Not only is Bali blessed with some of the world’s best waves and plenty of beaches, it is also a great place to find a bargain. Tourists arriving on flights to Bali come not only for sun, sea, sand and nightlife, but also to take home some cheap souvenirs too.
Even if you don’t fancy the idea of shopping in Bali, you’ll usually end up buying a souvenir or two during your holiday. It’s commonplace to hear a local in the street shouting “DVD! Transport!” and to be approached on the beach by hawkers offering massages or selling sarongs.
Bali is great for buying arts and crafts such as wall paintings, fabrics, antique furniture, handwoven boxes, wood and stone carvings, jewellery, lanterns and ceramics.
Shops selling arts and crafts can be found alongside roads such as Jalan Raya Kerobokan near Seminyak, and Bypass Ngurah Rai which is the main road linking Kuta with Jimbaran and Nusa Dua. If you’re looking to buy some art, Bali’s cultural centre of Ubud has lots of galleries of an international standard.
Celuk village on the road towards Ubud is known for its gold and silversmiths, so you’ll find all sorts of gold and silver jewellery here including necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
If you wish to buy typical tourist items like DVDs, knock-off sunglasses, singlets, cheap surf-wear or trinkets, then you’ll find stalls close to the beach in areas like Kuta, Legian and Sanur.
For clothing boutiques, the trendy area of Seminyak has several individual shops selling designer garments and accessories. There are also a number of shopping centres and malls throughout the island selling international brand names- the major ones are Bali Collection in Nusa Dua, Mall Bali Galeria on the Bypass, Kuta Square in Kuta and Discovery Shopping Mall on Jalan Kartika Plaza in Kuta.
Remember in Bali there are hardly ever fixed prices- half the fun is in bargaining over a price and the Balinese people are very friendly. Make sure you carry some Rupiah in cash on you since many places will not accept cards.