Bali offers all different kind of markets and gives you a unique shopping experience, where you can discover the locals’ artwork and handicraft. The Balinese are great artists and makes everything within the art of stone- & woodcarvings, paintings, silversmiths, textile etc.
A trip to the market are definitely worth a visit if you plan on shopping, even if that’s not the intention the markets are a fantastic place to experience local Indonesian food for a good price. For both reasons it offer a fun and existing insight into traditional Balinese culture and should definitely be on your bucket list for things to do in Bali.
Negotiating at the markets in Bali is expected of you and is an essential thing to do, especially at the markets around Bali. Do it with a smile and the experience of bargaining with the price can be fun and exciting.
The list for traditional markets in Bali is long, the following suggesting are only a few of the markets Bali has to offer.
Kuta Art Market
Kuta art market might be the most touristic and popular market of them all because of its location in the South of Bali. It might also be the busiest market but is worth a visit if you don’t have much time in Bali or if you only are located in the Kuta area and don’t plan on traveling around much. The market is located very convenient and close to Kuta Square and the beach and makes it the perfect place to shop for souvenirs and locally crafted goods to bring home.
Sanur Art Market
If you stay in the area around Sanur and are looking for cheap souvenirs and handcrafted goods, then you don’t have to travel all the way to Kuta to pick up cheap Balinese souvenirs. Sanur has its own art market, also located close to the Sanur beach, where you can do some shopping at the various small stalls selling clothes, art, souvenirs etc.
You can also drop by for the cheap Indonesian food provided by several stall sellers early in the morning or for lunch and dinner.
The market in Ubud is a favorite among tourists and is visit by many travelers. The market consists of two sections. The first one is a food market where locals shop for daily groceries and household items. It’s a traditional local morning market and if you want an authentic Balinese market experience, then you should definitely start your day by joining the locals for some early morning shopping. The second market is Ubud’s art market and is more addressed to tourist. At this market you will be able to find unique hand crafted items for a reasonable price.
Badung Market and Kumbasari Market
Badung Market and Kumbasari Market is originally two markets but is located right next to each other and it is therefore ideal to visit both markets at the same time. The markets are both very traditionally and can be found in the heart of Bali’s capital, Denpasar City.
With two traditionally markets right beside each other is very easy to find souvenirs and whatever the heart desire of artwork and handicraft, for a good deal.
Sukawati Art Market
Sukawati art market is located in Gianyar and is approximately a two-hour drive from Kuta and Denpasar. The art market contains mainly of a two-story building there is filled with numerous of small stalls. It’s a suitable place for buying authentic Balinese artwork and handicraft and offers a range of handmade traditional art within sculpture, paintings and crafts.