Bali Shopping Guide for Australian Travellers: What to Buy and Where
Bali is one of the most popular destinations for Australian travellers. Around 1.8 million Australians take a vacation in Indonesia and most of them are traveling to Bali. It’s a quite remarkable place, thus called the island of paradise, offering panoramic beaches, great foods, spirituality, and hospitable people.
Bringing souvenirs home is a great way to share memories with friends and relatives back home. A piece of the island as souvenirs will be a reminder of how awesome your vacation was.
So, make sure there's a space in your bag. Spend a day (or two) to explore Balinese markets and shopping centres for souvenir hunting. Whether you are looking for batik, silver jewellery, wood carving, or beachwear, you need to know that shopping centres in Bali are divided into two categories: traditional markets and shopping centre. That is why you should always consider where to go shopping based on your budget.
Here is a list of souvenirs to buy in Bali and where to find them.
Surfwear, surf gear, beachwear, and summer clothing
Where to find them? Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, and Ngurah Rai.
Opening hours: 08:00 AM to 10:00 PM
This place is best for discounted surf wear, summer clothing, simple sleeveless “Bintang” shirt, and surf gear like a custom-made surfboard
Located in the heart of equator makes Bali a tropical paradise throughout the year. Beachwear and summer clothing are sold by tourists and locals. It’s like reflecting the island’s characteristic. Both local and global designers produce various tropical clothing, one of them are iconic enough: sleeveless “Bintang” shirt.
Back to the days before Bali become one of the most popular tourist destinations, Bali was a harbour for Australian surfers. These days, there is plenty of local surf shops alongside Kuta while big brand stores like Rip Curl and Billabong compete against them.
There’s a reason why you should bring surfwear and surf gear as a souvenir to bring home, the big-name brands like Billabong, Ripcurl, Oakley, Reef, Roxy, Quicksilver, Sunsuko, Cult, with discounted price. If you are looking for custom-made surfboard go to Drifter Surf at Jalan Oberoi Seminyak or Deus Warong, of Simple Pleasures for custom wooden longboards.
Another recommendation for surf wear is in Bali Boatshed that located in the heart of Seminyak, is an iconic shopping destination with fantastic, colourful beach gear. Nearby is Saint Tropez which has men’s trunks with a playful print. Or you can take a little walk to Little Joe Woman by Gail Elliott that features beachwear, beach bags, Panama hats, and swimwear. You have been warned: buying surf wear or surf gear in Bali means a lot.
Tips: If you plan to make your custom surfboard with a lower price, engage a local shaper.
Designer shopping in South Bali
Where to find them? Seminyak village and Petitenget
Opening hours: 09:00 AM to 10:00 PM
This place best for Designer clothing, like shoes, accessories made from cotton, linens and organic silks.
If you are looking for the most excellent concentration of gorgeous boutiques, Seminyak and Petitenget is the place. Many stores are owned by Australian designers who created their magic in Bali.
Here is some boutiques recommendation: Mister Zimi Boutique with it's unique, colourful, flamboyant pattern dresses, Alice McCall that offers playful dresses, Auguste Frank features bohemian-inspired maxi dresses and accessories. Are you looking for a pair of stunning, high-quality shoes? Niluh Djelantik features handcrafted shoes that worn by celebrities like Gisele Bundchen, Cate Blanchett, Uma Thurman, Julia Roberts, Paris Hilton, and Cameron Diaz.
Tips: wear comfy clothes and footwear so you can walk around the gorgeous boutiques comfortably.
Home decor and furniture
Where to find them? Kerobokan, Seminyak, Ubud, Denpasar.
Opening hours: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
This place best for handcrafted artisan home decor and furniture, colourful Balinese artwork, furniture made of teak, antique doors, stone sculptures, and antique lighting, shell chandeliers and handcrafted ceramic tiles are just a few of Balinese treasure that you will find in Bali
Once you fall in love with this Island, you might think to buy ‘a piece’ of it. Fill your home with something that has an artistic touch like beautiful home decor like wood carving or furniture. No need to worry about space on your suitcase, you could ship all of your Balinese furniture with a shipping container. You can also buy some beautiful tableware, of an organic collection of beauty products, oil, and burners as a souvenir.
Tips: Buying homewares and furniture in Bali is incredibly fun, and everything is way cheaper than you’ll find in Australia. Still, you need to do a little research to see what you want to buy and get a rough estimation of the price. After that, put on your walking shoes and you are ready to shop around! It’s a good idea to look for another shop before committing to buy something because you will often find the exact thing but lower price.