Where to shop in Ubud?
Arts and crafts, paintings, pottery, textiles, wood carvings, sarongs and jewellery it’s all here in Ubud. Forget surfing labels or international brand names, Ubud is all about local Balinese artists selling their wares. So definitely spend a day browsing the most gorgeous shops you will find in Bali.
Walking around Ubud is where you will find more traditional style shopping and you can buy locally made products from artisans. These can range from mass produced sarongs through to the finest hand woven garments, intricate carvings and custom designed jewellery. Ubud has them all, centrally located within the confines of a few streets. If you love your arts and crafts, Ubud will be paradise.
In Ubud most items are fixed priced but in other cases, like buying a painting you might need to put your bargaining skills to the test here. You don’t want to pay more than you have to, so make sure with most things you buy you do try to bargain.
The main streets, such as Jalan Raya Ubud, and Monkey Forest Road in Padangtegal is where you will find the largest concentration of fashion boutiques and local vendors selling a range of your typical Balinese souvenirs right through to quirky, unique items you will only find in Ubud.
Following are some great shops that will help you get the most out of your Ubud shopping adventure. These are only a handful. Our advice is to spend time ambling around the area, taking your time and going to shops that take your fancy. Here it’s all about the cosy, quaint shops and the friendly local artists. Shopping in Ubud is not so much about buying things, it;s about an appreciation of the cultures and the Balinese way of life.
- The Ubud Art Market You cannot miss this place, it’s in the centre of Ubud and you have to pass here to get anywhere. Probably the first thing you will notice is the buzzy, vibrant, colourful activity (lots of vans, trucks, scooters all tooting their horn), followed by the smell. This is Indonesia and this is a market, so be prepared for an assault of your sense at all levels. The Ubud Art Market is a perfect place to grab a bargain. They sell almost anything here; sarongs, hand woven bags, statues, t shirts and the usual Bali nick knacks. The place is actually quite mad but that’s all part of the fun! Just be aware that you will need to bargain here as local traders will inflate the price by about 200% – offer a half or a third to start with. Bargaining is expected so enjoy it.
- Sukawati Art Market is probably Bali’s oldest market. Here you will find all types of Balinese artworks, and other hand crafted items and other Balinese crafts. Locally known as ‘Pasar Seni Sukawati’, it is the perfect place for visitors to find distinctively Balinese artworks, handicrafts, sculptures and other traditional hand-crafted items. The market was opened in the 1980s and is made up of two storeys. You can find it on the Jalan Raya Sukawati main road in Gianyar, about a 20-minute drive from Kuta. Over two levels tourists amble through a busy mix of shops selling anything and everything to do with Bali; paintings, bags, kites and wood carvings are all sold here with tourists and locals alike, snapping up bargains. It’s a very crowded area but somehow it works. The back of the market sells incense, candles and aromatherapy oils. Make sure you have your bargaining skills ready here!
- Monkey Forest Street Jalan Monkey Forest in Ubud, is where you walk to from the main part of Ubud to the actual money forest, which is a massive tourist attraction. Along this road on both sides are scores of shops where local vendors, shops and chic boutiques sell an array of gift items, clothing and local crafts. There are hundreds of shops and this is what makes Ubud so unique. The mix of products include mass-produced usual Bali souvenirs (the ones you see all over the island) to some one-off handicrafts. Everything seems to be crammed tightly in a couple of streets. It makes for a great afternoon stroll after you have done all your other sightseeing around Ubud.
- Guwang Art Market The village of Guwang, which is close to Ubud is the home of the art market. It is similar to the one in Ubud, but this place offers buyers a more relaxed, slow paced market experience. You can buy all the arts and crafts here without the crowds or hordes of earger tourists looking to grab a bargain before they head off home. Note, there are items here that cannot be found at the Sukawati Art Market so it’s worth a look if your on the hunt for a truly unique item.
- Ikat Batik Ikat Batik is a famous shop in Bali for providing an outlet for local hand woven Batki experts to showcase their brilliant products. If you want to see and buy seriously high end Batik textiles please make sure you visit this shop on Monkey Forest Road. You will probably stumble upon it anyway on your ventures, but it’s worth while noting this place. Inside the shop, various textiles that you can buy hang off the walls. This makes them very tempting indeed. You can also see how the local artisans make these as well as demonstrations are often held in the shop.