Bali is a shopper's paradise. Hundreds of boutiques and roadside stalls have been set up all over the island, and thousands of artisans, craftspeople, seamstresses, woodcarvers, painters etc. are kept busy supplying the tourist demand. Swarms of vendors crowd the beaches and streets of Denpasar, offering you friendship bracelets, necklaces, bag, and watches.
However, in the tourist hubs of Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Sanur, Denpasar, Nusa Dua and Ubud, nearly anything you would want to buy is available.
KUTA/LEGIAN AND SEMINYAK
For those of you that don’t want
to wander too far from the beach, Kuta and Legian have more
than enough to appease any shopper’s withdrawal symptoms.
Modern shopping areas, Kuta Square where bargaining is out
of the question. Legian street running parallel to the beach,
has a shop in almost every doorway. Also the streets that
run directly towards the sea and those that run parallel
to Legian have a number of smaller, less glamorous shops
where you can get a good bargain.
Here you can buy everything from sarongs to sandals, wooden statues to Javanese puppets, silver to surf boards, there is definitely something for everyone.
At the far end of Legian street, namely Seminyak street, designer boutiques, offering reasonable ‘label wear’, some of Bali’s more eco-friendly shops and many antique shops, give you a brief respite from the hawkers.
Away from the beach on the main Kuta roundabout is Bali Mal Galeria, Bali's destination shopping experience, and you can buy books, music, fashion, footwear and in Vinoti Living is designer furniture of excellent quality, homewares & gifts to match.
Shops are located along Jl. Danau Tamblingan as is the Sanur Art Market or Pasar Seni. The Sanur Beach Market is at the beach-end of Danau Toba street. These shops sell a wide range of Balinese handicrafts, in some, the ‘souvenir’ is actually carved or made on the premises.
Two good department stores serve the local
community. Jl. Gajah Mada has many handicraft and souvenir
shops that stock similar items as else where on the island.
Galleria Nusa Dua offers the whole range of Balinese goods in one complex, free from the hassle of street vendors. Around the perimeter of Nusa Dua you can find a number of small shops, similar to those at Sanur Beach Market.
Famous for Art and Painting, Ubud is the place to go if you want to take back a canvas or two. The first recommendation to those of you looking to purchase a work of art is a visit to the Neka, the Agung Rai or the Puri Lukisan Museums to learn all you can about styles (see Arts and Artists) then buy at one of the numerous gallery/art shops.
Ubud makes it one of the more relaxed places to shopping. Ubud art market is the place to buy Bali's best aroma therapy oils and incense, made from locally sourced plants, herbs and flowers, alongside carvings, paintings and textiles. In Pasar Seni Sukawati, crammed into a large two storey building, the souk like maze of small, packed stall is sure to reward the curious shopper with endless discoveries of traditional fabrics, basket ware, clothing and umbrellas. Ubud also caters for those of you who are not necessarily looking for a Balinese masterpiece. Shops stretch out along Raya street and also along the Monkey Forest street with the exception of surf boards.