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So you’re finally going to Bali for vacation and you are trying to figure out the best places to shop so you don’t waste any time on the island. You’re looking to buy your mom that reed purse you have been seeing people wear around. You’re looking to buy your best friend a wooden monkey that symbolizes the island. Having picked up foot traffic over the years as a popular tourist destination, Bali has expanded its marketplace giving visitors multiple options when it comes to shopping. We know all these options can be overwhelming so we came up with some of Bali’s best street markets to help you narrow down your search. Just be sure to bring your leather camera strap you that you can shop hands-free while exploring Bali’s best street markets!
Kuta, Seminyak, and Canggu:
The majority of people visiting the island will fly into Bali’s most popular airport located in Denpasar. From there, tourists will start the first leg of their trip exploring the nearby cities such as Kuta, Seminyak, and Canggu. All of these immediately offer first-timers the excitement of being in a foreign country. With that being said, be sure to look around before making any impulse purchases because trust me, there are way better shopping areas on the island. In the meantime, be sure to use your trusty camera strap to help you capture the vast culture Indonesia has to offer. Even though culture is vast across the island, don’t be surprised as you will find a vast majority of trendy shops you would expect to find somewhere in California’s beach cities.
Start your day off in Canggu by grubbing some pizza and fruit bowls at Mocca, then make your way around the corner to FLVX Co and start your shopping there. Cities like Canggu and Uluwatu give visitors a super laid back vibe while shopping and eating all with the beach being minutes away. Although you won’t find Bali’s best street markets in these cities, some must-see shopping centers include Love Anchor (Canggu), Kuta Art Market (Kuta), and Taman Sari Market (Seminyak). Have fun splurging on the extremely low prices Bali offers, but be sure to save some cash because this next city is where you will find Bali’s best street markets.
Ubud, the Birthplace of Bali’s Best Street Markets:
Located about an hour from all the cities we’ve just talked about lays Ubud, one of Bali’s most popular cities. For those looking to buy a reed purse, be sure to wait and buy it in Ubud. Although shops in the other cities may seem enticing, I have learned from experience that a lot of those purses have fake leather and are not well made. Upon arriving in Ubud, you will find a plethora of these reed purses made from the highest quality and for a lower price. Starting on the street Jl. Raya Ubud, visitors will have a wide variety of shopping that will have something for everyone. On this street, visitors can also find multiple massage parlors as well as one of the bigger Starbucks of Bali.
Notable Tips such as Carrying a Camera Strap:
Further up the street is where you will find one of Bali’s best street markets. Known as the Ubud Art Market, visitors will be overwhelmed by the amount of shopping that can be done there. This is where I found the best quality of reed purses as well as many other sweet souvenirs. Just remember that bargaining is expected, so try and get the best price you can! Also, be sure the visit the Ubud Art Market before it closes at 5 PM daily. Shopping in Bali can be exciting as well as overwhelming. Be sure to use your handy camera strap while capturing all the fun and enjoy your time visiting Bali’s best street markets. If you are looking to get gear for your trip, be sure to check out our vast collection here.
Written by @visualsbyry