10 best Shops

in Candidasa

The Candidasa shopping scene mostly consists of shops and local art stalls from which you can find exotic arts, handicrafts and traditional textile pieces, such as lontar palm leaf manuscripts or the rare and indigenous gringsing cloth produced only at the ancient Balinese village of Tenganan Pegringsingan. This village is only a short drive north from the main Candidasa hub. A number of notable art stalls lining the main Jalan Raya Candidasa road also make up the list of best shopping in Candidasa, where you can find a great variety of handicrafts and souvenirs, including woodcarvings from the other art producing regencies. Here are the best places to shop in Candidasa.

1. Tenganan Village Art Shops

The geringsing double ikat weavings are eponymous of this single village located 17 kilometres north of the Candidasa hub. This rare fabric is an heirloom item and a cultural legacy, well-preserved by the village community. Producing a single length of geringsing is a painstaking process, requiring intricate weaving and dying processes leading up to its final form. The natural dyes are also unique, sourced from various indigenous tree barks, plants and herbs. There are several types of geringsing and some very rare specimens are believed by the Tenganan villagers to have mystical powers. You can have an exotic piece of ‘magic’ from one of Bali’s oldest villages, the simplest form ranging from IDR 500,000 while the most intricate ones reaching to a high of IDR 25 million apiece. Shopping through the home stalls you can also find prasi art etchings or lontar on palm leaves, as well as wooden tribal masks and old Balinese calendars that look good on your living room wall back home.

Location: Jalan Raya Nyuh Tebel, Tenganan Village, Karangasem

2. Sensatia Botanicals

Sensatia Botanicals produce 100% natural soaps, from its small warehouse in the Jasri Beach coastal community, several kilometres east of the Candidasa proper. There is also a small shop which showcases the various colours, sizes and scents of herbal soap bars, bath and body creams, and facial skincare products that are all locally made here. The small community-based company is dedicated to creating quality handmade natural products and prides itself in being one of the first local, profit-sharing co-operations in the far-flung region of the island. Among the refreshing combinations and scents to choose from are lemon myrtle, eucalyptus, spearmint, patchouli, rosemary, lavender and tea tree. There are also great gift sets that feature an assortment of three handmade soaps. Read More...

Opening Hours: 09:00 - 22:00

Location: Jalan Pantai Jasri 720, Karangasem

Tel: +62 (0)363 232 60

3. Alam Zempol

Alam Zempol produces refreshingly scented soaps as well as a range of other natural bath products, from its base in Mendira Beach in the village of Manggis, some kilometres west of the main Candidasa area. One of its unique products is its clay soaps, which come in four different colour codes each with different levels of coarseness and cleansing properties according to varying skin types and sensitivity. Made with organic clay, these soaps absorb dust, dirt, old keratin and excess oil and leaves skin smoothened after bath. Herbal ingredients used include kukui nut oil, basil, cinnamon, paprika, and vanilla. Their shop on Jalan Mendira also showcases a variety of fragrances from essential oils sold in vials that are good to used as household potpourri mixes, burning oils, or as simple mists to linen. Scents range from fruity ones like apple, avocado and grapefruit, to floral ones like jasmine, lavender and frangipani. 

Opening Hours: 08:00 - 16:00

Location: Jalan Mendira, Manggis, Karangasem

Tel: +62 (0)363 412 83

4. Gogo's Silver

Gogo's Silver is one among the many souvenir shops that line the Candidasa main road, offering various silver items in the form of figurines and exquisite jewellery pieces. Gogo's Silver is noticeable with its clear signage at the front of its green lawn, where an open gallery houses many glass displays. The silver jewellery and décor items aren’t observable unless you enter this showroom. Intricately etched necklaces, miniature horse carts that look great as tabletops or paper weights, earrings, rings and pendants, are among the little shiny things that will catch your eyes inside. Gogo’s also receives orders and tailor-make their pieces, so if you have an idea, or maybe want to have a name of someone special engraved in a gift piece, this is one of the best places in Candidasa to do so.

Opening Hours: 09:00 - 22:00

Location: Jalan Raya Candidasa, Candidasa, Karangasem

Tel: +62 (0)363 417 82

5. Gubuk Kita Souvenirs

This small but packed shop is a mini convenience store, a souvenir shop, a locally run transport and tours office, and motorcycle and bicycle rental rolled into one. Besides a cool shade to retreat to with a cold coke or beer from the heat of day, you can also browse through some nice Garuda statuettes, dream catchers, framed paintings of different sizes and postcards. If you are interested in a unique carving and have an idea of your own, they might just be able to make a personalised version as a gift, as they welcome orders. 

Opening Hours: 09:00 - 21:00

Location: Jalan Raya Candidasa, Candidasa, Karangasem

Tel: +62 (0)852 377 517 25

6. Nadi's Bookstore

Nadi’s is one of the shops along Jalan Raya Candidasa that houses some rare map prints, as well as the modern and updated travel guide versions. Its collection of antique vases, statues, and tribal art pieces is quite impressive for its size. Colourfully painted Chinese porcelain urns, ornamental plates, golden life-size Buddhas and international book titles of destination guides, novels, art and culture and photography are among the things you’ll come across here.

Opening Hours: 09:00 - 22:00

Location: Jalan Raya Candidasa, Candidasa, Karangasem‎

Tel: +62 (0)363 418 72 ‎

7. Segara Wangi Art Shop

Beach Candidasa-Samuh

Segara Wangi Art Shop and Gallery is located right next to the small guesthouse of the same name. Here you can find a full range of Balinese souvenirs comprising mini paintings depicting Balinese rural life and rice fields, handicraft items such as woven baskets and Garuda statuettes, together with functional household décor items such as mosaic-plates, batik liners, and ornamental ashtrays. If you want to explore the coastal area of Candidasa by bike, you can rent one from here too. 

Opening Hours: 09:00 - 22:00

Location: Jalan Raya Candidasa, Candidasa, Karangasem

Tel: +62 (0)363 411 59

8. Nusantara Archipelago Handicrafts & Giftware

Beach Candidasa-Samuh

Nusantara Archipelago is a small art shop in the central Candidasa area, housing quality handicrafts and giftware not only from Bali but also from all over Indonesia. Antique ceramics and pots, tabletop displays and exotic jewellery pieces are among its petite collection. These quality products are offered at reasonable prices.

Opening Hours: 09:00 - 22:00

Location: Jalan Raya Candidasa, Candidasa, Karangasem

Tel: +62 (0)878 611 723 42

9. Family Shop

Beach Candidasa-Samuh

Family Shop is a convenient store, art and souvenir shop and a source among locals for their temple ceremonial needs, which includes traditional Balinese clothes, ornate offering boxes and sarongs. Although this last bit is mainly for the locals, visitors to Candidasa will also admire the intricate artworks of these items that may well work out as gifts and as a personal token of a visit to this less-travelled eastern coast. There are also wide-brimmed straw hats that are great for those enjoying Candidasa on foot. 

Opening Hours: 09:00 - 22:00

Location: Jalan Raya Candidasa, Candidasa, Karangasem

Tel: +62 (0)363 415 54

10. Gemini Shop

Beach Candidasa-Samuh

Not far from Family Shop is Gemini, a central supermarket in Candidasa, and which similarly caters to locals with its refreshments and daily necessities. For visitors, it houses a stationery collection that features postcards and visitor maps, and the fixed prices here are reasonable and make for a rough guide for what you should pay on your bargaining adventures elsewhere in the coastal region. 

Opening Hours: 08:00 - 22:00

Location: Jalan Raya Candidasa, Candidasa, Karangasem

Tel: +62 (0)878 632 586 32