When you are going to the traditional markets, you should try to enter a local mindset – and this means knowing how to bargain. These markets offer a wide range of items for you to haggle on. Here we guide you through where to go, what to do and highlight some rules of thumb when bargaining.
Ubud Market or ‘Pasar Seni Ubud’ is an authentic Balinese market early morning until 11am and transforms to a market dedicated to tourists. Located at Jalan Raya Ubud, right in the centre of Ubud, this market is open every day from 7 AM to 6 PM. All of the goods sold at this market are created by local Balinese people, and most of them are made in the neighbouring villages. To avoid the crowds, it is recommended to go in the morning. Shopping at Ubud Art Market is not just about an actual purchase. Window shopping from one stall to another is an interesting highlight. However, if you know exactly what to buy, afternoon visits are recommended to get a better deal.
This market is quite famous among locals. Located on Jalan Raya Sukawati, about 30 minutes before reaching central Ubud, this market has existed since the 80’s. Walking around this market is delightful but can be confusing as there are so many alleys and hidden shops. Shopping with a local guide is recommended to avoid getting lost. When it comes to the price, there is no fixed price for anything. Your bargaining skills are needed here.
This market offers an excellent range of Balinese art items, such as paintings, wooden figures, aromatherapy items, traditional and homemade handicrafts. However, paintings are most popular. The fine paintings on sale are local original artworks and imitations of signature artworks from various experts. The tricky part about buying these paintings is finding out which ones are original and which ones are imitations. You will find plenty of similar paintings depicting the same subject or done in very similar styles. Be sure to have a peak at as many painting shops in the building to get the best and fair price. Many people in this area are talented artisans so whether you are buying some original art or variations on a popular style know that many of these were completed by talented Balinese locals.