Situated in central, Bali, Ubud is a humble town filled with rich culture and tradition, and home to the region’s most talented artisans. Though the tourist crowds in Ubud have marginally increased – thanks to the bestseller, Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – the town manages to preserve its genuine Balinese culture and charm.
Sail through the untouched verdant rice fields; take in the show-stopping views of lush mountains and Bali’s countryside. Befriend a monkey at the Ubud Monkey Forest, and finally, recoup at a modern retreat perched high on the edge of the Ayung River Valley.
Shades of its touristy counterparts like Seminyak and Kuta may exist but once you venture beyond the tourist façade you will meet a shopping experience unlike any other. Shopping in Ubud promises a mix of art museums and galleries, furniture and souvenir shops, and a bevvy of homebred fashion boutiques.
Embark on a shopping adventure the Travelshopa way with these guides to fashion and furniture in Ubud.
Fashion & Accessories
Fashion might not be the first thing that pops in mind when one talks about shopping in Ubud – but we beg to differ. Thanks to the tourist boom in Ubud and stiff competition among retailers in Seminyak and Kuta, many local designers are spotting more outlets in this town. Fashion in Ubud promises a mix of upscale resort wear, alluring swimwear, sustainable pieces and of course, yoga wear.
Balinese jewellery and fashion accessories stand out – thanks to the expert techniques of local craftsmen. If you’re lucky, you could even get a chance to observe some artisans like John Hardy at work.
Trust on the artistic and cultural epicentre of Bali to bare a decent collection of furniture and homeware shops – most of which are congregated at Jalan Monkey Forest Road and Ubud Art Market. Boasting traditional handcrafted craftsmanship in designs resulting in one-of-a-kind home accessories like hand-blown glass art and local woodcrafts, you’re sure to take an extraordinary piece home. It doesn’t get any more authentic than this.