Shopping

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What we say: 4.5 stars

The shopping in Seminyak is all about the boutiques selling designer clothing and accessories like hand-crafted jewellery, hats and shoes, interspersed with lots of trinket and homewares shops.

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Prepare to empty.

Pop into a hole-in-the-wall and you’re likely to pick up something significantly cheaper but often very similar to stuff available in the more carefully curated places. The shameless rip-offing works in both directions: you’ll see cheap stuff masquerading as something special in the boutiques, and cheap copies of original designs in the cheapie joints. So buckle up, stay caffeinated and hydrated, and take your time exploring before deciding how you’ll part with your rupiah.

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No, not those kind of accessories.

Most of the Seminyak shopping is concentrated on two roads: Jalan Raya Seminyak, which is a continuation of Kuta’s Jalan Legian and itself morphs into Jalan Basangkasa, plus Jalan Laksmana, also known as Eat Street. Jalan Petitenget and Batu Belig are also key strategic routes on any shopping expedition in the area.

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When in doubt, get all the colours.

This is far from a comprehensive listing of shops to check out, but rather a selection of some names to look out for — the cheaper places often have no name at all.

For women’s clothes, we’re fans of Karma Koma‘s monochrome casual outfits — they sell for a fraction of what they retail for in Europe and their sale items are good value. Local brand Mist does lots of tropical-style, floaty print dresses and if you haven’t packed enough summery dresses, try here, as well as long-running Sabia, where the tones are more neutral. Buddha Wear is genuinely socially responsible — their styles are so fresh and relaxed you’ll want to check them out regardless. Namu (opposite Biku) always has something different, as does Prisoners of St Petersburg. Bali Boatshed offers a whole stack of local clothes and accessory brands, including Ebony Eve and State of Georgia. For something more classic, check out Uluwatu Handmade Balinese Lace, which uses traditional fine Balinese lace in modern designs, resulting in a range of distinct-looking pieces. Bamboo Blonde and Body & Soul are local brands at the more affordable and younger end of the market.

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We likey.

If you’ve got cash to burn, small but beautiful Simple Konsep offers a full-on design experience for men and women — think Vivienne Westwood and Baik alongside Oishii and Melissa. Magali Pascal has higher-end casual but sophisticated evening wear, as well as to-die-for bags and shoes, while Lulu Yasmine has more Bohemian chic pieces in textural fabrics. Paul Ropp has been turning out vibrant statement clothes from handwoven cottons and dreamy silks for years on the island — you’ll stand out wearing any of his timeless pieces. Shoe lovers shouldn’t miss local designer Niluh Djelantik.

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Rule of thumb Seminyak shopping: Any shop named for two women’s names is likely to be pretty alright.

Bali’s surf is what drew many travellers here in the early days, so it makes sense that surf fashion is well established on the island. You’ll find plenty of outlets of all the major international brands – Rip Curl, Quiksilver, Hurley, Billabong and O’Neill – selling bikinis, boardies, rashies, polos, sunglasses, watches, bags and other paraphernalia. If you’re looking for something a bit more soulful you can’t beat Drifter Surfshop which boasts a great range of retro-cool clothes and surfing gear. Australia’s Deus Ex Machina has several Bali outlets celebrating, as they put it, a “culture of creativity”, which includes stylish clothes for men. For swimwear, check out Niconico. Jewellery aficionados should check out Scandi , Sea Gypsy and Joy Jewellery.

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Can’t get to Australia? Next best thing.

You’ll find leatherware shops everywhere — they can copy pieces or make your own designs from scratch, with results varying in quality. Perhaps start with a small item before asking them to make you a complicated leather jacket. We were quite happy with a pair of winter-style boots we had made at a place along Raya Kerobokan, another strip worth exploring if you’re on a roll. For leather bags that will turn heads though, be sure to check out Workshop 13.

Kids clothes are big in Bali. You can’t beat Coco and Ginger for its distinctly tropical, fun look for girls. Dandelion offers Euro-style clothes for both girls and boys while Kidsagogo has vibrantly coloured clothes for kids aged up to eight.

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Seminyak even has kaki limas for shoppers.

Raya Basangkasa has a good cluster of homewares shops, both higher end and cheap. Bali Zen sells beautiful placemats, napkins, aprons, cushion covers or doona covers in island-made prints — all weight-friendly on your luggage; pop into Haveli Interiors for a peek at their gorgeous offerings too (the cheaper factory outlet is more or less opposite). Souq meanwhile offers a chicly curated array of imported clothes and homewares you won’t find elsewhere in Bali — and it’s a top place to refuel on a delicious salad or slice of cake. Duck into any of the shops along Basangkasa to unearth treasures such as Balinese-style hand-beaten “silver”-ware in the form of handy knick-knack containers, tissue boxes, bins and so on. Meanwhile back up on Petitenget, Carga is worth a look for kitchenware, cushions, candles and other tasteful home-related souvenirs.

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Look high and look low to unearth the best treasures.

Do remember that in shops where prices are marked, you shouldn’t bargain. Where there are no prices, try for a discount with a smile, but don’t expect prices to come down as much as they might in markets.

Disclosure: Coco & Ginger, Drifter and Souq are owned by friends of ours.

Bali Boat Shed: Jalan Kayu Aya and Jalan Petitenget; baliboatshed.com
Bali Zen: Jalan Raya Basngkasa #40; balizenhome.com
Bamboo Blonde: Jalan Seminyak and Jalan Batu Belig; bambooblonde.com
Body & Soul:Jalan Raya Seminyak 11, Jalan Batu Belig and Seminyak Square; bodyandsoulclothing.com/
Buddha Wear: Jalan Laksmana 15X and Jalan Raya Seminyak 55A; www.buddhawear.com.au
Carga: Jalan Petitenget 886; cargabali.com
Coco and Ginger: Jalan Batu Belig; cocoandginger.com
Dandelion: Jalan Raya Basangkasa 28; dandelionkid.com
Drifter Surfshop: 50 Jalan Oberoi; driftersurf.com
Deus Ex Machina: Jalan Oberoi and Jalan Petitenget; www.facebook.com/DeusBali
Haveli by Shahinaz and Haveli Oriental: Jalan Basangkasa 15 & 38; havelishop.com
Joy Jewellery: Jalan Oberoi 41; joyacces.wix.com/joyjewellery
Karma Koma: Jalan Raya Basangkasa (north end); www.karmakoma.fr
Kidsagogo: Jalan Laksmana: kidsagogo.com
Lulu Yasmine: Jalan Raya Seminyak 53, Jalan Petitenget No. 100XX and Jalan Laksmana No. 100X; luluyasmine.com
Magali Pascal: Jalan Raya Seminyak 65, 177x Jalan Kayu Aya and Jalan Petitenget 900; magalipascal.com
Mist: Jalan Raya Seminyak 42; mist-clothing.com
Niluh Djelantik: Jalan Raya Kerobokan and Jalan Petitenget
Paul Ropp: Jalan Laksmana and Jalan Raya Seminyak 39; www.paulropp.com
Prisoners of St Petersburg: Jalan Laksmana
Sabia: 44B Jalan Laksmana; www.facebook.com/sabiadesignsbali
Scandi: Jalan Laksmana
Sea Gypsy: Jalan Laksmana 48; seagypsyjewelry.com
Simple Konsep: Jalan Laksmana, Seminyak; sksbali.com
Souq: Jalan Basangkasa 10; souqstore.co
Uluwatu Handmade Balinese Lace: Jalan Legian and Jalan Laksmana; uluwatu.co.id
Workshop 13: Jalan Petitenget 198

Last updated: 26th April, 2015

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