Your Guide to Bargain Shopping in Bali
Like on most multi-destination vacations, I constantly wondered where I’d find the best deals on our trip. I did as much research as I could – asking friends and perusing blogs – and heard various recommendations. After deal-hunting in South Kuta, Ubud, and Canggu, the answer is clear: Ubud is the one-stop shop for all your Bali goods.
To give you a better idea of how much luck I had shopping in Ubud – I spent $63 USD on 16 items, which included paintings for $3, dresses, tops, and pants for $2 each, and jewelry pieces for $4. The most I spent on a single item was the tote pictured above for $14. In hindsight, I could’ve gotten it for cheaper in another location, but I’m glad I got it when I did because I never came across those specific colors again during my trip.
Where to Shop in Ubud
- For the best bargains: the massive 3 story Ubud market on Jl. Raya Ubud (Ubud Main Road) by Ubud Palace. The shop owners LOVE to bargain so don’t be discouraged! They purposely set the prices high knowing you’ll push for lower. When bargaining, offer half price or lower and negotiate from there.
- Best boutique shopping: the whole ‘downtown’ area is wonderful. If you’re looking for unique pieces after shopping for more generic stuff in the markets – hit up Jl Hanoman (road), Jl Dewi Sita (road), Monkey Forest St and the surrounding roads. Do not hesitate if you see something you like!
- There are some great markets outside of Ubud too at the entrance of temple sites like the one by the sacred fountains (Tirta Empul).
Where to shop in Canggu
- There is a small shopping scene in the surf town of Canggu if your trip takes you there. I found the Anthropologie of Bali called Bungalow, which has unique home decor and accessories (for much lower than your typical Anthropologie of course). There are 2 Bungalow locations, in which the original serves as a cafe as well. I would’ve loved to purchase some Bungalow pieces, but shipping would’ve been a bitch.
- TIP: The street vendors will not bargain with you. Use all your bargaining powers in Ubud.
Deals in South Kuta
- South Kuta was definitely less bargain-worthy than Ubud, but if you’re staying in the south I’d recommend the row of markets in Nusa Dua. I believe this was located on Jl. Pantai Mengiat (road).
If you’re looking for high-end shopping:
- Nusa Dua in South Kuta will have all your high-end shopping needs – mixed in with a few more affordable options. Their Bali Collection mall is great for a day of shopping, eating, and is conveniently located right on the beach.
Happy shopping! For general information, tips, and more pictures from our Bali trip click here.
If you want the lowdown of places to eat and drink in Bali click here.