Indulge in a wonderful shopping experience in the exotic island nation of Indonesia. This country has a lot to offer its visitors, from scenic locations to absolutely fabulous shopping markets that will keep you spellbound.
Bargaining is not unheard of in Indonesia. You can always find a good bargain at the traditional markets, furniture stores and other shopping centers where prices are not marked. At some shopping areas such as ITC Mangga Dua and Tanah Abang, bargaining can get you items at half the offered price.
One of the most unique and beautiful things you’ll want to stuff in your suitcase is a Batik painting. Common throughout Indonesia, Batik is an art form that uses multiple layers of wax and dye to bring out uniquely patterned paintings. You will need to be careful of some shops on the main street that sell fake Batik works. Visit reliable shops such as the Novi Batik Art Center for original Batik art work. Yogyakarta is one of the best places to look for good Batiks; you can also find quality silver jewelry here, as well as traditional shadow puppets.
Shopping in Bali
Bali is just the place for an unforgettable holiday and a delightful tour of the local shops that offer a wide choice of Indonesian products. Besides unwinding in the inviting beaches, pubs and bars, shopping is a great way to enjoy the ambience in Bali—and to take a little bit of it home with you.
If you are looking for souvenirs as well as unique arts and crafts, Bali offers the ideal shopping environment. Bali is full of local artists who produce beautiful pieces of art in traditional and modern styles. If you are an art lover, you will have much to look forward to from the local art shops that are spread out over the island. Be it sculptures, paintings or artifacts or Batik work, Bali offers you a diverse shopping experience. Popular places to shop in Bali include Ubud Music, Matahari Department Store, Pahurat, and the Denpasar Markets.
Wide range of shops in Jakarta
Jakarta provides many options for local shopping as well as expensive upscale malls. Mall Taman Anggrek in Jl. S. Parman is West Jakarta’s largest mall. Grand Indonesia is a large shopping complex that is situated next to the well-known Selamat Datang Monument; a great place to enjoy a day of indoor shopping after you’ve finished your sight-seeing.
In Central Jakarta, you may want to pay a visit to the Plaza Senayan, a high-end shopping mall that caterse to the local elite, with designer items and gourmet cuisine.
Malls and shopping complexes in Indonesia usually open around 10 in the morning and close around 9 in the night, and are available 7 days a week. The shopping malls in Jakarta offer a wide selection of items, and Indonesia’s favorable exchange rate makes shopping in the country all the more inviting.