What do you get when you find a bunch of pallets and mistake them for crates? Crate Cafe. The founder of this local village health haven, Maree, was shopping for quirky furniture when she came across the abandoned pallets. Confusing them for crates, she had suddenly found the ideal name for her new pursuit.
Raised in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, Maree left her hometown of Bondi to embrace the tropical lifestyle of Bali. The Bondi phenomenon of coffee and breakfast with friends stayed with her, so she decided to bring the concept to Canggu. From there, Crate Cafe was born.
Far from the madding crowd in the coastal village of Canggu, Crate Cafe is the epitome of its carefree, surf-cultured surroundings. A second home to many dedicated Bali visitors, Canggu attracts creatives, surfers and yogis alike with its young, hip lifestyle.
In bringing the best of Bondi to Bali, Maree delivers an Australian coffee experience to the island. Crate Cafe’s own blend of 3 Islands Medium Roasted appears in the grinders, resulting in a smooth drink that’s unmatched elsewhere. The iced latte is equally as appealing, best described as a latte slurpee.
Gusti was chosen by Maree to join the team as Head Chef. Cooking has always been an integral part of Gusti’s life and he can usually be found experimenting with innovative recipes in the kitchen.
The result is a reliable, health-focused menu that incorporates a creative approach to cooking with fresh, local produce. If you’re after something light, try the Why So Cereal, a granola mixed with frozen banana and dates, or the best-selling Hipstar, an acai bowl topped with coconut, mixed nuts, chia and berries.
When your stomach starts to rumble, opt for the infamous brekkie plate, one of the most popular dishes on the menu. Complete with avocado, grilled tomatoes , bacon and sourdough and topped with eggs cooked whichever way you like, it’s the perfect way to start the day.
If you’re craving a good ol’ Aussie brunch, don’t look past the So Corny – corn fritters, topped with salsa, smoked salmon and a poached egg. However, if you really want your taste buds to be transported back to Oz, the VETO is for you: vegemite and avocado on toast.
The drinks menu is equally as mouth-watering, with fresh smoothies and juices, coconuts and of course, coffee, on offer. The Go Fruit Yourself combines strawberry, pineapple and banana, while the Dr ABC will conquer any sniffles with its invigorating apple, beetroot and carrot combo.
Menu aside, the affordable prices and relaxed atmosphere bring tourists and newcomers to Crate. It’s become a place for creatives to order a coffee with a side of inspiration, collaborating and networking with like-minded individuals. An extension of this is Crate Creative – monthly exhibitions held on-site featuring works by the Canggu community.
This relaxed, creative approach to life, partnered with killer coffee and delicious dishes makes Crate the perfect stop to take a break, no matter the time of day.