Apart from being one of the world’s best known beach and travel destinations, Bali is also fast becoming one of the world’s best known places to shop. From a high end luxury mall right on the beach to markets that are open all night long, Bali has everything that a shopper would desire. There are also certain products that you will get nowhere else but in Bali itself. These are some of the region’s possessions of pride – from local handicrafts to silverware to the world’s most expensive coffee. Here is a list of things that you could only buy in Bali.
1. Beach and Surf Wear
Being endowed with some of the most sought after surf breaks all year round, Bali tops the charts for the best surf spots in the world. Its warm and welcoming waters are also a pleasure to explore for divers, with a massive diversity of underwater species and coral reefs that can be found within its waters. It is no wonder then that travellers come from far and wide to explore Bali’s beaches and waves with surfboards and snorkels. The surfer subculture has also brought along with it a market for artists and designers to showcase everything from hand painted surfboards, beach and surf wear, scuba and snorkelling gear among other things.
From board shorts to bikinis to surfboards, you can buy all your beach wear and accessories from places like Rip Curl and Quicksilver Boardriders Cafe in Jalan Legian. For those who want to stay up to date on beach fashion, places like Bali Boatshed in Seminyak, Praia Beachwear and Bistro St Tropez are the places to check out.
2. Kopi Luwak Coffee
All coffee lovers in the world have heard of this extremely prized and equally weird coffee. Also known as the most expensive coffee in the world, the reason behind its price lies in the process that it is made. Asian palm civets are a wild cat species found in Bali that love to munch on coffee cherries. They are extremely picky eaters, and are known to choose the best coffee cherries for their snack. The cherries are partly digested in their system and are excreted out along with their feces. Kopi Luwak is made by collecting these partly digested coffee cherries and using them to extract coffee.
The Kintamani region in northeastern Bali is best known for its coffee cultivation. Kopi Luwak is ubiquitous here and can be found in the local grocery stores.
3. Balinese Silver Jewellery
Original Balinese silver jewellery has a long and vibrant history. Bali is known to have some of the world’s best silver and goldsmiths, and their intricate art is on display at many shopping spaces around the island. You can get jewellery like rings, necklaces, earrings, anklets and brooches among other things.
While places like the John Hardy workshop in Ubud are great to start your silverware hunt, do not forget to visit the village of Celuk just north of Ubud to find the master silversmiths working on their craft.
The Balinese skill with bamboo and wood is most evident in their tasteful furniture and home decor. You can find everything from chiseled chairs, settees and other accessories for your home in one of the many ethnic decor and design stores that dot the shopping districts of Kuta, Ubud and Seminyak. The Saya Gallery in Seminyak is a huge store that is great for everything from the smallest accessories to antique king sized beds. For slightly more budgeted needs, go to Bambukoo or the Kuluk Gallery and sift through their ware to find the perfect addition for your home.
5. Fabric and Clothes
The indigenous Balinese fabric crafts like Batik and Ikat are known all around the world for their style and beauty. The traditional textiles like Endek, Keling, Bebali, Cepuk and Geringsing all come with individual histories and heritage that are as complex and interwoven as the fabrics themselves. As a result, Bali is a haven for fashion enthusiasts and designers alike. Some of the best buys from Bali are the traditional sarongs, the handwoven and hand dyed shirts and scarves. Even better, just buy some of the exquisite cloth material and design something customized just for yourself.
Best places to buy clothes and fabrics in Bali are eco-friendly brands like Ono Creations and Threads of Life. At the same time, nothing can beat the ware you would find at some of the roadside markets all around Bali, so always keep a lookout.
6. Fragrances and Essential Oils
Fragrances and essential oils can be great comeback presents for your loved ones as you get back from your trip to Bali. As a land of exotic scents and smells, Bali will not disappoint you in terms of the sheer quality and quantity of perfumes and essential oils that you can find here. Many local manufacturers make products like body oils, lotions and scrubs using the indigenous plants and spices. Look for the Utama Spices shop in Gianyar and Denpasar for a fragrant shopping experience.
Not only will you get back with unforgettable memories when you return from Bali, but you will also carry back so many amazing memorabilia from here that will always remind you of the great time you spent on this Paradise Island. To know more about Bali and for assistance in planning your trip, get in touch with TripFactory and book your Bali holiday package @INR 39,999/- now.