Markets to visit in Bali
08 Jul 2019
No trip to Bali would be complete without a wander around the island’s many markets. As with any tourist hotspot, however, it can be difficult to separate the generic (and, dare we say it, tacky) souvenir markets from the lesser-known places selling authentic items.
To help you out, we’ve put together a quick guide to interesting markets to visit in Bali. Each has its own unique selling point and will provide you with plenty of opportunities to get your hands on some quirky gifts and souvenirs.
1. Pasar-Pasaran bi-annual market
Perfect for lovers of all things arty, the Pasar-Pasaran market in Ubud was set up to celebrate the work of local artists and designers. As well as providing the opportunity to pick up some truly unique pieces, the market features workshops, music, crafting sessions, and other fun activities. In this way, it is a great place for a family day out. It should be noted, however, that the market is only held twice yearly, so you will need double check whether your trip coincides with opening dates.
2. Sanur Sunday Market
This family-oriented market takes place every last Sunday of the month between 10 am and 6 pm, and offers a range of indulgent items and activities. For foodies, the market offers a range of delicious treats to keep them satisfied throughout the day, whilst beauty obsessives can treat themselves to a manicure or pampering session for a great price. The market also has a variety of handmade gifts, jewellery, and fresh produce that will make fantastic souvenirs.
3. Old Man’s Original Canggu Market
Of all the things to do in Bali, a visit to Old Man’s Original Canggu Market is amongst the most exciting. As one of the island’s most popular marketplaces, with over 150 local and independent stalls, visitors will be able to pick up an eclectic range of art, clothing, homeware, jewellery, and organic products. The market takes place once a month and stays open until 3 pm. Visitors need not end their day there, however, as many stalls continue to serve delicious food and drink until well into the evening.
4. Love Anchor
Based in Canggu, Love Anchor is one of the most photogenic markets on the islands. With whimsical decorations and a vast array of restaurants, bars, and shops, the market never fails to draw a trendy crowd of locals and tourists. Best of all, Love Anchor is open daily between 9 am and 9 pm and even features a happy hour.