Bali Shopping and Districts
The shopping on the island of Bali is widespread and especially good within the Kuta region, along with Badung, Denpasar and Ubud, where the local shops have evolved and become noticeably more upmarket and sophisticated. However, there are also plenty of further shopping opportunities around Bali in the form of simple market stalls, where a range of colourful T-shirts and inexpensive beachwear tend to be sold.
There is a very popular group of stalls to be found along the Jalan Bakung Sari and close to the beachfront, and also on the Jalan Melasti. These are great places to try out your bargaining skills, while for more western-style shopping on Bali, try the plentiful shops along the Jalan Legian, which is a major thoroughfare running in a north-south direction, between Seminyak and Kuta. A good selection of brand-name surfing shops can be found here.
Where to Shop
The tourist area of Kuta offers endless shopping opportunities, with many outlets selling an array of local Balinese handicrafts from all over the islands, together with the beachfront Discovery Shopping Mall on Kartika Plaza Street.
Always popular are the woodcarvings from the very artistic Mas Village, and the very beautiful and famous paintings from the village of Kamasan, close to Klungkung. Also worth looking out for are the fabrics and textiles from Gianyar.
The markets of Denpasar are almost legendary on Bali and offer a great shopping experience. In particular, the market of Pasar Badung is extremely historic and actually the oldest on the entire island.
Close to Denpasar's Pasar Badung and over the river is the lively market of Pasar Kumbasari, where huge numbers of caged birds are sold. For some of the best gold shops (toko mas) in Bali, the Kamopung Arab, close to the Pasar Badung, is a good place for some expensive shopping, while a little less pricey are the neighbouring fabric shops on the Julan Sulawesi.