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  • 10 Best Shopping in Denpasar

    Best Places to Shop in Denpasar

    Shopping in Denpasar offers a fun adventure through city streets, some lined with shops that specialise in a certain commodity, making for a great shop-hopping experience. There are also rambling traditional markets in the heart of the city where you can hone your bargaining skills while some malls and gift shops offer decent items at fixed prices.

    Some wonderful one-stop shopping experiences are available on the Denpasar outskirts, such as batik boutiques that onsite workshops where you can tour and even learn the art and create your own masterpiece to take home. The wares available in Denpasar include everything from the traditional to ultra-modern electronics and gadgets. Here are the best places to shop in Denpasar.

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    Badung and Kumbasari Traditional Market
    Badung and Kumbasari Traditional Market
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    Bali’s largest traditional market lies in the centre of Denpasar on Jalan Gajah Mada, and just beside the Badung River. This large shopping place consists of a large four-storey main building that houses stalls and shops of all sorts; mainly ‘hardware’ or slow-moving items and daily necessities from clothing, home ware, kitchen utensils and ceremonial goods such as ornamental baskets and incense. It offers a good glimpse into some rare Balinese tools and items that the locals use almost every day. Some have fixed prices, most don’t. At ground level, adjacent the vast parking lot, is its 24-hour open-air market counterpart, where fast-moving items and groceries are sold and where you can feast your eyes on colourful tropical fruits and bargain hard. Just across the river is Kumbasari Market, where you can head up to the art shops on the third level for great paintings, gold and silver jewellery, fine silk and batiks, woodcarvings and small gift items, all at wholesale prices.

    • Location: Jalan Gajah Mada, Denpasar
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 224 361
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    Jalan Sulawesi Textile Shops
    Jalan Sulawesi Textile Shops
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    Jalan Sulawesi runs right beside the Badung Market, where you will discover this commercial street teeming with textile and fabric shops all in a row. It’s the main shopping destination, where Bali residents look for quality local and import materials to hand over to their custom tailors. Here, you will find a rich selection of textiles, from cottons, silks of different grades, Chinese satins, brocades and many more. Some shops also specialise in Persian rugs and carpets bearing intricate motifs while others sell completed clothes instead of only lengths of fabrics. Balinese traditional dresses and ready-to-wear traditional Balinese accessories make great alternative gifts, too. Most of the shops may seem to offer the same products, but each is different and it’s not a bad idea to scour from one to another and compare what’s on offer. Ready items mostly have fixed prices and raw fabrics bear prices by the metre, but bargaining hard is always recommended as they tend to push different prices for locals and foreigners.

    • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
    • Location: Jalan Sulawesi, Denpasar
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    Krisna Bali
    Krisna Bali
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    Krisna Bali, also known as ‘Krisna Oleh-Oleh Khas Bali’, shot up to fame in the Balinese souvenir retail and wholesale scene since debuting in 2007, adding a more modern shopping alternative to Bali’s collection of traditional art markets. With ‘oleh-oleh’ as its middle name - 'souvenir' in the local tongue - Krisna Bali offers an excellent variety of clothing and gift items, and has evolved into a one-stop shopping destination for visitors who would rather save time on browsing endless rows of shops or exploring vast art markets. Everything here is at a fixed price yet incredibly cheap, and they are quite unique. From earrings made of coconut shells to woven rattan handbags, tropical wear and shirts with Bali motifs and prints to packaged traditional snacks, all will easily remind you of Bali. Krisna has expanded with various branches, with its flagship store on Jalan Nusa Kambangan and a new upscale ‘gallery’ with restaurants on Jalan Diponegoro.

    • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00
    • Location: Jalan Nusa Indah 79 and Jalan Nusa Kambangan 160A, Denpasar
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 262 365
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    Erlangga 2
    Erlangga 2
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    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
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    For an immersive shopping experience, especially if you want to gain some insights on Indonesia’s world-famous heritage textile and learn about the techniques that go into producing each length of batik, head down to Popiler Batik II. Popiler is one of Bali’s major producers, manufacturers and exporters of fine silk and cotton batiks. Its grand showroom and workshop is located on Jalan WR Supratman, on the outskirts of Denpasar. The showroom is a sight to behold, filled with fine lengths of silks and batiks, with the best items starting from half a million Rupiahs. Behind it is a workshop where you can go on a tour to see how a team of skilled artists creates a length of batik from start to finish, involving sketching, wax painting and dyeing. You can join a short course and have a go at painting your own masterpiece to take home. Alternatively, a full range of batik pieces - including framed batik paintings and ready-to-wear items at fixed prices - are ready for your shopping cart. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Mon - Sun, 09:00 - 17:00
    • Location: Jalan WR Supratman No. 306, Tohpati, Denpasar
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 463 597
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    Sudirman Agung Shopping Complex
    Sudirman Agung Shopping Complex
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    The Sudirman Agung Shopping Complex - locally known as ‘Pertokoan Sudirman Agung’ - is a large shopping complex located on its namesake road, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman in Denpasar. It features a large arcade with dozens of shops ranging from women's fashion boutiques, embroidered kebaya vendors, bags and accessories outlets, and children's toys stores. Mostly frequented by locals, especially for baby items and daily necessities at the large Clandy's shop, there are two camera and photo printing shops onsite where you can buy an extra memory card for your camera or have some of your shots printed at a reasonable price. There are also several spas and salons, a sunglasses and optics store, and several warung food stalls serving tasty Indonesian dishes. The wares are good quality and at reasonable fixed prices compared to Bali’s more touristy areas.

    • Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
    • Location: Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Denpasar
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    Robinson Mall Denpasar
    Robinson Mall Denpasar
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    This department store is easy to find, right on the north-western corner of the main intersection of Jalan Dewi Sartika and Jalan Jenderal Sudirman. A McDonald’s is at the front and the four-storey mall features moderately-priced goods, from shirts to shoes and fashion accessories on the second level, with international and national brands, from Levi Strauss and Hugo Boss to Reebok and Bata. A men’s department is on the third, together with supermarket, a food court and a game arcade on the uppermost floor.

    • Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
    • Location: Jalan Jenderal Sudirman no.20, Denpasar
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 234 893
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    Ramayana Mal Bali
    Ramayana Mal Bali
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    For a truly enormous choice of clothing and apparels, Ramayana Mal Bali is the place to go. This mall is located on Jalan Diponegoro, one of the main city streets in Denpasar, and is just across the road from the Pertokoan Kerta Wijaya complex. Ramayana was one of the first malls to open in Denpasar. Featuring four storeys, the first level at the front has several restaurants and shop tenants apart from its own department store displays, mostly selling women’s apparels and accessories, with brands such as Cardinal jeans, D’Britano, and Yongki Komaladi. There’s a Pizza Hut, a bakery and a fast food chicken counter. You will also find two optical retailers, kids’ clothing, and a corner with outlets selling perfume, cosmetics, and sunglasses. Head upstairs and you will find a men’s fashion collection, together with shoes and bags. The items are good quality and reasonably priced. Discounts and three-for-two special offers are a regular feature. Up on the fourth floor there’s a recreation centre complete with a bowling alley, karaoke, a games zone and a reflexology centre.

    • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 21:00
    • Location: Jalan Diponegoro no.103 A-B, Denpasar
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 243 846
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    Duta Plaza
    Duta Plaza
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    Duta Plaza refers to the shopping complex that includes the large building which houses the Matahari Department Store on Jalan Dewi Sartika, just across the road from the Robinson Mall. Nearby is Duta Silk, a silk and fashion store that also sells fine-quality linen, velvet and cotton items, either raw or ready to wear. The Matahari Department Store is a great alternative to Robinson, offering international brands of high quality, such as Nike and Hush Puppies, men and women’s clothing, perfume and accessories – all over four storeys. Prices tend to be higher than what you will find in other malls in Denpasar, but come with better quality and with a huge variety. It is one of the few shopping places in the area with a rooftop parking space.

    • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
    • Location: Komplek Duta Permai, Block 1, Jalan Dewi Sartika, Denpasar
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 232 818
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    Teuku Umar Street
    Teuku Umar Street
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    Jalan Teuku Umar spans 2.5km and is the island’s largest shopping street, filled with mostly electronics shops and mobile phone stores. Northeast from the main crossroad of Jalan Imam Bonjol and the Simpang Enam roundabout, you will find rows of electronics shops. Further northeast, you will see a myriad of mobile phone shops, laptop kiosks, accessory stores and service centres under billboards showing the latest gadgets. Wares from tech giants Sony, Panasonic, Blackberry, Apple, LG, Nokia, Samsung, as well as several Chinese and local brands that you may have never heard of but are dead cheap and purely functional are available here. If you buy a phone to bring back home, be sure to check the originality, international warranty and whether the mobile network bands correspond to the ones used in your country.

    • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
    • Location: Jalan Teuku Umar, Denpasar
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