No trip to Bali is complete without a frolic through Seminyak’s well-heeled domains. Cheekily nicknamed ‘the Yak’ by locals, Seminyak is a hip and exciting destination with a sophisticated clutch of retail offerings that are unique to Bali. While we rate shopping in Seminyak at top of the list of things to do in Bali, we also urge you to immerse yourself in the laidback lifestyle and luxury pleasures that Seminyak has to offer.
Situated in the lead of Seminyak’s shopping strip, you’ll realise Jalan Basangkasa consumes quite a remarkable array of shops if you give the street a second look. Begin your shopping escapade by tackling a mix of multi-concept stores, traditional teak furniture and fine handicrafts along this street. Unwind at one of the many cafes nestled between the boutiques – or for serious shoppers, continue through the streets of Laksmana.
If shopping and sampling Bali’s best nosh sounds like your ideal holiday, Jalan Laksmana will be right up your alley. Known as Seminyak’s premier shopping and entertainment strip, Jalan Laksmana is a long, sweeping stretch with the greatest concentration of shopping and lifestyle destinations in ‘the Yak’. This happening street is an explosion of the coolest multi-label boutiques, local designer storefronts and enticing lifestyle digs. Get drunk on shopping at this famed hotspot. There’s plenty to make your tastebuds tingle, including design-focused furniture and home accessories, rustic home décor and eye-popping beachwear, not to mention plenty of that effortless resort fashion Bali excels at.
Branching off from Jalan Kayu Aya, Jalan Kayu Cendana is home to a sophisticated clutch of retail offerings that include a fashionable line-up of fashion stores, quirky décor shops and artisanal lifestyle boutiques. Both local independents and international trendsetters can be found on this charming street. Chock full of eclectic finds, Jalan Kayu Cendana is fully worth darting into if you’re fishing for some unforgettable buys. Before long, you’ll have left the last store trailing in your wake. But don’t you worry, there’s more to come as soon as you hit the next junction and turn left onto Jalan Kayu Jati.
Jalan Kayu Jati is a short but significant jaunt that segues into the famous recreational stretch of Jalan Petitenget. This hidden Seminyak gem is easy enough to find, being bookended by the fabulous Grocer & Grind and the lively Motel Mexicola. The lane is packed with the hottest Australian artists, designers, and a couple of stylish local boutiques. Many of the businesses play to Bali’s strengths, offering an eye-catching mix of swimwear, colourful kids wear and fashion with a resort vintage vibe.
Running from The Oberoi up till where the road meets Jalan Petitenget, Jalan Kayu Aya may not measure up to Jalan Laksmana in terms of length but you won’t want to miss it all the same. This street is noticeable thanks to the iconic lifestyle haunt, Ku De Ta, but deserves to be remembered for its distinctive cluster of designer boutiques and multi-label stores, some of which are true Bali originals. (Bali Boat Shed, anyone?) With a slick presentation of jewellery and fashion boutiques that set the bar way up, you’ll be glad you added Jalan Kayu Aya to your list.