Go early, the first purchase of the day is good luck and will be blessed….and will be the cheapest price you will get. Also the streets of Ubud are invaded for day trippers from the south after lunch, go back to your hotel and don’t come out again until the cocktail hour…or go to the spa.
So OK you have enough sarongs…..bargained yourself blue in the face in the central market. Now for a bit of real shopping. Ubud has become a much more interesting shopper destination over the past few years.
Odd little shops like Kou who sell beautifully packaged salt, soap and jam – very Japanese. Designer clothes at Biasa – just up the road from Ananda Cottages- cool cotton and linen designs, low-slung woven leather belts and St Tropez style beaded sandals. We’ar another designer up the road from NUR spa on Jalan Hahoman sells top-end yoga and street wear. Pusaka ( jalan Raya Monkey Forest) specialises in Japanese-influenced clothes and accessories.
There is also a small collection of antique jewellery. Threads of Life ( jalan Raya Kajeng) is an Indonesian textiles and art shop that works directly with local weavers to recover the skills of their ancestors, making traditional, handmade, natural-dyed textiles to an exquisite standard. John Hardy (jalan Raya Mambal, Badung) showcases the extraordinary and beautiful John Hardy collection of silver jewellery, precious and semi-precious gems. Items are for export and viewings by appointment only.
CAK House of Art ( jalan Raya Mas, Ubud) showcases a serious collection of old and new furniture and antiques…a 15 minute drive from Ananda Cottages. Tunjung Mas/Manis Atelier ( Jalan Raya Sakah, Batuan Sukawati) offers a special collection of traditional style, hand woven and batik materials, plus Balinese and Indonesian hand batik painting. Uluwatu ( Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud) is one of Ubud’s best clothes shops for crisp linens and handmade lace.
There are now some interesting little shops selling unguents, I always buy frangipani oil and soap at Blue Stone Botanicals ( jalan Dewi Sita). Ubdy (jalan Hahoman) handmade from remnants of Teak wood which is used in construction, crafted wooden bowls, plates and utensils then finished with olive oil. Most of the shops worth looking at are in a circuit of Jalan Monkey Forest, jalan Hahoman and the cross street Jalan Dewi Sita.
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