More often than not, when most people travel to Indonesia they're there to soak up the sunshine and take a relaxing dip, all while enjoying a cheap cocktail or five. For others, a dreamy trip to Bali includes perusing market stalls and traipsing around malls in search of the ultimate bargain find. If you're anything like us and find tranquility in a bit of retail therapy, then check out our favourite places in Bali to shop until you drop!
Being the central ‘hub’ of the shopping in Bali, Seminyak is a shopping mecca. Offering everything from on-trend beachwear in surf shop Drifter to the replica Camilla dresses in Sundays Resort Wear, there’s a little something for everyone. We discovered gorgeous Shakuhachi sets for under NZD$100, incredible boutique dresses in Magali Pascal, and the perfect pair of leather slides in Bamboo Blonde. If it's home decor you're after, we uncovered some incredible interior stores on Jl. Kayu Aya Road. Inside stores Souq and Toko Emporium we were able to pick up big pom pom covered laundry baskets and gorgeous crochet wall hangings for well under NZD$50. The short walk from Seminyak Square to the surrounding shopping district is usually packed with tourists, so we recommend an early start if you want to surpass the hustle and bustle.
If you’re looking for cheap yet chic, the Ubud markets are the place to go. Boasting gorgeous pashminas, tasseled handbags and dreamy silk robes for less than NZD$10, you’re sure to find a bargain here! These markets require a bit of bartering, so pack extra resilience in your bag for the day before hitting this retail goldmine.
Uluwatu is a boutique shoppers dream. This vast coastline is dotted with beautiful boutiques, where you can find beautiful summer dresses perfect for your next BBQ. If you're a fan of lace, then you've definitely come to the right shopping spot - Uluwatu is home to the famous Uluwatu Handmade Lace brand. Here, you can find almost anything made from lace - duvets, table linen, sleepwear, even wedding dresses! It's well known that this city has the best surf breaks in all of Indonesia, so you can expect to pick up a range of beach-ready gear or miniature surfboards for your wall. Either way you’ll definitely be able to find something pretty unique!
Kuta Square is a shopping centre a mere 50 meters from Kuta Beach. Decked out with quirky restaurants, countless rows of fashions stores plus markets, Kuta Square in a melting pot of culture and fashion! You can expect to find paisley printed dresses for under NZD$5, prestigious art shops hosting some of the grooviest pieces our eyes have seen, and of course your classics Topshop and Zara, Kuta has a bit of something for every Kiwi traveller.
Photo credit: The Bali Bible