I LOVE shopping, I confess, I am a shopaholic, I remember way way back when I used to holiday in Bali (before I decided to call this island my home) one of the things I used to get excited about was trawling the crazy streets, stepping carefully so not to fall into a deep dark pot hole, searching for amazing finds, to take back home to melbourne. Well nothing much has changed, I still love shopping, the streets are still crazy, however, the foot paths have improved greatly and the shopping has only gotten better and better! Back then Bali used to consist of Sarongs, Singlet’s, Gucci knockoffs and bawdy board shorts, now, thanks to the many talented designers that call this island their home, the streets are lined with the most amazing boutiques, galleries, homewares and furniture stores that will be sure to give that credit card in your pocket a work out.
Some snobby tips: I always shop at night – the majority of the shops are open till 10 every night – yep that’s right 10pm!! And it’s a hell of lot cooler at night than in the heat of the day. The lights from inside the stores shine bright like a beacon – so it’s easier to see what’s inside and you are not wasting your time on things you know you don’t want nor need. Grab a driver – start at the top of Oberoi – work your way down and get him to meet you at the end – hello perfect. Don’t forget some of the little side streets have some of the best boutiques – you don’t want to miss out on these. A great map to get hold of is the one from the Yak magazine, available on line or at the back of each copy of their mag. Wear some comfy footwear and something easy to slip in and out of, as no doubt you will be spending some time in the changing rooms.
So with that said here are some of my favorite places to shop in Seminyak…. Some places i am sure your already know about – some you may not have heard of, but all worth a visit.
Souq is true to its name, a treasure trove of exciting goodies, I always call in there to check out the new and beautiful pieces that fill this huge space. It’s a lifestyle slash concept store and better still has a great cafe – you can drink coffee whilst you shop. Filled with men’s, women’s and children’s clothing – that you will not find anywhere else on the island, along with gorgeous homewares, jewellery and furniture. Call in for a coffee and one their delicious cakes or call in for a shop.
Think Hamptons, think Parisian Chic, this beautiful store is filled with cushions, furniture, hand made bedding, throws, floor rugs, vases, art and a whole lot more. Their window displays will draw you in and have you wanting to re design your home. Everything here is exquisite and the prices are super reasonable.
Prisoners of St Petersburg
This small boutique at the top of Oberoi is packed full of women’s fashion, sunglasses, bags, cushion covers and a whole lot of other fun and quirky pieces. The owner of this store travels the world religiously looking for new and unusual bits and he never disappoints. You will walk in and want to pick up and touch everything. There’s new stuff there’s vintage stuff – I guarantee you will go back to Prisoners a couple of times wondering if you missed something.
I love this place – looking for crazy coloured candelabras, wrought iron chairs in bright yellow, an iron table in bright blue – Rainbow ironworks is your place. If they haven’t got it – and it’s made of iron – they can make it for you. Don’t miss this place – even if you’re not looking for furniture – just to take in all the colour.
Miss Milne boutique is full of pieces that I am not going to run into on the island. Her beautiful designs are sold on all the top fashionista websites, should you not be able to make it to Bali and worn by celebs around the world – although you can find the latest collection for a better price here. The tiny details make them special and you will have not for a season but forever. From Glam going out wear to super cute retro inspired resort wear – make sure you seek out the Miss Milne Boutique.
Natalie at Peppers
Off the beaten track, but well worth it when you find it, this beautiful boutique stocks international labels like Alice McCall, Sundays Resort Wear, Melissa Odabash swimwear Amber Sceats Jewellery and Sass and Bide Eyewear, Natalie’s is a perfect place to find your gorgeous stand out in the crowd Potato Head Playsuit or if you love wearing white. Natalie is full of lacey and crochet pieces that will stand out at Seminyak sunset.
Another women’s boutique which stocks the most delicate lace and silk designs – perfect for sultry Seminyak nights and so, so feminine, again these Palma pieces will remain in your wardrobe for years.
My favorite store has tripled in size !! And added a café so you can sip an iced coffee whilst browsing the array of amazing homewares that fill the shelves in this gorgeous store – Lets face it we all know how I feel about Kim Soo homewares, I have shouted it out to the world a zillion times, read about my addiction to Kim Soo here.
Carga Bali is just next door to Biku and opposite potato head and another store filled with more beautiful Bali / Indonesian inspired homewares to take back home.
This store is super cute and super fun – bikinis, playsuits, tanks and crazy fun tees and as their name suggests all perfect for island holidays. Call into Tropicana Store if you want something fun for your holidays.
Kody & Ko
Bright, fun and filled with crazy cool homewares that you wont find anywhere on the island – #Shelfies is the theme, pink pineapples, blue rhinos, yellow sausage dogs, this place is filled to the brim with stuff to take home and pop on your shelf that will be sure to add some cool colour to your room and your life. Kody and Ko is like a colourful candy store for big kids and small kids.
Bali Boat Shed
You can’t miss the Bali Boat Shed – it’s a brightly coloured row of eye catching boat sheds just down from Motel Mexicola.
Stocking a huge range of local designers – its filled to the max of hipster cool island clothing and accessories for girls and guys. Hats, sunnies, bags and beach wear, well worth a stop in if you are after some casual gear to wear around the yak.
2nd Skin Leather
Want a leather jacket made to take back home ? Leather shoes, pants or a bag – well 2nd Skin in Petitenget are here to bring your design to life. Take a tear from a magazine, draw up your own design or better still – you can chose from the cool collections they have hanging in their store – your size not there – no problem – they will take your measurements and whip it up for you in flash.
Little Joe Women
Super model Gail Elliot brings her city style sophistication but with tropical taste to Seminyak – this beautiful boutique is filled with her designer pieces – whether you need something for an uluwatu beach wedding or an Alila Resort black tie dinner – you will have no problems finding it at Little Joe Bali.
Workshop 13 : Johnny Ramali
Workshop 13 is a must visit on the Seminyak shopping trail. Ramali’s jewellery is like nothing else you will find anywhere on the island – the pieces are so unique, made from oxidized silver, gold and precious stones. The use of religious icons, antique coins as well as other intricate ornaments gives each piece a distinctive feel – it gives the impression that it has been made exclusively for you. Alongside the jewellery cabinets are leatherbags, clutches and a small selection of super cool designer clothing pieces. A must visit.
These are just SOME of my favourite places to shop in Seminyak – i will continue to add to this list – stay tuned
Some pictures sourced from google.