The Kumbasari Art Market is one of Denpasar’s main icons, located right across the Badung River, opposite the Badung Market. The market is a primary source of arts and handicrafts, products chiefly coming from the island’s various art producing communities, the likes of Ubud and the central Bali highlands, while also featuring galleries of onsite painters and craftsmen. Locally referred to as ‘Pasar Kumbasari’, the Kumbasari Art Market in central Denpasar is easy to reach, within only a half hour’s transfer, from the main resort areas on Bali’s south such as Kuta and Sanur. The market’s setting might seem downtrodden, much of what you would find at any traditional market in Bali, however the diverse selection of items available will easily appeal to avid shoppers, especially with its bargain and wholesale prices.
Like the Badung Market, Kumbasari is one of the island’s oldest, open since the late 70s. Its four levels are home to over 200 kiosks and well over a thousand stalls. Haggling is accepted throughout, even though most vendors have commonly labelled their items with fixed price tags over the years. Larger shop owners can speak English, and can arrange deals for shipment and packaging. Although open around the clock, the opening times of the many different stalls within Kumbasari Art Market vary.
Mostly in the mornings however, Kumbasari takes on a traditional morning market scene, somewhat chaotic much like the Badung market, catering to daily necessities of locals with fresh produce and groceries. By noon as the morning frenzy subsides, most of the art stalls will have already opened, taking over the scene. From kitsch barong keychains under a dollar, to towering and shiny silver sculptures over USD 400 (IDR 5 million), choices are virtually endless. By night, some parts of the market open up with food stalls.
The second level features a large hall where you can find a huge variety of souvenirs and art items, from silverware and mini sculptures, ornamental cloths, Balinese batiks and weavings in their raw form or as ready-to-wear shirts, various classical and contemporary style paintings, and many other knick-knacks. The locals also source their daily household necessities and religious items from several shops here, from silk parasols, temple attire, to incense, flower offerings and silver holy water vessels, some of which also make exotic décor items to spruce up your living room back home.