Brief Notes from Three Days Near Canggu, Bali, Presented in Proper Travel-Writing Format for Your Reading Leisure

It’s geographically considered North Kuta, but Bali’s expat-favored, up-and-coming Canggu/Batu Belig area is thankfully nothing like its over-developed, over-touristed, over-the-top bastard brother to its south; not yet anyways. Rampant construction promises significant change in the coming years, but for now, anyway, this “wedge” between Seminyak and Canggu has a laid-back vibe and agreeable mix of cool Indonesian and Western cafes, restaurants, and boutiques. One might even call it “hip,” but let’s not go there — let’s just say it’s a fun area that’s a short taxi ride from Seminyak beach. What follows are quick notes from a few noteworthy spots

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