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Shopping in Bali at The Local Markets
By: Monica M. Lawton
Shopping in Bali: Kumbasari Market
Kumbasari Market is a market that sells traditional costumes, and clothing items which are relatively cheaper than those sold in the shops on Gajah Mada Street which are mostly owned by citizen of Chinese clan. Kumbasari Market was previously called by Peken Payuk (pot market) and it sell the items from:
- gerabah /jar like pot pengedangan
- cubek (plate from land)
- paso (pail from land)
- caratan (water jug from land)
- jeding (barrel from land)
- penyantokan (mixer from land)
- coblong (cup from land)
- kekeb (rice cover)
All of these items are the kitchenware and also those for ceremony. Since this market most popular as a place to sell payuk/pot, hence Kumbasari Market in the past referred as Peken Payuk or pot market. But now it sell the material or art items for tourist therefore it is one of tourist destinations in Denpasar.
Shopping in Bali: The Kuta Art Market.
The Kuta Art Market
Situated close to the Kuta Beach on Jl. Bakung Sari, Kuta Art Market has a large number of shops selling a wide variety of merchandises including:
- leather goods
You can find some good pieces if you look carefully. A lot of western travelers go there to stock up on inventory for their businesses abroad. You can even be put in direct contact with the artists to carry out custom orders. I suggest bringing a “Local” friend to ensure you get the best rate for your items. It also helps to speak a bit of Bhasa Indonesian.
Shopping in Bali : The Candi Kuning Market.
The Candi Kuning market, is one of the best destinations to be shopping in Bali is located inBedugul, where you can find a wide variety of colorful of fresh fruit, spice, vegetables and flowers can be found here: Organic Food
- fresh fruits
- jeruk bali (pomelo)
- delicate orchids
Shopping in Bali : The Badung Market
Sometimes you need something open 24hrs.In this traditional market, located on Jl. Gajah Mada, shopping in Bali has not time limit. The Badung Market is the largest and oldest market in Bali and provides such local needs as:
- tropical and subtropical fruits
Apart from consumables one can also find:
- beetle leaves used in Balinese Hindu prayers
- household supplies
Although it isn’t the cleanest, this tent market attracts many local shoppers and wholesalers for its full array of products, and competitive prices. The peak hour is in the afternoon, when the big transactions occur. My experience with shopping in the main markets, have been thrilling. It’s not only the shopping which captivates me, but to observe the different ways of getting a good price. Shopping in Bali is not simply walking into a shop, picking something from a shelf and paying for it. Shopping in Bali is an art form of it’s own. In every traditional market and art shop around Bali bargaining is a must. The most commonly effective way, is the “walk away” tactic, it works like a charm. The shop owner will always reconsider your bottom price. However, because I know their work is their livelihood, I never walk away upset having paid more than I should have. So I invite you, go shopping in the Bali local markets.