Bali is a shopper’s dream come true. However, you have to know where to get what you want. The creativity of Balinese is legendary. Many who come here fall in love with the intricate artistry of its traditional arts and craft. Others come here for things like surfing and the nightlife.
No matter what your reasons are for visiting Bali, you’ll want to bring something back from this dreamy island. These are some things you just can’t miss out on:
1. Traditional Costumes
In Bali, their traditional costumes are often called pakaian adat Bali. These ethnic clothing are just lovely. For women, usually the set comes with a lace kebaya top and a kamen ( which is like a type of sarong), as well as a sash called the umpal. For men, there are two layers of fabrics worn from the waist down, called the kamen and saput. Men also have a headdress known as the udeng.
The most affordable places to get traditional clothing are in the local wet markets, as for example the market at Ubud or at Denpasar. You can find them at shopping malls too, but it can be a tad bit pricey. At the market, one set can be bought for about $40- $60, which is really affordable.
Head to: Jalan Sulawesi, near the old Pasar Badung Market, Denpasar
2. Surf Boards and Surfing Gear
The waters at Kuta beach on the west coast of Bali is a popular spot for surfing begginers who come from all over the world to test out its waves. For more experienced surfers, Canggu is the area of choice. Therefore, the beachfront at Kuta and the streets at Canggu are full of hotels, restaurants, clubs, and shops. I you’re a surfing enthusiast, you’ll find some of the best international surfboard and surfing gear brands here too.
There’s Rip Curl, Quicksilver, and O’Neill among others. Walking along Kuta, you’ll also find plenty of beachwear, bags, towels, hats and other knick-knacks for a great day out near the sea.
Head to: Jalan Legian, Kuta, Bali
3. Silverware and Silver Jewellery
Ubud in central Bali is home to a centuries-old silver trade. The intricate silverware here is handcrafted and you’ll find things like household items as well as jewellery. There are several silver shops in Ubud, such as Chez Monique, Studio Perak, and WS Art Studio. As you enter these places, you’ll be enthralled by the various intricate silver products they have on offer.
Some of these shops also offer day classes for tourists who want to learn how to make jewelry out of silver.
Head to: Studio Perak, Jalan Hanoman, Ubud
4. Ceramic Tableware
The Balinese people are naturally good with their hands, and ceramics are also available as part of their array of local crafts. Balinese ceramics are pretty under the radar at this point, but they definitely deserve more attention and love. These ceramics include serving dishes, bowls, mugs, and jugs that are hardy and long-lasting. Most of the designs you’ll find in Bali are a fusion between traditional and new and they can give a perfect tropical and unuasual touch to your home decor.
Head to: Jenggala Ceramics, Jalan Uluwatu II, Jimbaran, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
5. Wooden Carvings
The Balinese have a long history of producing various wooden carvings. It started from a time, centuries ago when Hinduism reached the island and the locals started making carvings of various Hindu deities and figures, as well as carvings of animals and non-living objects that were part of Hindu folklore.
Now you can own a piece of these handmade wonders from Bali’s many art markets and at the famous Mas Village, near Ubud. At Mas village, if you stop at one of the many workshops, you will have the chance of seeing the artists in action. These markets also sell many other artworks like paintings, accessories, keychains, bags, little figurines, masks and scarves.
Pro tip: Choose wisely which pieces to buy. The bigger statues and furniture are amazing but they might carry extra costs for taxes and shipping when you try to take them back to Singapore.
Head to: Sukawati Art Market, Sukawati, Gianyar, and Mas Carving Center, Mas Village, Ubud.
6. Luwak Coffee
Coffee lovers mustn’t give up the chance to try out the famous Balinese civet cat coffee or Kopi Luwak. In this unique coffee making process, coffee beans are fed to local civet cats, and it is then partially digested by their gut system. The coffee beans that come out in their feces are cleaned and roasted, giving us coffee beans that are rich and aromatic in taste. There are quite a few Luwak coffee farms on the island and most of them offer guided tours and tasting sessions.
Head to: Bali Luwak Coffee Plantation, Gg. Kusuma No.5, Pedungan, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80222, Indonesia.
7. Boho And Beachwear Fashion
Bali is also big on Summer fashion. If you take a stroll through Seminyak you will find cute boutiques without end, each one trendier than the other. From flowy beach dresses to bikinis, accessories, and sandals, you will be tempted to take some hours to explore and get a few new outfits for yourself.
It is possible to buy international brands at attractive prices but you will find plenty of independent fashion brands offering unique designs. Some of the most coveted boutiques in Seminyak are Magali Pascal, Uma and Leopold, Lily Jean and Milk & Roses Boutique along Jalan Kayu Aya.
Head to: Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak.