If you plan your vacation to Bali without thinking about Bali shopping, give it another thought, as Bali shopping can be one of the best features of the trip. Bali offers amazing buys for fine art, handicrafts and international fashion.
Bali shopping is a plethora of Chinese, Buddhist, Indian, Javanese and Western influences. With this in mind, you’ll understand its art, depicted in paintings of religious as well as mythological symbols. You’ll find unusual wood or silver and gold carvings of mythological forms guarding shrines and temples; they make great gifts and a fabulous reminder of your trip to this amazing Island.
Kuta, Legian and Seminyak
The streets of these marvelous places are lined with shops selling beautiful swimwear, handicrafts, jewelry, furniture, and leather.
The section to the north of Legian is a great place for visitors to find small boutiques, the newest in Bali shopping, showing the latest wears of Balinese designers. Kuta on the other hand is home to superb shopping malls with large department stores. One of them, Kuta Square, is home to Matahari Department store and Supermarket.
For something truly authentic in Bali shopping, head to Galena Nusa Doa, where you’ll find over 80 specialty stores, displaying beautiful arts and crafts.
Denpasar is the capital of Bali, and the place to find Kumbasari Market; it’s location near the river makes it a great place to purchase anything from fresh produce to household goods, spices, dried goods and real Bali souvenirs while enjoying great views. Another feature that attracts visitors to Denpasar is the fact that they can shop comfortably without the pressure from street vendors, and it’s a great place to haggle for prices.
If, however, you’re looking to buy yourself a treat, head to Jalan Hassanudin where visitors will find an entire street lined with shops selling gold at unbeatable prices.
Other important streets include Jalan Sulawesi, where locals and visitors shop for beautiful and unique fabrics including silks and hand painted textiles.
But apart from fabulous specialty sections, Denpasar is home to great department stores like Matahari, Libi, MA, New Dewata Ayu, the Tragia and others. These all offer fashion, perfumeries, beauty care products, and house wares at incredible prices. They’re a great place for Bali shopping.
Visitors flock to Nusa Dua’s charming market, where they find great bargains as well as amazing jewelry and clothing. It’s also the site of Kris Gallery, one of the best places to find authentic Bali gifts. Its open air market makes it a pleasant place for Bali shopping.
Others in Bali
Your journey through Bali shopping would not be complete without a visit to Bypass Ngurah Rai, where you’ll find beautiful Indonesian pottery as well as wrought iron and furniture shops, or perhaps a trip to Celuk, home to the best silver and gold artisans.
Tip: Keep in mind that some of these shops can ship your purchases; it’s recommended that these be insured.
The splendor of Bali’s shops awaits you.