Bali: Shopping at Sukawati

Hi, people!

In our last post, we talked about the day we arrived in Kuta and visited Tanah Lot. The next day, we had quite a long day, but we started with going to Pasar Sukawati (Sukawati Art Market).

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Sukawati Art Market is a market that sells artsy stuff, handicraft, and souvenirs from Bali made by the local people. The price of the things they sell here is usually cheaper than the prices downtown or in tourist spots, especially if you’re good at bargaining. The bargaining skill will come in handy, so prepare yourself!

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The market is located at Jalan Raya Sukawati, Gianyar, which is approximately a one-hour drive from Kuta. We recommend that you come as early as possible, as the majority of sellers believe in the first-buyer luck (basically, a first buyer at their store will help ease and increase their earnings that day). So, to get a first buyer, they would give prices lower than usual (as long as it’s logical).

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While walking around, look for traditional Balinese architecture on temples around and between the shops. They are very much interesting and pretty ❤

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Also, we recommend you to have a sharp eye and pay attention to the stuff they sell. You might find gems beneath the pile of high quality things they sell. I, myself, bought a small place for rings made of solid local wood, and it cost me Rp 10.000,00 (less than a dollar).

Happy shopping! 🙂

san

Sukawati Art Market
Jalan Raya Sukawati,
Kabupaten Gianyar,
Bali 80582, Indonesia

Opening Hours: 6am – 6pm local time

Shopping tips: Bargain! Bargain! Bargain! From Fi’s personal experience, start from 50% lower when you bargain and most importantly, come as early as possible just like mentioned. Be the first buyer of the day to get discounted price 🙂

Rumah Mode, Bandung: A Shopping Oasis

Hi, bananians!

We’re back from our recent trip to Bandung, Indonesia, with great news. First of all, Fi and I finally met after a year of not seeing each other ❤ This means that the site is back and alive, with new additions and improvements. Expect more as we reach the end of 2015 and as we both explore more places for you.

Now, one of our latest discoveries was Rumah Mode Factory Outlet in Bandung, Indonesia. It’s a shopping destination known for providing items from previous seasons at lower prices than the original items when they were first launched. Apart from being a shopping destination, it is also a well-known tourist spot.

During the night, the hanging lights light up
During the night, the hanging lights light up

Apart from the fashion items, Rumah Mode has their own cafe/restaurant in the premises as well as a souvenir shop that sells traditional souvenirs from Bandung and food from various Indonesian cities. The sections are divided into three buildings which are connected by small patios.

One of the patios
One of the patios
Sitting area in the exteriors.
Sitting area in the exteriors.
Exterior detail: orang utan statue
Exterior detail: orang utan statue

The eating spaces in Rumah Mode features nostalgic furniture pieces in soft tones, complete with old ceramic tiles to divide the spaces. They provide Indonesian and international  cuisine, but I recommend the Indonesian cuisine so as to get the ambiance of the whole traditional theme. The patios feature natural stone while lush plants decorate the whole area, giving a fresh air to the shopping complex.

Outdoor eating space
Outdoor eating space
Indoor eating space, combining vintage furnitures, muted and vibrant colors
Indoor eating space, combining vintage furnitures, muted and vibrant colors

The floors feature tiles that are either vintage or arrange to look like batik, so be sure to watch out for them!

Look at the pretty tiles that match the furniture
Look at the pretty tiles that match the furniture
Vintage tiles
Vintage tiles
Batik flooring
Batik flooring

With love,

San

RUMAH MODE, BANDUNG
No.41 Jalan Setiabudhi, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
Phone: (62) 22 203 5498
Opening hours:
Weekdays 0930 – 2030
Weekends (Sat and Sun) 0830 – 2130