Traveller 10: Top 10 things to buy in Bali

The must-do highlights of Bali

From the famous rice terraces to the incredible coastal temples, these are the highlights no visitor to Bali should miss.

1. DESIGNER THREADS

Seminyak​ and Petitenget​ are home to Bali's finest concentration of boutiques. Standout stores include Bali brand Biasa for super-fine linens, cottons and kaftans that scream quality, and Brazilian brand Uma and Leopold for gorgeous one-off pieces.  Australian designer Natasha offers dreamy maxi dresses and bohemian-inspired accessories, while Mr Zimi offers loud flamboyant prints. See umaandleopold.com, biasagroup.com, misterzimi.com, niluhdjelantik.com 

2. KIDS WEAR 

Coco and Ginger in Kerobokan offers tropical playsuits and dresses, Indigo Kids, a classic Australian-designed, Bali brand, sells playful prints and designs (multiple outlets in Seminyak and Nusa Dua), while Kids A Go Go in Jalan Oberoi​ has contemporary Australian-designed clothing including swimsuits, shorts, dresses and T-shirts. See cocoandginger.com, indigokidsglobal.com, kidsagogo.com

3. CUSTOM BOARDS, BIKES AND STREET WEAR 

Ripcurl's flagship store on Jalan Legian​ features an impressive surfboard-shaped space where surfers can watch their board being shaped. Drifter, along Jalan Oberoi Seminyak, features an espresso bar and hangout area, along with designer surf gear and artwork, photography and memorabilia. Deus Warung​ of Simple Pleasures in Seminyak houses Deus Ex Machina fashion items and bags, handmade bikes, custom motorbikes and wooden longboards, as well as a cool cafe. See asia.ripcurl.com/indonesiastores.html, driftersurf.com, deuscustoms.com

4. BEACH WEAR 

Bali Boatshed in Seminyak offers wonderful, colourful beach gear, nearby Saint Tropez has men's trunks in every hue possible (local version of Vilebrequin​), while Little Joe Woman by Gail Elliott (near the new Alila Seminyak) carries resort wear, beach bags and towels, Panama hats and swimwear. See baliboatshed.com, bistrosttropez.com.au

5. DISCOUNT SURF OUTLETS

Billabong's only factory outlet in Asia is jam-packed with Billabong apparel and has  regular sales. Down the road are Bali Surf, with all the big-name brands under the one roof, the huge Original Surf Outlet and Surfers Paradise for Oakley, Reef, Roxy, Quiksilver, Sunsuko, Cult and more. See billabong.com

6. HANDCRAFTED ARTISAN WARES 

Souq​ in Seminyak is a lifestyle store with homewares, gifts and a charming cafe. Mercredi​, also in Seminyak, is the home of French-inspired beachy chic while Hobo along Bali's famed shopping strip Jalan Raya in Kerobokan (and also at Seminyak Square) celebrates Indonesian artisans with rattan-topped occasional tables, upcycled colonial 1940s vintage furniture and handmade terracotta from Lombok. Kevala Ceramics in Ubud​ (and in Seminyak, Nusa Dua, Sanur and Kerobokan) offers stunning tableware, seen in some of Bali's best restaurants and hotels. See souqstore.com, thehobostore.com, kevalaceramics.com

7. SILVERWARE

At the idyllic John Hardy workshop, talented designers and skilled local artisans conceive and create stunning handcrafted pieces. Studio Perak, also in Ubud, produces organically inspired silver jewellery peppered with silver and semi-precious stones. See johnhardy.com, studioperak.com

8. VINTAGE THREADS

Press Ban along Jalan Oberoi, Seminyak, has a quirky collection of repurposed vintage wear. For something more Bondi than Bali, mosey around the Old Man's Market at Canggu​ on the last Saturday of the month, with its bric-a-brac stalls, designer samples and swimwear, organic skin care, dream catchers and vintage clothing aplenty. See facebook.com/press.ban.bali, facebook.com/oldmansbali/

9. FURNITURE

Christy Furniture and Art Gallery on Jalan Raya Kerobokan features wooden furniture including oversized daybeds and garden furniture, while Stoneworks in Denpasar offers stunning sculptures and statues. Orchard Fine Furniture in Seminyak offers contemporary colonial decor, including classic furniture made from aged reclaimed teak. Jalan Mertanadi​, better known as Jail House Road due to infamous landmark Kerobokan Prison, is also strewn with furniture and homeware stores. See 2016.id.all.biz, richardnorthlewis.com, ibaldesigns.com/the-orchard-shop

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10. MARKET FINDS 

The iconic Sukawati Market in Gianyar, about 20 minutes from Denpasar, is a two-storey treasure trove packed to the rafters with paintings and wooden sculptures, curios, handicrafts and traditional handmade products. The Ubud Art Market, featured in Eat, Pray, Love, features locally made items including handcrafted woven bags, figurines, traditional handpainted kites, silk wear, topeng​ masks and homewares. 

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