Bali is renowned as a shopping capital when it comes to holiday destinations, not just for its many shopping malls and discount outlets but also for the many markets that can be found throughout its streets. Visiting a local market not only offers the chance to pick up some great bargains but also a fascinating insight into real Balinese culture. Although haggling is not customary in Bali's larger outlets and department stores, it is an expected and enjoyed part of the market culture and is encouraged.
Kuta Art Market: Located near Kuta Beach offering clothing, sarongs, jewellery, shoes, leather goods, handicrafts and even furniture. There are some great bargains to be had if you look closely and are good at haggling.
Sanur Art Market: Enjoying a less crowded and more relaxed atmosphere, this market offers a wide range of merchandise, sarongs, handicrafts and wood carvings and is surrounded by a number of nice restaurants.
Badung Market: Open 24 hours, this traditional market is located in Bali's capital of Denpasar and offers four storeys of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, spices, groceries, textiles, cloth, homewares, accessories, clothing, even pets and much more. Outside vendors often have better prices than those inside, although prices are generally competitive with most of the big transactions occurring in the peak hour in the afternoon. The day market operates from 5am to 5pm when the night market takes over from 5pm to 5 am.
Ubud Market: See the real Bali in all its cultural and artistic glory with this traditional rustic market featuring squatting sellers, noisy haggling, fresh local vegetables and spices, handicrafts and more.
Sukawati Art Market: Located opposite the traditional market, this two-storey building offers a number of stalls selling woven baskets, colourful hand-painted cloth, dance costumes, statues and more, all at reasonable prices.