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.
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!
This spa is located in the back area behind the restaurant. They offer all of the usual services -- facials, massages, cream baths, manicures & pedicures.
What to buy: I've had their Traditional Massage, as well as one with the Honey Bath. Both were very good.
What to pay: April, 2010 prices were: Traditional Massage (90,000 rp), Therapy Massage (105,000 rp), Reflexology ( 95,000 rp), Mandi Lulur (135,000 rp), Mandi Rempah (150,000 rp), Mandi Susu (135,000 rp), Cream Bath (80,000 rp), Facial (80,000 rp), Pedicure or Manicure (40,000 rp no polish, 50,000 rp with polish, 60,000 rp with flower design), Foot Massage (60,000 rp), Shoulder Massage (60,000 rp), Sea Salt Bath (135,000 rp), Honey Bath (135,000 rp) & Balinese Boreh (150,000 rp). Packages are also available.
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!
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.
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
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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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
I originally tried this spa because it was a few doors down from my hotel, Honeymoon Guesthouse. Facilities were fine. The grounds were very nice.
What to buy: My boyfriend and I got a couples massage, then showered afterwards. We had no complaints.
What to pay: Prices in April, 2009 were: Hot Stone Massage (215,000 rp), Traditional Massage (125,000 rp), Mandi Lulur or Boreh (170,000 rp), Traditional Facial (120,000 rp), Cream Bath (100,000 rp), Foot Massage (80,000 rp), Manicure or Pedicure (100,000 rp) and Tropical Fruit Facial (140,000 rp). Interestingly enough, prices are higher on their website.
This shop specializes in womens' bathing suits. They come in Extra Small to Large. Some suits are sold in XS, S, M or L only, while others are mix and match (as far as sizes). The designs are really cute and innovative. Staff is very helpful. Blue Glue is a chain, so never fear -- there's a branch in Seminyak, too. Most bathing suits seem to average about USD$50 or thereabouts in price. You can even order on-line!
What to pay: USD$50 average.
This is a market that sells everything Ubud. The golden head accessories you saw on the dancer the night before, the sarong pants you saw a bloke wearing across your table during lunch, the cute sandals with sequins.. yup, buy it in this market.
What to buy: For your home, a scented candle, incense, and candle holders and cute bowls. For your gals waiting at home : sequin sandals, the dancer head accessories, cute silver rings and bangles. For your male friends : a chess set.
What to pay: Come to Ubud market around 4 PM. The sellers are about to call it a day, you'll get cheaper price. Nevertheless, bargain for 30-40%. But be generous still, after all, it's still cheap even when you're paying full price.
it's a huge building on the main street of ubud so it's almost impossible to miss it. inside, you can find all kind of handycrafts. don't forget to bargain for the price before you made a deal.
What to buy: paintings, crafts, jewelries, home decoration, etc
Medium-sized shop with relatively friendly service, not far from Tino Supermarket.
What to buy: There is a wide selection of batik shirts for men, either cotton or rayon, from sizes Small to Extra Large.
What to pay: Most shirts cost the equivalent of US$10.00, though the Extra Large shirts cost a tiny bit more.
Lily Spa is directly across from Honeymoon Guesthouse. Their hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., though they don't always open exactly as specified. Decor is rather modern; every thing looks clean & orderly.
What to buy: I had an aromatherapy massage with a flower bath, followed by a facial. I considered my massage to be average & my facial good.
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