Co-written and edited by Dawn Pillay
Nobody was kidding when they said that Bali is the place to be.
It’s not just about paradise and nature, nor the people that you meet. It’s most especially because of the art, creativity, passion for handicrafts – and the interesting aesthetics that keep pulling you in.
Admit it, you’ve been mesmerised by local designs and at one point you’ve told yourself, “I didn’t come to Bali for shopping, but I will take that home.”
This is why Bali is a great place for shopping. Here are where you can find clothes, art, accessories and homewares that are uniquely Bali!
You don’t have to like floral prints and roses to want to visit Rose Avenue. Known for its rose-laden facade (and we’re talking about a wall full of red and pink roses), Rose Avenue offers beautiful homeware items from a pineapple shaped bottle opener to rattan swings.
So if you’re new in Bali and are shopping for home items, drop by this store and simply be stunned by everything.
Want to take a sweet Instagram selfie with a bed of roses as your backdrop? You’ll be able to do that if you visit Rose Avenue.
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Another thing to note? Their paper bags have “Stop and smell the roses” written all over them. And why wouldn’t you? If you aren’t drawn by this unique facade, we don’t know what else will. Shopping will literally be a walk in the park.
If you think that pastel is the only color palette Rose Avenue has. You’re wrong. They have neon colors, as seen in their flamingo coat/towel hook – and in the apples, pineapples, and other tropical fruits that can be used as decorations or paper holders.
You can even get design inspiration through their dining table set-up, or pick through the different types of dinnerware, placemats, table cloths, and anything you fancy.
Even if you’re just looking for one eccentric piece, such as a rattan swing, or a bright pink chair that opens up like a flower – you’ll definitely be in the right place.
1-b. Trina + Annette = Triette Store
From the store’s name itself, you’ll know that this place was built on friendship and love, and so are the items on their shelves. That’s why there’s just so much warmth and cosiness when you step in and take a look inside their stores.
(Yes, they have a branch in Batu Belig and kiosk at the Seminyak Village Mall!)
You know that you’re definitely in Bali with the truly Indonesian prints on their designs. Just look at these cushions! These prints are not just on the pillows, you’ll also find them on Dhurrie cotton handloom clutches, Kantha quilts, placemats, and so much more.
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And if you’re looking for floor decor that won’t break even if you stumble upon it when you get home tipsy one weekend, then those Bali ducks are for you. If you fancy more fowls in your home, try the bird of luck decor that’s made of cloth. You won’t go wrong with something that can be washed and is unbreakable.
If you think this store only caters to the feminine homemaker, think again. There’s nothing like manly vintage posters and world maps to be given to your bachelor friends, or even to your significant other.
Triette store doesn’t just offer homewares, in fact, they also have their own jewellery line and sell child items such as clothes and accessories. So if you want to get a lot of shopping done in one trip, this store is your go-to shop.
1-c. Living the resort life – Bungalow Living (homeware, bedding, accessories)
For the fans of resort-styled homes, or even those who follow Instagram accounts like villa styling, this shop is where you need to go. Bungalow Living is exactly as its name suggests – they provide all sorts of resort/villa/bungalow style homeware and furnishings here.
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Check out the affordable cushions (Batik Black Pineapple at $7.50!) and bed covers available in a wide range of beautiful prints; crocheted blankets, and even leather products.
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If you’re a dog owner with your little furry friend back home, you’ll be happy to know that canine products like dog beds are also available here. 🙂
Another thing to know, there’s a cafe here where you may dine and kick back on a relaxing afternoon with Bungalow Living’s very own mascot puppy – the sweetest chocolate golden “Doodle” named BB.
Order up a juice or milkshake, and choose from the selection of baked treats. Cakes, tarts, pastries and more, brunching is casual, fun, and stylish affair here.
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Bungalow Living exudes peace and relaxation – exactly the sort of vacation vibes you’d love to bring home for good!
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1-d. Go straight to the source with chic and trendy furniture – Lio Collection (furniture, homeware)
This wholesale supplier is where it’s at with more than 36 years of experience in manufacturing truly stunning pieces.
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By simply visiting their website, the catalogues provide a promising preview of the incredible finds you can expect to discover when you’re furniture shopping with them in Bali.
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With catalogues that look uber polished with well-designed spaces (gives off vibes of a Balinese Ikea perhaps?), there are different types of furniture available for every type of space – and décor and lighting are available too.
One thing to note, Lio Collection is famous for their rattan and bamboo furniture collection, so make sure to check those out especially if you’re in the market for it!
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1-e. For Balinese-style furniture with a modern twist – Cempaka Bali (furniture, homeware)
At Cempaka, one thing we especially appreciate is how everyday life in Bali gets artfully translated into superbly designed furniture for everyday use.
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“In terms of design inspiration, we draw on the daily experience of living in this awe-inspiring archipelago – the intricate weave of a basket used to transport goods to market to the complex carving seen on Balinese temple doors.
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We strive to absorb these local influences and combine them with a contemporary western aesthetic resulting in unique, quality products.”
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Traditional wood chairs with intricately carved backs, or Balinese lounges with sleek lines, Cempaka’s furniture will help you to recreate your Bali vacation right at home.
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And if you think we’re kidding about recreating your Bali vacation – we’re really not.
Cempaka has helped to furnish popular hotels and resorts like Alila Resort, Novotel Bali, and Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa to name a few!
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So now you know, shop at Cempaka for your furniture needs, and you’ll have a very nice home that will constantly remind you of your relaxing and oh-so-amazing Bali holidays.
2-a. Flaunt like a peacock – The White Peacock Bali
Want to pretend you’re having an Indian summer in the deserts of America? Or how about a Shanghai summer clad in prints that resemble Chinese art? You can be all of these and more, whilst sporting clothes from The White Peacock Bali.
The items in the store is heart-stopping – and window shopping is not an option.
In fact, you can even get style inspiration from them through the way the store mannequins are styled with their comfortable and unique clothes. Just look at the crochet ensemble they have on sale, or the caramel dress paired with a matching accessory.
And if you feel like experimenting with their clothes, you can mix and match the way they do it as well. The clothing items are on the rack can be super random, but you’ll never know what treasure you might find here.
Don’t worry about looking for your favorite color in the rack of summer dresses. They’ve got that covered for you. From bright colors to pastel ones, they have it all in store.
Vibrance and life is an understatement when it comes to the spring kaftans on sale. They’ve got it in neutral or wild prints, so go enjoy the Bali breeze in these dresses.
Lastly, don’t let the Bali sun get to you, with their handmade Panama hats. It has a tattered canvas brim and is available in neutral colors so you can wear it with any outfit.
Whatever it is that you’re looking for, The White Peacock Bali has got you covered.
2-b. Brazilian designer, Bali blood – Lily Jean Bali
Curious to know what happens if a Brazilian crosses paths with a Balinese? Their love child will be Lily Jean Bali. With 3 retail stores already in Indonesia and available in 12 countries worldwide – who wouldn’t want to take a peek and spend some ka-ching in Lily Jean.
Bet you didn’t know that denim can actually be worn in a tropical island where it’s mostly summer all year long? Well, now you do, and Lily Jean has these clothes on the rack.
Another LBD (Little black dress)? That’s what you probably think. But what you don’t know is that Lilly Jean’s LBDs are flexible for nighttime and daytime wear. Just look at this one, you can actually party the night away wearing this LBD – but at the same time, lounge by the beach during daytime.
Sheer dresses have always been a Bali and Brazil staple. So where else will you find the ones with great design and quality? No need to ask, just stare and be in awe at this aqua dress.
Have you ever wondered how to wear wild, jungle, prints for summer? Wonder no more as Lily Jean incorporates the Amazons in this Leopard kimono.
From maxi dresses like this one, to LBDs, basic tees and shorts, Lily Jean has got it all for you. You won’t have to worry about what to wear for that beach lounge party, or a formal evening with cocktails – you have the best options in this shop.
2-c. Get lost in a bikini wonderland: Thaikila
You can never have too many bikinis! French brand, Thaikila, is known for the largest and most varied collection of swimwear for all ages and sizes.
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No matter your body shape or lifestyle, you’ll definitely find one that makes you feel sexy and confident.
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From hand-sewn embellishments to cotton fabrics, you’ll find all sorts of styles to complement your mood or occasion.
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Whether you’re feeling glamourous or in the mood for retro-chic, we bet you’ll find a piece (or more) that you’ll love to bits.
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2-d. Fresh and feminine: Mist
Tip: Never go on a beach holiday without a gorgeous kaftan or two. They make for great bikini cover-ups at the beach, and double as glamorous dresses for the night – depending on how you style them.
Created by Penny Pinkster who has spent her holidays in Bali for more than 30 years, Mist Clothing is designed for those who are looking for easy-to-wear dresses, high-quality fabrics and hand-printed designs.
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Penny thinks that female travelers ought to enjoy their vacation in a fashionable way, but without the anxiety that comes with packing and picking out the best outfits.
Here you’ll find simple, light and relaxing shift-dresses – just what you need for a lovely walk by the beach, or a date under the stars.
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2-e. Shopping and a fun excursion all in one! – Atlas South Sea Pearl
If these aren’t enough to make you want to visit Atlas South Sea Pearl, we don’t know what else will.
See a pearl farm in action✓
Drink at a cooling cafe✓
Meet the women behind the pearls ✓
Buy an inexpensive piece of living art ✓
Treat yourself to a gorgeous piece of jewellery ✓
The best thing about visiting Atlas Pearl Farm, aside from the lavish jewelry of course, is that they offer tours of the farm. You will be able to take a peek into how the farm operates from hatchery to jewelry creation. You can even meet the women behind the pearls, the ones making sure that you have those classically beautifully pearl earrings to wear.
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Visiting Atlas Pearl Farm store is truly a complete experience. You will see their magnificent jewellery, and you’d be delighted to know that you can actually customise your own! Otherwise, simply buy the pearls and start designing your own accessories.
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The shop sells everything from earrings to bracelets, and pendants to rings. So if you’re actually thinking of buying the ultimate accessory from Bali, these pearls should be the #1 on your list. (It sure was on ours!)
2-f. A silver legacy: Suarti Silver
Sterling silver jewellery is not new, but Suarti has breathed new life into them by creating dynamic silver masterpieces that reflect the culture and tradition of Bali.
Each design is intricately and mindfully put together, to create one-of-a-kind ornate and innovative jewellery everyone will love.
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Suarti was once a young Balinese artist who later in life fulfilled her passion in jewellery design.
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Before becoming a jewellery artisan, she was once a performer who performed for celebrities and the royalty!
3-a. Breathing and living art – Threads of Life
The best art galleries are the ones that literally have it all (which also means you need to spend at least half the day to see everything). We’re warning you, once you step inside this shop, you will really have to hang your DND sign.
This art gallery has, of course, a gallery to showcase what they have, which is dubbed as a museum by many who have visited the place.
They also have a store so you’ll be able to buy items, and support the local artisans responsible for providing you with these beautiful handicrafts.
They also offer different classes on textile, weaving, and a natural dye batik class. All need to be booked in advance, and they often require a minimum number of attendees – which is a great workshop to attend if you’re an artist, or simply interested!
And the best thing about shopping here, is that they support the local women, fair trade, and they are involved in conservation efforts. Their staff actually do field work and go from one village to another in search for that next piece of great art too.
You can even get involved! If you want to volunteer and research, you can participate too. Isn’t that amazing? Not only will you come home with fair trade items and unique handcrafted art, you will also come home knowing you’ve helped the locals.
If these aren’t enough, you’ll be glad to know that they also offer accommodation. If you want to live and breathe art for just a day or 2 –, you can stay in the homestay accommodation behind the gallery!
3-b. Be one with the tribes – Ewa Oceanic Gallery
If you really are looking for an eccentric tribal piece that reflects the oceanic life and resonates with your inner mermaid – then look no more. Ewa Oceanic Gallery is the right place for you.
Though it may seem like they have very, very eccentric tribal pieces that may not match your shabby chic decor, think again. Their art actually accentuates almost any type of simple decor, such as this timely piece that you can put on top of your books, or on the accent table in your living room.
Who would’ve thought something shaped like elephant tusks can be one of the focal neck pieces in this gallery? It truly is an amazing artwork that you can even wear.
Looking for a mask that represents both the ocean with a hint of culture but can’t think of any? Well, feast your eyes on Ewa’s collection. The detail and artistry in the masks will be the talk of the town once you bring it back home!
Fancy a mortar and pestle that you can’t find anywhere else in the world? Or how about a dagger for chopping meat to be served for dinner? The utensils that they sell aren’t just museum-worthy, but actually have practical uses too.
You’ll also be amazed to know that you’re buying a piece of history. The items found in Ewa’s Oceanic Gallery are treasures of the Sepik river area that were created for either ceremonial or daily uses.
So you definitely know that you’re buying a unique, handcrafted item that is not just a replica of a museum-worthy art piece. You’re actually getting the real thing.
3-c. Intricate art with a whimsical heart – Nyoman Jendra
We stumbled on this standalone shop by chance, and you should definitely stop by if you love 1) whimsical paintings, with 2) intricate detail. Despite its humble façade, it’s filled with pretty great art. We personally bought 4 paintings there, and 2 of them were made to order!
Look at the vibes of these ‘Enid Blyton meets Alice in Wonderland’ works!
Nyoman Jendra creates uniquely whimsical paintings unlike the ones you normally find in other art galleries, and art markets.
In Balinese paintings, intricacy is key, and Nyoman Jendra takes that to a whole new level. With his eye (and love) for detail, Nyoman’s gallery is filled with really intricate works.
He has even passed his skills to his nephews. With a family of painters (including a cousin who got into the top 10 in a painting competition in Jakarta) – satisfy your artistic senses by browsing through their many works awaiting your discovery in the gallery.
3-d. Everything beautiful, as far as the eye can see – Sukawati Art Market
When we were here, we were blown away by the sheer size of Sukawati Art Market.
Walking around Sukawati Art Market can be a little tricky in the sense that it may feel like a maze. But if you’re out to discover really unique things in the hidden shops off the alleys, then you’re in for a ride.
Here, you will find an extensive range of items. Handmade bags, wooden ethnic bowls, crockery, those popular comfortable batik pants, dresses, and insanely gorgeous shell items. (2-3 times cheaper than Ubud central)
Of course, if you’re on the hunt for some art to bring home, there are many shops with paintings available, and wooden sculptures too!
Be warned though, you will find plenty of similar paintings of the mass produced variety. However, if you do spend a little more time (and dedication) going through the shops and their paintings, you are bound to find something unique that will sit pretty in your home.
Tip: If you intend to explore the market fully, make sure to set at least half a day aside for this!
3-e. Bring nature into your home – Focus Design (Glasswork)
If we had been smart enough to bring an extra luggage, we most certainly would’ve gotten one of these really beautiful mouth blown glass globes back. (Of course, you may ship your purchases back home, but we were in a bit of a hurry!)
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We were driving past while on our way to Ubud, and saw this shop. Naturally, we simply had to stop our driver so we could check it out. Stepping into this warehouse/showroom off the side of the road, felt a little surreal with the glass globes hanging almost delicately off tree stumps and branches.
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With the sun shining down through the glass showing off the colours and incredible designs, it was hard not to fall in love with these works of art.
What made it even better, was how they turned some of those glass globes into the prettiest fish bowls I’ve ever seen! (I was already imagining that perfect set-up in my apartment. x.x)
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If you love having some elements of nature (i.e., water and wood) in your home, then you’ll adore these these fluid designs (glass globes melted over tree stumps and branches) – and you really, really have to come here.
PS: Shopping at Focus Design means shopping at supplier prices as you’ll be shopping directly from the manufacturing source!
Special Mention: No haggle, no hassle: 100% genuine fake shop
When we shop overseas, we’re always plagued with the fear of running into dishonest shopkeepers who pass off counterfeit products as genuine ones.
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But at this shop in Kuta Badung, you won’t ever have to haggle or worry about the true worth of the things you buy – everything in this shop is genuinely fake, and they’re not afraid to admit it.