Seminyak shopping isn’t just about picking up a souvenir Bintang vest and a diamante-encrusted penis-shaped bottle opener (although, in a later post, we’ll give you the lowdown on where you can get your hands on Bali’s cheesiest souvenirs too!) Seminyak is also home to a huge range of gorgeous boutiques that wouldn’t look out of place on the streets of Milan, Paris or Beverly Hills. They’re owned by international designers, they sell everything from handmade kaftans to cocktail dresses and the prices are nothing like you’d pay at home in Australia, the US or Europe.
Head to Jalan Oberoi to check out the best of the best. You’ll know you’ve arrived because everywhere you look, you’ll see groups of designer-clad fashionistas, weighed down with shopping bags and showing off their latest buys to their friends. The street is also literally lined with beautiful boutiques.
For Brazilian chic, don’t miss out on a trip to Lulu Yasmine (Jalan Oberoi no. 100, luluyasmine.com). The Brazilian Taiwanese designer’s collections feature elegant party dresses, super-cute playsuits and sexy cut-off shorts, all made from organic silk, crepe, chiffon, cotton or linen. Lulu also sells her wares in Ibiza, St Tropez, Melbourne, Auckland and Singapore.
Lily Jean, just down the road (Jalan Oberoi, no. 88X, lily-jean.com), is also not to be missed. Founded by Made de Coney, who has both European and Brazilian heritage but was born in Bali and educated in the US (what a combination!), this super-successful boutique offers everything from stylish streetwear to glamorous cocktail dresses. Made takes her inspiration from both local Balinese artisans and the international catwalk, and now has six shops in Indonesia, three of those in Bali.
Buddha Wear (Jalan Oberoi no. 15X, buddhawear.com) is another Bali institution, mainly known for its amazing selection of knitted jerseys, all manufactured locally under the boutique’s strict ‘Wear Fair’ policy. Buddha Wear is all about simple colours and top-quality material and part of the boutique’s profits go to helping take care of HIV positive kids in Bali.
Lovers of French fashion should look no further than Magali Pascal (Jalan Oberoi no.177X, magalipascal.com). Here you’ll find mostly lace, silk and cotton pieces, as well as a gorgeous selection of jewellery. In Bali terms, Magali Pascal is slightly pricey, but you’ll still get a better deal than you would back home.
Once you’ve exhausted everything Jalan Oberoi has to offer, hop in a taxi to Jalan Raya Seminyak, where even more stunning boutiques are waiting to be perused. Our favourites are Mist (Jalan Raya Seminyak no. 42, mistasiapacific.com.au) for summery kaftans, niconico mare (Jalan Raya Seminyak no. 13, niconicointimo.net) for sexy swimwear and eco-friendly Puravida (Jalan Raya Seminyak no. 38b, puravidafashion.com) for vibrant colours, patterns and graphics.
Don’t worry guys; we haven’t forgotten you! Although Seminyak shopping isn’t quite as good for men as it is for fashion-loving ladies, there are a couple of great options. Try Animale (Jalan Raya Seminyak no. 31, animale.com), founded by French designer Jacque Ruc, for tailored casual wear, and Susanna Perini’s Biasa (Raya Seminyak no. 36, biasabali.com) for classic linens and cottons.
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