Here's the answer to those who do not have time to go round shopping for souveniers. You can pick up some good and reasonable stuffs in this chain departmental store - Matahari (means "Sun"). In Kuta, this is a popular shopping centre not only with the locals but also for the foreigners who do not enjoy "bargaining". A wide variety of local handicrafts can be found here.
What to buy: Local handicrafts
What to pay: Prices are fixed here. Prices are reasonable.
There are too many to mention - antiques, clothings, sports goods, art and craft, jewelry, gifts, music ......
All the shops have its uniqueness. The common thing you should be doing is - bargain
What to buy: All of the stuff mentioned above
What to pay: Always start with a base, usually about one-third of the offered price and then up the prices slowly. Once the price is strucked, ensure that you pay on the price agreed and not push it down further or refuse to buy. This will make the seller very angry and will scream and curse at you, even if you are miles away
2 rooms full of beads. if you love accessories from beads you shouldn't miss the shop. beside you can buy all kind of accessoried from beads, you also can buy beads only.
What to buy: all kind of accessories from beads: bracelet, necklace, etc
What to pay: less than Rp 50.000
you can find million of hand bag in kuta.
but if you go to joe joe, they have their own design, bright, with bead and all kind other materials.
btw they already imported their bags to many parts of the world, so they have better quality than most of the normal had bag in kuta
What to buy: hand bags
What to pay: starts from Rp 100.000
chang noi means cute elephant in thai.
if you're looking for thai stuff in bali, just visit this place. it's a small boutique but the stuffs are very nice.
and it's easy to find because it's in front of pepito supermarket.
What to buy: all kind (mostly clothes) from thailand
What to pay: from Rp 100.000
in kuta, you definitely need swimwear since the temptation to get into the water in the beach or in your hotel's swimming pool is so big.
one of the place sells swimwears only is blue glue. the brand is originally from france but it's manufartured and designed in bali now.
so just drop by there if you need a new swimwears or bikini with style
What to buy: swimsuit and bikini only
the shop is on jalan raya legian not far from the bali bombing monument. from the outside you can see the bright color clothes and other stuffs displayed by the window.
inside, the room is well designed with aircon. the stuffs is very fit with your by the beach theme of vacation. and the beach is walking distance away
What to buy: swimming wear, bikini, hat, t-shirt, sandals, etc. all in tropical style
a complex of shophouses walking distance from kuta beach.
it was the location of the last bali bombing but it is renovated now. the shops can fulfilled everything you need during your vacation from sandals until suitcase.
crowded during hi seasons and weekends.
What to buy: - surf stuff
- local craft
What to pay: varies
located in jalan pantai, not far from the famous kuta beach, the shop looks obvious because of its candy colors look.
it sells stuffs for your bedroom such as bed cover, pillow, etc and also sells stuffs like sandals and bags. they're definitely colorful.
if you want something for your bedroom, you also can order here, only takes 5 days.
the shop definitely can add color for your life :)
What to buy: sandals & bags
bedcover, lamp, pillow
At Kuta and Legian, you need not go for shopping as some locals will come to you while you are at the beach and try to sell you various items. Also, some locals will lay a groundsheet and sell various stuff along the beach area. They are rather cheap and worth a look, and remember to bargain :) There are even services such as hair braiding if you are interested.
There is an place at the main shopping area of Kuta near to the Matahari Department Store which has many stalls which sell cheap clothings, including those with Bali pictures and words on them. There are also some handicrafts and souvenir shops around this area too.
There are many shops at the Kuta area selling traditional paintings and handicraft items, mainly made from wood and rattan cane. These items are very beautiful and worth a buy for your house or as gifts to friends. Remember to shop around for the cheap deals and always bargain to get a good price.
The main shopping area of Kuta is located at the main centre where there are lots of shops, restaurants, pubs etc. It is very crowded her especially during the weekends and at night where beach goers head to this place. Do be careful of the traffic jam if you want to drive.
Kuta Art Market is a typical market in Bali. Its a great place to wander at sunset.
What to buy: You will find T-shirts, long / short pants, sarongs , shirts ( copy name brands and Hawaiian styles ) shoes, wood carvings, belts, kites just about everything you will need for you stay in bali or your poor friends back home. You will find street hawkers around the outside of the market pedaling fake watches, caps, belts, lighters and anything else they can find.
What to pay: Make sure you barter hard and if they ask for dollars it is US dollars they want.
ok, this shopping mall is not successfull, not many people go here but is you passed the place you will have a big question mark in your head, "what the hell is this building??"
it supposed to be a shopping arcade with all kind of shops in it. the building is full of fake ornament from a fake giant pinaple to greek god style of statues, all glued to the building as decorations.
it has a giant parking lot (never worry about not get a parking space here) and the food court is recommended because it's cheap, clean and serve all kind of food.
What to buy: home furnishing, food and drink, clothes, etc etc