Where to shop in Legian?
Buzzy, vibrant, hectic, narrow winding streets and market stalls selling fake Louis Vuitton bags – this is what a shopping trip is like in Legian.
Legian is probably the most popular tourist area for Australians and the Balinese really know how to capitalise on this. There are literally thousands of small shops selling everything from fake hand bags, cheap fake DVD’s, Tshirts, sarongs, shoes, wood carvings to holiday souvenirs and a wide variety of counterfeit brand name items. It is a fun place to walk around slowly and take in the atmosphere, vibe and the overly friendly vendors trying to lure you into their shops. This pace will seriously sharpen your bargaining skills.
You will find more high end fashion boutiques, home wares shops, surf retail outlets and dozens of other really very chic places places along Jalan Legian that you will find yourself drawn into. The Balinese really know how to dress up their shops for a great experience better than anyone.
The best way to shop and explore Legian is by walking. Start out at about 10 am and give yourself the whole day as you are going to need it. There are so many shops and sights to see that it can be overwhelming. Take your time, be patient BUT above all have fun!
Following are some great shop in Legian that you should really pop into.
- Mertanadi Art Market Mertanadi Art Market on Melasti Street is a local market in Legian where you can buy all those fantastic fake Rolex watches, dodgy Ray Ban sunnies and counterfeit designer hand bags. This is also the best place to bargain hard and grab bags full of Bintang T shirts for your mates back home. The trick here is to bargain – if you have never done it before you will get the hang of it very quickly. It’s a sweaty, loud, crammed place but this is where the bargains are found. Do not miss an opportunity to spend at least a couple of hours here.
- Rip Curl Shop Legian As the name suggests Rip Curl have a massive flagship store in Legian. If you are into surf clothing then head down to the Rip Curl shop on the main street Jalan Legian. There’s heaps here at much better prices than back home. It really doesn’t matter if you are into surfing or not, this place has great surf fashion labels to kit you out for the holiday. It’s full air conditioned so it makes a great place escape the heat and look for a bargain. The clothing here is all real – no fakes sold. Make this your halfway point during your Legian shopping day as there is a cafe inside that serves salads, healthy sandwiches, coffee and freshly made juices. Refuel, recharge, spend some money and then head back out again. This is how it works when shopping in Legian. You need pit stops every hour or so just to escape the heat and madness.
- Bamboo Blonde Legian Bamboo Blonde is all about fashion for teenagers and 20 somethings. The designs are all unique and custom mage with quirky influences. They also stock international brands that you won’t find anywhere else. This is definitely worth a look.
- Surfer Girl Flagship Main Store Legian Surfer Girl Flagship Store Legian is the most famous surf shop in the world. So what are you waiting for? Get over there now and start buying up big time. It is a fun brand where you can spend hours trying on bikinis, tops, board shorts, tank tops, thongs and other surfing apparel. If you are a girl and you are into anything at all to do with surfing, swimming, the beach or even just like the culture, then Surfer Girl is a fantastic place to shop. Brands include: Rip Curl, Billabong, Volcom, Bamboo Blonde and Rusty to name a few.
- Uluwatu Boutique Legian Uluwatu is the famous surfing area in the Southern tip of Bali. This boutique specialises in hand made lace garments, dresses, table linens that are all made up of Balinese lace. The designs are all original and the fabrics are perfect for a tropical lifestyle. This shop has been around for years and is a must see stop off on your Legian shopping spree.
- Garlic Lane Shopping Part of the fun of shopping in Legian is that you can bounce from one shop to the other. If you don’t like the look of a shop the next one is a mere half a metre away. And there are hundreds of them. This is what makes places like Garlic Lane so inviting. It’s more than shopping – it’s actually quite fun trying to bargain and get the lowest price wherever you go. If you feel you haven’t got a good deal, simply move onto the next place. This is how it works in Garlic lane. Garlic Lane is located at Jalan Sahadewa and it connects the streets of Jalan Padma and Jalan Melasti. Like all these small local Balinese shops you find they are pretty much selling the same things; tshirts, beer stubby holders, souvenirs etc. All these shops somehow bleed into one, but if you are out and about in Legian then this is a great street to snatch a bargain. Best way to see the place is walking around. But watch out for the scooters and sometimes badly paved footpath. The name Garlic Lane name comes from the main restaurant in the street.