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Best Night Markets in Bali

Updated: Jul 12, 2020

These best Bali night markets offer you a unique shopping and dining experience after dark. These night markets, otherwise referred to locally as ‘pasar senggol’ or ‘pasar malam’, are where you can discover favorite local snacks that you can try for yourself, and you can gain insight on traditional household items and their uses. A thriving shopping scene by day, some of these markets seemingly never cease to operate, and they take on a different form with more choices of stalls opening at around 18:00. These markets are a great place to enjoy an array of local and traditional cuisine at very reasonable prices, together with Balinese crafts at great bargains.

Here are 6 best Bali night markets that feature the common crowded scene where you brush shoulders through tightly spaced stalls and impromptu vendors, hence the name 'pasar senggol' or ‘bump market’ in the local tongue. The scene may seem a little chaotic, but that is just one of the fun and exciting aspects that you should try at least once on your visit to Bali.

1) Sanur Night Market (Pasar Malam Sindu)

The Sanur night market, known as Pasar Malam Sindu, is in fact the nightly transformation of the traditional Sindu market where most of the locals and Sanur residents source their daily necessities, ritual items, and morning groceries. By night, usually starting around 18:00, it provides a sensory experience with its local food stalls opening up and meals on wheels rolling in before cooking up anything from lamb satay to fried rice at very local prices – great for budget travelers. The market’s large parking area serves as the main grounds for the night market, where you can freely roam and wander around the smoking grills and frying woks for a very exotic Balinese experience. A serving of chicken satay with 10 sticks and a plate of rice is merely between IDR 15,000 and 20,000, while a similar serving with lamb and a drink can be IDR 25,000-30,000.

Bali Night Market
Bali Night Market

Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 18:00 - 01:00

Location: Jalan Danau Toba, Sindu, Sanur

2) Gianyar Night Market

The Gianyar Night Market is one of the main evening haunts for hungry locals and international visitors coming from and staying at the main resorts in Ubud. The market is located on Gianyar town’s Jalan Ngurah Rai. Most foreign visitors call it a hidden gem, with a bustling market scene full of warungs and smaller stalls selling everything from live pets to all sorts of cuisine at cheap prices, clothing items and fashion accessories and kids stuff. The market is hard to miss and can be slightly chaotic with the traffic and hordes of scooters parked on one side of the road. The night scene is brilliant with the many fluorescent lamps at each stall. Although busier during the weekends, you visit any day of the week. A local food haven on its own, you can choose from the ubiquitous ‘babi guling’, as well as roast chicken, ‘bakso’ meat ball soup, and various desserts.

Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 17:00 - 02:00

Location: Jalan Ngurah Rai, Gianyar

3) Kuta Art Market

Kuta Art Market is a small beach side bazaar-like complex where you can find unique Bali souvenirs and handcraft items, and where you can put your bargaining skills to the test. The compact marketplace is easily located at the end of the Jalan Bakungsari one-way thoroughfare, adjacent to the Kuta Sidewalk and just before Jalan Kartika Plaza. Locally referred to as Pasar Seni Desa Adat Kuta or the ‘Art Market of the Kuta Traditional Village’, the shopping place comprises six main shop-houses and a long building with many different stalls. The shops sell a wide range of items and Bali curios, such as Bali surfboard and guitar-shaped fridge magnets, key chains, beer holders, place-mats, faux leather shoes and sandals, Bali print T-shirts and colorful sarongs and fabrics. A great stopover if you are strolling on the Kuta beach footpaths.

Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 08:00 - 22:00

Location: Jalan Bakung Sari, Kuta

4) Garlic Lane

Garlic Lane is a shopping street in Legian that's close to a night market scene: you can stroll along, browse from one closely-knit art shop to another, bargain hard at most and buy some handicrafts to spruce up your living room, or gifts for the folks back home. It's conveniently out-of-the-way and narrow, off Legian’s busier main streets. Along its 200-meter length, you can find a good variety ranging from DVDs, cheap sunglasses and surf-wear, while several bars and restaurants along the street make good stops for a cold Bintang and light bites.

Opening Hours: 08:00 – 21:00

Location: Jalan Sahadewa, Legian

5) Taman Sari Market

The Taman Sari Market, locally referred to as 'Pasar Taman Sari', is one of very few local markets of its kind that can be found around the Seminyak area. A unique deviation from the predominantly upscale boutique shopping and world-class dining scenes of Seminyak, this local market serves as an ideal stopover for those looking for fresh tropical fruits at bargain prices and within easy reach of the region's villas and resorts. The market takes on a local night market scene by sunset, with food carts of all sorts rolling in, offering ‘bakso’ meatball soup, grilled chicken satay, rice porridge and many other tasty treats.

Opening Hours: 05:00 – 24:00

Location: Jalan Tangkuban Perahu No.2, Banjar Taman, Kerobokan Kelod

6) Kereneng Night Market

Pasar Kereneng Night Market and the nearby Asoka Market are difficult to differentiate due to their close proximity with each other, and are often referred to collectively as simply ‘Pasar Kereneng’. They form one of the Denpasar city’s largest traditional markets, after Badung Market, which is only 1.8 km to the west. Well over a thousand vendors sell all sorts of items – most of which will tempt your curiosity more than your wallet, but popular items include batik cloths, traditional kitchen utensils, farming tools to groceries. Its transformation into the famous night market scene starts in the late afternoon around 16:00, when food stalls and carts wheel in. The food stalls at the southern border of the market grounds are open during the day and late into the night, comprising the delicious and Bali-famous dish of ‘nasi babi guling’, alongside various Javanese cuisine of mixed rice ‘nasi campur’. Kids’ toys such as balloons and simple toys like dandy propellers and bubble blowers are also sold.

Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 18:00 - 02:00

Location: Jalan Kamboja, East Denpasar

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