SHOPPING FOR SOUVENIRS is a highlight of any trip abroad. Whether picking your way through a night market, hitting the locale’s shopping malls, or seeking out artisans to create unique items, finding the perfect memento is key to remembering your vacation or letting loved ones know you were thinking about them.
Picking up a handmade keepsake from a faraway place for friends or family is bound to surprise and delight. By meandering away from the usual shops and retailers, you can be sure to present your gift list with items they will cherish for years to come. For yourself, grabbing a keepsake from your favorite destination will instantly transport you back to a joyful time full of precious memories.
And sometimes, if you’re very lucky, the hunt for memorabilia is an experience all of its own.
Founded in the mid-seventies, the John Hardy brand has become one of the most famous in Bali. It has welcomed people from across the world through its doors to discover its extraordinary jewelry collections. But these are not your average shopping expeditions. Visiting a John Hardy location is unlike any standard shopping trip.
The John Hardy Boutique and Gallery at Seminyak, in Bali, is a case in point.
“Since day one, our main values at John Hardy have centered around artisanship, sustainability, and community,” explained John Hardy CEO Kareem Gahed.
“That community, most importantly, includes our clients. We constantly strive to engage them in every way — especially by creating rich, meaningful physical spaces to explore. The Seminyak concept boutique is truly a special expression of the brand. And each interactive element, from immersive event experiences to bespoke traditions of hospitality, further deepens and builds our story,” he shared.
John Hardy Boutique and Gallery at Seminyak was conceived to be a unique retail experience, something that becomes apparent as soon as you arrive. The first clue is the dramatic water feature at the entrance, which acts as an effective way to cool down, a symbol of purification and a portal into Balinese spirituality and community.
At this point in the journey, visitors are presented with cool towels and a refreshing welcome drink before making their way into the main area of the boutique. This communal gathering space is where you can witness the store’s selection of handmade jewelry, branded objet d’art, and locally crafted items, including textiles, ceramics, and incense. You can also discover local talent and purchase artwork while perusing the onsite gallery exhibitions.
After completing your shopping list, indulge in fabulous cuisine at the boutique’s exclusive restaurants, Jamu Bar, The Kitchen, and The Long Table.
The Long Table is an unforgettable place to dine, specializing in rare Indonesian dishes made with the best locally sourced, seasonal produce.
Jamu Bar shows off a drink list that imaginatively reworks traditional herbal elixirs into exciting modern tipples.
The Kitchen presents iconic Indonesian and Balinese recipes, such as Nasi Lawar and Nasi Goreng Tungku, and offers a 21st-century take on afternoon tea, using Indonesian snacks from the Kudapan.
These restaurants are each incredible finds guaranteed to satisfy even the most seasoned palate and a perfect accompaniment to an amazing day of shopping.
There are wonderful shops and outlets all over Bali, but a trip to John Hardy Boutique and Gallery at Seminyak is taking a journey of discovery within a vibrant lifestyle hub representing the top tier of local artists and artisans on the island.
All photos courtesy of John Hardy.