10 Best Shopping Experiences in Jakarta

Great Places to Shop in Jakarta

Add these 10 best shopping experiences in Jakarta to your checklist. Stroll through multi-storey megamalls spread all over the city and browse over a huge array of luxury international brand items. Simply escape the traffic and enjoy window shopping through air-conditioned atriums. Malls in Jakarta also offer more than shopping; most are packed with dining and entertainment facilities, from cinemas to art galleries and even ice skating rinks.

We’ve compiled this list to help you get started on your shopping adventures in the mega-metropolis; you’ll also find that great places to shop in Jakarta aren’t limited to malls only. Several notable local specialty markets are worth a look; some even carry ‘largest in Southeast Asia’ status and are dedicated to specific items at wholesale prices. Find our top picks below!

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Grand Indonesia Shopping Town Central Jakarta
Grand Indonesia Shopping Town

Spend a day at one of Jakarta’s largest mall complexes, located right in the hub and overlooking the city’s famous ‘welcoming statue’ landmark. Here you’ll find mostly high end national and international brands of tenants spread over eight levels in two linked wings, East and West. A Mini Cooper showroom even, because malls like this has to have one at least. The converging top floors provide shoppers a wondrous walk through Crossroads of the World, an indoor space concept depicting iconic city scenes from around the world. And at its centre is a fountain that puts on a spectacular show with dancing water and lighting effects. There’s a cinema at ground level and a kid’s play land to keep the little ones busy.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Jl. MH. Thamrin No. 1, Central Jakarta
  • Tel: +62 (0)21 235 800 01
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Mal Taman Anggrek West Jakarta
Mal Taman Anggrek

Approaching this megamall in West Jakarta is to enjoy an eye-catching world-record long LED display. This massive shopping complex houses a good mix of ladies’ and men’s fashion and lifestyle brands, from Giordano and Jack Nicklaus to Body & Soul and Aveda. It’s also a dining destination, with numerous restaurants serving a vast range of cuisine, such as Roba Yakitori, Fish & Co., Doner Kebab and a food court where you can try out local cuisine from over a dozen different stalls. Inside on its third floor is Indonesia’s largest ice skating arena, Sky Rink. Its main atrium regularly highlights entertainment programs, from exhibitions to mini concerts.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Jl. Letjen S. Parman Kav. 21, Slipi, West Jakarta
  • Tel: +62 (0)21 564 377 7
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Ancol Art Market (Pasar Seni Ancol) North Jakarta
Ancol Art Market (Pasar Seni Ancol)

For a slight break from high-rising malls and even the thrills from the adjoining Ancol Dreamland amusement park, this cool art market lets you stroll through a lush part of the park that is filled with various art pavilions displaying colourful arts and crafts from all over Indonesia. Some of the pavilions are actual workshops, where you can observe artists busy at putting their brush strokes to canvas, or adding the final polishes to a newly carved wooden mask. The good part is you can ask to have a try at the creation process yourself, and even negotiate a good price directly for a beautiful art piece that begs to be taken home with you.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Jl. Gerbang Ancol No.93, Pademangan, North Jakarta
  • Tel: +62 (0)21 292 222 22
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Plaza Senayan
Plaza Senayan

‘PS’ for short, Plaza Senayan is mostly a source of luxury fashion items, featuring approximately a hundred different brands on five levels. Notable tenants include Alfred Dunhill, Mont Blanc and Alexander McQueen. You can also check out high quality Indonesian batiks and silks from designer labels Iwan Tirta and Parang Kencana. On both far ends of its main building are department stores Metro and Sogo, each offering a range of men’s and ladies’ wear, kids’ items, sporting apparel and health and beauty care. A Plaza Senayan XXI cinema is onsite, as are a number of specialty spots that also offer refreshments, such as TWG Tea Salon, Haagen Dazs and Kafe Victoria.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Gelora Bung Karno, Jl. Asia Afrika No. 8, Senayan, Central Jakarta
  • Tel: +62 (0)21) 572 555 5
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Mangga Dua Jakarta
Mangga Dua

Literally ‘Two Mangoes’ in the local tongue, Mangga Dua is a go-to shopping area in Jakarta for wholesale priced items and great bargaining adventures. You’ll find a wide range of imported and domestic items on offer here, particularly at the main shopping plazas within the area, the likes of the Mangga Dua Square and ITC Mangga Dua. Harco and ITC have become a source for electronics and the latest smartphone releases, while department stores sell cheap clothing and bulk items. It is also a great area for sourcing your Jakarta souvenirs, such as T-shirts and key chains. Anticipate a slight crowd over the weekends.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 - 21:00
  • Location: Jalan Mangga Dua Raya, Jakarta
  • Tel: +62 (0)21 601 404 3
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Gandaria City South Jakarta
Gandaria City

Another of Jakarta’s great malls featuring a wonderfully designed arcade, Gandaria City lets you walk under a painted sky ceiling. The indoor walking street is lined with various tenants, from fashion stores, toy shops and bookshops. Besides shopping, it’s a great place to bring the kids, especially to its Amazing Town game arcade, together with a kid’s playground. Indonesia’s own Flight Experience, a jumbo jet flight simulator, is located at ground level, where you can ‘learn’ to take-off and land safely, and even get an ‘aviator’s certificate’. Or, enjoy fun sing-alongs at T-Rex Family Karaoke.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda, Kebayoran Lama, South Jakarta
  • Tel: +62 (0)21 290 528 88
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Cikini Gold Centre Central Jakarta
Cikini Gold Centre

This prominent gold mart in Menteng, Central Jakarta, takes the form of a mall, but with tenants on its third floor comprising chiefly gold and jewellery merchants. The gold centre was established in 1962 and developed into the city’s main source for everything gold. The dozens of stalls selling different signature motifs and jewellery collections allow for a rich variety and virtually endless choices. A total of six floors, the ground level is quite a mix with a gemstone market, together with fashion and accessory boutiques. It’s also a great place to learn how Jakartans invest in gold, and many also come here to weigh their nuggets or necklaces to sell as well.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Jl. Pengangsaan Timur Raya, Menteng, Pegangsaan, Central Jakarta
  • Tel: +62 (0)21 319 090 88
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Pasaraya Jakarta

Established in 1974 as Sarinah Jaya, the local arts and crafts centre latter known as Pasaraya at one point became the source for souvenirs and handicrafts from all over Indonesia. It expanded to become a large department store it is known today, selling fashion items and consumer goods, but remains to be the source of handicrafts until today. It is also a good place to look for batiks, either in uncut lengths or in various clothing and household linen forms. Taking pride as a place to shop for everything Indonesian, you can also take a lunch break for some Indonesian flavours at its food court inside.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Jl. Iskandarsyah II No.2, Blok M, Jakarta
  • Tel: +62 (0)21 726 017 0
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Jalan Surabaya Flea Market Central Jakarta
Jalan Surabaya Flea Market

This walking street in Menteng, Central Jakarta, offers a unique sight lined with numerous small kiosks filled with arts and antique items. Despite being only a half-kilometre street, many locals refer to it as one of the city’s most prominent ‘flea markets’. A walk down Jalan Surabaya lets you stop by the many different kiosks and browse over the varying sets of quirky objects in each, ranging from old brass lanterns with colourful mosaic glass, oil lamps, woodcarvings, used books and philatelic collections, ‘ikat’ weave textiles and mini wooden totems from East Nusa Tenggara, to ornamental traditional kris daggers and Javanese wayang puppets and masks. All prices are negotiable – bargain hard!

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 19:00
  • Location: Jl. Surabaya, Menteng, Central Jakarta
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Rawabening Gemstone Market
Rawabening Gemstone Market

A gem collectors’ paradise, Rawabening is the largest gemstone market in Southeast Asia, housing a thousand different stalls that offer uncut and polished gemstones sourced mainly from the rich islands of Kalimantan and Java, as well as ready-to-wear jewellery pieces in gold and silver. In between regular stalls over the market’s three levels are ones that also double as workshops, where you can view different stages of a jewellery piece taking form, from cutting, polishing and assembling. You’ll also witness religious diversity and local mysticism here through items such as golden Buddha and Hindu god statuettes, Catholic gemstone bead rosaries, Chinese jade pendants and wall decorations featuring gold-plated Moslem prayer verses.

  • 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
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