Best Shopping in Seminyak


Best Shopping in Seminyak

Seminyak, with its eclectic mix of world-class restaurants, is also a trove of designer boutiques, international surf shops and lifestyle brand outlets. Most of the smaller shops line the main road of Jalan Raya Seminyak (also referred to as Jalan Basangkasa), while a collection of fashionable boutiques can be found along Jalan Laksmana and several corners of Jalan Petitenget. For some great world-class, island-based jewellery pieces, check out the House of Jemme that flanks a green patch of rice paddies on Jalan Petitenget, or Tulola Jewelry further down the road where it showcases its sterling silver and gold exquisite jewellery line created by a New York-born Balinese designer.

Quirky home ware items can be found at Kody & Ko on one of the side streets of Seminyak, and for clothing and glamorous tropical wear step into the well laid out stores of Biasa Bali on the main road, or Bamboo Blonde for some great selections and accessories to mix and match. Be it modern, ethnic and chic, with natural and silk fabrics adorned with beading and sequins in strong deep colours – the summer collections are perfect for Bali’s tropical climate and any summer day around the world. Surfer dudes aren’t left out, with Deus Ex Machina and Drifter Surf Shop catering to the wave riding crowd with their cool boards and apparel. Here’s a roundup for this upscale beach resort area.

1. Biasa Bali


Biasa Bali is easily one of the most popular Bali-based designer labels, which presents a rich collection that is meant both for ladies and men who seek easy and cool clothing and that is both fashionable and ideal for the tropics. Biasa’s high-end Seminyak flagship store presents its collection on two levels; the first highlights collections for ‘her’, including matching accessories such as lightweight shawls, scarves, belts and handbag varieties, while the upper level has a range of items for ‘him’. The boutique stocks unique pieces, incorporating light and top quality cotton, linen and silk. Soft fabrics merge into fine individual pieces based on the sketches and cuts of founding designer, Susanna Perini. At the chic boutique you will also find a jewelers showcase featuring some unique designs and those of the late French Bali-based designer, Jean Francois Fichot.  Location: Jalan Raya Seminyak 36, Seminyak Tel: +62(0)361 730 308.

2. Jemme Jewellery


Jewel lovers need only step inside House of Jemme’s elegant boutique in Seminyak to find one-off world-class designer gold and silver items studded with precious and semiprecious stones galore. This jewel lover’s paradise offers an eclectic collection of jewellery pieces, from unique rings, bracelets and necklaces to men’s silver and accessories. Some among the classic and contemporary items are one-off creations with organic and nature-inspired designs. Inside this low-key but hard-to-miss ‘house’ on Jalan Petitenget you will find cabinets and glass displays filled with gold and silver items that gleam with precious and semi-precious stones sourced from Indonesia and around the world. Next door is Cafe Jemme, where you can enjoy signature cocktails with these relaxing paddy views. It is just across the road if you are staying at the Javana Royal Villas; taxis are easily found along Jalan Petitenget, and Jemme has ample parking space at the front. Location: Jalan Raya Petitenget No.28, Kerobokan Tel: +62 (0)361 473 2392.

3. Tulola Jewellery


Tulola is a sterling silver and gold exquisite jewellery showcase of a New York-born Balinese designer, who combines heritage and contemporary designs with traditional artisanship. This palm-shaded and softly-lit store showcases the best of New York-born Balinese designer, Sri Luce Rusna’s collection, who has successfully struck a balance between East and West through her series of unique, one-off jewellery pieces. Intricately studded with various precious and semi-precious stones, Tulola’s designs are contemporary and progressive, but are all produced through age-old traditional techniques that fashionistas will adore and that collectors will admire. The small but dazzling store filled with attractive cabinets filled with necklaces, rings, pendants and brooches, is located on the corner of Seminyak’s fashionable street, right across from the Cubana Bar & Grill and adjacent the newly opened L Hotel. Tulola has its dedicated workshop in Sukawati, which is one of Bali’s main silversmith centres. Master artisans produce fine one-off pieces and handcraft every single one-of-a-kind piece there.  Location: Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak Tel: +62 (0)361 473 0261

4. Kody & KO


Kody & Ko is a petite boutique tucked away on a side street off Jalan Kayu Aya in Seminyak and only a stone’s throw away from Seminyak Square. The shop features bright and colourful contemporary home ware and art pieces sourced locally, and made by both local and expat artists. Unique and fun items, from kitsch portraits of Balinese girls, pastel-coloured bean bags, Buddha statuettes in full colour, and flower and zebra-striped handbags are some of the things you’ll stumble upon inside the gallery. Unusual furniture is also displayed at the storefront. Every single item on display is something out of the ordinary. Racks and walls are full of face artwork and animal busts, and alongside the colourful Buddhas that theoretically represent Zen, there’s a set of flamboyantly coloured pop skulls that somehow defy their usual depiction of grim and death. Location: Jalan Kayu Cendana C003, Seminyak Tel: +62 (0)361 737 359

5. Drifter Surf Shop


Drifter Surf Shop is an original wave rider lifestyle and boutique concept located on the shop-and-restaurant-lined Jalan Kayu Aya in Seminyak. It presents a totally different approach; one that is aimed at surf culture and the ‘free soul’ of the sport. Drifter features themed interiors, a coffee bar and a cosy hangout area. Step inside and you’ll be surrounded by a full array of great works by independent artists and a vast collection of boards, apparel and gear. Hanging from the ceilings, and along the display rows are colourful boards of different shapes and size including Outer Island single fin boards, limited edition V Flex and Flex tail guns, Dick Van Stralen quad and rocket fish and Al Merrick Pods. Die-hards will love the gorgeously crafted wooden masterpieces such as the Danny Hess collection flown all the way from San Francisco. Skaters will also find bliss here in the Raised By Wolves skateboard collections from down under. Opening Hours: Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak Tel: +62 813 374 052 33

6. Deus Ex Machina


Deus Ex Machina, the company from Down Under that crafts vintage motorbikes, shapes surfboards and deals with almost everything cool, has set up its Bali branch, consisting of a shop, bike workshop, board factory, an art gallery and cosy café, smack-dab amongst a patch of rice fields in Canggu. Nicknamed the ‘Temple of Enthusiasm’, Deus Bali is aptly located; only a short bike ride along the main thoroughfare to Pantai Batu Mejan, a.k.a Echo Beach, one of the island’s favourite and less crowded surf breaks north of Seminyak. Inside you’ll also find Deus Café offering tasty treats and a range of drinks – from espresso to cocktails – all the while basking in the cool Canggu paddy breezes. While not admiring the custom bikes in its showroom, art lovers will also find much to see in its dedicated art gallery that regularly holds pop art, graffiti and surf art exhibitions.  Location: Jalan Batu Mejan No. 8, Canggu Tel: +62 (0)361 368 3386

7. Blue Glue Bikinis


Blue Glue Bikinis has a grand flagship store that is hard to miss on Seminyak’s western end of Sunset Road, where a large building bears its name in its stylized blue neon-backlit logo. The fashion line has been designing and producing high quality ladies’ swimwear in Paris since 1989. The brand was launched in Bali in 2004. Blue Glue presents a line of sexy ‘second-skin’ bikinis. High-quality fabrics and craftsmanship combine to produce quality handmade pieces. Laser-scanning and ultrasonic molding is involved in its design processes, giving the label its cutting-edge quality. Innovation-driven, Blue Glue emphasizes comfort and style. Location: Jalan Raya Kerobokan (end of Sunset Road) Tel: +62 (0)361 734 820

8. Bamboo Blonde


Bamboo Blonde’s flagship store on Jalan Laksmana in Seminyak presents a colourful fashion line for young ladies, featuring both international labels and its own. The bright pink signage bearing its name in all lowercase is hard to miss amongst the row of eclectic shops that line the street. Step inside and you’ll find a vivid boutique with bright and quirky interiors, from its luscious and velvety cherry counter, outsized mirrors and old-fashioned stools, to fanciful art pieces that adorn its walls and displays. In between are a collection of sexy evening dresses, casual jumpsuits, playsuits, harem pants, light tops, tunic tanks and others. Location: Flagship Store, Jalan Laksmana, Seminyak Tel: +62 (0)361 731 864

9. Seminyak Square


A convenient stopover at the end of Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak Square offers a one-stop shopping and dining experience, with various stores and restaurants, and open-air market stalls offering typical Bali-made items and souvenirs. Here you’ll find a large arcade with two levels lined with shops, restaurants and cafés. At ground level, an open-air art market welcomes you after a large parking space. Sports and fashion outlets, a batik store and a leading bookshop, as well as a children’s, souvenir and jewellery outlets come together to provide a full shopping experience under one roof, while food outlets such as Bali Bakery, Casa Gourmet and others offer a large variety of Eastern and Western cuisine. The shops and boutiques here are mostly similar to those you would find along the streets of Kuta and Legian, but one worth looking at is Vinoti, which not only sells large furniture but small fine Indonesian made tabletop items that would make great gifts. Location: Jl. Kayu Aya, Seminyak Tel: +62(0)361 732 106

10. Bintang Supermarket


Bintang Supermarket is one of the most notable shopping spots in central Seminyak, located on the western side of the main Jalan Raya Seminyak road (also referred to as Jalan Basangkasa). The supermarket provides visitors, expatriates and locals double convenience: firstly, this large shop with its big red star logo is a handy and casual landmark for meeting up with friends, day or night, before heading to highlighted diners or hangouts that surround the area, and secondly, it’s a great one-stop spot for sourcing daily needs, imported goods and refreshments, especially if you’re a long-staying guest at one of the villas nearby. It is among the only few supermarkets in the area selling a wide range of imported goods, such as vegemite (another place in Seminyak to find such items would be at the Bali Deli on Jalan Kunti and one of the tenants at the Seminyak Square on the far end of Jalan Kayu Aya). Location: Jalan Raya Seminyak No. 17, Seminyak Tel: +62 (0)361 730 552.

Shopping in Seminyak is rife with possibilities, if you can just forgive the bumps and grinds of making your way to your destination by car, motorbike, or on foot — a slightly more hazardous prospect. While Kuta remains the focal point for mid-range labels and surfing duds, the goods in Seminyak display local creativity and originality. The junky jewelry that was once commonplace has given way to high-end gems of immense creativity and originality at a fraction of the cost at home. Homewares are another great deal and Balinese home accessories are found in shops literally around the world from Harrods to Home Depot. Shops are typically open daily 9am to 9pm.

7 February 2015




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