TRADITIONAL AND LOCAL ART MARKETS IN BALI
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The Balinese are great artists! Stone- and Woodcarvers, Painters, Silversmiths, Umbrellas and Shadow Puppet Makers are just to name a few that make the “Street of Art” from Denpasar to Ubud an outdoor Museum.
Furthermore their great artwork is found in local art markets all over Bali. Although in addition to the art markets, local markets such as food markets, textile markets, fruit markets, pet markets, silver markets or gold markets, are also based across the whole Island of the gods.
Negotiating is an essential thing in Bali but especially at the local markets. A basic rule is not to buy something at a market that has a discount below 50% and a fair value is when a discount of about 70% is reached.
Negotiating at markets, even if it’s not very common in all cultures, ought to be fun. If a tourist wants to buy something at a local market, they should always negotiate with a smile and don’t lose patience. If a price is not agreed on, then say thanks with a smile, turn around and walk away. If the price the customer offered was fair, in 90% of the cases the merchant will follow them and agree on the deal. If the merchants are very pushy and annoying, obviously the customer’s response could be unfriendly as well.
Most of the merchants have a hard life and poverty is not a foreign word in Bali. It would be great if the name of every tourist’s game is “To live and to let live”!
Thank you for your kind understanding
Your Travelling Bali Team
travelling BALI Market guide – Local Markets in Bali – An overview of all the Traditional (Art) Markets in Bali
Market Guide – Markets in Bali – Traditional art Market
Markets in Bali – Ubud Traditional Art Market (Pasar Seni) – The fairytale of Ubud Traditional Art Market!
Once upon a time in Ubud, there was a sweet, traditional local Market called Pasar Seni or Ubud Traditional Art Market. It was located at the crossing of Jalan Raya and the Monkey Forest Road. The Traditional Ubud Art Market was able to attract countless amounts of tourists because Pasar Seni had its very own special Balinese charm.
Even bargaining was a challenge at Ubud Traditional Market; the vacationers with the big wallets went there to explore Pasar Seni’s special charm, whilst the sellers were happy to welcome them. They made so much money out of the people with light skin. The Tourists bought baskets, accessories, jewellery, paintings, wood carvings and much, much more.
Yes the two sides formed a great symbiosis. The traders at Ubud Traditional Art Market were benefiting from the tall white people and the tall white people experienced the traditional Charm of a very unique market in Bali.
Both the Business and the surrounding area grew and with this growth of the Ubud Traditional Art Market more and more light skinned people came to the market. Obviously with the more people that came, there was more money being made. But Suddenly…
… the bad king of Ubud came and said: “Subjects! I have a great new idea!! We shall build a new market!!! The new art market in Ubud will be the most modern, the nicest and biggest market anyone has ever seen in Bali by far!!!! And everyone will benefit from it!!!!!” The population of Ubud was shocked. “How are we able to benefit from a modern design if the tourists only come because of the traditional charm?” Finally that question proved to be a premonition of what was to come.
No sooner was it all said than done. The traders had to borrow money to finance their new stall, they were moved to a new area and the bad king organized the renovation.
And Nowadays? The bad king has found out that the traders were right and the idea to build a new market in Ubud was probably the worst he ever had. It’s now even harder to negotiate with the traders as they have to pay back their bank loans. Furthermore the traditional charm is gone and there are a lot better markets to go to in Bali.
Sukawati Art Market, Badung Market or Kreneng Market are all located closer to the white men who stay in the south and now have more to offer than the fallen beauty of Ubud Traditional Art Market.
And the moral of the story is … New ideas are not always the best ones!
R.I.P Pasar Seni
Market Guide – Markets in Bali – Large Market
Markets in Bali – Badung Market and Kumbasari Market (Pasar Badung dan Pasar Kumbasari) – are Bali’s biggest markets
Both Markets, Badung Market and Kumbasari Market are very traditional and local markets in the heart of Bali’s capital, Denpasar City.
Badung Market, for sure the busiest market in Bali as it is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is located in a massive three storey building on Sulawesi Street (Jalan Sulawesi), close to the bank of Badung River.
Even if Bandung Market provides plenty of parking lots, in the busiest hours around 6am, the space always gets tight and visitors might have to queue for a parking space. To see the hustle and bustle of the locals will be very interesting as it is all about negotiating but if a relaxed stroll is preferred, come around in the afternoon as it is probably the better choice.
Since Badung market opened its doors in 1984 (April 24th), Pasar Badung became the Main Trade Center for all convenience goods. Tropical and subtropical Fruits and groceries, spices, fish and meat, Balinese and Javanese clothes, ceremonial items, traditional wooden kitchen crafts and finally raw materials such as Batik Textiles are on sale here.
Tip1: Denpasar is very local and so are the prices! Carefully watch how much locals are paying for things if a purchase is wanted to be made and start negotiating.
Tip2 : Before the Holy Days this market will be extremely busy!
Badung Market will be more crowded when the holy days are here. From Ngurah Rai airport, it took 50 minutes drive by motorbike.
Kumbasari Market and Badung Market are usually seen as one unit. Kumbasari Market is just a stone’s throw away from Pasar Badung. Across the river, about a 2 minute walk from Denpasar’s main market, it’s possible to bump into Pasar Kumbasari. Kumbasari Market is the perfect complement to Badung market as it is purely an art market. Paintings, Sarongs, or woodcarvings, just to name a few, may be bought at Pasar Kumbasari market for very local prices.
Kumbasari and Badung Market, both are very local and offer value for money. Even these places are not too far from Kuta, it may take about 1 hour to get there due to the traffic and the sheer size of Denpasar. Combine it with a visit to the Bali Museum in Denpasar.
Market Guide – Markets in Bali – Night Market
Markets in Bali – Kreneng Market Bali (Pasar Kreneng Bali) – The market’s transformation takes place after dark
Located on Kamboja Street in East Denpasar, Kreneng Market is just another local and traditional Market in Denpasar, offering daily commodities. The interesting fact about Kreneng Market is its transformation from a regular traditional market into a local night bazaar, offering various kinds of Indonesian food at reasonable prices after dark.
Tip 1: If the sound of the hustle and bustle of a local night market in Denpasar seems interesting, visit Kreneng Market instead of Badung Market
Tip 2: Visitors should take care of their wallets!
Info: Previously Kreneng Market was also used as a terminal for Bemos, local mini buses, that go around Denpasar. Nowadays most of them have been replaced by modern city vans.
Market Guide – Markets in Bali – Bird Market
Markets in Bali – Bird Markets Denpasar (Pasar Burung Satria and Pasar Burung Sanglah) – More than just Birds at these markets
The Bird Markets in Denpasar are very traditional and local markets. The biodiversity of the shown birds in such a small area is simply amazing and reminds more to a Zoo then a market. : Hundreds of birds are waiting for a new owner.
However not only Birds are found at Bali’s major Bird Markets in Denpasar. Puppies, cats, bats, monkeys and other exotic creatures could be bought as well. The sad side of the story is that most of the cages are inappropriate for the species.
Tip 1: If species protection is an important issue then it’s best not to go and see these places and shop somewhere else.
Tip 2: Don’t touch the animals! Asia in general is not free of bird flu yet!
Market Guide – Markets in Bali – Handicraft Market
Markets in Bali – Sukawati Art Market (Pasar Sukawati) – The biggest local Market for handicrafts.
Sukawati Art Market is the biggest local market in Bali to purchase traditional handicrafts and traditional handmade products, spanning over many blocks on the main road of Sukawati.
Traditional paintings, wood and bone carvings, statues, bags, shoes, masks, textiles and clothing or jewelry are available at Sukawati Art Market.
Sukawati Art Market is very interesting with regards to the “food department” as this area is extremely local. Visitors should NOT go there if they have a weak constitution!
Since the renovation of Ubud Market, Sukawati Art market is better value and offers everyone a better traditional environment.
The two-floor Balinese style buildings, are mostly packed with tourists and locals almost every weekend, especially during summer, Christmas, and New Year's holidays. During the high season one shouldn’t go on their own by car as it might get very difficult to find a parking lot in this area.
The Trip from Kuta to Sukawati Art Market on average takes one hour.
Tip 1: Bargaining should also be fun and as already mentioned in other market descriptions, it belongs to the Balinese culture. Although let the people earn a living. With a 70% Discount anyone is surely satisfied.
Tip 2: Sellers on the second floor are more willing to lower the prices as most tourists don’t go upstairs. There is a significant reason why! The second floor of Sukawati Art Market is super hot and reminds everyone more of a sauna than a shopping area. However if travellers don’t mind it a little sticky, then this is where people get their 70% discount quicker!
Tip 3: A trip to Sukawati Art Market could be perfectly combined with a stop at the “silver village” Celuk. See how the Balinese silversmiths produce the filigree jewellery, which Bali is very popular for and usually is not found at Sukawati Art Market.
Market Guide – Markets in Bali – Fabric Market
Markets in Bali – Sulawesi Market Bali (Jalan Sulawesi) – The perfect market for Fabric lovers
Sulawesi Market (Jalan Sulawesi) is simply a fabric heaven. Many fabric shops stretch along Jalan Sulawesi in the center of Denpasar.
All those who are interested in textiles should have been to this very local place at least once. Nearly an unlimited amount of fabrics are on stock. As everywhere on Bali negotiation is essential to get good prices. By the way prices, a meter of “average quality” material is about 50.000 Rupiah (about 5 USD), a real bargain!
Nonetheless Sulawesi Market Bali does not only offer raw materials, but a lot of traditional clothes are also found here as well. In case anybody is looking for a traditional Kebaya (Indonesian blouse-dress combination, take care of your husband as the modern stylish ones are so sexy!), Udeng, Kamen, Safari or Koko, all the traditional outfits and accessories are possible to discover on Sulawesi Street.
In between all these fabric shops some other local shops are waiting grab the traveller’s attention!
Market Guide – Markets in Bali – Vintage Fashion Market
Markets in Bali – Kodok Market (Pasar Kodok) – A Vintage Fashion Market in Tabanan
Ok, we fully agree on the fact that Tabanan is not only worth a visit just for a traditional market. Except, what about combining a visit of this very, very local market with other attractions such as Tanah Lot?
Kodok Market (Frog Market) is a hidden market, somewhere in the middle of the busy Tabanan domain. It is Bali’s most popular second hand market and whatever visitors are looking for, it will be there!
As a market for the poor, it is probably not a place for everybody, but fashion designers especially feel attracted by Kodok Market. As with every vintage market it increases the creativity and inspiration and for sure some new design ideas have come from the Frog Market.
If someone is looking for second hand belts, skirts, dresses, shirts, swimming suits, singlets, jumpers, bags, jackets, jeans or other clothes and accessories which could inspire them, then they should go there and take an easy stroll.
Tip 1: Plagiarism is a huge business in Asia and it is not easy to be sure if the product that is being bought is really what is being paid for!
TIP 2: Don’t go there on rainy days!
Market Guide – Markets in Bali – Popular Art Market
Markets in Bali – Kuta Art Market (Pasar Seni Kuta) – Tourists, Tourists and even more Tourists at this market
Kuta Art Market is a traditional market where local-crafted souvenirs, clothes, shoes, jewellery and even furniture are discovered.
The prices vary, depending on our bargaining skills. Haggling is expected and indeed encouraged as part of the fun of shopping, but do so politely and with a smile. It is often helpful to decide upon the most that we want to pay for an item before the bargaining starts.
Due to the location, Kuta Art Market is full of tourists. If tourists are not staying in Kuta or not planning to go there, then they had better go to other traditional markets such as Badung Market, Sukawati Market or Ubud market.
Market Guide – Markets in Bali – Charming Art Market
Markets in Bali – Sanur Art Market Bali (Pasar Sanur) – The Sleepy and charming Art Market
Sanur Art Market is located on Jalan Danau Tamblingan. As mentioned before, Sanur stands for a very relaxed atmosphere.
The village is charming, quiet and sleepy and this is a great description of the traditional Sanur Art Market as well. At Sanur Art Market it’s possible to find the basic things such as sarongs, paintings woodcarvings or handicrafts. Far better markets are available in Bali but if travellers have chosen to come to Sanur to explore the lovely promenade anyway, then Sanur Art Market could probably be put on the schedule in case they haven’t been to any other markets in Bali before.
Tip: In case the idea of escaping Kuta to spend time in a similar but by far quieter village sounds good, make a trip to sleepy Sanur and shop in this area!
Market Guide – Markets in Bali – Stone Carving Market
Markets in Bali – Batubulan Market (Pasar Batubulan) – The ultimate Stone Carving market!
The complete city is a Market for stonemasonry!
Please Check Batubulan in Cities and Villages
Market Guide – Markets in Bali – Wood Carving Market
Markets in Bali – Mas Market (Pasar Mas) – The main Wood Carving market!
The complete city is a Market for wood carvings!
Please Check Mas in Cities and Villages
Market Guide - Markets in Bali – Silversmiths Market
Markets in Bali – Celuk Market (Pasar Celuk) – The complete Silversmiths market!
The complete city is a Market for jewelry!
Please Check Celuk in Cities and Villages
Market Guide – Markets in Bali – Livestock Market
Markets in Bali – Galiran Market (Pasar Galiran) – You want to trade livestock at a market?
Galiran Market in Klungkung, the central market of Eastern Bali, is very popular for its livestock trades. If anyone is looking to buy a cow, duck or any other kind of livestock, then it will located here. It is a very busy market as traders from Bangli, Karangasem and Gianyar meet here to make their deals.
Market Guide – Markets in Bali – Inner city Market
Markets in Bali – Satria Market (Pasar Satria) – A market in the city
Just another market in Denpasar.