Most tourists fly into Denpasar and immediately travel onwards to b or Canggu. Ever think you might just be missing out? Newsflash: Denpasar is home to excellent museums and markets worth a visit. We’re taking you on a day tour of the Balinese capital stopping at the following points of interest:
Monument Bajra Sandi: Built in 1987, this monument details the struggles of the Balinese throughout history. From the Dutch occupation to countless natural disasters, life hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the locals. This attractive monument built in traditional Balinese style is the ideal place to learn more.
Badung Food Market: Next we’ll take a Bali food tour at this authentic market, a far cry from the smoothie bowls of Canggu cafes. Here you’ll find traditional Balinese dishes including nasi goreng, gado gado and nasi campur. Your guide will help you pick out the best bits!
Kumbasari Art Market: This enormous Bali market is busy, local and quite the experience. The prices are well below the tourist markets in Bali, so make sure to get your colourful handicrafts here.
Bali Museum: Detailing Balinese history and displaying countless works of Indonesian art, this is an unmissable stop for culture vultures visiting Denpasar. You’ll have 1.5 hours to tour the gallery, expanding your understanding of Bali.
Werdhi Budaya Art Centre: Our final stop of the tour will be this colourful art centre and cultural complex. Here you can see works of art, learn about Balinese handicrafts and even catch cultural shows.