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  • Writer's pictureChetan Prabhu

Best Shopping Streets in Bali

These best shopping streets in Bali run through the island’s most popular resort areas, such as Kuta, Legian and Seminyak, as well as the popular central resort area and cultural destination of Ubud. They’re perhaps the most frequented paths within each area, where you can enjoy a pleasurable stroll and discover most of the shopping hotpots and points of interest, from traditional art markets, fashion boutiques, modern malls and art galleries. Besides the colorful array of shopping spots that you can find along these roadsides, some of these great walking streets in Bali also feature an eclectic mix of restaurants, roadside cafes, lively bars that serve everything from light bites and a hearty mix of local and international cuisine, to a nice cold Bintang to cool off in between your shopping adventures or leisurely walks. Some are even home to among Bali’s best nightspots that come alive after dark. We’ve compiled Bali’s best shopping, dining and walking streets below to get you started.

1) Jalan Pantai Kuta

As one of Kuta’s main streets that interconnects several other pathways and shortcuts, Jalan Pantai Kuta is perhaps the most recognizable walking street, thanks to its half which runs parallel the namesake beach. The one-way street follows on from where Legian’s primary nightlife and shopping street, Jalan Legian, ends. It starts from the so-called ‘Bemo corner’ intersection, where you can find a multitude of small souvenir shops, spas and art kiosks. Although you’re most likely to start on the sands of Kuta Beach, the half-length of the street that runs up to the beach is worth exploring too, with its mix of local art shops, jewellery boutiques, international surf brand outlets and cafes.

2) Jalan Raya Ubud

Jalan Raya Ubud is the main street that runs right through the centre of Ubud, with both of its sides dotted with a mix of fashion boutiques, batik and antique galleries and local art shops. Perhaps a focal landmark here is the Ubud Art Market, just across the road from the Puri Saren Royal Palace. The total length of Jalan Jalan Raya Ubud spans an approximate two kilometers. Your walks here would usually include sightseeing and several stops around the hub, as there are several landmarks other than the palace worth exploring. It’s easy to navigate Ubud’s many interconnecting side streets, which are dense mini shopping streets themselves.

3) Poppies Lane

In between Kuta and Legian, there are two Poppies Lane that serve as shortcuts to both areas. Poppies Lane is also popular for its selection of budget stays, particularly if you’re looking for a cheap guesthouse, home-stay, ‘losmen’, or inn, right in the middle of Bali’s two most popular beach resort areas. From here, you can easily reach Kuta Beach, or the exciting nightlife hub of Legian, all within an easy 10 or 15-minute stroll. Like most small streets in Bali, the lane was named after a prominent establishment, in this case, the Poppies Bali Restaurant which has been around since the early 1970s, believed to have been developed by former Californian restaurateurs.

4) Jalan Monkey Forest

This one-way street in Ubud follows on further south from Jalan Hanoman and turns at Ubud’s main town center, across the road from the Puri Saren royal palace and Ubud’s famous art market. From where Ubud Monkey Forest Road starts, rows of shops, boutiques and outlets line its sides together with many guesthouses and hotels, restaurants and small day spas. Locally referred to as Jalan Monkey Forest, the Monkey Forest Road links the main shopping area with Ubud's famous satellite streets of Jalan Hanoman, Jalan Sugriwa, and Jalan Jembawan, which are all southeast from the town center.

5) Jalan Legian

Jalan Legian is the primary walking street of the second most popular beach resort area after Kuta, lined with a good variety of shops, bars, hotels and clubs. The street connects Kuta and Seminyak. Several alleys, including Poppies Lane (I and II) and 'Garlic Lane' branch off to the beach from this street. It’s where you’ll find most of the Legian’s daytime shopping and dining spots. Many small art shops let you hop from one to another while practicing your bargaining skills, and for fixed price shopping (with endless ‘discount’ promos) there are many brand outlets around.

6) Garlic Lane (Jalan Sahadewa)

Garlic Lane shopping street is named after a restaurant of the same name on Jalan Sahadewa, one of the out-of-the-way and narrow side streets off Legian’s main roads. This 200m-long route provides you with a lot of variety, comprising art shops, DVD stores, fashion boutiques, woodcarving galleries and others. The lane forms part of regular shopping walks through Legian, connecting the restaurant-lined Jalan Padma and the Merta Nadi Art Market on Jalan Melasti. Most consider the Garlic Lane shopping street scene to be better than Kuta’s and it’s the first street you can conveniently walk to from the end of Poppies Lane after leaving the beach.

7) Jalan Raya Seminyak

Jalan Raya Seminyak is the main walking street of the Seminyak resort area, where you can find an eclectic mix of local and international fashion boutiques, galleries and art shops alongside cafes, bars and restaurants. The shopping street is where the northern end of Legian’s own shopping street ends and where the broader road lined with home wares and decor galleries of Kerobokan starts. The street and the beach of Seminyak are located well apart, but can be reached via Jalan Camplung Tanduk (aka Jalan Dhyana Pura), branching west midway along Jalan Raya Seminyak

8) Jalan Petitenget

The Jalan Petitenget walking street traverses the north-western part of Seminyak and the southern part of Kerobokan, and it’s where you’ll find the fine beach clubs, restaurants, bars and fashion boutiques of both areas. The street is named after the ancient beach temple of the same name, which happens to be an exotic cultural feature, in contrast to the modern hot-spots that dominate this upscale beach resort neighborhood today. There are different points of interest that you may encounter on your casual walks down this popular part of Seminyak.

9) Jalan Raya Kerobokan

Jalan Raya Kerobokan is one of Bali’s most popular go-to destinations for home-ware, decor, furniture and art items. While the whole interconnecting side streets of the Kerobokan area are lined with rows and rows of roadside shops selling antiques, glassware and statues of various shapes and sizes, your shopping walks will usually start at this main street, which is conveniently a continuation of the northern end of the fashion boutique-lined Jalan Raya Seminyak. The junction that forms the southernmost end of Jalan Raya Kerobokan is a convergence of two other main streets: Sunset Road, and the popular dining street of Jalan Kayu Aya (also referred to as Jalan Laksmana or Oberoi Street)

10) Jalan Danau Tamblingan

As the main street of Sanur, Jalan Danau Tamblingan is only a few steps away from the central fresh market of Pasar Sindu, and from here you can enjoy a pleasant stroll past around 300m of local art shops, fashion boutiques, galleries, bars and cafes during the day. The art shops here are pretty much like what you would find in Kuta and Legian, with art and handicraft items of varying prices and quality. The shops and dining spots are mostly side by side, and you can easily drop by a shaded table for some coffee, snacks or gelato, in between your spree.

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