For a first hand glimpse of authentic Balinese life, head to one of Bali’s most popular and vibrant art markets or ‘pasar.’ These include Pasar Kuta, Pasar Sanur, Pasar Ubud and Pasar Sukawati, and are open usually between 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Vendors accept cash payment in Indonesian rupiah, the local currency and will expect prospective buyers to bargain. For visitors seeking finer things, like hand carved wood art or Balinese jewelry, central Bali is worth visiting. Residents of Mas village are renowned for their artistic woodcarving and mask making while Celuk a hub of gold and silver workshops where the island’s most talented craftsmanship will be found. Both villages are approximately 1.5 hours by car from The Chedi Sakala in the direction of Ubud, the artistic community where streets are literally lined with art galleries of works both contemporary and classic Balinese.
While Bali has long been home to traditional artisans, modern clothing, jewelry and furniture designers have also made their home here. Their boutiques line the streets of Legian, Seminyak, and Nusa Dua, all accessible by car in under an hour from the Chedi Sakala. More stylish items can be found among the shops in Ubud at the island’s center.
Large shopping centres are located in Kuta, including Mall Bali Galleria, Beachwalk Kuta and Discovery Shopping Mall while Bali Collection Nusa Dua in the Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) area in Nusa Dua is open daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.
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