Seminyak could be described at the fashion hub of Bali. As you walk down the main street in Seminyak (Jalan Laksmana) you will find very chic boutiques selling one off pieces from leather handbags to beaded sandals, accessories, silver jewellery and long flowing dresses. The great thing about shopping in Seminyak is you will always find something different. Most of the prices in the boutiques are set and you wont get very far trying out your negotiating skills here, however the silver shops tend to be happy to take off 10% or more if you buy in bulk.
Seminyak shopping offers a range of styles including glam tropical collections featuring ethnic chic designs, divine beading, and sequin work implemented in silks, sheer chiffons, natural cotton fabrics and strong deep colours – perfect for Bali’s tropical climate and any summer day around the world.
The shopping here in Seminyak is great fun and you can lose the day just walking down the street going from shop to shop and probably still wont see everything. The atmosphere is very cool and sophisticated which is why Seminyak has become one of the most popular places for travelers looking for a relaxing holiday in Bali.
It’s here on the main street you will also notice an array of cool and happening bars and restaurants on either side of the street. Depending what time of year you visit Bali they are usually pretty full in the high season and can be worth booking in advance in the evenings. Petitenget in Seminyak is the hottest dining strip around with funky restaurants cooking up a combination of western and Balinese cuisine. Make sure you pop in and try a meal and recharge the batteries.
Whilst in Seminyak you must also stop and try one out one of the many world-class spas! You will be pampered from head to toe and have so many options it will be hard choosing just one. The most popular spa treatments is the traditional Balinese massage and is a ‘must’ for anyone who hasn’t tried it before. Massages start from $5 at the smaller spas to over $100 at the 5 star resorts where you will be treated like royalty for an hour or two.
If you still want that bintang souvenir rest assured you will be able to find it at one of the many little shops squashed in between the boutiques, it may just be a little more expensive here then in Kuta.
After you have shopped your heart out and are ready to relax head to one of the numerous bars and restaurants on the beach in Seminyak around 6pm. Watch the incredible sunset over the Indian Ocean with a well earned cocktail or two.
Here is a list of great boutiques in Seminyak.
Paul Ropp – the artistic creations of Paul Ropp are admired and cherished all over the globe. Exclusive hand woven cottons and silks, hand embroidered and with colours as vibrant as your dreams! A designer piece from Paul Ropp will create a statement of funky artistic fashion for your wardrobe. You’ll also find some unique footwear and accessories that will get a lot of ooohs and aaahhs when you flaunt them at your next party. Paul Ropp has several branches all over Bali, but their main shop is in Kerobokan in Kuta. They also have a store in Seminyak, Jimbaran and Ubud.
Magali Pascal – for those who love bead work, French lace and subtle shades like peach and cream – the dresses by a French designer at Magali Pascal are sure to give you that urban vintage look. Accessorize your dress for with cool leather jackets, belts and bags from this pricey label.
House of Feathers – for irresistible handbags and totes, funky jewellery and other knick knacks at a value price, visit House of Feathers – a colourful boutique at Jalan Kayu in Seminyak. Handmade bracelets and accessories are a must buy from this value shop.
Lulu Yasmine – is a Brazilian based designer with a gorgeous collection of dresses on Jalan Laksmana in Seminyak. Pastel pinks, creamy white and wood browns – her limited range is sure to inspire those wish to stand out from the crowd with elegant dressing.
Drifter Surf Shop – is a surf lifestyle inspired retail collective and espresso bar on Jalan Laksmana in Seminyak. It represents the popular ‘Surf Culture’ and the ‘free soul’ of the sport, as conceived by its founders.Drifter is a place to chill and appreciate the clothing, the large library of hand selected books, the artwork, the surfboards, the myriad of memorabilia collected by its founders and freshly ground espresso.