Where to shop in Sanur?
Sanur is flooded with great stores for shopping. The area has grown in popularity in line with the development of 5 star hotels and this has had an amazing affect on the shopping precinct. Spending hours roaming the streets shopping is a common pastime for those tourists based in Sanur.
Sanur is jam packed full of art and craft shops, home wares shops, fashion boutiques, surfing stores and the usual Balinese vendors selling souvenirs that are so common among the tourist hot spots. The main shopping area in Sanur is evenly split between three main roads; Jalan Tamblingan, Jalan Mertasari, and the Ngurah Rai bypass road. Here you will find all your shopping requirements that go into making a great Balinese holiday experience.
Shopping and strolling the main streets of Sanur is a a more relaxed and chilled out exercise than in other more hectic areas such as Kuta or Legian. In fact it’s relatively peaceful by Balinese standards. This is in keeping with the vibe of the whole Sanur enclave. People come here for this reason and they like it to remain that way.
Your Sanur hotel or resort is also a ideal place to start shopping. Most of the bigger hotels will have their own shops or boutiques and quite often they are very good. Get some stunning wall hanging art or local hand crafted pieces before stepping out of your hotel confines. You may also like to check out the local Balinese vendors who are in front of your hotel on the beachfront, selling all types of t shirts, kites, wood carvings and the must have Bintang stubby holder.
Jalan Tamblingan Street and the really long Mertasari Street are a mecca and huge draw card for the local tourist trade as they walk up and down these streets gazing at all the fabulous art shops, boutiques, retailers, restaurants, bars and cafés. Best way to do this is on foot, so get prepared, put on some comfy shoes and enjoy your Sanur shopping adventure.
- Shopping Street: Jalan Danau Tamblingan Jalan Danau Tamblingan is Sanur’s main artery and runs parallel to the main beach. It’s about 3 km long and will take a full day to go up and back. I warned you about wearing good walking shoes as you will need it. This stretch of shopaholics heaven is where you will spend most of your shopping hours. Boutiques, local artisans, big brand names are all found here. When you get too tired from all the walking you can pull into one of the multitude of cafes, refuel with coffee or lunch and head back out. If you are getting too exhausted from all your spending, why not have a quick 1 hour massage in any number of the local massage shops. If you are planning on shopping between 12 and 4pm this is when it can get really hot so you may want to leave before you get too hot walking and save it up for some night time shopping. Most shops are open till really late as they cater for tourist who like to shop and walk the streets after dinner. Sanur shopping is all about having fun, grabbing a bargain, enjoying the atmosphere, talking to the local very friendly shop owners and perhaps picking up something nice. Remember to bargain here with the locals because as tourists they will try to hike the price up.
- Beach Vendors Sanur If you are staying in a hotel on the Sanur beach front then you will notice there is a pathway that runs north to south and seems to go on forever. This pathway is host to many local Balinese shop owner and is where you are probably going to buy your sarong, painting, t shirt or wood carving. It’s really fun haggling with the locals and although you may think to yourself you don’t need this souvenir you end up somehow buying it. It’s just the way things happen in Bali – you end up getting things you never thought you would! Also check out the Sindhu Beach art market which is a small concentration of shops selling the usual Balinese stuff. Again, you will probably unknowingly stumble across this when exploring all the narrow side streets and alley ways. A bargainers dream as you are expected to haggle over the price of anything and everything.
- Hardy’s Supermarket Sanur If you prefer to do your shopping undercover in one place then make sure you go to Hardy’s Supermarket. Hardy’s is the largest supermarket in Sanur and has everything for the local ex pat community looking for groceries to souvenirs for the tourists. It’s a good place to escape the midday heat if you are intent on doing all your shopping in one go. If you are staying in a hotel in Sanur and want to stock up on goodies then Hardy’s is perfect, it’s got absolutely everything.