The Sunday Markets at the Mercure Resort, Sanur has become an institution for Sanur locals. Held on the last Sunday of every month, it sees the Sanur community come together to enjoy delicious fresh food, and a relaxed morning browsing the market stalls, listening to music and catching up with family and friends. The monthly event draws locals, expats and tourists together to make the most of the beachside lifestyle that Sanur is famous for, supporting local businesses and musicians, all in the beautiful grounds of the Mercure Resort.
The markets offer something different to the every day street stalls, with many high-quality vendors for market-goers to choose from. Market stalls include fashion and accessories, locally made homewares and furnishings, woven baskets and bags and so much more. It’s a great place to pick up some well-made Bali fashions, quality cotton dresses and clothing, hats and bags. There is a treasure trove of hand-crafted gifts, wedding favours, and lovingly made decorations for weddings. For tourists, there is a great range of good value homewares to take home, made by skilled, local craftsmen. The markets also showcase the talents of local artists, with paintings, crafts and textiles made by talented artisans.
The Sunday Markets champion locally made, sustainable and ethically produced goods, with many stalls dedicated to socially and environmentally progressive causes. There are stalls that feature recycled and upcycled glass, plastic and rubber, reclaimed from the rubbish, and repurposed into useful and beautiful goods. Sustainable farming practices and fair trade goods like East Bali Cashews and ‘that bamboo’ company are regular stall-holders, along with many more like-minded companies.
And when you visit the markets, you can feel like you’re doing something good for both the local community, and those further afield as there are charity stalls to donate to and teach you more about their causes. There are stalls to support Balinese children with disabilities to get the care and support that they need, as well as help for our furry friends, with animals and representatives from various animal welfare groups.
There are also special events held at the markets, changing each month, from fundraisers, to special exhibitions of martial arts, Balinese dancing, and many more. Plus, the Sunday markets always have a rotating stage of talented local and visiting musicians to keep you entertained.
And they haven’t forgotten the kids. With face painting, crafts and a bouncy castle, kids are kept busy and most importantly, happy, while mum and dad relax. There are plenty of healthy food options to fill them up after all the fun too, from juices and smoothies to delicious (and we like to think) healthy, locally made ice-creams.
Write it in your calendar, and make sure that you don’t miss the next Sanur Sunday Market, held on the last Sunday of every month at the Mercure Resort, Sanur.