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Best Art Markets in Bali

Updated: Apr 7, 2018

Bali art markets offer the most unique shopping experiences, where you can discover a treasure trove of artworks and handicrafts by talented local craftsmen, all at bargain prices! Most of the art markets in Bali comprise a sprawling scene of small kiosks arranged within a semi-open air complex; others like the Kumbasari Art Market in Denpasar feature a neatly arranged layout within a dedicated building, while some others offer a combination such as the famous Ubud Art Market that is always crowded with domestic and international shoppers looking for a great deal, from unique motif batiks, intricate Balinese carvings to the most iconic knick-knacks you won’t find outside the island. Here we present you with our short list of the best Bali art markets that are special shopping destinations you can find in the island’s major areas, so you can get going on your Bali shopping adventures. Even if you aren’t in for the haggling or buying anything, a visit to any of these art markets provides you with a glimpse into the wonderful artistry and creativity of the island’s craftsmen.

1) Ubud Art Market

The Ubud Art Market, locally referred to as 'Pasar Seni Ubud' is famous as the most visited art market in Bali. The market forms one of Ubud’s central landmarks, located just across the main Jalan Raya Ubud road from the Puri Saren Royal Palace. The market plays a central role in Ubud’s social and economic life, and is actually comprised of two sections: the east-side part serves as the main traditional morning market where locals shop for daily groceries and household items, while at the art market, you will find unique items from colorful silk scarves, tropical design shirts, handmade woven and cotton bags, baskets or straw hats; statues, kites and many other hand-crafted items. The art market is open every day except on ‘Nyepi’ or the Saka New Year, when the whole island literally shuts down for a whole day.

Opening Hours: 08:00 - 17:00

Location: Jalan Raya Ubud main road, opposite the Puri Saren Ubud palace.

2) Guwang Art Market

Guwang Art Market, locally referred to as ‘Pasar Seni Guwang’, is often considered the sister art market of Sukawati, due to its considerable size and similar offerings, and poses as a great alternative to the usually crowded Sukawati. is the main arts and souvenir shopping destination within the Guwang village community in Gianyar regency, a closer option for those coming from the island’s south who wish to do their souvenir shopping stopovers along common tour itineraries to East Bali. The main market building that houses different kiosks as centrepiece, you can also find many different bargains around the perimeter, including traditional warungs that serve Balinese cuisine, snacks and refreshments. Guwang itself is regarded as an art village, and along the Jalan Raya Guwang main road you will see rows of sculptors’ workshops, art shops and mini galleries, which you can also drop in for a brief look, or a surprising deal.

Location: Banjar Cemenggaon, Desa Guwang, Sukawati, Gianyar

3) Kumbasari Art Market

Kumbasari Art Market (or Pasar Kumbasari), is Denpasar’s longstanding art market that forms the central landmark and the city’s main traditional market complex, together with the Badung Traditional Market. The art market is located on the western side of the Badung River, opposite Badung Market, and features two story laid out with small art kiosks, textile and electronics shops. The locals also source their daily household necessities and temple ritual items from several shops here, from silk parasols, temple attire, to silver holy water vessels. The art market is open around the clock, however each kiosk within varies. The second level features a large hall where you can find a huge variety of souvenir items and art pieces, from silverware and mini sculptures, Balinese batiks and weaves in their raw form or shirts and ornamental cloths, many paintings, and others. Some apply fixed prices, but with most shops expect to bargain heavily.

Location: Jalan Gajah Mada

4) Kuta Art Market

Kuta Art Market saw its heyday before the rapid development of this famous Beach resort area, and now is physically outshone by the modern Kuta Square arcade that is lined with international designer brands, surf shops and fashion boutiques. However, it remains an important part of Kuta’s history, and still plays a major role as one of Kuta’s landmarks and the longstanding traditional art market in the area. Locally referred to as Pasar Seni Kuta, the art market is located right at the junction of Jalan Bakung Sari and Jalan Kartika Plaza. You can easily access the rows of kiosks from the street side adjacent Kuta Square or from the beach side south from the Balawista lifeguard watchtower. The kiosks showcase varieties of souvenirs and locally crafted goods that are produced elsewhere (most likely in the workshops within the Gianyar regency), but it is convenient for shopping sprees on short stays in Kuta. Prices can be high, so always bargain your way out.

Opening Hours: 08:00 - 22:00

Location: Jalan Bakung Sari, Kuta

5) Sukawati Art Market

Sukawati Art Market, also known by its local name 'Pasar Seni Sukawati', is the most longstanding art market in Bali, and regarded as the island’s mother of art markets. Named after the village where it resides (famous for its communities of traditional artists, comprising sculptors, painters and dancers) Sukawati is often a highlighted tour itinerary and the first that comes to mind for a myriad of souvenir choices at great bargain prices. The art market comprises a main two-storey building that is filled with many different stalls, some specializing in garuda sculptures and Kamasan-style paintings, while many others feature similar items – making your bargaining effort for the best price much easier. With sufficient time on your hands, it is best to patiently browse through and ask for comparison before finally striking a deal. Sukawati Art Market is located on the main Jalan Raya Sukawati Road in the Gianyar Regency, approximately two hour’s transfer from Kuta and Denpasar.

Opening Hours: 08:00 – 19:00

Location: Jalan Raya Sukawati, Gianyar

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