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Bali Shopping
Bali Shopping Guide - TravelPuppy.com
Shopping in Bali is not only walking into a shop, picking something from a shelf and paying, it is considered an art. In every traditional market and art shop around Bali bargaining is expected.

This traditional way makes shopping fun and exciting, where you can feel the warmth of human value in every sale. Before you begin your shopping on this island, it is recommended you obtain cash since most places do not accept credit cards.

Even if you are not an experienced negotiator be prepared to enjoy the bargaining process. It is a fun activity and if you're patient you will get the 'best (and maybe even local) price'. In some places you can bargain until getting 50% off. Always go in at less than a 3rd of the price (maybe even a quarter) and possibly walk away, until you get the price you're happy with.

Denpasar

The capital of Bali is Denpasar and the center of "market" activity for local people. The largest traditional market stands near Badung's river, Kumbasari market. It gives you an insight into the traditional Indonesian market where local people do their daily shopping. Fruit, vegetables and meat are sold in the basement; on the 2nd level spices and dried goods; while clothing, household wares, art and craft is on the 3rd level. You can get a very good prices if you're smart in bargaining.

Gajahmada Street is situated in the northern part of the city, which offers handicrafts, some shoe shops and restaurants. In the eastern part is Sulawesi Street, where fabrics are presented on both sides with some shops providing household ware in between. The area here is rich with all types of material from the traditional 'songket' (cloth woven with strands of gold or silver) to modern stretchy and shiny material. You can purchase your cloth by the meter and have a suit or dress made up by a local tailor. To the south is Hasanudin Street where gold shops, selling jewelry to locals and visitors alike. The west side of the market presents coconut leaf and ceremony supplies.

Kuta area

As an international village most shops and restaurants here are geared for tourist market. You can find clothing, jewelry, handicrafts, CDs, furniture and leather crafts on each side of the road. There are several street hawkers with their various offerings along the road. If you do not want to purchase anything, do not make eye contact and do not look at their products, if you do, they will follow you and try to convince you to buy something.

Sanur area

The shopping center in Sanur is on Jalan Danau Tamblingan where it is almost the same as Kuta but with fewer hawkers. Many products are sold in the shops and nice restaurants.

The Bypass

The Bypass is the name for Ngurah Rai Street, probably the widest road in Bali. If you travel from Nusa Dua to Sanur you will see the several antique, pottery, natural stone and furniture stores. You can get brillant pieces and prices if you shop carefully and remember to bargain.

Batubulan area

Batubulan, is on the border of Denpasar and Gianyar and is the place for stone sculptures. You can find all kinds of styles here, from traditional to modern, small to large. The craftsmen can custom make your order and organize shipping it to your address back home.

Celuk area

On route to Ubud you'll pass Celuk, the place for gold and silver jewelry. The artisans here are famous for their quality and various designs. Large art shops along the main road give you a chance to compare prices.

Sukawati

Sukawati is popular for its Art Market. If you ask the Balinese where to find arts and crafts with the best prices, they will recommend Sukawati. Here you can buy cloth, paintings and statues, jewelry and Balinese ceremonial items.

Ubud

This famous village offers you fine arts with an international standard. Respected galleries such as Agung Rai, Rudana, Sumertha, Sika and Neka are suggested as well as the big names of Hans Snel and Antonio Blanco.

Tegalalang

Woodcarvings can be found in this village. Colorful carvings of flowers, animals and other designs are displayed along the road.

Bono

This village is the home of the bamboo products. Villagers create furniture and mats from bamboo; they also make articles from the lontar leaf.

Kamasan

Klungkung village is popular with its own style of painting called Kamasan where drawings are made in black ink then colored by natural pigments.

Tenganan

Tenganan, the Bali Aga (the original Balinese people) village in Karangasem, is the only place on the island that makes Geringsing fabric. All the material for Geringsing is taken from natural sources and its process is very traditional and no chemicals are used in the process. There is a myth that when dying the cloth red, human blood was used. Today a vegetable dye is used. This fabric can be expensive.
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