There are two markets in Ubud, one for the locals and one for tourists. While you can find some fun items at the tourist market, you need to go to the local morning market if you want an authentic Balinese market experience.
The only catch is that you need to get up early to be there when the market is busiest and to get your hands on the freshest ingredients. The first trucks with fresh products arrive well before sunrise. At around 9 a.m., when most locals have done their shopping, many vendors shut down and products aimed for tourists starts filling the market.
During the day Ubud market is inundated with tourists from around the world, but before the sun comes up the market is packed with mainly Balinese people doing their food shopping for the day and indulging in spicy soups, tasty noodle dishes and healing jamus (medicinal herbal drinks made with natural ingredients). Be sure to stop by the small temple out front to see the vendors making elaborate offerings to the gods to pray for a successful and profitable business day.
Ubud market opening hours: Before sunrise – 9 a.m. The market can be visited later in the day, but it turns more touristic after 9 a.m.
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