Any traditional markets everywhere in the world are based on the concept of bargaining. So, the trick when you are going to the traditional markets is that you need to bring your local mindset to the game. This doesn’t only mean doing hard-bargain, but you also need to be smart by knowing whether or not the items you are about to buy is worth with the money you’ll spend.
In Jimbaran, Kedonganan Fish Market is quite famous among the seafood lovers for its fresh and big catch. Bustling with either tourists or locals, this market is one of the hottest culinary destinations on the south coast of the island. The market is open every day from 5AM to 3PM, and it is turning into a complex of food stall staring on 5PM until midnight.
Located one street back from Jimbaran Beach, it’s not hard for you to discover stalls with small compartments to categorise the different catch. A line of fish is laying with eyes gleaming and squids in a Styrofoam box of black ink, while the sellers swat swarms of flies away from it. For some people, regardless of the annoying flies and the strong smell of fish, there’s something about getting fresh fish that makes them excited to shop here. For the tourists, wandering around the market and choosing the fish with your own hands allow you to see how the locals live and shop.
If you want to get a really good fish, it is recommended to come in the morning around 6AM, right after the fishermen hauling their boats and dropping off their fresh catch. There are so many selections in the morning, and there is a good chance for you to get fresh lobster, shrimp, tuna, squid, crab, scallops, prawns, mackerel, sardines, snapper, octopus, crabs, oysters or chunks of fish eggs.
Morning shopping is quite tricky for beginners as the sellers commit to maintaining the price at a higher level. However, if you come after 12PM, you can work on your bargaining skill and end up negotiating at a really decent price. But, of course, not many varieties of fish you will find on this hour. Alternatively, you can go in the morning and buy directly from the fishermen for better deals.
Bargaining is indeed a fun part of shopping, but please do it with a smile. When bargain, you can start at about 70% of the asking price and go up until a compromise is reached. But before you do so, make sure you have checked at the next shops for the same goods. Try to look at the shops inside the alleys or the building. Normally, they give a cheaper price instead of those shops outside around the entrance.