Art Markets of Tanjung Benoa
After an exhilarating day at Tanjung Benoa Beach, shopping for souvenirs of your Bali holiday is not a bad idea. Along the main road Pratama, you will see quite a few shops clustered together selling same merchandise of sarongs, Bali T-shirts, bags and other handicrafts. Before entering the fishing village, you will see a small collection of more traditional stalls offering handmade clothing, bags, and sandals.
The biggest art market here lies just before you leave this resort area. Pasar Seni (art market) Mertha Segara Samuh features a wide variety of handiwork and artworks, ranging from hand-woven table place mats to Bali’s famous Bintang T-shirts. Like in any other art markets on the island, prices are never posted and bargaining power is important. But don’t worry, you won’t find any hard sell here nor will you have any intense argument haggling over prices as the art market is not often crowded and, as known, Tanjung Benoa people are very welcoming and helpful.
- Location: 1. Along Jalan Pratama, next to restaurants, by the resorts
2. Next to the Marine Police of Tanjung Benoa, by the end of Jalan Pratama, before entering Jalan Segara
3. Next to Melia Benoa Resort, at the T-junction of Jalan Pratama and Jalan Segara Samuh
Blue Surf carries a wide selection of products suitable for your day out at the beach and in the sea. The shop only sells international brand-labeled wetsuits, board shorts, swimsuits, sunglasses, bags, footwear and other accessories. However, you won’t find any surfing boards or diving equipment here. It mostly retails Reef, Rip Curl, West and Oakley.
Bu-Bu Art Shop
For visitors who prefer their selected items labeled and packaged, Bu-Bu Art Shop is the perfect solution. Shopping for a wide range of Balinese souvenirs can be done comfortably here; but the comfort doesn’t come cheap and prices are relatively higher than those at traditional art markets. From key chains to bottle openers, you’ll find plenty of souvenirs of your Bali holidays.
- Location: Opposite the Bumbu Bali, between the Kind Villa Bintang Resort and the Club Bali Mirage
Harmony Home caters for newlyweds by selling decorative and useable goods for new homes. The shop itself is owned by an Australian wedding coordinator company. Here, you will find gorgeous handmade pillowcases, kitchen utensils, store boxes, and many other excellent quality items.
- Location: Next to The Tree Restaurant, Jalan Pratama
Padi Bali Handicraft
Although located off the main road, Padi Bali Handicraft surprisingly sells a variety of beautiful and unusual handiwork not found elsewhere on Jalan Pratama. Apart from the paintings most products here are made of wood. It is actually a branch of a family business in Ubud, the island’s cultural capital, and everything sold here is made there. You will find price labels in American dollars, but bargaining is never impossible.
- Location: Jalan Pratama 89, Setra Ganda Mayu (the small road opposite Bu-Bu Art Shop)
Like every other Paul Smith shop in Bali, the one in Tanjung Benoa is very noticeable with the familiar stripes and colours. This small outlet offers a large selection of universal clothing, bags, wallets, belts and other accessories. However, you might want to do a further check on each item you choose as prices are suspiciously cheap and the goods are reportedly made in China.
- Location: Jalan Pratama, before Pos Pecalang
Ruko Pratama 234x
‘Ruko’ means a cluster of shops and this one consists of five outlets offering silver jewellery, clothing and apparel, as well as a spa service. You will find clones of Abercrombie, Dolce & Gabanna, Guess, Gucci, Burberry and many more in these clothing stores; but some of their price tags may be shockingly expensive for copies. In their defense, the quality of the products is the closest to the genuine ones compared to other pirated goods. The Silver jewellery merchandise is, however, authentic.
- Location: Jalan Pratama 234 x
Leather & Textile Shops
Tanjung Benoa shopping has also been escalated by the number of textile and leather shops peppered along the main road Pratama. Try visiting one of them, you will find custom-made clothing, bags and footwear, which are made of textile as well as leather. Bargaining is welcome and the genuine quality at moderately cheap prices might surprise you.