Ubud is one of the best places to buy arts and crafts in Bali. Available in great quantity at good prices, you can find unique and creative art pieces created by innovative artists from around Indonesia. Most are inspired by Balinese culture, but there are all kinds of styles and mediums available.
Besides art works, Ubud’s shops also offer clothing, including high-end fashion brands that are some of the most stylish in the business. When it comes to beauty, Ubud shopping never disappoints.
Monkey Forest Street
Monkey Forest Road (Kalan Wenara Wana) is the go-to place in Ubud for shopping. This road is lined with numerous boutiques, shops, restaurants, hotels, and more. There are many smaller roads close by that have many shops of their own. Walking through Ubud along Jalan Monkey Forest, you will find clothing, antiques, jewelry, art, textiles, souvenirs, and more. Some of it is of stellar quality, while other products are very basic, but even if you aren’t looking to buy you can have a wonderful time exploring the enormous variety of goods that Ubud has to offer.
Celuk Gold and Silversmiths
One of the best places to buy jewelry and other crafted gold and silver items is in Celuk Village, on Jalan Raya Celuk. There are many gold and silver shops in Ubud itself but a visit to Celuk will take you right to the heart of the industry. Many of the jewelry designs are quite stunning and pieces are often truly one-of-a-kind. A gift from Celuk’s goldsmiths and silversmiths would be truly special.
Ubud Art Market
One of the best places to buy art, crafts, and clothing goods in Ubud is at the Ubud Art Market. Also called Pasar Seni Ubud, this market is open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located on Jalan Raya Ubud. You can find shirts, scarves, hats, paintings, carvings, and more, many of which have been completely produced by Ubud locals or people from the surrounding villages. It is the perfect place to get some authentic Indonesian crafts, although you may have to bargain.
Sukawati Art Market
Another of Ubud’s art markets is the Pasar Seni Sukawati, which has actually been around longer than Ubud Art Market. The Sukawati Market is more art-focused than Ubud Art Market. You can find a greater number of excellent paintings, carvings, crafts, textiles, and other objects. Sometimes the sellers are also the creators of these fine pieces. The Sukawati Art Market is located on Jalan Raya Skukawati and is open every day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Popular with locals and travelers alike, this market is especially good if you want to make your selections carefully.
Jean-François Fichot was an innovative French designer whose name lives on in this shop in Ubud. Here you can explore a beautiful boutique and shop for impressive and unique pieces for your home or purchase some modern jewelry. The boutique is divided into these two main sections, and if you are not looking to buy you can still explore and appreciate the beautiful and often unusual selections available. Jean-François Fichot is located on Jalan Raya Pengosekan and is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Ikat Batik is an excellent place to view and purchase textiles handmade by local artists, who will receive a fair price for their work and who use sustainable methods to gather the necessary resources. Itak Batik on Monkey Forest Road (Jalan Wenara Wana) is devoted to promoting Balinese art in this way. The batik pieces sold here are carefully designed, beautifully crafted, and made completely by hand. Each one is very limited in number, so you will have a very special item for your home should you purchase one. Itak Batik is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Threads of Life
Threads of Life is the place to go to buy some finely made textiles on the island. Fair trade is practiced at Threads of Life, ensuring that the artists are paid fairly for their beautiful handiwork. This gallery and store allows you to browse and view some of these remarkable pieces as well as the dyes that give them their brilliance. Proceeds from the sales contribute not only to the artisans’ livelihoods but also conservation of natural resources. Threads of Life is located on Jalan Kajeng and is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.