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What To Buy in Bali | 10 Must-Buy Bali Items & Where To Find Them

Bali, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, is home to culture, art, tradition and lots of history. Being such a popular destination, which started developing its tourism industry in the 1960s, there is so much you can buy for so less because guess what, Bali is super cheap! And shopaholics will have a great time if you know what to buy and where to buy it from. In this article, we will focus on precisely what to buy in Bali. 

Here is a list of the must-buy items when visiting the vibrant island-city of Bali. 

1. Jewellery

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Silverware is one of the best things to buy in all of Bali. The designs here are quite tribal and traditional Balinese, and the is one thing you shouldn’t be sceptical of when thinking of what to buy in Bali, is the quality. The blacksmiths and goldsmiths here do a tremendous job with the intricate designing work. Spend the most of what you can on jewels as they will not let you down, trust us.

Where to Get This?

I. John Hardy Ubud Workshop and Showroom:
Address: Jl. Raya Mambal, Br. Baturning No. 1, Mambal, Abiansemal, Mambal, Kec. Abiansemal, Kabupaten Badung
Opening Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM(Daily)

II. Studio Perak:
Address:
Jl. Hanoman No.15, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM(Daily)

2. Chocolates and Coffee

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Indonesia is famous for its Kopi Luwak coffee, and if you’re a coffee-lover, you already knew that. But Bali, in particular, is renowned for making chocolates which have the Luwak flavour in them. You combine two of the best flavours, what could go wrong? So on your next trip, when thinking of what to buy in Bali, don’t forget to get these.

Also, don’t forget to check out the most expensive coffee in Indonesia and one of the most exquisite coffees in the entire world, Kopi Luwak. It is readily available all around Bali and can also be enjoyed in various cafes.

Where to Get This?

I. Bali BonBon
Address: Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No.246c, Sanur, Kec. Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM(Monday to Saturday)

II. Krakakoa Bali Factory & Store:
Address
: Jl. Raya Seminyak No.57, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM(Daily)

3. Fragrances

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No matter how many times you visit Bali, you will agree when we say the perfumes and body oils are a speciality here. You can also shop for other beauty products such as skin care or hair care creams, as you will get them at a reasonable price here.

Where to Get This?

I. Utama Spice:
Address: Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM to 8:30 AM(Daily)

4. Bags

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When thinking of what to buy in Bali, you will find yourself stuck in a wide array of options of bags to choose from. Again, bags come cheap in Bali, and if you know the right places, you can get unique colours and designs as well. Some brands like Ono Creations brag about their eco-friendly bags with exquisitely detailed textiles as an effort to preserve the culture.

Where to Get This?

I. Threads of Life:
Address
: Jalan Kajeng 24, Ubud

Online Stores: Ono Creations and Smile Clothing

5. Handicrafts

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Bali holds an ancient tradition of promoting its local artists and bringing them into the spotlight. And trust us, Bali is worth the hype when it comes to arts and crafts. You can get anything here, from vintage furniture to handmade terracotta, these handicraft items are something you should invest your money in.

Where to Get This?

I. Sukawati Art Market:
Address: Jalan Raya Sukawati, Sukawati, Kec. Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar
Opening hours: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

II. Mercredi:
Address
: Denpasar
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

6. Streetwear

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Everything is available here from classy shades to trendy tops and sarongs, from the latest designs in shoes to stylish kimonos, this place has fantastic cheap things to buy, and it is something you should try. It has something for everyone, be it a kid, an adult or an elderly person, everyone gets something suitable to their needs. Street shoppers will feed off this, bargaining can be done to the maximum, and the variety is truly off the charts. Streetwear has to be on your mind when thinking of what to buy in Bali. 

Where to Get This?

I. Sukawati Market:
Address
: Gg. Cemp. 2, Guwang, Kec. Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM(Daily)

7. Beachwear

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When in Bali, who wouldn’t purchase beachwear? You have the ocean; you have the beach, why not have some fun? Bali isn’t stopping you. Surfing undoubtedly remains one of the most popular things to do here even today. Hence, the beach and surf wear is one of the best things to buy in Bali. The exciting part is, you can find so many different colours and varieties of beachwear, which honestly will leave you surprised because no one expects so many types for something you wear once or twice.

Where to Get This?

I. Rip Curl:
Address
: Jl. Sunset Road No.69, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM(daily)

II. Chilli Bali:
Address
: No., Jl. Sunset Road No.10X, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM(Monday to Friday) and 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM(Saturday and Sunday)

8. Clothing

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For people who like fancy threads or other clothing accessories, Bali is an excellent place to shop. There is cheap clothing available everywhere, and here’s a bonus fact: its good in quality too! There are plenty of malls in Bali that accommodate shopping, but you can always head down to the streets for a more local experience. The colourful prints and the classic boho style will always make up the money you’ve invested. Multiple international brands operate here as well, like Gucci, Magali Pascal, and Mister Zimi. 

9. Furniture

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Yes, it sounds a bit weird, but you can buy cheap and good furniture here in Bali. Canvas art, chiselled chairs, wall paintings, and antique furniture in Bali defines the real class and elegance. These will only help you in designing your house in a more vintage manner. So go ahead and grab yourself some furniture.

Where to Get This?

I. Saya Gallery:
Address: no 12 x Jalan Laksmana, Seminyak, Kerobokan Kelod, Badung, Kabupaten Badung
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM(Daily)

II. Kuluk Gallery:
Address
: Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Kedewatan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM(Daily)

10. Souvenirs

While thinking of what to buy in Bali, you get a rare opportunity of buying from a wide range of souvenir options to take home for your friends or family. There are multiple articles to choose from, including Gemala Bali Silver for women, Kopi Luwak for coffee lovers, sarongs, and Bali batiks for people who admire fashion and culture.

Tips to Know Before Shopping in Bali

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1. Purchasing Options: You should know that though both cash and credit cards are accepted, it is recommended that you use cash, since there is a lot of bargaining margin when it comes to the local markets, and also, credit cards are charged with an extra 2% to 3% processing fee. So be smart, and carry cash.

2. Quality Check: Always make sure you check the quality of the time you are buying for yourself. Vendors usually try and trick the tourists into buying the item which is sold less or is defective, so beware of this. If you’re not sure, ask a local or a fellow guide to help you differentiate between the good and bad pieces.

3. Bargaining: It is a critical point to remember when shopping in Bali. When you’re a tourist, vendors will try to mug you off as much money as they can, since you don’t know the local prices. So it is better always to try and bring down those prices to extreme lows, from where you can build and assess how much the product is worth. You can also wander from shop to shop in search of that perfect price tag you’ve been looking for, and also to get a taste of what the prices are around the market.

4. Check Customs: Do consider the fact that whatever you buy, you will have to take back with you to your country. So make sure you don’t buy anything which may not pass through the customs of your country.

No one will have to put on their thinking cap when wondering what to buy in Bali, because the shopping scene in Indonesia is so unique and the products so rare, that you have to carry home souvenirs. This list aims to help you sort that out quickly, mentioning the things you should get to call your trip a complete one. Collect some souvenirs, make people happy, treat yourself to the authentic Balinese experience and have fun! Shopping in fun, and in Bali, it is even better.


This post was published by Shivang Uniyal