We all come to it at some point during our holiday; the souvenir shopping for friends and family back home as well as some for yourself to keep as a memory. It’s not hard at all to find these colourful giveaways as there are many street stalls with eager salesmen trying to sell their goods to you. You can even just sunbathe at the beach and the salesmen and women will come to you with their jewellery, pirate kites, and more souvenirs.
In the street shops, you ill find beautiful handmade hammocks, gorgeous traditional fabrics, wood carvings and handmade jewellery, as well as the happy, colourful and affordable souvenirs. Think of colourful Bracelets, natural soap, Bali baskets, wooden-carved penises turned into bottle openers (I’m not kidding), beach sarongs, ‘I Love Bali’ shirts and much, much more. It’s a sea of colours and the options are endless. But, what to buy, where to go, how much to pay? lots of questions in need of some answers. Let’s take a closer look at ‘souvenir shopping in Seminyak’.
Where to go for souvenir shopping in Seminyak?
First, define what kind of shopping needs to be done. Do you want quality gifts of the finest materials or just some funny things, easy to give like candies? Seminyak is good for both high-end shopping and strolling souvenir markets. There is a reason why Seminyak is also known as a cosmopolitan of fashion, sophistication, and style. On Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak Square and Jalan Kerobokan, there are tonnes of high-end boutique and wholesale shops selling quality handicrafts, branded clothing, and beautiful handmade products. Looking for those? have a look at out ‘shopping in Seminyak’ guide here. In this article, you will read all about ‘souvenir shopping’. Here are 4 great places to get your Bali souvenir shopping done;
1. The Seminyak Flea Market
For those of you who don’t mind bargaining with the locals, stroll down to the Seminyak Flea Market found on the famous ‘eat street’ in the Oberoi. Here, you will have the choice of endless market stalls, selling things to remember your holiday in Bali. Wander around, see what you like and go enjoy the game of getting your souvenirs at a good price. Often, you have to bargain the price down to 50% tor even 70% of the original price. Then, the price should be reasonable.
Flea Market, Kayu Aya Square Oberoi, Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak, Kuta, Bali. Open daily from 9 am to 9 pm
2. The Bintang Supermarket
For those who are really no good at bargaining or just really don’t like it, visit the Bintang supermarket, located in the heart of Seminyak. The Bintang supermarket is found on Seminyak’s main shopping street and it is most probably very easy to reach on foot from your private Seminyak villa. Apart from your regular grocery shopping, the Bintang is also great for buying souvenirs. Prices are fixed and reasonable.
Bintang Supermarket, Jalan Raya Seminyak No.17, Seminyak, Bali. Contact; (0361) 730552. Open daily 7.30 am to 11 pm
3. Ketut’s on Garlic Lane
Located in Legian, just a short drive from the center of Seminyak awaits a little shop called Ketut’s. You can find this souvenir shop in a little alley gangway, just off of Garlic Lane. Ketut’s has gained a name for selling souvenirs and clothing at a reasonable price, without having to go through the bargaining process. The goods have no price tags so you will still need to ask the price but the ladies a friendly, not pushy and they will give you the normal price, making it a perfectly good deal for the both of you.
Ketut’s, Jl. Saha Dewa Gg. Sorga No 2, Legian, Bali
4. Krisna Oleh-Oleh Khas Bali
Krisna Oleh-Oleh Khas Bali is a massive souvenir shop located on Sunset Road in Kuta. This is one of those souvenir shops where the local tourists come to do their gift shopping. ‘Oleh Oleh’ means souvenirs in the Indonesian language. Inside, you will see everything you have seen at those small little tourists shops around Seminyak and much more, only the price is fixed and cheap. Bali clothes, sarongs, bags, jewellery, wooden kitchenware, soap, massage oil and coffee with local snacks. All is found at Krisna Oleh-Oleh Khas Bali. Happy shopping everyone!
Krisna Oleh-Oleh Khas Bali, Jalan Sunset Road No.88, Kuta, Bali. Contact; (0361) 750031. Open daily from 8 am to 10 pm
5. Geneva Handicraft
Located on top of a quality furniture store on Jalan Kerobokan, just outside of central Seminyak, this amazing handicraft shop is a bit hard to be spotted. Geneva Handicraft takes up the entire first and second floor of this massive building, filled with an endless amount of affordable Bali gifts and handicrafts. Geneva Handicraft also sells quality antiques and rich hand-woven fabrics apart from the cheap souvenirs. A great place to find beautiful things for your loved ones and it is not a busy at all. Take you time to look around, it is really worth your time!
So, the souvenir shopping is done and now you are all set, ready to go home and surprise your loved ones with happy gifts from The Island of the Gods. But first, enjoy the rest of your stay in Bali. Go watch that enchanting sunset on the beach one more time, pamper yourself with a Balinese massage and a good local meal and see you again, soon!