Shopping in Bali, Indonesia
Bali is an Island found in the Indonesian archipelago. It’s well known for its forested volcanic mountains, the coral reefs that lie in lowly placed hiding areas and a beautiful formation and collection of world-class beaches. It is well known for the attractive city resorts, a highly spirited spot with vibrant nightlife and activity. Bali harbors iconic historical sites such as the Cliffside Uluwatu Temple. Because of these unique and highly attractive features and a sense of serenity everywhere, the Island gets hundreds of thousands of tourists and visitors annually. It’s without any doubt that you would schedule your next holiday destination to be in Indonesia, and more specifically, in Bali. And while you are at it, check out the different places guests are able to have a fun packed shopping that will surely make your trip one for the record.
Kuta Beachwalk is labeled as a grand shopping and dining complex. Located on over 3.7 hectares of land in Jalan Pantai Kuta, this remarkable commercial complex is home to a collection of different shops, entertainment amenities, and fine restaurants of international standards. With its two-storey underground parking that is big enough to accommodate over 1000 vehicles, shoppers will not have to worry about the usual parking difficulties.
With just a few strides away from the tropical and serene beach, its interior reflects a sense of an exceptional architectural design adding to its beauty and fits intercontinental cultures. The fountains and large ponds add up to the cool ambiance keeping a circulation of refreshing air throughout the area.
Kuta Beachwalk houses international brands for both children and adult apparel available in a number of cozy outlets. There are also many dining options from Dairy Queen, Fish & Co, Coconut Joe’s, to Buffalo Wings and Rings. Kuta Beachwalk has them all. Hence, a visit to Bali is never complete and satisfactory if Kuta Beachwalk is not included in the itinerary.
Discovery Shopping Mall
While in Bali you will get to know that the Discovery Shopping Mall is the largest in Kuta. This strategically positioned commercial shopping establishment is located on Jalan Kartika Plaza and is a 10-minute drive from the Airport. This famous shopping mall is accessible from many directions but the main entrance is near the towering signature sculpture next to a fountain and well cut out chrome signpost.
The fact that this mall has three levels and is very large in size, it undoubtedly houses a tremendous array of fashion and design outlets bearing both local and international trademarks. The selection is immense, and shoppers will surely have a field day going through the different merchandises offered by the outlets.
But that’s just a small part of all the fun. Aside from the signature apparel and products, the Discovery Mall also features a good selection of cafe, fast-food diners and fine restaurants including international chains such as Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Domino’s Pizza, Starbucks and a lot more. Other merchandises such as shoes, bags, and accessories are also available from this mall. Store outlets for Skechers, Sole Effect, there’s Shine, Puma, Crocs, The Little Things She Needs, Addis and Nike are offering signature and branded products for the selective shoppers.
Ubud Art Market
The Ubud Art Market is situated opposite the Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace and is locally was Pasar Seni Ubud. It has, over the past years, gained consistent fame and is now a great stop for visitors who are on the lookout for local handicraft works. This market is earmarked for locally made products that meet the taste of any shopper. That includes beautiful silk scarves, shirts, hand-woven bags, baskets, and hats. Name anything hand-crafted and you are likely to find it at Ubud Art Market.
Ubud Art Market is located amidst the art-producing villages and is at the opposite side of the Royal Palace which in itself is a focal point in Ubud. Shoppers are less likely concerned about the actual prices of the commodities. They are more attracted to the fine craftsmanship of the Balinese locals which is evident in almost every product. Most shoppers can’t help but move from one stall to the other as they appreciate the fine details and unique artistry that the locals put into the product resulting to jaw-dropping artworks worth every penny.
Mal Bali Galeria
“Enjoy, Play, Eat, Shop” is the slogan of this large shopping complex which is conveniently located at the Simpang Deawruchi landmark. This mall exudes a spirit and ambiance of harmony and togetherness, making it a great place for families to spend their bonding moments. It is in fact, one of the most favorite destinations amongst the locals and foreign visitors traveling to Bali.
Apart from shopping and dining, both of which are equally popular at Mal Bali Galeria, the place is also known for its top-notch “leisure” parades and events, which usually take place at the “Dome.” This is a significant structure within the mall, with a large central fountain. In addition to the Dome, the mall’s 3-storey car parking space provides convenience to shoppers who most of the time have to worry about where to park their cars. The car park also accommodates motorcycles at Easter ground level’s open space.
Set within the Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC), the Bali Collection is a lavish outdoor center that accommodates shopping, dining as well as lots of entertainment. Being in the neighborhood of international five-star hotels and set on over 8 hectares of land, Bali Collection remains to be the largest mall in Nusa Dua. It has a vast array of retail outlets for fashion and lifestyle designs. Shoppers will find international franchises of many different signature brands and product lines ranging from apparels, sportswear for children, men and women, within the spacious and beautifully designed interior of the mall.
Cool Kids, Surfer Girl, Uluwatu, Billabong, Hurley, Quiksilver, Bamboo Blonde, Syang Gallery, Blue Glue, D&G, Lemon Chic, Pink Eleven, Puri Sari, Paul Smith, Denim-denim, Custom, Numero, The Venue, Brands Off, Studio Tas, Pocket Fashion, and many more, are just some of the known fashion brands you will find in this classy shopping mall. It also houses supermarkets and department stores, spa and reflexology which makes it a convenient one-stop shop for everyone.
Located approximately 50 meters from Kuta Beach, Kuta Square is a popular shopping arcade that lies just about 200 meters to the north of Kuta Art Market. This place has a plethora of fashion stores and dinner outlets. In this square is the Matahari Kuta Square Department Store, which prides itself to be at par with the upscale fashion outlets. It boasts an assortment of surfwear retail outlets, franchise restaurants, ice cream and fresh juice parlors, and local jewelers. You will find designer brands, mostly for surfing apparel, making this place one great place for surfers. To top it all, the square has an innumerable dining options including international franchises of fine restaurants and food chains, where shoppers make their last stop after an exhausting shopping spree.
Tegallalang Handicrafts Village
Tegallalang is a handicrafts village – a place one cannot miss out when in Bali. The place is famous for its unique arts and crafts. It is located just several kilometers north of the Ubud hub. Various cottage industries thrive in this heartland of Bali and most of them manufacture and export an assortment of unique handicraft pieces and furniture.
This is the only place in the world where you would find the longest row of roadside art shops which feature a variety of colorful and unique items in different shapes and sizes – from interior ornaments, furniture, typical Balinese curios and a lot more. Several shops specializing in accessories offer an array of beautiful jewelry including rings, necklaces, bandanas, bracelets, all of which are made from a mixture of local materials such as mother of pearl, shells, wood, stone as well as beads and resin. These locally-crafted jewelry are a popular choice of most shoppers.
Monkey Forest Road
Monkey Forest Road offers a unique Ubud shopping experience. En-route to this popular shopping destination, shoppers have to pass the famous habitat for the gray long-tailed macaques. It is quite near the Puri Saren Royal Palace and Ubud’s famous Art Market. The locals call it the Jalan Monkey Forest. This road stretches downwards until the point where the road touches the roundabout in the far south. The entire stretch of road, from the start to the end is teeming with restaurants, art shops, day spas, boutiques, and hotels, giving shoppers a whole new shopping experience.
However, shoppers who are looking for international brands will hardly find any on the Monkey Forest Road as only a few of them – Animale, and Polo Ralph Lauren are on offer. Instead of the signature foreign brands, shoppers will nonetheless get value for their money on local brands of Balinese lace, Uluwatu’s handmade women’s garments, dresses, bags and accessories, bed linens, table linens, and many others.
Celuk Village is also known as the Celuk Gold and Silversmiths. Located approximately 4 km southwest of the Sukawati District, this place is Bali’s major center for goldsmiths and silversmiths. A drive along Celuk’s main road will lead shoppers to an incredible lineup of galleries and workshops
In the Celuk Village, the gold and silver items are usually crafted in very high quality. There’s a certain uniqueness to each item and the intricate details are just awe-inspiring. This area prides itself on having the best craftsmen known for their unique talents and skills and their industrious nature. Amongst the gold and silver items produced on a massive scale at Celuk Village are a souvenir and export items such as rings, bracelets, and necklaces.
Sukawati Art Market
The locals call the Sukawati Art market the “Pasar Seni Sukawati.” Located approximately 20 km northeast from the main tourism hubs of Kuta and Denpasar and on the Jalan Raya Sukawati main road, this two-storey Art Market started way back in the early 1980s.
This market is always packed with holidaymakers and even locals sourcing for distinctive Balinese art handicrafts specifically paintings and sculptures. It is also a good place to look for Bali cotton apparel for both adults and children. Offer prices for garments differ depending on the product’s overall quality as the weaving and motif are done quite uniquely from each other.
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