OUR FAVORITE CONCEPT STORES IN SEMINYAK
We all know that Seminyak is THE place to shop away. This area has everything to make you swipe your credit card like a ninja swishes its sword: home décor shops with pretty woven baskets, traditional batiks and ikats from Sumba and Java, boutiques of young hip designers, antiques, tableware, silver jewelry, you name it. There is even one shiny compact mall called The Seminyak Village, perfect for spending a damn hot or rainy afternoon at. But our favorites are the concept stores that have a carefully selected collection of goods that are just special. We head to those places searching for a unique gift, plotting an ultimate self-treat or just looking for the inspiration. And we know they always, always have something to WOW us!
SOUQ: something for everyone
This spacious store has just about e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g under its roof. Racks (and racks, and racks!) with the fashion pieces by the one of a kind island designers. Silk kimonos with hand-painted angel wings, sleek linen trousers, “young Kate Moss” style slip dresses, unordinary cocktail frocks…well, as we’ve said, everything. Looking for a classy or special outfit? They’ve got you covered. The shelves and glass displays are stuffed with the objects of desire: unique jewelry, kawaii leather bags and backpacks by the Japanese designers, collectibles, ceramics, kids clothes and toys, even some finest cashmere to take home with you when you’re flying back to your snowy wonderland. Top it with the cutest café serving great coffees and cakes, what else do you need for festive happiness?
// Image by Bali Interiors
Go check it out: Souq
Find it: Jl.Basangkasa, 10
BURO: unleash your inner hipster
The upper level of the sun-soaked Livingstone bakery is the world of its own. There are no kids munching away rainbow cakes and folks in official batik shirts sipping on iced red velvet lattes while discussing business contracts, all that happy mess is left downstairs. Instead, there is a Scandinavian-looking (and boy, do we cherish a bit of Nordic coolness in our tropical paradise!) shining white open space with its own specialty coffee den & cafe Faculty. Plus a shopping zone called Buro packed with carefully selected items: from the best raincoats in the world by Danish label Rains to the creations of young Indonesian designers, which are surprising with quirky cut, great fabrics, and more than adequate price tags. Lots of accessories too! Pick your wooden eyewear and let all that hipness out!?
// Photo by Coffee & Travels
Go check it out: Buro
Find it: Jl.Petitenget 15
CANAAN: the cabinet of curiosities
This cute, almost secret shop is the newest addition to Potato Head & Katamama hotel complex. You might even miss its doors covered with indigo-dyed ikats when rushing to your sun lounger to catch the sunset, but you shouldn’t. We love every single item here: custom-made ceramics, signature room scent in the tiny bottles, baskets, fabrics and other traditional Indonesian crafts sourced from all around the archipelago, jewelry made my emerging local designers, breezy cotton and linen clothes, leather bags – everything being sold here looks unique, fresh and take-me-home-now. Hey, they even have Bali Monopoly game!
Go check it out: Canaan Bali
Find it: Jl.Petitinget, the ground level of Katamama Hotel
NAMU: the island lux
We go to Namu when we want to pimp our wardrobe with something ladylike, lux yet fun. The owner of Namu, a beautiful Italian fashionista Paola Zancanaro who used to work with Prada, Armani and Vivien Westwood, knows her business well when it comes to relaxed resortwear and quirky accesories. We love the rainbow shagreen (stingray) leather clutches, shibori-dyed kaftans, airy Indian cotton dresses, and versatile jersey that makes a base for any smart wardrobe.
Go check it out: Namu Store
Find it: Jl Petitenget