Mar 10 2013
Set in a gorgeous space — Bali meets Morroco meets shabby chic — new combined homewares shop and cafe Bungalow in Bali’s Canggu is a great stop for a coffee and browse for a tasteful Bali souvenir. Either as an atmospheric cafe alone or as a shop selling interesting curios it would be worth a stop, but combined Bungalow is a significant addition to the Jalan Pantai Berawa area worth going out of your way for.
Located just up the road from Butter when heading from the Canggu Club (but before you get to Green Ginger), Bungalow is part of a bunch of new places that have opened in the area over the past year or two, but housed in a gorgeous, well, bungalow of course, which is painted in pretty olives and whites, it’s probably the most interesting and substantial of the bunch.
Look for the painted hanging bird cages and lovely patterned blind outside. Take a seat on the veranda or head inside to a nested banquette-style space we are quite partial to or a table in among the shelves (for sale) housing lots of beautiful stuff (for sale), such as notebooks, candles, ceramics, cushions, bags, granny blankets, baskets… A lot of the fabric comes from Bali Zen, one of our favourite fabric makers in Bali.
Breakfasts include fruit with honey and yoghurt and sourdough toast with tomato, feta and and basil (around the 25,000 to 30,000 rupiah mark), while lunches are light, and include a range of salads and a mezze plate (around 30,000 to 50,000). But this is also a good spot to just stop in for a quick drink, with a great range of coffees, fresh juices, smoothies and teas (ayurvedic, Japanese sencha, masala chai latte…) going for 22,000 to 30,000 rupiah — as well as good cakes and bikkies.
There’s a book swap corner out the front, and while we didn’t look into the details of this, we think it sounds like a swell idea in Bali, home to pretty much no English-language libraries.
If you’re staying in the Canggu area, you’ll definitely want to check out Bungalow while you’re trawling along the increasingly popular street. Though the cafes are blooming here, the tourist oriented shops are slower in coming, with just a vintage clothes store, a poster shop and a few other knick-knack stores, but this street is definitely one to watch — particularly now Bungalow has arrived.
Jalan Pantai Berawa 35 A
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