Where to Shop in Jakarta
Downtown Jakarta is a dense warren of bars, clubs, stalls, restaurants, offices and of course, shops. From unique handicrafts to haute couture labels and the latest in technology, Jakarta has something for everyone. As eclectic as the produce is, so are the shopping environments in which to find it.
Like any capital city, world-class mega-malls, stacked with international brands, sit at the top end of the scale. Beyond the air conditioned walls of the contained shopping centres, downtown Jakarta (the old neighborhoods around the South of the city) has an abundance of stores selling various products, including batiks, silks and unique handicrafts.
The ‘Pasars’ (markets) are jam packed with interesting finds, meaning a lot of patience is required along with good bartering skills. The usual procedure is to start off with a counter offer of 40% of the asking price and settle at 50%-60% of the original asking price.
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The Ancol Art Market, located within the massive Ancol Dreamland entertainment complex in North Jakarta, offers you a cool break from the adrenaline rush of the park’s thrill rides and water sports. It invites you to a pleasantly forested walking area with a purpose-built market that is lined with a number of individual pavilions. Each showcases different kinds of art and handicraft items and is manned by local painters and craftsmen who produce items on a day-to-day basis.
On your leisurely strolls through the Ancol Art Market, you can take a peek into each pavilion for an idea of what they have to offer. Painters, puppet craftsmen, woodcarvers and sculptors are busy within each of these wooden houses, creating new pieces or adding their finishing touches with paintbrushes and chisels. You can make a deal directly and take home an intricate piece of batik, a carved wooden panel, or ask to have your own portrait painted on the spot by the highly skilled artists. Shaded Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: Ancol Dreamland, Jl. Gerbang Ancol No.93, Pademangan, North Jakarta
- Tel: +62 (0)21 292 222 22
Glodok Plaza (Chinatown)
After the bloody massacre of 1740, the Chinese community was confined to ghettos in an area outside the city walls now known as Glodok. Glodok Plaza is a cluster of indoor markets selling various technical goods and it's best described as a technology bazaar.
- Address: Jl. Pinangsia Raya
Overlooking the Welcome Monument, Plaza Indonesia is situated in the heart of Jakarta. This mall is jam packed with opulent products and flagship names such as Armani, Versace and Gucci.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 daily.
- Address: Jalan M.H. Thamrin Kav. 28-30, Jakarta Pusat 10350 Indonesia
Based in Jakarta's financial district and adjacent to Senayan Sports Complex, this mall features Metro and Sogo Department Stores. It also offers the seven-cinema Studio 21 Cineplex.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 daily.
- Address: 8 Jalan Asia Afrikaz, PT Senayan Trikarya Sempama, Jakarta Pusat 10270 Indonesia
This is the newest recruit on the shopping mall circuit in Jakarta; built over an area of 48,000sqm it is vast in size with an equally impressive array of products.
- Address: 19 Asia Africa, Street, Gelora Village, Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta City 10270
Batik Keris has a large showroom at Jalan Cokroaminoto in Menteng and a shop in Plaza Indonesia. A small chain of stores which sell, amongst other things, batik.
Batik Semar is one of Indonesia's most accomplished manufacturers of batik, established in 1947. These exquisite pieces are some of the best on the market. They have stores in Plaza Indonesia, Blok M Plaza and the International Airport.
Iwan Tirta produces exclusive Batik Tulis (Hand-Painted Batik) and can proudly claim to be one of Jakarta’s most famous and popular batik designers. Situated on the first floor of Pacific Place Mall, Jakarta Selatan and Menteng.
Jalan Kebon Sirih Timur
Just one street away from Jalan Jaksa, this is a popular spot for antique collectors and connoisseurs. The street runs for about 200 metres and is packed with porcelain, batiks, ceramics, teak furniture and antiques. Here, you will find Djody Antiques, one of the biggest and most reputable dealers in the area. All these products are testament to Indonesia's rich cultural legacy and buyers should bargain hard.
- Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
- Address: Jalan Kebon Sirih Timur, Jakarta Pusat 10340 Indonesia
Situated in Menteng, this is a colourful, open-air antiques market half a kilometre in length. Popular with tourists, locals and antique hunters for its unique atmosphere and wide range of produce, it is considered something of a must-visit when in Jakarta.
- Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00 daily.
- Address: Jalan Surabaya, Jakarta Pusat 10310 Indonesia
Grand Indonesia Shopping Town is an iconic megamall in Central Jakarta that invites you to a shopping experience through two towers or ‘wings’ filled with a variety of tenants, from high end national and international brands, to a number of restaurants and entertainment facilities. All this combined makes a great leisure destination for the whole family. The mall is hard to miss, overlooking the city hub’s famous ‘welcoming statue’ landmark.
Considered one of Jakarta’s most posh malls, you can expect to find all the renowned luxury brands in both of the towers at Grand Indonesia, from Chanel, Giorgio Armani and H&M to Aigner, Espirt and Burberry, spread over eight levels. The mall’s total space spans 640,000sqm, with the two main buildings connected by a multilevel ‘bridge’, which is also a highlight on its own. Aptly named ‘Crossroads of the World’, this top floor area converges between the two towers, each referred to as the East and West wings. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: Jl. MH. Thamrin No. 1, Central Jakarta
- Tel: +62 (0)21 235 800 01
- Address: Jalan Ciputat Raya No.22, Jakarta Selatan, 15412
Jl. Ciputat Raya
The West of Java is home to Jakarta’s Antique Strip; a part of the city that boomed during the 1980’s and established itself as something of an antiques hub in Asia. The street divides Tangerang and South Jakarta, and is usually frequented for its antiques and teakwood furniture. Even if you are not in search of a specific item this is still a vibrant area and can be enjoyed without putting your hand in your pocket.
- Address: Jl.Ciputat Raya - Pondok Pinang
Consider Mal Taman Anggrek your one-stop shopping destination while in West Jakarta. This modern mall houses well over 400 individual retail stores spread out over 360,000sqm comprising luxury and lifestyle brands. It is a good source for ladies’ and men’s fashion items, with internationally renowned names, from Giordano and Jack Nicklaus to Hallmark and Guess. The complex is also home to highlight attractions such as Indonesia’s largest indoor ice skating rink and an appealing mix of specialty shops and restaurants.
Literally ‘orchid garden’ in the local tongue, Mal Taman Anggrek took its name in homage to an actual orchard that existed in the exact location before its construction. Now, visitors are treated to a megamall that is alive and dazzling; upon approaching, admire the extensive and eye-catching LED display on its warped exterior façade, once record title holder of the largest in the world measuring 8,675sqm, before Dubai’s skyscraper Burj Khalifa surpassed it over three-fold with a whopping 32,467sqm. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: Jl. Letjen S. Parman Kav. 21, Slipi, West Jakarta
- Tel: +62 (0)21 564 377 7
At this arts and handicraft market, you can watch Indonesian artists creating their labours of love. Both traditional and modern art and crafts are on display, and available for purchase. Hundreds of artists from all over the country gather here to exhibit and sell their work and it's a great place to get your portrait done as a reminder of your time in Jakarta.
- Address: Taman Ria Ancol, Jakarta Utara 14430 Indonesia
- Address: Jalan Bekasi Barat Raya, Jatinegara, Jakarta Timur 13350
President Clinton is said to have bought a bronze frog on this ‘Street of Dreams’. Situated in Central Jakarta, the half-mile strip is cluttered with cubby holes and is the place to head if you are in search for tribal masks, silver cigarette cases, worry beads, grandfather clocks, ivory miniatures, sextants, samurai swords, xylophones and even telephone switchboards. As you would expect, merely visiting the street is an experience in itself. Essentially it is Indonesia’s best and biggest Flea Market.
- Opening Hours: 09:00-18:00
- Address: Surabaya Street, Central Jakarta
This is the place to head for knick-knacks, daily necessities, flowers, clothes and fashion accessories. The area is regarded as one of the most exotic spots to purchase Indonesian gold jewelry; bangles, rings, necklaces and pendants and other gold crafts. Immortalised in song, this market has the most extensive variety of goods in Central Jakarta.
- Address: Cikini Traditional Market), Jalan Cikini Raya Cikini, Jakarta 10330
Renowned for offering alternatives to conventional foodstuffs and outfits, this is the sort of place where production and distribution occur at the same place, something of a rarity in modern society. A fantastic place to pick up quality fabrics, we strongly recommend getting something made to measure that will be unique only to you. Another interesting feature is the buying produce for your own cookies. Yes that’s right, visitors can indulge in some culinary wizardry and pick up unusual molding trays, recipe and ingredients from the pasar, and you can even sample one before deciding which type to make. Delicious.
- Address: Pasar Mayestik, Kyai Maja Street, Gunung Village, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta City 12120
Pasar Tanah Abang
Spread out over 19 floors, this wholesale market is vast in both size and content. A whole raft of goods can be bought in bulk, including men's and women's fashions, accessories, furniture, handicrafts and food. Not the most attractive of places, Pasar Tanah Abang is worth visiting if you have things specifically in mind that you want to buy. Expect crowds and a lot of noise; essentially a heady trading environment.
- Address: Block A
Pasar Ular Permai
Pasar Ular Permai is located on Jalan Yos Sudarso in North Jakarta. Don't let the name deceive you. Pasar Ular would easily mean ‘snake market’ in the local tongue. Yet this market derived its curious name from the physical layout. Pasar Ular Permai is actually a fusion of many small stalls that each have their own wares to offer. Some items are export quality, and all comes down to bargaining skills for the great purchase.
Inside you will easily find curios, clothing, jeans, cheap shoes, belts, watches, perfume, slippers, bags, ceramic urns and kitchen utensils – all at a great bargain. There are actually two different locations that have come to be known by the name 'Pasar Ular'. The first, older complex is located in North Jakarta's Pelumpang area, while the second newer one is nearby, in North Jakarta's Permai area, hence its better known name.
- Location: North Jakarta
- Price Range: Bargain!
- How to get there: Only 10 minutes north from Kelapa Gading and 5 minutes south from the Tanjung Priok harbour.