Night markets in Bali offer a unique shopping and dining experience after dark. These night markets are where you can discover favourite local snacks and learn about traditional household items and their uses. Some of these markets seemingly never cease to operate – they serve as morning markets during the day before taking on a different form with more choice of stalls opening from around 6pm. 

    Here are our picks of the best Bali night markets, all of which feature the common crowded scenes where you brush shoulders through tightly spaced stalls, which is why they’re called pasar senggol (bump markets in the local tongue). The scenes may seem a little chaotic, but that’s just one of the fun and exciting aspects that you should try at least once during your visit to Bali.


    Sanur Night Market (Pasar Malam Sindhu)


    The Sanur Night Market is, in fact, the nightly transformation of the traditional Sindhu market where most of the locals and Sanur residents source their daily necessities, ritual items, and morning groceries. By night, usually around 6pm, it provides a sensory experience with its local food stalls opening up and meals on wheels rolling in before cooking up anything from lamb satay to fried rice at very local prices – great for budget travellers. The market’s large parking area serves as the main courtyard for the night market, where you can freely roam and wander around the smoking grills and frying woks for a very exotic Balinese experience.

    Location: Jalan Pungutan No.2, Sanur, Denpasar Selatan, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80228, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 5 am to 11 pm


    The Gianyar Night Market is one of the main evening haunts for hungry locals and international visitors in Ubud. The market is located on Gianyar town’s Jalan Ngurah Rai. Most foreign visitors call it a hidden gem, with a bustling market scene full of warungs and smaller stalls selling everything from live pets to all sorts of cuisine at cheap prices. 

    The market is hard to miss and can be slightly chaotic with the traffic and hordes of scooters parked on one side of the road. The Gianyar Night Market is busiest on weekends, but you visit any day of the week. A local food haven on its own, you can choose from the ubiquitous babi guling, as well as roast chicken, bakso (meatball soup), and various desserts.

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    Location: Jalan Ngurah Rai, Gianyar, Bali 80511, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 3 pm to midnight


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    Kuta Art Market is a small beachside bazaar-like complex where you can find unique Bali souvenirs and handicraft items. It's also where you can put your bargaining skills to the test. The compact marketplace is located at the end of the Jalan Bakungsari thoroughfare, adjacent to the Kuta Sidewalk and just before Jalan Kartika Plaza. 

    Locally referred to as Pasar Seni Desa Adat Kuta or the ‘Art Market of the Kuta Traditional Village’, the shopping area comprises 6 main shop-houses and a long building with many different stalls. The shops sell a wide range of items and Bali curios, such as surfboard-shaped fridge magnets, keychains, beer holders, place mats, faux leather shoes and sandals, Bali print T-shirts, and colourful sarongs and fabrics. It makes a nice stopover if you're strolling on the Kuta beach footpath. 

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    Location: Jalan Bakung Sari, Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 10 pm


    Garlic Lane is a shopping street in Legian that's effectively a night market. You can stroll along, browse from one closely-knit art shop to another, bargain hard at most and buy some handicrafts to spruce up your living room, or gifts for the folks back home. 

    Located off Legian’s busier main street, this 200-metre street is where you can find a good variety of DVDs, cheap sunglasses and surfwear, as well as several bars and restaurants that make good stops for a cold Bintang and light bites.

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    Location: Jalan Sahadewa No.11, Legian, Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 9 pm


    The Taman Sari Market, locally called 'Pasar Taman Sari', is one of the very few local markets of its kind that can be found around the Seminyak area. A unique deviation from the predominantly upscale boutique shopping and world-class dining scenes of Seminyak, this local market serves as a stopover for those looking for fresh tropical fruits at bargain prices and within easy reach of the region's villas and resorts. The market takes on a local night market scene from sunset onwards, with food carts of all sorts rolling in, offering bakso (meatball soup), grilled chicken satay, and rice porridge.

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    Location: Jalan Tangkuban Perahu No.1, Kerobokan, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 5 am to midnight


    Kereneng Night Market


    Pasar Kereneng Night Market and the nearby Asoka Market are difficult to differentiate due to their proximity with each other, and are often referred to collectively as simply ‘Pasar Kereneng’. They form one of the Denpasar city’s largest traditional markets, after Badung Market, which is about 1.8 km to the west. Over 1,000 vendors sell all sorts of items – most of which will tempt your curiosity more than your wallet. Popular items include batik cloths, traditional kitchen utensils, farming tools, and groceries.

    Its transformation into the famous night market scene starts in the late afternoon around 4pm, when food stalls and carts wheel in. The food stalls at the southern border of the market grounds open late into the night, serving the delicious and Bali-famous dish of nasi babi guling, along with various Javanese cuisine of mixed rice. Kids’ toys such as balloons, dandy propellers, and bubble blowers are also sold.

    Location: Jalan Rijasa, Dangin Puri Kangin, Denpasar Utara, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80236, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 5 pm to midnight

    Ari Gunadi | Compulsive Traveller

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