Sukawati Art Market
Sukawati Art Market
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Sukawati art market, Gianyar, is a perfect place for those who just love to shop around or even for those who just want to see what typical Balinese souvenirs, gifts or crafts look like. If you can haggle and learn the average price, it will save you a lot of money compared to Legian, Kuta or Seminyak.You must dare to cut the offered price by 90 percent. They will probably pout or mumble in front of you but Sukawati art market is well known as a wholesale heaven so it should be that cheap; especially if you buy in bulk.
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  • Marshall H
    Phitsanulok, Thailand942 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Modernized and charmless.
    We were here 5 years ago so we decided to go to the Guwang art market, after reading that the new Suksawati was disappointing. Upon arrival Guwang was closed for renovation. No choice but to revisit Suksawati market. It now consists of two modern shopping blocks, and a street down the middle that is like the old Suksawati. We went into block one. 3 floors, of cramped small booths 95% apparel. Vendors were a bit aggressive but not rude, I'm sure the businesses are all hurting badly after COVID. The only plusses about the new building is that it has a lift and a bathroom on each floor. We bought 1 mans sarong at a reasonable price after a bit of dickering. We were mainly looking for art. We then spied the street (old section) in the center running to the back. There are art, souvenir shops and warungs. Not many shops. None the less we checked out the art shops. The first one on the left seemed to be a bigger and more interesting shop. After exploring all the art shops we went back to the aforementioned shop as we had seen a painting that did strike our fancy. It was large at about 3 ft by 5 foot, on canvas. The owner asked 600,000 idr. We ended up at 350 idr, happy all around. They removed the wood stretchers and rolled the painting and wrapped it with a carry strap. Suksawati is worth checking out until Guwang is reopened. We did not go into block two. Note also, that all of the streets around the market have a lot of shops especially big items like furniture and statuary.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 October 2023
  • Wendy T
    Perth, Australia160 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy market with lots to sell.
    Inside the market the stalls sold souvenirs, clothing etc at good prices after some bargaining. The hawkers outside were a pain - shoving things in your face and non stop hassle. It’s a big place so have an idea of what you’d like to see/buy or you could just wander around for ages without buying anything.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 February 2024
  • Surya
    Bhubaneswar, India1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to pick paintings
    This was my second trip to Sukawati market. The market has shifted to three storied building with painting exhibits in the basement. Themes are limited with focus on nature, temples and ocean. I have always admired the oil on canvas embossed work at sukawati market. Choice of colour is brilliant and to too it all, price is reasonable. Bargain hard. I got paintings 36x24” and 60x36” between IDR300k to 750k! But then i had barely an 1.5 hrs (limited time) !
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 March 2024
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Surya
Bhubaneswar, India1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
This was my second trip to Sukawati market. The market has shifted to three storied building with painting exhibits in the basement. Themes are limited with focus on nature, temples and ocean. I have always admired the oil on canvas embossed work at sukawati market. Choice of colour is brilliant and to too it all, price is reasonable. Bargain hard. I got paintings 36x24” and 60x36” between IDR300k to 750k! But then i had barely an 1.5 hrs (limited time) !
Written 10 March 2024
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Wendy T
Perth, Australia160 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Inside the market the stalls sold souvenirs, clothing etc at good prices after some bargaining. The hawkers outside were a pain - shoving things in your face and non stop hassle. It’s a big place so have an idea of what you’d like to see/buy or you could just wander around for ages without buying anything.
Written 8 February 2024
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Marshall H
Phitsanulok, Thailand942 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We were here 5 years ago so we decided to go to the Guwang art market, after reading that the new Suksawati was disappointing. Upon arrival Guwang was closed for renovation. No choice but to revisit Suksawati market. It now consists of two modern shopping blocks, and a street down the middle that is like the old Suksawati. We went into block one. 3 floors, of cramped small booths 95% apparel. Vendors were a bit aggressive but not rude, I'm sure the businesses are all hurting badly after COVID. The only plusses about the new building is that it has a lift and a bathroom on each floor. We bought 1 mans sarong at a reasonable price after a bit of dickering. We were mainly looking for art. We then spied the street (old section) in the center running to the back. There are art, souvenir shops and warungs. Not many shops. None the less we checked out the art shops. The first one on the left seemed to be a bigger and more interesting shop. After exploring all the art shops we went back to the aforementioned shop as we had seen a painting that did strike our fancy. It was large at about 3 ft by 5 foot, on canvas. The owner asked 600,000 idr. We ended up at 350 idr, happy all around. They removed the wood stretchers and rolled the painting and wrapped it with a carry strap. Suksawati is worth checking out until Guwang is reopened. We did not go into block two. Note also, that all of the streets around the market have a lot of shops especially big items like furniture and statuary.
Written 21 October 2023
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Peter N
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The new building which contains the market .. is full of cheap clothes … and really, REALLY persistent sellers.. who loudly demand you buy from them..
My Indonesian wife advised me later that as we walked past stalls and didn’t buy, the sellers, mainly women, would say very rude statements to other sellers..
I returned to my car … it was such a horrible experience … and my wife continued shopping.. but left after she heard some of the truly demeaning statements being made in Balinese .. which she understands .. the management of this market needs to tell its vendors clean its act up, NO ONE should have to deal with this level of abuse.. who only came to shop…
this was such a great place to go once… it isn’t any longer ..
The stalls in the streets around the multi floor buildings give a totally different.. and I would say pleasurable shopping buildings
Written 27 May 2023
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Cheryl M
Oakville, Canada59 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
If you are looking for mass produced, cheaply made flea market type items, you might find this market worth visiting. I bought 2 sarongs from a vendor on street outside building.
Written 7 November 2022
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Harry K Harkbipolar
Santa Monica, CA119 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
souvenir shopping time to spend. you need a real good bargain skill to get fair place. somehow i found some items they sell is cheaper in some particular area in Denpasar. there are numbers of art shop where you can buy some painting along the street
Written 20 August 2020
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Monterey
Cape Town Central, South Africa666 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
Very nice market
A lot to buy
But sellers are agressives
Divided in 2 parts
Food
And cloths , painting , artistic, souvenirs
The best is to come early before all tourists coming around 08h00/09h00 am
You need to be able to negotiate the prices down
Written 13 March 2020
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Stella
48 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
The market was a disappointment. Expected it to be an art market but in reality it was just expensive souvenirs, paintings and tie dye pants.

Walked on a parallel street and found a small Stål were I lovely woman and her husband were selling bags. Bargain is a must. Wanted us to pay 250k but finally got it for 60k.
Written 11 February 2020
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snowmanlotte T
21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Our driver recommended to visit this traditional market as we wanted some better bargain items. Things they sell in Bali are similar across stalls but compared to shops o Semiyak, you can get better bargain here, will need to bargain! If you walk outside the streets further up the road, price gets much cheaper. We bought a few t shirts ranging 20K to 45K IDR. Mangosteen fruit is super fresh and yummy! The weather is super hot in Bali so we couldn't stay for too long.
Written 30 January 2020
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Jane B
Cairns, Australia102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Certainly not the most visited market, as there was hardly anyone there when we went, but our driver took us here as he said it is much cheaper and less touristy than the Ubud market.

When we got there, there were hardly any visitors there, so it did make the sellers a little more ‘enthusiastic’ with their selling techniques. But both my 10 year old daughter and 17 year old son loved using their honed skills with bartering from the Kuta markets, on these stall holders, and these stall holders were much more eager to get down to a lower price. Prices were around $3-4 for a t-shirt, $5 for a Long dress, and $3 for a Sarong.

We would have loved to spent more time there but our 7 year old had a low tolerance for the markets unfortunately, but they were definitely the best markets we visited in Bali. Well worth travelling outside of Ubud for.
Written 2 January 2020
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