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Best of Bali Shopping Words by Maria Shollenbarger

Bali has something for everyone: sybarites and spirituality seekers, adventure buffs and gourmands.

Indonesia's most popular destination is known for its glorious batiks, its gold and silver jewelry, its tile work and ceramics. There’s also a smattering of young local designers doing resort looks we love. By and large the island’s top hotels tend to have some of the best boutiques, but here are a few of our favorite stops.

Clothing and Accessories

Part Stevie Nicks, part Amélie, the designs at this Parisian-inspired boutique trade in just enough of a boho sensibility to work perfectly for a night out here: At Magali Pascal you’ll find peasant blouses, short-shorts and minis, chic shift dresses and soft leather thongs. At Biasa, Indonesia’s best-known fashion label does cool men’s and women’s lines in high-quality cottons and linens. Shapes are modern and architectural, and color combinations are inspired. This is Yohji meets Helmut, with a bit of Nicole Farhi, by way of the rice paddies. We always find our favorite cotton sarongs at Biasa’s Seminyak shop, which also sells a selection of housewares. We first discovered this Italian expat’s amazing silk-sateen batiks at a Thai resort; so we were thrilled to learn she’s Bali-based, and with two Quarzia boutiques, in Seminyak and Ubud. That she also does a killer line of jewelry, bags, and cotton sarongs was a bonus.

Jewelry

True, you can find John Hardy’s elegantly ornate jewelry designs across the island, including at most luxury hotels and in the airport. That’s why you should visit John Hardy Workshop and Showroom in Ubud—a vast bamboo structure filled with cases glittering with his signature serpent and coin designs. If you’re in the market for gold jewelry, Treasures is not to be missed. Artisans from across the island sell their one-of-a-kind contemporary or traditional designs here.

For the Home

Bungalow Living, Canggu’s longtime favorite for bright home accessories, has a cute Seminyak satellite now. At both locations, you’ll find batik throws and pillows, ceramics and sarongs, and bags. Look for exceptional pieces at Gaya Ceramic, on the main road into Ubud, where Italians Marcello Massoni and Michaela Foppiani have been making refined, understated porcelain and stoneware for almost two decades. At Kevala, which has shops in Ubud, Seminyak, Nusa Dua (and a great outlet in Sanur), bold designs incorporate naïf-inspired patterns and primary tones.

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