I first started visiting Ubud on a regular basis back in 1997 when there really wasn’t much to shop for other than handicrafts and art. Today, Ubud isn’t quite the shopping mecca that is Seminyak, but it definitely has some beautiful boutiques to browse while strolling through town.
I tend to collect something from every place I travel, but Balinese acquisitions really seem to play first fiddle in our motley New York home. Everything from furniture, fabrics, paintings, handicrafts and pottery can be found here.
Here are some of my most recent boutique finds, as well as an oldie but goodie.
IkatBatik on Monkey Forest Road
It’s easy to walk past this as the entrance is down a corridor off Monkey Forest Rd right before it turns left near the forest entrance. Look for the large sign and hanging fabrics in the alleyway. The shop is large and gorgeous; filled with beautiful ikat and batik (thus the name!) fabrics and home goods. It’s not cheap, but excellent quality. I wished I had room to bring home one of the cheery batik bean bags. I did find room to bring home some blue batik fabric which was made into a window treatment for a bathroom, plus a stunning black and oatmeal woven ikat fabric that I use as a tablecloth.
Bali Zen on Monkey Forest Road
They don’t list the address other than Monkey Forest Road, but don’t miss this two-story boutique chalk full of pretty hand-made table linens, table-ware, gifts, and home goods. Prices as marked and you won’t find them this reasonable any place else that I’ve found. Plus the Ubud location has an outlet (the entire second floor here!) so even more bargains can be had. I loaded up on placemats, napkins, pillow covers, quilted wine bags, cheery fabric jewelry pouches for gifts, and several of the colorful shell wind chimes seen below.
Mani on Monkey Forest Road
Beautiful simple modern and reasonably-priced jewelry. Fixed price! Perfectly sized for even the smallest suitcase
Mimi Manis on Monkey Forest Road
Leather sandals in every color imaginable. A bargain compared to this quality found in New York. I even found a fun pair in the discount basket — chartreuse and tan flats for $18!
Tn. Parrot on Jalan Dewi Sita
Tn. Parrot is a cute pint-sized t-shirt shop offering pre-shrunk cotton shirts with vintage designs. My husband and son were happy with my gifts to them from here, and I’m happy that they can be tossed worry-free into the dryer. Next time I’ll pick up more for gifts.
Mentari Pagi Silver on Monkey Forest Road
Narrow jewelry store just a couple doors down from Ikat Batik at the end of Monkey Forest Road on the left. I’ve shopped here a few times for the men in my life. My husband loves the silver bracelets here. I don’t really like the offerings for women. The kind owner fixed a broken clasp on a bracelet purchased here several years ago for free! And he also fixed (at a reasonable price) an intricate silver cuff I bought in the 90’s which had gotten crushed in a suitcase– he did an amazing job, as it looks good as new. They even delivered my purchases and repairs to my hotel so that I didn’t have to trek back to the shop. I don’t like that I have to bargain here, but I usually feel that I’ve gotten a very fair trade in the end for the quality.