Not all visitors to Bali will want to see the usual sights like the beaches and the botanical gardens in Candikunig. While these things are definitely worth seeing, the more adventurous traveler may feel the urge to venture off the beaten path. The Sindhu Market, also called the Sindhu Art Market or the Pasar Sindhu Market, is located in Sanur and could be considered to meet that description. While Sanur is the typical resort town, similar to many coastal touristy communities the world over, there are still areas within it that remain relatively authentic – and for sure there’s no better way to enjoy Bali than in your own Bali villa rental!
For those visitors to Bali who desire to investigate the culture of this little island in the Indonesian archipelago, the key, as with most destinations, is to visit the places frequented by locals. The Sindhu market is one such location, where it is possible to see the Balinese going about their daily lives. It is located on the main road in Sanur, Jalan Danau Tamblinga, near where it intersects with Jalan Danau Toba right next door to Hardy’s supermarket, which is the town’s main grocery store. It is in a neighborhood that features The Bonsai Cafe and Cafe Batujimbar.
The Sindhu Market houses the shops of multiple merchants. Inside, visitors will be able to find and purchase:
- Traditional Balinese sarongs
- Wood carvings
- Knockoff designer items
Along with these, a wide variety of other relatively cheap goods is also available. It is possible to get clothes made to order in some of the shops. There are also several fixed price places like Tootsies and Jeny’s. Visitors can find authentic Indonesian food available at the night market in the same location. The Sindhu Market’s night market is a way for tourists to sample local dishes (mostly seafood) cheaply, and it is there from breakfast time until night. The night market also has fresh vegetables and a variety of local spices.
For the most part, shoppers in the Sindhu Market will be locals, with a few Australian and Dutch tourists mixed in. As with many vendors in this part of the world, it is possible to haggle over the cost of purchases to a certain extent, and get lower prices.