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From Oberoi & Petitenget: how to smash it in the stretches of Seminyak

Roll up your sleeves and slip into a comfy pair of walking shoes: this is your complete guide to covering the grounds of Seminyak and Petitenget.

We’ve archived the best shops, spas, restaurants, nightlife venues and hotels in the area with the help of L’Hotel Seminyak’s chief butler, Gede, who not only pointed us in the right direction, but also clued us in on the unique culture of the Petitenget strip.

Ladies, you might want to hurl this one at your besties. And seduce them with a subject line like: “Why haven’t we done our girls trip to Bali yet, damn it.”

The best shopping in Seminyak & Petitenget

Mass-produced goods and fast-fashion takeouts that are high on price and low on quality is the staple shopping diet of the modern urbanite. The eclectic island of Bali, on the other hand, has become a mecca for top quality, hand-crafted and high-end fashion shopping.

Talented fashion designers from all around the world call Bali home, and many of them work with incredibly skilful local garment makers, as well as master artisans, to produce divine dresses, shoes, handbags and handmade products for the home.

If you can come to Bali and fight the urge to shop, we applaud you. For the average Joanne Normal, resistance is futile. Between treating yourself to a few spa treatments in Petitenget and enjoying the superb restaurants and nightlife on Oberoi, there’s a lot of shopping ground to cover.

The Seminyak markets, close to Oberoi are the definitive starting line for a shopping marathon – the kind that will leave you beaming with the smugly satisfied smile of consumerism. While the market itself doesn’t need much of a look in, taking this route and walking back up Jalan Laksama should see you hitting Café Bali for a perfectly timed mid morning latte.

MasterCards ready? These 5 luxe boutiques in Seminyak & Petitenget should be on any heavy wallet shopper’s itinerary.

The boutiques

Shopping in Seminyak: namu leather fashion Bali
namu leather fashion Bali

NAMU

Namu is needed for stylish leather goods. Seriously, pay attention to their signature leather sandals. Designed with simplicity and made with extremely high quality leather, you’d expect to pay triple for a lesser pair made from pig skin leather in other parts of the world. A pair in every colour, size 8, s’il vous plait!!

NAMU
Jl. Petitenget 234X, Petitenget, Bali 80361
Tel. +62 361 279 7524

KNIT

Not surprisingly, Knit is known for beautifully draped knitwear dresses and jumpsuits that flatter curvy figures. The bare-walled store and no-frills racks of garments might not be the most enticing boutique to enter along Jalan Laksama, but if you’re in the market for buttery cotton t-shirts, dressed-up leggings and a large selection of versatile dresses – all at around IDR350,000 – 700,000 a pop – you could easily do all your wardrobe shopping here.

KNIT
A18#1 Bali Collection, Jalan Laksama, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel. +62 361 778 482

LILY JEAN

Stylish street-wear and glamorous cocktail dresses inspired by the designer’s eclectic Brazilian and European heritage make Lily Jean a must do. Her contemporary style will take you from the beaches of Bali and right back to the city, where your friends will be squealing with fashion-envy, “Ooooooh… Wheeeere did you get That?!??” The answer to that question could easily be Paris, but hooray for us, it’s actually Bali. High style comes with a steep price tag of about US$100-300 per item, but hey – holidays! And these days you pay that for a mass-produced blazer at Zara, anyway.

LILY JEAN
Jalan Kayu Aya No. 102X Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 7435717

Find more places to shop in Bali with our comprehensive Bali shopping guide.

The salons & spas

Where else can you get your spa and salon fix without flinching at the price list? Bali’s upmarket spas and salons offer the full suite of quality beauty treatments at a fraction of the price. From Shellac manicures to Brazilian blowouts and even teeth whitening, these are the best spas and salons in the Seminyak area that won’t break the bank.

AMO SPA

Welcome to AMO, a utilitarian salon where you can afford to stock up on quality beauty treatments such as Shellac manicures, eyelash extensions, and waxing — at a wonderfully low price.  The service is professional and quick, but you will need to make an appointment because this spa in Petitenget is flat out in the afternoons and evenings. Did we mention the complimentary ginger tea and banana crisps? Sold.

AMO SPA
Jalan Petitenget 100x, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 275 3337

amo spa petitenget

CHRISTOPHE C. HAIR & BEAUTY

This is the Ferrari of beauty salons in Bali. From its ultra-glam decor to the range of world-class hair and beauty services, Christophe C. Hair & Beauty is for the princess within. Head to the Christophe clan for a Brazilian Blowout starting from just IDR2 million – a true necessity in a climate where hideous humidified hair seems unavoidable. This is the place to catch up on premium hair and beauty services whipped up for a decent price.

CHRISTOPHE C. HAIR & BEAUTY
Jalan Kunti #9, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel: 0361 738025

L’SPA

L’Spa, on the other hand, is a pampering affair that offers Ayurvedic treatments such as Shirodara and Indian head massages. If massages aren’t doing it for you anymore (yes, “too-many massages” is an actual sentence, but we’ve certainly never used it), then L’Spa’s exotic treatments are for you. If you suffer from insomnia, or just low-quality sleep, these stimulating and regenerative treatments will work wonders.

L’SPA
Jalan Raya Petitenget No. 8L Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 473 3147

The wining & dining

The wine and dine scene in Seminyak & Petitenget is all sorts of fabulous. Here, you can enjoy every cuisine under the sun and creative fine dining is more common than local street food. These restaurants serve plates that are a little more special than the rest.

TEATRO

Teatro is a sensational fine dining restaurant that fuses sophisticated twists on traditional French fare. Alluring flavours that linger on the palette accompanied by bold presentations and a top selection of wines keep swarve diners coming back for more.

TEATRO
 Jalan Kayu Aya Blok C No. 1-2, Kuta Utara, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 8700078

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TRATTORIA

Need a little taste of Italy in Bali? Trattoria is your answer. With standout pizzas (arguably the best pizzas in Bali) and a quality lineup of starters and fresh salads, this is the perfect place for a spot of lunch in the midst of your shopping marathon.

TRATTORIA
Jalan Leskmana No 100x, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 737082

GOURMET CAFE

Gourmet Cafe lets you create your own salads and sandwiches, for those who know exactly what they’re after. This spot is known for its all-day breakfast menu and really good coffee. The can’t-go-wrong cafe of the area.

GOURMET CAFE
Jalan Petitenget No. 45, Kuta, Indonesia, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 8475115

LA FAVELA

The mouthwatering South American food is amazing, but it’s the line-up of visiting DJs and intoxicatingly delicious cocktails that really seals the deal. A great spot to hit if you fancy mingling with travellers and Bali expats alike.

LA FAVELA
Jalan Laksamana Oberoi 177x Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 730010

la favela bali

Beach clubs and nightlife

In Seminyak and Petitenget, a jiving good time is available seven nights a week. Boasting some of the best beach bars in Bali as well as dimly lit New York style haunts, there’s a hot international DJ and a world class venue to suit every stay-up-late style.

KU DE TA

Ku De Ta is an oldie but a goodie. Parties and events are always major, and always guaranteed to go off. On a normal day, the place fills up at sundown, but we prefer to come here for lunch, when it’s far less busy. The waves on Ku De Ta’s doorstep offer fantastic surfing, so if you’ve come to Bali with a partner in tow, this is the perfect spot to leave him while you go shopping.

KU DE TA
Jalan Kayu Aya no.9, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 736969
(next to Hotel Oberoi)

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POTATO HEAD

Enter the host of the hottest events in Bali: Potato Head Beach Club. On a normal day, it makes a great all-day spot to relax with a few friends, but it can get overcrowded at sundown. Avoid the queue at the door and get in early for a killer spot by the pool.

POTATO HEAD
Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak, Bali 83061
Tel: +62 361 4737979

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A dose of culture

No trip to Bali is complete without a balancing dose of culture. And so we share with you the curious legend surrounding Petitenget’s sacred spirit.

Petitenget Temple is a sacred and peaceful place of worship. The legend has it that a high priest from Java was on his way to Uluwatu from Tanah Lot when he found himself stranded in Petitenget. He felt the presence of a tormented creature following him, lurking in the shadows. The creature was lost and deeply unhappy, causing the local people to fall ill with mysterious sicknesses. So, the priest gave the creature a box to look after, and the creature obeyed. You’ll notice a small junction at Petitenget Temple – this is where locals worship the creature before entering the temple.

petitenget temple bali culture

Discover more of Bali’s unique culture by touring the regencies beyond Seminyak.

Where to stay: L’Hotel

L’Hotel is the only centrally located SLH hotel in Bali. This boutique hotel in Petitenget opened in 2012, and the level of personalised service is unbeatable. Every guest gets a personal butler, who is extremely clued-in on the best of nearby shopping, nightlife and culture.

If you need extra help (and hands!), you can also enlist the services of a personal shopper. What’s more, the L’Hotel operates a free shuttle that does the rounds between Petitenget and Seminyak throughout the day. It is everything you’d expect from an SLH member at a very reasonable price – JOY!

The lifestyle suites are superbly appointed with smooth bedding, oversized king beds and iPod docks (nothing like rocking out to your own tunes in the shower!). But it’s the little things that make us happy, like the shampoo, conditioner and facial cleanser by Kiehl’s.

The hotel is well located along Jalan Petitenget. After a deeply satisfying day of shopping, retreating to the sanctuary of the hotel’s rooftop Luna Bar for a sundown vino is simply sublime.

L’Hotel
Jalan Raya Petitenget No. 8L Seminyak Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 894 7898

If you're coming to Bali to shop and catch up on spa treatments, then L'Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of the best fashion boutiques and spas that Bali has to offer.

An insider’s guide to shopping in Bali: 21 quality designer boutiques in Seminyak

Most people come to the tropics of Asia for the sunshine and cheap booze. But some of us, who find the meaning of life in the perfect LBD, plan our entire holiday around the destination with the best shopping. We plan our daily itinerary based on boutiques and bazaars and markets and malls, with the cultural sights getting a look in if they are really lucky.

And we arrive prepared: with empty suitcases.

Well clothes crazed individuals, we’ve got good news for you – Bali is a shopping mecca.

The fashion scene is exploding and filled to the brim with talented designers. When people here swipe their travel plastic and pull out their thousands of Rupiah bills, they do it with the intention to splurge.

With Bali’s constant influx of tourists and the fact that, hey, you can never have too many bikinis, the island of the Gods always makes room for exciting independent boutiques that buck the big box trends.

where to buy bikini boutique bali

When your shopping mission to all of Seminyak’s best designer boutiques is complete, you’ll look as though you’ve jumped right out of the pages of Vogue: Resort Style Edition (and so might your living room when you get home).

But before we grace you with the glory of Seminyak’s best shopping, we’ll share a few Bali shopping survival tips. Because preparation is the key to success when you’re zipping about Bali on a serious shopping mission.

Shopping in Bali: Insider tips & tricks

How many days do I need? Ideally, give yourself three days. One day to tackle greater Seminyak, a day for Petitenget and a final day to check out the boutiques in Oberoi and celebrate a successful shopping soiree with a sundown cocktail at Ku De Ta. If you’re feeling particularly frivolous, perhaps even a fourth day is in order to go back to any stores you might have overlooked.

Should I get a driver? Yes. It’s great to have an air-conditioned and sheltered ride from store to store (and a trunk for your junk). But you’ll be creeping along in traffic, the driver will have a hard time finding parking, and he might start moaning at some stage in your shopping marathon, which is a real downer. However the last thing you want to do is try on gorgeous frocks over a body drenched in sweat and dirt and dust. Tip generously for cheerful cooperation.

Can I bargain in-store? Nope. Haggling in designer boutiques of Bali will not fly. That is unless you’re after a wholesale order (over US$10k). Upmarket boutiques in Bali have a fixed price policy and the sales staff aren’t authorised to give discounts. But with the fabulous deals, already-bargain prices on designer goods and sweet exchange rates, you’ve already scored a bargain.

What should I wear? Comfy slip-on shoes and a fitting-room friendly outfit that’s easy to get on and easy to get off. Only take a small bag that won’t get in the way, especially when you’re whirling about the breakables section.

Can I get large items delivered to my villa? Why of course! If you’re shopping for homewares such as fragile vases, lamps, mirrors, piles and piles of cushions and other bulky items, you can get them delivered to your villa. Life is so much easier in Bali.

Should I get excess baggage for the flight home? Always. And don’t underestimate how much a spot of shopping can weigh at the airport counter. Just one pair of shoes can weigh up to 2kg! If you’re stocking up on linens, cushions and an assortment of I-had-to-have-it accessories for the home, err on the side of caution and purchase at least 15kg extra. That’s roughly the size of a DHL Jumbo box.

Shopping Bali’s best designer boutiques

Unlike most big cities that offer an easy drive to a mall, the convenience of underground parking and air-conditioned shopping arenas, Bali’s best boutiques are lined along the blistering hot and not-quite-complete sidewalks of Seminyak. Your shopping stamina is about to be put to the ultimate test.

The reward: a treasure trove of Bali designer fashion gold, irresistible handcrafted homewares and exquisite handmade silver jewellery for a fraction of the usual price and astronomically superior on quality and design.

Coming to Bali just to shop in the island’s best designer boutiques? Take our lead and set aside a few precious afternoons to make the pilgrimage to these limited-location posts. Here are the top 21 designer boutiques in Bali you must check out. It will be well worth the airline miles — and the extra baggage fees.

#1 DRIFTER

The original hipster stomping ground created by surfers Jake Macenzie and Tim Russo in 2009, Drifter embodies the soul of surfing in Bali. The inviting space has a vintage vibe and houses independent works of those that are redefining a culture and a generation.

They offer everything you need to kit up for an endless summer. From fins, leashes and even ukuleles, to the season’s hottest swimwear from brands like Mikoh, Acacia or NLP, along with floaty summer dresses, floral shirts and cut off jeans – if you’re all about Bali’s sophisticated surf scene, this is practically a one stop shop. Then when you need a break from trying and buying, enjoy a freshly ground espresso in their large library of personally curated books.

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Drifter
Jl. Oberoi no.50 (Jl.Kayu Aya) SeminyakBali, Indonesia
Tel: +62 361-733274

#2 MAGALI PASCAL

Magali Pascal defines Bali’s trendy Bohemian lifestyle. If you could only buy just one dress that encapsulates the essence of contemporary Bali style chic-glam, then it has to be a “Borgeous Bohème” frock from Magali Pascal. Her exquisite designs are surprisingly wearable. But you’ll never know just looking at the garment dangling from the rack. Try it on!

Collection after collection, Pascal makes our jaws hit the sidewalk. Her unique style is a perfect balance of French style and elegance, effortless chic and easy-to-wear glam. The garments, made in Bali, are a feminine combination of luxurious silks, lace and organic fabrics that will take you from day to night. We can’t think of another designer who pulls this off better than Pascal.

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Magali Pascal Seminyak Store
Jl. Raya Seminyak no.65 Seminyak Bali
Tel: +62 361-737907 

#3 THIS IS A LOVE SONG

Where do Hollywood stars such like Katie Perry and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child fame shop when they’re in Bali? Answer: This is a love song. Founded in 2010, this concept shop and in-house label brings local and international brands together in one must-shop boutique. A first of its kind in Bali, the store currently stocks; house label This Is A Love Song, La Douche Vita, Rbrth, Triwa, Lomography, MyPetSquare, SIxteendscale, Obey, Miss Milne and loads more cult labels you’ve been dying to get your hands on.

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This is a love song
Jl. Kayu Aya No. 3 Seminyak Bali
Tel: +62 361 9130713

#4 BIASA+

Biasa means ordinary in Bahasa, although there’s nothing ordinary about the price tags or the garb here! That’s just a local joke amongst the locals who’ve watched this Bali-grown brand explode. Today, Biasa is one of the most established and unique fashion and lifestyle brands on the island.

Recently, the Seminyak gallery was transformed into an art and lifestyle haven. If that sounds too cool for your radar, give it a second look. Once a month on a Saturday, stands offering organic food, juices and live music set up shop in the store’s homely backyard. So if you’re on the verge of shopping overkill, retreat here. Plus, it’s a great way to socialize and exchange shopping tips with Bali expats and long-time visitors.

BIASA’s Christmas market is on December 13th – you can jump onto their facebook page to find out more.

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BIASA+
Jalan Raya Seminyak 34, Bali (near Bintang supermarket)
Tel: +62 (0)361 8475766

#5 LILY JEAN

The Lily Jean woman is multi-faceted, and loves beautiful, wearable garments. Lily Jean is all about trendy and elegant street wear, kidswear and cocktail party dresses. Not a strange combination if you consider the lifestyle of the Bali expat family. The line, which encompasses shoes, handbags and accessories, has spread across a staggering 12 countries, with six stores in Indonesia alone.

It looks like founder and creative directer Made de Coney has done well. The Brazilian-European designer, who has a natural sense of style, lets the season’s fabrics determine the creative direction for new collections. The results are ultra feminine curve skimming silhouettes that flutter in the breeze.

Lily Jean
Jln. Kayu Aya 88x Seminyak, Bali
Tel: +62 811 39 82 72

#6 KALYAN BALI

If you’ve purchased a few traditional hookahs over the years, then you’ll know there’s not a stack of aesthetic variety on offer. Well, we’ve got good news for you: Kalyan Bali makes the most off-the-hook glass blown hookahs known to mankind. Exquisitely designed for a high quality smoke and plenty of wow-factor, these hand crafted hookahs are simply stunning works of art. This is the ultimate gift for the social-smoker and art lover who’s hard to buy for. Although this is one piece you’ll definitely have to hand-carry on the plane.

Kalyan Bali art hookahs for sale

Kalyan Bali
Order online from kalyanbali.ru or contact kalyanbali1@gmail.com

#7 ULUWATU LACE

The first time you walk into the Uluwatu Lace boutique, it will take every ounce of resistance to not buy THAT intricate white-lace umbrella. If you have a weakness for handcrafted lace work, you’ll know just how much work goes into producing each piece, and the cultural significance of the handicraft.

Uluwatu Lace has, for over 30 years, drawn on the incredible skills of local artisans to produce their high quality designs. In the store, you’ll find resort and casual wear, as well as bed and table linens (for the more practical purchaser). The quality and modern takes on traditional lace design are a far cry from the lace doilies of yesteryear.

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Uluwatu Lace
Jalan Laksmana Seminyak, Bali
Tel: +62 361 735973

#8 NAMU

This place is the heaven of handbags and shoes. Independent label NAMU makes colourful frocks, stingray-leather clutches, chic purses, gorgeous sandals and men’s shoes that are utilitarian, vibrant and stylish all at the same time. We dare any fashionista to walk in and leave the store empty handed.

The store also stocks local labels in its perfectly curated collection. The level of quality you’ll find in NAMU is outstanding. In addition to its buying team’s serious taste, the store’s premise is utterly refreshing. But it gets better. NAMU is the best-priced designer boutique that you’ll find in Bali. Rejoice!

NAMU affordable high fashion boutique Bali

NAMU
Jl. Petitenget 234X, Petitenget, Bali
Tel +62 361 279 7524

#9 SEA GYPSY

You can’t swing a cat around Seminyak without hitting a silver jewellery store. But unfortunately, most silver shops seem to miss the mark on originality and decent pricing. The one jewellery store in Seminyak that keeps breaking that mould is Sea Gypsy. It’s impossible to be disappointed when you take a look inside this chic Bohemian store, shining with pretty silver.

The range combines oriental motifs, the feeling of the ocean, and earthly elements into expertly crafted semi precious stone rings, crystal necklaces, delicate earrings, charm bracelets and irresistible pendants. If you’re a silver accessories girl, you’re going to fall in love with this store. Here, you’ll find special pieces that you never want to take off!

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Sea Gypsy
48x Jln Laksmana, Seminyak, Bali
Tel: +62 361 731769

#10 PURAVIDA

Calling all eccentric dressers! Born on the whim of a trip to Costa Rica, Puravida embodies the spirit of Bali island living; colourful, unique and always fun. Think 70s inspired prints, soft cottons and hints of well travelled designers.

With 6 stores across the island including two in Seminyak and Kuta and one in Ubud and Nusa Dua, you’re never far from a prance through the pretty treats of Puravida.

Endless prints and colours at Puravida
Endless prints and colours at Puravida

Puravida
Jl. Raya Seminyak 38b Seminyak
Tel: 0361 8475860

#11 BLUE GLUE BIKINIS

Blue Glue is a swimwear institution in Bali. The French brand of beachwear has made women of all shapes and sizes feel beautiful, sexy and confident in a bikini for 12 years and counting. Featuring the largest and most varied collection of swimwear for all ages and lifestyles, dip your hand in this candy bowl of bikinis as many times as you can.

Best known for their unique geometric maillots, hand-sewn embellishments and smooth fabrics that feel like second skin, you’ll want to convert into a ‘Bluette’ after stocking up at the flagship store on Sunset Road. With swimwear for every occasion; glam styles like animal prints and gold hardware details that reflect the cliches of the feminine mind, to playful prints and stylish collections to take you from the runway to the beach club — you might just decide you want to live in a bikini, forever. Natasha Oakley does, and she’s a fan of the made-in-Bali bikini brand.

natasha oakley blue glue bikini bali

Blue Glue Bikinis Bali (Flagship store)
Jl. Raya Kerobokan (end of Sunset Road), Bali
Tel: +62 361 734820

#12 KIOSK

Kiosk features a curated collection of designer clothing, accessories and homewares from around the globe. What they’re really known for is stocking the entire range of boutique Australian eyewear label Pared Eyewear, as well as one-off samples. Their mission is simple. Here, you’ll find a unique mix of hard-to-get quality clothing, accessories and homewares from around the world. Brands they stock include Handsom, Poms, The Beach People, Celeste Tesoriero, Petite Terre swimwear, Little Joe and many more independent hipster labels. Expect numerous squeals of delight.

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Kiosk
Jl Kayu Cendana No.1 Seminyak, Bali
(Opposite Bali Bakery, Seminyak Square)
Tel: +62 361 837 1064

#13 21DGRS

Remember when Nicole Richie first launched her jewellery collection House of Harlow? And we all went crazy for the I-must-have-or-die Bohemian statement jewellery, but it was impossible to get outside the US and way too pricey?? Yeah, that really sucked. So if you’re (still) frantically searching for a jewellery collection similar to House of Harlow, we pray you find this page on Google.

The jewellery designs by 21dgrs are even edgier and heavier. Tribal designs and symbolisms inspired by animal mythology, alchemy, gypsy wisdoms and mysticism are inspiring us to buy everything. The brand combines a contemporary gypsy lifestyle with bohemian laissez-faire in their eclectic modern designs. Plus, the products are 100 percent hand made in collaboration with true artisans and specialised craftsmen in Bali and Indonesia, supporting local communities and families.

21dgrs
Jalan Raya Seminyak 47a Seminyak, Bali
Email: info@21dgrs.com

#14 LIMITED EDITION

One part modern goth, two parts urban luxury, Limited Edition has a unique offering that includes brands such as Skingraft, E.G.R, Monarc1, Parts of 4, Johnny Ramli, Vintage Century, Eleven44, Enki, Shadowland. Epitomising the fearlessness that defines avante-garde fashion, a visit to this store is not for the faint hearted. “Too cool for school” would be an accurate descriptor.

Edgy and dark with lots of leather, lots of black, sophisticated cuts, heavy silver and raw crystal jewellery, this couture-biker closet also features unexpected touches of preppy and club chic. If you want to buy something really unique in Bali and inject your style with a Lenny Kravitz flamboyant rock vibe, then check out the Vintage Century line, only available at Limited Edition.

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Limited Edition
Jalan Pantai Berawa, Bali
Tel: +62 361 9279344

#15 MERCREDI

Mercredi channels “tropical beach house” without the need to whitewash your living room as per “shabby boat house chic”. Let’s face it, we’re over the distressed look and a predictable colour pallete anyway. Check out the great range of bright neutral fabrics, deep wood furniture accessories, handblown glass ornaments and modern tapestries at this gorgeous homewares boutique.

Mercredi Bali designer homeware shop
Mercredi
Jalan Basangkasa (corner Jalan Kayu Aya), Seminyak, Bali
Tel: +62 361 735516

#16 BAGATELLE

The founder of this exclusive indoor and outdoor furniture store spent 20 years in the Indonesian archipelago, exploring the vibrancy and varied culture of its people. What he witnessed then, inspires him today. Catering to the tastes and trends of both eastern and western cultures, Bagatelle creates high quality furniture for luxury properties around the world. If you’ve ever wanted your pad to look like a six star resort, then this is the place to stock up.

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Bagatelle
Jl.Kunti No. 4C Seminyak Bali 80361
+62 361 732 733

#17 KARMA LIVING

Established by a Danish designer, Karma Living makes fine furniture and lifestyle products – which you usually only see in the best restaurants and hotels – available to the public. Karma Living is all about clean lines, clever forms and Scandinavian shapes. If you went overboard with teak cabinets in the home years ago, here (and now) might be a good place to give your living rooms an update.

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Karma Living
Jalan Petitenget No. 9A

#18 LULU YASMINE

We challenge you to introduce us to one woman who has walked by Lulu Yasmine and resisted the urge to pop in. Spark a debate in any cafe or restaurant in Seminyak over the best women’s boutiques and Lulu Yasmine is the name on everyone’s lips. This is the place where well-heeled women pick up the most original threads. Racks of exotic prints, bohemian chic silks, crepe, voile and chiffon hang alluringly in the window, impossible to ignore.

Lulu Yasmine
Jl. Raya Seminyak, No. 53 Seminyak

#19 UMA & LEOPOLD

Warning: If you go crazy over delicately hand-beaded garments, then you’re going to lose your mind in Uma & Leopold. Hand embroidered by gifted artisans, the handwork is the finest you’re ever likely to see. The quality of the beads, sequins, embellishments and fabrics are just top class. And the pieces are not just for those who rock the sequin trend. The collections range from high embellished kaftan jackets *to die for* and studded cropped jackets (very mod), to textured dresses and elegant frocks with very simple-yet-intricate hems.

Uma & Leopold
Jl Kayu Cendana 8B, Seminyak

#20 MILK & ROSES

Steal Alexa Chung’s style at Milk & Roses. She’s their style muse when it comes to trendy street wear that’s fresh, light and easy to wear in the day. What to expect: Retro-chic with the elegant touch of southern French styling. The range is made from only natural materials, silk, linen, organic cotton (strictly no-polyester masquerading as wool, phew!). The collection is characterised by soft tones and silhouettes that feel sensual and elegant at the same time.

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Milk & Roses

#21 THE STORY OF

Designer Kukuh Zuttion of The Story Of began her creative career as a stylist working with internationally renowned brands, and on award winning movies including Eat, Pray, Love. Drawing inspiration from the diversely rich culture and heritage of Bali and the latest tropical trends, Kukuh breaks the mould when it comes to indie fashion. Take a detour from the usual suspect of outlets to shop at this quirky institution of hipster trends, playful shapes and edgy styling.

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The Story Of
Available at The Library Seminyak 37, and Zuttion Laksmana 49 Oberoi, Bali

*Bonus Tip* Where to stay in Seminyak

You’re going to need a hip villa to go with your new wardrobe, and a cozy place to put your feet up (or down – in the pool) after a long, hard day of trying and buying. And Bali’s collection of stylish villas in Seminyak will make you want to claim your holiday leave starting yesterday.

From eco-chic boutique resorts to the island’s most welcoming private villas, we’ve surveyed Bali’s most fabulous homes away from home. These stunners will get you motivated to book your shopping trip to Bali, read  12 super sexy stylish AirBnB villas in Seminyak and Petitenget and Eco-chic travel: environmentally responsible luxury villas & resorts to get your accommodation sorted.

boutique villa for rent seminyak

Plus, find more places to get pampered and partying in our guide to the stretches of Seminyak.

Smart shopping: the island’s weekend markets, art bazaars and garage sales

Markets are a huge part of everyday life for Balinese people – a fun part of it; shopping, socialising, gossiping, meeting neighbours. And now the expat community has brought their own market tradition to the island – the culture of weekend bazaars, where all the liveliness of the local markets happens. Just in English.

Every market feels like a little celebration, and that’s why we love them oh-so-much.

Samadi Sunday organic produce market

Samadi farmers market Bali Canggu

shopping at Samadi market Bali Canggu

The Canggu neighbourhood is booming, with more and more cool places popping than you can possibly fit into your schedule. Samadi , a beautiful space with a yoga pavilion so modern it would compliment any design hotel and a cosy open-air vegetarian cafe with an eco Ubud style pile of young coconuts in the corner, is worth cramming in.

As the owners are very serious about their healthy lifestyle, the idea of the farmer’s market came…well, organically. Every Sunday, the independent farmer’s from the emerald hills of Bedugul bring their just-off-the-veggie-patch young asparagus, cherry tomatoes, beetroots, strawberries and even mulberries, down to the south.

There is also a fresh fish stall, where shiny bouncy snapper and silky squid can be found in all their salty glory. A homemade jam stall complete with baked scones, brownies and the most delicious hummus on the island is also a draw card; this stall’s goodies made even sweeter by their charity profit share.

But the most popular market maker at Samadi is the one selling organic chicken, eggs and goat milk. There is always a line of regular customers waiting, happy to fork out the steep prices for good quality.

To round it all off, there’s vintage clothing aplenty, a paint-a-tee activity stand for the little ones, and some homemade, all-natural cosmetics up for grabs. The trade opens up at 9am, and you need to get in early as all the best foods sell out like hot cakes.

Samadi
39 Jalan Padang Linjong (Echo Beach)
samadibali.com

Old Man’s Canggu mix bag market

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Oldman's market in Bali Canggu

On one sunny Saturday of each month, everyone’s favourite beachfront beer garden at Batu Bolong transforms into a whirlpool of small stalls where everything from homemade ‘Granny’s’ Oreo cookies to odd bric-a-brac can be found.

The biggest hit is the corner where Kevala Ceramics, Bali’s original fine-pottery studio that collaborates with Australian designers, sell off their samples and leftovers. Nobody can go past them without buying a couple of zigzag patterned bowls or tea cups or a vase…or all of them! And how can you resist when they cost around 50k (while the same would cost you a minimum of 250k in their official outlets)!

Old Man’s market is the favorite playground for the Canggu community; so if you wish to make some new friends or catch up with the old ones, don’t miss it!

Old Man’s
Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu

Deus’ weekday farmer’s market

fresh fish food shopping at Deus farmers market canggu bali

food shopping from the North of Bali

Yet another food bazaar in Canggu, but this one completely ignores the weekend, daytime staple and pops up weekly on a Wednesday night. Deus stands out in everything they do – be it their custom bikes or trimming of beards – so why should their market be a mundane event? Trade is organized in a cozy inner yard and, being in its early days, is still fairly simple. Let’s face it; you’re here to mingle more than meander the markets anyway.

DEUS Temple Of Enthusiasm
Jalan Batu Mejan, 8, Canggu
deuscustoms.com/flagships/temple-of-enthusiasm/

Biasa+ eccentric art space Market

market Biasa+ Bali Seminyak

food shopping market Biasa+ Seminyak Bali

Twice a month on Saturdays, the most famous art space in Seminyak, Biasa+, becomes a market meeting spot. The main gallery area remains intact, while the inner yard with the spacious green lawn transforms into a cozy bazaar square. Everything about this market is artistic – even the posters announcing the events are cool enough to be sold at an auction.

The atmosphere is uber sophisticated and the crowd is a melting pot of the noble ‘first wave’ expats and their children and even grandchildren, almost all of them artists or designers of some sort.

At the Biasa+ Market you can find greens and vegetables straight from the farm; potted plants, ready to go to their new home; scrumptious meat pies (that are alone worth a visit); a little sushi corner; well brewed coffee and some extras, which vary at each event.

This one gets a tick for its lovely laid-back environment and the eclectic mix of people to make friends with while lining up for your hot pie.

Biasa ArtSpace
Jl. Raya Seminyak, 34, Seminyak
biasagroup.com

Sanur Sunday Market

shopping market bali Sanur

The spacious restaurant, Sand, hosts this weekly market in quiet, residential Sanur. It’s quite a drive for those coming from the Canggu and Seminyak regions, particularly given similar markets can be found much closer. But if you’re based in Jimbaran or Ubud, this might be the perfect way of spend your Sunday.

Apart from the batiks, neon Buddha statues, wild-patterned kaftans and homemade brownies, you can find some curious artisans presenting their works; fixed and vaccinated puppies waiting for adoption; and various fun activities for the little ones such as mask painting, bracelet making and even exotic snake patting.

The vendors change every week, a rotation that keeps the market attractive to its regular visitors. Live music performances start from midday – a nice opportunity to listen to some young local talent while doing your grocery shopping.

Sanur Sunday Market at Sand
Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur

Black Market creative gathering

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market Black market Seminyak bali

The regular gathering of the local and expat hipsters: rock stars, indie jewelry makers, graphic designers, vintage collectors and other young bright things. The risk of creativity overdose? Very high. An alien visitor might feel uncomfortable being not-so-cool in this pond: you’d better check if you have enough random tatts on your skin and holes in your clothes before you step in. Intimidation aside, this is probably the best way to catch all the creative forces in Bali at one time.

The location varies. It was tucked away in the patio of t-shirt store on Jalan Drupadi for a while, but has now relocated to the Warehouse 82 space at Jalan Mertanadi, close to the legendary Kerobokan Jail. Check their facebook page for the relevant info regarding the next event.

Warehouse 82
Jalan Mertanadi, Seminyak-Kerobokan
thewarehouse82.com

Pasar-Pasaran art market at Hubud, Ubud

weekend art market pasar-pasaran Ubud

This is a stray event that is really going places. The next installment is set to happen in Hubud, a popular co-working space in the centre of Ubud. Organized by local Balinese artists, this market is the most original of the lot: it’s the free spirit of Yogyakarta (the artistic capital of Indonesia) that reins in Bali. Crafts and more crafts, all beautifully displayed by the creators themselves who are always open to a friendly talk. Paradise for the kids, as there is so much to do. The next one is November the 7th – mark it in the diary!

Hubud
Jl Monkey Forest 88x
hubud.org

Garage sales

cafe Seminyak Petitenget Bali

The Western tradition of a garage sale is quite new to Bali. The ‘all must go’ and ‘moving sale’ kind of trade is happening mostly online in expat Facebook groups. But flea markets and their variations are starting to pop up around the island. Locations are quite varied, from the small Hotei warung in Umalas, to the parking lot of Blue Glue bikini store, and Chat cafe at Sunset road, you just never know where you’ll spot one next. The Bali Expats and Bali Unlimited groups on Facebook are the best place to hear about them.

The little cafe Drop.The Coffee Spot at Jalan Petitenget in Seminyak is probably the only one that keeps a regular schedule: their Garage Sale event happens on the last Sunday of the month religiously. Bali residents bring clothes and shoes they don’t wear, children’s clothes that their kids have outgrown, books, DVDs and handmade jewelry.

Every time the Garage Sale happens, the Drop cafe transforms into a joyful mess of coffees being delivered, kids running around, beers being sipped, patrons sitting on bikes when there isn’t enough space inside, and clothes being tried on within public view. Even if you don’t plan to buy anything, it’s definitely worth stopping by.

The Drop folk even host a special event from time to time called Bling Bazaar; jump onto their FB page or Instagram account and they’ll keep you posted.

Drop.The Coffee Spot
Jl Petitenget 888x, Seminyak
facebook.com/Drop.Bali

Street bazaars of Seminyak

Even in the universe of cool boutiques that is Seminyak’s Petitenget and Oberoi streets, there is an opportunity for bargain shopping.

There are two street market spots you don’t want to miss when looking for obligatory souvenirs for extended family and must impress friends: one sits on that curve of Jalan Petitenget right in front of Hu’u Bar and Baba restaurant and the other, which is way bigger, occupies the square next to KuDeTa Beach Club, at the foot of Townhouse – the clubbing giant of the hood. The assortment is the same: bright-colored, perfect-for-beach-strolling tropical caftans, breezy dresses, exotic-skinned pouches and belts and some silver jewelry.

The quality is not top-notch, but it’s bright and fun and will make you (or your friend/mum/nonna) happy for at least one season. These markets are actually a smart choice for the bargain-seeker as some shops in Legian, Seminyak and Kuta sell all the same goods but their prices are almost twice as high. Our suggestion? Start your shopping route from here just to check out what’s available.

More markets and market tips

While some of the markets in this guide have fixed prices, the street bazaars are still a haggling free for all. Stay calm and smile, even if the vendor is stubborn and make a joke or two. Ask for the ‘morning price’ if it seems you’re amongst the early birds or an ‘afternoon price’ if it’s later than 3pm. When all else fails, drop the line ‘Saya minta harga local‘, which means you’d like a price that locals get.

If all that doesn’t get you at least 30% off the initial price, walk to the next stall where you will more than likely find a similar garment with a more flexible seller. Use this technique at any local market, from the seafood stalls in Jimbaran to Ubud’s central bazaar.

The traditional markets of Denpasar are worth visiting too: for fruits and vegetable shopping, searching for the perfect piece of batik, sampling the original street food, observing the colorful everyday life of Balinese, practicing your Indonesian (even very basic knowledge will be much appreciated by the locals) and understanding more of the island’s culture and traditions.

Find more about Denpasar’s daytime and night markets , and find more info about shopping in Seminyak.

From manic markets to swanky boutiques: a comprehensive guide to shopping in Bali

Even if you’re not “planning” to make your Bali trip a shopping bonanza, chances are you will leave with more in your suitcase than when you arrived. Whether you’re just after a couple of cheap souvenirs to take home for the kiddies or you’re seeking some unique designer threads – there is a perfect destination for all discerning shoppers in Bali. The trick is to know your shopping style, and to then find the right destination to match.

The markets

A modern authentic Bali experience – a little rough around the edges perhaps, but chock full of vibrancy and local charm.

If you want to get intimate with the Balinese shopping culture – get thee to a market asap. The markets are a good place for travellers to meet the locals and get to know a bit more about Balinese culture. Pros: A modern authentic Bali experience – a little rough around the edges perhaps, but chock full of vibrancy and local charm. An opportunity to get your bargaining strategy sorted so that a good price is yours for the taking. Cons: Balinese markets can be intense. There is often a lot going on at once, including foot traffic, music and sneaky pedestrian potholes. If you are looking for a relaxing shopping experience, the markets may not be your cup of tea. Here are our market hot spots:

Sukawati Art Market, Jalan Raya Sukawati, Gianyar

The Sukawati Art Market is Bali’s most well-known and long-standing art market. If you are looking for traditional handmade products for your home or as gifts, then this two-story market is where you want to be. It has everything from wooden sculptures and paintings to handicrafts, textiles and accessories. You will find it on the Jalan Raya Sukawati main road in Gianyar.

Sukawati Market stall

Ubud Art Market

The Ubud Art Market is located opposite the Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace and is open daily. Ubud is well known for its artistry and here you will find everything from silk scarves to baskets, woven goods and clothing such as shirts and sarongs. Known for featuring items of high quality and variety, this colourful and intoxicating market is perfect for finding special mementos – just make sure that you are getting a fair price that works for both you and the seller.

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Department stores

If haggling at the markets for the best price on a Bintang singlet isn’t your idea of a happy shopping experience, perhaps a western-style shopping experience might be more up your alley. Here you will find the at-home comfort of price tags and brands you know and recognise. Pros: Air conditioning and decent public toilet facilities. Cons: Bargaining for a better price is not really appropriate here. Prices may be a little better than they are at home, but don’t expect to pay next to nothing, particularly for imported merchandise. Here are a few department stores you shouldn’t miss in Bali:

Bali Collection, Nusa Dua

If you are looking for some high-end retail therapy, then make your way to the Bali Collection. Set over eight hectares in the same ‘hood as Bali’s best international five-star hotels, the Bali Collection offers luxury fashion brands, exotic souvenir gifts, spa facilities and restaurants. It’s advisable you get changed out of your beach towel and thongs before venturing into this department complex.

Mal Bali Galeria, Kuta

This large shopping complex is located right near the Simpang Dewaruci landmark. This self-proclaimed ‘family mall’ is popular with both locals and tourists. It features the Planet Hollywood Bali restaurant (yes, they still exist), the DFS Galleria Bali duty free shop and the Galeria 21 Cineplex, Bali’s premier cinema complex. The cinema is a great place to kill a few hours before heading off to the airport for an international flight.

Discovery Shopping Mall, Kuta Beach

This three-story shopping destination is one of the largest shopping malls in Bali. Here, you will find a load of recognisable retail brands and food franchises. If you have a hankering for Pizza Hut or a Starbucks coffee, you will find it here. The mall is located on the Jalan Kartika Plaza, but you can also access it from the beach.

Discovery Shopping Mall Entrance

If you are looking for something a bit different or unique to clothe the bod or enhance the home – boutique shopping might be your perfect match.

Boutiques

If you are looking for something in between the massive retail complexes and the heady hustle of the markets, Bali has some great boutiques featuring both local and international designers. If you are looking for something a bit different or unique to clothe the bod or enhance the home – boutique shopping might be your perfect match. Seminyak is well known as Bali’s designer hub. You will find knots of shop fronts on Jalan Laksmana and Jalan Raya Seminyak. Kerobokan, north of Seminyak, has a lot more to offer than the infamous Kerobokan Prison. JI Raya Kerobokan in particular has a great selection of home-wares to explore. Legian offers a bit of a reprieve from the hectic shop fronts of Kuta; try the main Jalan Legian for fashion boutiques and art shops. Don’t be afraid to explore little laneways and streets off the main drag. Some of the best treasures are often found of the beaten track. Pros: Locate something distinctive among the crazy mass-produced tourist market finds. Something that you would actually wear when you return home. Cons: Bargaining is subjective here. There is no harm in trying your luck, but be prepared for a shut down of epic proportions.

Main street shop fronts

This is where you will find boulevard-style shop fronts boasting everything from low-grade designer fakes and pirated DVDs to beachwear and sarong shops. Here, you are pretty much expected to haggle for the best price. A friendly note, however: if a local business is blatantly selling designer knockoffs such as handbags, sunglasses and jeans, you have some room to bargain. A shop that stocks boutique and original stock? Proceed with respect and caution.  Pros: Lots of tourist merchandise and souvenirs if you are looking for those knock off beauties such as Ray Bans, leather goods and anything with the name Bintang emblazoned on it. Bargaining required. Cons: See ‘pros’. We suggest Kuta Square, which offers a bit of everything and is 50 metres from Kuta Beach. The two-way avenue is full of fashion stores and places to sit and grab a bite. Any main city street near the beach or tourist attractions will usually serve you well.

Village shopping

There are a number of villages in Bali that are dedicated to certain arts and crafts that sell locally and export internationally. Here you will get long roads filled with Balinese artistry and handiworks that are often a stop on tourist tours. Pros: If you after that certain something special, then going to an area that specialises in it should skew the odds in your favour. Cons: Seeing streets upon streets of traditional handicrafts can be overwhelming. Here are a few amazing village shopping experiences not to miss:

Celuk Gold And Silversmiths, Celuk Vill

If you are hunting for some unique holiday bling, the main road of Jalan Raya Celuk is lined up with galleries and workshops filled with high quality and intricately designed gold and silver jewelry and Balinese ceremonial adornments. If window-shopping is more your thing, then you can check out how the artisans actually make their wares by having a sticky beak at the production processes.

Tegallalang Handicraft Centre, Ubud

Tegallalang handicraft centre is famous for arts, crafts and curios. Located in the district of the same name just several kilometres north of the main area of Ubud. Numerous shops feature assorted ornaments, jewelry, furniture, and traditional souvenir bits and pieces. If you are looking for stone carvings, then Batubulan Village, situated in west gate of Gianyar Regency, is well and truly worth a visit. Batuan has great paintings and Mas is famous for its woodcarvings.    

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Main photo by carmenandnatasha.