5 of our favourite fresh food markets in Bali
If you’re planning a trip to Bali, make sure to put visiting a fresh food market or three on your ‘must do’ list.
We all associate the island paradise with great shopping, as Bali is famous for its local craft, clothing, artwork, furniture, retail and boutique options. From a bargain hunter who is keen to haggle, to a five-star luxury buyer, Bali has it all.
But if you know Bali, you also know that delicious, healthy, fresh and exotic food is a big part of the culture.
We’re talking meat, fish, tropical fruit and vegetables, herbs and spices and even exotic flowers – and more!
The best fresh food markets are a veritable feast for the senses and a brilliant insight into the daily life of the Balinese people and culture. It’s where the locals earn and spend their money, start their day with conversation, and buy their supplies, ingredients and even clothes.
Here are five of our favourites for you to visit:
1. Candi Kuning Market, Bedugul
If fresh fruit and flowers are your thing, this is the popular market for you. Get up early and head into the highlands of central Bali, where local farm communities trade their colour-bursting flowers, tropical fruits and souvenirs for the crucial tourist market. Top tip: Grab some unfamiliar tropical fruits like a mangosteen or tamarillo – you’ll love them!
2. Kedonganan Fish Market, Jimbaran
Bali is an island paradise known for its pristine beaches and coral reefs – and that means some of the best fresh seafood in the world. The Kedonganan Fish Market is also ideally situated for an early visit during your stay in Bali, as it’s not far from the airport and the sightseeing is nothing short of amazing. Nestled alongside the fishing boats, the seafood doesn’t get any fresher here, and if you need some extra supplies, head to the nearby grocery market. Top tip: If you’re peckish and can’t wait until lunch, ask a vendor to clean and even grill your seafood pick for the freshest snack ever!
3. Badung Market, Denpasar
Denpasar is the gateway to Bali, and the Badung Market is a popular and unmissable landmark. On the bank of the Badung river, you can get it all at Bali’s main traditional market that almost never sleeps. We’re talking fruit and seafood, but also knick-knacks and other daily necessities. Top tip: Don’t be afraid to haggle! It’s an expected and even necessary part of Balinese market life, and for the savvy shopper, prices are incredibly affordable, particularly in Badung.
4. Ubud Traditional Market, Ubud
You may associate the Ubud market with local art, and you’d be right. But right alongside it is the morning fresh food market, where you can get your fruits, vegetables and flowers. Top tip: If you’re really keen to get the best food offerings in Ubud, join the locals in getting to the food market nice and early – we’re talking before sunrise! Image source: Vilondo.com
5. Kuta Market, Kuta
A bit like the popular Ubud art market, Kuta is probably best associated with its own brilliant art market which is located on the beach. But it’s the completely separate Kuta food market where the locals will be shopping for their fresh daily supplies – just be prepared for a crowd and some traffic congestion! The best time to visit is early, but if you’re late then you’ll watch the transition to a souvenir market and be sure to grab a real bargain. Top tip: Can’t find the market you’re looking for? Ask a friendly local. All over Bali, locals earn their money by selling what they make and grow, and visitors are constantly discovering hidden gems that they’ll come back for time and time again.