Bintan Ferry Terminal (Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal)
Conveniently located at the ferry terminal, this is a popular spot for last-minute shopping. Plenty of traditional handcrafted items can be found here, from paintings to batik sarongs, as well as heavily-discounted clothes and accessories.
Other setups that can be found amongst the rows of shops here are local snacks such as ‘keropok’, silk, leather goods, silver accessories and handcrafted jewellry, as well as a few money changers.
Pasar Oleh Oleh
Located within Bintan Resort’s vicinity, Pasar Oleh Oleh is a cluster of traditional-style huts selling all things Indonesian, from the sweet and spongy kueh lapis to wrap-around batik sarongs in a myriad of rainbow colours. Set against the charming backdrop of a rustic village scene, this food and shopping hub is a treasure trove for clothes, souvenirs and local delicacies. Serving both local and international delights, its restaurants are reasonably priced. A spa is also on hand to soothe those aching muscles after a hard day’s shopping. Comprising over 20 outlets, the goods sold at Pasar Oleh Oleh are much cheaper than those sold at the resorts, providing a good shopping alternative to visitors. Open daily from 10:00 to 23:00, a return shuttle service is also available from most resorts.
Pujasera Shopping & Market
Deemed one of the island’s best-kept secrets, Pujasera Shopping Market is a 'non-commercial' shopping area. Originally meant for local workers and their families, it consists of small shops selling arts and crafts, groceries and provisions, as well as a bank and a beauty saloon. Articles sold here are often cheaper than anywhere else, making it the ideal shopping venue for visitors on a tight budget. To reach here, board a shuttle to Pasar Oleh Oleh and take a 10 - 15-minute walk to the employees’ quarters.
A trip to Tanjung Pinang should not be missed. Shop-houses and street peddlers offer a colourful range of locally-made goods at pleasantly affordable prices which can be made even lower by bargaining. Foodstuff such as dried fish, local snacks and traditional cakes can be found here, as well as electronic goods, antiques, ceramics, handicrafts, jewellry, precious stones, hand-made toys, decorative items, clothing and Javanese batik in vibrant hues, and while you’re here, don’t forget to sample the Indonesian clove cigarettes called ‘rokok kretek’.
Tanjung Uban is Bintan Island’s second main town and its retail shops are built over the sea on stilts in the traditional 'Pelantar' fashion. It has a good local market selling all sorts of wet and dry foodstuffs such as dried anchovies, gigantic sea prawns and all kinds of tidbits, which are sold at rock-bottom prices with opportunity to bargain, too. Local tropical fruits and fresh vegetables can be seen piled up high on wooden carts around the market. Most transactions are dealt with in the local currency (Rupiah), so it’s best to have your money already changed before heading here.
The Real Bandung Factory Outlet
Located just next to the Bintan Ferry Terminal, The Real Bandung Factory Outlet is one of Indonesia’s largest factory outlets, offering branded clothes and quality fashionwear at a fraction of their original prices. Essentially a whole warehouse stocked with clothes and accessories with brands such as Abercrombie & Finch, Boss and Nike, you’d need some time to browse through the racks to have a look at all the items. The store opens daily from 08:00 to 20:00 and all items are priced in Indonesian Rupiah, but they also accept Singapore and US dollars.