Badung and Kumbasari Market, 24 hours shopping
Both Markets, Badung Market and Kumbasari Market are very traditional markets in the heart of Bali’s capital, Denpasar City.
Badung Market, for sure the busiest market in Bali as it is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is located in a massive three storey building on Sulawesi Street (Jalan Sulawesi), close to the bank of Badung River.
Even if Badung Market provides plenty of parking lots, in the busiest hours around 6 o’clock in the morning, the space can get tight and you have to line up for a parking lot. To see the hustle and bustle of locals can be very interesting as it is all about negotiating but if you prefer a relaxed stroll, to come around afternoon hours is probably the better choice.
Since Badung market opened its doors in 1984 (April 24th), Pasar Badung became the Main Trade Center for all convenience goods. Tropical and subtropical Fruits and groceries, spices, fish and meat, Balinese and Javanese clothes, ceremonial items, traditional wooden kitchen crafts and finally raw materials such as Batik Textiles.
Tip 1: Denpasar is very local and so the prices are! Watch carefully how much locals are paying for things you want to buy and start negotiating.
Tip 2: Before the Holy Days this market will be extremely busy!
Badung Market will be more crowded when the holy days come. From Ngurah Rai airport, it took 50 minutes drive by motorbike.
Kumbasari Market and Badung Market can be seen as one unit. Kumbasari Market is just a stone’s throw away from Pasar Badung. Across the river, about a 2 minutes’ walk away from Denpasar’s main market, you bump into Pasar Kumbasari. Kumbasari Market is the perfect complement to Badung market as it is a pure art market. Paintings, Sarongs, or woodcarvings, just to name a few, can be bought at Pasar Kumbasari for very local prices.
Kumbasari and Badung Market, both are very local and offer value for money. Even these places are not too far away from Kuta it can take about 45 mintues to go there as the traffic and Denpasar is massive. Combine it with a visit of Bali Museum Denpasar.