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Ubud market

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The savvy traveller knows that to sample a taste of local life, head to the markets, and Ubud Market offers a great big mixed dollop of tradition and commerce in two flavours: regular local market early morning and tourist “art” market by day. It previously had multi personalities with a night market as well, but local restaurants were too much competition.





If you’re looking for an authentic night market close to Ubud, you’ll have to head to Gianyar, but if you can’t make it there, Ubud’s effort will do. The real business starts as early as four in the morning, although the official opening time is 06:00, with squatting sellers filling most available spaces when you’ll have to fight with shoving, hurrying and haggling locals for the best prices on sweet mangosteens, stinky durians, and hairy rambutans (“like an orange made love to a plum” as Javier Bardem describes them to Julia Roberts in the film of Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir “Eat Pray Love” filmed right here in this very market).

Dingle dangles. Photo taken in or around Ubud market, Ubud, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Dingle dangles. Photo: Sally Arnold

Most head home by 09:00, when Pasar Seni Ubud opens, the Ubud Art Market, stuffed to the rafters with quality crafts mixed with tourist tat produced in Ubud’s neighbouring villages. If you haven’t made it by 09:00 (and before 07:00 for the true bargains) an authentic “traditional” market section remains operating in the older basement until about noon. Head down the stairs (or slip down the steep ramp) to the basement level at the back section of the market for all the grime and smells you’ll need for your real McCoy experience.

Ubud Market sits on the corner of Jalan Raya Ubud and Jalan Monkey Forest, opposite Ubud Palace. Newer double- and triple-storey buildings take the prime front positions, split by narrow Jalan Karna which continues with stalls along its length. The shabbier older section, a rabbit-warren collection of buildings around a smaller courtyard is on the eastern side of the market. The market temple, Pura Melanting sits offering-laden in front of the ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Ubud market
Jalan Raya Ubud
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