Balinese market

Buying Local Craft while in Bali

By Charles Augier de Cremiers

Balinese market

Need of some ideas for shopping in Bali? Read on!

For a couple of years now, the tropical island of Bali is becoming one of the destinations for holidays and vacations, as well as a good shopping paradise. Because the island is located in Indonesia, it’s no surprise you can easily find vendors and their customers buying and selling diverse products and local crafts. 

Amazingly, Bali is an ideal location to buy a lot of pure natural handcrafted products, including jewellery, wood carvings, home decor as well as body  care and beauty products made in Bali.

Balinese crafts

A typical stall in Bali selling rattan bags and small wood carvings amongst other crafts

Local Balinese Products to Buy

Are you looking for local Balinese products to buy on the island made with natural ingredients and also environmentally friendly? The subsequent lines are composed of the best and most popular natural products to buy from stores in Bali.

  • Dream catchers
  • Egg art
  • Local snacks
  • Kopi Luwak coffee and chocolates
  • Barong masks
  • Balinese silver jewellery
  • Batik cloth or clothing
  • Handmade dupa
  • Bali ceramics
  • Gamelan ball
  • Eco-friendly bags and fabrics
  • Bintang shirts or shorts
  • Organic beauty and skincare products
  • Chocolates
  • Jewelry
  • Furniture
  • Bags
  • Utama spice
  • Massage oils
  • Fragrances
  • Streetwear
  • Souvenirs
  • Barong Masks
  • Natural cosmetics in Bali 
  • Beachwear

 Best Places to Buy Local Crafts in Bali

Although shopping in Bali is perhaps not the sole purpose of going to Bali, however, it becomes integral to take some local crafts and handmade products home from Bali as your adventure might seem incomplete without taking something home. 

Bali is undoubtedly a treasure chest for handicrafts, fine arts, good quality paintings, antiques, carvings, dyed fabrics, pieces of jewelry, woven fabrics, natural cosmetics made in Bali, and many other products. 

To make your purchase a success, here is a list of markets and shops to find terrific crafts.

  • Sukawati Art Market (great for paintings)
  • Krisna Bali Souvenir Shop (cheap souvenirs shop in Kuta)
  • Kuta Art Market (by the beach front in Kuta; bargain hard!)
  • The Ubud Art Market (must see!)
  • Jogger Bali (for locally made clothes)
  • Guwang Art Market (great for rattan products and clothes)
  • Seminyak Village Mall (for premium designers art)
  • Kumbasari Art Market (huge market in Ubud, lots of choice, bargain hard!)

Balinese paintings

Beautiful Balinese paintings

Shopping Tips in Bali

After deciding to add up some spice to your trip with shopping, one thing that can impede the process of making it less desirable is poor purchase skills. Although shops selling things in Bali can be likened to shops in any other part of the world; however, it is necessary to understand that the people of Bali might have different sales cultures. 

Hence, it becomes essential to follow the suggested shopping tips in the next lines.

  • Keep your smile while bargaining
  • Stay polite and very friendly to the seller
  • For starters, try to bid for an 80% reduction of the price offered and wait for the output of the seller.
  • Learn always to say Thank You
  • Never attempt a bargain without cash
  • Check the quality of the goods
  • If you do not want to bargain then head towards the Department Store

Happy shopping!