Many Seminyak based designers have told Black Book Fashion they are looking to move to Canggu, so expect big things to happen and some of your favorite brands to set up shop in the area soon. Keep an eye out for new boutiques, if they are not already there, from Palma Australia, Milk and Roses, Lilla Lane and Lily Jean among others in the coming months.
However, Canggu is much more than the next extension to Seminyak’s unstoppable growth. It is home to its own selection of independent brands that have grown out of this edgy surfer enclave. While the pace in Seminyak is more frenetic and the shopping compact with the focus on a few streets such as Jalan Kayu Aya or Petitenget, Canggu is a bit more relaxed with the focus mainly on Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong.
With its hip smoothie bars, yoga barns and homeware boutiques dotting its’ undulating landscape, the crowds too, or the distinct lack of them, move to a different beat. Canggu attracts a variety of folk who call it their base- from digital nomads cohabitating in co-working spaces, surfers heading back from the legendary Echo beach and long-term expats who enjoy the quieter pace here with the hustle and bustle of Seminyak only 15 minutes away. All this gives Canggu a different vibe compared to that of Seminyak where weekenders drive its’ energy with every intention of getting the most out of their stays.
Impatient shopaholics may be more tempted by Seminyak, Canggu however is for those who enjoy discovering one of a kind pieces such as handcrafted pieces of jewelry or delicate ceramics, ordering a custom surfboard from one of the area’s numerous board shapers, and shopping for unique homegrown fashion pieces. The fashion scene here is more a surf inspired, easy bohemian look, adding a different twist to Seminyak’s more high-end luxe designer theme. Many boutiques here strike out on their own with every intention of avoiding mass-market tendencies and instead stay true to their own vision. Knowing where to go will help navigate this chilled-out bohemian neighborhood. So here’s our guide to the 11 top boutiques to visit on your trip to Canggu.
Our Canggu Top 11
Situated slightly off the beaten Canggu track, Berawa Luxe is a favorite amongst Canggu locals and well worth a visit. With their boutique situated on Jalan Raya Semat, it is the quintessential Bali brand designing easy to wear pieces for the modern women looking for comfort, style and versatility. Situated in Canggu and with a loyal following, Berawa Luxe offers an attractive range of dresses, rompers, kimonos, skirts and bottoms designed with beautiful prints, patterns and embellishments. Feminine and always on trend, Berawa Luxe is made for the Bali life.
We know Bali has its fair number of locally-inspired brands, what better than The Offering to shop a whole range of them all in one place. This cute multi-brand boutique offers a range of ready to wear, bikinis, jewelry, kids and hip homeware items and is a worth a visit. Over the years Bali has seen significant growth in international designers calling the island their creative home, therefore a multi-brand shop championing home-grown fashions is right up our alley.
Some brands stand for more than just creating fashion for fashion’s sake. Instead they represent a movement and attempt to carve out an alternative creative, ethical and environmental vision. FLKLR Surf is one such place- a surf shop at heart housing an extensive collection of surf wear, gear and accessories with a clear stated intention to transcend mass-commercial approaches and instead produce quality goods in-tune with the environment. By using alternative materials such as pineapple leather and plantains while giving back to the community ensures that the brand stays grounded. Importantly it keeps their focus squarely on the needs of serving the surfer community and protecting what it stands for.
Deus Ex Machina
As you walk down Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong you will hit a fork in the road, at which turn right into Jalan Batu Mejan to come face to face with the mothership of Canggu lifestyle brands- Deus Ex Machina. Quite possibly the force that put the Canggu surf enclave on the map. This is the brainchild of Dare Jennings, of Mambo fame. At heart a custom vintage motorcycle builder that has become a lifestyle brand spawning a fashion, surfboard and chill-out cafe franchise from Byron bay, to Harajuku, Milan and Los Angeles. With opening hours stretching from 7am in the morning to midnight, it attracts a lively crowd of surfers retreating for the day from Echo’s amazing swells, to the local expat community and your everyday explorers looking for chill-out beers, hand-made cocktails and honest homey food without any pretensions.
Haze and Glory
The brainchild of a trio of German designers, Andre, Rik and Kim; Haze and Glory is the rebel child of Canggu’s independent fashion scene. Designing vintage inspired, deconstructed items and edgy hand-crafted jewelry, this brand delivers a broad range of men’s, women and accessory items. Their creative vision rests on deconstructing fabrics and rebuilding them into artisanal pieces. Handmade in Bali, the shop is well worth a visit to sample something quite different and unconventional.
On the main strip of Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong you will find Wanderlust Bikini. A great place to stock up on some sexy swimwear as you make your way closer to the beach at Batu Bolong. The design of the pieces at Wanderlust come in strong primary colors and with a flattering construction to the female silhouette. The cut of their pieces bring a bit of audacity but give the pieces edge and will flatter almost any body type. With delectable one-piece lace-ups and the use of textured material that is super soft, there is much to love and shop here.
Mila The Label
Camila Pires, the jet-setting designer behind Mila the Label continues to surprise shoppers in Canggu with her Bali-ready designs. Her tastefully designed crochet tops and bottoms, flowing maxi dresses, jumpers and skirts, and stylish accessories, combine to create a look that is bohemian, chic, classy and easy to wear. Slipping on her clothes will make you feel you are on holiday, in Bali or some other jet-set vacation paradise. She has the canny ability to combine bold prints, with loose fitting dresses that are comfortable to wear yet leaving enough to the imagination; a nice combination that makes her store worthy of a visit.
Magali Pascal is one of Bali’s homegrown success stories that has grown to 4 flagship stores, including one in Canggu on Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong and another in Sydney. This Bali staple fuses french style and elegance with flowing silhouettes and an imaginative use of lace and silks. What we like about it is that the perspective of the designer is uncluttered, classy and chic with a clear vision of the woman she is designing for. The brand continues to launch collection after collection staying true to its principles, while building a loyal following. While the stores in Seminyak can be busy at times, here in Canggu you can spend some more time trying her many dresses till you find the right one.
Leaving behind Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong and heading further south to Jalan Pantai Berawa is Erika Peña. What we love about Erika Peña’s designs are that they are instantly recognizable. On a tropical island like Bali with its beachy bohemian vibe, Erika has stuck to her Puerto Rican roots, to create collections that bring a Latin edge to traditional resort wear. Leather sandals, long and short dresses that are tied at the waist with leather corset or cloth belts and handmade jewelry are the staple items of her look. Her earrings, bracelets and necklaces use a variety of materials such as stone, wood, bone and glass. Bold materials for a bold look. Her dresses do not shy away from vivid ruffles and high leg cuts, catering to her Latin fashion followers worldwide. Based in Bali, it’s a refreshing addition to the Canggu scene.
Nearby on Jalan Pantai Berawa is finally something for the guys, especially those looking for an uber-casual brand to help stock up on easy to wear t-shirts, tank tops and shorts. Naken is the place to shop for those short sleeved, buttoned-up holiday shirts that are super comfortable to wear in the hot tropical weather. Faded washed out t-shirts with edgy prints and cotton drawstring shorts complement this chilled-out look. This Swedish-Australian brand feels at home in Canggu with its chilled out vibe and surf aesthetic.
Limited Edition fits into the ‘something different’ category. Whilst Canggu may be known as a surf enclave, it also shows its true colors in places like Limited Edition. With a fiercely independent take on fashion, this small multi-brand store houses a range of brands that fit with its dark and edgy rock inspired aesthetic. Housing designers such as Vintage Century and Johnny Ramli means that the collections will always contain plenty of items in black, leathers, bold metallic jewelry and accessories to complement a fashion vision that is fierce and rebellious. Canggu has little gems like these that represent its alternative nature, meaning that not all about this enclave is board shorts and tank tops. On the contrary, shops like these show exactly why Canggu is such an exciting place for some fashion surprises.
What are you waiting for?
For those who think that Canggu is just an enclave for surf brands gloss over the fact that it is home to a collection of designers who are unafraid to tread an undiscovered path. It houses a bold set of designers challenging streetwear, surf, kids wear and jewelry conventions. While change is coming as more brands move to the area and bring a different edge to the neighborhood, it is worth discovering Canggu on your next visit to Canggu. Sample unique items, handmade fashions and original brands and designers that you won’t find elsewhere in Bali. But what do we know? Book your trip, head down on your motorbike and go and see it for yourself and let us know what you think!