Ubud has long enjoyed a position as one of the primary craft centres in Indonesia, and people travel here from all over the world in order to purchase handmade from wood, silver and all manner of other materials. Visitors who choose to use Ubud as a abse while exploring Bali will soon discover that this is also a great place to eat, as just about every type of food imaginable can be found in abundance here. What follows is a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about shopping and eating in Ubud.
One of the city’s largest and most famous market’s the Ubud Market is divided into two sections, each of which can different characteristics. While the western section of Ubud Market is reserved for the selling of arts and crafts, the eastern side is a more traditional market, where the people of Ubud come to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables as well as all manner of household items.
Sukawati Art Market
Visitors who are looking to buy gifts and souvenirs such as statues, handicrafts and even beach wear will find an excellent selection of products to choose from at the Sukawati Art Market. one of the best things about shopping here is that the quality of the items on offer tends to be higher than in most main tourist areas of the city, while prices are still extremely reasonable.
Mas Wood Carving
The village of Mas can be found just a short drive from the very heart of Ubud, and this is the perfect place to shop for hand carved wooden items such as bowls, plates and statues. The artisans here have been honing their skills for several generations, and visitors who travel here during the daytime may even be lucky enough to catch the craftsmen hard at work creating the pieces that will appear for sale later in the day.
While gold and silver jewellery can be found all over Ubud and the rest of Bali, one of the advantages of travelling to Celuk to shop for items is that visitors can have original pieces made to order. Anyone who has their own idea in mind should be able to convince the silversmith to create it without too much trouble, while there are also plenty of unique designs to choose from.
Monkey Forest Road
Those who plan to do a little shopping at Monkey Forest Road should be prepared to barter hard, as the prices here tend to start out rather high. However, the main advantage of shopping in this part of the city is that it is located close to tourist attractions such as the palace, while the stalls here often stay open after dark.
There is certainly no shortage of traditional food dishes to try in Ubud, and one of the most popular among visitors is lilit ikan, which is minced fish meat blended with grated coconut served on skewers. While traditional food can be found all over Ubud, perhaps the best selections can be found close to markets.
On a budget
Those who are on a tight budget will want to eat as cheaply as possibly during their visit to Ubud. However, this doesn’t mean that they have to miss out on delicious local fare, as plenty of restaurants cater to the budget conscious. Staff at cheap Ubud hotels are probably the best people to ask where to go, and they should be able to point out excellent restaurants where local people gather to share a meal together.
Ranging from authentic Mexican fare to fish and chips and burgers, international cuisine is easy to find in Ubud, and is often rather reasonably priced.
Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Ubud Hotels content.