Shopping at the Ubud market…


Ubud is definitely a shoppers paradise. One of the fun spots to shop in Ubud is its huge market. The market is located very centrally in Jalan Raya (Ubud’s main road).

The market is open from 6am till 6pm every day of the week. From 6am till around 9am the fresh fruit/food stall holders are set up. Here you can purchase a vast array of produce. We bought yummy bananas, mangosteens and snake fruit. It is a great time to just wander and watch people purchasing their shrine offerings and daily goods.

After 9am the regular stall holders set up. These stalls sell a vast array of goods from fake sunglasses, t-shirts, beads, Balinese souvenirs right through to cute little pottery teapots.

However the markets are not for the faint hearted! Bartering is the order of the day here and stall holders expect that you will negotiate with them. My tips are:

  • Have fun…remember you are on holidays.
  • Only barter on goods you intend to buy. If you intend to buy decide on your price and stick to it. Sometimes when you walk away unsuccessfully the stall holder will come down to your price (if your price is fair!)
  • If you are not interested a friendly “Just looking” and a smile is your best bet.

My boys loved to barter. They went to the market each day to get presents for their friends and compared notes on who got the cheapest price. They were happy and so were the stall holders.

11 thoughts on “Shopping at the Ubud market…

  1. I have a photo of this Ubud market from exactly the same spot that this photo was taken! πŸ™‚ So many fond memories! I’d even carried away my breakfast from this place!

  2. How long will you be in Ubud? I got the sense that it was a vacation, but there have been so many posts!

    Market bartering (that I’ve experienced) scares the daylights out of me. I would need to spend a month visiting the market, just learning how and gaining my courage. If vendors get excitable and begin hollering for my business, I just want to run. And that’s very sad, because I enjoy open markets so very much, and often come prepared to spend. In places where they do this, too often the shouting, pleading, and arguing causes me so much anxiety I just leave.

    In places where vendors simply want to haggle, I have no skill at all. I can see friendliness and fun in their eyes as they try to help me bargain, and yet I feel as though an offer would be an insult. Perhaps it’s how my family raised me: listen to what you are told, never contradict, be polite at all times, and graciously leave if you disagree. To barter, I have to put all that aside and it’s so hard.

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