Every woman needs a little (or a lot!) retail therapy when visiting Bali, for cute new summer dresses or resort gear, boho-chic bangles galore, or gorgeous homewares to jazz up the pad back home!
Cool new dresses, kaftans, maxi skirts, playsuits, jewels, bikinis or hot new accessories for the bod, yes please! It’s only fair when shopping in Bali to dress up your new tan and tropical glow after your pamper sessions, or to wear a new little ensemble to the next sunset sessions in Seminyak or island-hopping after all. So here’s our hit-list of the top ten stores we’re loving a lot in Bali today.
Bali Boat Shed
Island stylin’. This row of brightly coloured shed boxes smack in the middle of snazzy Seminyak is home to a huge range of maxi and cute little dresses, playsuits, tops, kaftans, swimwear, accessories and more. They also carry their own range of Mister Zimi pieces, and you can style up the man in your life with their major range of cool, menswear pieces. Our faves: for her – too many to mention; for him – the flamingo button-up shirts, for sure.
Bali Boat Shed, Corner of Jalan Kayu Aya and Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak Bali.
BBS’s equally-brightly coloured neighbour Mister Zimi is a huge fave of expats and visitors alike. Bold, bright patterns in a range of simple but stylish dresses, tops, wide legged pants and skirts, are seen island-wide. For good reason, designer Zoe-Zimi spends half her year based in Bali so she knows what we love. Don’t forget their Mini Zimi range is way too cute for the little ones. The two stores surrounding BBS carry different ranges and styles – so check out them both.
Mister Zimi Satu, Jalan Kayu Aya No. 22, Seminyak; Mister Zimi Dua, Jalan Kayu Jati No. 8X, Seminyak, Open seven days, 9am-9pm.
Bali’s favourite homeware mecca, café and gallery, Bungalow is a huge hit with vistors and locals. Just north of Seminyak in Canggu, Bungalow has more gorgeous trinkets, books, cushions, wooden crosses, birdcages, crystals, crochet rugs, bed throws and jewellery you can poke a shopping stick at. Grab a driver, your friends, your cash and make a morning of it over brunch or lunch in their gorgeous café whilst you finalise your wish-list. Keep your driver waiting so you can get the purchase load home.
Bungalow Living Bali, 35 JL Pantai Berawa, Canggu, Bali 80361, Indonesia. Open Monday-Saturday from 8:30am-6pm.
Stylish, sophisticated homewares home Carga is right on Jalan Petitinget, not far from Biku. We love Carga as their pieces are unique, and not seen everywhere else on the island but are surprisingly well-priced, given they may look a bit fancy. Their range of chic-Balinese and Indonesian goodies covers the lot: rattan, batik, teak, candles, linens, stationary, crockery, ceramics, vintage prints, cards, and even furniture.
Carga Bali, Jalan Petitenget No. 886, Seminyak 80361 Bali, p. +62 361 847 8173.
This is where things get glam. French-born, Bali-based designer Magali Pascal has a range of stores through Seminyak and Petitinget, showcasing her chic fashion label. Her collections combine luxurious silks, laces and organic fabrics with refined embellishments, think: urban vintage with a French flair. You can find beautiful, fancy silk dresses (the Gatsy has become iconic) through to beautifully tailored cotton pieces, perfect for your work wardrobe once back in the real world.
Magali Pascal: Oberoi Store, 177x Jalan Kayu Aya Oberoi, Seminyak; Seminyak Store, Jalan Raya Seminyak no.65 Seminyak; Petitenget Store, Jalan Raya Petitenget no.900, Seminyak; Open 9am-10pm daily.
With stone herringbone floors, white washed walls and light wood cabinetry, and copper detailing, you’ll love just being inside Kiosk. They offer a unique mix of uber-cool clothing, accessories and homeware ranges exclusively in Bali, as well as a gorgeous, in-house brand of clothing and accessories (also exclusive to their stores). So, think: designer sunnies, swimwear, cute accessories and jewels, trinkets and hip fashion pieces. Then, plan your social calendar to show them off!
Kiosk Store, Jalan Kayu Cendana No. 1 (opposite Bali Bakery, Seminyak Square), Seminyak,
p. +62 361 837 1064;
Kiosk Store 2, Jalan Raya Seminyak no 65 (near Mades Warung), Seminyak, p. +62 361 732 132.
This is Bali’s gorgeous, retail emporium on a new level – Souq’s international, elegant ranges are unlike anything else on the island. Translating as ‘marketplace’ in Arabic, Souq’s homewares, fashion ranges, and an elegant café are all beautifully showcased in this vast, impressive showroom with floor to ceiling treasures. Think racks of Jaclin Chouchana bikinis, MKANH lace slips and Laurence Pasquier staples, but our faves include their panama hats, designer childrens toys and anything for the wardrobe!
Souq Store, Jalan Basangkasa #10, Seminyak (at the end of Jl Seminyak, near the corner of Jl Mertanadi. Entry on two sides including directly from Jl Sunset as well). Opening hours: 7am – 9pm, p. +62 822 3780 1817.
This fave, all-white-interior store acts as a canvas for their popping range of exotic and eclectic homewares, jewellery, artworks, linens, sculptures, accessories, fashion, and more. It’s like an Aladdin’s cave of treasures – some pop (that would be the neon), some sparkle (crystals), some shine (bling, bling!), and others ooze understated, Scandinavia sophistication… but they will all want to be taken home!
Coco & Ginger
Don’t forget the little peeps! Girl Power meets Flower Power in this cute little boutique. This little island-legend label produces divine baby and childrens clothing, especially for baby girls. Pretty flower-patterned fabrics are used for everything – from flirty diaper covers and panamas to princess-style dresses. And something for mums, too: a rack full of colourful beach kaftans for that matchy look with your little one. They source hand-woven fabric and unique prints, with embroidery that’s all hand-stitched, smocked and crocheted. They also have a fair pay policy and employ seamstresses and tailors in small family-run businesses.
Coco and Ginger, Jl.Batubelig No. 88, Kerobokan, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia 80361, p. (62) 361 4020 841. Open daily from 10am-6pm.
If you’re into beach, boho chic, you need Joy jewellery on your bod. Cute, 925 sterling fine silver charm bracelets are seen on all the lucky lovelies swanning around Bali’s coolest, new haunts. Themed around love, luck, peace or friendship, you can choose your own selection for bracelets en-masse piled high with ribbons, angels, buddhas or colourful beads throughout.
Joy, Jalan Oberoi 41, Seminyak, p. +62 361 791 4893.
Last but not least, something for everyone back home, is one of Bali’s most popular souvenir showrooms. If you’re after cheap and cheerful slices of Bali-life for your self or to take home to the fam, tourists love Geneva as they have everything you can possibly choose from under one, multi-story roof. They’re located upstairs from a large furniture factory, on Jalan Kerobokan and have oodles of handicrafts, fro the best prices around.
Geneva Handicraft Centre, Jalan Raya Kerobokan, Seminyak/Kerobokan, Bali 80361, p. +62 361 733 542.