The outdoor Ubud Market is a gem, best visited in the morning, a shopping paradise for local crafts.. the vendors encourages you to bargain, the more you buy, the better the price :-)
If you are the first customer, they will try their best to give you the best price, for you to buy, as a goodluck for them. First customer is a charm, it can really get you a best price :-)
What to buy: I bought knick knacks of things, local crafts, that are easy to bring, and very colorful. Magnets, silk bags, and the assortment of jewelry case, adorned with sequins.
What to pay: All payments are in rupiah, the local currency.
Ubud is home to some of the finest painters and artists of Bali... The tourist influx to ubud is not that many, and thus carvings and paintings are on bargain prices...
On my morning walks at Ubud Market, I happen to meet a man that do carvings on horns of animals..I initially dont have plans to buy, but checking the carvings its very intricate, and with the set for only 20,000 rupiah, its really a good deal.
The man dont have a stall in the market, but he carries all his finished products on a small bag, and approach tourists to sell. I really like it, how i wish i bought some more.
A two-storey building, smack right in the heart of the town of Ubud. Small outlets of various wares. A one-stop place for you to pick up all you want/need if you do not have time to go round shopping. Good bargains.
Convenient - as it is near to the bemo (bus) station and very near to Tourist Information.
What to buy: All local art and craft - batik and souveniers
All local foodstuffs
What to pay: Depends on your negotiating skills. Reasonable.
Silk shawl - about 90,00Rp
Tshirts : depending on quality, ranging from 15,000Rp to 20,000Rp
Necklaces : ranging from 7,000Rp to 9,000Rp
Sarongs/batik cloth : ranging from 25,000Rp and higher for better quality ones
Windchimes (bamboo) - medium : abt 15,000Rp
It's a family run business. A young lady was seen laboriously beading the purse with her skilful hands. Each bead was threaded carefully onto the piece of cloth which will then form into a purse.
What to buy: Handsewn beaded purse.
See another picture attached on the end product - a beautiful beaded purse!
Besides beaded purse, you can also buy beaded bracelets and necklaces - ranging from 15,000Rp to 20,000Rp
What to pay: 80,000Rp to 100,000Rp
If you are on your way to Neka Museum, do ask your cab driver to stop by this supermarket to get a stock of your beer, soft drinks and mineral waters. Prices here are comparatively cheaper than any other shops in Ubud. The foodstuffs here are also reasonable. Besides, drinks and foodstuffs, there is a departmental store.
What to buy: Mostly drinks and foodstuffs.
Canned beer at 7,000Rp each
What to pay: Fixed prices
I really like the art collection in Tegal Sari, so I put on a quest for its similar paintings but on affordable price..The galleries along Monkey Forest Road are a bit too pricey for my budget, luckily I was able to pass by the Monkey Forest Art Market... Rows of shops selling paintings / replicas of local Ubud artists...
I have check almost all shops there, and was able to find Kerta Asih Shop, Wayan Asih, ( the wife) was very nice and their shop got lots of variety on ubud arts, the price is also the most competitive.
What to buy: Traditional Ubud paintings, your choice if with frame or just rolled canvas..The frames with Balinese woodcarvings is a nice touch and also very cheap.
The photos below shows different art style of Balinese artists, I really like the Balinese dancer painting, the stroke used by the artist is really different, kind of ringlets ..just like the paintings I adore in Tegal Sari...
I'm not exactly an art collector, but in Bali, i bought a lot. Very nice souvenir and really good prices.
What to pay: Your 100 usd will go a long long way, lots of paintings already. Bargain bargain!
This place is away from the town of Ubud. Lots of locals love to come here. Yes, you can get lots of stuff here as the complex is pretty big but we don't really fancy this place as it's chaotic and the stalls owners are very aggressive. The paintings here are very commercialised and crude. Take a look at the picture of the paintings ...
What to buy: The usual local art and crafts. Lots of cheap art pieces.
What to pay: various - depends on your negotiating skills
What to buy:
From the very first day we arrived in Indonesia - in the town of Medan in northern Sumatra - we'd wanted to buy some of these: they're called 'mangosteen' and are famous all over the region for being the Queen of Fruits. After twenty-four days of 'relentless searching' (well, no - that's not really true) we finally had the occasion of buying some at the local market in Ubud!
What makes this fruit so special to me is that my first paid translation assignment dealt with a health beverage by the name of Xango made from this fruit. So I guess you could say that our trip to Indonesia was to some extent 'funded' by Xango.
What to pay: We bought six of these for 20,000 rupiah - about 2 euro. Oh, and they tasted very good indeed, but it is hard to describe the taste, I guess you'll have to try it yourself!
What to buy:
1) If possible, shop in the morning. Most shops love to make an early first sale and will be more likely to give a great bargain. Always ask for the "harga" (price) "pagi", (morning) i.e. the morning price. Asking for that will indicate to the shop keeper that you are not new to this ritual, even if you are!
2) Unless the item is tagged, try to have a price in your mind before asking the price. In the Balinese mind, once you have asked for a price, you have indicated strong interest and to some degree, you are indebted (in their mind) to bargain. If you don't like the price, you are expected to bargain. Offer a price 30 or so percent below the initial asking price unless that would be too expensive in your mind in which case you could say, "ma'af" (sorry) "mahal" it's too expensive. A likely come back in that event would be for the shop keeper to ask you how much you want to pay. At that point you are almost trapped, but you could offer most anything as they asked.
3) What if the price is right? There is nothing wrong with paying full price if in your mind it is fair and you are happy to pay the asking price. You may note some disappointment on the face of the shop keeper who likely was looking forward to some serious bargaining. Personally I believe there is nothing wrong with this as the Balinese work hard for their money, and most of them could sure use the extra profit.
4) Finally, keep smiling and even offer a kind laugh or two during the whole process. For the Balinese, bargaining is like a virtual chess game, and they enjoy the process very much.
Ubud Art Market is an interesting place to get arts, crafts and souvenirs for folks back home at very affordable prices. All you need is great negotiation skills.
It's fun to go around all the different little stores and corners and look at what they have. Some shops sell the same things so it's worth to explore and find the one who's willing to sell for less.
Watch out for your bags and wallets as it can get pretty hot and crowded here. One thing that irritated me is that some of these more zealous shopkeepers would pull your arm/hand to get you to your shops and you need to be very firm on this without being rude.
What to buy: I bought some fragranced soaps as souvenirs at the art market. You can find trinkets, beaded shoes, bags, etc.
We were wandering along the streets of Ubud and came across a little stall with lots of unframed art work. We couldn't resist taking a closer look, consequently we eventually left with a few paintings in our possesion.
A little boy of only about 8 or 9 was looking after the shop. He couldn't really speak English very well so we had to wait while he rang his boss (the artist) to come and help us.
I originally had no intention of buying anything but while I was waiting for my brother to make up his mind I became intrigued by 3 that were hanging on the wall. They are now hanging on my wall : )
Ubud Market is place that everybody seems to visit while in Ubud. It's one of those "must do" things.
Like any market in Bali it's full of local art and crafts along with the usual sarongs, t-shirts etc.
I always have fun bargaining with the stall holders. Never agree with the first price they offer you, it's always way too high.
a road where you can found 1001 kind of handicraft made locally.
the village of tegalalang is famous by its handicraft and its rice terrace. along the main road all you find are shops. they sell the items in retail or wholesale for export.
the price is cheaper since you buy directly from the maker.
What to buy: all kind of handicraft, most of them from wood
For the past year,
carvers from Bali's woodworking centers
in Gianyar have faced an ever increasing
shortages of teak wood.
Traditionally, teak wood
used by Bali's wood carvers
originates from Surabaya, Banyuwangi, Sulawesi and Kalimantan.
In the past several years
the cost of a cubic meter of
teak wood has increased significantly from
Rp. 1 million (approximately US$95) to Rp. 1.75 million (approximately US$166).
In addition to higher cost of raw materials,
woodworkers are also facing increasing uncertainty of supply.
Despite problems of supply and cost of woods,
Bali's wood working craftsmen have been
reluctant to increase the price of their goods,
concerned that higher priced handicraft would
fail to sell in the a highly competitive marketplace.
Meanwhile, efforts to replace teak with other woods,
such as jackfruit wood,
have not been enthusiastically accepted
by handicraft consumers who still prefer teak products.
According to a report in the Indonesian language
newspaper Kompas, in 2003 Gianyar recorded
14,368 woodworking units employing a total 37,150 workers.
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Start walking from Jalan raya Ubud intersection toward Casa Luna restaurant. Go all the way until Penestanan which is famous for Young Artist workshop
What to buy: Paintings
What to pay: You have to bargain with the shop owner. No such price rules really in buying paintings