Lives in Ballina, Australia
Since Jun. 2007
50-64 year old female
From 1985 - 1992 I lived and worked in Jakarta, Singapore and Bali. From 1992 - 2000 I lived in Jakarta and then Probolinggo in Java. I have been back living in Australia since 2000 and have holidays to Bali and meet up with family twice a year.
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Flea & Street Markets
Gift & Speciality Shops
Gift & Speciality Shops
Gift & Speciality Shops
Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
From Jl. Raya Kuta to Jl. Arjuna (Double Six Street) along Legian Street is a shopping mecca. On this 3km stretch you will find everything you want from trendy to tacky. As far as the eye can see, one shop after another filled with touristy souvenirs, sunglasses, sarongs, shell jewelry, mosaic mirrors, pop art, paintings, and branded merchandise. Fashion boutiques, money exchanges, restaurants, bars, massage parlors, and spas are also scattered up and down the street. This area is noisy, crowded, hot, and congested with traffic, but it is truly vibrant with something happening at any time of day or night.
The center is situated directly opposite Kuta Beach on Jl. Pantai Kuta. It houses many stores featuring both national and international brands. An XXI Cineplex and a kids play station are a couple of amenities you'll find here to keep the kids entertained. The indoor and outdoor restaurants are diverse enough to satisfy any taste — and the tropical gardens, ponds, and running water features make this mall a welcome relief from the hot sun.
Although this air-conditioned mall — which backs directly onto the beach — has been around for a while and is looking a bit tired, it is still considered a souvenir haven for shoppers who don't want the hassle of bargaining. It has two very good department stores, Sogo and Centro, as well as many higher-end specialty shops. The stalls in the arcade have the atmosphere of a bazaar and many bargains can be found here, especially during sale time.
DFS Mal Bali Galeria and Duty Free Galeria are adjacent to each other under the one roof of this three-building complex. The focus is on luxury items and International brands here, and there are many specialty shops to choose from as well as Marks & Spencer, Matahari, Hypermart, and Ace Hardware. The other two buildings are home to Planet Hollywood and Galeria 21 Cineplex — plus, you'll find the dentist popular with tourists, Bali 911, at this address too.
This flea market at the end of Jalan Bakung Sari is a rabbit warren of market stalls, selling touristy products from all over Indonesia. Discover stubby holders, key rings, place mats, fridge magnets, paintings, sarongs, Bali tee shirts, mostly of low quality or rejects. There is no rhyme nor reason to the ridiculous starting prices you will be quoted, this is the place to test your haggling skills!
Your one-stop-shop for cheap souvenirs, without the hassle of bargaining, is Krisna Oleh-Oleh Khas Bali on Sunset Road. This building is spacious, well set out, air-conditioned, and carries a huge range of local and Indonesian handicrafts to suit any shopper. Discover clothing, sandals, bags, beauty products, paintings, wooden handicrafts, local snacks, and delicacies, and so the list goes on! There is also a refreshment area for any non-shoppers in your group.
Geneva is another warehouse-style, fixed-price handicraft store frequented by local and foreign tourists. You can buy the same souvenirs usually seen in the street markets, and in some cases even cheaper. From knickknacks to stone statues, and carved furniture, Geneva has it covered. A good place to check prices before hitting the markets too!
It's cheap to have clothes made in Bali, so why not take advantage at Alta Moda's four floors, which carry a wide range of fabrics, from delicate materials for a wedding dress to textiles for upholstery. At first the selection can seem a bit overwhelming, but with patience and a willingness to rummage you will find exactly what you are looking for.
Shoppers have mixed feelings about the Surf Factory Outlet as the stock is usually last season's with bargains for some and not much to choose from for others. It is not conveniently located and you will need transport to get there, but if you're going past, it's still worth dropping in for a look.
Carrefour Plaza is a massive shopping complex offering a wide variety of small retail shops as well as the very large and well-stocked Hypermart. Spread over four floors with ample parking, this is a shopper's dream and popular with locals as well as tourists. White goods, TVs, computers, luggage, clothes, bookshops, spas, and general household products are all available under one roof. There is a games arcade to keep the kids happy, plus the usual fast food outlets, and if you have a hankering for local food, try the food court on the 3rd floor.