Where to Shop and What to Buy in Denpasar
Shopping in Denpasar is an exciting journey, enabling you to see much of the highlights of the town in the process. As modern and traditional approaches blend here, you can either bargain prices down on lower-priced goods or pay the full price for higher-quality fixed-price goods.
In traditional markets, shops selling similar items are often clustered together which makes negotiating and comparing prices easier. Plazas commonly feature fixed prices though bargaining is still possible. Every mall in the city consists of a department store stocking both local and brand labels, a supermarket, and a few small outlets offering various kinds of products.
Other Shopping in Denpasar
For many years, Duta Silk has been famous for its range of fine-quality silk, linen, cotton and much more. The small store is located next to the large Matahari Department Store in Denpasar, yet it provides what’s not available at its neighbour; calibres of fabrics are here, as well beautiful laces and buttons. Find high quality silks, linens, cottons, lace, wool and velvet inside Duta Silk.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: Komplek Duta Permai, Block 1, Jalan Dewi Sartika, Denpasar
- Tel: +62 (0)361 232 818
Right beside Krisna Bali on Jalan Nusa Kambangan in Denpasar, with equal presence and size, is the second shop of Erlangga, a pioneering Bali gifts retailer that long-preceded its competitor. Although mostly targeting domestic visitors with its fixed and reasonable prices, it’s a great spot if you are tired of bargaining and want to save time exploring for souvenirs and Balinese knick-knacks. Inside the warehouse-size gallery are seemingly endless rows of colourful batiks, shawls, shirts and resort dresses, and racks filled with beaded jewellery, wooden key chains and other curios. Outside its main shopping hall are small restaurants selling cold drinks and light meals and, if you just went on a shopping spree inside, there is a packaging service that can box and prepare your delicate paintings or carvings for a safe journey home.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
- Location: Jalan Nusa Kambangan No.162, Denpasar
- Tel: +62 (0)0361 228 860
Jalan Sulawesi Textile Shops
Jalan Sulawesi is a small, yet commercial street in the city and it is well known for its fabric shops. Here, you will find rich choices of textiles: cotton, silk, Chinese satins, brocades and much more. Clothing is also a popular option here, particularly if you want to try the Balinese traditional dress. The shops may seem to offer the same products but each shop is different and it’s not a bad idea to scour from one to another and compare what’s on offer. Don’t forget to bargain prices down along this row.
- Location: Behind Pasar Badung & Kumbasari
Kevala Ceramics features handmade pieces crafted from selected clays, countless glazes and innovative shapes. Its collection of creations are proudly displayed in some of the finest homes, hotels, restaurants and spas in Asia.
- Address: Jalan Mertasari 21, Sidakarya, Denpasar
- Tel: +62 (0)361 720 718
Keraton Rumah Mode
Keraton Rumah Mode is a small fashion boutique located on Jalan Setiabudi (just before the intersection that leads to Jalan Cokroaminoto and Jalan Sutomo) in Denpasar. This fashion store presents a collection of traditional yet trendy and colourful kebayas and batik sarongs local young women are fond of. Also present are a range of fashionable leather bags, accessories and jewellery selections to match any style. Also in house are hip selections for children.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 21:00
- Location: Jalan Setiabudi 46, Denpasar
Since 2007 Krisna Bali (also known as Krisna Oleh-Oleh Khas Bali, with oleh-oleh meaning 'souvenir') has been an excellent one-stop souvenir and gift shopping destination. Everything here is at a fixed price yet incredibly cheap. Krisna sells an immense amount of items, from earrings made of coconut shell to rattan handbags, various kinds of clothing and tropical wear, T-shirts and food - mostly bearing cartoons or special prints - all to remind you of Bali.
Krisna's first outlet on Jalan Nusa Indah is a frequent destination site for holidaying 'study tours' from local and national schools, as well as government institutions and offices, as it offers free factory tours for visitors to witness the manufacturing, printing and distribution processes of its Krisna Bali labelled cotton shirts.
The second Krisna outlet on Jalan Nusa Kambangan is often frequented by local and international visitors due to its very strategic location in the centre of town, and as a very convenient stopover for those touring the city of Denpasar and wanting a simple and complete place to shop for gifts. Rumah Kaos Bali or 'Bali T-Shirt House' features at every Krisna outlet offering its flagship products.
- Location: Jalan Nusa Indah 79 and Jalan Nusa Kambangan 160A, Denpasar
- Tel: +62 (0)361 262 365
LotteMart Wholesale Bali
LotteMart Wholesale Bali is the Bali store branch of PT Lotte Shopping Indonesia, a leading wholesale distributor of food products and non-food products. The store is easily noticeable along the Kuta-Sanur thoroughfare, with the huge roadside signage and the visible spacious carpark.
LotteMart is favorite among locals and businesses who purchase in bulk, be it groceries, clothing items, household goods, stationary goods, electronics, office equipment, furniture and miscellany which are all sold at wholesale prices. It was previously Makro Bali prior to the acquisition by Lotte in 2010.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
- Location: Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai 222X, Sesetan, Denpasar
- Tel: +62 (0)361 723 222
Duta Plaza Bali is one of Denpasar’s longest established modern malls. It opened in 1989 and has become home to the first Matahari Department Store on the island, an Indonesian retail chain of quality fashion labels, beauty products and household items. The names Duta Plaza and Matahari have become somewhat interchangeable, however, locals mostly refer to it by the latter, and simply as ‘Matahari Duta Plaza’. The mall, although relatively upmarket, mostly attracts local shoppers.
The four-storey Duta Plaza is conveniently located at the main junction of Denpasar’s main roads Jalan Dewi Sartika and Jalan Sudirman. Interestingly, Duta Plaza happens to be the only building in central Denpasar boasting a rooftop parking lot. Besides the main department store, which is actually spread over its three levels, this single structure also houses individual brand stores such as a Gramedia Bookstore, a Body Shop, Athlete’s Foot, and various counters offering original perfumes. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: Jalan Dewi Sartika 4G, Denpasar
- Tel: +62 (0)361 225 768
Naia House of Jewelry
The vast selection of fine gold, white gold, silver, and diamonds from the Naia House of Jewelry guarantees that you get exactly what you desire at a reasonable price. The selection of rings, necklaces, bracelets, pendants, brooches and earrings come in both western and Balinese designs. Naia House also offers ultrasonic cleaning, re-polishing and re-chroming.
- Location: Jalan Teuku Umar 65D
The Kumbasari Art Market is one of Denpasar’s main icons, located right across the Badung River, opposite the Badung Traditional Market. The market is a primary source of arts and handicrafts, products chiefly coming from the island’s various art producing communities, the likes of Ubud and the central Bali highlands, while also featuring galleries of onsite painters and craftsmen.
Locally referred to as ‘Pasar Kumbasari’, the Kumbasari Art Market in central Denpasar is easy to reach, within only a half hour’s transfer, from the main resort areas on Bali’s south such as Kuta and Sanur. The setting might seem downtrodden, much of what you would find at any traditional market in Bali, however the diverse selection of items will easily appeal to avid shoppers, especially with its bargain and wholesale prices. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 24 hours
- Location: Jalan Gajah Mada, Denpasar
- Tel: +62 (0)361 264 011
Pasar Badung & Pasar Kumbasari
Less than 20 minutes from Kuta stands the biggest traditional market (pasar) in Denpasar with goods a lot cheaper than most markets. Bargaining is accepted here and should be kept light hearted as most merchants here don’t go for the hard sell that prevails at other traditional markets. Pasar Badung and Pasar Kumbasari are two four-story buildings, separated by the Tukad Badung River.
They are both open for 24 hours, although what is available depends on the time of the day. During normal hours, you can find produce on the ground floor along with ceremonial goods. The upper floors of each building sell craftware and typical Balinese souvenirs ranging from sarongs to carved wooden statues, along with household and textile items. At night, food vendors set up their stalls.
- Location: Jalan Gajah Mada
Pasar Burung Satria (Bird Market)
The name says it all: Hundreds of birds, poultry products, and a menagerie of other animals such as guinea pigs, rabbits and exotic creatures and tropical fish are displayed here. Buyers would be forgiven for sometimes wondering how the more exotic ones were taken from the dark jungles of Indonesia and ended up here.
Opposite the bird market is a section for dogs, cats and puppies. This noisy market can be found in two different locations, although one stands on its own while the other shares location with Sanglah market.
- Location: Jalan Veteran, about 500m north of Catur Muka statue and 200 metres east of Sanglah Hospital
In Denpasar, the short, yet busy section of several kiosks selling fresh flowers on the side of the road right before Tiara Dewata is very popular and goes by the name ‘pasar kembang’ (flower market). The large selection of many different types of flowers is handy for bouquets to chaplets, weddings or any memorable occasion. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, it’s possible to order special arrangements. One piece of advice; there are no parking facilities to the market.
- Location: Jalan Mayjen Sutoyo
Pasar Kereneng and Asoka
The city’s second biggest traditional market is named after its area, Kereneng. Up to 1,100 vendors sell all sorts of merchandise throughout this three-storey building. Although the condition and environment here is rather far from being clean and organised, it’s still a favourite place for locals to buy their daily needs at cheap prices.
Individual 'money changers' wander about shouting, “Pis wek, pis wek”, offering crisp new 500 Rupiah notes for old and beaten up 1,000 Rupiah bills and other combinations of exchange. Upon entering, you will find two giant statues symbolically guarding the place and everyone in it. After 15:00, the popular night market takes over.
- Location: Jalan Kamboja, East Denpasar
Another traditional market that sells commodities for daily needs is located right next to the Sanglah Hospital. It is easily accessible by both private and public transport and only 2.5km away from downtown Denpasar. It is open from 06:00 until early evening.
- Location: Jalan Diponegoro
Pertokoan Kerta Wijaya
Pertokoan Kerta Wijaya (pertokoan means 'shopping complex' in Indonesian) is filled with various shops ranging from those selling batik shirts, shoes and bags, and electronics. There is also a fresh fruit store called Moena Fresh which also prepares fresh tropical fruit juices and fruit cocktails on the borders of the complex. Kerta Wijaya was once the home of one of the major supermarkets in Denpasar, the Tragia Department Store, which closed in 2007.
- Location: Jalan Diponegoro, Denpasar
Pertokoan Sudirman Agung
Pertokoan Surdirman Agung is a lively shopping complex in Denpasar that is home to a number of various shops, ranging from women's and children's fashion boutiques, Clandy's shop for baby items, a number of spas and salons, opthalmology and optics, digital photo and camera shops, and warung foodstalls. Although most offer items at fixed prices, the price range are mostly good bargains compared to other touristy areas.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
- Location: Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Denpasar
As one of the island’s first malls, Ramayana Mal Bali in Denpasar offers a great thrift shopping experience, especially for its wide range of clothing items spread well over its four floors. Part of the Indonesian mall chain, the mall opened in 1997 as the first venture outside Java. The mall is located on the right-hand side of the one-way Jalan Diponegoro, and is hard to miss with its orange brick façade. Mostly attracting a local clientele with local prices, it’s a great stopover for some good deals.
At the ground level of Ramayana Mal Bali, you’ll find a choice of small family restaurants including a Pizza Hut, and bakeries and ice cream stalls surrounding its central atrium water feature, which also forms the base of the mall’s main stairways. However, the floors are conveniently connected by the more popular escalators on each side. There’s an optician where you can get your eyes checked for free, have your frames adjusted, or choose from original Oakleys and Ray-Bans among the designer shades. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: Jalan Diponegoro 103
- Website: http://www.facebook.com/Ramayanadepartmentstore
Robinson Mal Denpasar
Robinson Mal Denpasar is very easy to spot with a big McDonald’s branch attached to the right side of the building. The first floor has women’s clothing, accessories, and underwear, as well a supermarket. On the second floor you will find a games area, batik wear, as well men and boy’s clothes.
Everything is locally sourced here except for the Reebok, Converse, Puma, and Airwalk footwear at the ‘Sport Station’ corner. Outside, there are a few small food stalls and enough parking spaces as well in the basement.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
- Location: At the busy crossroads of Jalan Dewi Sartika, Jalan Sudirman, and Jalan Puputan
Teuku Umar’s Electronics and Phones
Jalan Teuku Umar is the biggest business centre on the island with electronic and phone shops peppered throughout the street. From Kuta, go northeast at the big crossroads from Jalan Imam Bonjol and drive until the Simpang Enam roundabout. As you travel north to the crossroads to Jalan Diponegoro, you’ll see lots of places to get your gadgets fixed, buy new laptops cheaper than back home, or even to sell your phone. Sony, Blackberry, Apple, LG, Nokia, Samsung, and dozens more are available here.
- Location: Jalan Teuku Umar
Tiara Dewata is a two-storey building housing a department store, a supermarket, various outlets and stalls, a food court and a kids’ centre. It has rather limited parking space and a swimming pool at its southeast corner. Men and women’s clothes, bags, footwear, cosmetics, handicrafts and food products can be found on the first floor with occasional special offers on products. On the second floor you’ll find children’s clothes, books, stationery items and musical instruments. Tiara Dewata is popular with locals for its very reasonable prices.
- Opening Hours: 08:30 – 22:00
- Address: Jalan Mayjen Sutoyo 55, Denpasar
- Tel: +62 (0)361 223 5733