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Ubud Night Market
Ubud Night Market or known by the local as Sayan Night Market is where the local goes to dinner. Img: Karolis Jasinskas

Not to be mistaken with Gianyar Night Market or Ubud Art Market, Ubud Night market is quite different. It’s rare to find tourists roaming around here. There are few, several seemingly at-a-loss foreigners hoping for a different kind of fun. Other than that, the night market is a hot spot for locals mostly.

It’s a quick stop for a cheap dinner after work. It’s a place for late-night hangout. The lively market is located not far from the heart of Ubud. At the T intersection between Tebongkang Road and Sayan Road. The location contributes to the market’s other name, Sayan Night Market.

Travelers need to specifically ask for Sayan Night Market when asking locals for a direction. Or else, locals will direct them to Gianyar Night Market or other night markets around Ubud. Ubud Night market is not a typical night scene a tourist would go while in Bali. A stark contrast with western-influenced Kuta nightlife. This place is humble and traditional.

gado-gado in sanyan night market
Gado-Gado stall, veggie with steam rice and peanut sauce. Img: Kotak Motivasi

It’s mostly make-shift tents that host vendors. An inviting aroma of spices and dishes blending well with the smell of incense. A flow of customers hustles coming and going. Forget DJs, the chattering of locals is the music of the night.

Balinese Number One Delicacy

There’s no more famed food in Bali than the famous “Babi Guling” (suckling pig). The pork dish has a tendency to make onlookers drool just by looking at it. Just see the display of a pit-roasted pig at one of the stalls here. Its reddish skin hid very juicy meat underneath.

The stuffing is far from simple. It’s a rainbow of spices all mixed into one. Endure the spiciness from turmeric, garlic, lemongrass, coriander seeds, and black pepper. Taste this heavenly mix dancing around inside the mouth, enhancing the flavor of the meat.

local dish in sanyar
Indonesian Dish from grill chicken and fried fish with sour soup. And sambal, the chili sauce. Img: Christopher Giblin

Classic Indonesian delight

It’s never short of choice when it comes to classic Indonesian food here in Ubud Night Market. Try Bakso, the meatball soup sold in almost every corner of the country. However, if typical Bakso uses beef as its main ingredient. Bakso in Bali uses chicken instead. This is due to the fact that Hindu people don’t eat beef.

Hungry customers looking for heavier soup should try Soto. The greenish-yellow broth tastes slightly like curry, only with a clearer gravy. Unlike Bakso, rice accompanies this soup along with glass noodles. Still hungry? Satay (also chicken, not beef) and fried rice are next to devour.

Cheap Street Snacks

The street snacks can serve either as in-between meals or appetizers. Sample a different kind of Gorengan. Gorengan literally means fried stuff. These are little balls of delight made from various ingredients dipped into flour. It can be tofu, sweet potato, tempeh, banana, and many more. Enjoy a crunchy and savory sensation with each bite.

gorengan stall
Gorengan stall, deep-fried tofu, sweet potato or banana as cheap as Rp1,000 per piece. Img: Johannes Hohl

Dessert Choices

No matter how full a stomach is, there’s always room for dessert. Spare some space for Martabak and Terang Bulan. The same stall usually sells both of these pancake-like delicacies. Salty fans can pick Martabak, people with a sweet tooth can pick Terang Bulan. Everyone is satisfied.

A healthy option for dessert will be the fruit juice. Pick from a heavenly option of tropical fruit. From avocado to mango, to pineapple. Anyone cannot be satisfied with one option of fruit can try Es Campur (mixed ice).

The beverage slash fruit soup contains slices of watermelon, pineapple, and other fruit served with an iced cinnamon-spiced broth – very colorful and refreshing.

Martabak stall
Terang bulan stall, choose between sweet or savory snack. Img: Bayu Nugraha

More than just food – it’s the people

The atmosphere of Ubud Night Market is an authentic Bali to its core. Away from mass tourism, people are friendly and eager to get acquainted with tourists. Feel special in their warmth and friendliness. A few hours at this establishment will leave a lasting remark of Balinese hospitality.

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clothes stall
Cheap shirt and clothes in Sayan Traditional Market, the key to buying it. Bargain like the locals. Img: Chris Fairbanks

Ubud Night Market Opening Hours

Ubud Night Market starts opening at 5 PM every day. The market closes at 11 PM. However, it can be earlier for some vendors, depending on whether their goods are sold out or not. Food is dirt cheap, starting from IDR 5k for snacks. A full belly only requires less than IDR 70k for more than two dishes. Local parking officials will take care of travelers’ scooters for IDR 2k.

Ubud Night Market Opening Hours
Every day17:00 – 23:00
Price RangeRp5.000 – Rp70.000

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Facilities

Let’s not hope for many facilities here. After all, Ubud Night Market is an “unofficial” market. Or what Indonesians called “Pasar Senggol” (sudden night market). Parking is available near the security post. There are toilets, but other than that, there are no more public facilities.

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How To Get To Ubud Night Market

Ubud Night Market is 10 minutes drive from the center of Ubud, Raya Ubud Road. It’s better to opt for a scooter because there won’t be much parking space for cars. Renting a scooter at Ubud is around IDR 50k/day (it’s cheaper than renting one in Kuta).

From Raya Ubud, follow this route: Hanoman street – Singakerta street – Rayan Street. The market is on the right side of the street. Visitors from Kuta or Denpasar can take Ngurah Rai Bypass Road heading north to Ubud. Then, the route can follow as mentioned above. It’s better to visit the market after a day tour around Ubud, so the trip can be efficient.

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