If shopping, eating and drinking is your kind of dream vacation, then Bali is the perfect destination for you. From clothes to organic food, arts and souvenirs, Bali is every shopaholic’s paradise. With so many options, scouting for the most interesting places to shop for can be hard though. While most people get directed to the typical touristy or souvenir markets, Bali is filled with hipster markets that have quirky and trendy items that will revive your free-spirited soul. Here are a few must-visit places that offer unique pieces at affordable prices!
Seminyak is famous for its many flea markets that are held across the town on a daily or weekly basis. However, one of the most elite ones you can visit here is the BIASA+ Market. BIASA+ has earned quite a reputation in Bali for being an iconic fashion and art brand. As an extension of it, they host the BIASA+ Market in their lush garden on Fridays twice every month. From an array of different local vendors, choose to grab a healthy lunch or get your fix of organic food options while you listen to the DJ playing live music.
Samadi Sunday Market, Canggu
Every Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm, Samadi Bali gets packed with expats and locals browsing the artisan goods and fresh food on offer. This vibrant and organic market is the best place to be if you want to support the local community. Choose from a range of vintage goods to local delicacies or homemade natural cosmetics on offer at this weekly market.
Badung and Kumbasari Market, Denpasar
Located right next to each other, these two markets are often regarded as one. Known as the island’s main and largest traditional market, they are great for getting into the authentic spirit of Bali. Badung market is great to explore local fruits, veggies, meat and spices from all over the island while Kumbasari Market is perfect for souvenirs. Pick up beautiful batiks, painting, jewellery or the super trendy Bali Roundie Rattan bags that are seen all over the internet and fashion blogs!
Love Anchor Sunday Market, Canggu
A popular spot in the hip town of Canggu, Love Anchor is known not just for its awesome location on Batu Bolong, but also for its fab market! An exciting Instagrammable market made up of dreamy fairy lights and an area full of bars, restaurants and pop-up stalls, it is one of the most happening markets in Bali. Look out for trendy and whimsical island fashion, homeware, dreamcatchers, trinkets and hidden gems especially for kids. One of Bali’s most photogenic markets, shopping here may be a bit overpriced, but it is worth a look if you haven’t been to Bali’s weekend bazaars before.
Bali’s shopping guide would be incomplete without a mention of the famous Ubud Markets. Known to be a hotspot for art and craft, the Sukwati art market and Merta Nandi art market are the most popular ones to take souvenirs back home. From framed paintings to silk scarves and wooden carvings, there is nothing you wouldn’t get in these markets. Head over to the Guwang market to watch the local artisans in action in one of the local painting galleries.
Old Man’s Market
With over 150 stalls gathered at Old Man’s in Canggu, spend an entire evening of browsing through one of the liveliest marketplaces in Bali. Get your hands on fun beachwear, boho chic jewellery or some delicious organic food that are one-of-a-kind. If you need a break from all that shopping, there is always a beach directly in front of you. Word of caution though, as this market is held only once a month, so its best to check the dates on their social media pages before planning a trip here.
Bargaining tips for Bali
Bali’s bargaining culture for shopping is notoriously famous among travellers across the world. There is no perfect rule for getting the right price, however, as it will depend on the goods you buy. From 50% to as low as 10%, it can depend on how much value you see in the product being sold. It is also important to know that you cannot bargain everywhere in Bali. Malls and boutique shops, for example, refrain from interacting with tourists who waste their time in bargaining for their goods.
‘Curated by Neha Bhise’