Picking up a souvenir from holiday destinations adds to everyone’s interest. However, similar kinds of things can make your collection monotonous. Want to refurbish your keepsake collection by adding something truly special? The pocket-friendly prices also make your shopping convenient.
Here is our list of the 12 best souvenirs from Bali!
1. Bali’s iconic sweet dish – Pie Susu
Pie Susu is one of the famous sweets in Bali for which queuing in front of the shops is common. Among considerable numbers of shops in Bali, one where you get original taste and flavor of Pie Susu is ‘Pie Susu Enaak’. Since 1989, it is well known as ‘The original Pie Susu maker’. Freshly made sweet without adding preservatives is the salient feature of this shop. Pie Susu Enaak’s milk pies are soft, sweet, creamy and baked to perfection. Placing own order a day before is a better option to make sure you get a taste of the Balinese delight.
Address: Nangka Selatan No. 163, Dangin Puri Kaja, Kota Denpasar, Bali
Contact: +62 361 263138
Opening hours: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Price: From Rp.30,000 for one box with 10 pieces or Rp 3,500 per piece
2. The Soul of Ancestors – Balinese wooden carved masks
Artistically made wooden masks are one of the unique features of Bali. The Balinese masks are to be treated with care, as they are believed to carry the souls of ancestors. These masks are easily available in cheap souvenir shops but if bought from local artists, you can reveal the deep meaning behind that creation. Good quality wood like mahogany, suar, and teak are used by skilled craftsmen thus it could be an authentic gift for your loved ones. Suryawan’s studio is renowned for a great collection of masks and to watch the artists at their work.
Address: Raya mas, Mas, Bali
Contact: +62 81 338 448444
3. Art Markets –
Bali consists of many market places providing unique things for shopping, but when it comes to buying artistic works by skilled craftsmen, Sukawati Art market is famous. An extensive range of handmade bags, wooden ethnic bowls, crockery, popular batik pants, dresses, and shell items are available here. Paintings and wooden sculptures can be purchased at a reasonable cost which can refurbish your home ambience.
Tip: Keep at least half a day in your schedule to explore this amazing market place.
SUKAWATI ART MARKET:
Address: Raya Sukawati, Bali, Indonesia.
Opening hours: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM daily
Price: From Rp.30,000
4. Skillfully woven – Batik and Ikat fabric
Those who have fond of fabrics always want to add Batik and Ikat in their collection. These traditionally made hand-woven fabrics represent the ancient culture of Bali. Batik pants are popular for the comfort they offer and Ikat is one of the fine fabrics. Not only to buy but also to learn the weaving procedure, ‘Threads of life’ is a must-visit spot. You can explore the skill of weaving by joining the classes held at ‘Threads of life’. Your shopping of these handmade fabrics can help the local people to overcome poverty.
THREADS OF LIFE:
Address: Kajeng No. 24, Ubud, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia.
Contact: +62 361 972112, +62 361 972187
Email: [email protected]
Opening hours: Daily 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Prices: Classes range between Rp.100,000 and Rp.400,000 for a group of 4 or 5 people.
5. Puzzle with a secret – Pandora's Box
Pandora box is one of the unique things to buy as a souvenir. These are beautifully carved wooden boxes, having tricky lead to reach the chamber inside. Pandora box shows skilled craftwork and creativity of local craftsmen. You can easily find these boxes in roadside shops along Campuhan Ridge. The ‘Sukawati Art Market’ is also renowned for such great art forms. This gift is loved by the people of all age groups.
CAMPUHAN RIDGE WALK
Address: Jalan Raya Campuhan, Sayan, Ubud, Payangan, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Opening hours: Daily, 5:30AM to 7:00PM
6. Get a private concert at home – Balinese gamelan instruments
The locally-made gamelan instruments include bamboo xylophones which are used in various ceremonies in local villages and temples. The rhythmical music produced by it sounds enchanting. You don’t have to worry about the shipment because small-sized gamelan instruments can be brought on board on the plane. It can also work as a decorative piece in the interior of a home.
JEGOG CLASS AT GREEN VILLAGE:
Address: Jalan Raya Sibang Kaja, Banjar Saren, Abiansemal, Sibang Kaja, Abiansemal, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
Prices: A Jegog workshop lasts for 2 hours and they cost USD $90 each.
7. Gift for coffee lovers – Kintamani coffee
Coffee is loved and is in demand worldwide. Processed coffee from markets is commonly used. The Kintamani mountains in Bali offers you a treat of not only choosing fresh beans but also see the actual harvesting. Coffee brands like ‘F.R.E.A.K’ and ‘Cosmic’ are well known.The coffee venues in Bali offers beautiful views of farm and coffee in its best quality.
Address: Jalan Hanoma No. 19, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali
Contact: (0361) 8987124
Opening hours: Daily 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Price: From Rp.60,000
Address: Jembawan 1 No. 1, Ubud, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali
Contact: (0361) 976324
Price: From Rp.70,000
8. Design your own jewelry – Che Monique Jewelry
Celuk receives folks of tourists to choose various creative things from street side vendors. You can also create a silver ring, pendent, key chains for yourself or as a gift for someone. ‘Che class’ is the place where people learn to mold and create silver jewelry. The silver accessory could be the perfect souvenir to gift loved ones.
CHE MONIQUE JEWELRY:
Address: Hanoman No 36, Ubud 80571
Email: [email protected]
9. Great Quality Rice Wine – Indonesian wine
Searching for a souvenir that can add an effect of warmth in your gatherings with friends? Share a bottle of joy in the form of local spirit and drinks to reminisce your stay at Bali. Balinese rice wine and Arak (a type of spirit that’s good for a cocktail) are most loved by local people and tourists. These wines made from fermented rice become an integral part of Balinese ceremonies. Dewi Sri in Sanur is well-known for maintaining the authentic taste of Balinese rice wine for 40 years. Another great source of wine made from local grapes in Bali is ‘Sababay Winery’. You can buy a variety of wine like white wine, red wine, rose and even Moscato produced at sustainable vineyards in the north of the island.
DEWI SRI ARAK BALI:
Address: Danau Tondano 58, Sanur
Contact: +62 (361) 228202
Email: [email protected]
Address: Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra No. 333X, Keramas, Blahbatuh, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 949099
10. A unique piece in wardrobe – Balinese Kebaya
Bali offers not only nature in its best but also rich cultural trove to fascinate the tourists. Intricately designed Balinese Kebaya is a traditional dress of ladies at Bali. You can find Kebaya in different colors you want. This dress decorated with lace and floral stitching adds to the beauty of women. You can buy one for you from local souvenir shops in various materials and colors. You can also customize one by local tailor which fits you perfectly.
Jalan Sulawesi in Denpasar is a textile paradise that offers a variety of shops selling beautiful fabric. Step in this market place to explore the treasure of fabric and to choose perfect kebaya for you.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Sunday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Price: From Rp.50,000 per meter
11. Unreal goblins around – Bali helmets
Unique and unreal designs of helmets can be easily spotted along with the street side shops at Bali. These helmets may not be practical to wear but one can’t avoid these finely created helmets. The Balinese helmets could be an attractive decorative piece at your home. One can get these helmets at local souvenir market places like Seminyak, Kuta in a pocket-friendly price.
Where to find them: Seminyak, Kuta, and Legian
Price: From Rp.300,000
12. Intricate Designs – Balinese puppets
Would you like to decorate your home with colourful puppets having bowed heads and downcast
The Balinese puppets will remind you of the vast and rich culture of Indonesia. These puppets are intricately designed and made by using softwood as a material. There are various puppet styles around the world, among which ‘Wayang kulit’ and ‘Wayang Golak’ are the two most renowned puppetry styles from Indonesia. You can buy these puppets from famous local shops at affordable prices.
SETIA DRAMA HOUSE OF MASK AND PUPPETS:
Address: Jalan Tegal Bingin, Mas, Ubud, Kemenuh, Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia
Opening hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Which of these souvenirs will you bring to your friends back home? Let us know in the comments below!