A Guide to Shopping in Bali, Indonesia

Shopping in Bali, Indonesia

A vacation in Bali, Indonesia doesn’t just include sightseeing. Bali yells “shopping” and even if shopping wasn’t in your original schema, you’ll still end up with charming and irresistible buys. The place largely introduces you to a treasure trove of art and handicrafts, paintings, jewelry and inexpensive clothing.

Artworks for Sale in Kuta - Shopping in Bali
Artworks for Sale in Kuta

Kuta, a humble district in Southern Bali, was one of the first towns to see significant tourist development. Currently, you can find a handful of great malls lining the main streets of Kuta which offer great shopping, dining and entertainment spots for everyone.

Beachwalk Shopping Center
beachwalk Shopping Center in Kuta

Shopping in Kuta for first-timers is and can be overpowering. It seems that everywhere you go all the vendors have essentially the same products for sale but, at different prices. You will see a maze of products in the major shopping centers like Kuta Square and Discovery Shopping Mall.

Billabong Outlet Store in Poppies Lane
Billabong Outlet Store in Poppies Lane

Kuta Square is a shopping center approximately 50 meters from Kuta Beach. Designed in boulevard style, the place is flanked by rows of fashion stores and dining outlets. On the other hand, Discovery Shopping Mall is the only mall with a beachfront view and is located in Kuta’s prime area. This mall boasts quality Indonesian products and fashion outlets.

But to get the best price and sometimes a better quality, head down to the traditional markets like Kuta Art Market and Joger. Bargaining in these traditional markets is a normal practice and getting a good price depends largely on one’s bargaining skill.

Havaianas Vendo Machine in Beachwalk Shopping Center
Havaianas Vendo Machine in Beachwalk Shopping Center

Kuta Art Market is a traditional market where you can get souvenirs and goods crafted by local people. The prices vary depending on your haggling skills. Joger, on the other hand, is a specialty t-shirt shop, famous for its slogans, a regular t-shirt typically costs around Rp 70,000.

Souvenir Shops in Poppies Lane
Souvenir Shops in Poppies Lane

Another interesting place to shop in Bali is Beachwalk Shopping Center. It’s a place where you can find branded products and it is also surrounded by food chains, fine dining restaurants and international coffee chain like Starbucks and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

Souvenir Shops near Tanah Lot Temple
Souvenir Shops near Tanah Lot Temple

Another great shopping area in Bali is in beachfront town of Legian located in north of Kuta. You will find rows of small shops along its main stretch and several lanes offering a variety of art items as well as brightly colored tropical wears.

Surf Board Shops in Poppies Lane
Surf Board Shops in Poppies Lane – Shopping in Bali

Mertanadi Art Market is one of the many local art markets in Legian where you can find almost everything from fake Ray-Bans to the popular Bintang beer shirts. This traditional Balinese art market sells all sorts of souvenirs and replica antique pieces. Another place to shop is in Garlic Lane Shopping Street or Jalan Sahadewa. It is lined with many small shops selling a huge variety of items, from souvenirs to clothing.

These shopping areas are best explored on foot, and remember, BARGAIN HARD.

Cebu Pacific Air flies direct between Manila and Denpasar (Bali) every Tuesday and Saturday. For the latest seat sales and bookings, go to www.cebupacificair.com, call the reservation hotlines (02) 7020888 or (032) 2308888 or follow Cebu Pacific Air’s official Facebook and Twitter pages.

  1. Kim Buenafe says

    True enough! Went shopping in Bali even if I didn’t plan to because of the good prices in stores.

  2. […] Shopping: Ok, I’m a girl, but even so shopping in Kuta is a lot of fun. […]

  3. […] A Guide to Shopping in Bali, Indonesia […]

  4. […] A Guide to Shopping in Bali, Indonesia […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: