Going shopping in Bali is heaven. The sheer range of souvenirs sold in every conceivable location ensures visitors fly home with far heavier bags than they came with. Bali woodcarvings are a must for many and figures of garudas, Hindu gods, lions and dragons are among the principal creations.
From Ubud to Tegallalang, villages such as Pakudui are home to craft shops where tour participants can watch woodworkers make the products and buy finished articles. On Jalan Raya Ubud and across from Ubud Palace, the Craft Market is the epicentre of shopping in the town. As well as woodcarvings, stallholders sell batik, patterned sarongs, silk scarves, tropical shirts, silver jewellery, woven bags, kites and masks.
The bulk of the principal tourist locations either have shops inside their premises or mini-markets outside that sell themed articles and T-shirts relating to the attraction. The Elephant Safari Park’s shop stocks a lovely collection of elephant mementos. The main ones are paintings created by the elephants, elephant statues and elephant pendant jewellery.
Bali Bird Park and the souvenir booths on the path leading to the beach and Tanah Lot Temple are two of a few more locations where tourists are able to buy themed articles. The compact Kuta Art Market is one of the locations in the southwestern tourism areas where shoppers can pick up similar keepsakes in addition to quirky Bali, surf or guitar fridge magnets and key rings and shell jewellery.
Pre-packaged coffee beans or ground coffee and dried spices or herbs allow visitors to take a taste of Bali home with them. These are sold pretty much everywhere and can even be found on the shelves of convenience stores. When shopping anywhere that resembles a market, prices are fluid and generally based on what the seller thinks he can get from the buyer. This means that bargaining is essential.
Kuta and Seminyak are not short on modern shopping centres. The main ones are Discovery Shopping Mall, Kuta Beachwalk and Mal Bali Galeria. These are home to all the omnipresent international shopping and dining outlets from Adidas to Starbucks. They also feature boutiques where clothes and accessories created by local designers are a refreshing change from standard brand names.