Kuta Art Market is a small beachside bazaar-like complex where Bali souvenirs, arts and handicraft items are sold. The compact marketplace is easily located at the end of the Jalan Bakungsari one-way thoroughfare, adjacent to the Kuta Sidewalk and just before Jalan Kartika Plaza Street. Here, visitors who stroll along the street as well as from the sands of Kuta Beach will come across the market.
Referred to locally as ‘Pasar Seni Desa Adat Kuta’ or the ‘Art Market of Kuta’, the place comprises six main shop-houses and a long building with many different stalls. The shops sell a wide range of items and Bali curios, such as Bali surfboard and guitar-shaped fridge magnets, key chains, beer holders, placemats, faux leather shoes and sandals, Bali print T-shirts and colourful sarongs and fabrics.
The market is easily accessible from the Kuta Paradiso Hotel. From Kuta Beach, you can reach the market from another hotel nearby, namely the Grand Inna Kuta. From the art market’s street side north, rows of modern shops and various international brands (mostly surf clothing and sports apparel) the likes of Quiksilver, Billabong and Rip Curl as well as other fashion labels line up through Kuta Square.
Kuta Art Market serves as a shopping oasis as it is located out of sight from the traffic and sidelined by the many modern shops in its adjacent boulevards. It’s perfect for visitors who do not have much time to hunt for souvenirs in the island’s other more established art markets, however prices can be higher.
Nearly all of the items sold here are similar to the goods that dominate the art markets of Ubud and Sukawati. The items are mostly sourced from the same cottage industries and suppliers in Gianyar, as well as local craftsmen in Kuta and the surrounding areas. Bargaining skills will play an important role on your shopping here.