Your Vegan Food Guide to Canggu

by tanlinesandtempeh

First of all, if you’re a vegan coming to Canggu, don’t you worry! Even if you’re just strolling the streets in the main area (around Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong), chances are high that you’ll end up in a restaurant or café with plenty of vegan options. Still, there are some places that I’d definitely recommend you go to!

My Favorite Vegan (Friendly) Places:

These were my fave spots to eat during my time in Canggu. I’ve been to each of them a few times because of their delicious food, cool atmosphere and (mostly) good prices.

Alkaline:

The Alkaline restaurant belongs to the Serenity Eco Guesthouse where I stayed for four weeks (Stay tuned for my review). So obviously, I’ve had my fair share of meals here – including almost every breakfast during that time, as that was included.

Alkaline Restaurant

It’s located on Jalan Nelayan (a parallel street of Canggu’s main street). In addition, it’s a two-minute walk from the beach, so consider watching the sunset there before heading to Alkaline for dinner. You can choose between sitting at a normal at a normal table or those cute tables (see picture below) where you can dine while sitting in lotus – in true yogi fashion. Needless to say, I’ve had most of my meals there.

Eating like a yogi

Alkaline’s menu is very extensive so be prepared to check it out for a few minutes before being able to make a decision. The best thing about it? All of it is vegan. Their motto is “Let our food be your medicine”. They have everything starting with breakfast, as well as raw and cooked main dishes, and finally delicious desserts. Furthermore, they have a whole section of smoothies, juices, and healthy shots. Everyone should be able to find something.

My recommendations: Vegetable spring rolls, whole crepes, green lasagna (I didn’t have that one as I don’t like mushrooms, but it’s a classic here), peanut butter bar, chocolate cake with homemade sorbet (the peanut butter one is amazing)

Raw Peanut Butter Bar

Samadi:

Samadi Kitchen was the first place I went to eat after arriving in Bali (check out my blog post about my first days in Bali here). It belongs to the yoga studio Samadi and is located on Jalan Padang Linjong, a good 20 minutes walking distance from the beach.

Samadi Bali

It is an open restaurant with a view of the beautiful yoga shala which makes for a nice atmosphere. Kinda feels like you are in a little oasis. They have breakfast, main dishes, raw food, juices, and a selection of desserts in the vitrine.

My recommendation: The summer rolls (even though they were listed as spring rolls)

Crate Café:

If you’ve ever looked up vegan places in Canggu, there is no way you didn’t come across Crate Café. This hip place is located next to a rice field on Jalan Canggu Padang Linjong. The open and stylish café is inspired by Bondi beach and makes for a chill atmosphere, with both surfers and yogis enjoying the very instagrammable food. They serve bowls, smoothies and more.

One of THE places to go to in Canggu

It is definitely on the more expensive end of the places I’m sharing with you today. But it really is worth it. So while I didn’t come here on a regular basis, I’d definitely advise you to check it out. Just better not come in a big group, as it might be hard to find a free space at the tables even for one to two persons during breakfast time.

My recommendations: Why so cereal, the vegan brownies (hands down, possibly the best ones I’ve ever had)

Every instagramer’s dream

Betelnut Café:

Betelnut Café is located on Canggu s main street Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, just pretty far up. It has a cool atmosphere and the big tables in the middle of the room upstairs make it easy to meet people. A little warning, it may take you some time to make a decision on what to order.

You can choose from a variety of different cuisines; Mexican, burgers, and Indonesian. There are many vegan options and you can also easily veganize most of the other ones. They have a famous Naga Bowl which I didn’t get to try as I was only there for dinners.

My recommendation: Quinoa bowl but with beetroot balls instead of chicken (no matter what you decide on getting, the Beetroot balls are delicious)

Quinoa Bowl with Beetroot Balls

Warungs:

Warungs are the more traditional (and cheaper) version of restaurants in Bali. Usually, you can either choose your own plate from the buffet or order something from a small menu. The buffet contains rice, noodles, different kinds of vegetables, and variations of meat or tempeh. Just ask the staff what is vegan. The first time being at a Warung, I was actually so overwhelmed I just asked them to put together a vegan plate. Depending on the amount of food you choose, you’ll pay anywhere from 10 to 40k Rupiah (which is About 0,60-2,30 €).

On the menu, there are usually different variations of Nasi Goreng and Mie Goreng. So basically rice or noodles with vegetables. Just make sure to tell them to leave out the egg (and obviously choose one without meat), and you’re good to go.

My favorite Warungs in Canggu are

  • Warung Varuna: I’ve had the best Mie Goreng here
  • Warung Middle: you can enjoy your traditional Indonesian food while overlooking the ocean
  • Warung Bu Mi: the quality of the food and the variety of options are amazing
  • Warung Makan 2: associated with Warung Varuna and is right up the street from Serenity Eco Guesthouse, so just out of convenience I went there quite a few times (the food is also really good in case you were wondering, you might just have a smaller choice compared to other Warungs)

This is what your plate might look like

Other Vegan (Friendly) Places I Liked:

Plant Cartel:

This could have made it to my favorites, but I told you that I’ve checked out all of those more than once. And I didn’t discover plant cartel until my last week in Canggu. They have burgers and Tacos and are completely vegan, as the name suggests. If you’re really hungry, try the loaded fries.

Find yourself someone who looks at you the way I look at these loaded fries

Vida café:

A beautiful little restaurant with a tropical feeling. The healthy bowl was nice but honestly way too much for me.

Healthy Bowl

Avocado factory:

Considering I’m not really a fan of Avocados, this really means a lot. But they have a beautiful location next to the rice paddies and their food is amazing (even though with lots of avos).

Avocado Factory

Vegan Places I didn’t get to check out:

One should think that having been in Canggu for over four weeks, I should have been able to check out every single vegan restaurant/café. But being lazy, wanting to save money for some trips, and having places I wanted to return to again and again, led to me still having some places I want to visit the next time I’m in Canggu. Those include La Laguna, Green Ginger Noodle House, Peloton Super Shop, and Shady Shack.

So if you happen to be in Canggu, make sure to check those out too and let me know how you liked them! (Same applies if you’ve already been)

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