During our trip to Grand Lucky Supermarket, our friendly Gojek driver suggested that we visit Krisna Oleh Oleh, which he said is a must-go place. Initially, I thought it might be a typical tourist souvenir store that sells local handicrafts and traditional items that we weren’t really interested in. However, he explained that we could find anything we needed at Krisna Oleh Oleh at affordable prices, which might even be better than the supermarket we were heading to. As a result, we decided to visit their store on Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, which is said to be the biggest outlet in Bali.
We didn’t regret visiting Krisna Oleh Oleh as there were so many things to see and buy. We ended up buying a lot of snacks and food gifts, haha! Here’s our guide to help you experience the ultimate Bali shopping experience at Krisna Oleh Oleh.
Krisna Oleh Oleh
Krisna Oleh Oleh is a chain of souvenir stores in Bali. They have 10 stores across the island that offer a variety of products such as clothing, handicrafts, and food items. You can easily reach the stores using Grab or Gojek. Click here for the locations and addresses.
What to Expect at Krisna Oleh Oleh at Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai
The Krisna Oleh Oleh store on Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai is impressive from the outside and looks like a work of art. Inside, it is very spacious with three levels, similar to a department store. The store is well-organised and easy to navigate, with different sections for different types of products.
You can find a wide selection of products from all over Bali, including traditional Balinese clothing like sarongs, batik, and kebaya, as well as wood carvings, jewellery, and even Bali’s famous Kopi Luwak coffee. If you’re looking for food items, Level One has a large selection of snacks that make for great souvenirs.
Let’s take a tour of the store:
Shopping at Krisna Oleh Oleh
Compared to shopping at street shops where vendors often mark up prices significantly and bargaining is required to get a good deal, Krisna Oleh Oleh offers fixed prices that are clearly indicated. This means you’ll know exactly what you’re paying for without the hassle of negotiating.
Initially, I thought Krisna Oleh Oleh was just another touristy souvenir store that tour buses would drop off loads of tourists at. However, as I walked around the store, I was pleasantly surprised by how affordable and reasonable the prices were.
Krisna Oleh Oleh accepts both cash and card payments, so you don’t have to carry too much cash around with you.
Here’s what we bought:
I collect a fridge magnet from every place I visit, and even though I already have a Balinese fridge magnet from a previous trip, I decided to add one more brightly colored one to my collection during this trip.
Bali is well-known for its coffee, so how can we leave without buying some to enjoy at home? If you’re a coffee connoisseur, you might want to try Kopi Luwak, which is made from civet cat droppings.
Although it has the same name as the Nyonya kueh, the onde onde in Bali is a different kind of snack. It’s like a crunchy biscuit version of sesame balls or ‘jian dui’. Fragrant!
I noticed many tourists buying boxes of Pie Susu, so I figured it must be a popular item. Near the entrance, there were several tables displaying the boxes, and we got to try some samples which turned out to be surprisingly good. And of course, we also bought a few boxes to go.
Kacang Koro, also known as jack beans, is a type of legume. This has a fragrant and crunchy texture.
Kacang Disco is a type of flour-coated fried peanut snack that comes in different flavors. If you enjoy crunchy snacks, it’s addictive to munch on!
Dodol in Bali is different from the Malaysian version and is wrapped in opeh leaves. I got some for my dad, who’s a big fan of dodol, and he thinks it’s better than the Malaysian kind because it’s more fragrant.
Try the fruit chips made from watermelon or papaya instead of the typical banana or apple chips. They have a unique and delicious taste, and it feels quite healthy to snack on them too.
If you’re a fan of tempe, you have to try the tempe chips in Bali. I love them in both the original flavour and other varieties. They’re definitely worth getting!
If you’re feeling adventurous, try the chicken intestine chips called Usus Ayam in Bali. They are light and crispy, but quite salty. We paired them with Thai green chili sauce and it was a heavenly combination!
Another unique snack to try in Bali is Cakar Ayam, which are deboned chicken claws that are crispy and delicious. They are quite addictive!
Keripik Ladrang are flour crackers that are similar in style to murukku. They have a really crispy texture and a lovely fragrance of spices.
Shopping at Krisna Oleh Oleh is an experience that should not be missed while in Bali. With its vast selection of local products at affordable prices, Krisna Oleh Oleh is indeed a one-stop-shop for all your souvenir and gift needs. Happy shopping!