Kuta Shopping Street
Kuta Shopping Street
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Madhu69
By Madhu69
Bali is no longer safe we lost our gold chain
1.0 of 5 bubblesMar 2024
our first international family vacation at Bali started with a lot of enthusiasm. Our accommodation was at Villa Ziwa at Kuta.Even self check in was possible at the villa and we started enjoying. Our trip was for 6 days starting from march 20 2024. Local bali people are very polite and friendly .Unfortunately, the area we stayed ..i.e Kuta is a dangerous place. Especially for families, which we have realizes only after losing the gold chain of my wife. on 23.03.2024,while returning after dinner ,we the family of 4 members were walking along the street of kuta at around 9.30PM.Suddenly 2 fellows on motorbike approached so quickly that within second thy snatched the gold chain of my wife and we lost it!!!! We sought help from nearby persons but all were helpless. One police vehicle passed through that area within few minutes and we stooped the car and explained them the incident. They told ,they will search, and asked us to wait on the road. But even after waiting for more than 15 minutes no one returned!!!As it is not safe to wait there at night, we returned to our villa and on the next day morning we went to Kuta police station and lodged a complaint. In the police statin we saw many foreigners coming with complaints of similar nature. Some losing their hand bag/ Mobile /passport/skimming of credit cards etc etc.The police is very slow and inactive and we are not expecting any fruitful result from their end Hence event though bali is a good place for visiting, with warm people due to security reasons I advise every one to avoid it, especially if you carry valuables with you

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PrestonGuild
United Kingdom55,858 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
My wife was keen to buy gifts for friends and families.

This meant looking at market stalls at Kuta Shopping Street.

Rows of different stalls, lot of them selling the same stuff so it is worth haggling.
Written May 25, 2020
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joyviyer
London, Canada70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
This review is based on my recent experience with shopping in Bali, primarily for household ornaments and clothing. He review also assumes that you will be staying the Kuta-Seminyak area or in Nusa Dua.

The first place that you should visit is Krisna which is a chain if department stores selling household items, paintings, clothing and snacks. This is the best place to purchase fridge magnets and the like in bulk.

Next on the list Matahari Galleria located in Kuta. Prices are higher than Krisna, but you will find mire premium items here like wood carvings, good quality 'I love Bali' T-shirts, puppets etc. Prices are fixed here but very reasonable, considering how easily you could be ripped off elsewhere.

The next place to go would be Centro located on the top floor in Discovery Mall. Prices are higher than Matahari, but this has a very good selection and is a good place to shop for leftover items on your list.

Kuta has a few small shops to look around selling clothing, paintings and artifacts. Look around and do not pay anything more than 40% quoted initially.

For Batik handbags and clothing I would recommend Batik Keris in Discovery mall. There's a sign outside saying upto 50% discount but that is misleading really. However, this place is reasonably priced for the quality of items on display.
Not the best place to buy wooden items etc.

On the road to Ubud there were a workshops where your guide may take you for presumably 'high quality' wood work. While the quality on display in these locations may be better, the fact remains that these are wooden items after all and gold, silver or brass. Wood breaks and deteriorates. Prices quoted have been int he range of USD 2000. Justification is that some items are done by master craftsmen, which takes several weeks, maybe even 6 months, a claim which I've found to be bogus. I've come across people knocking ups tuff by the roadside of comparable quality in quick time.....and let's face it, manpower is not the most expensive in Indonesia.
One may pay higher prices for sandalwood which is more expensive generally.

Monkey forest road in Ubud and Ubud market are good to shop for leftover art items, but considering the price of travellingg down to Ubud, you are better off paying slightly higher prices in Kuta.

For designer clothing head down to Seminyak square and Seminyak flea market. After that stroll down Seminyak Street and you will find all the high quality clothing you desire.

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Written October 17, 2013
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Joy J
adl11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
So was in bali one week ago.
For people interested in the market aspect, there are plenty of little stalls no matter what area your in. In terms of products they are pretty much the same aswell where ever you go. However when it comes to pricing and after sussing out seminyaks markets vs kuta. Kuta is the place to go!
If your after your fake raybans, watches, bintang shirts etc then definitely head over to the infamous POPPY LANE 1 and POPPY LANE 2.
Both lanes can be difficult to find depending what way you come from but just ask around and theyll be able to direct you.
Now, personally I found POPPY LANE 2 to be much better,purely beacause we got ripped off on poppy lane 1 (partially our fault)
So the first thing I can suggest is, go in knowing how much each item should really cost to avoid getting ripped off.
For example:
Bintang towels- $5 (50000 rupee)
Raybans- $4/5
Basketball jerseys adults- $15/20
Magnet $1/2
Woven bracelets $1/2
Nike roshe $25
Shotglasses $1
Womens clothing ie playsuits, shorts, singlets -$5

(**there are websites where you can go to with people who have travelled to bali multiple times and have specifically made a site which lists products and how much you said pay for them)

Whatever they offer you, I can be pretty sure you can cut the price to at least half. So never take their first offer.
Another suggestion is if you buy in bulk or buy lots of things from one stall, you'll find you can negotiate to get it cheaper.

Also just a warning that the sellers I found to be really aggressive in making a sale.
There was a couple of incidents where my friend was trying to haggle down a price for my other friend and the sellers got really angry with her that they told her to leave and go away.
Furthermore whether its a language barrier thing or not but we found that the way they often spoke to us was very rude.

Overall you probably need a good day or two to look down both lanes. Definately recommend getting a foot massage after a hard days of shopping!! (You can thank me later lol)

Written August 7, 2015
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Heny_Animal_Lover
Italy30 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Couples
A true story ; robbed recently in Bali

March, a few days ago, I was walking down the street around Kuta square, suddenly, a motorbike coming from behind with two men on it, the one on the back robed my bag so fast, they both with helmets, but I could see some parts of his hair, he got a little bit long hair and a bit wavy  that I can't forget!
They got my bag, with iphone 5 inside, cash money, cards, documents, quite a lot ( sadly ). 

Tried to find the policemen around, ran around in some places nearby, but couldn't find any, no police around. Desperately...found a taxi driver who accompanied us to the police station....

Went there, made a report, signed this and that, it was a slow respond anyway. I told them, maybe something fell down from my bag while the robber taking my bag, accompanied us there, we sadly found nothing valuable fell down.

Anyway, there was no fast respond and fast reaction from the police, in my opinion they could have found the guilty if they wanted, as I'm very sure the criminals are always same persons, a big group, organized criminal, mafia which rules Bali.

All I could say, Bali is no longer safe, you can't walk down the street alone during nights, as a lot of evil eyes watching you...and may attack you as well.
There were tourists robbed and murdered.

There are many points in Bali need attention of the policemen, when they robed my bag, there was no police around.

Writing this, hopefully I can help to warn next tourist coming to Bali, just be very careful especially during the night.

Bali is rich of nature, it has such beautiful places to visit, so the people and the police there are supposed to guarantee the security of tourists staying there. Security is a fundamental, otherwise sooner or later it will ruin the economy of the city, less security there will be less tourists....

A tourist like me, coming to Bali for holiday, relaxing, enjoying the nature, some fun, not to be a victim of robbery! 

It is really a pity that a lovely island like Bali has a huge numbers of criminality...it defenitely ruins the island....and if it is always still going on, it is defenitely not good at all for Bali.

I often read that Bali is a paradise...
But knowing the crimanility keeps happening a lot in Bali, Behind the paradise hidden a hell!
Written March 5, 2014
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Hairie
Singapore, Singapore35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Just to share. If you're buying tees or shades there, do insist on RP50,000. Do not accept anything higher. Once they tell you the price, if it's high, put it back and tell them you'll take it if its RP50,000. Also, the prices will change each time you visit the shops. Lastly, if you're like my friend, he got to tees for total price of RP70,000. Of course you'll see the seller's face turn sour. Good luck!
Written August 12, 2014
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Simon R
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia19 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
Shopped for thongs, asking price well above Australian prices E.g. 45 dollars for fake thongs, vendors become aggressive if try to haggle for a reasonable price, abusive if you leave without buying. This shopping is definitely for tourists who have just stepped off the plane and don’t know better. A lot of filthy merchandise on Poppies lane. Will use lots of tricks to cheat you, and they know them all. Crowded with dangerous traffic for pedestrians. Give Kuta beach shopping a big miss.
Written July 26, 2019
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Sandy Hoareau
Narangba, Australia21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Family
I took 2 of my favourite dresses to this lovely lady and asked her to copy them. She had some fabrics in store but suggested I visit Alta Moda to select from a huge range. (5 mins away in a cab, 4 or 5 story huge material store)
The material only cost me $30 for both dresses.
She then managed to copy them perfectly in 2 days at a price of idr 250,000 each (or $25 aud). She got me back for a fitting to ensure they were exactly right. So impressed and would highly recommend them.
Written September 20, 2017
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Lynne C
Coolangatta, Australia53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Friends
I love Kuta for its food, shopping, chatting to the locals. It is all so challenging but you win in the end. You have to bargain...its expected. Cheap to start but cheaper in the end. Set price shops avoid a bit of a hassle haggling but are still reasonably priced. Eateries are all pretty good but the most enjoyable part of Kuta is taking the time to talk to the locals, they are such friendly and lovely people.
Written April 18, 2016
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Jacob15
Wellington, New Zealand856 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Solo
Other reviews say it all.

You have everything in the one place, and unlike the big shopping malls, here you can barter vendors down & get some great deals while practicing and building on your barter skills :)
Written April 10, 2016
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hellocharli
Singapore16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
You could get singlets for 20k IDR, sundresses for 50k IDR, polarised sunnies for 70k IDR. But if you went in 1 shop, you have been to 90% of the shops there. They were pretty much selling the same clothes, sandles, hats, sunnies, bottle openers in the shape of penises (I know). And because of that, all the shopkeeps will call out to you when you walk by. I suggest walking around for a bit before you decide on what to buy and buy them all in one shop so you can bargain for a good price. Set a reasonable price you are willing to pay for your items and keep in mind they need to make a living too. A good gauge will be 30 to 50% of their first offer.

Written April 17, 2015
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