May 19 2012
Bali’s Canggu Club, with its plantation style fans and vast sports fields, isn’t exactly a backpacker mecca. But a cluster of interesting little cafes on the street that runs just to the north of the club might be more in tune with what independent travellers are looking for in Bali once they’ve exhausted their nasi goreng and babi guling fixes at the more local-style joints.
Butter is one of these little eateries — we’ve already covered Green Ginger Noodle House a few hundred metres away — on Jalan Pantai Berawa. The tiny air-con cafe, with outdoor roadside seating as well, offers coffees, teas, a range of other drinks and most importantly: cakes and biscuits.
We popped in here last Saturday morning a little after opening and were the first table to sit down. Within a few minutes the elegant place was humming, pretty much full of people enjoying their breakfast pies, munching on biscuits or ordering takeaway coffees and pastries — clearly this is a very popular spot with expats and tourists staying in the Canggu area.
After we washed our hands…
… we had a flat white (24,000 rupiah), a cinnamon roll with a melted chunk of cream cheese (15,000), chocolate chip biscuits (5,000 each) and a slice of delectable spiced apple cake, the special of the day — it was a bit more like a tart and a huge hit with Ms 5 (18,000 rupiah). Butter is kid-friendly too, with items such as milk and cookie (18,000 rupiah) on the menu (and we overheard someone order a babycino, if you must!)
There’s also a small selection of vegan treats — we took away two lemon coconut donuts (15,000 rupiah). It’s serve-yourself free water, always a pleasant surprise in Bali as it happens so rarely (Localista and Sea Circus are another thirst-friendly spots).
The decor is whimsical and put together beautifully, with a bit of a Scandi feel, and features such as embroidered cushions on the couple of lounge chairs, white old-style Javanese wedding chairs (so we have heard them called) and fresh flower pots out the front.
Butter is a great spot for a quick coffee and cake rejuvenator — probably not ideal for lounging for half a day, but rather more a pop in, pop out location, though we doubt anyone would mind if you hung around a bit longer. They do make birthday cakes to order, so if you’re holidaying in Bali for someone’s birthday, you could order in advance from here.
Jalan Pantai Berawa 44
T: 0819 3621 6983
Open Mon-Sat 08:00-18:00
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