While shopping in Seminyak or Canggu may be on the list of priorities for most, Ubud should in no way be overlooked. This cultural hotbed set between rolling hills and rice fields, which functions as Bali’s cultural heartbeat, has its fair share of shopping gems. The pace is less frenetic than Seminyak’s Jalan Oberoi, Petitenget and others. However, focus your shopping around Jalan Raya Ubud and Jalan Monkey Forest, and you will be able to uncover a number of independent designer boutiques worth spending some time and rupiahs in. Here’s our list of our favourite boutiques to shop in Ubud:
This easy-wear, casual brand already have numerous stores in Bali, with the Ubud shop complementing their island footprint. Buddha Wear is about sustainable, comfortable collections ideal for the hot Balinese climate. Sustainably produced and hand-made in their own factory, their tops, bottoms and dresses are the ideal complement to your summer wardrobe.
Address: Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud
Picking up something from Uluwatu Lace, means you are not just acquiring another item for your wardrobe, but positively impacting the fortunes of numerous weavers and artisans that skilfully create each item by hand. Using a traditional Balinese technique called ‘krawang’ to create beautiful laced motifs, the brand continues to stick to its traditional production techniques to produce their dresses, kebayas and bed linens. The beauty is in the details, and therefore Uluwatu Lace is always worth a visit to pick up something unique from Bali.
Bali’s very own fast fashion brand, Bamboo Blonde stocks a diverse and ever-changing range of island-life staples that are always in fashion. With stores spread across Bali, Bamboo Blonde is the place to go for those bright and comfortable collections that are easy to wear in the tropical climate. Bamboo Blonde is bringing the boho back to island-wear in a way no one else does.
Flowing, eye catching, and Latin inspired dresses are the trademark of this Puerto Rican, now Bali native. One of Bali’s most successful international exports, Erika Peña’s collections are always recognizable for their unmistakably expressive features- ruffles, pleats, sexy lace and a range colours mean that each piece is a show stopper worth getting your hands on.
Lily Jean is a boho inspired brand with a touch of class. The brand experiments with a range of materials, effortlessly mixing and matching them to uplift your standard dress, romper or tops to another level. Think silk chiffon, linens and cottons, reworked into your gorgeous dresses, tops, skirts and bottoms- a nice pair of heels and some jewelry accessorizing and you’ve nailed the boho-chic look.
The fashion brand with a veritable following in Bali and across the world, Lulu Yasmine is known for extremely refined and elegant collections that are always chic, classy and notable for their detailing. The brand’s collections are easily worn in various social settings whether casual, evening or even under a business suit. Each piece or pieces, whether worn as part of a combined look, or as part of an entire Lulu Yasmine look, set a consistent tone of classy elegance.
With two stores in Ubud, one on Jalan Raya Ubud and the other in Jalan Gootama, Thaikila is the place to upgrade your swimwear staples with sexy, comfortable and stylish pieces to be worn all around the island. Whether chasing waterfalls or surf breaks, Thaikila’s swimwear collections have something for everyone. Combined with a sophisticated dash of embroidery, design and some cheeky cuts; it means that you won’t look like anyone else wherever you and your Thaikila companion go.
Karma Koma Ubud
Another brand we have highlighted on several occasions, Karma Korma is the go-to brand for comfortable pret-a-porter boho chic. Mixing easy to wear collections with a dash of French sophistication, Karma Koma’s comfortable materials, and breezy cuts make their collections effortlessly wearable while their accessories help to add some added bling and class to your look.
Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud Phone: +62 361 972335
Ompure Bali Fashion Yoga Wear
What is Ubud without its yoga? No surprise that Ubud has its fair share of independent yoga brands, enter Ompure. This brand is one that easily merges athletic leisurewear, with fashion design and sporty practicality. Think beyond those spandex yoga pants, and instead of entire collections of easy to wear yoga items and more (ponchos, skirts, cover-ups, coats) that are an easy-fit for yoga lovers and non-yogis looking for comfortable and sporty collections to wear day in a day out.
Address: Jl. Sukma Kesuma No.5, Peliatan, Kecamatan Ubud
With collections made with soft denims, cottons, soft-knits and linens- this is the brand to wear when a hot tropical wind blows against your skin. The natural fabrics are uber comfortable and easy to wear, while a wide range of items in various natural color tones, leave you with plenty of options to choose from. Easy worn for a casual outing as well as a business lunch, the brand has won a reliable following with its seasonless and versatile collections.
Gingersnap Bali is the story of Jam and Jay and their adventure to create daring men’s, women’s and unisex collections that follow a fiercely independent design aesthetic. The brand is not one to follow the crowd, but instead experiments with edgy details, deconstructed pieces and creative fusions. A place for one to visit, to experience something unique and daring.
Uma and Leopold
Uma and Leopold is an established Bali-based brand that takes your standard jumpsuit, dress or top and infuses it with a classy and inspired design sense to make it your perfect go-to brand for casual yet chic collections. Pieces are taken up a notch with inspired design and embroidery detailing, the combination of materials, and whimsical cuts that accentuate the wear of each item. Always a good place to stock up on stylish and well-crafted items that are perfect for your Bali holiday and any other destination after.
K&I is the epitome of glamour and a sure stop on your Ubud shopping escapade. Think beautifully embroidered, copious quantities of beads, glitter and precious stones that adorn each of its pieces. The brand doesn.t know the meaning of ‘excessive’ when designing its range of dresses, tops, bottoms and swimwear. Its colours are eye-catching, using shades of precious jewels, from sapphires to rubies, or of pretty pink pastels and bright whites. The figure-hugging, statement pieces don’t just look good, but are of the highest quality too. Indeed K&I is an international brand by its very nature, and its pieces grace the beaches of not only Bali, but Ibiza, St. Tropez, Juan Les Pins and Phuket. The unique beaded designs are the glitz that every girl needs.
Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Phone: +62 (0)819-9909-6509
With stores across Bali and Jakarta, Biasa brings together sophisticated resort wear collections with a natural approach to design, hand-made craftmanship and a cheeky attitude. Meaning ordinary in Indonesian, the brand is anything but. Think airy and roomy, easy to wear resort-wear but not your standard maxi-dress fare. Biasa is chic, sophisticated, with an eclectic use of colors, patterns and prints that give each piece an artistic and free-spirited feel. The store is clean, simple and minimalist and feels like an art gallery; a homage to founder Susanna Perini’s more than 25 years of creative endeavour on the island of Bali.
Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, Bali, 80571, Indonesia, T. +62 (0)361 979123
Le Petit Cartel
To accessorize your life, drop by Le Petit Cartel to soak up their bohemian inspired range of jewelry and leather accessories that are completed with a healthy dose of French flair. All items are hand-made, using a range of materials such as python and suede that accentuate their design aesthetic. Practical yet stylish, the items are easy to combine with any outfit whether you are strolling through Ubud’s art galleries, exploring the streets or dining at a chic evening restaurant. The Ubud store is always worth some exploration during your Ubud shopping trip.
Jalan Monkey Forest 11, Ubud, +62 (0)821-4669-0123
Feminine, comfortable and chic, Paulina Katarina is a brand that will suit all women and is a good stop during your shopping escapades on Jalan Monkey Forest. With lightweight fabrics, colorful patterns and simple design embellishments, the brand knows how to add a definitive element of class to their collections of dresses, rompers, tops and culottes. Easy to combine with heels, accessories and some jewellery to achieve a sophisticated look or dress down to casual chic, Paulina Katarina is always a safe bet for all occasions.
Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Phone: +62 878-6227-2573