Whether it's finding an ornate trinket to gift a loved one, a hand-crafted souvenir to furnish your living space back at home, or a much-needed snack as you explore, Bali's markets offer a plethora of opportunies for local shopping. Found in all major towns of Bali such as Seminyak, Kuta and Ubud, there's a reason a visit to Bali's markets is known as one of the best things to do in Bali.
Some of the best markets in Bali include Badung Market, Kreneng Market and Sukawati Art Market. Others, like Pasar Tradisional Sayan in Ubud and Kedonganan Fish Market in Kuta, are highly authentic and considered to be the top markets in Bali amongst locals.
Bali has different types of markets including handicraft markets, clothing markets, wet markets (which specialise in fresh produce and meat), as well as night markets. Bali’s night markets operate in the evening and often sell hot food to enjoy as you walk around.
The markets on this list are ranked in order of quality and popularity. It’s important to consider location when choosing which market to go to, including other relevant factors like the type of market it is, parking, accessibility and other ways of value-adding to the experience, like nearby landmarks or the availability of hot food.
One factor to consider when visiting Bali's markets is haggling. Whilst there are no hard and fast rules here, the price you are initially quoted is likely to be above, or sometimes well above, the value of the item. This is because the local Balinese vendors actually expect some haggling! We recommend deciding on a fair price and being willing to walk away if there's no middle ground to be found.
When it comes to food and produce markets, keep in mind that food and hygiene standards aren’t as high in Bali as in many Western countries. Fruit should be washed and any hot snacks or meals need to be purchased from reputable venues only. By taking food safety precautions, you reduce your risk of coming down with the dreaded Bali Belly.
One final factor to consider at Bali’s markets is what you are allowed to bring back to your home country. In Australia, for example, it’s not allowed to enter the country with fresh fruits, vegetables or meats, and certain items like fireworks and knives are not allowed either. Other items like wood carvings, coffee, spices or preserves need to be declared upon entry.
So, without further ado, here’s our comprehensive ranking of Bali’s top markets.