Local Market Tour and Traditional Balinese Cooking Class with a Family in Ubud

Duration: 5 hours
Destination: Indonesia, Gianyar Regency, Ubud

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  • 5 hours
  • Ubud
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


Your host Putu will pick you up in the early morning and drive you to the Pejeng market, bursting with locals shopping. Putu will introduce you to the seasonal fruits, vegetables and spices on offer, and you’ll pick up a few ingredients for your upcoming cooking lesson. The market offers wonderful photo opportunities, so don't forget to bring your camera!

Back home, you'll work together to prepare 2-3 authentic Balinese dishes. As you chop, grind and grill Putu will teach you about the spices she uses in her family recipes as well as the medicinal qualities of Balinese ingredients. Putu's kitchen is simple, with only a two burner cooktop, and you'll be impressed by the speed and fluidity with which she can prepare a complex menu with multiple dishes. Potential dishes could be Putu’s grilled eggplant with tomato, grilled fish with Balinese sambal (chili sauce), or a curry dish. The cooking lesson will last about 1-2 hours before you sit down and enjoy the meal.

Putu lives in her ancestral village in a traditional family compound. When you arrive you will meet her grandparents, her husband, Pasta, as well as their three children. Putu learned to cook as a child, helping her grandmother prepare the daily meals. Her cooking skills have grown into a career and personal passion. Putu works as a cook at two private villas, creating fresh and creative Balinese dishes to delight her guests. She takes pride in her presentation and artfully decorates the dishes with delicately carved fruit and vegetables. At home, she is responsible for making the temple offerings, from the small offerings to the large fruit towers that she carries on her head during temple ceremonies. Putu also makes homemade jamu, traditional health tonics made from turmeric. 

Putu’s grandparents are rice farmers and you will be served their homegrown rice with the meal. Putu and her family will take you on a tour of their compound and show you their family temple and explain about the objects in the temple. They have a lovely orchard where they grow jackfruit, cacao, durian, coffee and bananas. They also keep pigs, ducks, chickens and a cow.

Notes: Prices include round-trip transport from your hotel in Ubud.

  • Private market tour and cooking class with your host Putu
  • Homecooked lunch
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Round-trip transport from Ubud hotel
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Entry/Admission - Traveling Spoon

  • Round-trip transport from outside of Ubud (extra charge)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Menu may vary depending on the season
  • If any travelers in your party have any allergies, dietary restrictions or cooking preferences please advise at time of booking
  • Vegetarian and vegan option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Private, personalized experience
  • Please note: Prices include round-trip transport from Ubud only. Please be sure to include your hotel name on the reservation form so your host can arrange for your pick-up. If you are staying outside of Ubud there will be an additional charge for transportation.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

07:00 AM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


5 hours

User's Reviews


18 Feb, 2023

I booked this class for my group of 5, seeing the positive reviews. This class did not disappoint - this was the absolute highlight of Bali for all of us, it was AMAZING! While this class may be on the pricier side of things (relatively) - it was worth every bit of the money we paid. Putu and her family were awesome. They were communicative before the class day, making sure our rides were in order. They came to pick us up exactly at the place & time that was promised. Then the experience began at a local traditional market, where Putu explained the different cultural aspects and the market items. It was so fun and informative! We even got to pick out some extra fruits that we wanted to try. We then went to Putu's home - which was beautiful and spacious. We started with trying the various fruits and exploring the home - the weather was nice and sunny at this point. Then started the cooking in a beautiful outdoor kitchen, shaded perfectly by the canopies of Balinese flora. The space was prepared and cleaned - and the ingredients were all ready to be handled. Each dish was thoroughly explained by Putu, and we completed each from scratch, adjusting the spiciness level as we went. It started raining in the middle, and that made the experience even better (and truly Balinese) as we cooked to the serene sound of the pouring rain. Then the dishes were completed right on time for lunch - which we enjoyed with a bottle of beer. The food was so yummy and authentic - only because Putu and her family were guiding us through each step. We got to see Putu's chickens and dogs, and my goodness. Words can barely express how amazing this experience was. I've been recommending it to everyone headed to Bali, and if you're looking for an immersive, relaxing and private experience, don't look further!!

Veronica L

12 Feb, 2023

Putu hosted the most wonderful cooking class and market tour. While touring the market, she bought mangosteen, rambutan, snake fruit and many Balinese desserts for me to try. And a delicious rice spinach soup. Her home compound is beautiful and full of amazing fruit and vegetable trees as well as rice fields—what an incredible setting to learn how to cook! She instructed me how to cook 5 traditional dishes that were all so so delicious! I absolutely loved everything about this experience and would come back in a heartbeat if I ever come back to Bali. Thank you so so much Putu for opening your home and for this market and cooking experience.


28 Dec, 2022

Wonderful experience with Putu and her family.... one of the best cooking classes we have done and great to see traditional family life in a village near Ubud! The food we cooked was incredibly tasty! I would come again!


22 Dec, 2022

What a way to spend a morning in Ubud! Putu was the kindest and most knowledgable host who welcomed us into her family home to cook a variety of traditional Balinese dishes! She taught us an array of skills in the kitchen and facts about the native food bought in the local market. We felt so welcome in their home and the dishes we created were absolutely fantastic! We highly recommend to anyone, families/couples/solo travellers, to join Putu for this cooking experience! We will definitely be back for some more tips and tricks! Max and Izzy :)


27 Nov, 2022

This is more than a cooking class - this is a chance to see and experience true Balinese hospitality. We had such an amazing time. Putu is a wonderful teacher. You will not only learn to make delicious Balinese dishes from scratch you will also learn about local life and customs. The drive out Putu’s home is also spectacular. Put this on your must do list - you will have a truly wonderful time and a very happy tummy!!

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