Pasar Badung (Badung Market) is Bali’s oldest and largest market, at the heart of the island’s capital, Denpasar. The 4-story structure burned down in 2016, and while a replacement is underway, most stallholders are housed in and around a converted supermarket. Besides being Bali’s number-one fruit and vegetable market, it’s great for street food.
There is no charge to visit Pasar Badung, and, as fruit and vegetable prices are checked daily by the government, haggling is not required. It’s fascinating and rewarding to stroll through the different sections, which sell everything from flowers and live animals to traditional herbal medicines.
Many visitors choose to visit Pasar Badung as part of a Bali food tour or street-food tour. Pasar Badung is an essential stop on Denpasar city tours and Denpasar shopping excursions.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Authentic and non-touristy, Pasar Badung is a must for foodies and anyone who wants to immerse in local culture.
- If you’re planning on shopping, bring plenty of small notes: Don’t expect stallholders to have change for 100,000 IDR.
- Very few stallholders here speak English.
- The aisles between the stalls at Badung Market are cramped and narrow and can be slippery. The market also includes steps.
How to Get There
Currently, the new Pasar Badung (Pasar Badung Baru) is on Jalan Cokroaminoto, in a converted Tiara supermarket. Denpasar traffic is even more challenging than the rest of Bali’s traffic, and collisions are a real possibility. Unless you’re a veteran of Southeast Asian roads, joining a tour or booking a private driver are firmly recommended. A purpose-built replacement market has been under construction since 2017.
When to Get There
Pasar Badung operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year round, with the exception of Nyepi (Balinese New Year). The best produce is available very early in the morning—before dawn—and in general the market is at its liveliest in the morning. There is also a vibrant street-food scene here throughout the day and into the night.
The Heart of the Island
The overwhelming majority of visitors to Bali come and go without so much as setting foot in Denpasar, a vibrant, grimy, thoroughly Indonesian city that’s far from the tropical beaches seen on postcards. To get a taste of Denpasar life, and indeed life across the Indonesian archipelago, Pasar Badung is a great place to start.