Jakarta Shopping Extravaganza

Whether you’re a serious spender or half-hearted shopper, there’s sure to be something for everyone in Jakarta, the country’s shopping capital. The wide variety of things that you can buy in Jakarta is mind boggling from the best of local handicrafts to haute couture labels. Jakarta has literally hundreds of malls to browse through.

To Jakartans, shopping and spending the whole day in malls is entertainment. Malls are places to hang out and spend happy weekends with family and friends. For, Jakarta malls offer everything from large department stores, luxury boutiques, supermarket, gym, upmarket restaurants, food centers, cafes, bookshops, kids playground, beauty salons, to cinemas, all under one roof and in total air-conditioned comfort. And this, in often hot Jakarta, is one of the main reasons why people spend long hours in malls.

Plaza Senayan, Jakarta
Plaza Senayan, Jakarta (Source : anekatempatwisata.com)

Some have become household names, and are known by their initials, like PIM (Pondok Indah Mall), CITOS (Cilandak Town Square), GANCIT (Gandaria City), SENCY (Senayan City) and more.

If you are looking for international top designer boutiques, head to Jalan Thamrin-Sudirman, where are Grand Indonesia, Plaza Indonesia,and FX, Further South are Senayan Plaza and Senayan City and in the Kebayoran area are malls catering to the upmarket clientele, such as Gandaria City, Dharmawangsa Square, Pasaraya Grande, Pondok Indah Mall and Kemang. Then there is Pacific Place at Kuningan, another favourite haunt. But each of Jakarta’s many districts has one or more, so that finding things to buy and eat are all within easy reach.

Grand Indonesia shopping mall, Jakarta
Grand Indonesia shopping mall, Jakarta (Source : expedia.com)

But if you are looking for something in particular to buy, then here are some tips.

Batik today is very trendy in Indonesia. Outlets selling exclusive collections are many, but famous names are Danar Hadi, Batik Keris and Batik Semar that can be found also in malls. Indonesian Designers also have their own boutiques, mostly found around the Kemang area. But for wholesale and reasonably priced batik, head to Thamrin Plaza, for batik clothes, materials and accessories.

For textiles and dresses both produced domestically or imported, you will find these at Blok A Tanah Abang or head to Mangga Dua in North Jakarta. Pasar Baru is a traditional shopping area where you will find rows of textile shops. Indonesia is also a large producer of handbags and shoes, these can be found here and in the larger malls.

For Indonesian handicrafts, best places are Batik Keris, Pasaraya Grande, Sarinah, or Grand Indonesia Plaza. Here you will find a complete collection of batiks, ikats, silverware, wood carving and more. UKM Gallery (Small and Medium scalre enterprises Gallery) at Gatot Subroto is another handicraft center.

If you are interested in gems, both precious or semi-precious, then the Rawa Bening Market in Jatinegara is the place, where you can find rubies, agates, emeralds, amethysts by the basketful.

Other specialty markets include the Bird market at Jalan Pramuka. The Perkutut singing bird is particularly precious as these are bred for competitions.  For antiques amd second hand suitcases, head to Jalan Surabaya flea market. Plants and orchids are sold around Senayan, or head to the Taman Mini orchid garden.

Jakarta has indeed everything and anything you might just be looking for

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From street vendors to chic and elegant restaurants, Jakarta has everything. If seafood is your choice, then Muara Karang is your ideal place. Want to combine shopping and dining experience. Try the malls and all shopping centers in Jakarta. They have their own food courts and restaurants. Food courts tend to be noisy and crowded, so if you prefer privacy, choose restaurants / cafes, instead. One of the origin Jakartas dishes that worth to try is Kerak Telor, its made of rice mixed with eggs and other ingredients.

No need to worry where you’ll stay in Jakarta. There are many hotels provided here, ranging from the luxurious, middle ranged to budgeted ones.

If you’re looking something else in Jakarta besides shopping, you can take a city tour around Jakarta. This city tour will take you one day long. Ask your hotel about this.


The availability of various transport modes in Jakarta is a convenience for you to move around the captivating city. You can use Trans Jakarta buses, regular buses, city trains, cabs or rented cars.


Jakarta is an international gateway for Indonesia. Practically all international airlines stop in Jakarta. It serves a growing number of international airlines and provides an abundance of domestic flights within Indonesia. From some cities in Java, you can travel to Jakarta by train while other transport within the city is plentiful.


  • Most shops in the major shopping centres are open from 10 am until 9 p.m., seven days a week.
  • Keep a tight grip on your purse or camera, never leave any bags (whether valuable or not) to avoid crimes.
  • Some shopping malls are provided with one or two floors that filled with lots of Indonesia’s handicrafts. You can take them home with you as a souvenir. But, the price itself a little bit higher and fixed price.
  • Taxis are plentiful in Jakarta, but it is important you take the right ones to avoid any problems. We’re recommended to take Blue Bird or Silver Bird Taxi.
  • Try to always take a taxi from a hotel entrance as they will keep a record of the taxi should you have any problems.
  • Tipping is quite standard in Jakarta. Most large hotels and restaurants in Jakarta will automatically add a service charge of 10 percent to your bill, but some smaller restaurants may not add anything extra. But, you may give a tip of 10 percent if the waiters served you well.
  • Keep a little extra money handy for in case.
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