Denpasar (Indonesian: Kota Denpasar) is the capital and the most populous city of the Indonesian province of Bali. Situated on the island of Bali, it is known worldwide as a major tourist destination; Denpasar is the main gateway to Bali. The city is also a hub for other cities in the Lesser Sunda Islands. With the growth of tourism industry in Bali, Denpasar has encouraged business activities, and has made this city have the highest growth rate in Bali Province. Denpasar also has a rapidly expanding population of 834,881., up from 788,445 in 2010 Census; the surrounding metropolitan area has roughly 2 million residents. The municipality's area extent, population, and density are similar to San Francisco.
Denpasar has various attractions. The white sandy beaches are well-known all over the island. The surfing beach is Serangan Island. Sanur Beach has calmer waters and is excellent for sunbathing and kitesurfing.
Ten minutes from the Ngurah Rai International Airport lies the town of Kuta. Kuta is where most of the hotels, restaurants, malls, cafes, marketplaces, and spas that cater to tourists are located. In the Denpasar area, all kinds of Balinese handicrafts are represented in local shops. These include artwork, pottery, textiles, and silver.
Batik cloth is sold all over Denpasar. Sometimes batik cloth is made into wearable clothing such as a sarong or men's shirts.