Ubud Market is located at the junction of Jalan Raya and Jalan Monkey Forest across the street from the Royal Palace and temple. Every day before sunrise the local people of Ubud gather at the morning market to buy their daily groceries, offerings, cakes and clothes. Later in the morning, the market transforms itself into the Ubud traditional art market where travellers can find all the things he or she can imagine: masks, bags, rattan-goods, paintings and plenty of other arts and crafts.
Once I woke up early and headed to the market. While I was still strolling around with my sleepy eyes, the market was already up and about and local Balinese were buying the goods they needed. The light and colors of the market this early are worth the trip. Fruit is piled neatly while other Balinese sell big baskets filled with flowers and flower petals used for daily decorations and offerings. There are even women selling complete offerings for those who can't find time to prepare those astonishing offerings.
Well, actually that is not surprising as life in Ubud must have become more busier compared to the past when there were only dirt roads and Ubud was nothing more than a small agricultural village.
Besides stalls outside, the market continues inside the building as well. So you can actually stroll around for hours while watching this fascinating market scene. Don't forget to treat yourself to one of the colorful cakes wrapped in banana leaves. These are typical Indonesian cakes and a sweet way to start the day... Later in the afternoon there are still some stalls open that sell fruit and vegetables. So if you are a late riser, there is still a lot to see. But mostly around this time of day the market has transformed into the Ubud art market. On both sides of the narrow alleys are tiny shops selling particular goods. Some shops only sell rattan products or sarongs and have their things stacked high until it touches the ceiling. Others sell wooden crafts like masks and statues together with paintings.