is known as a treasure house of interesting goods to buy. Products
of various kinds from traditional antiques to the latest quality
fashions in extraordinary displays await the shoppers. It is quite
common to bargain in markets, shops and artshops for buyers, so
having a good price is partly dependent upon one's smartness in
local hand woven materials, silver and gold works, woodcarvings,
garments and many other interesting things can be found at any market,
artshop or artmarket. International standard ready made apparels
are quite inexpensive, while qualified tailors and dress maker offer
reliable 24-hours services.
Bargaining forms a large part of the fun of shopping in Bali. Remember
to bring your cash, as not all places accept credit cards. Shopping
hours are generally from 10am to 11pm.
You'll find that shops selling similar items are generally grouped
together. This makes comparing prices easy as you just have to go
next shop to find the same thing!
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The main road in Kuta has a multitude of shops and restaurants
on each side selling a wide variety of goods including swimwear,
sarongs, handicrafts, cassette's, CD's, jewelry, clothing furniture
and leather goods. There are many street hawkers selling watches,
transport and bracelets. If you're not interested, just politely
The upper end of Legian Street from Seminyak to Kerobokan has turned
into an enclave of boutiques specializing in men's and ladies clothing,
interior and homewares stores, antiques, furniture and some interesting
deli's and warungs. Hawkers are few up this end of this street.
Kuta has some department stores and shopping centres where the prices
are fixed, try Kuta Square and Kuta Centre located very close to
each other in Jalan Kartika Plaza.
The capital of Bali is not generally a tourist area but there
are a few main areas worth checking out. The Kumbasari market near
the river is a typical Indonesian market with household goods and
clothing, spices and dried goods as well as fresh produce. Nearby
is Jalan Hasanudin, a whole street of gold shops, selling 18-22
carat gold jewelry. Not far away from Jl. Hasanudin is Jalan Sulawesi
where all types of fabrics are sold. The whole street consists of
fabric stores on both sides with a few household ware stores in
If you're looking for handicrafts there are quite a few shops in
Jalan Gajah Mada selling similar items to those seen in Kuta, but
without the hawkers.
Denpasar has a large selection of department stores. Try Matahari,
Libi, MA Department Store, New Dewata Ayu, Tiara Dewata, Ramayana
in Bali - Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua has a small market at the entranceway to Nusa Dua
where you can still find some bargains. If you venture out of the
gates there's also the Tragia Supermarket and Department store and
some leather shops and tailors close by. Within the Nusa Dua complex
can be found The Galleria a huge open air shopping mall with the
stores have mostly fixed priced selling high quality items. The
Kris Gallery is worth checking for some unique items.
All the hotels have their own shopping areas with fairly exclusive
in Bali - The Bypass Ngurah Rai
Heading along the main highway (the bypass) from Nusa Dua to
Sanur onto Ubud you will see on either side of the road, endless
pottery, wrought iron and furniture stores. You can find some good
pieces if you look carefully and bargain hard.
in Bali - Sanur Beach
Sanur's main shopping street is Jalan Danau Tamblingan is somewhat
more relaxed and less crowded than shopping in Kuta. The shaded
street and the many cafes that line it make it an ideal place to
spend a day shopping. Hawkers can be found about but they're not
as aggressive, except at the beach market. Sanur has an interesting
variety of shops, and there is also an Art Market (Pasar Seni) with
wood carvings and other handicrafts.
in Bali - Batubulan
Batubulan is famous for its stone carvings. Traditionally,
stone sculptures carved from soft volcanic rock (paras) were used
to for temples and palaces. The craftsmen can make practically anything
you request from a character in a famous Balinese story to a garden
gnome. Items from all over Indonesia can actually also be found
here. Serious buyers may well find a great bargain.
in Bali - Celuk
Continuing on the road to Ubud, you will pass through Celuk,
home of silver and gold artisans. A large variety of all types of
intricately designed pieces can be found. The silver filigree work
is quite amazing. Remember to bargain. Off the main road and heading
into the villages where the craftsmen work and live you'll be sure
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Sukawati has a traditional market on the main road and side
streets. A large variety of woven baskets can be found here along
with Balinese ceremonial items made from colourful "Prada" - gold
painted cloth. As well paintings, all types of handicrafts and fabrics
can be had for a really good price.
Shopping in Bali - Ubud
Ubud is still the artistic centre of Bali. It has changed considerably
from the small artist's village it was ten years ago to a centre
of activity with a wide range of Balinese paintings on offer. Well
known galleries such as Neka, Agung Rai and Rudana are worth a visit.
Western artists Antonio Blanco has his collection displayed at his
gallery and home and Hans Snel exhibits his paintings at his restaurant
and hotel off the main road.
Down the main road will take you past many smaller galleries with
varied styles of paintings. and a collection of stores selling clothing,
homewares, antiques, jewelry, handicrafts and a few good bookshops.
The central market sells a variety of goods. The neighbouring villages
of Peliatan, Penestanan and Pengosekan are also home to many artists
in Bali - Tegalalang
Home to woodcarvers, this village and nearby villages specialize
in the carving of soft wood figures. Brightly painted flowers, frogs,
fruits, animal figures can be found in abundance.
in Bali - Gianyar
Gianyar has many textile factories producing many types of
cloth, ikat and some batik. You can watch the weaving process and
of course make a purchase!
in Bali - Tenganan
This small Bali Aga village is unique in that it is the only
place in Bali that produces "Geringsing" cloth - In the making of
Geringsing cloth the threads are dyed to a final pattern before
being woven together. It takes remarkable skill to weave the threads
to match exactly. As a result it is produced only in small quantities
and can be quite pricey. Don't forget to bargain! Other items for
sale in Tenganan are woven grass baskets and "Lontars" - palm leaf
manuscripts - books telling a story through script and pictures
drawn on dried palm leaves.
in Bali - Kamasan
Home to traditional Balinese "Kamasan" painting where a line
drawing is made in black ink by a master artist and coloured in
with natural pigments. Many types of goods such as banners, paintings,
bags, hats and many other goods decorated with Kamasan painting
are all available here. The Kerta Gosa (Hall of Justice) at Klungkung
features some impressive displays of Kamasan style paintings.
in Bali - Klungkung
Klungkung has a busy traditional market and is also home to
some of the oldest antique stores in Bali. You can find krises,
songket sarongs and some nice quality 22 carat gold pieces in Balinese
in Bali - Bona
Bona is a village known for bamboo growing and goods produced
from bamboo such as furniture and mats. The villagers also produce
goods made from lontar leaves.
in Bali - Bedugul
In the cooler mountain region, Bedugul is renowned as a farming
area. The local market sells fresh fruit and vegetables and specializes
in orchids and other plants.
Shopping in Bali - Duty Free Shopping
Plaza Bali and DFS have duty free shopping outlets in Kuta,
Sanur, Nusa Dua and the airport in Bali. They have a wide range
of designer label boutiques.