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Top Malls to visit in Bali

Let’s face it. Bali isn’t just about the sun sand and surf – it’s also about shopping until you drop and there are several shopping malls in Bali that can help make a dent in your credit card while partaking in some well-earned retail therapy.

 

Trans Studio Mall Bali

Bali Brand new, having opened in June 2019 with over 300 retail stores and eateries Trans Studio Mall isn’t the biggest mall in Bali but it does have a unique proposition – it has an indoor theme park and – wait for it – a roller coaster. So, if you have kids to entertain on a rainy day then the theme park could be a life-saver.

It also has a cinema with 6 movie screens. TSM XXI Bali has five normal cinema seating and the 6th is called Premiere with double-sized reclining chairs and table service for drinks, snacks and even light meals.

 

Also on the ground floor is the Transmart Carrefour, a huge department store stocking everything from clothing to food. The 2nd floor has a few more mid-range restaurants, mainly Japanese, an H&M department store and TransLiving selling hardware, homewares and furniture to mountain bikes and accessories.

There’s plenty of undercover carparks (the motorbikes are relegated to an outside carpark) and it’s easily accessible on a newly upgraded 2 lane roadway.

 

 

Beachwalk Shopping centre

Beachwalk shopping centre is Bali’s newest and largest shopping mall, located half-way along the one-way beachside road adjacent to Kuta Beach. It’s not a discount mall, mainly filled with higher-end brands along with food outlets and a cinema complex.

Clothing brands of note include Bamboo Blonde, Kate Spade, H&M, Michael Kors, La Senza, Victoria Secret and Zara. There is a body shop tucked away on the ground floor, a great sushi restaurant, Sushi Tei on level 2 and Cinema XX1 on level 3

There is a bar and restaurant at the ocean end that is great for watching the sunset

 

 

Mall Bali Galeria

 

Mal Bali Galeria (also known as DFS Galeria) is located on the main road between the airport and Seminyak. It’s quite a sprawling complex home to some very useful outlets. Telkomsel has an outlet on the 2nd floor at the opposite end of the carpark, useful for buying a local SIM card and data plan if you missed getting one at the airport.

 

It also has a well-known dentist, Bali 911 that is an excellent spot for cheap dental work. I use it frequently for teeth cleaning, scaling and whitening but they also offer a range of more complex dental services.

The stores here tend to be cheaper than most with more variety including an electronics store, plenty of shoe and clothing retail shops. There’s a great hardware store on the ground floor at one end called ACE Hardware.

 

There is a detached Cinema XX1 complex off to the side showing recent release movies, although it can be a bit difficult to find. Find a security guard and ask them for directions, they’re always happy to help.

It can be interesting for first-timers to Bali to walk around and try some of the popular local foods from the large array of small food stores, even if you don’t know exactly what they are.

 

Discovery Shopping Mall

Located at the southern end of the Kuta tourist strip, Discovery mall is great for spending several hours shopping with food outlets on the ground level at the entrance and an excellent food hall alongside a high-end supermarket below ground.

Good for prescription glasses, a couple of electronics stores, ice cream and clothing outlets.

Along the road fronting the mall is a huge range of bars and restaurants within easy walking distance. The access road is quite narrow and very busy, especially during peak hours, so my advice is to get your shopping done and then hole up at one of the restaurants for dinner before getting a taxi back to your hotel when you see the traffic becoming less busy – and by less busy, I mean in relative terms. It’s often gridlocked.

At the back of the mall on the ocean side is the start (or end) of a walking path that winds along the beach all the way past Kuta and ending at Double Six Beach, making an excellent walking or running route, especially early in the morning when not as many (again, a relative term) people are out and about.

 

Transmart Carrefour

Located 2km further north on Sunset Rd than Mall Galeria, Carrefour is really a destination store with everything from cheap clothing, electronics, homewares, groceries and fresh fruit and produce.

It is easily accessible with ample parking and it’s easy to get a taxi on the ground level at the back entrance to the carpark.

 

The electronics department you can find everything from small kitchen appliances to large-screen TVs. If you are making a big purchase, like a wide-screen TV or sound system, Google the price of the product you want and you might be able to haggle with the senior floor staff for a discount.

It’s a great one-stop shopping centre for when you arrive for toiletries and groceries or the last day you leave and want to stock up on small souvenirs for the family and friends back home. The sarongs and small housewares are way more expensive than in the local markets but the selection and price of soaps cannot be beaten.

 

Seminyak Village

 

Completed in 2018, Seminyak Village is down the bottom end of the very popular Jalan Kayu Aya, aka Eat Street in Seminyak.  It’s new, clean and in a very popular spot with plenty of walk-by foot traffic.

 

On the top floor is Spring Spa, tis one of Bali’s favourites. They have two outlets, with the smaller one located in Petitenget.

Tiger Palm downstairs on the ground floor street frontage opposite the well-known Bossman burgers. Owned by one of the best chefs in Asia, Tiger Palm is the perfect spot for a long lunch or a destination restaurant for dinner, especially if staying in Seminyak or Petitenget.