Kuta shopping is not inferior to Seminyak’s diverse and sophisticated scene. Compared to Seminyak, Kuta offers less chic boutiques and high-end stores, and offers instead more midrange options. There are countless standalone shops, local markets, surf outlets, and spacious shopping centres scattered across Kuta. Here is our list of best shopping in Kuta, including something for compulsive shopaholics and those simply wanting to pick up some Bali souvenirs.
Overlooking the ocean and located along the main road of Jalan Pantai Kuta, Beachwalk houses numerous international chain stores such as Zara, H&M, Mango, Bershka, Guess and many other. Due to its strategic location, Beachwalk is also an excellent place to stop for lunch or dinner at one of their rooftop dining venues, and relish the stunning vistas, delicious frozen cocktails and chilled out atmosphere after a full day of shopping. For the film buffs, Beachwalk also houses a cinema.
2. Discovery Shopping Mall
Located right opposite to the renowned Waterbom water park, Discovery Shopping Mall is one of the first shopping centres to open in Bali. The multi-storey building has two entrances, from the beach and on from Jalan Kartika Plaza.Discovery Shopping Mall houses several surf and lifestyle stores, sports shops and a bountiful selection of traditional Bali souvenirs.
3. Matahari Kuta Square
Matahari department store is centrally located in Kuta Square and boasts several fashion and shoe stores, a hypermarket as well as some jewellery and book shops. Offering a vast selection of shoes, bags, accessories, apparel and souvenirs, Matahari is an excellent one-stop establishment, where you could find anything: pick up a sarong for the beach, or buy a new camera if you left yours at home.
4. Mal Bali Galleria
Mal Bali Galleria is a huge shopping complex located on the busy Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai. The mall houses international chain stores including Adidas, Nike, Billabong and more. There is also a supermarket and two book stores as well as your usual souvenir shops and food court. Marketed as a high-end shopping destination, Mal Bali Galleria houses several beauty stores and salons as well as a cinema.
5. Lippo Mall Kuta
There are over 100 brands available at Lippo Mall Kuta, so if you are limited in time, this could be your best bet for a one-stop shopping destination. You can find various sports shops, spa and beauty boutiques, fashion stores and tiny local stalls selling amazing traditional souvenirs, clothes and accessories to take back home.
6. Surf Outlets on Sunset Road
Sunset Road is lavishly dotted with numerous surf and sports outlets attracting travellers to shop board shorts, bikinis, sandals, accessories and surfboards at discounted prices – sometimes the prices dip as much as -80%. The most popular ones are BSO (Bali Surf Outlet) and Factory Outlet, a three-storey building offering discounted items and new collections from world-famous surf and lifestyle brands including Billabong, Rip Curl, Volcom, Quicksilver and more.
7. Krisna Oleh-Oleh
Spacious and popular with both locals and tourists, Krisna Oleh-Oleh is a spacious souvenir store. You can purchase Bali themed sarongs, scarfs, accessories, spa products, traditional clothes and food items at half the price you usually pay in street-stalls selling similar items.
8. Carrefour Plaza Kuta
Located on Sunset Road, Carrefour houses numerous local stores, a children’s playground, wine shop and electronics stores. The mall takes its name from the well-stocked supermarket located on the top floor. Carrefour has a comfortable and spacious parking lot and a convenient taxi deck. Housing several dining venues, juice parlours and a pancake shop, you could easily spend the whole day shopping at Carrefour.
9. Bali Brasco
Bali Brasco is a spacious shopping and leisure spot selling designer apparel for men and women, shoes, accessories and beautiful collections for the little ones. The mall is also a home to a holistic spa and a dining outlet. Although Bali Brasco is primarily dominated by high-end boutiques and shops, there is also a designated department selling discounted items.
10. Kuta Art Market
Kuta Art Market is a long bazaar-like beachfront hub where you can find anything -literally. You can pick up anything from Bintang-logo T-shirts to traditional souvenirs all the way to colourful fabrics, sandals, leather jackets, artworks and even seashells. The Art Market is open until late, catering to those travellers who fancy a wander after dinner and those on the look out for souvenirs to bring back home.
And there you have it! Though not as sleek and chic as neighbouring Seminyak, Kuta has a lot to offer for shoppers. Whether you’re after some bargain priced souvenirs or simply want to wander around an air-conditioned mall, when it comes to shopping in Kuta, there’s a little something for everyone.