Ubud Markets and Christmas
The old markets in the main street in Ubud have recently been given a facelift , a refurbishment, but they still hold the biggest space and biggest cross section of produce and trinkets in Ubud . Its worth getting there early before the day trippers from the coast arrive, in their hordes
At the main crossroads you'll find the multi-storey Ubud market, a bustling maze of stalls and shops that sell everything from paperclips and papayas to saffron and sarongs. Mornings are the best time to catch the market buzz, as locals buy all the components for the daily meal and daily offerings. Afternoons are calmer, but hotter. The "official' market day for Ubud falls on "Pasah" which occurs every three days. Check a Balinese calendar.They are on every day however (except Nyepi day & Gulungan )
I was looking for some of the organic markets, and the websites would have one believe they are big & bold. Maybe it was because we were there this time in the middle of the major celebratory religious holiday of Gulungan, but the number of stalls at the Ubud Organic Markets was disappointing. Possibly 4 stalls in total, but a good walk to explore the end of Jalan Hanoman and Jalan Nu Kuning where this market resides in the grounds of Warung Sopa.
The other Farmers Market ( that wasn't open during Gulungan & Kulingan) is the Baliwood Farmers market over in Penastanan
There was a really good mobile market truck parked (seems to be there always) just around from the main Ubud Market, on Jalan Wedari which appeared really popular with the Warung owners who were buying there instead of the main markets.
We got some really good greens and fresh fruits from this source. Its a popular street as it is home to the best coffee in Ubud, Seniman, and if you want a coffee experience you must visit Seniman. Coffee by the way is something that has seen a huge growth in what is being offered with places like Anomali, Cafe Vespa & Kue (both in Penastanan ) and Seniman now has the Coffee Studio running workshops !!. There is Oops, Kue . and even Nirvana Villas do a great coffee. Its changing daily. Luwak coffee is still promoted as the real thing but the selection of local coffees from various regions around Indonesia is outstanding in quality and choice. Seniman are about to launch their website, up until now its been social media driven, http://senimancoffee.com/
Ubud was a nice place to be over Christmas, peaceful, and lots of places to explore, we went back to many of our favorites like Sari Organic out on the rice paddies, sawah,s, Warung Mendez, Seniman, found a great French Patisserie with sensational breads, Kue, with 2 outlets, one near where we stayed in Penestanan , the other in the main part of Ubud, ( where they do their baking) . Staying in Penestanan is such a good location to all that the region of Ubud offers, and we stated at a little villa called Kembali, part of a small group of privately owned villas called of course Private Ubud Villa's.