Jl. Kartika Plaza is one of the main streets in South Kuta, and is located about 10 minutes' walk from Kuta Beach. The road begins south of Kuta Square and continues for about 1.5 km to J Boutique Hotel.
Along this popular street you'll find Discovery Shopping Mall, Asia's No. 1 Waterpark, international and local restaurants, and a variety of accommodation.
Kuta Square is a popular shopping area just a few minutes' walk from Kuta Beach. Jl. Kartika Plaza begins on the southern end of Kuta Square, at the busy intersection where four roads meet. The Ramayana Resort is located on this corner and is a long-established hotel also popular with Japanese tourists.
Head south from here and you will pass "Stadium Cafe" as well as several seafood restaurants including "Seafood House" on the left-hand side.
Jl. Kartika Plaza is a popular tourist area and there are dozens of restaurants along this strip. "Flapjaks" are famous for their huge pancakes and waffles, while Bella is home to tasty Italian cuisine.
Kuta Paradiso Hotel is a favorite for visiting holidaymakers to stay at, as well as other Melasti Beach Bungalow, and Bali Garden Beach Resort. This area is a convenient location for tourists as it has good access to Jl. Legian in Kuta Beach.
A good landmark for Discovery Mall is the row of ATMs on the opposite side of the street. We recommend using these ATMs as the glass doors provided added security and privacy.
Just after the ATMs, on the same side of the road, you'll find family-friendly Waterbom. This exciting amusement park has been voted Asia's No. 1 Waterpark and features over 20 slides and rides. The park is set in 3.8 hectares of tropical gardens and also offers a food court and spa.
Discovery Mall is located just past Waterbom, on the opposite side of the street. This large shopping mall features SOGO and Centro department store on the first floor, souvenir shops, fashion boutiques, surf outlets and restaurants on the second floor, cosmetics and home wares on the third floor, and electrical shops and a food court on the fourth floor.
The atmosphere here is similar to that of Beachwalk, with many teens and 20-somethings coming to hang out in the mall. The cool air-conditioned interior also means you can take your timing browsing, as opposed to being out on the street in the midday heat.
It may be hard to tell by looking at the mall from Jl. Kartika Plaza, but on the other side is actually the beach. Here you can sit on the steps with dozens of other tourists admiring the sea view and taking holiday photos.
We recommend "Celsius Cafe & Grill", a bright and breezy restaurant that faces the beach and opens up to 180-degree sea views. This is an especially good location to watch Kuta's famous sunsets.
Opposite Discovery Mall is "ANAP", a quirky fashion boutique where you will find casual beach dresses, shirts and shorts, as well as a range of fun accessories.
Continuing along Jl. Kartika Plaza, you will pass "Kartika Plaza Hotel" on the right-hand side. This is also the location of Qatar Airways Bali office, where you can enquire about and purchase airline tickets.
Along with several affordable day spas, there's also a number of money changers along this end of Jl. Kartika Plaza. We would however not recommend using these as the exchange rate is often better at more reputable currency exchangers such as Central Kuta.If you do decide to use a little money changer stall, then always check that you receive the right amount back.
After about five minutes' walk you'll arrive at the second large shopping mall along Jl. Kartika Plaza, "Lippo Mall Kuta".
Opened in 2014, Lippo Mall's biggest attraction must be the large "Hypermart" supermarket located on the lower level. Another highlight are the lovely new cinemas (situated next to Hypermart) where you can watch the latest releases.
Lippo Mall Kuta is another bus stop on the Kura-Kura Bus route, on both the Kuta Line and the Legian Line.
Jl. Kartika Plaza comes to an end at the three-way intersection, with the ANAP outlet store on the corner. This is the factory outlet of the fashion boutique previously mentioned and here you can get between 30% and 80% discount.
Walking along the length of Jl. Kartika Plaza will take about 30 - 40 minutes, depending how often you stop of course. If you get tired, remember that Kura-Kura Bus operates along this road or you can always jump in to a taxi.