Balinese Traditional Market Guide

Travelling would never be complete without visiting the traditional places and experiencing the local cultures and life. There is actually one place where we could witness and understand almost everything about a city or country. It is its traditional market. For example, in Sukowati Market and Ubud Market, we could simply see the very basic things about Bali, such as local people with their daily life, the culture and things that they value as well as the local arts.

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Balinese traditional markets are popular for both international and local tourists. By just looking at the cute and unique stuffs they sell, we could guarantee that 99% of the visitors would never come back home with empty hands. Window shopping would barely work here. Not to mention their prices which are much cheaper than those shops in Seminyak could offer.

Moreover, talking about prices, like most of you might have already known, bargaining plays a crucial role when you shop at Balinese traditional markets. Apart from it, we have also listed other couples of things that you need to know about Balinese traditional markets. We really hope that this information could help you have the best shopping experience.

Different Prices

It is inevitable that sellers here offer different prices for local and foreign buyers. They would charge you a slightly higher price if they know that you come from overseas. Bringing a local guide could be very helpful.

Do NOT Bargain

Please, please and please never bargain if you do not have intention to buy the item. Once you ask the price, the bargaining starts! Some sellers would become very upset if you have started bargaining but you ended up not buying. In this case, we might be able to meet some stern Balinese people.

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Reasonable Price

Although the seller would ask you to mention the price you want for the item, please think before you say it. You could not ask for a half price if you only want to buy one item. Perhaps, you could ask for 20-30% discount and if you buy more than three items, you might try request for another discount.

Do the Research

Explore the whole market before settling in one shop. Try to compare the prices in different shops. Even though the price difference might not be that significant, you could still have a chance to find lower prices with better items.

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Hidden Gems

Go inside the market, explore the building and the second level. Sellers, whose shops have strategic locations which are easy to find or close to the entrance, usually have higher power to set higher prices. Meanwhile, those who do not have that advantage are usually more welcome and pleased to serve potential buyers.


Try to respect the sellers and be nice. If you are only curious about the item and its price, you could simply tell the seller in the beginning that you are just looking around. Some would understand and some would try to offer you with other goods. If the seller is likely to keep forcing you to buy and bargain, just tell her ‘no, thank you’ politely with smile and walk away.

Mind Your Belongings

This basically applies to wherever you go. Even though Bali is considered as a safe city in Indonesia, still, we just never know. Pickpockets could just be everywhere. Furthermore, you might be too exciting to go to the next shop and forget your belongings. Always be mindful with all of your belongings as well as your little ones if you travel with them.

On top of all these dos and don’ts, one thing that you have to be sure about: you have to have fun and enjoy! It is definitely a unique experience to visit a traditional market in Bali. Two most popular ones that you should consider are Pasar Ubud (Ubud Market) and Pasar Sukowati (Sukowati Market).


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