Discover these best markets in Jakarta for yourself; stroll along open-air streets lined with various stalls offering cool art items or scuffle through traditional flea markets (if you don’t mind tightly spaced aisles and brushing shoulders) for a rare gift or for the living room back home. These alternatives to the city’s high-rise, air-conditioned malls might not excel on comfort and convenience – but you are guaranteed more bargains and more authenticity.
In some cases, you also get an insightful adventure at the same time; various art markets allow you to see from up close how a traditional art piece or handicraft is made, from meticulously carved wooden wayang puppets, or the finishing polishing touches of a gemstone. Enjoy your next shopping trip at any of these best markets in Jakarta.
Within the grounds of the massive Ancol Dreamland in North Jakarta, you’ll find this adjoining open-air art market a cool retreat from the thrills and cheers that dominate the water sports marina and its rollercoaster rides. Take a stroll through the well dappled area where you can drop into pavilions filled with various arts and crafts. Inside, painters, puppet craftsmen, woodcarvers, painters and sculptors are busy creating their next pieces with paintbrushes and chisels. You can make a deal directly and take home an intricate piece of batik, or carved wooden panel. An open arena in the market’s centre also holds regular art performances and exhibitions.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: Jl. Gerbang Ancol No.93, Pademangan, North Jakarta
- Tel: +62 (0)21 292 222 22
This narrow shopping street is accessible only to pedestrians, running between Jalan Samanhudi from its north to the Jakarta Arts Institute on Jalan Dr. Sutomo on its south. The city’s oldest shopping area dates back to the 19th century, and comprises various textile shops where you can source for the finest silks and brocades in the city. Cheap non-branded but good quality footwear, bags and clothing items are also available, as are small restaurants and stalls selling refreshments. A tall classic oriental-like gate welcomes you to the half-kilometre long route with some parts dappled by semi-transparent fibreglass canopies along the way.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
- Location: Jl. KH. Samanhudi, Central Jakarta
A walking street similar to Pasar Baru is Jalan Surabaya, lined with numerous small art and antique shops, which eventually earned the whole length ‘flea market’ status. It’s a great spot to head down to in Central Jakarta, especially if you’d like to try your luck in finding a rare trinket or ornamental wayang at low prices. Items range from kitsch and replica items to authentic collectibles such as dusty gramophones and vintage dial telephones. Bookworms may also stumble upon rare and old editions here. Even if you’re not in for a purchase, you’ll enjoy the sensation of walking down this unique open-air antique gallery.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 19:00
- Location: Jl. Surabaya, Menteng, Central Jakarta
For the widest range of wholesale price textiles and clothing items in Jakarta, there’s no better place recommended by locals than Tanah Abang, a large shopping complex located in the namesake sub-district in Central Jakarta. In fact, Tanah Abang is the largest textile market in Southeast Asia, with origins that date back to early trading days in the 18th century. Now, the market is modern; a group of different blocks that will spoil shoppers through up to six levels and with different clusters of shops. This makes for an endless bargaining spree through batiks, shoes, ladies and children’s wear. It’s easy to spend a whole day in a single block alone. A food court on the upper level provides breaks, serving snacks and refreshment.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 16:30
- Location: Jl. KH. Mas Mansyur no.1, Central Jakarta
Indonesia’s islands such as Kalimantan and Java are rich sources of gemstones, and you can find them all in Rawabening, also referred to as the Jakarta gemstone market, which also happens to be the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia. Located right in front of the Jatinegara station in East Jakarta, Rawabening looks just like a regular mall with three levels. Air-conditioned interiors allow you to browse through virtually endless stalls showcasing colourful gems and set jewellery pieces. It’s a collector’s dream come true, with all known genuine precious and semiprecious stones available, from jade, amethyst, opal, agate, sapphires and even cheap artificial versions. There are rough uncut and standalone cut and polished pieces, and ones set in various gold and silver rings, pendants or earrings. You can witness jewellers and craftsmen processing their pieces onsite. Bargain hard!
- Opening Hours: 07:00 – 16:30
- Location: Jakarta Gems Center, Jl. Raya Bekasi Barat, 007/02, Jatinegara, East Jakarta
- Tel: +62 (0)21 819 706 4