Kuta Art Market is a compact marketplace located at the side of the Jalan Bakungsari one-way thoroughfare. It is just before the Jalan Kartika Plaza Street and right near the Kuta Sidewalk. People who visit the Kuta Beach and those enjoying a walk through the street often come to Kuta Art Market to buy all kinds of Bali arts and handicraft items as tokens of memories.
The Market has six main shophouses and a long building with numerous stalls. You can find a variety of items exclusive to Bali such as Bali surfboards, Bali print T-shirts, guitar-shaped fridge magnets, keychains, placemats, beer holders, faux leather shoes, sandals, colourful sarongs and fabrics. Many international brands can also be found at the shops near the street side including Quiksilver, Billabong and Ripcurl. Uta Square is also home to many other quality fashion stores. You can also find many shops on the north side which sells surf clothing and sports apparel.
The exact location of Kuta Art Market is where Jalan Bakung Sari and Jalan Kartika Plaza Streets meet. You can take an easy stroll along the beachside footpath 15m south from the Balawista lifeguard watchtower on Kuta Beach. The Market is surrounded by several food stalls and restaurants that provide cold drinks and cuisines fitting all budgets. Most of these restaurants are concentrated around the Jalan Kartika Plaza near the Kuta Sidewalk.
If you are travelling from Kuta Beach, you will definitely come across the Grand Inna Kuta with 3 restaurants and an attractive landscape. The luxurious Kuta Paradiso Hotel is another great stay near the Kuta Art Market. Since the whole place is situated adequately far from the traffic, it offers a peaceful shopping atmosphere. The island has many other established markets. The art markets at Ubud and Sukawati are famous for its beautiful artefacts but they tend to be crowded.
On the other hand, the visitors at Kuta Art Market do not have to spend too much time and effort hunting for souvenirs. These items are generally sourced from cottage industries and suppliers in Gianyar and also from local craftsmen in Kuta and other surrounding regions. Due to the same reason, the prices tend to be slightly higher.
So your bargaining skills will come in handy when you are about to go shopping at Kuta Art Market. But before you buy something, make sure you check the quality and quantity of the products. There are many money changers around the Kuta Art Market but they tend to be quite tricky or even risky. So it is safer to stick to authorised money changers or a bank.