Shopping in Bali: What to buy
Bali’s shopping is legendary. Not only are visitors spoiled for choice by the variety of goods on offer, but there’s also a rich array of shopping venues and styles. To help you along, we have put together a list of 6 things you must buy when visiting Bali.
1) Egg art
Painting eggshells may not be a new concept but in Bali, it’s an art form that attracts tourists by the droves. The Balinese artists who take this craft seriously spend hours hunched over a fragile eggshell. Goose, swan, and duck eggs are the typical canvases for these delicate masterpieces.
2) Luwak coffee
If you are a coffee lover, then Bali’s Luwak coffee should be at the top of your list of things to try and buy. This coffee is considered the most expensive coffee in the world!
3) Barong masks
These masks are made from different types of woods (teak, hibiscus and many more) by master carvers. The most intricate masks even use over 30 different tools in the carving process. If you want to find the best deal on a barong wood mask, visit the village of Mas where you will find many wood-working shops with different types of masks.
4) Balinese silver jewelry
Jewelry is a popular choice in souvenirs no matter where you travel. But in Bali, you will find silversmiths who have been creating stunning pieces for generations. You can buy anything from simple earrings and bracelets to more elaborate pendants.
5) Gamelan ball
The Gamelan ball, or harmony ball, is something you will see a lot of the locals wearing. These handcrafted silver balls hold a chime inside and are used during meditation. These small, intricate balls produce soothing sound when you gently shake them and are said to reduce stress.
6) Bali ceramics
If you are looking for a souvenir to brighten your home, then you can’t go wrong with Balinese ceramic pottery. And you won’t have to go far to find it, there are many shops that sell everything from basic tableware to intricate incense burners to ceramic statues.