You’re headed to Bali, you’ve found the perfect Airbnb and now you need to know more about the local grocery stores in Bali to get set up. You might also hit the local Bali supermarket if you are staying for a long period of time or are just on a budget. We put together 5 helpful tips about the supermarkets in Bali so you know what to expect and have the inside scoop on how to do your shopping.
1. Bali Supermarkets are Inexpensive, Big, Modern and Full of Choices
Bali’s grocery stores are generally pretty large and look a lot like American grocery stores. They have a big selection and also offer a lot of American brands and products. It’s nice to know that you won’t be limited in your Bali grocery store choices. For the most part, Bali is an inexpensive place to buy things, and supermarkets in Bali are exactly the same. You will be shocked how little you spend grocery shopping. Seriously, pack your cart full because your final receipt will be a pleasant surprise!
If you are planning an extended stay in Bali, you will love your grocery store options and the fact that the cost of goods is so low. For those that are renting an Airbnb for a week or even staying in a hotel, grocery shopping in Bali is a way to save money and check out local life. Use this link to get $55 off your first rental with Airbnb.
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2. Most Toiletries are Available in Bali Supermarkets But Bring Your Specialty Brands and Sunscreen
You can buy most toiletries in Bali and Indonesia in general but you should bring anything that is a specialty brand. They carry typical things like Pantene shampoo at pretty low prices but some brands can be double the cost. You might want to check for the competing local products for toiletries and groceries to save money.
Sunscreen is on the expensive side in Bali supermarkets. It is often around 100,000 – 120,000 IDR (8 USD). If you have a particular brand that you like, it’s a good idea to bring it with you. I would recommend bringing reef safe sunscreen especially if you are going in the ocean. You will easily find bug spray, hand sanitizer etc. so don’t worry if you forget something at home. Click here to convert rupiah to dollars and make your shopping simple!
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3. Stock Up On Delicious Fruits & Vegetables in Bali Supermarkets
The food in Bali supermarkets is generally extremely inexpensive. With the exception of yogurt and cheese, you will find everything for much less than you spend at home. Local brands of food and produce have the lowest prices you’ve probably ever seen in any grocery store. If you’re staying in an Airbnb, it’s nice to buy a bunch of fruits and vegetables to have on hand. The shelves in these Bali grocery stores are absolutely filled with the biggest variety, many of which you’ve probably never seen before!
The process of paying for your produce is different in Bali supermarkets. There are scales in the produce section of the store with employees waiting to weigh your fruits and veggies. After weighing them, the employees will put a sticker on your produce that can easily be scanned at check out. Just don’t forget to go through this process before you head to the check out line.
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4. Pick Up Some Souvenirs in the Bali Supermarkets
We don’t generally think to purchase our souvenirs in grocery stores as tourists but Bali supermarkets almost always have a relatively large section of the store dedicated to souvenirs. You can find little toys, cups, magnets, clothing items and so much more. Everything is incredibly cheap. You really can get so many cool, local trinkets to bring back home with you.
5. The Most Popular Supermarkets in Bali by Area
- Delta Dewata – One of the bigger supermarkets in Ubud with inexpensive prices especially on wine.
- Bitang Ubud – A great Bali supermarket for food and more. Stock up on toiletries, clothing, and accessories.
- AlfaMart – A convenience store, walking distance from Downtown Ubud. Less selection overall but they sell alcohol.
- Canngu Station – The most popular supermarket in the heart of Canggu. Here you’ll find a huge selection of imported produce, meats, fresh bread and more. Everyone in Canggu shops here.
- Frestive – Known for incredibly fresh fruits and vegetables at great prices. A nice selection of meats and fish too.
- Bali Deli – A famous deli with many imported foods. There is a huge variety of meats, cheese, olives, wine and fresh produce as well.
- Bitang Seminyak – Used to the the best grocery store in this area of Bali but it sadly burned down in January 2020.
- Hardys – One of the only supermarkets in Nusa Dua so you can ask anyone for directions. There is a pretty decent variety of imported and local options here.
- Pepito Market – A chain grocery store you can find throughout Bali. Pepito Market is big, has a ton of options but it’s not quite as cheap as other grocery stores. It’s an easy place to get all your shopping done at once.
- Coco Mart – Very cheap prices here and noticeably friendly and helpful staff. Coco Mart is open 24 hours a day so if you get any late night cravings, head on over!
- Karang Shop – A mini mart containing a good variety for its size. Karang shop has low prices and is a popular shopping spot for tourists.
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If you are renting a Airbnb, you have a ton of great Bali supermarket options. The grocery stores in Bali are big and easy to navigate. Even if you are staying in a hotel, you can pick up water, snacks and souvenirs all in one spot. Hopefully these tips about supermarkets in Bali will give you an idea of what to expect and how to navigate the store. As you plan your Bali trip, the following posts should be very helpful. Feel free to leave any questions in the comments.
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