Jl. Gajah Mada, Denpasar (near the Badung River)
Open to the public on April 24, 1984, Kumbasari Market is as traditional as it gets. Located in the heart of Denpasar, it is not easy to get to,nor is it close to any touristy hubs… and that is the beauty of Kumbasari. The scenery on the drive to this market transforms seamlessly from electronic stores, to rolling rivers, to rows upon rows of fabric shops and silversmiths. This market is one of the cheapest markets in Bali, and most popular during holidays such as Nyepi, Gulangan and Kuningan. Traditional goods are located on the ground floor stacked and lined with kitchenware such as baskets traditionally fabricated from woven bamboo. Climb up to the second story to find an array of fragrant spices and dried foods, or to browse through an abundance of batik Balinese printed fabrics. On the third floor, household items and handcrafted clothing make the most charming gifts for friends back home.
Jl. Gajah Mada, Denpasar
Located across the river from Kumbasari Market, Badung Market is unique for being open to the public 24-hours per day. Badung Market is the largest and oldest market in Bali providing everyday local needs such as fruits and vegetables, fresh meats and fish, spices, clothing, temple offerings, and much more. One thing to note about this market is that it can be considered rather unclean; however if you’re looking at a truly historical and cultured experience, look no further. Badung Market is not one to be missed.
Jl. Raya Ubud, Ubud
Known as the cultural center of Bali; land of the artists, Ubud Market has got to be my favorite market to take visiting friends and family members new to Bali. The variety of handicrafts, household goods, clothes, fabrics, essential oils, and art pieces make this market perfect for those interested in purchasing souvenirs to take home from their Bali holiday. Although it can be a little overwhelming on the senses with sellers ruthlessly aiming to grab tourists’ attention, keeping a calm and observant vibe is a great way of enjoying this market’s multiple charms.
Sanur Night Market
Jalan Danau Toba, Sanur
Although open during the day, The Sanur Market is most popular for its evening traffic. Just before sunset, this market rapidly transforms from a daily customer’s one-stop-shop to a food lover’s paradise. Locals and tourists alike flock to this night market to enjoy anything from chicken satay sticks and freshly caught and grilled snapper, to roasted corn on the cob and peanuts. Enjoy an EsCampur for dessert; a slushy drink made with sweetened condensed milk, cut up fruit, and gummy bears (sounds weird, tastes delicious). So next time you’re in Sanur, be sure to plan a dinner night, or three, at Sanur Night Market.
Jalan Ngurah Rai, Gianyar
Staying in Ubud but looking for the ultimate in local cuisine? Look no further than Gianyar night market. Known by many as a hidden gem, hungry locals and tourists alike can be found lined up at one of the dozens of little Warungs serving up an array of local delights. Other shops offer everything from clothes, accessories, children’s toys, and souvenirs to live house pets! Although extremely busy on the weekends, this market tends to be calmer during the week. The combination of aromatic coconut curries and sweet desserts combined with honking motorbikes and multicolored storefront lights are truly a playground to the senses. Be sure to try the Babi Guling lso known as slow cooked roast pork, one of Bali’s most popular dishes.