Rock Shop: Main Rock Shop of Hard Rock Hotel Bali
there are actually 3 rock shops of the Hard Rock Cafe and hotel in Bali and the 2 locations in Kuta lies just a stone's throw from each other of which this review will be on the main rock shop, which is located at the Hard RockCafe at JL Pantai Kuta facing Kuta Beach.
In the Main Rock Shop are various memorabilias of Hard Rock and various international artists around the world and they sell assorted kitschy hard rock souvenir items, both hard rock hotel and hard rock cafe bali items like t-shirts, shorts, polo shirts, caps, baseball caps, jackets, windbreakers, shot glass, beer glass, fridge magnets, coolers and a lot more. prices are on the high side though.
after buying you can then hop over the door to the Hard Rock Hotel to Party!
Sun - Thurs 10:00AM - 1:00AM
Fri - Sat 10:00AM - 2:00AM
What to buy: all the kitshcy souvenir items you can think of and the associated higher prices as this is hard rock cafe after all! t-shirts start from 300,000 to 450,000 rupiah; baseball caps at 250,000 to 350,000 rupiah, polo shirts at 400,000 to 700,000 rupiah, shot glasses at 150,000 to 250,000 rupiah, fridge magnets at 125,000 to 250,000 rupiah to name a few.
What to pay: an arm and a legRelated to:
- Business Travel
- Food and Dining
- Beer Tasting
Ngurah Rai Aiport Duty Free Stores: Duty Free Stores at Ngurah Rai Airport
The International Wing of the Ngurah Rai International Airport was moved to the newly built terminal in August 2013 and is still in the finishing touches, however, there are two large duty free stores at the International Departure Area (Dufry Duty Free and Duty Free Shoppers, both international duty free brands) and a selection of smaller duty free stalls that sells mostly local crafts and arts. there are no duty free shops at the arrival area at present. you can buy last minute duty free items and local souvenir items at duty free prices before leaving the airport and you can pay via credit card or by international currencies or the local Rupiah.
most shops are open 24/7
What to buy: all the duty free items you see at international airports like designer bags, cigarettes, liqour, perfumes, handicrafts, shirts, cosmetics and a lot more.
What to pay: maxx out your credit cardRelated to:
- Wine Tasting
- Luxury Travel
- Business Travel
You can shop till you drop: Discovery Shopping Mall
I was living inside that mall ! no joke, my hotel located inside Discovery Mall which was so cool for a shopping lover like myself ! You can find everything you want, but there's nothing cheap, you can also find junk food like Burger king, A&W and Pizza hut...etc
What to buy: Almost everything!
What to pay: it depends
Bali Galleria Shopping Mall: Worth visiting!
I can't decide which better Mall galleria or Discovery Mall! in my opinion you can find good deals in Mall Galleria, it's cheaper than Discovery, I did most of my shopping from there. lots of restaurants. and a huge supermarket However duty free shops are still expensive esp.cosmetics but just outside the mall you can find factories outlet . the only bad thing is the rude taxi drivers outside the mall
What to buy: women's clothes
SARI DEWI: GOLD & SILVER COLLECTION: Buy Exquisite GOLD & SILVER JEWELRY at UBUD
This shop is centuries old in Bali. I am told they are the master craftsmen since centuries and used to supply jewelry to the Kings and Queens of Bali and Indonesian archipelago. They did not allow pictures inside but what I saw was just out of this world! They were very very expensive even in Indonesian Currency but if I had that kind of money, I would surely have bought something for the family. But since India and especially Kolkata is full of world famous craftsmen, we have more options to buy.
But I recommend this shop for buying Balinese Jewelry or ornaments!!
What to buy: Gold and Silver ornaments.
What to pay: Depends on how much you can spend usually abut USD$100 to start with.
ALFA MART ; Kuta Beach: Buy anything from these shops
It's not that all the shops entertain bargain. There are many fixed price shops where you can buy merchandise of your daily need like cigarette, soaps, packaged snacks, beer, cold drinks, energy drinks and so on. While returning myself and Munu took a walk on the beach in scorching sun then we felt very thirsty and drained out, I was looking for some shop where we can buy some cold drink. The shop is part of a chain of shops spread all over Bali.
We bought isotonic drink from this shop and water bottle. I wanted to bring two such isotonic drink bottle back to India, but the airport customs just did not allow it even in check in luggage. So, I had to distribute the drinks to others.
The lady in the picture gladly accepted to become my model for the Isotonic MIZONE! It was really nice and full of glucose, which put our energy back! Thanks to the lady at the counter for becoming my model!
What to buy: Items of daily needs.Related to:
- Family Travel
Shopping Street of Kuta, Bali: Go for Bargain !!!!! Up to 80%
The street is full of shops selling souvenir to Tee Shirts. You may get some good bargain here if you have the ability and patience to bargain. Sometimes the shopkeeper may tell you to keep the thing you want to buy and look for another shop but don't just loose your patience and may increase a few thousand Rupiah on the last price offered. He may perhaps sell you.
Guarantee: Just don't expect. It's flea market!Related to:
- Family Travel
Matahari Shopping Complex- Kuta: Very Very Expensive!
We have been told about Matahari Shopping complex near Kuta beach, so we decided to do some last minute shopping. But to our utter surprise we found the prices are even higher than our own Kolkata shopping complexes, whom we find expensive. They said it s fixed price for all the items in display there. When we converted the priced of the items we wanted to buy it was almost 50% more than our Kolkata prices. For example , we wanted to know the price of a 26" American Tourister , suitcase it was almost Rs.3300/ there in Matahari, but in Kolkata it is available for around Rs.2000/- so we just dropped the idea of shopping in Matahari and went out.
The only consolation of this place is this Javanese girl Rani ( See picture) was humming a Javanese song. We just overheard this beautiful song, we requested her to sing for us, after lots of blushing , she sang it for us! I just forgot to take the video of this song! It was really beautiful!Related to:
- Family Travel
Krishna: Oleh Oleh Khas Bali!
Oleh Oleh Khas Bali! You will come across this sign at many places number of times. This means Bali souvenir shop. We were taken to Krishna for shopping on the very first evening at Bali. We felt it was very expensive but later we found , it was better, value for money, no bargain place for Bali souvenir shop. After visiting almost 20 shops and shopping complexes, we felt it was the best, reasonably priced and better than any other shop in Bali.
It's government run place with mostly girls working with very very smiling face and attitude. They all understand English and shall help you even if you are a small customer!
What to buy: I shall recommend go for Bali Soaps, Aromatic body oils, paintings, Sarong and small handicraft items. There are many many things right from food stuff to clothes.
What to pay: Anything between USD$ 1- 100!
Wanna searching Baliness craft, cloths, handmade painting, statue and everything related about traditional craft can be find it here. Pasar Sukawati have all you need, it's more cheap than other place but never forget to bargain.
Fixed Price Shopping
I remember back to my first trip to Bali and bargaining to buy a pair of sandals, and I had found out a day or two later that I had paid enough to buy another 10 pairs. Talk about a novice at bargaining, I bet the store owner and her family had Mc Donalds for dinner that night. I am pleased to say my skills have improved and I get a good cheap price now.
But I find I take quite a few hours up if not a full day in shopping and with bargaining sometimes can take a while to get the price you want.
A few years ago I stumbled onto Turikas shop at Melasti Art Market on the corner of Melasti St and Shadadewa St (Garlic Lane) Fixed price and a friendly smile, Turika the owner is a lovely women and very helpful, she gave us each a bottle of cold water and an hour later I had made a new friend just about finished all my shopping. This was too easy and so much better than haggling over a few thousand rupiah and taking half an hour to do it.
From the corner of Melasti St and Shadadewa St (Garlic Lane) walked towards Padma St and the first right turn into a small lane way and about 4 shops down on the left you will. Find Ketuts store which takes up 3 stores and also fixed price and very popular. Next door to Ketuts shop is a small shop selling some kitchen ware, statues and some handicrafts.
From Ketuts if you walk back to Shadadewa St (Garlic Lane) and walk down toward Padma St on the left about 4 or 5 shops down is another fixed price shop called Miss Debbies and if you ask to see the rest of the shop they will take you out back that has more stock .
All these shops sell clothing, handicrafts, handbags and the list goes on. To me a few hours shopping and chatting here is so much easier and works out to be either the same price as bargaining or just a little more expensive but not by much.
Batik Popiler II: Batik in Indonesia
Batik Popiler II is Bali’s foremost producer and retailer of handmade batik products. Over almost half a century, we have built an international reputation built on exemplary quality, creativity and reverence for this centuries old art form.
Batik Popiler II was founded way back in 1962 by Bapak (Mr) Wayan Matra and Ibu (Mrs) Made Tanjung. In the fifties, Ibu Tanjung was earning her living trading spices. Her work brought her into regular contact with farmers in remote parts of Bali who would always ask her for batik from the neighboring island of Java. Ibu Tanjung would make regular visits there, handpicking the finest examples including exquisite antique pieces, which were much more readily available at the time. Business went well and she opened a batik shop in Bali’s capital Denpasar – the very first of its kind on the island.
What to buy: Batik painting, sarong, woodcarving, pillow case, dress, batik fabric, batik shirt, batik silk, scraves and antique batik
What to pay: 20-200 usdRelated to:
- Family Travel
- Arts and Culture
ET Club: Funky Shoes!
This Jakarta-based company has some of the most creative shoes I've seen in Bali thus far. Their shoes tend to have lots of enamel accessories on them - ladybugs, starfish, turtles, frogs, etc. The colors are vibrant, the designs are young and fresh. Prices range from about US$35 for slippers to US$100 for more eccentric designs. They also sell bags and enamel jewelry. There are two branches in Seminyak, the other being near Cafe Moka, though the selection isn't as good.Related to:
- Women's Travel
Surf Shop: Buy wonderful underwear for women
If we are travelling around Bali especially in Kuta closed to Kuta Beach, we will massively found many surf shop around or in any corner of the street even in any narrow street path to the beach. They offer many surf cloth and accessories, bikini, and some other popular swimwear brand. The price generally cheap but for some brand will cost higher. With their good quality cloth and cheap price, the product are quite satisfied.
What to buy: Bikini, swimwear, underwear for women, and surf cloth.
What to pay: USD 7 - USD 60Related to:
- Women's Travel
Faberge-like Beauties: PAINTED BALI EGGS
You can buy a lot of things on Bali, and even find something new you never have seen before. So it is with the "Painted Eggs" from Bali. These beautiful Faberge-style eggs (famous for his elaborate 19th century Painted Eggs) you can find at the Kunang Kunang shops, not that many seen. And maybe, ... maybe you'll find some eggs with some of my paintings on an Bali Egg ... (see pic and Website in Dutch)
What to buy: So those eggs are the shells from either duck, goose, ostrich (kasuari) and even crocodile eggs. Some are selected for perfect round shaped, unbroken ones. Very interesting how the Balinese art-painters create their subjects and produce a very artful, artistic product ...
Painted Egg Example (in Dutch)
What to pay: Well,... on Bali these Painted Eggs are about $10, in the Netherlands you have to pay about $200!Related to:
- Adventure Travel
- Arts and Culture
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