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Shopping in Kuta - From Batiks to Surfwear and Designer Jewelry

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Whether you're looking for a Balinese carving to hang on the wall, board shorts, or designer clothing at knock-down prices, Kuta is a shopper's paradise. International sports and fashion brands have set up shop alongside local stalls selling traditional batiks. If you're in the market for a special one-off garment or accessory, you'll find dozens of jewelry stores and clothing designers, all offering their customized wares in exclusive boutiques.

International chains and malls

 

You'll find modern, air-conditioned shopping malls crammed with big-name brands in Poppies Lane, Kuta, and along Jalan Legian and Jalan Melasti in Legian. With so many tourists visiting to ride Bali's famous waves, there's an abundance of well-stocked surf shops, including Rip Curl and Surfer Girl. You can relax in the lush green courtyard of Kuta Beachwalk Shopping Center between forays into Zara, Hugo Boss, and many other fashion outlets, all laid out on 3 levels. Kuta Beachwalk has an in-house playground to help keep children entertained, and it also stages local dance and music performances.

 

  • Beachwalk Shopping Center, Sahid Kuta Lifestyle Resort, Jalan Pantai Kuta; Tel: +62 361 846 4888; Website: Beachwalk Shopping Center
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  • Surfer Girl, Jl Legian 138, Kuta; Tel: +62 361 752 693; Website: Surfer Girl

Haggling for the best bargains

 

Before the international chains made their appearance in Kuta, small street stalls were the only way to shop. Those atmospheric little markets still exist in the myriad streets around Poppies Lane, Jalan Legian, and Jalan Melasti. Stallholders offer some of the best deals around, but custom dictates that you'll have to bargain hard. You can visit the fixed-price shops beforehand to check the recommended retail prices, then head out and start haggling. Bargaining with Kuta's traders can be great fun once you get the hang of it, so be friendly rather than aggressive.

 

Bali's traditional crafts

 

Bali has a rich tradition of arts and crafts, ranging from lace weaving, to colorful batiks, to wood carvings of Hindu gods. If you head out on foot through the main streets of Kuta and Legian, you'll be tempted by stalls crammed with sculptures, bowls, sarongs, and batik pictures. Kuta Art Market is a particular must-visit for local handicrafts. If you prefer fixed prices to haggling at the market, there's The Geneva Handicraft Centre, a one-stop shop of Indonesian curios, or Vinoti Living, in Seminyak Square, which stocks up-market Balinese home accessories.

 

  • Geneva Handicraft Centre, Jalan Raya Kerobokan 100, Kuta Utara; Tel: +62 361 733 542; Website: Geneva Handicraft Centre
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  • Vinoti Living, Seminyak Square, C 06-07, JL. Laksamana (Oberoi), Seminyak; Tel: +62 361 732 202; Website: Vinoti Living

 

 

Planning a day-trip or day at the beach? It's easy, in Kuta, to stock up on provisions or fill a hamper with drinks and nibbles. You'll find everything you need at Giant Supermarket, in Kuta Central Park, or on the basement level of the 4-story Matahari Department Store, in Kuta Square. Bintang Supermarket, in Seminyak, claims to be one of the largest supermarket in Bali. It has an impressive selection of local food to take home or eat on the spot, and also caters pretty well to international tastes with plenty of French pastries, Vegemite, and fresh milk.

 

  • Matahari, Jalan Ciung Wanara 1, Kuta Square; Tel: +62 361 757 588; Website: Matahari
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  • Bintang Supermarket, Jalan Raya Seminyak 17, Seminyak; Tel: +62 361 730 552; Website: Bintang Supermarket

 

Kuta's artisans

 

Kuta has long been a hub for the Balinese art scene, attracting jewelry makers, clothing designers, and other craftspeople. Their works can be purchased at modern shopping centers in Kuta and Legian, and in the upmarket boutiques of Seminyak. Uluwatu specializes in handmade krawang lace, worked into clothes and bed and table linen. It has 6 stores in the Kuta area, including one on Jalan Laksmana, in Seminyak. The Balinese artist, Suarti, has been designing sterling silver jewelry for over 20 years - some intricate, some simple. You can admire and purchase original works at her showroom on Jalan Legian.

 

  • Uluwatu, Jalan Laksmana, Seminyak; Tel: +62 361 735 973; Website: Uluwatu
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  • Suarti, Jalan Legian, Kuta; Tel: +62 361 296 849; Website: Suarti