With the spread of myriad of new shopping malls, Jakarta has achieved its ambition of duplicating Singapore’s success as one of Asia’s foremost heavens for purchasing almost anything. Imported luxury items sold at competitive prices with Asia major shopping centers. For many products, especially textiles and garments, prices are far cheaper. English is widely spoken and attentive service guaranteed. Bargaining is the rule when sopping even though Department stores and some shop displays prices.
- Major mega-shopping centers are located throughout the city as follows;
- Elite Plaza Indonesia (adjacent to the Grand Hyatt),
- Plaza EX and
- The Plaza Semanggi in Central Jakarta in the East
- Taman Anggrek Mall in West,
- Kelapa Gading Mall in East,
- WTC Mangga Dua in North,
- Plaza Senayan and
- Pondok Indah Mall in South Jakarta.
- Traditional handcrafted arts - Jakarta is also the city for great buys in traditional handcrafted arts. Sarinah and Pasaraya Grande department stores, both conveniently located, remain the best one-stop shopping places for Indonesia arts and crafts throughout the archipelago. Several floors of each store are dedicated to the sale of locally crafted items including textiles, weaving, carvings, paintings, silver, jewelry, basketry, puppetry, leather goods and a range of interior design items.
- For inveterate shoppers, Jakarta’s shopping may well be the city’s main attraction. Jalan Surabaya in Menteng is a colourful antique market that is include on most Jakarta itineraries. Pasar Seni at Ancol is another good craft market. Other notable areas for antiques and crafts is Jalan Kebon Sirih Timur, only one street away from Jalan Jaksa, for collectors and those after antique furniture who want to browse through the large shops in Ciputat, on the outskirt of the city. A couple of kilometers South of Blok M, Kemang is another hunting ground for antiques and crafts.
- Batik - Jakarta has plenty of Batik outlets. Sarinah and Pasaraya Grande have excellent selections of batik with all of the main styles and producers represented. Batik Keris has a large showroom at Jalan Cokroaminoto in Menteng and a shop in Plaza Indonesia. Batik Semar is in Plaza Indonesia and Blok M Plaza. Iwan Tirta produces exclusive Batik Tulis (Hand-Painted Batik) and one of Jakarta’s most famous batik designers. His showroom is at Jalan Panarukan 25, Central Jakarta or there is a shop at the Borobudur Hotel.
- For electronic items, the best range of stock with absolute bargain prices is in the Glodok area of old city Get ready for the narrow walkways and shop house style of doing business.
These traditional markets provide a lively glimpse into the city’s grassroots life. Among the major markets are Pasar Cikini, Pasar Tanah Abang, Pasar Baru and Pasar Mayestik.