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Shop till you drop - Shopping
Almost all the travelers come to Bali to shop. Even if that wasn’t your aim, the market scene in Bali is sure to fascinate your every sense. Shopping in Bali opens a whole new treasure chest of handicrafts, paintings, fine art, ornate jewelry, masks, antique furniture, stone carvings, and woven fabrics. All you need is excellent haggling skills as bargaining in shops, art galleries, and markets is a commonly accepted phenomenon. Another thing to be aware of is you will need a lot of cash to go about as not all the shops accept credit cards. One other thing to prove that Bali is a shopping destination is the fact that shops open till late at night. Local boutiques, designer shops, skilled traders, dressmakers, and many international labels will stay at your service till late at night. There are many shops that sell same products and nearly similar items and usually are grouped together which makes the price comparison easy. If you find dresses and designs to your taste, just pop into the store next door and you are sure to find what you are looking for.
Bali’s shopping scene is home to international brands and genuine knock-off items can be found right beside each other at any corner. While your haggling skills can be put to good use at the art markets for souvenirs, those of you who lack the prowess can head to the malls check out the flagship boutiques of many world class designers along with amazing dining experiences. The trick is to know where to shop in Bali.
Shopping Malls, perfect for those looking for an air-conditioned experience requiring less of haggling skills You are sure to find at least one mall in the main resort area. Kuta, for example, has three such major malls, one of them right across the beachfront which goes by the same name, the Kuta Beachwalk. The mall provides an escape from a typical mall with its unique and airy design and some of the best fashion labels and delicious dining experiences.
Try the Art markets if you think you can get a great bargain for an array of artifacts, handicrafts and what not made by the local craftsmen. While most art markets of Bali are small kiosks in a semi-open complex, Kumbasari Art Market of Denpasar is a layout of neatly arranged shops inside a dedicated building. There are some places where you can get both i.e. small kiosks and a semi-open complex or a dedicated building with several shops like the ones in Ubud Art Market.
Homeware and Furniture stores is another arena where the local talented craftsmanship can be seen. The items range from peculiar décor pieces sourced by store owners and rare handicrafts carved by skilled artisans of Bali to handmade crockeries of ceramic that add a unique colour to your kitchen and dining table back home.
Bali is home to some exquisite silver work of some highly talented silversmiths who once produced household and ceremonial items. It now has a huge market of Silver Workshops with many showrooms and production houses creating the most intricate jewellery designs. Some of these are owned by international designers who developed a knack for local artistry and were able to give a new twist to their designs using the Balinese craftsmen. Some workshops are right next to their showrooms and allows you to see the work in progress and sometimes create your own pieces.