The white sands of Kuta are still arguably the best beachfront on Bali. The beach is much cleaner than just a few years ago, although the vendors remain annoying. Kuta is a booming Pacific resort and its streets are clogged with tourists and traffic during peak seasons. Legian is more of the same, just as crowded, but more suitable for longer stays, although in many ways it has become an extension of Kuta. Further north, Seminyak, Petitenget and Canggu offer more tranquility.
For T-shirts with a difference, Pusaka, JI. Legian 288 and JI. Pantai Kuta 20D, has batik motifs. Eiger Adventure, JI. Bakungsari 18D, carries humorous C-59 Indonesia designs. Joger Art Shop, JI. Raya Kuta, specializes in T-shirts with Indonesian sayings, crafts and oddities you won't find anywhere else. Wisnu Garment on JI. Legian 163 has interesting T-shirt designs at low prices. The place to buy original design T-shirts is Tony's on A. Bakungsari 53 or JI. Legian III.
For bric-a-brac visit the Kuta Art Market on JI. Bakungsari by the beach, where you can bargain for T-shirts and an endless variety of carved animals, wind chimes, imitation banana trees, shells, and batik. There's a similar market on JI. Melasti and numerous stalls along J1. Raya Kuta. If you don't like bargaining, go to Alex's, JI. Legian 78, or Surya Jaya, JI. Legian 61, for batik, blankets, baskets and interesting small souvenirs. Also check out Joger on .11. Raya Kuta. They have interestingly designed pottery, terracotta and wooden artifacts.
For higher-quality items try House of Yanies in Kuta Square for a collection of some of the finest gifts and home wares that Bali has to offer. For those in need of ethnic-but-cheap souvenirs, the Timor Art Shop at JI. Legian Kaja 423A has the solution. Starting from about $1 they sell containers, bamboo or rattan statues, ikat and other items from Timor, Sumba, Lombok, and Maluku.
Mayang Bali at Kuta Square A12 is a virtual department store for Thai-crafted gold jewelry. A floor of souvenirs is located upstairs. Most large hotels have jewelry shops. Jonathan, JI. Legian; Mirah, JI. Tunjung Mekar 81 or .11. Petitenget in Kerobokan; Mario's Silver, JI. Raya Seminyak 19; and Yusuf's, JI. Legian 85, are the best places for fashionable designs and quality work. Suarti Design Collection has outlets at Gang Poppies 11, Jl. Legian 404 and in Mastapa Garden Hotel on JI. Legian. Attractive accessories (bracelets, earrings and brooches) can be found in many shops. Try Kaya Gaya, on JI. Basangkasa 1, Seminyak. Grace Shop, JI. Legian Tengah 435, offers stone and beach necklaces. Its outlet next door has aluminum and silver statues and ikat textiles.
Rumah Manis and Nacha, both in Seminyak, have great original wares such as fruit baskets, tea sets, dinner sets and vases. Nacha also has soaps, incense and aromatic oils. For Lombok pottery, try Lombok Pottery Center on JI. Legian 408 which brings earthenware direct from the Lombok Craft Project villages where products meet New Zealand Department of Scientific and Industrial Research standards for food safety. There are many similar shops along JI. Bypass Ngurah Rai, but standards cannot be guaranteed.
Location map of Souvenirs in Kuta-Legian
Last revised on December 15, 2009
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