Shopping in Bali

Shopping in Bali

Known for its beauty and amazing scenic places, Bali Island is one of the leading tourist attractions in the world. Many people from across the world put it on their bucket lists as one of those places they have to visit when they get a chance to travel. There are many reasons why Bali Island is one of the best most popular holiday destinations in the world. Besides being hoe to ancient culture, bali also has very friendly people who will always go out of their way to befriend visitors. The island also a place rich in exotic temples and amazing ancient palaces all set against very attractive natural backdrops.

The island has pristine jungles, towering volcanoes, expansive rice fields, the famous komodo national park and many islands surrounding the main Bali Island. The things that make the island stand out from the rest are the amazingly beautiful beaches alongside the clear blue ocean. To make the beaches complete are luxurious beach resorts found in Jimbaran, Kuta and Seminyak among other places. Majority of these luxurious hotels such as the Ayana Luxury Hotels Bali, have spacious and luxurious villas right at the beach.

Other things that make Bali special are the activities that range from surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, island hopping, the amazing nightlife and shopping among others. The island also has a touch of both the Balinese culture and modern day living as seen in the shopping malls around the island, the exciting nightlife clubbing with overflowing dance floors, the luxurious accommodation in many of the five star hotels and the food that ranges from local cuisine to international recipes.

Three of the Best Bali Island Art Markets

One other reason people visit the island is to shop and in Bali, you can buy practically anything. The island has some of the busiest shopping markets in the country. The markets are easily accessible as they are in some of the most popular resort places in the island. The markets have the best shopping hotspots where you can get irresistible buys ranging from antiques, handicrafts, fine art, both antique, semi antique and modern furniture, curved and uncarved jewellery, carvings made from wood and stone, fabrics, clothes, masks and more. Below are some of the market streets to visit o your next visit to Bali Island.

Ubud Market

Also referred to as the Pesar Seni Ubud, the Ubud market is one of the busiest markets in Bali. Situated just opposite tgepuri saren royal Ubud palace, the market opens every day and is popular for handmade bags, shirts, baskets, silk scarves, hats kites, statues and all other kinds of handcrafted items. Majority of the goods at the market come from the neighbouring local villages of Peliatan, Tegallalang, Payangan, and Pengosekan.

The market location makes it the most convenient strategic shopping location or Balinese souvenirs and handicrafts. The market’s popularity also rose when it featured in the EAT PRAY LOVE movie attracting even more foreign visitors than it did before. If you are looking for the best souvenir to take back home with you, this should be the perfect place to go shopping. As in every Balinese market, you have to learn the art of bargaining.

Kuta Art Market

Located at the beachside, Kuta Art Market is a small complex that sells handicrafts, souvenirs and artefacts. The market is next to the Kuta Sidewalk at the end of Jalan Bakugsari and easily accessible majority of the market visitors are those visiting the Kuta Beach. The bazaar has six main shop houses with one large building that has several stalls. If you are looking for Bali curios or anything with Bali printed on it, then this would be the perfect market to visit.

Sukawati Market

Also known as the Pesar Seni Sukawati, this is the oldest art market in Bali and the most distinguished. It is also the best place to shop for distinctive Balinese items such as art sculptures, paintings, curios and traditional handcrafted items among many others. The market has two storeys built in the 80’s and it is easily accessible it is only 20 kms away from the major Balinese tourist hubs and it is on Jalan Raya Sukawati main road in Gianyar. It is a very busy market but the items are very affordable.

Wrapping it up

If you want to take a part of Bali home with you, visit any of the three markets or all of them and enjoy the Balinese skills in your hands. Besides the art items, you can also get more items ranging from fabrics aromatherapy ad aromatic items, motifs and much more. Any visit to Bali is worth every cent and time.

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