With creativity and colour aplenty, Ubud is known as the cultural capital of Bali. Immerse yourself in local handmade creations and try your hand at haggling prices with local merchants at the Ubud Art Market – or Pasar Seni Ubud as it is known locally – where you can find something for everyone on your present list with the enormous variety of souvenirs for sale.
The bustling Ubud Art Market is located opposite the Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace at the busy intersection of Jalan Raya and Monkey Forest Road in the heart of the city. These shopping thoroughfares are easy to find, and delightful to navigate and lose some hours in.
While many of Bali’s markets carry the typical tourist fare, Ubud is surrounded by villages known for producing authentic arts and crafts, and the market reflects this. Wood carvings from Mas and Singakerta can be found next to stone art from Batubulan. Hand-woven baskets in all sizes make fantastic gifts, while the silk sarongs and scarves very easily fit into your luggage and are perfect for friends back home.
Haggling is not just accepted, it’s expected, so prepare yourself for some tough negotiating while bargaining for the lowest price you can get. The market is open from 8am to 6pm, but some stalls extend their hours. The main art market is on the western side, while the eastern side contains a more traditional market with fresh produce and local foods.
Understandably, Ubud attracts a large number of tourists all year round, so if you want to avoid crowds, it may be a good idea to hop into one of the nearby attractions around lunchtime. Feed monkeys from your hand at the Monkey Forest or meander the Ubud Palace complex, the residence of the local royal family. When you’re ready for more shopping, the market is just across the street inviting you to shop till you drop.