemade, coconut yoghurt, organic produce and different baked goods that will make your mouth water. There are a few stools with bikinis, jewellery and clothes depending on the week and a café where you can grab lunch.
Parking – free in front of the Samadi Supermarket
Time: 9 am to 7 pm
Address – Jalan Padang Linjong No. 39, Canggu, North Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
4 Bali Niki Natural Art Market Canggu
If you’re looking for Bali souvenirs, then I highly recommend visiting Bali Niki. It’s got a wide range of goods on offer such as bags, huts, hand-made wooden items, figurines, bracelets and clothes. And it’s a little less busy than other markets which is always a great thing. It is located on the main road leading to Echo Beach and La Brisa.
Parking – free street parking
When – Daily
Time – 10 am to 5 pm
Address – Bali Niki Natural Art Market Canggu, Jl. Pantai Batu Mejan, Canggu
5 Old Man’s Original Canggu Market
Old Man’s Market only takes place once a month so check their Instagram to confirm and if you’re in Canggu on that Saturday I highly recommend checking it out. It is located right by Batu Balong beach and Old Man’s on an average day is a cool place to hang out and grab a few drinks.
You can find some fantastic start-up brands showcasing their products from organic toiletries to clothes and accessories on the market day. Don’t forget to take a picture by the Canggu iconic blue wall.
Parking – on street
When – Last Saturday of every month
Time – 8 am to 3 pm
Address – Old Man’s, Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu
6 La Laguna Gypsy Market – (updated now CLOSED)
And last but by no means least is the Gypsy Market organised by La Laguna Beach Club. The market is held on the beach, and there is a lot of cool and authentic merchandise on offer. And the vibe is just one of the best, with live music, fairy lights and sunset; this is a perfect spot to hang out on Sunday.
Parking – 5k IDR
When – Every Sunday
Time – 4 pm to 10 pm
Address – Jalan Pantai Kayu Putih Berawa, Tibubeneng, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Canggu useful tips
Getting around Canggu
Rent a scooter
The most convenient way to get around Canggu and Bali is to rent a scooter. There usually are two types on offer a Scoopy which is a lighter bike, and it looks more like moppet and a bigger scooter more like a motorbike. The rental costs 50k to 80k IDR per day. If you don’t have much experience, I recommend getting the lighter and slower Scoopy style motorbike. Petrol is widely available in Bali. Vendors sell it in glass bottles on the side of the road. If you ever wondered why they sell vodka on the side of the road everywhere, that’s not vodka but petrol in vodka bottles. Petrol currently costs 10k IDR per bottle, and a scooter holds about three bottles.
Gojek is equivalent to UBER in Indonesia. It is super easy to use and very reliable. Download the app and see your location then just say where you want to go, and the app will send your driver. You can either get a car or a motorbike lift. The payment is typically taken by cash unless you top up the app and it’s very affordable. You can even get a Gojek to pick up your groceries. How convenient!
Hire a driver
In Bali, there is no public transport, and most people just ride scooters. When it comes to a longer trip, you can hire a driver for a full day that will go with you to all the locations on your itinerary, wait for you and take you back to your hotel. The rates start at 500k IDR for 8 hours. If you’re interested, just ask the reception staff at your hotel to recommend someone. Many people in Bali earn a living by taking visitors around the island so you will find a driver easily.
Another great and convenient way to explore Bali is to book a tour. A tour is an excellent option if you want to tick off a lot of places but don’t have much time and don’t want to plan the logistics of the trip. Here are some best tours of Bali by Get Your Guide:
Instagram Highlights Tour – perfect tour to take those killer shots for your feed. Check availability HERE
Mount Batur Sunrise Hike – most epic adventure. Check availability HERE
Best of Nusa Penida – the most gorgeous clifftop views you can imagine. Check availability HERE
Northern Charm of Bali tour – includes Temple Ulun Danu Beratan and Insta famous Handara Gate. Check availability HERE
Cash is king on the island. Ensure you always have some on you, especially at the markets and when buying things from small shops such as local petrol vendors.
Also, Bali’s cashpoints are a little unreliable, which basically means they often run out of banknotes. It also means that not every card works at every cash machine. I know it probably sounds weird to you, but trust me, it is the case here. How I go about it, is I make sure I’ve got a Visa and a Master Card on me, and that way if one doesn’t work, I can use the spare one.
Service Charges & Tax
Just to keep in mind, all the prices you see on menus in Bali cafes and restaurants are exclusive of tax and services charges. Bali’s tax charges are 10%, and services charges are between 4% and 8% depending on the place. So, your final bill will always be around 15% more than the price you saw on the menu, and you don’t have to leave any tip because the service charge covers that.
Bali is very serious about tackling the plastic problem, which means you won’t see plastic bottles, plastic shopping bags or plastic straws! The plastic problem’s severity is evident during the rainy season when all the trash gets washed out to the beaches.
Tap water in Bali is not drinkable, so you can only ever drink filtered water. I recommend bringing a reusable water flask with you that you can re-fill at your hotel for free and use throughout the day. Water is served free in most Canggu cafes as well, which is an excellent custom.
What to pack with you
Day Backpack – Visiting waterfalls in Bali is an adventure and usually require a fair amount of hiking. So, I always take a comfortable backpack with me instead of a tote bag. Wearing a backpack allows me to have my hands free for support when I’m climbing up or down the stairs to the waterfall. Kanken backpack is my favourite minimalist back. It’s made of durable material, very comfortable and cute!
Power bank – This is so handy to recharge your phone (especially practical if you use Google Maps on your phone to get to locations, which can quickly drain the battery).
Water flask – I always carry my reusable water bottle with me. It’s excellent at airports to fill up water for free. Many hotels, hostels and cafes in Bali also offer free water refills. I don’t like using plastic unless it’s absolutely necessary and it also keeps my water chilled all day!
Eco-friendly sun cream – The sun cream usually washes off when we swim, so it’s essential to choose one that doesn’t harm the ecosystem and the reef.
Raincoat– You may think I’m crazy that a rain jacket is one of the things that I suggest to pack for Bali. But, trust me, my friend, it rains in Bali, and when it rains, it pours. My favourite rain jacket in Columbia. It’s really durable, I’ve had mine for years, and what I love the most about this jacket is its flattering fit and that it comes in so many pretty colours.
Tote bags – A tote bag is always on my packing for Bali list. It doesn’t take a lot of space in my luggage, and it’s super practical. I take it with me when I go shopping, so I never need a plastic bag. Here in the UK, we do it all the time. A while ago, shops started charging for plastic one-use bags, and it was great for building a new habit of always having your own multiple-use bags.
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