Bali is a paradise for shoppers and can give you an unique shopping experience, where you specially can discover the locals’ artwork and handicraft. A must buy on any shopping list. The Balinese are great artists and makes everything within the art of stone- & woodcarvings, paintings, silversmiths, textile etc.
A trip to one of the many of Bali’s market is definitely worth a visit if you plan on shopping. The prices are low and allowing the smart traveller to enjoy the best locally produced handicraft and artwork without braking their bank account.
The locally produced handicraft and artwork is not the only thing worth buying. Bali is still considerably cheaper within the most exclusive high end product than what you would pay anywhere else in Europe, Australia, Korea, Japan, etc.
Negotiating at the traditionally shops and markets in Bali is a good way as they offer flexible prices and is making the best deals possible for those with bargaining skills. It is common and expected of you and is an essential thing to do, especially at the markets around Bali. It’s best to be friendly when you are bargaining and do it with a smile and the experience of bargaining with the price can be fun and exciting.
Handicraft & artwork
The Balinese are known for their great skills in silversmith, textile, paintings and stone- & woodcarvings. You will fast discover that the artwork and handicraft comes in all shapes and sizes and finding something for your liking will be no problem. The best way to really discover the locals’ artistic skills is by going to the traditional shops or markets and browse around until you are ready to bargaining for your new unique handmade item.
Fashion & Clothes
Textiles from around Indonesia is also a must buy. Batik Prints and woven ikat cloth must be on any shopper’s list, especially for the shoppers who will not visit the rest of Indonesia
Bali is a paradise for shoppers and of course Indonesia is packed with surf shop of any brand that you might know. Designer brands like Quiksilver, Oakley and Ripcurl are worth a visit, especially along the main street of Jalan Sunset road where you can find mega surf outlet factory shops with reduced items and will for sure not leave the outlets without a good deal.
Bali has a lot of well-known brands and those can be found in the malls and department store. The price might be the same as Europa, Australia and so on, but still worth a visit. Otherwise you can head to Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and Ubud. Here you wwill find hundreds of shops selling stunning designed clothes and accessories from gifted international and local designers.
Indonesia is among the world’s top coffee producing and exporting countries. Most of production constitutes the lower quality robusta type. However, Indonesia is also famous for having a number of specialty coffees such as ‘kopi luwak‘, Toraja coffee, Aceh coffee and Mandailing coffee. Luwak coffee is possible the most famous type of coffee as it is known as the world’s most expensive coffee. It is brewed from beans that have passed through the digestive system of the Asian palm civet (catlike animal).
It is also worth buying premium coffee from Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi, if you only visit Indonesia.
Bali is for the most part considerably cheaper within the most exclusive high end product from make-up, hair- oil & treatments, toothpaste, deodorants, tiger-balm natural soaps & essences, etc.
You can easily stock up your supplies of make-up, toiletries and beauty items as your favorite brand possible sells for half of the price as back home. Although the price for the make-up, toiletries and so on might be cheap, it weighs down your luggage. Remember to check your weigh allowance from your flight company before you stock up and have to end up paying for over-weighs. It might not end up being cheaper to buy in Bali then.