Shopping in Bali can offer excellent
bargains, and best buys include modern artwork, leather goods, casual
summer clothing, shoes, jeans, CDs, T-shirts, furniture and pottery as
well as knick-knacks.
For those who do not want to wander too far from the beach, Sanur, Kuta
and Legian have more than enough to appease any shopper's withdrawal
symptoms. From sarongs to sandals, wooden statues to Javanese puppets,
silver to surf boards.
Two good department stores serve the local community at Denpasar. Jl
Gajah Mada has many handicraft and souvenir shops that stock similar
items to those found elsewhere on the island.
Galeria Nusa Dua offers the whole range of Balinese goods in one
complex, free from the hassle of street vendors.
Ubud is the place to go if you want to take home a unique canvas or two.
For more items, please see list below:
- Antiques - Batubulan
- Art - Ubud
- Bamboo - Bona
- Ceramics - Campuhan, Kapal, Tabanan
- Clothes - Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Ubud
- Jewellery - Celuk, Denpasar - Jalan
- Masks - Singapadu
- Music - Kuta, Legian
- Puppets - Klungkung, Sukawati, Gianyar
- Stone carving - Batubulan, Jimbaran
- Textiles - Sidemen, Kampunggelgel,
Klungkung Market, Batuan, Negara, Singaraja, Tampaksiring, Peliatan,
Denpasar - Jalan Sulawesi
- Toys - Mas, Tampaksiring, Peliatan
- Wood carvings - Mas, Kemenuh, Buruan,
Tegallalang, Pujung, Nyuh-kuning
Bali 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 art shops for buyers, so having
a good price is partly dependent upon one's smartness in bargaining.
Splendid local hand woven materials, silver and gold works,
woodcarvings, garments and many other interesting things can be found at
any market or art market. You will 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 something. Remember to bring your
cash, as not all places accept credit cards.
The Kumbasari Market near the river gives an interesting overview of
an Indonesia market with household wares and clothing on the third
level, spices and dried goods on the second level and traditional market
in the basement.It can be a bit dark in the basement. Nearby is Jalan
Hasanuddin, a whole street of gold shops, selling 18-22 carat gold
jewelry. Not far away from jalan Hasanuddin is jalan Sulawesi where all
manner of fabrics are available. The whole street consists of fabric
stores on both sides with a few household ware stores in between.
Kuta Art Market has a multitude of shops selling a wide variety of
goods including, sarongs, handicrafts, jewelry, clothing, furniture and
leather goods. You can find some good pieces if you look carefully and
Sanur's main shopping street is Jalan Danau Tamblingan and it is more
peaceful then shopping in Kuta. Sanur has an interesting variety of
shops with lots of nice restaurants.There are still a few hawkers but
they are not as aggressive, except at the beach market. You can find
woodcarvings, sarongs and other handicrafts in Sanur Art Market.
Sukawati has a new art market and a traditional market on the main road
and side streets. Set in a two-floor building, the market sells
everything from statues to dance costumes, all at reasonable prices. A
large assortment of woven baskets can be found here along with Balinese
ceremonial items made from colorful "Prada" - gold painted cloth. These
include dance costumes, fans, umbrellas and clothes worn at tooth
filings and weddings. Bargaining is a must.
The area of Ubud often regarded as the cultural center of Bali. It is
where the image of Bali as a land of artists was created. Ubud gives you
the opportunity to see the real Bali. The Ubud Market has kept much of
its traditional charm, with squatting Balinese sellers haggling loudly
among spices and vegetables. The market also sells handicrafts, many
made in the neighboring villages of Mas, Tegalalang, and more.
Bali is also a place to shop for a variety of goods. You can easily
select your needs, varying from branded perfume to tool kits in a
shopping mall. Your shopping sense will be satisfied with great
discounts on designer labels in malls scattered in and around Kuta and
Department Stores offer various outlets of branded perfumes and
cosmetics such as Clinique, Elizabeth Arden, Estee Lauder, Revlon and
the free-animal testing products of Body Shop. You can find women's
fashion ranging from T-shirts to party gowns, collections for babies and
children, including toys and a myriad of colorful fashions, are sorted
according to ages. Lea, Tira and Wrangler jeans and T-shirt are found in
the men's fashion section, besides formal shirts from Arrow and Charles
Jourdan. You also can find shoes, household needs like ceramic plates or
electronics or original VCDs and CDs. The Matahari supermarket boasts
the lowest prices for fruits.
You can find Matahari Department Stores at: Matahari Duta Plaza,
Denpasar, 237-364; Galeria Nusa Dua; Bali Mal Galeria, Kuta, 758-875,
Square and Matahari Legian.
two-level shopping center with a large range of items from sporting
goods in Nike and Adidas outlets, home appliances, fashion apparel for
men and women in Mark & Spencer and Polo, to Osh Kosh B'Gosh kids
collections. Visitors also can have beauty services at hair salons.
Bali Mal Galeria is also the island's best place to browse books. In the
largest Gramedia bookshop on Bali, stationery, office equipment,
imported books, international magazines, novels and best sellers are
offered. Periplus Publishers' bookstore offers a wide variety of books
on hobbies, recipes, travel, history, politics, Indonesia and culture.
There also are book corners for women and kids.
A shaded garden in the mall's center caters to tired shoppers or
non-shopping spouses, and for nourishment, there's the second floor food
court. The Duty Free Shop, Planet Hollywood and 21 Cinema are within
walking distance Galeria Nusa Dua.
Nusa Dua is a huge open air shopping mall with the stores has mostly
fixed priced selling high quality items nestled in the heart of lavish
hotels. This shopping complex is set in a relaxing and environmentally
friendly atmosphere. The shops are scattered over a 17-hectare area so
one can browse 150 boutique, souvenir and handicrafts shops by strolling
along the shaded mall. One finds outlets for designer's labels from
Prada, Giorgio Armani, Versace and Calvin Klein.
In Batik Keris Gallery, many outlets for fine jewelry and onyx souvenirs
to scores of first class batik, ikat and handicraft items are priced in
rupiah. The Tragia Department Store caters to daily needs and at the
Duty Free Shops, for those leaving the country, there are classy
Within the complex, a selection of 30 restaurants offer Japanese,
Chinese, Italian, Indonesian and international fare for breakfast, lunch
and dinner. Shuttle bus service is available for shoppers staying within
the Nusa Dua complex.
Bali Mal is on one of Denpasar's busiest streets. Opened five years ago
as the first mall in Denpasar, the three-level structure has many
fashion selections at reasonable prices. Here, you have Wendy's
Hamburgers, Dunkin' Donuts, Pizza Hut, Excelso Cafe, All You Can Eat
Hartz Chicken and a food court.
section, which presents both local and branded labels. Select men's or
women's wear along with accessories, shoes, bags and lingerie. Pick
music cassettes, original CDs, VCDs and DVDs. The Gunung Agung bookstore
features stationery, some imported books and office equipment.
Bali is known as a treasure-house of interesting goods, splendid local
hand woven materials, silver and gold works, wood carvings and many
other handicrafts in attractive displays.
Agung Rai Gallery Jl. Raya Peliatan, Ubud,
Gianyar Ubud Phone: 975449
Representing a community of artists,
this gallery offers paintings of some of Indonesia's best young artists.
Andy's Gallery Jl. Raya Br. Taman Kerobokan No. 15 Kuta
Offers an eclectic mix of furniture and carvings nicely displayed on two
levels. Includes both antique and reproduction furniture. Has an
attractive wedding chest.
Galeri Keris Galleria Nusa Dua Phone: 771303
Open daily 9am - 10pm. If you're looking for a one-stop shop for all
your arts and crafts needs, this is the place to visit. Also known as
the Indonesian Handicraft Centre and Department Store, Galeri Keris has
a wide selection of arts, crafts, and clothes that make inexpensive and
fun gifts. A good place to kill a half hour checking out prices and
Asmat Kamoro Jl. Patih Jelantik 175 Kuta Phone: 755-625
Located on the corner near Jl. Majapahit, you can't miss this shop; it
has a character of its own. This very crowded and cramped shop
specializes in tribal artifacts from Irian Jaya. While you can find lots
of junk here, if you dig enough, you may find an occasional treasure.
Look for long carved Asmat poles, shields, drums, penis sheaths, axes,
and bows and arrows.
Bamboo Gallery Main Road Ubud Phone: 975037
Representing many of Bali's most promising young artists, this
gallery is less traditional and more innovative than most other
galleries in Bali.
Shopping is probably a thing that you're not to be missed. Bali is known
as a treasure-house of interesting goods, splendid local hand woven
materials, silver and gold works, wood carvings, garments and many other
handicrafts in attractive displays await shoppers.
It is common to bargain in markets, shops and art shops so having good
price is partly depended on one's smartness in bargaining and must be
new experience for certain buyers. On most department stores in Bali,
prices are tagged and fixed. Major credit cards are accepted. However,
in smaller shops, bargaining is required and pay in cash is common.
Legian / Seminyak
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 don't want to buy, don't make any contact to them.
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 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.
has a small market at the entrance way to Nusa Dua where you can still
find some bargains. The main shopping complex is the Galleria with a
variety of restaurants and stores. There are Tragia supermarket and
department stores and also Keris Gallery. The stores have mostly fixed
price selling high quality items.
capital of Bali is not generally a tourist area but there are a few main
areas worth checking out. Denpasar has a large selection of department
stores, like Matahari, Libi, Rimo, New Dewata Ayu, Tiara Dewata,
Ramayana or Tragia. Supermarkets are located within the areas of most of
these department stores. If you are looking for handicrafts there are
quite a few shops in Jalan Gajah Mada selling similar items to those
seen in Kuta.
Proceeding the main road or the by pass from Nusa Dua to Sanur you will
see on either side of the road, many pottery, wrought iron and furniture
stores. You can find some good pieces if you look carefully and smart
Batubulan is renowned for stone carvings. Traditionally, stone
sculptures carved from soft volcanic rock called paras were used to
adorn temples and palaces but recently they are sold for export as well.
The craftsmen can make practically anything you request.
Continuing on the road to Ubud, you will pass through Celuk, home of
silver and gold artisans. Huge stores house a wide variety of all types
of intricately designed pieces. The silver filigree work is quite
amazing. If you can go off the main road into the village where the
craftsmen work and live you will get better prices.
Bona is a village known for bamboo growing and goods produced from
bamboo such as furniture and mats. The villagers also produce goods made
of lontar leaves.
Home of woodcarvers, this village and nearby villages specialize in the
carving of soft wood figures. Brightly painted flowers, frogs, fruits
and animal figures feature heavily.
Duty Free Shopping
Plaza Bali and DFS
have duty free shopping outlets in Kuta, Sanur, Nusa Dua and the airport
They have a wide range of designer label boutiques. Bare in mind some
products in Indonesia don't have a high duty, such as cigarettes.