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UBUD TRADITIONAL ART MARKET – The Complete Guide
Ubud is the the centre of Balinese arts with many different craftsman shops. Having so many different traditional products to offer, there is no better way to go shopping than on the Ubud market. The collection of products that can be found here varies from clothing, wood carved products and accessories, traditional art and Batik sarongs, silver jewellery and plenty of different rattan and straw bags. The Ubud market is one of the must things to do in Ubud, especially if you’re looking for a typical Balinese souvenirs. Read in this complete guide everything you need to know about the Ubud Art Market.
How to get to Ubud Market Bali
The Ubud Market is located in the centre of Ubud town right across the Puri Saren Ubud palace on Jalan Raya Ubud. The Balinese word for the market is Pasar Seni Ubud which is an option to ask the way to a local. On busy days it can get hard to find a parking spot in Ubud, especially with a car. Scooters can be parked down the road and it costs 2000 IDR.
Best time to visit the Ubud Market
Considering the weather and humidity, you might want to visit the Ubud Market in the early morning. Also because of the tourist buses that mostly arrive around 11 AM. So the earlier you go, the better bargains you can get with fewer people around. The Balinese believe that the first sale they make of the day will bring them good luck. For this reason they are often willing to drop their prices which is a win win for both. You can get a good price and the vendor is happy with the first sale of the day.
Opening times Ubud Market
The Ubud market is opened daily from 8 AM to 5 PM. In the very early morning, the Ubud Market is more a market for vegetables and fruits, starting at 5.30 AM until 7.30 AM. After that, during the day time, the Ubud market changes into the art, souvenir and craft market.
What to expect at the Ubud Market
The Ubud Market is one of the most popular and biggest markets in Bali with plenty of choice in different goods. Any market you visit can sometimes feel hectic, so the best advice we can give is to come as early as possible. This will give you the opportunity to check out all the goods that are for sale without too much other tourists around. Many stalls sell the same things, but in a slightly different color, pattern, style or size. So make sure to check out the different items before buying a souvenir to take home. Of course bring enough cash if you’re planning on buying some nice items.
Shopping at the Ubud Market
If you’re looking for specific colors, designs and sizes then the best you can do is first check all the stalls that have these items. Then you can decide which one you like and then go back to the stall where you found the best item. This will also give you the chance of the best possible price, because as soon as you start the walk away, the price suddenly drops! The main items you will see at the Ubud market are as following.
Clothes, lots of them! From traditional Balinese sarongs to hip dresses, tops, the classic Asian elephant pants and much more. For the guys there are some t-shirts and vests as well, but the clothes are mainly focussed on girls.
Handbags in all types and sizes. The typical Balinese rattan bags and handmade woven straw bags are some of the items that are almost a must to buy as a girl in Bali. But there are also other types of bags if you’re looking for something more bigger, practical etc.
Jewellery as the perfect small souvenir to take home! Silver rings, necklaces, bracelets, you’ll find it all in very different styles and sizes. From beautiful minimalistic items to interesting shapes and colours.
Homeware to bring Bali to your home. There is so much stuff to buy for your house on the Ubud Market! From coasters and bowls to nice wooden cutting boards, coconut bowls, all sorts of decoration such as woven baskets, bamboo straws, macrame dream catchers and much more. There is so much choice!
Balinese crafts if you’re looking for a more traditional Bali art souvenir. You will find plenty of beautiful handmade and hand painted masks and statues. Wood and stone carving is one of the crafts that’s being done in the villages close to Ubud, so you will find many different options as well as paintings.
Other things to do in Ubud Bali
I you’re staying in Ubud for a few nights then exploring the near surroundings is a must. There are some things to do in Ubud that you can’t miss!
If you want to be in nature, take a walk along the Campuhan Ridgewalk with an amazing valley view. This is the best spot to escape the buzz of Ubud and to go for a nice walk or even run!
Visiting the Monkey Forest is another must do in Ubud, however, if you don’t like monkeys then skip it! The Monkey Forest is directly in the centre of Ubud located and is another nice and short nature walk in the forest.
Another thing you can’t miss when visiting Bali in general but in particular near Ubud, are the beautiful rice fields of Tegalalang. On only a 20 minute drive from the centre you will find these beautiful layered rice terraces with amazing photo spots.
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