Shopping in Kuta isn't nearly as swank as in Seminyak. What you will find is surfer gear, cheap sarongs and printed batik shirts and shorts, beaded belts, designer knock-offs, and tourist knickknacks. Don't be fooled by the first price offered, because prices are generally three times what they should be, so be prepared to bargain hard. On Poppies Gang II you'll find everything from tie-dyed sarongs, shorts, swimsuits, knock-off cologne, hats, and wristwatches. Traffic-jammed Jalan Legian also has a large selection of shops and restaurants. Jalan Pantai Kuta has a few good fashion and accessories shops. Kuta Square has international brand knock-off stores including Nike, Polo, and Armani -- don't get suckered into paying high prices.
The Discovery Mall (www.discoveryshoppingmall.com) has a multitude of high-end shops, along with a good selection of international restaurants, cafes, and banks. The Galleria Bali (tel. 0361/761945; www.dfsgalleria.com) is the oldest luxury shopping mall in Bali but is currently undergoing renovations. You can find duty-free goods like Chanel, Coach, and other big brands (designer labels here are the real deal). Galleria Bali has a variety of affordable restaurants that serve both international and Indonesian food. Free shuttle service is offered from many Kuta hotels. Istana Kuta Galleria, in a strategic area between Kuta and Legian, consists of 250 shops and many good Indonesian and Western restaurants.
Most stores are open daily, 9am to 9pm.
For books, stop by Periplus, with locations in Discovery Shopping Mall (tel. 0361/769757), Kuta Square (tel. 0361/763988), Carrefour (tel. 0361/8477336) in Seminyak, and even at the airport.
On Jalan Legian, you'll find a mix of classier shops like Uluwatu (tel. 0361/751933) which produces handmade lace clothing called krawang. Their product line includes women's clothing, nightwear, and bed and table linens. Body & Soul (tel. 0361/767169) is another great shop with trendy Hong Kong -- inspired clothing for women. The styles are youthful and fresh with smaller sizes but there are a few items for fuller-figured women. Their Bambini line offers a good selection of really cute fashions for children 3 to 8 years old with an emphasis on girlie clothes and a few styles for boys, too. Another shop worth visiting is Decollage (tel. 0361/758510), a boutique with handbags, funky shoes, accessories, and hip clothing.
On Jalan Pantai Kuta, Emily the Strange (no phone) offers a variety of great tees, tanks, hoodies, sweatshirts, dresses, bizarre collectible toys, and fun accessories; Skin (tel. 0361/765020) is for those seeking unisex clothing in cotton, silk, and linen.
In Kuta Square, Milo's (tel. 0361/754081) is the one exception that's worth checking out for beautiful designer clothing for men and women. Milo, an Italian born designer, finds great inspiration for his exclusive designs from orchids and other flowers indigenous to Bali. Dresses, blouses, and skirts come in a mix of elegant floral motifs in satin and silk. This is high-end couture, so be prepared to pay up to US$400 for designs. A great shoe store for big-size men and women's shoes is Maju Jaya (tel. 0361/751184). Women's sizes go up to European 45 and men's to 46. Most of their shoes are leather with a good selection of sandals, closed shoes, dress shoes, and children's shoes. Prices go from Rp75,000 on up.
Groceries & Wine
J Cuvee, Jl. Kartika Plaza 20 (tel. 0361/761888), offers a wide selection of international wines, but with recent government crack-downs on illegal wine imports, prices have escalated so be prepared to pay a lot more than what you'd pay at home.
An outlet of the French supermarket Carrefour is on Jalan Sunset (tel. 0361/847-7222), and stocks everything from fridges, art material, and cheap clothing to Western and local food and produce. They have an excellent fish counter and their bread is the best on the island.
Housewares & Furniture
Farah's Oriental Rugs & Carpets, Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai 5 (tel. 0361/766901/2), offers an exclusive collection of more than 2,500 handmade rugs, carpets, and kilims -- Turkish non-pile rugs. Vinoti Living, in Galleria Bali (tel. 0361/752723 or 752720), has an excellent selection of high-end contemporary furniture skillfully crafted from ash and nyatoh woods. Their furniture designs are sleek with clean lines. You can also find an impressive collection of artwork, including antique look-alike objects from more remote regions of Indonesia. Lightcom, Jl. Patih Jelantk, inside Komplek Pertokoan Kuta Gallery (tel. 0361/769246), offers a wide array of stunning indoor and outdoor lighting imported from the U.S., Europe, Australia, and China. Their designs are simple and very contemporary. The name says it all: the Why Not Shop, Jl. Nakula, corner of Imam Bonjol (tel. 0361/499001), offers a surplus of Asian home decor items such as paintings, furniture, and lighting as well as some nice jewelry and clothing. There are some unusual finds here and everything is handmade and reasonably priced. The Zire, Jl. Dewi Sri 21 (tel. 0361/755431), specializes in synthetic rattan furniture, which is both attractive and highly durable. You can choose from a variety of color schemes and contemporary designs for indoor and outdoor furnishings. They also have some attractive wooden furniture, kitchen accessories, and housewares. Another great one-stop place is Serba Antik, Istana Kuta Galleria (tel. 0361/769400). They have everything under the sun from curtains, wallpaper, carpets, rugs, furniture, bed covers, upholstery, and more. The furnishings are simple yet elegant, and are beautifully crafted from fine woods and other natural materials.
Internationally recognized surf clothing and lifestyle brands have their anchor stores in Kuta. The massive Curl, Jl. Legian (tel. 0361/754455), is one of three Rip Curl outlets in Kuta. Quicksilver is in the Discovery Mall (tel. 0361/757838).
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.