Street markets are the best form of markets. They have a charm and enigma of their own. You can find a wide range of items for a wide range of prices which are relatively cheaper when compared.
Bali nicknamed as ‘The Island of Gods’ is not just famous for its heavenly and mesmerizing beaches, it also has to offer numerous street markets.
You can pick any of the local arts and crafts, jewellery, cheap fashion items and souvenirs as per your heart’s desire. The Balinese are known for their artistry, so don’t forget to check out the canvases and woodcarvings. Remember, bargaining is the key for shopping at Bali markets.
Even, if you don’t wish to shop for anything, going to these markets is still a good experience. As it offers you something that the sophisticated malls cannot. A trip to these street markets in Bali offers you a chance to get up close with the locals and find something truly unique to take back home.
Bargaining is the key for shopping at Bali markets.
Street markets in Bali
Ubud Art Market
Locally referred to as the ‘Pasar Seni Ubud’ is the most visited art market in Bali. This market forms one of the central landmarks of Ubud. The market is actually comprised of two sections :
The eastside part – as the main traditional morning market where locals shop for daily groceries and household items
The western part – as the art market, you will find a variety of unique items from colourful silk scarves, tropical design shirts, handmade woven and cotton bags, statues, and many other hand-crafted items.
The market sells items of relatively higher artistic value than the Kuta art market. Bargaining is important.
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:00
The market is open on all days except on the ‘Saka New Year’ or ‘Nyepi’ when the whole island literally shuts down for one day.
Sukawati Art Market
Locally referred to as ‘Pasar Seni Sukawati’, is regarded as the island’s mother of art markets. The village where the art market resides is famous for its communities of traditional artists, comprising sculptors, painters and dancers. Sukawati is often a highlighted tour itinerary and famous for a myriad of souvenir choices at great bargain prices.
The art market comprises of a main two-storey building, filled with many different stalls, specialising in garuda sculptures and Kamasan-style paintings. Sukawati Art Market is located on the main Jalan Raya Sukawati Road in the Gianyar Regency.
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 19:00
Guwang art market
Locally referred to as ‘Pasar Seni Guwang’, is considered as the sister art market of Sukawati as it is a great alternative to the usually crowded Sukawati. It is the main arts and souvenir shopping destination within the Guwang village community in Gianyar regency.
The main market building houses different kiosks as centrepiece, you can also find traditional warungs that serve Balinese cuisine, snacks and refreshments. You will see rows of sculptors’ workshops, art shops and mini galleries, which you can also drop in for a brief look along the Jalan Raya Guwang main road.
Kuta Art Market
This Kuta Art Market is now outshone by the modern Kuta Square arcade that comprises of international designer brands, surf shops and fashion boutiques. However, it still remains as one of Kuta’s landmarks and the longstanding traditional art market in the area.
Locally referred to as Pasar Seni Kuta, the art market has a variety of souvenirs and locally crafted goods.
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
Night Street markets in Bali
The Sanur night market
Locally known as Pasar Malam Sindu, is the nightly transformation of the traditional Sindu market where most of the locals and Sanur residents shop for their daily necessities and morning groceries. By night, usually around 18:00, it provides a delicious experience with its local food stalls and meals on wheels rolling in. It provides a vide range of delicacies from lamb satay to fried rice at affordable prices.
The market also has a large parking area that serves as the main grounds for the night market, where you can freely roam and wander around the smoking grills and frying woks for a very exotic Balinese experience.
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 18:00 – 01:00
Gianyar Night Market
The Gianyar Night Market is one of the main evening spots for hungry locals and international visitors. The market is located on Gianyar town’s Jalan Ngurah Rai.
It is also referred to as a ‘hidden gem’ due to the bustling market scene full of warungs and smaller stalls. Selling everything from live pets to all sorts of cuisine at cheap prices, clothing items, etc.
A local food haven on its own, you can choose from ‘babi guling’, as well as roast chicken, ‘bakso’ meat ball soup, and various desserts.
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 17:00 – 02:00
A shopping street in Legian, Garlic Lane is almost close to a night market scene. You can stroll along, browse the art shops, bargain hard and buy some handicrafts. You can buy many things for your living room or gifts for them back home.
Furthermore, along its 200-metre length, you can find a variety ranging from DVDs, cheap sunglasses and surfwear etc. And also several bars and restaurants along the street for good stops for a cold Bintang and light bites.
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 21:00
Enjoy the street markets in Bali with its rich artistry, crafts work, hand woven baskets and bags enriched in Balinese art. Also, go for the night markets to indulge in the night life of Bali and savour your taste buds with the local and affordable delicacies offered.