Bali is a shopaholic’s paradise! High-end designer threads can be found in swanky retail complexes while unique and low-cost souvenirs, local art and imitation goods are overflowing in street market stalls. Even if you promised your spouse not to shop up a storm, chances are you’ll return with a much heavier suitcase than when you first arrived. Bali’s shopping scene is an eclectic mix of luxury air-conditioned complexes and bustling local charm. So, pack light and enjoy the retail therapy!
For fuss free shopping, fixed price department stores still offer great savings on a range products, including apparel, beauty, home décor and more. The Beach Walk complex on Jalan Pantai in Kuta is a 1-stop shop for all your big-name brands such as Guess, Tommy Hilfiger and Victoria’s Secret. A winding oasis that offers modern facilities decorated with cascading gardens and zigzagging lagoons, it also offers shoppers a great venue to relax over a meal and take in the scenery of Kuta’s famous sunsets. Bali Collection, located in the resort community of Nusa Dua also offers a full-day shopping experience where you can not only shop for a range of novelties, artwork, clothing and high-end souvenirs, but enjoy free live music, cultural displays and a variety of restaurants serving local and international cuisines.
For the savvy shopper, test your bartering skills at any one of the street stalls and markets that can be found all throughout the major tourist spots in Bali. If you’re game, the Poppies Gauntlet is a long collection of winding roads paved with vendors selling everything from souvenirs, novelties and knock-offs. Connected via Poppies Lane 1 and 2 in Kuta, you can start from either entrance and work your way up to Jalan Legian, where more fixed price stores can be found. Market shopping is sure to be an authentic experience and a chance to meet locals and immerse yourself in Bali’s culture. Including trying your hand at bartering!
Bartering can be a lot of fun once you get the hang of it and takes some trial and error to become a seasoned pro. The best tips for a successful buy is to decide what you want and how much you are prepared to pay. Stay cool, calm and collected and offer a realistic low-price to start with. Stay firm but fair and hold your ground in the haggle! Be prepared to walk away if you cannot agree on a price, after all there are many more stores who will more than likely have the same item and practice does make perfect.
Call our My Bali Holiday Experts on 1300 006 972 now to find out more about the unrivalled shopping experiences available on your Bali holiday.