Bali’s Culinary Series: Jimbaran Fish Market

We bet you’ve been to the famous Jimbaran seafood restaurants, like Menega or Bela Seafood to name a few. But do you know that us, locals, or at least people who live in Bali, would opt out eating at these ‘overprized’ and ‘touristic’ restaurants- as they say? So where do we go when we crave for seafood? Jimbaran Fish Market (or also known ‘Pasar Ikan Kedonganan’)!

From lobster to tuna, the market sells various types of seafood. For example, you can buy fresh snapper of varying sizes at a starting price of Rp 60,000 (US$4.5) per kilo. Tuna is another favorite type of seafood, but perhaps our favorite going to groper fish (in Indonesian: Ikan Kerapu).

The sellers will also clean the fish and cut it as you wish. Bargain your way when buying this seafood, and I promise you after dining here, you’ll regret paying triple the price at the Jimbaran restaurants. I ensure you, it tastes exactly the same, even better!

Do you know? Some of the food cost almost a quarter to what you’d normally pay at Jimbaran. For every kilogram you ask the restaurant to cook, they will charge you Rp. 20.000 (US$1.5) for it, however you want them to cook it. We advise to come here during the daytime, since it is the fish market, the earlier you come here, the fresher the seafood are.

Kedonganan Fish Market Open hours: 08:00 – 22:00


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