I have just spent a heavenly week in Bali with seven of my oldest & dearest friends. Needless to say, there was a great deal of time spent shopping!
Here are a few shopping tips you should know before hitting the streets:
- In Seminyak pretty much all the boutiques are set price, you’ll only be able to barter at the market stalls.
- Be sure to ask staff if they have other sizes, you’ll be amazed at where they start pulling new stock from in their little shops!
- Don’t be afraid to use your Eftpos or Credit cards in boutiques – save your cash for out on the street.
- We carry our own Eco bag or tote when we’re out shopping for the day. You will contribute to minimising the use of plastic bags in Bali & it will be much easier to carry all your purchases!
1. Seminyak Square Markets
These markets are great for cheap & cheery kaftans, simple shifts & colourful kimonos. You can barter, but you will probably get a great price regardless.
2. Mimpi Mannis
You can find these brightly coloured & pattered sandals in a few boutiques in Seminyak, but if you want to choose from the complete range the Mimpi Mannis brand store is the place to come. Chockers with sandals, bags & purses it’s the perfect place to grab some statement pieces to brighten up your wardrobe or little pressies for the girls at home!
3. Garlic Lane, Legion
We spent a good part of the day in Garlic Lane & surrounds. You will find great leather stores here, cheap shoes, label rip offs, loads of tacky treats for the kids including all your AFL & NBL gear, singing & dancing fish, DVDs & souvenirs a plenty! This is as close to the Kuta shopping scene as I get these days!
4. Cat Sweet
Perhaps my favourite place to buy leather shoes in Seminyak, but definitely not the friendliest! Most shoes are about $40AU & super cute.
Lucky for me this upmarket boutique was having a big sale while we were there, so I actually made some purchases here for the first time! High end designer feminine clothing & quality leather accessories with a French flair make M.P. worth a look.
6. Mister Zimi
A Bali institution, Australian owned Mister Zimi offers signature prints in basic styles guaranteed to grab attention. Pricey but worth it! There are two M.Z. stores, just around the corner from each other, one stocking last season items but still at full price.
(updated 2017 – sadly the Mister Zimi stores are no longer open in Bali.)
7. Bungalow Living Bali, Canggu
We visited Canggu on a rainy miserable day purely for this amazing home wares store. Make sure you cross the road from the Bali Bungalow Café to the gallery where you will find their full range of bargain priced cushions, throws & everything in between. This store is gorgeous inside & out!
8. Old Man’s Canggu Markets, Canggu
These markets run once a month & are well worth the visit if for nothing else the people watching! A spectacular array of expat surfers & boho babes selling their wares, beautiful hippies at their best. Even better you can grab table & slurp down an ice cream, enjoy some lunch or an icy Bintang in between at the restaurant.
9. Buddha Wear
Gorgeous quality leisure wear. A wide range of comfortable basics in neutral shades a little different to the bright & breezy clothes you usually associate with Bali. Most of us girls bought something here.
10. Opposite Seminyak Square
There are a few shops I love along this little stretch. Kody Co for loud & proud homewares & artworks, Kiosk for clothes that are a little different & My Cup of Love for pretty stationery & eclectic bits & pieces.
I’ve really only scratched the surface here – there is so much fabulous shopping in Bali, in Seminyak in particular. Have you shopped in Bali – anything you think I missed out on here?