Showcasing exotic culture and beautiful beaches, Bali will definitely be one of the most popular tourist destinations when travel resumes. And a trip to Bali is incomplete without some retail therapy. Luckily, Bali offers a wide variety of handmade items that represent the island’s cultural heritage.
To find some unique gifts to take back home from your trip to Bali, here are 7 shopping places that you should visit on your future post-pandemic trip:
1 | Krisna Oleh Oleh Bali
If you prefer shopping without the hassle of bargaining with the street vendors, then Krisna Oleh Oleh Bali is the ideal place to visit. Also known as Krisna Bali, this one-stop store provides a variety of local products ranging from Bali’s batik and handicrafts to delicious snacks. It is a 24-hour shopping paradise for tourists who want to buy souvenirs for their loved ones back home.
Strategically located and easily accessible, it is just a 15-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. With its most popular branch situated at Sunset Road, this store has numerous breaches throughout Bali, including Kuta and Denpasar area.
2 | Kuta Art Market
Located just 400 m from Kuta Beach, Kuta Art Market is a shopping haven for tourists to buy great souvenirs at affordable prices. This outdoor market stretches from Jalan Bakung Sari to Jalan Kartika Plaza. Tourists can take a stroll around the area to check out the wide range of beautiful paintings, key chains, clothes, and other local products. Like every other street shop, haggling is the key to great deals in Kuta Art Market.
While you explore the market, you can enjoy the soft breeze and scenic views of Kuta Beach. You can also taste Bali’s authentic cuisine at the numerous food stalls and restaurants surrounding the area.
3 | Badung Market
Badung Market is the bustling epicenter of Bali. Open 24 hours, this multi-story shopping center offers myriads of local items ranging from fresh food to textiles and is considered Bali’s biggest traditional market.
On the first floor, you will find the island’s freshest vegetables, fruits, meat, and delicious snacks. On the second floor, you can buy different types of herbs and spices for your jamu drink. On the upper levels of the center, you will find Bali’s stunning textiles, intricate handicrafts, and colorful clothes.
4 | Kumbasari Art Market
Opposite the Badung Market lies Kumbasari Art Market or Pasar Kumbasari, one of the city’s main landmarks. Located at Jalan Gajah Mada, Kota Denpasar, it holds more than 1,000 stalls having a diverse selection of art items and handmade pieces. It’s a major attraction for avid shoppers who want to purchase goods at wholesale prices.
One thing to keep in mind is that both Bandung Market and Kumbasari Art Market have limited car parking spaces. So it is recommended to walk or use a motorbike when you want to explore these markets.
5 | Sukawati Art Market
Approximately 20 km from Kuta and Denpasar, the Sukawati Art Market is situated on the main road of Gianyar. Offering comparatively low prices, the market is packed with Bali’s distinctive art pieces, including paintings, sculpted wooden figures, curios, handicrafts, and traditional handmade products. The ground level features vibrant textiles and clothes. Sarong or kamben, a cloth wrapped around the waist before entering a temple, is a popular item that people buy at this market.
6 | Ubud Art Market
If you’re searching for the best-quality local crafts and Bali’s artistic masterpieces, then Ubud Art Market is the place to go. You can choose from a wide variety of statues, kites, hand-woven bags, wicker baskets or hats, and other hand-crafted goods that are displayed beautifully. Located at Jl. Raya Ubud No.35, the intricate handicrafts and lively atmosphere of this market make it a perfect place for a morning stroll. No wonder Ubud Art Market was featured in Eat Pray Love, a 2010 Hollywood movie starring Julia Roberts.
A cheaper alternative to expensive shopping centers in Bali is Tegallalang Market. Situated in the peaceful rice fields of Tegallalang, the traditional stalls offer Bali’s authentic goods, especially homeware and furniture. Once you have finished shopping, you can immerse yourself in the lush greenery and fresh, cool atmosphere of the beautiful Tegallalang Rice Fields located 1.8 km away.
It is recommended to use a car or motorbike to reach this traditional market, which is about a 15-minute drive away from the North of Ubud.
You will find yourself attracted to the island’s numerous traditional markets that are packed with an array of local handicrafts and colorful textiles. These popular shopping places in Bali do not only offer retail therapy but also allow you to savor the lively atmosphere of the bustling markets. So, are you ready for a new shopping experience on your trip to Bali once traveling is permitted?
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