WE REVIEW THE HEALTHIEST (AND COOLEST) CAFES IN BALI
Updated: Apr 23, 2020
The Island of the Gods is a perennial fave of ours here at The Well Healed, with its plethora of wellness oriented eateries. The thriving cafe scene in Canggu, has more vegan and healthy options than you can shake a coconut at, and you are absolutely spoiled for choice. Menus burst with options for everyone, whether you're keto, veggie, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, you name it, they've got it. From in-house kombucha blends, home-made gluten-free bread, earth bowls in a multitude of combinations and xx
BEST CAFE FOR VEGANS & VEGGIES: THE SHADY SHACK
This Canggu institution has been a must-visit for us on every trip since it opened its doors in 2016, and whilst all the options are entirely meat-free, and much of them vegan, your carnivorous friends won't even notice. The adorably quirky wooden house with its shady garden is near Echo Beach, a welcome hideaway from the craziness of Batu Bolong, and is one of the most inviting spots to wile away the morning (and afternoon) hours over an all-day brekkie featuring one of their refreshing smoothies or coconut milk latte and your choice of brunch plate. Personally, we can't get enough of the colourful halloumi bowl, although all of the food is ridiculously photogenic and delicious to boot.
BEST CAFE FOR COFFEE LOVERS: COFFEE & COCONUTS
Newly opened Nov 2018, this Amsterdam import combines two of the best things in life - with a great food menu to boot. Large and airy with lofty ceilings, the space is a welcome respite from the craziness of the main drags around Canggu, steps from the Nelayan beach. With their own in-house roasters, you're guaranteed a good cup of Joe, although if you're off the caffeine you can also opt for the fresh nectar of a coconut (what else) or opt for a charcoal smoothie as I did - very refreshing.
Provenance-wise, the team are passionate about working with local suppliers and 99% of the ingredients used are from Indonesia. You can go ultra-healthy or super indulgent as I did for lunch, with the Chila chilaquiles - a Mexican street food favourite. Crispy hand-pressed tortillas, Chipotle chicken, black beans, baja sour cream, huevo frito, avocado, cilantro, chili, local feta, pickled onion. Spot on! And buckwheat hot cakes for dessert with Bedugul strawberries, dark cacao gelato, toasted coconut and gula melaka- happy times...
For foodies who are keen to merge healthy with local - their riffs not traditional Indo classics are well worth a try. Think Nasi Goreng made of cauliflower rice with kale-wrapped tempura potato cake, or gado gado” salad with turmeric potatoes, chipotle peanut sauce, soft boiled egg, miso chips, snake beans, pickled onion. Or how about home-made paprdelle with Javanese goat curry ragu and local parmesan?
BEST FOR POST YOGA BRUNCH: CAFE VIDA
Our usual pre or post yoga spot after a session at The Practice, think healing probiotic fermented elixirs, the usual panoply of juices, plus excellent locally roasted coffee for those that just can't go without a caffeine fix. Then there's the food. Whether you're vegan, gluten-free or carnivorous, there's something for everyone, with locally grown organic ingredients from the volcanic soils of Bali. This plastic-free cafe composts all of their food waste and gives it back to the farmers who grow their fruits and veggies. From smoothie bowl perfection to buckwheat pancakes, eggs, avocado and Starter Lab sourdough toast, (the best bread in Bali) you'll be brunching like a king.
BEST FOR COMMUNAL VIBES: PELETON
This 'planet-friendly' bicycle themed vegan cafe in Berawa does plant-based without the mungbean and birkenstock vibe. Light and airy (literally, there is air-con, yippee!) clean eats and good vibes all around, especially at the communal table. Open throughout the day, you'll find digital nomads clickety-clacking away, sipping on coffees flavoured with daily freshly made nut milks
BEST FOR CHILL VIBES AND POOL TIME: CASSAVA
This gorgeous hideaway is the ultimate chill spot, far from the maddening hordes in central Canggu. Part of the Chillhouse guesthouse, you get supremely laid back vibes amidst a petite pool for cool-down pre or post lunch. Quiet and peaceful, the menu is entirely gluten free and vegetarian, and we've wiled away many a day here, brunching, lunching and popping next door for yoga and massage.
Try the Cassava Carbonara, made with cassava tricolour fettuccine or Sri Lankan Egg Hopper with turmeric dahl - the super creative menu is hearty and delicious, featuring locally grown produce from around Indonesia and their own little rooftop rooftop into a permaculture garden, growing fresh herbs. Gorgeous brekkie too, and the little shop has lovely things to browse. Staff are incredibly warm and welcoming and it's one of our absolutely fave places in Bali.