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Let’s face it. Bali isn’t just about the sun sand and surf – it’s also about shopping until you drop and there are several shopping malls that can help make a dent in your credit card while partaking in some well-earned retail therapy.
The most popular shopping malls are clustered around the Kuta/Seminyak tourist areas.
Beachwalk Shopping Centre
Beachwalk Shopping Centre is Bali’s newest and largest shopping mall, located half-way along the one-way beachside road adjacent to Kuta Beach. It’s not a discount mall, mainly filled with higher-end brands along with food outlets and a cinema complex.
Clothing brands of note include Bamboo Blonde, Kate Spade, H&M, Michael Kors, La Senza, Seafolly, Victoria’s Secret and Zara. There’s a Body Shop tucked away on the ground floor, a great sushi restaurant, Sushi Tei on level 2 and Cinema XX1 on level 3. There was a bar and restaurant at the ocean end that while over-priced was great for watching the sunset, but it appears to be closed for renovations.
Jl. Pantai Kuta, Kuta
Sun-Thu 10:30am – 10:30pm, Fri-Sat 10:00am – 12:00am
Mal Bali Galeria
Mal Bali Galeria (also known as DFS Galeria) is located on the main road between the airport and Seminyak. It’s has a website reminiscent of the 1990s if you’re into that sort of thing. It’s quite a sprawling complex home to some very useful outlets. Telkomsel has an outlet on the 2nd floor at the opposite end of the carpark, useful for buying a local SIM card and data plan if you missed getting one at the airport.
It also has a well-known dentist, Bali 911 that is an excellent spot for cheap dental work. I use it frequently for teeth cleaning, scaling and whitening but they also offer a range of more complex dental services.
The stores here tend to be cheaper than Beachwalk Shopping Centre with more variety including an electronics store, plenty of shoe and clothing retail shops, including Matahari and H&M. There’s a great hardware store on the ground floor at one end called ACE Hardware.
There is a detached Cinema XX1 complex off to the side showing recent release movies, although it can be a bit difficult to find and the signage is essentially absent. Find a security guard and ask them for directions, they’re always happy to help.
There are stacks of food outlets – Ryoshi Japanese Restuarant being my go-to option, but it can be interesting for first-timers to Bali to walk around and try some of the popular local foods from the large array of small food stores, even if you don’t know exactly what they are.
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai, Kuta
Mon-Sun 10:00am – 10:00pm
Discovery Shopping Mall
Located at the southern end of the Kuta tourist strip, Discovery mall is great for spending several hours shopping with food outlets on the ground level at the entrance and an excellent food hall alongside a high-end supermarket below ground.
Good for prescription glasses, a couple of electronics stores, ice cream and clothing outlets. See their website for a full list of retail shops (warning: it’s a painfully slow website).
Along the road fronting the mall is a huge range of bars and restaurants within easy walking distance. The access road is quite narrow and very busy, especially during peak hours, so my advice is to get your shopping done and then hole up at one of the restaurants for dinner before getting a taxi back to your hotel when you see the traffic becoming less busy – and by less busy, I mean in relative terms. It’s often gridlocked.
At the back of the mall on the ocean side is the start (or end) of a walking path that winds along the beach all the way past Kuta and ending at Double Six Beach, making an excellent walking or running route, especially early in the morning when not as many (again, a relative term) people are out and about.
Jl. Kartika Plaza, Kuta
Mon-Fr 10:00am – 10:00pm, Sat-Sun 10:00am – 10:30pm
Located 2km further north on Sunset Rd than Mall Galeria, Carrefour is really a destination store with everything from cheap clothing, electronics, homewares, groceries and fresh fruit and produce.
It is easily accessible with ample parking and it’s easy to get a taxi on the ground level at the back entrance to the carpark.
The electronics department is where I do my shopping for everything from small kitchen appliances to large-screen TVs for my luxury villa in Seminyak. If you are making a big purchase, like a wide-screen TV or sound system, Google the price of the product you want and you might be able to haggle with the senior floor staff for a discount. It won’t be the same price that you can buy in larger cities like Jakarta, but you can get close enough to make it worthwhile.
It’s a great one-stop shopping centre for when you arrive for toiletries and groceries or the last day you leave and want to stock up on small souvenirs for the family and friends back home. The sarongs and small housewares are way more expensive than in the local markets but the selection and price of soaps cannot be beaten. I have family that love the soaps made in Bali, and when buying in bulk to pad out my luggage allowance this is where I go.
Jl. Sunset Road, Denpasar
Mon-Sun 08:00am – 10:00pm
Completed in 2018, Seminyak Village is down the bottom end of the very popular Jalan Kayu Aya, aka Eat Street in Seminyak. It’s new, clean and in a very popular spot with plenty of walk-by foot traffic. Despite that, it’s not that popular due to the relatively uninspiring collection of stores with wares you could find anywhere and priced at the higher end for shopping in Bali.
However, on the top floor is an excellent day spa. Spring Spa is one of my favourites and I send my guests there regularly. I highly recommend their facial treatments for getting rid of the pollution that goes hand in hand with travelling through Southeast Asia. They have two outlets, with the smaller one located in Petitenget.
My advice is to get a treatment or two and then take a leisurely dinner at Tiger Palm downstairs on the ground floor street frontage opposite the well-known Sisterfields and Bossman burgers. Owned by one of the best chefs in Asia, Will Meyrick, Tiger Palm is in my opinion vastly underrated and the perfect spot for a long lunch or a destination restaurant for dinner, especially if staying in Seminyak or Petitenget.
Jl. Kayu Jati No.8, Seminyak
Mon-Sun 10:00am – 10:00pm