Shopping In Bali
There are some places where the travel books recommend you to carry everything you want, and not expect to buy anything at the spot. And then there is Bali, where every traveller who has come back would advise you to carry a large empty suitcase. For such is the beauty and diversity that Bali can offer you, starting from quirky summer clothes to hand-crafted pottery from villages. Here are the best places to apply the retail therapy in Bali.
Looking for tropical slash quirky clothing that will not burn a crater-sized hole in your wallet? Look no further than the markets in Ubud and Sukawati. Mind you, the usual hullaballoo and the senseless bargaining and haggling will be required to get that magnificent Hawaiian top for the price of a big mac. For connoisseurs of art, Ubud offers a fine collection of art galleries and museums. Make sure you grab enough Sarongs, scarfs and traditional Indonesian dresses before you leave Ubud.
Kuta is the cheaper choice for all kinds of clothing including surf wear, sportswear. In Jalan Legian area, there are many outlets that offer clothing at near-production prices. Kuta square is another source for cheap yet wacky t-shirts. Kuta art market located close to the beach offers a large number of shops that sell sarongs, clothes, shoes, jewelleries and leather goods. With some luck, concentration and a strong-willed bargaining approach, one can purchase some real steals in Kuta.
Kumbasari Market, Badung
The traditional Kumbasari Market provides an interesting overview of an Indonesian Market. In the ground floor, the traditional market sells many handicrafts and goods. The first floor houses stores that sells kitchen-crafts and the second floor sells exotic Balinese spices.