How to Spend a Day in Canggu to Up Your Instagram Game

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Bali is an island full of outstanding natural beauty, great waves and even better food to go with it all. It is a well loved holiday destination and backpackers paradise all year round for those trying to catch some sun or some waves. But no holiday is often complete without a few sneaky snaps for the ‘gram feed. There is no surprise why Canggu is the place to be if you are a #influencer or lover of the perfect Instagram picture. Full of beautiful restaurants, funky bars and picture-perfect food, you will have no shortage of that grid content. Here is how to spend your day from breakfast and lunch to dinner, drinks and dancing which are not only worth a visit to enjoy but you can also up your ‘gram game at the same time. 

Breakfast/ Morning Coffee

Crate Cafe 
Cafe, Brunch | £ | Instagram: @cratecafe
Suitable for Vegetarians, Vegans, Gluten Free | Best for the ultimate brunch
Crate Cafe | Picture credit: @cratecafe

Brunch will never be the same again when you visit the Canggu famous Crate Cafe. From opening at 6am till closing at 5pm this place is bursting full of Indonesia’s latest and greatest wannabe-influencers, celebrities and those who love a good poached egg. Plates stacked high and more than enough to see you through until dinner, Crate caters for all meat-lovers, vegetarians and vegans. Their dishes are literally works of art which cost no more than £3, and are sure to make your Instagram feed look good enough to eat.

Lunch/ Cheeky Day Cocktail

Penny Lane 
Cocktails, Breakfast-Dinner | ££ | Instagram: @pennylanebali
Suitable for Vegetarians, Vegans | Best for laying back and sipping on a cocktail
Penny Lane | Picture credit: @pennylanebali

Behind the central Batu-Bolong strip lies Penny Lane. Just walking past you will find yourself googling the name as the grand open space invites you to marvel. The decor looks like a ready made Instagram filter, covered in plants and palm trees, vintage furnishings and alternative stained-glass windows. Serving up loaded fries, sharing plates and burgers day and night with a beautifully designed signature cocktail menu to go with it.  You will be hard-pressed not to grab a snap of this stunning venue. 

Dinner / Pre-sunset beers

The famous Old Man’s Wall 
Bar, Dinner | Canggu | ££ | Instagram: @oldmansbali
Suitable for Vegetarians, Vegans | Best for keeping the party going
Old Man’s Wall | Picture credit: @oldmansbali

If you are out for a night on the town in Canggu, the one place everyone is sure to tell you their night will begin or end, is Old Man’s. Set in front of Batu-Bolong Beach (or sometimes locally known as Old Man’s Beach) its a space to grab a beer and get your boogie on. A nice place to chill with food during the day and a dance floor to party during the night, you will rarely stop by Canggu without a visit. Just outside of this waterhole lies the famous blue and white Old Man’s Wall. Get a snap in front of it and join the Canggu Instagram club for good. 

Sunset at Batu-Bolong or Echo Beach 
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Coming to Canggu, your favourite early evening pastime will almost definitely become grabbing a cold Bintang and heading to Batu-Bolong or Echo Beach for a world class sunset. Be it clear skies or cloud it always sets to impress and kicks your night off in the best way. Buy your own beer on the walk down or get there early to pitch up at The Lawn, Sand Bar or many of the other beach front bars to soak in the view and get that Insta shot.

After Dark Partying

Black Cat Mini Mart 
Bar, Cocktails | ££
Suitable for all 18+ | Best for that cool insta story and a drink before Pretty Poison
Black Cat Mini Mart | Picture Credits: @streetcrie

Tucked in an unassuming corner of a busy partying street lies Black Cat Mini Mart. From the outside and as you walk in, it seems to be a regular supermarket stocked with crisps and beers. However, at the back of the store lies a broken fridge door. Dare to ask entry to the fridge and you will discover a funky secret bar hidden in plain sight. Cocktails, shots and beers are served in this pumping little venue as a must stop before you head to your final destination, the club Pretty Poison. It is the ultimate place to up your Instagram story game and one not to be missed.

Pretty Poison 
Bar/ Club | ££ | Instagram: @prettypoison__
Suitable for all 18+ | Best for entertainment whilst you drink and dance

Pretty Poison | Picture credit: @prettypoison_

What do you get when you cross a dance floor, a skate bowl, bar and tattoo parlour? Pretty Poison thats what! Always jammed packed during the night, Pretty Poison is a backyard inspired arts bar with all the bells and whistles. Built around a huge empty pool now used as a skate bowl, drinkers and dancers flock to see people try their hand at some kicks and flips. Spin around next to the dance floor whilst you sip on your signature cocktail and witness many a Canggu tourist getting a permanent memory of their time on Bali with a quick tattoo. It makes for quite the ‘gram, and the music is good too!

With a visit to any one of these spots your Instagram game is sure to level up. Expect many messages from your followers asking where that story was taken, or the name of that bar from your latest post – guaranteed to make you feel a little smug whilst you sip your super ‘grammable cocktail inside a secret bar.  

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