Most shopping malls and the shops in them are open daily from 10:00
AM to 9:00 PM. With few exceptions we would advise most visitors
to limit their shopping to the Shopping Malls scattered throughout
the city (see below). Prices in the various shops in these malls
are fixed and no bargaining takes place.
Address: Jl. MH Thamrin Kav. 28-30
Description: Up market shops and
In the heart of the city bordered by the Hotel Indonesia, The President
Hotel, The Mandarin Oriental and at the foot of the Grand Hyatt
Hotel, Plaza Indonesia was (and arguably still is) Jakarta's first
truly up-market shopping centre with all the international brand
name boutiques represented..
Address: Jl. Asia Afrika No. 8
Description: Perhaps Jakarta's most
Home to two large department stores, Metro & Sogo, fine restaurants,
large international food court, cinemas, brand name boutiques etc.
make this the place where Jakartans go to see and be seen while
Address: Jl. Letjen S. Parman, Slipi
Description: Large, decent mall with
Jakarta's only ice skating rink !
One of the largest shopping malls in South East Asia. You will likely
pass by it on your way into the city from the airport. A dizzying
selection of shops to choose from. The best places to eat are, however,
Address: Jl. Iskandarsyah II No.
2 Next to the Blok M Bus Terminal
Description: One stop souvenir shopping
This very large, modern shopping center is the best place to go
shopping in the Blok M area. It has literally everything, including
Of most interest to visitors are the
4th & 5th floors:
The 4th floor features traditional Indonesian clothing styles for
men and women, batik shirts, dresses, etc. The variety of Batik
is astounding and there is a demonstration of the painstaking technique
of making Batik on display.
The 5th floor contains thousands of handicrafts from around the
Archipelago. There are choices for every budget. Choose from wood
carvings, sculptures, puppets, batik paintings, tablecloths, comforters,
place mats, coasters, pillows (you name - it almost everything in
batik). Other interesting items include masks, shields, antiques,
sterling silver jewelry and Bangka
Tin. Bangka Tin closely resembles Pewter but is far less
expensive. It is mined on Bangka Island thus the name. It is not
shinny but it can be polished to a nice luster. It comes fashioned
as mugs, picture frames, decorative tableware, candlestick holders
and so on... This is the ideal place to pick up those souvenirs
for those back home.
Pasaraya Grande is also home to numerous coffee shops (for a genuine
cup of Java), cafes, a cinema and an enormous food court in the
basement offering local dishes and internationally recognized fast
Address: Jl. Metro Pondok Indah in
Description: Conveniently located
mid range mall, expat favorite.
Located in Jakarta’s posh residential area this smaller shopping
mall is packed on weekends and features a Metro Department store,
numerous shops and eateries and a Water Park for local and expat
Address: Next to Hard Rock Café
on Jl. Thamrin
Description: The first store in Jakarta
to have escalators - still a favourite.
Another one stop shopping place for souvenirs. The 3rd floor of
this, the first of Jakarta’s department stores, is devoted to handicrafts,
puppets, batiks, carvings, jewelry from all over the archipelago.
Address: Jl. Surabaya (where else?)
Description: Jakarta’s “Flea Market”
The old Jakarta standby is it is the place to go for unusual items.
Probably one of Asia’s largest selection of LP’s (phonograph records?)
can be found here. Also, old and new “antiques” of every possible
description, including Delftware, Samurai swords, rare coins and
watches, nautical items etc. Three words to remember “Bargain” and