Monday, May 5, 2014
Ubud, a highland town in the central part of Bali, is one of the most mesmerizing places in Bali which makes me keep coming back. It boasts with local artist and some foreign residents who opened up craft shop, boutiques, restaurants and different kind of places to stay. The entire village has so many different hotels, villas and homestays that will cater to different demographics. There is also an array of spas and massage villas to choose from for you to relax.
In my many occasions of visiting Ubud, I have come to visit and revisit shops that truly produces so many things that values the heritage of Balinese, be it inspired by the natural products that are home grown in Bali or by the ingenuity of the modern Balinese art and crafts.
Here are some of the best shops to find in Ubud.
1. Pithecan Thropus (Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud)
This shop mainly produces Batik inspired merchandise. From wallets, handkerchiefs, placemats to formal and casual attires all made of their self-designed Balinese Batik. Prices for little souvenirs are from 20,000 to 100,000 IDR and Batik dresses and shirt costs 500,000 IDR and above. Prices are really a bit high but you are guaranteed of quality products. I bought a Batik polo back in 2011 and it is still in great condition and wearabe until now.
2. Blue Stone (Jalan Dewisita and Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud)
For natural health, home and body products, visit Blue Stone at the many shops they have in Ubud. They have soaps, body mists, lip and body balms, and home scents. Prices range from 50,000 to 100,000 IDR and are all natural and organic.
3. Eclectik (Jalan Dewisita, Ubud)
This shop is relatively new and sells home decors made out of wood (both recycled and new). The design of the products they have are more of a hip and modern Bali
4. Panonpoe (Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud)
This quaint little shop orignally located in Jalan Dewisita has quite a nice range of home decors and home scents but are more modern Balinese inspired and modern antique fusion.
5. Kado (Jalan Dewisita)
This shop sells mostly paper products called Saraswati. And proceeds from this shop goes to the improvement of Early Childhood Education of Bali. Prices are a bit expensive for paper products but your money goes to charity.
6. Kou (Jalan Monkey Forest and Jalan Dewisita, Ubud)
This shop produces organic soap made from locally grown ingredients. They also have jams and spreads sold in a cute 110 ml glass jars. Prices of soap, jams and spreads are quite affordable ranging from 40,000 to 100,000 IDR