If your idea of the perfect holiday involves copious amounts of shopping followed by some more shopping, then Bali is the destination for you. From markets to malls to wholesalers, the island has a vibrant and varied shopping scene.
For those looking for some Tommy Hilfiger knock-off socks or Ralph Lauren almost-polos, head straight to the local markets. Along with pirated DVDs, questionable perfumes and Bintang singlets, you will also find beautiful Balinese ornaments, woven baskets and traditional fabrics. Be sure to freshen up on your bartering skills to ensure you get the best bang for your buck.
You will also want a bargaining strategy for Bali’s arts and craft markets. The Sukawati Art Market is Bali’s most well-known and longest-standing art market. Located over two levels it sells traditional handmade products such as sculptures, paintings, handicrafts, textiles and accessories.
If you’re looking to escape the heat and enjoy some serious retail therapy, head to one of the island’s many air-conditioned malls. While bartering isn’t really appropriate in this scenario, the prices of international and local retailers should still be much better than at home.
For a high-end shopping fix, Bali Collection has the goods. Set over eight hectares and in the same neighbourhood as the island’s most lavish five-star hotels, Bali Collection offers luxury fashion brands, exotic souvenir gifts, spa facilities and restaurants. It’s some of the fanciest shopping Bali has to offer, so we recommend getting changed out of your swimwear before heading there.
The boutique shops of Seminyak, Bali’s designer hub, display unique threads from both local and international designers. Be sure to check out the laneways off the main drag as some of the best treasures are hidden there.
So even if you’re not planning on a Bali shopping bonanza, the island’s buzzing shopping scene and amazing bargains make it pretty damn hard to resist.