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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular local items to shop for in Bali?

Nitin Gurha DEC 10 2012
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Saw it, loved it and bought it- this is shopping in the very basic terms. Make it more sophisticated, more interesting and elaborate with these shopping centres in Bali. Roam around the Bali market, grasp every part of Bali you can find in the market and its sure to become a part of your Bali experience.

  • Ubud market

    The colourful batik shirts that seem to scream out ‘Bali’ from every thread of the cloth and the pretty sarongs that will forever remain as one of the most precious souvenir from Bali, conjuring up vivid images of the vacation everytime you touch the fabric- shop for these and more at the famous, chaotic, vibrant and very Balinese, Ubud market. If you are looking for more concrete souvenir that will not wear and tear away but will resist the constant tick, tick and tick of the clock, then you can search for their wood carvings and handmade bags and other items. This double-storeyed market is a battlefield for hagglers as the prices are not fixed and depends on your skill to negotiate and compete with the shopkeepers. If you want to skip this intense haggling part and substitute it with some light bargaining, go a little further south, approximately 30 minutes, from Ubud market to Sukawati Art Market, which is a wholesale haven for handicrafts and souvenirs and splurge on some gifts for your friends, who aren’t lucky enough to buy it themselves or for yourself to cherish a part of Bali wherever you are.

  • Pasar Badung

    Sometimes shopping at a budget market is not only about buying, buying and buying randomly but an art of observation, selection, negotiation which finally leads to a sense of satisfaction. As you roam around the busy market of Pasar Badung in Denpasar, you will mostly see meats, fishes, vegetables and fruits being sold and bought mostly by women. You might wonder if you want to buy these or not, except for the local fruits. Walk upstairs in the 3 floors market and that’s when things will get interesting as you start applying your art of shopping to work. Numerous items, from cutlery to items for Hindu rituals to trinkets and handmade baskets and the ever-popular sarongs and batik shirts are on displayed for you to choose and take back home. In this biggest market of Denpasar which is supposed to be opened 24X7, you will never get tired of just hanging around, soaking in the uniqueness of Bali that this market is coloured with.

  • Seminyak

    Fashionistas, line up! Forget about the constant calorie check and do put in some energy bars inside your bags. You will surely need it as you will be tempted to hop in every boutique in this town. And you can imagine the number of boutiques here from the suggestion for energy bars. Seminyak is a major shopping destination for tourists, especially women, with stores like 2NDSKIN, Flamingo, Biasa, Bong’s etc offering the latest fashion trends. Isn’t it difficult to run around in those stilettoes though you never want to take it off? Don’t you just wish for a one-stop shopping complex. Semninyak seem to have read your mind as it has the Seminyak Square- a huge complex that has lots of high-end stores as well as eating-out places to boost up your energy level. So, stand up straight, flip back your hair, put on those shades and step in your flashy high-heels into Mega Batik, Quiksilver or Digo or any one of the many stores.

You’d wish you had a thousand hands to carry those shopping bags or still better, some unknown saviour transferring money into your account. However impossible your dream may sound, don’t blame yourself. Its all a butterfly effect of the larger-than-life shopping carnival that Bali is.

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