Looking for where to find grocery stores in Ubud? From more modern, clean ones through to the local markets... we cover our experience (with a toddler) and give our recommendations.
By Grace Koelma | Dare List Mama
Want to know where to shop for food in Ubud? Here's a definitive guide, with pins on Google Maps to show you exact locations.
Over our month spent in Ubud, we did many trips to the local supermarkets. Initially we found a driver to take us there, wait for us, and take us back for 100,000 IDR ($10AUD). Later on we found our own way there, and got clever about how to carry grocery bags on a bike.
Milk and dairy products aren't staples in the Balinese diet the way they are for westerners, so you'll find a lot of long-life, UHT and milk substitutes instead, as the stores prefer products with a longer shelf-life. There are one or two brands of fresh cow's milk, but it's expensive, at around 30,000 IDR per litre ($2.25 USD, $3 AUD). The same applies for cheeses.
Luckily, Bali's hipster foodie culture means there will be imported almond, soy and rice milk available in the big supermarkets (a miracle in Asia!)
Bread and pastries
The Balinese don't eat much wheat either - their equivalent are pancakes made of rice - but there are a few western bakeries in Ubud. Bread Life is a chain store with more dense, Asian style sweet breads. The Daily Baguette and Monsieur Spoon are both French bakeries with delicious baguettes and pastries.
There are three big supermarkets we found in Ubud, spread out across town.
Jalan Raya Andong No.14, Ubud
This was the cheapest 'western' supermarket we found for toiletries, pantry items, nappies and baby wipes, snacks, stationary etc. The fresh food and meat at Delta is not great though. People told us that sometimes the fridges/freezers turn off and they sell the food anyway - it's apparently not very regulated, but anything in a packet is fine! This was our go-to as it was closest to our accomodation.
We liked going to Delta Dewata because there is a Commonwealth Bank (CBA) and ATM right next door. CBA is the only Australian bank in Bali. Ubud is a very cash-based society - some places accept card but most take cash - and since our money card didn't support IDR, we chose to withdraw cash every week or so and take a bit out each day.
CBA is a good option because they let you take out 3 million IDR ($300AUD) at once, whereas most local banks have a 1.5 million IDR limit in one transaction. If you're going to be slapped with a huge international withdrawal fee, get out more money, take it straight back and put it in a locked safe in your accommodation!
Note on ATM fraud in Bali
We also chose to withdraw money from ATMs attached to a bank branch, instead of an isolated ATM. This is because people advised us that any bank's freestanding ATM could potentially be tampered with, and hacking technology could be added to scan your card's microchip. We didn't see any actual proof of this, but to be safe, we always withdrew money from ATMS within banks (and security guards out the front).
Jl. Raya Tebongkang No.99, Singakerta, Ubud
Pepito market is located about 15 mins south of Ubud by scooter, but this is by far the best supermarket we found. It opened in late 2016, the food storage and presentation is very regulated and the meat was stored appropriately.
It had everything we wanted, beautiful fresh bread and pastries, high grade meat, organic health food (including coconut flakes, hard to find!) and lots of fresh fruit and veggies. The down side is it's a lot smaller (in store size and product selection) than Bintang and Delta supermarkets. It's also a little more expensive, but worth checking out if you're after fresh ingredients!
Jl. Raya Sanggingan No.45, Campuan, Ubud
We didn't like Bintang as much, it was further out of town (up a hill!), not as modern, and more expensive, though it did have a bit more choice of brands than Delta and Pepito supermarkets. Nappies were almost double the price of the other supermarkets here, and we still haven't worked out why.
Ubud fresh produce market
Down a laneway off Jl. Raya (between Jl. Karna and Jl. Gootama) every morning from 4am.
There's a fresh produce market in the centre of Ubud every morning, and this is where the local Balinese shop. We were lucky enough to go with our Airbnb host, and haggle like a local.
It starts at 4am, so you have to be up early to get the best stuff as it all sits in the hot sun, and the freshest produce goes first. That being said, you could get there at 6 or 7am and still get fresh vegetables and fruit. After that, the swarms of tourists arrive and the hawkers and clothing stalls start setting up.
Have you been to Ubud? What are your shopping recommendations?
Grace is a writer, designer, digital nomad, mum (otherwise known as toddler chaser), slow traveller, wild things appreciator, culture immerser, coffee opportunist... She frequently uses big words (some of which are definitely made up), likes long walks and even longer books, and her focus on wellness in 2017 means she is learning to obey her FitBit. Except when she's glued to her computer!
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