Gili Trawangan Night Market

Backpacker’s Seafood Feast on Gili Trawangan

The Gili Trawangan night market is the main public dining spot on this favourite backpacker’s island retreat, catering to budget travellers well with its open-air food stalls and traditional warung style cafeterias. The night market opens just before sunset, satisfying those cravings for seafood and local delights with a good variety of menu items to choose from.

While many local warungs selling cheap traditional Sasak cuisine and Indonesian favourites line the main southern beach street and elsewhere around the island, the Gili Trawangan night market is where you can score a one-stop experience, where different stalls open up showcasing fresh catches of the day together with grilled meats, Chinese wok-fries, and all-time favourite Indonesian favourites such as nasi goreng fried rice, soto ayam chicken broth, and bakso meatball soup.

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Most visitors roam the island by foot, and being close to the main beach jetty makes the night market an easy late afternoon stopover. Around this time, most of the stall owners open up shop, lay out tables, flame up the charcoals, prop up their parasols and arrange their fresh lobsters, trevally, crabs, king prawns, clams, snapper, squid and barracuda (yes, there is a big diversity of what fishermen catch around the Gilis) all for you to see.

Although the majority is seafood, there are also other stalls presenting all sorts of morsels on skewers, from corn cobs, chicken, beef sausages and sliced veggies, ready to be thrown onto the grill after you’ve made your choice and placed your orders. You can also opt for ‘warung tegal’ style buffet meals of nasi campur, where you order your plate of rice with different types of items to choose from, which then are summed to your bill.

Some others specialise in light bites, cakes and local desserts, such as deep-fried spring rolls and sweet potato and banana fritters, chocolate filled pancakes, and mixed traditional salads of all sorts. Prices range between IDR 10,000-50,000. A plate of nasi goreng or ‘chap chay’ chop suey ranges between IDR 15,000-25,000, and an accompanying cold Bintang starts from IDR 15,000. Although aimed at budget travellers, it remains touristy with the prices following suit. Cheaper local warung options around the island are a bit hit and miss.

The night market billows with barbecue smoke nightly, and the scene is lively and great for those looking for an alternative hangout spot while on Gili Trawangan. Most also simply drop in to grab a bite and drink here before proceeding to the many partying venues down the main beach street.

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  • Location: Southeast Beach Pier, Gili Trawangan, Lombok
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